17 Seconds Festive 50 2019

Well, this has been a task and a half, so this year, there are fifty tracks, forty seven done in an alphabetical list by artist, and finally three tracks given gold, silver and bronze ranking.

Attic Choir ‘Bleeding Grounds.’

Ardentjohn ‘Malin Head.’ ‘I Wasn’t There.’ ‘Magic Everywhere.’

Chvrches ‘Death Stranding.’

Cigarettes After Sex ‘Heavenly.’

Leonard Cohen ‘Happens To the Heart.’ ‘It’s Torn.’

Cranberries ‘Wake Me When It’s over.’

Divine Comedy ‘Norman and Norma.’

Katie Doherty and the Navigatots ‘Heartbeat Ballroom.’

Billie Eilish ‘Bad Guy.’ ‘Everything I Wanted.’ ‘Wish You Were Gay.’

Craig Finn ‘Blankets.’ ‘Something To Hope For.’

Fontaines DC ‘Boys In The Better Band.’

Ezra Furman ‘Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone.’

Georgia ‘About Work the Dancefloor.’

Haim ‘Hallelujah.’

Hackney Colliery Band ‘Netsanet.’

Heartland Roots Band ‘Breaking Away.’ ‘Gasoline.’

JARV IS ‘Must I Evolve.’

Kano ‘Trouble.’

Chaka Khan ‘Like Sugar.’ ‘Hello Happiness.’

Lizzo ‘Cuz I Love You.’ ‘Good As Hell.’

George Michael ‘This Is How We Want You To Get High.’

Mura Masa featuring Slowthai ‘Deal With It.’

National ‘Light Years.’

Oceans Over Alderan ‘Sevenfour.’ ‘Falters.’

Pixies ‘On Graveyard Hill.’

Playing House ‘Not Good.’

Karine Polwart ‘Chance.’

Rev Magnetic ‘Gloaming.’

Sam Lee featuring Liz Fraser ‘The Moon Shines Bright.’

Sigrid ‘Sucker Punch.’

Specials ‘Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys.’

Spearmint ’24 Hours in A&E.’ ‘Senseless.’

Stormzy ‘Vossi Bop.’

Taylor Swift ‘You Need To Calm Down.’

Twilight Sad ‘Rats.’

Waterboys ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.’

Finally the top three…

Bronze: Lewis ‘LPS.’

Silver: Metronomy ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream.’

Jenna Reid ‘Hallgrimskirkja.’

And, here are the majority of the tracks in a convenient Spotify playlist!

17 Seconds Festive Fifty 2017

  1. Young Fathers ‘Only God Knows.’
  2. Lana Del Rey ‘Love.’
  3. Stormzy ‘Big For Your Boots.’
  4. Meursault ‘Klopfgeist.’
  5. Deerhoof feat Jenn Wasner ‘I Will Spite Survive.’
  6. Dave ‘Question Time.’
  7. Breeders ‘Wait In The Car.’
  8. Siobhan Wilson ‘Whatever Helps.’
  9. Playing House ‘Jelly Legs.’
  10. Attic Choir ‘shHAarp.’
  11. National ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.’
  12. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ‘Holy Mountain.’
  13. Jammz ‘Oh Please.’
  14. Meursault ‘I Will Kill Again.’
  15. Mogwai ‘Party In The Dark.’
  16. Belle & Sebastian ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot.’
  17. Wolf Alice ‘Yuk Foo.’
  18. Mark Lanegan ‘Nocturne.’
  19. Loyle Carner ‘No CD.’
  20. Go! Team ‘Semicircle Song.’
  21. Cigarettes After Sex ‘K.’
  22. Sparks ‘Edith Piaf (Said It Better).’
  23. U.S. Girls ‘Mad As Hell.’
  24. Future Islands ‘Ran.’
  25. Erasure ‘Love You To The Sky.’
  26. Mogwai ‘Coolverine.’
  27. LCD Soundsystem ‘Call The Police.’
  28. Arcade Fire ‘Everything Now.’
  29. Alvvays ‘In Undertow.’
  30. Ice Cube ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop.’
  31. Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd ‘Lust For Life.’
  32. Lorde ‘Green Light.’
  33. Gold Filter ‘Dust.’
  34. Chilly Gonzalez & Jarvis Cocker ‘Tearjerker.’
  35. LCD Soundsystem ‘American Dream.’
  36. Spook School ‘Less Than Perfect.’
  37. Parcels ‘Overnight.’
  38. Deerhoof featuring Awkwafina ‘Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You.’
  39. Belle & Sebastian ‘We Were Beautiful.’
  40. Cigarettes After Sex ‘Each Time You Fall In Love.’
  41. London Grammar ‘Rooting For You.’
  42. Big Shaq ‘Man’s Not Hot.’
  43. Morrissey ‘Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s On the Stage.’
  44. Young Fathers ‘Lord.’
  45. Jesus & Mary Chain ‘Amputation.’
  46. Pale Honey ‘Why Do I Always Feel This Way?’
  47. Alvvays ‘Dreams Tonite.’
  48. Depeche Mode ‘Where The Revolution?’
  49. Pale Waves ‘There’s A Honey.’
  50. Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert ‘Bad And Boujee.’

