Tony's Top 50 Hits / Albums 2016 (COMPLETE! pg.4)

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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:46 am

So it's getting shorter and shorter and is now down from my peak of 200 plus songs and 100 or so albums down to a neat top 50 of both (which is what i used to have for my singles lists for many years anyway). I don't devour the radio as much as then as you get older, your tastes tend to solidify into what you grew up on and things that sound like that - for me that's eighties synth pop with a touch of nineties alternative. The music charts and what is bought and streamed by the masses are no longer the exciting thing they were.

So...... (and here's hoping i can embed things here without the problems i get in my weekly thread when it won't let me edit the thread when i do - i'll follow the Kuba - Grybop format of one song/video per post :wink: :wink: )

HITS

50 Bring Me The Horizon - Throne


Fifteen years ago, heavy and alt rock was booming, now this is literally all that remains on my song list (there is rock above it but not of the strain i'm talking of). The electronic sequencing really elevates it.



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50 Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
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Doom / prog rock - song from it coming up.

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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:52 am

HITS

49 Yukon Blonde - Como

Great alt pop with a seventies feel that makes me feel happy.


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49 FKA Twigs - M3LL15X (MA)
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MA means Mini Album, before anyone asks! I won't call them EPs if they're not single length.

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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:00 am

HITS
48 Sleaford Mods - Silly Me

Rap / post-punk duo with first of three entries. One of their most accessible.


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48 East India Youth - Culture Of Volume
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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:07 am

HITS

47 Meg Myers - Lemon Eyes


1st of 2 from the 21st century Alanis / Fiona Apple. Another great video that is both sexy and dangerous.

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47 Speaks - Pencils From A Cup
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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:12 am

HITS

46 LeAnn Rimes - Joy (Medley: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / Angels We Have Heard On High / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)

:o This has only spent one week at #2 on my final chart of the year and here it is providing her with a shock entry on my 2015 top 50! A stunning arrangement of Christmas traditionals which she performed at the annual CMA Country Christmas show. She'll probably never grace my year-end again!


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46 Janet Devlin - December Daze (MA)
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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:19 am

HITS

45 Killing Joke - I Am The Virus

As fierce as ever (don't believe the 9/11 conspiracy thing, though).


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45 Swiss Lips - Swiss Lips
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Not quite the classic it should have been. Sickening how they are ignored and got so close to breaking.
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Postby Blondini » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:26 am

HITS

44 Cam - Burning House / Runaway Train / My Mistake / Half Broke Heart (Welcome To Cam Country EP)


New country sensation. Burning House is a plaintive ballad about a lost relationship. All the songs ended up on her album which is to come.

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44 Bill Fay - Who Is The Sender?
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Cult singer/songwriter who writes aching songs. Not as great as a couple of other albums which i discovered late and aren't eligible for the album list (i only include the year's releases whereas the Hits list is literally whatever was a hit on my chart that year).
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:33 am

I have a day off tomorrow so will listen to these songs. Bill Fay is becoming one of my fave male artists, I just love his voice...it's so....real... :lol: Yes the songs are so "aching"...just beautiful. :cry:
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:22 pm

HITS:

50 Bring Me The Horizon - Throne (I get "the electronic sequencing elevates it" part, this is really good!)
49 Yukon Blonde - Como (I love the sound of this one, really dreamy and catchy)
48 Sleaford Mods - Silly Me (I've seen you talk about these before, not heard them, I enjoyed it and his "geezer" voice :lol:)
47 Meg Myers - Lemon Eyes (I remember checking another track from her on your chart which I loved, this was great, I loved the instrumental and the melody)
46 LeAnn Rimes - Joy (Her voice is still in fine fettle, this was a great version with surprising backing, Screamtina Aguilera would have slaughtered this. :lol:)
45 Killing Joke - I Am The Virus (Not open to conspiracies? My friend loves that kind of thing. :lol: I like a bit of metal, this was great on first listen!)
44 Cam - Burning House (A lovely song :D)

Look forward to listening to more! :D
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:28 pm

^Thanks, Bill. :D
Glad someone is looking. Deep breath now as i'm a bit behind and about to post up to #31.

:lol:

Here's FKA Twigs' video album of the #49, BTW. For completeness' reasons. One song off it - In Time - didn't make the final 50.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:38 pm

HITS

43 Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate


Frenetic and neurotic and with a video to match (contains flashing imagery and nudity).
Album is to come...

ALBUMS

43 The Standstills - From The Devil's Porch (MA)
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:44 pm

HITS

42 Tame Impala - Yes, I'm Changing


Absolutely gorgeous synth ballad that is on UK alt radio right now and a great tune for Christmas. Fan video uses footage of Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks (song has brief strong language). 8-) There's no official video yet as the band just released one for a different song.

