Wave by The Midnight
Wooo, more The Midnight. I like Wave a lot. Let’s move on.
Ignorance by Paramore
Paramore’s best song? I mean, it’s got to be a contender doesn’t it? Timewise this was when the best line up of the band were together so it would make a bit of sense for their best song to come from this era. I’m not saying they’ve not had great songs since that era, they absolutely have, and they remain a fave of mine to this day! (I have all their albums on vinyl come to think of it. Hang on. Do I? I do. I checked). We’ve not had one since 2017 though. Come on!
Aurora by The K’s
More by The K’s already! I think there’s another coming up in a few songs time as well. I really love them. I need more though! It’s shit finding bands that don’t have much music when you like them this month. They’re similar to The Arctic Monkeys if you’re looking for a comparison. Again this is quite fast paced in parts and given a lot of heart by the vocals. Brilliant.
Everywhere I’m Local by Har Mar Superstar
Weirdly, as much as I know I listened to this album in 2020, I don’t recall hearing this one as much as I apparently did. Once again, if you’ve never given this album a spin I highly recommend it! I had to get my vinyl of it from Paris! It was a nightmare trying to find a copy that wasn’t a small fortune. It’s worth pointing out at this point I guess, over 50 songs into the chart, that none of the vinyl I’ve listened to has counted towards this, which is why it’s been a little interesting to me seeing what is in here. If the record listens had counted, I can tell you Har Mar, Jungle, The Midnight, Bon Iver, Paramore and The Weeknd, to name but a few, would all be higher up than they are.
Cherry by Jungle
This was definitely one of my fave albums to pick up last year. It’s sublime from start to finish. We’ve already had 1 (or 2) songs from it already in the chart, now we reach Cherry. One of the most chill on the record. I got it very early into the year and listened to it all the time. As I mentioned in the previous entry, this would have been much higher up if we counted vinyl plays. I’d also like to add that I really love their music videos!
So I met Someone by VHS Collection
Ahh, this song is so lovely. Everything about it is so well done. First heard this a couple of years ago when trying to find more electronic music. Hopefully we’ll get another album from these guys soon as it’s been three years since the last one now! The piano intro is so simple but it gets me every time. I *think* I was playing a lot of GTA V when I first started to listen to this as it evokes memories of it when I hear it haha.
Glass Towns by The K’s
The K’s yet again! This one has an inkling of what I loved about Supergrass’ I Should Coco. I don’t think it would have fit on that album or anything, just has a bit of the same energy. They’ve really set the stage to drop a really great album! Sorry to bang on about it, but fucking hell, I want more music!
Run (It’s Never Too Late) by Classic Fiction
No idea where this came from. If someone sent me it, then apologies for not remembering. I really love it though. I think it’ll probably be higher up next year. It’s very well structured and quite nuanced, a truly beautiful song. We haven’t talked much about lyrics on the chart this year, which I think was a conscious decision by me so that I didn’t end up going on any long rants or breakdowns, but…
Gone are the days of the world we used to know
How many times did we try to save tomorrow?
… hits pretty hard at the moment, doesn’t it. Take some time to listen to it sometime.
Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
Well this is quite the change of tone after Classic Fiction. What can I say about this that I’ve never said already? Nothing I don’t think. It’s perfection in every way. It makes me feel good whenever I hear it.
Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Did you know that Bon Iver is taken from a French phrase, Bon Hiver which means Good Winter? Well if you didn’t, you’re welcome. Skinny Love… do I need to even say anything? I think we all know my feelings on this song!
I tell my love to wreck it all
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My my my, my my my, my my
Right in this moment, this order’s tall
Oof. If you ever want an interesting read, go look at the story behind this album, “For Emma, Forever Ago” being recorded. It’s good.