Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Superlatives from the '6s

Over at the Vintage blogs,  I casually roll through all the notable music from 10,20,30,40, 50,and 60 years ago.  After rummaging through those, I've narrowed a few choice selections for the top releases of each year.

Top 25  Albums of 2006

1. Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye
2. Burial - Burial
3. The Knife - Silent Shout
4. Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
5. J Dilla - Donuts
6. Mordant Music - Dead Air
7. Arpanet - Inertial Frame
8. Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
9. Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
10. Ben Frost - Theory of Machines
11. The Roots - Game Theory
12. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
13. Beyonce - B'Day
14. Khlyst - Chaos is My Name
15. Kerrier District - Kerrier District 2 / Amen Andrews vs Spac Hand Luke
16. Holden - The Idiots are Winning
17. Belong  - October Language
18. Andy Stott - Merciless
19. Franz Falckenhaus - Stories from My Cold War
20. Various - A Silence Broken
21. Cat Power - The Greatest
22. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
23. The Field - Sun & Ice EP
24. Murs & 9th Wonder - Murray's Revenge
25. Justin Timberlake - Futuresex/Lovesounds
Top 50 single tracks of 2006

1. Digital Mystikz - "Anti-War Dub"
2. J Dilla - "Won't Do"
3. Junior Boys - "In the Morning"
4. Shackleton - "Tin Foil Sky"
5. The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health"
6. Burial - "Distant Lights"
7. Grizzly Bear - "Knife"
8. Clipse - "Trill"
9. Beyonce - "Get Me Bodied"
10. Donato Dozzy - "Gol"
11. Black Replica - "Black Feathers"
12. Rihanna - "S.O.S."
13. Asobi Seksu - "Thursday"
14. Ghostface Killah - "Be Easy"
15. Amen Andrews vs Spac Hand Luke - "Grime II Dark"
16. The Field - "Over the Ice"
17. Javiera Mena - "Al Siguiente Nivel"
18. Pinch - "Qawwali"
19. Acid Mothers Temple - "Pink Lady Lemonade (May I Drink You Again?)"
20. Boxcutter - "Grub"
21. Justin Timberlake - "My Love"
22. Guitar - "Sunday Afternoon at Tamagawa River"
23. Lily Allen - "Smile"
24. Monolake - "Alaska (Surgeon mix)"
25. Nathan Fake - "Charlie's House"
26. Stereolab - "Whisper Pitch"
27. Jay Haze - "Soul in a Bottle"
28. Scritti Politti - "The Boom Boom Bap"
29. Milanese vs Virus Syndicate - "Dead Man Walking"
30. Barbara Morgenstern - "The Operator"
31. Cat Power - "Lived in Bars"
32. e-40 - "Tell Me When to Go"
33. Polyphonic Spree - "Sonic Bloom"
34. Cassie - "Me & U"
35. Juana Molina - "La Verdad"
36. Holden - "10101"
37. Landing  - "Each Man for Himself"
38. Midlake - "Roscoe"
39. Massive Attack - "False Flags"
40. Morgan Geist - "Most of All"
41. John Maus - "Time to Die"
42. John Foxx & Louis Jordan - "From Trash"
43. Studio - "Life's  a Beach"
44. Chromatics - "Glass Slipper"
45. Killer Mike - "That's Life"
46. Kelis feat Too Short - "Bossy"
47. Simian Mobile Disco - "The Hustler"
48. SebastiAn - "Walkman"
49. Midnight Juggernauts - "Shadows"
50. Jay Reatard - "Nightmares"


Top 50 LPs of 1996 (couldn't resist doing twice as many. So many good releases this year)


1. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
2. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James
3. Coil Presents Black Light District - A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room
4. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…..
5. Belle and Sebastian - If You Are Feeling Sinister
6. Broadcast - The Book Lovers EP
7. Tricky - Pre-Millennium Tension
8. Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
9. Plug - Drum n Bass for Papa
10. Aaliyah - One in a Million
11. Dr Octagon - Dr. Octagynecologist
12. The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
13. Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwhich
14. Herbert - 100 lbs
15. The Fugees - The Score
16. Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes and Life
17. Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things
18. Gas - Gas
19. Tool  - Aenima
20. Photek - The Hidden Camera EP
21. Cibo Matto - Viva La Woman
22. Skinny Puppy - The Process
23. Porter Ricks - Biokinetics
24. Disjecta - Clean Pit and Lid
25. Trent Reznor - Quake OST
26. Boards of Canada - Hi Skores
27. Alec Empire - Les Etoilles des Filles Mortes
28. Third Eye Foundation - Semtex
29. Dopplereffekt - Infophysix
30. Bardo Pond - Amanita
31. Drexciya - The Return of Drexciya
32. De La Soul - Stakes is High
33. Orbital - In Sides
34. Windy and Carl - Drawing of Sound
35. Bowery Electric - Beat
36. Seefeel - Ch-Vox
37. The Cocteau Twins - Milk and Kisses
38. Smashing Pumpkins - The Aeroplane Flies High
39. LFO - Advance
40. Outkast - Atliens
41. Disco Inferno - Technicolour
42. Surgeon - Communications
43. Secret Chiefs 3 - First Grand Constitution and Bylaws
44. Beck - Odelay
45. The Black Dog - Music for Films and Adverts
46. Mazzy Star - Among My Swan
47. Ghostface Killah - Iron Man
48. Tortoise  - Millions Living Will Never Die
49. Ministry - Filth Pig
50. Sepultura - Roots