Lest we forget

2016 Christine and the Queens ‘Tilted.’

2015 Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best.’

2014 St. Vincent ‘Digital Witness.’

2013 Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky.’

2012 Grimes ‘Genesis.’ 

2011 Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’

2010 eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’

2009 Peter Parker ‘Swallow the Rockets.’

2008 Wedding Present ‘The Trouble With Men.’

2007 Emma Pollock ‘Adrenaline.’

2006 Long Blondes ‘Weekend Without Make-Up.’


17 Seconds Festive 50 2016

  1. Christine & the Queens ‘Tilted.’
  2. Michael Kiwanuka ‘Black Man In A White World.’
  3. Kano ‘T-Shirt Weather In The Manor.’
  4. Playing House ‘New Haircut.’
  5. Michael Kiwanuka ‘Cold Little Heart.’
  6. David Bowie ‘Lazarus.’
  7. PJ Harvey ‘The Wheel.’
  8. Skepta ‘Man.’
  9. Last Battle ‘The Sound Of Forgiveness.’
  10. Woodpigeon ‘Faithful.’
  11. Emma Pollock ‘Parks And Recreation.’
  12. Pictish Trail ‘Dead Connection.’
  13. Frank Ocean ‘Nikes.’
  14. Kid Canaveral ‘First We Take Dumbarton.’
  15. Meursault ‘Simple Is Good.’
  16. Of Montreal ‘It’s Different For Girls.’
  17. Pictish Trail ‘Far Gone (Don’t Leave).’
  18. Olivier Alary ‘Nollywood.’
  19. Kate Bush ‘And Dream Of Sheep (live).’
  20. Biffy Clyro ‘Animal Style.’
  21. Dinosaur Jr ‘Goin’ Down.’
  22. Playing House ‘Grapefruit.’
  23. Radiohead ‘Burn The Witch.’
  24. Field Music ‘The Noisy Days Are Over.’
  25. Florence + the Machine ‘Wish That You Were Here.’
  26. Kills ‘Whirling Eye.’
  27. Ben Watt ‘New Year Of Grace.’
  28. Wedding Present ‘Rachel.’
  29. Underworld ‘I Exhale.’
  30. M.I.A. ‘ Go Off.’
  31. Designer ‘Panda.’
  32. Dinosaur Jr. ‘Tiny.’
  33. Sia featuring Sean Paul ‘Cheap Thrills.’
  34. Beyoncé ‘Formation.’
  35. Olivier Alary ‘Yangtze.’
  36. Let’s Eat Grandma ‘ Shiitake Mushrooms.’
  37. Zayn ‘Pillowtalk.’
  38. Strokes ‘Oblivius.’
  39. XX ‘On Hold.’
  40. Alicia Keys ‘In Common.’
  41. Massive Attack ‘Ritual Spirit.’
  42. Bob Marley & the Wailers featuring LVUNDSCAPE & Boiler ‘Is This Love?’
  43. Rihanna featuring Drake ‘Work.’
  44. Deerhoof ‘Life is Suffering.’
  45. Lucy Roleff ‘Aspen.’
  46. De Rosa ‘Spectres.’
  47. Whitney ‘No Woman.’
  48. Stone Roses ‘Beautiful Thing.’
  49. Regina Spektor ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’
  50. Swells ‘White Noise.’

