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Big THANK YOU to everyone who's played! I'll do my best to finish totting up the scores over the next day or so then my plan is- Top Ten Tracks reveal - 23rd December Top Ten Album

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1. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
2. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made a Place
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
4. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
5. Bill Callahan - Gold Record
6. Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
7. Taylor Swift - folklore 
8. The Flaming Lips - American Head
9. Fleet Foxes - Shore
10. Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED (I don't care that it's more of an EP it fucking slaps and if it was longer than 20 minutes then it'd have been troubling the top end.)

 

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1 hour ago, Matt42 said:

But for real Folklore is objectively the album of 2020 and Exile is objectively the song of the year.

Forgot the last and most important rule;

7. Thou shall not allow the Stan Swifts to take over this contest

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1. Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
2. Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
3. Fleet Foxes - Shore
4. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
5. Doves - The Universal Want
6. Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
7. The Big Moon - Walking Like We Do
8. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
9. Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death
10. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

 








 

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Really struggled to keep both Albums and Singles down to only 10 - some great stuff this year.

To me a very clear trend developed early on, and continued throughout the year - the ladies smashed it!  Makes you wonder what is going on with all these festivals dominated by male acts - are they not seeing what is going on out there?

There was only ever going to be one winner for me - Folklore, but surprisingly Haim pushed it really close - absolutely cracking album.

 

Album of the Year

  1. Taylor Swift – Folklore
  2. HAIM - Women in Music pt. III
  3. Halsey – Manic
  4. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
  5. Yumi Zouma – Truth or Consequences
  6. The Weeknd - After Hours
  7. Doves – The Universal Want
  8. Charli XCX - How I’m Feeling Now
  9. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure
  10. The Killers – Imploding The Mirage

 

Bubbling under / just missed the cut (all female!) -

Gaga, Rina Sawayama, The Big Moon, Kylie, Beabadoobee, Lianne La Havas, Grimes

 

 

Tracks of the Year

  1. Taylor Swift – August
  2. Haim – Hallelujah
  3. James Blake – Are You Even Real?
  4. London Grammar – Baby It’s You
  5. Yumi Zouma - Cool For A Second
  6. The Big Moon – Your Light
  7. The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
  8. Charli XCX – enemy
  9. Dua Lipa – Cool
  10. Anderson.Paak - Lockdown
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Not listened to anything like the amount of new music I set out to - like many I'm sure, fell back on comfort listening this year.

Albums of the Year

  1. Close Talker - How Do We Stay Here? (FFO The National, Bombay Bicycle Club)
  2. The Strokes - The New Abnormal
  3. Baths - Pop Music / False B-Sides II
  4. Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor
  5. Biffy Clyro - A Celebration Of Endings (almost didn't include it, as despite generally being a fun plod through 00s rock influences (with some fun Infinityland style oddness thrown in), the track Instant History is one of the worst songs I've ever heard. IMO, of course.

There are other albums I have listened to, but none that have impacted me enough to assign them any points. Been a singles person this year.

Singles of the Year

  1. The Strokes - At The Door (hated the lack of drums at first, but now my favourite production decision of the year)
  2. Close Talker - Arm's Length
  3. Baths - Wistful (Fata Morgana)
  4. Billie Eilish - my future (took a while to get to grips with it, now think it's genius)
  5. Hayley Williams - Simmer
  6. Death Stare - Reverie (one of those strange rare occasions that an Instagram advert is accurate, great post-rock)
  7. Muzz - Red Western Sky (Interpol meets Walkmen covering The National)
  8. Jack Garrett - Mara
  9. Biffy Clyro - North Of No South (hoping to enjoy that gargantuan riff live at Download next year...)
  10. Holy F*ck feat. Alexis Taylor - Luxe
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1 hour ago, Calvin Klein said:

1. Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
2. Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
3. Fleet Foxes - Shore
4. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
5. Doves - The Universal Want
6. Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
7. The Big Moon - Walking Like We Do
8. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
9. Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death
10. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

 








 

The first sensible list so far. Anyone listing Folklore as number 1 should have their entry scratched. Decent, but never an album of the year in a billion years.

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I’ve been visiting this forum for years - but somehow never posted! 

This feels like the perfect time to end that... 

 

1.     Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher 

2.     Taylor Swift – Folklore 

3.     Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia 

4.     Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death 

5.     HAIM – Women in Music Pt. III

6.     Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA 

7.     Caribou – Suddenly 

8.     Laura Marling – Songs For Our Daughter 

9.     Run The Jewels – RTJ 4 

10.  The Silhouettes Project – Vol.1 

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Fellow newbie! Been some great stuff out this year despite everything going on. Working from home has given me the chance to listen to a ridiculous amount of new music. And at the start of the year I would have bet my house that IDLES would have been in here somewhere!

1. Declan McKenna - Zeros

2. Mystery Jets - A Billion Heartbeats

3. Doves - The Universal Want

4. Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death

5. Ist Ist - Architecture

6. The Cribs - Night Network

7. Red Rum Club - The Hollow of Humdrum

8. Porridge Radio - Every Bad

9. Pottery - Welcome to Bobby's Motel

10. Fleet Foxes - Shore
 

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. Khruangbin - Mordechai
  2. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  3. Touché Amoré - Lament
  4. Nadine Shah - Kitchen Sink
  5. Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
  6. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
  7. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
  8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.
  9. Run The Jewels - RTJ4
  10. Poppy - I Disagree 

