✅ Simon Reynolds [UK]: Best of '90s (1999) and '00s (2010)

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✅ Simon Reynolds [UK]: Best of '90s (1999) and '00s (2010)

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I've been meaning to post this for a while but have been too lazy to do it. I suppose there's no better time for it than a cross-country train trip. Individual decade lists are eligible as I recall, at least for prominent critics. These were published on one (or some) of his many personal blogs (presumably) and reposted on his current blog. I love his '90s list since it's basically an inversion of the old rock critic cliche of being 90%+ guitar-based rock music with one or two token electronic additions.

Best of 1990s (1999)
THE PEERLESS, THE PIVOTAL (i.e., the best of the best)
APHEX TWIN - Selected Ambient Works Vol. II (Warp)
HERBERT - Around The House (Phonographic)
PUBLIC ENEMY - Fear of A Black Planet (Def Jam)
TRICKY - Maxinquaye (Island)
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Torque (No U Turn)
WAGON CHRIST - Throbbing Pouch (Rising High)

AALIYAH - "One In A Million" (Elektra)
BELTRAM - "Energy Flash" (R&S)
COMMANDER TOM - "Are Am Eye" (Noom)
CYPHER - "Marchin' Into Madness," from the Doomed Bunkerloops EP (Cold Rush)
GREEN VELVET - "Flash" (Relief)
HUMAN RESOURCE - "Dominator" (80 Aum/R&S)
NASTY HABITS - "Here Comes The Drums/Dark Angel" (Reinforced)
OMNI TRIO - "Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP Remix)" from Vol 1: The Deepest Cut
PILLDRIVER - "Apocalypse Never"
SAINT ETIENNE - "London Belongs To Me" from Foxbase Alpha (Heavenly)
SECOND PHASE - "Mentasm" (R&S)
SEEFEEL - "Time To Find Me (AFX Fast Mix/AFX Slow Mix)" (Too Pure)
THE PRODIGY - "Charly" (XL)
TLC - "Waterfalls" (LaFace)
TODD EDWARDS remixes of ST GERMAIN's "Alabama Blues"
UNIQUE 3 - "The Theme/7-AM" (Chill)
WORLD OF TWIST - "Sons of the Stage" (Circa)

Other (non-albums and non-songs; not represented on AM and posted only for completeness' sake)

Boards of Canada - Music Has A Right To Children
Gas — Konigsberg
Jacob's Optical Stairway — Jacob's Optical Stairway
Kraftwerk - The Mix
LFO – Frequencies
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Monolake — HongKong
Mouse On Mars - Iaora Tahiti
Oval — 94 Diskont
Porter Ricks — Biokinetics
Super_Collider - Head On
The Speedfreak- For You
Ultramarine – Every Man and Woman Is A Star

