December is upon us and I guess I won’t be the only one who’s spotted several Best of 2009 lists. Will I join in and offer you my lists? Sure, but you’ll have to wait a while, as per usual. In the meantime, let’s get used to the annual nostalgia feeling by looking back at my favourite tunes of the past 15 years. The idea is simple, I give you a year, my best song of the year (plus link, if available on YouTube). Discerning music lovers only have to click the link to see the entire lists.
N°1: Crystal Castles – Courtship Dating (beating Audrey’s “Big Ships” by half an inch)
N°1: Tunng – Bullets
The year I didn’t publish a list, but I did pick a number one: step forward, The Fiery Furnaces! The n°1 track: “I’m in no mood”.
As I couldn’t choose between two Sufjan Stevens songs, I picked both. So number one was …
… as well as …
In 2004 I had the same problem with Blonde Redhead. One day I preferred Equus, the other Elephant Woman. So 2004’s best song was…
… as well as …
(The latter being a fan video.)
N°1: The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
N°1: Gonzales – Take Me To Broadway
N°1: Ladytron – Playgirl
N°1: Death In Vegas – Dirge (Allow me to cheat a little here: the video was made for the re-release of the track, but in 2000 I did choose the longer album version, this one, over the single version.)
And the winner was “Escape Pod (From the World of Medical Observations)” by Stereolab, the first time a bonus track was the n°1.
1998 (list unavailable)
N°1: Solex – Rolex by Solex
N°1: Belle and Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane
N°1: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Curse of Millhaven (the only track I couldn’t find on YouTube… well, there was one, but the sound was abominable, so I chose this live version instead).
1995 (list unavailable)
N°1: Sam Sever – What’s That Sound
1994 (list unavailable)
Yes, Miranda Sex Garden and the track “Cut” (beating “Suds and Soda” by dEUS by only an inch). Both songs highly impressed the younger me: dEUS made a song that became the Belgian equivalent of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, which gave the decrepid local scenes a gigantic boost. Whereas “Fairytales of Slavery” by Miranda Sex Garden was an album I’d rented at the library. I only knew the band from their a-capella tracks and put this song on the headphones, with the volume completely cranked up. It was quite a shocking experience.
And that’s it for the past fifteen years. Who’ll be this year’s n°1? Find out soon…