It has been a quiteer year on the blog, what with study and being ill…I will try and do better next year!

Less we forget:

Lest we forget…

2015 Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best.’
2014 St. Vincent ‘Digital Witness.’
2013 Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky.’
2012 Grimes ‘Genesis.’
2011 Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’
2010 eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’
2009 Peter Parker ‘Swallow The Rockets.’
2008 Wedding Present ‘The Trouble With Men.’
2007 Emma Pollock ‘Adrenaline.’
2006 Long Blondes ‘Weekend Without Make-up.’


17 Seconds Festive 50 2015

Courtney Barnett

1. Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best.’
2. Florence and the machine ‘What Kind Of Man.’
3. Libertines ‘Gunga Din.’
4. Chvrches ‘Leave A Trace.’
5. Go! Team ‘The Scene Between.’
6. Blur ‘Go Out.’
7. Pale Honey ‘Youth.’
8. My Morning Jacket ‘Big Decisions.’
9. Weeknd ‘Earned It.’
10. Sleater-Kinney ‘Bury our Friends.’
11. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk.’
12. Women’s Hour ‘Dancing In The Dark.’
13. Chemical Brothers ‘Go.’
14. David Bowie ‘Black star.’
15. Julia Holter ‘Feel You.’
16. Kurt Vile ‘Pretty Pimpin’.’
17. Eagles Of Death Metal ‘Save A Prayer.’
18. Bjork ‘Stonemilker.’
19. Slow Riot ‘City Of Culture.’
20. Django Django ‘First Light.’
21. Midas Fall ‘Tramadol Baby.’
22. Mercury Rev ‘Central Park East.’
23. All We Are ‘Ebb/Flow.’
24. Pharrell Williams ‘Freedom.’
25. Zohara ‘Bass & drum.’
26. John Grant featuring Tracy Thorn ‘Disappointing.’
27. 1975 ‘Love Me.’
28. Low ‘What Part Of Me.’
29. Chvrches ‘Never Ending Circles.’
30. Kendrick Lamar ‘King Kunta.’
31. New Order ‘Restless.’
32. Lana Del Rey ‘High By The Beach.’
33. Wavves ‘Heavy Metal Detox.’
34. Jamie XX featuring Romy ‘Loud Places.’
35. Crystal Castles ‘Deicide.’
36. Sia ‘Alive.’
37. Adele ‘Hello.’
38. Foals ‘what Went Down.’
39. Sufjan Stevens ‘No Shadow In The Shade Of The Cross.’
40. Mercury Rev ‘Queen Of Swarms.’
41. Maccabees ‘Marks To Prove It.’
42. Sam Smith ‘The Writing’s On The Wall.’
43. Suede ‘Outsiders.’
44. Beirut ‘No No No.’
45. Skepta ‘Shut Down.’
46. Yo La Tengo ‘Friday I’m In Love.’
47. Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney ‘FourFiveSeconds.’
48. LA Priest ‘Learning To Love.’
49. FKA Twigs ‘Figure 8.’
50. Purity Ring ‘Begin Again.’

And if you haven’t heard (m)any of these songs, here’s a handily put together playlist which features all bar one of the songs (Woman’s Hour’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ which you can stream here)

Lest we forget…
2014 St. Vincent ‘Digital Witness.’
2013 Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky.’
2012 Grimes ‘Genesis.’
2011 Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’
2010 eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’
2009 Peter Parker ‘Swallow The Rockets.’
2008 Wedding Present ‘The Trouble With Men.’
2007 Emma Pollock ‘Adrenaline.’
2006 Long Blondes ‘Weekend Without Make-up.’

