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Gang of Youths - angel in realtime.
One of my favourite bands has returned with a complex album meditating on loss, grief and remembrance.

Gang of Youths are a special band that I hold close to my heart. No other band currently active in Australian indie rock has quite perfectly nailed the balance of intelligently intricate lyricism and an emotional potency that is often as devastating as it is hopeful. I first got into the band through their sophomore album - 2017’s Go Farther In Lightness – during a dark part of my ... read more

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Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
A digital confection of immersive synthpop.

One of the best musical acts I found out about this year was the American synthpop duo Magdalena Bay and their debut album, Mercurial World. It’s likely that I wouldn’t have heard of them if not for the overwhelming praise I’ve seen for this album on several Internet forums, but in a strange way, it makes sense to me. After all, take one glance at their album cover or have a look over at their music videos and you’ll see that ... read more

Turnstile - GLOW ON
Hardcore punk that’s dynamic, groovy and cathartic.

When one presses play on GLOW ON, the third album by Baltimore outfit Turnstile, it may come as a surprise that the first thing that is heard on the opening track “MYSTERY” is a dreamy bed of atmospheric synth arpeggios, leading in before the main riff blows things wide open. For me, it’s an interesting introduction to a band that is hardcore punk at its core but has inspiration unbound by genre, which has led fans of ... read more

Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Intimate heartland rock from the North of England.

Sam Fender is an artist that has had my attention since 2019 when he released his impressive debut, Hypersonic Missiles. His brand of indie rock sounded stadium-sized massive and felt emotionally honest in a way that gained comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, The Killers and even Australia’s own Gang of Youths. With the pandemic happening in the years since his debut’s release, Fender found himself returning to his hometown in the ... read more

Amyl & The Sniffers - Comfort to Me
Garage punk with a cheeky Aussie edge.

While their self-titled 2019 debut album only really showed up on the periphery of my radar at the time of its release, Melbourne’s Amyl and the Sniffers made quite the impression on me with their sophomore album, Comfort to Me. Where the debut seemed to pride itself in its raw and scrappy back-to-basics approach, this album sees the band turn things up to 11. Guitarist Dec Martens puts emphasis on shredding memorable riffs and tapping face-melting ... read more

Gretta Ray - Begin To Look Around
I like to call this one “Red (Gretta’s Version)”

Ever since she won the Triple J Unearthed High competition with her amazing ode to romantic daydreaming “Drive” in 2016, Sydney’s Gretta Ray has shown to be one of Australia’s most vivid pop songwriters. Five years on, she shows a mature progression into bigger pop star ambitions with the release of her debut full-length, Begin To Look Around. As I mentioned before, Taylor Swift stands out as one of ... read more


And thank you for the recommendations! I have been wanting to get into Maggie Rogers for the longest time! I’ll be sure to give both albums a listen some time over the next few days!
Thank you! My #1 song was the hardest to choose out of all the lists I’ve made. It was so tough for me not to put Lorde as #1, but I consider “Tennis Court” to be almost tied as #1 with Daft Punk.😅

I sure hope everything is okay. Glad to see you back on the site again though. 🙂 I’ve been a bit behind on 2022 music, but I’ve felt the same way with 2022 music. There’s been a lot of good music this year, but not nearly as much as previous years I feel like.

I was hoping Paramore would release their album this year, but it won’t be until next year! Speaking of Paramore, what did you think of their new single? I was really hyped considering they’re my favorite band, but I didn’t really like it on my first listen. It took a couple more listens to grow on me. I’d probably rate it an 8 or 8.5/10 for now. I like that it's a bit of a mix of Hayley’s solo material and post-punk. Really excited to see what’s in store for the album, considering they said their main influence was Bloc Party!
Hey! I finally finished my Top 100 Songs of 2013 list. This was most definitely the HARDEST list I've had to make so far! More tough cuts were made on this one than all of my previous lists combined. I ended up doing the same thing I did with 2012 and made a top 100 with no artist limit and a top 100 with a one song per artist limit. I would love to know what you think! I'm looking forward to seeing your 2013 list!
Hey! Welcome back!