2 Bad Mice - "Bombscare"
2 Bad Mice - "Waremouse (Remix)
4 Hero - "Journey From The Light" EP
Aaliyah - "Are You That Somebody?"
Acen - "A Trip To The Moon Part 1 and Part 2"
Acen - "Close Your Eyes"
Adam F - "Circles"
Adam F - "Metropolis"
Alex Reece - "Pulp Fiction"
Amira - "My Desire (Dreem Teem Remix)"
Aphex Twin - "Analogue Bubblebath"
Arrivers - "Dark Invader"
Bad Girl - "Bad Girl"
Balil — "Nort Route"
Basement Jaxx - "Jump 'N Shout"
Bentley Rhythm Ace - "Return of the Carbootechno Disco Roadshow"
Binary Finary - "1998"
Bizarre Inc - "Playing With Knives"
Blame - "Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Remix)"
Boogie Times Tribe - "The Dark Stranger (Q Bass Remix)"
Burger-Ink - "Twelves Miles High"
Carl Craig - "At Les"
Chemical Brothers - "It Doesn't Matter"
CLS - "Can You Feel It (In House Dub)"
Coco Steel and Lovebomb - "Feel It"
D.H.S. - "House of God"
Da Intalex - "What You Gonna do"
Daft Punk - "Rolling and Scratching"
Daft Punk - "Musique"
De Lacy - "Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)"
Dead Dred - "Dred Bass"
Deep Blue - "The Helicopter Tune"
Dem 2 - "Destiny (Sleepless)"
Dillinja - "Deep Love"
DJ Krust - "Set Speed"
DJ Solo - "Darkage"
DMS & Boneman X - "Sweet Vibrations"
Drexciya — "The Bubble Metropolis"
Ectomorph - "Telekinesis (live)"
Ed Rush - "Bludclot Artattack"
Edge — "Cmpnded"
F.U.S.E — "F.U.2."
Fatboy Slim - "Everybody Loves A Filter"
Felix - "Don't You Want Me"
Foul Play - "Open Your Mind (Foul Play Remix)"
Foul Play - "Survival"
Gant — "Sound Bwoy Burial (187 Lockdown Dancehall Mix)"
Genaside II - "Narra Mine"
Hawke - "3 Nudes Having Sax On Acid
Hyper-On Experience - "Lord of the Null Lines (Foul Play Remix)"
Incubus — "The Spirit"
Jam & Spoon - "Stella"
Jaydee — "Plastic Dreams"
Jonny L - "Hurt You So"
Josh Wink - "Higher State of Consciousness"
KMA - "Cape Fear"
KMA - "Kaotic Madness"
Krome & Time - "The Slammer"
LTJ Bukem - "Atlantis (I Need You)"
MA2 - "Hearing Is Believing (Remix)"
Maurizio - "M6"
Mescalinum United - "We Have Arrived"
Metalheads — "Angel"
Metalheads — "Terminator EP”
Missy Elliott - "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)"
Nasty Habits - "Shadowboxing"
New Horizon - "Find the Path"
Nightmares On Wax - "Aftermath"
Omni Trio - "Mystic Stepper (Feel Better)"
Orbital - "Chime"
Orbital - "Belfast"
Origin Unknown - "Valley of the Shadows"
Paul Van Dyk - "For An Angel"
Phoenicia — "Roba"
Photon Inc. - "Generate Power"
Phylyps (Basic Channel) - "Phylyps Trak"
Prana - "The Dream"
Primal Scream - "Higher Than The Sun"
Ragga Twins - "Mixed Truth"
Remarc - "RIP (DJ Hype Remix)"
Renegade — "Terrorist"
Renegade Legion - "Torsion"
Resilient - "1.2"
Roni Size & DJ Die - "Music Box"
Roy Davis Jnr - "Gabriel"
Rufige Cru - "Darkrider"
Rufige Cru - "Menace" (Reinforced)
Rythim Is Rythim - "Kao-Tic Harmony"
Shut Up and Dance - "Raving I'm Raving"
Smokin' Beats - "Dreams"
Sneaker Pimps - "Spin Spin Sugar (Armand's Dark Garage Mix)"
Splash — "Babylon"
Stardust - "Music Sounds Better With You"
Subnation — "Scottie"
SuperPower - "The Future Crusade"
Swift — "Just Roll"
T99 – "Anasthasia"
Test — "Overdub"
The Artful Dodger - "Re-Wind (The Crowd Say Bo Selector)"
The Future Sound of London - "Papua New Guinea"
The House Crew - "Euphoria (Nino's Dream)"
The KLF - "What Time Is Love"
Timbaland & Magoo - "Up Jumped Da Boogie"
Trace & Nico - "Squadron"
Tricky - "Aftermath"
Underground Resistance - "Death Star"
Underground Resistance - "Jupiter Jazz"
Underworld – "Rez"
Urban Shakedown - "Some Justice"
X-102 — "Sonic Destroyer"


FAVES OF THE 2000s aka the NOUGHTIES (2010)
His 2000s list is ranked, starting with 0 because why not?

0/ The Streets - Original Pirate Material
1/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - The Doldrums
2/ Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
3/ Vampire Weekend - s/t
4/ The Focus Group - Hey Let Loose Your Love
5/ Daft Punk - Discovery
6/ Various Artists - Run the Road
7/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Worn Copy
8/ Belbury Poly - The Willows
9/ The Good The Bad and the Queen - s/t
10/ Scritti Politti - White Bread Black Beer
11/ Radiohead - Kid A
12/ Mordant Music - Dead Air
13/ The Advisory Circle - Other Channels
14/ Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
15/ Burial - s/t
16/ Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
17/ Jay-Z - The Blueprint
18/ Moon Wiring Club - An Audience of Art Deco Eyes
19/ Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
20/ Blectum from Blechdom - Haus De Snaus
21/ Panda Bear - Person Pitch
22/ Kanye West - The College Dropout
23/ Isolee - Rest
24/ The Avalanches - Since I Left You
25/ Joanna Newsom - Ys
26/ Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
27/ The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
28/ Terror Danjah - Gremlinz
29/ J Dilla - The Shining
30/ Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
31/ Zomby - s/t
32/ Portishead - Third
33/ Villalobos - Alcachofa
34/ J Dilla - Donuts
35/ Blectum from Blechdom - The Messy Jesse Fiesta
36/ Dolphins Into the Future - Mountains Saturnus
37/ Animal Collective - Here Comes the Indian
38/ Pulp - We Love Life
39/ Cannibal Ox - Cold Vein
40/ Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance
41/ Clipse - Lord Willin'
42/ Lily Allen - Alright Still
43/ Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
44/ High Places - s/t
45/ Infinite Livez - Bush Meat
46/ Pitman - It Takes a Nation of Tossers
47/ Juana Molina - Son
48/ Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
49/ Avey Tare, Panda Bear & Geologist - Danse Manatee
50/ Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

