Friday, December 23, 2005


A sample of best of picks from around the internet and across the magazine stands - you can find more lists referenced by Metacritic and DJ Martian's wonderful overview of best-ofs.

NPR's All Songs Considered:
Best album: Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Customer's Favourite: Coldplay - X&YEditor's Pick of 2005 albums: Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
( have an unordered list of albums, on which Stevens doesn't register

American Music Awards:
Favourite Rock Album: Green Day - American Idiot

BBC Collective best of 2005
BBC Collective users post their picks

Mark Beaumont - Sleepingwiththenme eye candy:
Best track: Hard-fi - Hard To Beat

Best Sellers in the UK:
Best selling single: Tony Christie - Is This The Way To Amarillo?
Best selling album: James Blunt - Back To Bedlam

Edith Bowman, Radio One:
Best track: Amerie - One Thing

Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney - according to CMJ:
Best album: Judee Sill - Dreams Come True

Tim Burgess, The Charlatans - according to Filter:
Best album: Black Mountain - Black Mountain

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards:
Best Rock Album: Forever - Something to Dream Of

Rob Da Bank, Radio One:
Best track: Scotch Egg - Scotch Chicken

Chatanooga Pulse:
Local album of the year: Hey Penny - Use These Spoons
Top song: The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
Top album: Various Artists - One Kiss Can Lead To Another ("This 120 track girl group boxed set isn’t a “greatest hits” compilation from the ‘60s. It’s something far more interesting, digging up mostly obscure would-be hits for a parade of innocence emerging into experience.")

Best album: Animal Collective - Feels

Deerhoof - according to CMJ:
Best album: Wayne Shorter - Beyond The Sound Barrier

Stephen Deusner, Memphis Flyer:
Best album: Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy

Andrew Earles, Memphis Flyer:
Best albums: Dinosaur Jr reissues

Leslie Feist, Feist - according to Filter:
Best album: Juana Molina - Segundo

Filter Magazine:
Best album: Sigur Ros - Takk

Four Tet - according to CMJ:
Best album: Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas

Alison Goldfrapp, according to Pitchfork
Best music: Motorhead - Ace of Spades (reissue)

Guardian Film & Music review of the year's big trend - internet fanbases.

Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer:
Best album: The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

I Love Music regulars post their lists

Indie MP3 readers' poll:
Best tracks: Crack Babies - Smoking At Gas Stations;
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot;
The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love
Best albums: Brakes - Give Blood;
The Envelopes - Demon;
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Best bands: Bridge Gang;
The Envelopes

Indie for Dummies Poll of 100 bloggers:
Best album: Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Best album: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now's The Ticket: "For me, this was the year of The Arcade Fire"
Picks of the year: The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Ali Farka, Toure & Toumani Diabate - In The Heart of the Moon
Common: Be
Konono No 1: Congotronics
Cane 141: Moonpool

Junkmedia: "It was a good year for music and Junkmedia":
Best album: Spoon - Gimmie Fiction

Latin Grammys:
Best record: Alejandro Sanz - Tu No Tienes Alma
Best album: Ivan Lins - Cantando Historias

Shirley Manson - Garbage, according to Filter:
Best album: MIA - Arular

Maria, from Total Rock's Sex To 9:
Best album: Scar Sympathy - Symetric In Design

Conor McNicholas, NME editor:
Best track: White Rose Moevement - Love Is A Number

Best-reviewed album: Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Ross Millard, Futureheads, according to Pitchfork
Best music: Field Music - Field Music

Alan Miller, Filter publisher:
Best album: Embrace - Out of Nothing

Scott Mills, Radio One:
Best track: 2Pac - Ghetto Gospel

Mr. Red Penguin:
Best album: Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Krissi Murison - NME Radar editor:
Best track: Snow White - Bored

James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem, according to Pitchfork
Best music: Black Dice - Broken Ear Record

The Music Box:
Best album: Neil Young - Prairie Wind

Trevor Nelson, Radio One:
Best track: Robin Thicke - Wanna Love Ya

Annie Nightingale, Radio One:
Best track: Splitloop, Here On Business

NME: "Music - particularly British music - was magical again in 2005"
Best album: Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Best track: the Futureheads - Hounds of Love
Best book: Simon Reynolds - Rip It Up and Start Again
Best music dvd: Dig!