I finally finished my 2012 list. I worked on it on and off for a couple months and it took me a while to be satisfied with it. I went back and forth between deciding if I wanted to just have one list or two, and finally came to the decision to make one list with no artist limit and another list with a one song per artist limit. Pyramids was my #1 pick as well!

I’m beginning to work on my 2013 list as well. I think I might do the same thing I did with my 2012 list because there were so many great releases in 2013, even more so than 2012.

Thank you for the recommendation! I’ll check it out some time this week. I’m a sucker for 2000’s pop rock and I really enjoy Soccer Mommy and a good bit of Beabadoobee’s stuff, so that seems like something I’d enjoy quite a bit!
That’s so cool! 2013 was also a pivotal year for me as well. Graduating high school, going to college, my first job, etc. The music for that time period is like a soundtrack to some of the most memorable events of my life. I'm looking forward to seeing what songs you put on your list.

No way! That’s awesome! I probably would’ve never heard of Hatchie if it hadn’t been for me seeing her album on the front page of this site a week or so ago. Really glad I gave her music a listen because it’s one of my favorite releases so far this year.

I haven’t heard the Wet Leg album yet. I’ll add it to my list! I’ll hopefully get around to it this week.
Same! I could easily put 200 songs in my 2013 list, so cutting it down to 100 will be no easy task.

I completely agree that 2014 was such a huge step down in terms of pop music. I’ve always considered 2014 to be one of the weakest years of the decade for pop music and that was the year I pretty much stopped listening to the radio. To me personally, 2010-2013 were the strongest years for pop music of the decade. From strongest to weakest, I’d probably rank each year when it comes to the Billboard hits as: 2011, 2012, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2019, 2018.

Although, 2014 was weak for pop music, there were actually a lot of good albums released in that year. An album from 2014 you might like is JPNSGRLS – Circulation. They actually go by Hotel Mira now, but JPNSGRLS was the band name when they made that album. It’s a really catchy indie rock album.
Thanks! And yes, you're very right. That was probably my easiest #1 pick of any list I've made so far. 😅

I'm continuing to work on my 2012 list and some extremely difficult cuts have already been made. I started with around 150 songs and I've gotten it cut down to 120, but I still have a list of 2012 albums and singles I need to listen to that have the potential to have songs on the list too.

Also, I want to say good luck on your 2013 list! 2013 had SO many strong albums, so I have a feeling that might be the most difficult one to make! I feel like when I make mine, it'll be difficult for me to not put every song from Pure Heroine on it. 😂

I'm actually a bit late to listening to LCD Soundsystem as I didn't hear This Is Happening until a few months ago, so I'm interested in listening to more of their discography. I've added Sound of Silver to my list of albums to listen to!
Hey! Great list as usual! Glad to see "Pyramids" as your #1! That song is definitely a contender for my favorite song of 2012 as well! Over half of your list are songs that will probably be on my own personal list. You have a few on your list that I've never heard of, so I'll be sure to check those songs out!

My 2012 list is currently in the works and I completely feel you on how hard it is. 2012 was such a strong year for music to me, with some of my top favorite albums of the decade being released such as Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, and Kendrick Lamar.

I finally completed my 2010 list, by the way!
Thanks for following bro!
Hey! Thank you for reminding me! Somehow I had completely missed seeing that the album was already released. I've enjoyed the songs I have heard so far, so I'm excited to check it out. I'll be sure to give it a listen in the next few days!

Looking forward to seeing your 2012 list! I'm still working on my 2010 list, but hopefully I'll get it done soon. Having to make some difficult cuts to the list and it's so hard to decide what stays and what goes. 😅


My Top 100 Singles of 2012 list is out now!

pop + rock + indie + anything else that catches my interest

26. he/him. Filipino-Australian poptimist. Todd In The Shadows fanboy. Avid Triple J listener. Always changing scores.

Singles account:

The Rating Scale:
100-90: Favourites!
89-80: Great
79-70: Good
69-60: Okay
59-50: Mediocre
49-40: Not Good
39-0: Bad

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