TRACKS OF THE YEAR

  1. Sinead O'Brien - Most Modern Painting
  2. Idles - A Hymn
  3. JPEGMAFIA - CUTIE PIE!
  4. Alexisonfire - Season of the Flood
  5. Metz - Blind Youth Industrial Park
  6. Touché Amoré - Limelight
  7. Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto
  8. Carlos Sadness & Bomba Estéreo - Aloha 
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Honey
  10. The 1975 - Me & You Together Song
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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. IDLES - Ultra Mono
  2. Run The Jewels - RTJ4
  3. Kvelertak - Splid
  4. Voltage - Balance Over Symmetry
  5. PENGSHUi - PENGSHUi  
  6. Code Orange - Underneath
  7. Killer Be Killed - Reluctant Hero
  8. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
  9. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
  10. Daniel Avery - Love and Light

TRACKS OF THE YEAR - (tunes that I've had on repeat)

  1. Nox Vahn & Marsh - Come Together
  2. Run The Jewels - JU$T
  3. Ray Keith - Renegade (T>I Minimal VIP)
  4. IDLES - Reigns
  5. Bicep - Atlas
  6. IDLES - Carcinogenic
  7. Killer Be Killed - Comfort From Nothing
  8. PENGSHUi - Wiseman
  9. Run The Jewels - holy calamafuck
  10. ShockOne - Follow Me
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Albums Of The Year - (need to have a think about the singles, as been loads of good stuff this year)

  1. Nothing But Thieves - Moral Panic
  2. HAIM - Women In Music Part III
  3. Another Sky - I Slept On The Floor
  4. The Lottery Winners - The Lottery Winners
  5. Bloxx - Lie Out Loud
  6. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
  7. Doves - The Universal Want
  8. Beabadoobee- Fake It Flowers
  9. Creeper - Sex, Death & The Infinite Void
  10. The Big Moon - Walking Like We Do
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3 hours ago, EssexIndie said:

Fellow newbie! Been some great stuff out this year despite everything going on. Working from home has given me the chance to listen to a ridiculous amount of new music. And at the start of the year I would have bet my house that IDLES would have been in here somewhere!

1. Declan McKenna - Zeros

2. Mystery Jets - A Billion Heartbeats

3. Doves - The Universal Want

4. Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death

5. Ist Ist - Architecture

6. The Cribs - Night Network

7. Red Rum Club - The Hollow of Humdrum

8. Porridge Radio - Every Bad

9. Pottery - Welcome to Bobby's Motel

10. Fleet Foxes - Shore
 

Strong first post! I really wanted to like Ist Ist but at times it just felt like the vocals were teetering on parody. Good sound though. Good shout with Mystery Jets as well, flew under the radar a bit!

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. The Strokes - The New Abnormal
  2. Run The Jewels - RTJ4
  3. Blossoms - Foolish Loving Spaces
  4. Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death
  5. Charli xcx - how I'm feeling now
  6. Haim - WIMPIII
  7. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
  8. Georgia - Seeking Thrills
  9. Bring Me The Horizon - Post Human: Survival Horror
  10. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

TRACKS OF THE YEAR 

  1. Haim - The Steps
  2. Run The Jewels - JU$T
  3. IDLES - Model Village
  4. Bring Me The Horizon - Kingslayer
  5. Blossoms - The Keeper
  6. Tame Impala - Lost in Yesterday
  7. While She Sleeps - Sleep Society
  8. Chali xcx - pink diamond
  9. Dua Lipa - Physical
  10. Miley Cyrus - Midnight Sky
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56 minutes ago, Quark said:

Point of order @SwedgeAntilles.

If a single is from 2019 but it's on an album from 2020, is it eligible or no?

Also, are songs limited to singles or are album tracks eligible?

I'll take the 2nd question first;

I've said 'tracks' so it can be any song, single or not. This is mainly due it being a long time since I knew what constitutes a single vs promo track etc. etc. so album tracks are eligible.

Bearing that in mind it makes sense to me to allow cases like your first question. Therefore both are eligible. 

I am a benevolent Father Listmas. 

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1. Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
2. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
3. Empty Country - Empty Country
4. Sault - Untitled (Rise)
5. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
6. The Microphones - Microphones in 2020
7. Taylor Swift - folklore
8. Deftones - Ohms
9. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
10. Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today

Feel like I've forgotten about a bunch of stuff, but also feel like the best albums this year were the most obvious big releases hence my list looking pretty similar to two or three publication lists posted in the AOTY thread.

Need to have a think on songs so I'll do that one later.

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5 hours ago, Superscally said:

The first sensible list so far. Anyone listing Folklore as number 1 should have their entry scratched. Decent, but never an album of the year in a billion years.

Funny, I was fully expecting you to have Folklore at Number 1 😜

It all depends on the perspective you come from when you compile these lists.  Many of the music publication lists currently being put online are clearly just trying way too hard to be cool / alternative and you get the feeling some of them think the more obscure the better.  My list is probably a bit uncool, but is based entirely on what I found myself listening to and enjoying, and without a doubt "Folklore" completely hit the spot this year.  I was already a huge fan, but the fact it came completely out of the blue (right in the middle of lockdown), was written, recorded and produced in under three months, was a complete change of lane for her and yet was still packed with quality is an amazing feat from someone operating at the peak of her powers.  Not that 2020 is going to be a year to look back on with much fondness, but in years to come when I think back to what music I enjoyed during this year, Folklore will be the clear standout.  An easy choice for Album of the Year.

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Also loving the recognition HAIM – Women in Music Pt. III is getting - a fantastic return to form.  It has appeared well up in many lists so must be scoring pretty well so far, and deservedly so.

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10 hours ago, SomeoneListeningIn said:

 

Gonna be the first prick who doesn't order theirs this year. Really hasn't been any particular album that stands out to me as my favourite, these are just the 10 I've probably listened to and enjoyed the most.

 

 

Just put it in rank order, freak! You don’t have to recite it under threat of firing squad

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