A Most Excellent Year Mix (1901-2080)
Whether serving as nostalgia for days past, reflections on the present or visions of the future, years have served as inspiration for many artists, most recently Passion Pit whose new single, “Lifted Up (1985)”, proclaims in the chorus that “1985 was a good year” (which I tend to agree with, it being the year I was born). Here’s a mix (in chronological order) of songs that were inspired by various years, from Phoenix’s “1901” to Yeasayer’s “2080”. Click here to listen to the mix on Spotify.

01. Phoenix - 1901
02. The Tallest Man On Earth - 1904
03. PHOX - 1936
04. Harry Nilsson - 1941
05. Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945
06. Explosions in the Sky - Postcards from 1952
07. New Order - 1963
08. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
09. David Bowie - 1984
10. Passion Pit - Lifted Up (1985)
11. Death Cab for Cutie - Expo ‘86
12. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Tornado ‘87
13. Summer Camp - 1988
14. Blur - 1992
15. The Wombats - 1996
16. Prince - 1999
17. Pulp - Disco 2000
18. Los Campesinos! - 2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)
19. Arctic Monkeys - 2013
20. Yeasayer - 2080


Lorde. Vevo Lift, Sponsored by McDonald’s. Influences.

‘This year I discovered a guy called Sohn and he’s got this beautiful… almost, like, feminine voice. Magical Cloudz this record is quite simple, singer-songwriter music that’s so, so honest and just like roar and it hits such a note. This is the new Yeasayer. I love Yeasayer they’re one of the first bands for me that I listened to when I was thirteen and I was like… life changing.’   

Songs That People Should Really Listen To (with links)

So I did these on my last blog, so might as well continue the tradition!

Who cares if your music is old, or new. If you can sing every single word or only know the chorus. If you like it, and it brings you joy and life then listen to the Backstreet Boys or Gang Starr, fucking Beethoven if you want.