17 Seconds Festive 50 2014

1. St. Vincent ‘Digital Witness.’
2. Lisa Gerrard ‘Adrift.’
3. Last Battle ‘None Of That.’
4. New Pornographers ‘War On The East Coast.’
5. Withered Hand ‘King Of Hollywood.’
6. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds ‘Give Us A Kiss.’
7. David Bowie ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime).’
8. Belle & Sebastian ‘Nobody’s Empire.’
9. Future Islands ‘Seasons (Waiting On You).’
10. Last Battle ‘Wherever Our Feet Take Us.’
11. Paloma Faith ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This.’
12. Sharon van Etten ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up.’
13. Gruff Rhys ‘American Interior.’
14. Sia ‘Chandelier.’
15. Damon Albarn ‘Lonely Press Play.’
16. Morrissey ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business.’
17. Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off.’
18. Twilight Sad ‘Last January.’
19. John Tavener ‘The Lamb (Baile remix).’
20. We Were Promised Jetpacks ‘Safety In Numbers.’
21.The War On Drugs ‘Under The Pressure.’
22. Wild Beasts ‘Wanderlust.’
23. Stanley Odd ‘Son I Voted Yes.’
24. Warpaint ‘Love Is To Die.’
25. Jack White ‘Lazaretto.’
26. Lana Del Rey ‘West Coast.’
27. Jonnie Common ‘ODB.’
28. Prides ‘Out Of The Blue.’
29. Lizzo ‘Bus Passes And Happy Meals.’
30. Manic Street Preachers ‘Europa Geht Durch Mich.’
31. La Roux ‘Let Me Down Gently.’
32. Horrors ‘So Now You Know.’
33. Wu-Tang Clan ‘ Ruckus In B Minor.’
34. Cure ‘Hello Goodbye.’
35. James ‘Moving On.’
36. Pharrell Williams ‘Marilyn Monroe.’
37. New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers.’
38. Broken Records ‘Toska.’
39. BMX Bandits ‘My Girl Midge.’
40. Primitives ‘Spino-rama.’
41. David Bowie ‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore.’
42. Meghan Trainor ‘All About That Bass.’
43. Vaselines ‘High Tide Low Tide.’
44. CGIV ‘Autumn.’
45. Aphex Twin ‘Mimipops 67[120.2][source field mix]
46. Belle & Sebastian ‘The Party Line.’
47. Kate Tempest ‘Lonely Daze.’
48. Honeyblood ‘Bud.’
49. Chrissie Hynde ‘Dark Sunglasses.’
50. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynn ‘Rather Be.’

Lest we forget… Previous 17 Seconds Festive 50 winners

2013 Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky.’
2012 Grimes ‘Genesis.’
2011 Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’
2010 eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’
2009 Peter Parker ‘Swallow The Rockets.’
2008 Wedding Present ‘The Trouble With Men.’
2007 Emma Pollock ‘Adrenaline.’
2006 Long Blondes ‘Weekend Without Make Up.’

Comments welcome, but be respectful

17 Seconds’ Festive Fifty 2013

Yup, the moment you’ve been waiting for…my favourite fifty tracks of 2013


1. Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky.’
2. Mogwai ‘What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?’
3. Chvrches ‘The Mother We Share.’
4. Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge ‘White Noise.’
5. Arctic Monkeys ‘Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
6. David Bowie ‘Where Are They Now?’
7. Haim ‘Save Me.’
8. Withered Hand ‘Black Tambourine.’
9. Steve Mason ‘Come To Me.’
10.Last Battle ‘Perfecting The Art Of Saying Nothing.’
11.Dead Flowers ‘Make It Bright.’
12.Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ‘Jubilee Street.’
13.Chvrches ‘Recover.’
14.National ‘Fireproof.’
15.Euros Childs ‘Trick Of The Mind.’
16.Girl Called Johnny ‘Heaven Knows.’
17.Suede ‘Barriers.’
18.Tegan & Sara ‘Closer.’
19.Savages ‘She Will.’
20.Primal Scream ‘2013.’
21.M.I.A. ‘Bring The Noize.’
22.Lorde ‘Royals.’
23.Sparrow and the Workshop ‘The Faster You Spin.’
24.Laura Mvula ‘Green Garden.’
25.Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Sacrilege.’
26.Parquet Courts ‘N Dakota.’
27.Daft Punk ‘Instant Crush.’
28.Crocodiles ‘She Splits Me Up.’
29.Joanna Gruesome ‘Sugar Crush.’
30.Prince ‘Breakfast Can Wait.’
31.Laura Mvula ‘Morning Dew.’
32.New Model Army ‘Horsemen.’
33.Foals ‘Late Night.’
34.Dead Flowers ‘The Beach.’
35.Mark Lanegan ‘Solitaire.’
36.Arcade Fire ‘Reflektor.’
37.Teleman ‘Cristina.’
38.Parquet Courts ‘Stoned and Starving.’
39.Those Darlins’ Oh God.’
40.Fall ‘Sir William Wray.’
41.Anna Calvi ‘Suddenly.’
42.Depeche Mode ‘Soothe My Soul.’
43.Black Sabbath ‘God Is Dead?’
44.Nadine Shah ‘To Be A Young Man.’
45.Pixies ‘Indie Cindy.’
46.Greek Street Band ‘Harbour This Love.’
47.Mark Lanegan ‘You Only Live Twice.’
48.Luke Haines ‘The Angel Of The North.’
49.Prince ‘Screwdriver.’
50.Franz Ferdinand ‘Right Action.’

