1.Anorak City - Fucked Up
I always start my end of year compilations with a cover, and this one's an oddball hardcore cracker of a classic Another Sunny Day song.
2.Waving Flags - British Sea Power
My 2nd most listened to track of the year after One Day Like This by Elbow; BSP were my most listened to artist this year, on my 5th most listened to album of the year (their greatly improved “Do You Like Rock Music?”).
3.Ertrinken - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
In indulging my passion for motorik this year I rather enjoyed EKNM's album.
4.Viva la Vida - Coldplay
I'd like to think of myself as a music snob but my enjoyment of Coldplay this year rather spoils that image. The new album's good, live they're great, and this is great.
5.A Relatively Famous Victory - Ballboy
Ballboy were the highlight of the superb Indietracks festival (where I also saw The Good Natured, Kabeedies and the Wave Pictures, below). They played this at sundown, outside on a beautiful Summer evening, and it was perfect.