Top 50 single tracks of 1996


1. Bush - "In A Lonely Place"
2. Aphex Twin - "Girl/Boy"
3. Bowery Electric - "Empty Words"
4. Broadcast - "The Book Lovers"
5. DJ Shadow - "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt"
6. Aaliyah - "One in a Million"
7. Stereolab - "Les Yper Sound"
8. Belle and Sebastian - "Seeing Other People"
9. Pulp - "Mile End"
10. The Cocteau Twins - "Alice"
11. Busta Rhymes - "Woo-Ha Got You All in Check"
12. Tori Amos - "Professional Widow"
13. Intense - "Natural Progression"
14. My Bloody Valentine - "Map Ref 41n 93w"
15. Tricky  - "Makes Me Wanna Die"
16. The Roots - "Episodes"
17. Drexciya - "You Don't Know"
18. Smokin Beats - "Dreams"
19. Moodymann - "Misled"
20. 3MG - "Sunsprayed"
21. Meat Beat Manifesto - "Phone Calls from the Dead"
22. Erykah Badu - "On & On"
23. Source Direct - "Stonekiller"
24. Radiohead - "Talk Show Host"
25. Ginuwine - "Pony"
26. Photek - "The Third Sequence"
27. Sneaker Pimps - "Spin Spin Sugar (Armand's Dark Garage Mix)"
28. Orbital - "The Box"
29. Todd Edwards - "Fly Away"
30. Plug - "I Freak Techniques"
31. AC Acoustics - "Stunt Girl"
32. Pan Sonic - "Murto"
33. 2Pac - "No More Pain"
34. Skinny Puppy - "Candle"
35. Green Velvet - "The Stalker (I'm Losing My Mind)"
36. Everything But the Girl - "Before Today (Chicane Mix)"
37. Graham Lewis - "Fresh Life"
38. Shake - "Here, There and Nowhere"
39. Mazzy Star - "Roseblood"
40. Thomas Bangalter - "Spinal Scratch"
41. Imperial Teen - "You're One"
42. Jay-Z - "Feelin It"
43. Remarc - "Single Finga Killa"
44. Ghostface Killah - "Assassination Day"
45. Fusion Forum - "Vintage Keys"
46. Cibo Matto - "Know Your Chicken"
47. Geto Boys - "Still"
48. Mandalay - "Flowers Bloom (Foul Play Mix)"
49. Nicolette - "Judgement Day"
50. Red House Painters - "All Mixed Up"


Top 25 LPs of 1986


1. Arthur Russell - World of Echo
2. Big Black - Atomizer
3. Wire various projects (tie) - Snakedrill (Wire), Commercial Suicide (Colin Newman), Hail (He Said), The Shivering Man (Bruce Gilbert)
4. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
5. Ministry - Twitch
6. Janet Jackson - Control
7. Virgo - Free Yourself EP
8. Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
9. African Head Charge - Off the Beaten Track
10. Marc Almond - Violent Silence
11. Sonic Youth - EVOL
12. Cowboy Junkies - Whites Off Earth Now
13. Head of David - LP
14. Slayer - Reign in Blood
15. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
16. Prince - Parade
17. Various - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
18. SPK - Zami Lehmanni: Songs of Byzantine Flowers
19. Sudden Sway - Spacemate
20. XTC - Skylarking
21. Stetsasonic - On Fire
22. Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey
23. Peter Gabriel - So…
24. Momus - Circus Maximumus
25. Shub Niggurath - Les Morts Vont Vite


