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Gearing up for album of the year 2010

I have been pondering for the last couple of days over the album of the year for 2010, especially with the fact that much of the year has been taken up with my top 40 songs of all time considerations (results of that to follow).

Not only that but I also consider 2010 as one of the weakest years for music of recent times and as such there’s not been much to choose from. In 2005 (the best year this decade) I listened to 253 albums before compiling my album of the year chart, whereas this year, with only seven days to go until cut-off point, I have 80 albums to choose from.

Still, there has been a few classics and I’m expecting the grand old New Year’s top five announcement to be strong!


Two month warning

And that was it, just like that, I woke up to the radio announcing that today was 13th September and panic hit within a second. For today marks the two month countdown for my 40th Birthday and the announcement of the top 40 songs of all time.

The panic is due to the fact that I made sure to have my 40 songs decided on a few weeks ago but have not done anything since. Coming home after a long long day has meant winding down with a couple of episodes of Fringe and not going through the tracks, organising them into their final selection.

It all changes today, as today is when I really start working on this tracks, getting them ready for the big day, for the lounge club round at our place. Before I head out for the day I’m having a look at the chart and seeing if the tracks make sense where they are. So far I’m guessing that the top ten is going to pretty set but that number 30 to 40 might need a bit of looking at.

Wish me luck!


Down to 40 songs (aka gut wrenching pain)

And I’m there, 20th August 2010, I can finally say I have 40 songs to go through, listen to intensively, order and generally agonise over for the next few weeks, before the unveiling, 13th November 2010.

Of course I’m going to give no clues at to what remains in the chart, preferring to reveal all that information at the time. I can, however give you all those that just now, fell by the wayside, giving me a special twist in the gut in the process!

(Audrey just expressed relief that ‘Five Little Ducks’ is missing from this cull)

52. The Lamia: Genesis

51. One: Metallica

50. Dogs: Pink Floyd

49. Wind in the Wires: Patrick Wolf

48. Bus Stop Boxer: Eels

47. See You: Depeche Mode

46. Fat Old Sun: Pink Floyd

45. Climbing to the Moon: Eels

44. Werewolf: Cat Power

43. When The Tigers Broke Free: Pink Floyd

42. The Sun Always Shines on TV: A-Ha

41. Last Night I Dreamed Somebody Loved Me: The Smiths


Warning! Music culling in process

Over the next couple of months there are to be some heavy decisions made, whilst I compile my top 40 songs of all time list, in readiness for my 40th Birthday party in November.

Now, with it being 10th August today, and only three months until the big announcement, I felt that some heavy culling needed to be done, as I realistically want to be left with 40 tracks at the end of this month, to better enable me to organise them into the order that will be presented at the event.

So, with this in mind, I have, over the weekend, managed to get myself down from 75 tracks to a mere 50, leaving me another three weeks to slice the other ten from the list.

In no particular order, I present the 25 that have now been omitted from consideration as one of the best 40 tracks of all time. Feel free to weep, feel free to anger but be aware that this means better tracks than these remain…;)

Pillow of Winds: Pink Floyd

Wake Up: Rage Against the Machine

It’s a Sin: Pet Shop Boys

Another Day: This Mortal Coil

Harm of Will: Björk

Bells for Her: Tori Amos

I See A Darkness: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

The Letter: Natalie Merchant

Lenin: Under Byen

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: U2

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You: Led Zeppelin

Russian Literature: Maximö Park

Cathedral Heat: Kristin Hersh

Where the Heart Is: Soft Cell

I am the Resurrection: The Stone Roses

Vokuro: Björk

Easy: Faith no More

Pump up the Volume: M/A/R/R/S

The Boxer: Simon & Garfunkel

We Haven’t Turned Around: Gomez

Beat Dis: Bomb the Bass

Nothing Else Matters: Metallica

Gold Dust Woman: Fleetwood Mac

The Book: Sheryl Crow

For Emily (Wherever I may find her): Simon & Garfunkel