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Our final personal list of the year is from the fairest, and finest, of fishes… Mrs Mackerel.

2017: probably a year when I’ve listened to the least new music in recent times, so this is very much a short list in all senses.

Life – and death – gets in the way sometimes.

10 PINS – Serve the Rich
It’s no surprise that Jamie Hince of The Kills produced this anti-Conservative polemic. It may be no surprise then that I like this so much.


9 Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
I just really, really love the frenetic pace of the drumming on this tune, which greatly appeals to my rock chick lineage. There are some things that I just haven’t grown out of.


8 The Divine Comedy – To the Rescue
This songs punctuates a particularly difficult point in the year and its wistful sadness reminds me very much of that time. Apparently, it’s dedicated to Neil Hannon’s long term girlfriend, who cares for mistreated and neglected horses over in Ireland. Perhaps MM will pen a similar tune for me as my plan for feline domination of West Oxfordshire takes hold?


7 The Moonlandingz – Vessels
Oh hello, here’s another dominant drum roll – I seem to be developing a theme… A fantastic slice of psychedelic, electro pop as recommended to me by my very good friend, Mr Nightshift.


6 Mark Lanegan – Beehive
Much as I suspect that Lanners’ liver might be held together with vinegar and brown paper, his voice retains the growling, tremulous signature that is all his own. Sweeping guitars and a catchy chorus made this one to remember – and he was spellbinding live.


5 Cherry Glazer – Nurse Ratched
I loved this song right from the off, dedicated to the avenging angel who needs no introduction, Nurse Ratched. Some lovely twiddly guitar bits and harmonies, presumably as an antidote to Nurse R’s very individual bedside manner.


4 Cabbage – Celebration of Disease
Scratchy guitars and an earworm of a chorus meant that this was always going to bed itself into my subconscious. A celebration of a disease, a symptom of emotional greed/A celebration of disease, corrected by technology/A celebration of disease, a prescription to the new age dream.


3 Whispertown – Born to Ride
A floaty Americana sound with an ode to the open road and the promise of freedom, delivered through Morgan Nagler’s wonderfully hazy vocals. Hey watch out, the road will try to own you. I often sing this to the dog as we set off on our daily trek. Not really.


2 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By
Semper Femina was my album of the year; the one I listened to on repeat. There’s something about the melancholy of her vocals over the finger-picking guitar beneath that’s so haunting: Take my old tune/Turn it into something new/Something good. Laura Marling is peerless, a one-off.


1 Big Thief – Shark Smile
So I thought I would crown my top ten with another uplifting ditty: a road trip song that ends in tragedy. The understated delivery of the lyrics, undercut with the slidey guitar are so tender you can almost hear her heart breaking. A very worthy, if rather poignant, number one.


This year’s footnote:

Louis Armstrong – We have all the Time in the World

We have all the love in the world
If that’s all we have, you will find
We need nothing more.

This one’s always for you, Dad. Our goodbye song.

50 Hiccup – Teasin’


49 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


48 Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid


47 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


46 Dream Police – Revenge


45 BAIT – Push The Elephant


44 Meat Wave – The Incessant


43 Young Fathers – Only God Knows


42 Ty Segall – Big Man


41 The Sugarmen – Our Gallows


40 The War On Drugs – Holding On


39 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


38 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


37 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting


36 Protomartyr – My Children


35 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto


34 together PANGEA – Money On It


33 Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


32 Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low


31 Screaming Females – Glass House


30 The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue


29 Idles – Mother


28 Deer Tick – Sea Of Clouds


27 The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her


26 The Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Be



Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

  1. Queens of the Stone Age – The Evil Has Landed
  2. Wand – Bee Karma
  3. The National – Carin’ At The Liquor Store
  4. Destroyer – Sky’s Grey
  5. Prophets Of Rage – Radical Eyes
  6. Trance Farmers – Speed Racer
  7. Beachtape – Slow