Top 50 single tracks of 1986

1. New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle/Shep Pettibone mix"
2. Sleezy D - "I've Lost Control"
3. The Smiths - "There is a Light That Never Goes Out"
4. Marshall Jefferson - "Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)"
5. Prince - "Kiss"
6. Bruce Gilbert - "Eline Court II"
7. A.R. Kane - "When You're Sad"
8. Big Black - "Passing Complexion"
9. Ultramagnetic DJs - "Ego Trippin'"
10. Arthur Russell - "Let's Go Swimming"
11. Janet Jackson - "Nasty"
12. Kreem - "Triangle of Love"
13. Koji Kondu - "The Legend of Zelda theme"
14. Skinny Puppy - "Dig It"
15. Master C &J - "Dub love"
16. Slayer - "Raining Blood"
17. Bam Bam - "You've Been Messing Around (Steve Silk Hurley mix)"
18. Mr Fingers - "Beyond the Clouds"
19. Husker Du - "Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely"
20. Virgo - "Free Yourself"
21. Colourbox - "Baby I Love You So"
22. Depeche Mode - "But Not Tonight"
23. Modern Mechanical Music - "Persia (Dub)"
24. Crowded House - "Don't Dream it's Over"
25. Cowboy Junkies  - "State Trooper"
26. Duran Duran - "Notorious"
27. Ministry - "We Believe"
28. Stetsasonic - "Just Say Stet"
29. The Weather Prophets - "Like Frankie Lymon"
30. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - "Love Missle F1-11"
31. Egyptian Lover - "Freak-A-Holic"
32. Man Friday - "Love Honey Heartache (Larry Levan mix)"
33. Company B - "Fascinated"
34. Peter Gabriel - "Big Time"
35. Adonis - "No Way Back"
36. Yello - "Bostisch (Remix)"
37. They Might Be Giants - "Don't Let's Start"
38. The Showboys - "Drag Rap"
39. Pete Shelley - "Designer Lamps"
40. Megadeth - "Peace Sells"
41. John Zorn - "Godard"
42. Nitro Deluxe - "Let's Get Brutal"
43. Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Party's Fall"
44. The Junkyard Band - "The Word"
45. Book of Love - "Mogidliani (Requiem Mass)"
46. XTC - "1000 Umbrellas"
47. Original Concept - "Bite'n My Stylee"
48. Alien Sex Fiend - "I Walk the Line"
49. Model 500 - "Bang the Beat"
50. Jesus and Mary Chain - "Hit"

Top 25 LPs from 1976

1. David Bowie - Station to Station
2. Cluster - Sowiesoso
3. MX-80 - Big Hits Hard Pop from the Hoosiers
4. Harmonia & Eno - Tracks and Traces
5. Fela Kuti - Zombie
6. Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach
7. Patti Smith - Radio Ethiopia
8. David Pritchard - Nocturnal Earthworm Stew
9. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
10. Tom Waits - Small Change
11. The Ramones - The Ramones
12. Joni Mitchell - Hejira
13. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
14. Debris - Debris
15. Prince Far I - Under Heavy Manners
16. Boston - Boston
17. Donna Summer - Four Seasons of Love
18. The Bar-Kays - Too Hot to Stop
19. Tom Ze - Estudando O Samba
20. The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
21. Lee Scratch Perry - Super Ape
22. Aerosmith - Rocks
23. La Dusseldorf - La Dusseldorf
24. ABBA - Arrival
25. Bob Dylan - Desire


Top 50 single tracks of 1976

1. Stevie Wonder - "AS"
2. David Bowie - "Station to Station"
3. Marvin Gaye - "I Want You"
4. The Sex Pistols - "Anarchy in the UK"
5. Ashra - "Deep Distance"
6. The Modern Lovers - "Roadrunner"
7. ABBA - "Dancing Queen"
8. Boston  - "More Than a Feeling"
9. Death - "Politicians in My Eye"
10. Carl McKnight - "The Devil's Out Tonight"
11. Peter Baumann  - "Phase by Phase"
12. Tom Ze - "Ma"
13. Suicide - "Rocket U.S.A."
14. Diana Ross - "Love Hangover"
15. Ecstasy Passion & Pain - "Touch and Go"
16. Max Romeo - "Chase the Devil"
17. Fela Kuti - "Zombie"
18. Richard Hell - "Blank Generation"
19. Heatwave - "Boogie Nights"
20. Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back in Town"
21. Junior Murvin - "Police & Thieves"
22. Amanda Lear - "Blood & Honey"
23. The Runaways - "Cherry Bomb"
24. Blue Oyster Cult - "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
25. Jakki - "You Are the Star"
26. Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like an Eagle"
27. Curtis Mayfield - "P.S. I Love You"
28. The Flamin' Groovies - "Shake Some Action"
29. The Bee Gees - "You Should Be Dancing"
30. Lou Rawls  - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
31. The Damned - "New Rose"
32. Thelma Houston - "Don't Leave Me This Way"
33. Magma - "Udu Wudu"
34. The Ramones - "Judy is a Punk"
35. Andrea True Connection - "Party Line"
36. Metro  - "Criminal World"
37. Giorgio Moroder - "Knights in White Satin"
38. Joan Armatrading - "Love and Affection"
39. JJ Cale - "Cherry"
40. Alice Cooper - "You Gotta Dance"
41. Bob Dylan - "Mozambique"
42. Nick Lowe - "So It Goes"
43. John Carpenter - "Assault on Precinct 13 Theme"
44. The Hollies - "Draggin My Heels"
45. Billy Preston  - "Bells"
46. The Muppets - "Mahna Mahna"
47. Tom Petty  - "American Girl"
48. Starbuck - "Moonlight Feels Right"
49. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"
50. Double Exposure - "Ten Percent"


