Ok, so let’s do the counting backwards stuff cos it’s so goddamned suspenseful!
20. Radiohead: Nude
The standout track on In Rainbows, yet it only truly came to life for me when they held their remix competition earlier in the year. The Thomas Dolby version is particularly lovely.
19. Antony & The Johnsons: Another World
He snuck in there right at the end, but he lead track on the EP is another gorgeous slice of ethereal oddness. (not the last you’ll hear of Antony either in this countdown…)
18. Janet Jackson: Feedback
Pop music from the future: amazingly saucy and silly and sonically amazing. How HOW did this flop?
17. Goldfrapp: A&E
“Ok, we’re tired of being robo-perv electro glam. What next? Pastoral folk? Fine.”
16. Lisa Hannigan: Pistachio
The album is oddly emotionless apart from this standout track. And even this one veers a bit too close to the Fallon & Byrne pseudo pixie stuff. (“Ms Hannigan doesn’t like her photo taken. You might show it to the toadstool thieves!”)
15. Santogold: L.E.S. Artistes
No idea what she’s on about, but she’s barfing gold stuff on her cd sleeve so it must be good.
14. MGMT: Time to Pretend
See also: Kids, Electric Feel. ANTHEM!
13. Meck: So Strong (Inpetto remix)
It turns Hold That Sucker Down by OT Quartet into a 2008 poppers-aloft trancey anthem. (I’m reading too much Popjustice methinks).
12. Wiley: Wearing My Rolex
“What do we do?” “Usually drink usually dance usually bubble”
11. will.i.am feat. Cheryl Cole: Heartbreaker
Immaculate production for the radio. Just immaculate.
10 to 1 on the way! Will it be Alexandra Burke? (No.)