31st December, 2005

Music Yearly: 2005

It’s my fantastic end of year review, the bumper hard-back annual to accompany the regular monthlies that you all pretend to love so much.

Note that I am publishing my Yearly on the 31st of December, unlike others that get their lists in way too early and could so easily miss that great album that comes out between Xmas and New year. Yet again, this hasn’t materialised, but my integrity is still intact. Anyway, here we go. This is for you, Grandchildren…

Best Ten Albums

  1. Editors - The Back Room.
  2. Arcade Fire - Funeral.
  3. Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger.
  4. Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World.
  5. Sigur Rós - Takk.
  6. Brakes - Give Blood.
  7. Micah P. Hinson - ...and the Gospel of Progress.
  8. Oasis - Don’t Believe The Truth.
  9. Leaves - Angela Test.
  10. Doves - Some Cities.

Best Ten Singles

  1. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.
  2. Leaves - Shakma.
  3. Maximo Park - Going Missing.
  4. Futureheads - Hounds Of Love.
  5. Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World.
  6. The White Stripes - Blue Orchid.
  7. Chemical Brothers - Push The Button.
  8. British Sea Power - Please Stand Up.
  9. Gorillaz - Dare.
  10. Queens Of The Stone Age - In My Head.

Best Five Tracks

  1. Arctic Monkeys - From The Ritz To The Rubble.
  2. Super Furry Animals - Zoom.
  3. British Sea Power - It Ended On An Oily Stage.
  4. Editors - Lights.
  5. Oasis - Guess God Thinks I’m Abel.

So there you go. A good year for the Brits. Lots of guitar-based stuff, but as ever I’m entirely unapologetic.  Some bands didn’t inspire me as much as usual (Super Furries, Sigur Rós) but still get the mentions they deserve.

Agree? Disagree? Ben Ward, are you there? Happy New Year anyway…

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