Top 25 LPs of 1966

1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. The Monks - Black Monk Time
4. Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind
5. Pharoah Sanders - Tauhid
6. Perrey-Kingsley - The In Sound from Way Out
7. John Coltrane - Ascension
8. Emil Richards - Sound Element Stones
9. The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelics Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
10. The Temptations - Getting Ready
11. Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
12. Lee Hazlewood - The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood
13. Esquivel! - Actual
14. Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 - Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
15. The Byrds - Fifth Dimension
16. Skip James - Today!
17. Love - De Capo
18. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
19. Nancy Sinatra - Boots
20. The Troggs - From Nowhere
21. Robert Basho - The Grail and the Lotus
22. Donovan - Sunshine Superman
23. The Who - A Quick One
24. The Walker Brothers - Portrait
25. The Kinks - Face to Face

Top 50 single tracks of 1966

1. The Beatles - "Tomorrow Never Knows"
2. The Velvet Underground - "All Tomorrow's Parties"
3. Nina Simone - "Wild is the Wind"
4. Ike & Tina Tuner - "River Deep Mountain High"
5. The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations"
6. Gyorgy Ligeti - "Lux Aeterna"
7. The Temptations - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
8. The Walker Brothers - "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
9. The 13th Floor Elevators - "Rollercoaster"
10. Al Stewart - "Turn into Earth"
11. The Byrds - "I Come and Stand at Every Door"
12. Delia Derbyshire - "Ziwzih-Ziwzih-OO-OO-OO"
13. Karlheinz Stockhausen - "Hymnen"
14. The Supremes - "You Keep me Hangin On"
15. Them - "It's All over Now Baby Blue"
16. The Creation - "Making Time"
17. Astrud Gilberto - "Maria Quiet"
18. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Hey Joe"
19. The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black"
20. The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"
21. Steve Reich - "It's Gonna Rain"
22. The Four Tops - "Shake Me Wake Me (When It's Over)"
23. Delia Reese - "It Was A Very Good Year"
24. The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"
25. Love - "Que Vida"
26. Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"
27. Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots are Made for Walkin"
28. The Monkees - "I'm Not our Stepping Stone"
29. The Left Banke - "Walk Away Renee"
30. Oxford Circle - "Mind Destruction"
31. The Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"
32. The Charles Lloyd Quartet - "Sombrero Sam"
33. Donovan - "Season of the Witch"
34. Luv'd Ones - "Up Down Sue"
35. Jim Croce - "Until It's Time for Me to Go"
36. The Who - "A Quick One While He's Away"
37. Lovin Spoonful - "Daydream"
38. James Brown  - "It's a Man's World"
39. Davy Graham - "No Preacher Blues"
40. Aretha Franklin - "Sweet Bitter Love"
41. Stevie Wonder - "Hey love"
42. Phil Ochs - "Cops of the World"
43. Simon and Garfunkel - "Scarsborough Fair"
44. The Association - "Cherish"
45. The Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"
46. ? And the Mysterians - "96 Tears"
47. The Troggs - "With a  Girl Like You"
48. The Isley Brothers - "This Old Heart of Mine"
49. The Turtles  - "Down in Suburbia"
50. Paul Revere and the Raiders - "Out of Sight"



15 Noteworthy Artifacts from 1956


1. Miles Davis - The Birth of the Cool
2. Louis and Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet Score
3. Screamin Jay Williams - "I Put a Spell On You"
4. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gsesang Der Junglinge
5. The Coasters - "Down in Mexico"
6. Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
7. Chuck Berry - 1956 singles
8. Shirley Bassey - "Burn My Candle"
9. James Brown - "Please Please Please"
10. Bo Diddley - "Who Do You Love"
11. Charlie Feathers  - "Can't Hardly Stand It"
12. Johnny Burnette Trio - "Train Kept A-Rollin/Honey Hush" single
13. Johnny Cash - "I Walk the Line"
14. Howlin Wolf - "Smokestack Lightnin"
15. Aretha Franklin - Songs of Faith

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