AOTY 2023


Brisbane, Australia - Top 100 of 2014 out now!

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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


Another album worth checking out is Suicide and Sunshine by Trophy Eyes. They're more of a melodic hardcore/pop punk/emo band, but I figured you may want to give them a listen since they’re an Australian band and they’re one of my favorites!

As for singles, I made you a playlist since I have a lot of singles I feel like you might enjoy!

Sorry if it’s a lot. 😅 Like I said, I think this has been a very strong year for music and I still have a lot to catch up on too. As always, I’m open to hearing any recommendations you have for me! 😄 I do remember most of the singles you recommended me last year made my lists.
Also, sorry it took me a bit to reply to this. I still have a long list of releases to get through and I wanted to make sure I had some good recommendations for you. Personally, 2023 has been one of the strongest years of this decade so far, imo. I see you’ve rated most of my favorites already, so I’ll recommend some of my other favorites that you may not have listened to yet:

Yeule – softscars
Queens of the Stone Age – In Times New Roman...
The Maine – The Maine (A fun pop rock album! The Maine is actually my second favorite band, behind Paramore, and I recommend them to everyone. 😅)
hemlocke springs – going...going...GONE! (I remember you recommended me her single “girlfriend” last year which is on this album. That song was one of my top favorites last year and one of my most played! This EP is so much fun and has some of the best/catchiest synthpop songs I’ve heard this year!)
Hey Greg! That’s completely understandable. Sometimes a break is what's needed. I’m glad to hear things are better for you now. 😊 I’ve been in the same boat a little bit. Late 20s can be a weird age at times.

I feel you on that. 2015 is like a top tier year and it was the most difficult list to make by far. I know it took me forever to finally be satisfied with my lists for it. Some songs I thought that would for sure be top 50, didn’t even make the top 100. It was just that stacked of a year!

I actually finished my 2016 lists a couple months back and I’d love to know what you think.

I’m taking a break from lists though for a few months now to focus on 2023, but I do know the 2017 list will be my hardest list to make since it’s my personal favorite year for music in that decade.
Hey Greg! I hope you’ve been doing well! 😄 I’m sorry it took me a while to reply back. I wanted to really take my time with my list for 2015 as it was such a huge year for me. This was the most difficult one for me to make so far because I have to agree with you – it was one of the greatest years in music history!

I finally have my two lists for 2015 that I’m satisfied with and after some much going back and forth with my rankings for each song, I’m finally confident in the order. I’d love to know what you think! And as always, I’m looking forward to what you have on your own list!

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Peripheral Vision! It’s one of my favorite albums and as you’ll see, there are several songs from it on my list. 😅

Thank you so much for the recommendations. I had never heard of Last Dinosaurs before, but I loved the entire album – in fact, two songs ended up on my list! I also really loved “Magnolia” by Gang of Youths and “Too Much Time Together” by San Cisco!
I see that you’ve started rating some 2015 songs on your singles account. For me 2015, is going to be similar to 2013 in terms of there being SO much great music released!

A recommendation I have for you for 2015 is the album Peripheral Vision by Turnover. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time and one I always recommend to people! It’s an indie rock/dream pop album and it’s my AOTY for 2015. Also, highly recommend American Candy by The Maine! It’s such a fun pop rock album.

As for singles, you may have heard these already, but I recommend “Dreams” by Beck, “King” by Years & Years, “Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes, and “Itch” by Nothing But Thieves.

I’d love to listen to any recommendations for singles/albums you have for me for 2015!
I just took a look at it. Great list! 😄

Really great choice having “She Only Loves Me When I'm There” as your #1 song! That’s one of the only songs I know by Ball Park Music and it was actually on my one song per artist top 100 for 2014 at #59! Although, I would probably rank it much higher now because I didn’t first hear it until a few months ago and it gets even better with each listen! That’s one of the only songs of theirs that I’m familiar with, so I’ll definitely have to give Puddinghead a listen some time this weekend!

Cool to see “Uptown Funk!” as #2. It’s such a bop and it would’ve been higher for me if it wasn’t so overplayed everywhere back in 2014. 😅 Nice to see Lana Del Rey, Porter Robinson, and Royal Blood getting multiple well-deserved appearances!

Also, I’m happy to see “Smooth Sailing” and “Ain’t It Fun” making appearances as well! Those were both ranked highly on my 2013 list.
Ok! Well, hi Greg! 😄 I meant to ask you what you wanted me to call you much sooner, but I wasn’t sure if you wanted to be more anonymous, lol

Yes, I love PVRIS! More of a fan of their older stuff, not much their new stuff though. I had actually forgotten that album was released in 2014, because I actually didn’t listen to it until 2015, so all my associations with it are 2015 memories. 😂 I highly recommend it as it’s such a cool blend of different genres. Oh! Yes, I love “You and I” and it’ll definitely be at the top of my 2016 list!

My Love is Cool is my favorite Wolf Alice album partially due to nostalgia of 2015, but I have to say Blue Weekend is an album that gets better with each listen and does come close to being my favorite.
Same here. I’m not as active on this site as I was doing the height of the pandemic and I'm in the same boat as you with being 27 and trying to get back into the swing of things and maintaining a social life and whatnot. I was also a bit burnt out on new music too, but this year seems to be pretty stacked for releases which has me really excited.

I associated 2014 as just a very boring and uneventful year and it’s pretty much the only year of my life that I don’t remember much about other than studying a lot in college and nothing interesting really happened that year. 😅 So, going into making the list I thought the music would also be boring, but I was glad to be wrong.
Hey friend! I hope you're doing well. I forgot to mention I finished my 2014 top 100 lists a little over a week ago. I'd love to know what you think! As usual, I made two lists, one with a one song per artist limit and one with no limit.

I always considered 2014 to be a weaker year for music, but it was actually a much stronger year than I thought it was. Maybe it has a lot to do with my nostalgia for all the songs I heard on the alternative radio stations at the time, but there were a lot of great alternative rock and indie rock songs released in 2014. It ended up taking me a lot longer to make the lists than I thought for that reason.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what songs you have on your own list!
That sounds awesome! I’ll have to see them if they ever play in my area!

Same here! I think I started watching ARTV around 2016 as well! I know a lot of people in the community don’t like him, but he’s the online critic I’ve always watched the most. His music taste is the closest to mine and I agree with his takes more than any other music critic on YouTube. I’ve discovered some cool music from TheNeedleDrop that I might’ve never listened to had he not reviewed it, but I find myself disagreeing with his takes on things more than I agree, lol.

I’m looking forward to seeing your 2014 list! 😄


My Top 100 Singles of 2014 list is out now!

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

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

Singles account:

The Rating Scale:
100-95: Masterpieces!
94-90: Favourites!
89-80: Great
79-70: Good
69-60: Okay
59-50: Mediocre
49-40: Not Good
39-0: Bad

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