Observer Music Monthly: "A small handful of favourites emerged, but we were left with a list of well over 100 discs of almost bewildering variety. What did this mean? We think it's a reflection of how everyone's tastes have changed in this age of the iPod. There's more music being made than ever before (think of the explosion in cheap equipment and therefore creativity right across the globe), and we've finally become less fussy about what we listen to (it helps that were exposed to more, as TV background music, for instance; while online, it's easy to sample music for free)."
Best album: Anthony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
Reader's best album: Arcade Fire - Funeral
Best DVD: Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
Best music book: Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft

The Onion AV Club:
Least essential album: TATU - Moving and Dangerous

Ian Parton, The Go! Team, according to Pitchfork
Best music: Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die

Picadilly Records, Manchester - "We accept that it might not be similar to all the other thousands of 'identikit' charts that you're going to be reading in various publications up to the new year, but what would be the point of that? We've also noticed that a lot of those charts have the excellent Arcade Fire "Funeral" album very high (number one in many), and you're probably thinking where the hell is it in the 'Piccadilly chart'. Well the reason is because we were selling US import copies of it last year, and being the musical purists that we are(!) we felt it would be wrong to list it."
Best album: Magnolia Electric Co - What Comes After The Blues
Best seller: Gorillaz - Dirty Harry

Best single: Anthony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone

Popmatters: "The weirdest moments of 2005 were when it felt like the second coming of 2004: weren't we just discussing critically acclaimed albums by Kanye West, Franz Ferdinand, and Animal Collective, like, 12 months ago?"
Best album: The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Best electronic album: Richie Hawtin - DE9 Transitions
Best jazz album: Theolonious Monk Quartet with John Coltraine - Live
Best country album: Laura Cantrell - Humming by the Flowered Vine "Billie Joe Armstrong gave kids everywhere one positive message: you can wear make-up and be tough at the same time. And we love him for that."

Radio One One Music Festive Fifty:
Number one: Jeggsy Dodd - Grumpy Old Men

Top-rated album: Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Jason Reece, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - according to Filter:
Best album: AYWKUBTTOD - World's Apart

Tim Rice-Oxley, Keane, according to Glide:
Best album: MIA - Arular
Favourite live performance: Rufus Wainwright

Rolling Stone:
Best record: Kanye West - Late Registration

Rough Trade Record Shop sales & staff vote - "A truly great album and one that got more number one staff votes than any other in recent years" (Commentary from No Rock)
Best album: Brakes - Give Blood

Salon: "The past year has been a great one for legal downloads of music, as more and more artists and labels have realized that giving away some songs is free publicity and good business practice. As a general rule, major labels are still abstaining, as are the worlds of jazz and classical music, but there have been promising exceptions, and there will surely be more in 2006."
Best download: Coco Rosie: Beautiful Boyz

Ruyichi Sakamoto - according to CMJ:
Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Krischner - Post Piano 2

Blake Sennet, Rilo Kiley - according to Filter:
Best album: Feist - Let It Die

Paul Smith, Maximo Park, according to Pitchfork
Best music: Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love

Sister Ray Record Shop, London:
Best album: Arcade Fire - Funeral

The Sun Bizarre Reader's poll:
Best male: Will Young
Best female: Madonna
Best band: Coldplay
Best rock: Oasis
Best album: X&Y - Coldplay
Best single: James Blunt - You’re Beautiful
Best DJ: Chris Moyles
Bizarre asbo: Pete Doherty
Sack the stylist: Britney Spears

Sweeping The Nation: "The first tabloid reports that Pete and Kate were an item were printed on 18th January and it's felt like a particularly overreaching post-watershed Channel 4 drama ever since, completely obscuring the Babyshambles album from view and ensuring Jon Culshaw is probably working on the impression right now."
Best album: Arcade Fire - Funeral
Best single: Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Take Your Medicine UK Blogger's Poll (Commentary from No Rock)
Hottest UK act: Girls Aloud
Take Your Medicine's choice
Best track: The Bridge Gang - London Sky Tonight
Best band: The Go! Team

Tankboy from Donewaiting:
Best album: LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem

The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday:
Best track: Arcade Fire - Cold Wind

Anthony Thornton, NME reviews editor:
Best track: Rufus Wainwright - The Art Teacher

Time Out London edition:
Reader's choice album: Coldplay - X&Y
Writer's choice album: Arcade Fire - Funeral

The Anti-Hit List from the Toronto Star:
Best music: Diplo - Favela Strikes Back

Best singles: Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock

Best album: The National - Alligator

Uncut magazine:
Best music DVD: Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
Best album: Arcade Fire - Funeral
Best reissue:

Urban Music Awards
Best album: Jamelia - Thank You

Ricky Wilson, Kaiser Chiefs - according to Filter:
Best album: Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

Roddy Woomble, Idlewild - according to Filter:
Best album: Sons And Daughters - The Repulsion Box

Yuri Wuensch, Edmonton Sun columnist:
Best electronic album: Diplo - FabricLive24

We'll update this as more polls and lists roll in

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