1/ Dizzee Rascal, "I Luv U" b/w "Vexed"
2/ Daft Punk, "Digital Love"
3/ Vampire Weekend, "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
4/ Big E.D., "Frontline (Terror Danjah Remix)"
5/ Outkast, "Hey Ya"
6/ Missy Elliott, "Get UR Freak On"
7/ Lethal B featuring Fumin, D Double E, Nappa, Jamakabi, Neeko, Flow Dan, Ozzi B, Forcer, Demon & HotShot, "Pow (Forward)"
8/ Usher feat Lil Jon and Ludacris, “Yeah”
9/ Ludacris, "What's Your Fantasy"
10/ Vampire Weekend, "The Kids Don't Stand A Chance"
11/ Kanye West, "Thru the Wire"
12/ Vybz Kartel, "Sweet To The Belly"
13/ Jammer featuring Wiley, D Double E, Kano & Durty Doogz, "Destruction Remix"
14/ Wiley featuring Dizzee Rascal, "Ice Rink"
15/ Truesteppers featuring Victoria Beckham & Dane Bowers, "Out of Your Mind"
16/ TS7 featuring Tonia, “Smile”
17/ J Dilla, "Won't Do"
18/ Styles, “Good Times"
19/ Micachu and the Shapes, "Golden Phone"
20/ Kano, "Boys Love Girls"
21/ MC God's Gift versus Teebone, “Tribute to 32 MCs”
22/ Outkast, "The Way You Move"
23/ Jammer featuring D Double E, "Birds In the Sky"
24/ The Blackout Crew, "Put a Donk On It"
25/ Oxide & Neutrino , "Bound 4 Da Reload"
26/ Terror Danjah featuring Kano and Katie, “So Sure”
27/ Kelis, "Milkshake"
28/ Wonder featuring Kano, "What Have You Done"
29/ The Streets, “Let’s Push Things Forward/All Got Our Runnins”
30/ Lady Sovereign, “Cha Ching (Cheque 1, 2 Remix)”
31/ Terror Danjah featuring Hyper, Bruza, D Double E and Riko, "Cock Back"
32/ Genius Kru, “Course Bruv“
33/ DJ Marky & XRS featuring Stamina MC, "LK (Carolina Carol Bela)”
34/ Terror Danjah, Industry Standard EP
35/ Junior Boys, "Last Exit"
36/ Kano featuring D Double E and Demon, “Reload It”
37/ Burial, “Southern Comfort”
38/ Kanye West, "Love Lockdown"
39/ Villalobos, "Dexter"
40/ Clipse, “When The Last Time”
41/ The Dirty Projectors, "Stillness is the Move"
42/ Flirta D, "Warpspeed"
43/ The Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now”
44/ Musical Mob, "Pulse X (VIP Mix)”
45/ Teebone feat MC Sparks and MC Kie, "Fly Bi"
46/ J.O.Y, “Sunplus (DFA Remix)”
47/ Common, "The Light"
48/ Nelly Furtado, "Say It Right"
49/ Pitman, “Phone Pitman/Pitman Sez”
50/ Ludacris, "Southern Hospitality"

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Re: Simon Reynolds [UK]: Best of '90s (1999) and 00s (2010)

Post by Jeff »

There's also an addendum to the re-posted 2000s list:
"f i was to do it now... I'd probably put Discovery equal #1 with The Doldrums, and "Digital Love" equal first with "I Luv U"

And why aren't there at least two more DP singles from Discovery?

Also, I would possibly retroactively shove "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha in at #3 in singles even though I didn't fall for it or maybe even hear it until late 2010 ...

What else? I would shove Pinch "Qawwawali" in there somewhere in the mid-20s... Black Eyed Peas, "Boom Boom Pow", ditto... seems like there should be some Lily Allen songs in there, although i didn't hear them as singles (not being in the UK) but on the album... and what about Dizzee, "Bonkers"?... And then there's The Killers's "Mr Bright Side" (one of the few real radio rock anthems of the 2000s) - but in truth I didn't love that until I moved to LA and heard it as radio fodder (same goes for Jet, "Are You Gonna", "Litzomania", Miike Snow "Animal")."
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Re: Simon Reynolds [UK]: Best of '90s (1999) and '00s (2010)

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Songs that will be added due to the addition of these lists:

Acen | Close Your Eyes
Adam F | Circles
Dem 2 | Destiny
Genaside II | Narra Mine
Nasty Habits | Shadow Boxing
Underground Resistance | Jupiter Jazz
Vybz Kartel | Sweet to the Belly
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