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

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    by 31-12-15, 04:46

    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 )


    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.



    ALBUMS

    50 Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
    SPOTIFY

    Doom / prog rock - song from it coming up.




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    by 31-12-15, 04:52

    HITS

    49 Yukon Blonde - Como

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


    ALBUMS

    49 FKA Twigs - M3LL15X (MA)
    SPOTIFY

    MA means Mini Album, before anyone asks! I won't call them EPs if they're not single length.



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    by 31-12-15, 05:00

    HITS
    48 Sleaford Mods - Silly Me

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


    ALBUMS

    48 East India Youth - Culture Of Volume
    SPOTIFY










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    by 31-12-15, 05:07

    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.

    ALBUMS

    47 Speaks - Pencils From A Cup
    BANDCAMP
    Debut full length by female-led UK rap-rock outfit.






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    by 31-12-15, 05:12

    HITS

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

    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!



    ALBUMS

    46 Janet Devlin - December Daze (MA)
    SPOTIFY





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    by 31-12-15, 05:19

    HITS

    45 Killing Joke - I Am The Virus

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


    ALBUMS

    45 Swiss Lips - Swiss Lips
    SPOTIFY
    Not quite the classic it should have been. Sickening how they are ignored and got so close to breaking.






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    by 31-12-15, 05:26

    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.

    ALBUMS

    44 Bill Fay - Who Is The Sender?
    SPOTIFY
    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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    by 31-12-15, 05:33

    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... Yes the songs are so "aching"...just beautiful.

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    by 31-12-15, 17:22

    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 )
    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. )
    45 Killing Joke - I Am The Virus (Not open to conspiracies? My friend loves that kind of thing. I like a bit of metal, this was great on first listen!)
    44 Cam - Burning House (A lovely song )

    Look forward to listening to more!

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    by 02-01-16, 23:28

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



    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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    by 02-01-16, 23:38

    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)
    SPOTIFY

    Rock duo like The White Stripes but more "metal".



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    by 02-01-16, 23:44

    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). 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
    SPOTIFY

    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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    by 02-01-16, 23:51

    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.

    ALBUMS

    41 Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
    SPOTIFY

    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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    by 02-01-16, 23:54

    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!

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    by 02-01-16, 23:57

    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)
    SPOTIFY

    And the ghost of John Carpenter haunts this electronic score from a great horror film.


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    by 03-01-16, 00:03

    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
    SPOTIFY

    Great new comedy rapper - more on him in Hits list in a moment...


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    by 03-01-16, 00:08

    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...

    ALBUMS

    38 The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
    SPOTIFY




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    by 03-01-16, 00:13

    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
    SPOTIFY

    Alternative metal.



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    by 03-01-16, 00:15

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

    Torche sound great.

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    by 03-01-16, 00:21

    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
    SPOTIFY

    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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    by 03-01-16, 00:25

    HITS

    35 Class Actress - More Than You


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

    ALBUMS

    35 Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
    SPOTIFY

    Her first album i won't be buying. Sadly short on real classics.


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    by 03-01-16, 00:32

    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?).

    ALBUMS

    34 Class Actress - Movies (MA)
    SPOTIFY



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    by 03-01-16, 00:34

    I am trying out the Tame Impala song as you describe it as a synth ballad
    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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    by 03-01-16, 00:41

    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.

    ALBUMS

    33 Ryan Adams - 1989
    SPOTIFY

    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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    by 03-01-16, 00:48

    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.

    ALBUMS

    32 Enya - Dark Sky Island
    SPOTIFY




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