ALBUMS

42 Cut Ribbons - We Want To Watch Something We Loved Burn
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Band that should be embraced by radio but are just a cult at present. Shades of Deacon Blue with an indie slant.

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HITS

41 Charli XCX with Rita Ora - Doing It


Yes, it's a bit formulaic but a Spice Girls type formulaic beats any kind of 2015 styled formulaic. And Rita will never do anything better. :lol:

ALBUMS

41 Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
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The legend takes us through a history of electronic music with a host of guests including Air, Tangerine Dream, Moby, Little Boots, Vince Clarke, John Carpenter and Laurie Anderson.

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Postby CrazyCrazy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:54 pm

2 Tame Impala - Yes, I'm Changing
Really like this one, heard it in a survivor.

43 Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate
Will listen soon, a few others have mentioned her. Think I'll like.

41 Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Laurie's name got my attention tbh but I'll have to listen to this soon! :D
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:57 pm

HITS

40 Pallbearer - Watcher In The Dark


Doom rock epic (gets going about 2 minutes in!). Was an unexpected #1 on my chart!

ALBUMS

40 Disasterpeace - It Follows (OST)
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And the ghost of John Carpenter haunts this electronic score from a great horror film.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:03 pm

HITS

39 Selena Gomez - Good For You


So the album is dull but this slinky sexy number is great - along the same lines as Banks or The Weeknd (and Janet when she was good 20 years ago) and i'm amazed some people don't get this. Weirdly the video version was an early demo and the released version was with that crappy rapper i won't bother naming - i co-charted them both but quickly tired of the single version.

ALBUMS

39 Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper
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Great new comedy rapper - more on him in Hits list in a moment...

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:08 pm

HITS

38 Charli XCX - Famous


Her highest this year is a ditty about fame (duh!). Video may be annoying with all the stopping and starting but her album is coming up...

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38 The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:13 pm

HITS

37 Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do


Great song. Sadly her album was a thudding disappointment as she's largely abandoned her old synth style for a more populist radio angle - Something In The Way You Move missed the 50.

ALBUMS

37 Torche - Restarter
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:15 pm

Ellie used to be good but she's completely lost me these days.

Torche sound great.
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:21 pm

HITS

36 Purity Ring - Heartsigh


Video released in December and clear highlight of their Another Eternity album which isn't in my 50. They dropped the witch house style for more poppy material similar to Chvrches - and this is my current #2 song.

ALBUMS

36 Blancmange - Nil By Mouth
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So called because it's instrumental. Neil Arthur trading under the name while his partner copes with illness and the second Blancmange album of the year. The first one Semi Detached narrowly missed my 50.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:25 pm

HITS

35 Class Actress - More Than You


Sexy slinky synth pop with a dangerous video (i'm repeating myself aren't i? :lol: :oops: ).

ALBUMS

35 Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
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Her first album i won't be buying. Sadly short on real classics.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:32 pm

HITS

34 The Prodigy with Sleaford Mods - Ibiza


This should have been the track to propel Jason Williamson / Sleaford Mods into the charts but radio bottled it and ignored it. :evil: Yes it has some swearing but Eamonn got playlisted among other sweary hits. Track is about glory-hunting DJs (David Guetta?).

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34 Class Actress - Movies (MA)
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Postby KokoCollino » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:34 pm

I am trying out the Tame Impala song as you describe it as a synth ballad :D
I'm also giving Susanne a spin since I know her from the Kleerup H&M ad single and quite liked it :)
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:41 pm

HITS

33 Lil Dicky with Snoop Dogg - Professional Rapper


Strong language / adult content. Jewish David Burd was a YouTube comedian who accidentally became a professional rapper. After a mixtape this was his debut album and was lead by this GENIUS title track which is a fictional dialogue between Burd and prospective employer Snoop. Not only the best thing Snoop has ever done but the best example of intelligent rap since the early days of Eminem. His album stormed the Billboard chart thanks to PledgeMusic.

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33 Ryan Adams - 1989
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Beats Taylor Swift by 22 positions - BUT in retrospect her original set would be top ten as i hadn't bought it then. An inspired Smiths-ish plaintive rock rework of already great lyrics - the most shining example still to come...

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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:48 pm

HITS

32 Coasts - Modern Love


The original version is a great slice of euphoric indie anthem but it's the remix that caused it to top my chart. Quite why Radio 1 didn't grab hold of this mix is beyond me.

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32 Enya - Dark Sky Island
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