There will, no doubt be the usual moans: ‘All white blokes with guitars.’ ‘No women.’ ‘All Obscure stuff.’ ‘No support given to the Scottish music scene.’ Not true, and at the end of the day, these are my favourite tracks that were released this year (even if there may be a couple that came out last year but qualify because they appeared on the parent album this year). It isn’t supposed to be hip, or post-modern.

Lest we forget: those previous 17 Seconds Festive 50 winners…
2012 Grimes ‘Genesis.’
2011 Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’
2010 eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’
2009 Peter Parker ‘Swallow The Rocket.’
2008 Wedding Present ‘The Trouble With Men.’
2007 Emma Pollock ‘Adrenaline.’
2006 Long Blondes ‘Weekend Without Make Up.’

17 Seconds Festive Fifty 2012


1. Grimes ‘Genesis.’
2. King Creosote ‘Ankle Shackles.’
3. Bobby Womack ‘Please Forgive My Heart.’
4. Blur ‘Under The Westway.’
5. Burial ‘Kindred.’
6. Frank Ocean ‘Pyramids.’
7. Bat For Lashes ‘Laura.’
8. Carter Damm ‘Clowning.’
9. Cat Power ‘Ruin.’
10.Antony & the Johnsons ‘Cut The World.’
11.Miniature Dinosaurs ‘Next Of Kin.’
12.Last Battle ‘The Crunching.’
13.Twin Shadow ‘Five Seconds.’
14.Liars ‘No.1 Against The Rush.’
15.Meursault ‘Flittin’.’
16.Mark Lanegan Band ‘The Gravedigger’s Song.’
17.Withered Hand ‘It’s A Wonderful Lie.’
18.Jack White ‘Sixteen Saltines.’
19.Last Battle ‘Hope Is Gold.’
20.Aggi Doom ‘Bring Me The Head.’
21.Burial ‘The Loner.’
22.Blur ‘The Puritan.’
23.Hiva Oa ‘Badger.’
24.First Aid Kit ‘Emmylou.’
25.Miniature Dinosaurs ‘Lemonade.’
26.Frightened Rabbit ‘State Hospital.’
27.Shy & DRS featuring Sandi Thom ‘The Love Is Gone.’
28.Spiritualized ‘Hey Jane.’
29.Stanley Odd ‘Get Out Ma Headspace.’
30.Cancel The Astronauts ‘I Sold My Soul (And This Is All I Got)’
31.King Creosote ‘Doubles Underneath.’
32.Withered Hand ‘Inbetweens.’
33.Wedding Present ‘You Jane.’
34.Palma Violets ‘Best Of Friends.’
35.Plan B ‘Ill Manors.’
36.Spook School ‘Here We Go.’
37.Vaccines ‘Teenage Icon.’
38.Scott Walker ‘Epizootics!’
39.Soap&Skin ‘Wonder.’
40.Adele ‘Skyfall.’
41.Dead Can Dance ‘Children Of The Sun.’
42.Burial ‘Ashtray Wasp.’
43.RM Hubbert ‘Car Song.’
44.Flaming Lips featuring Erykah Badu ‘The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.’
45.Jesus, Baby! ‘the Caterpillar Tango.’
46.King Creosote ‘On The Night Of The Bonfire.’
47.M.I.A. ‘Bad Girls.’
48.Cornershop ‘What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag?’
49.Spook School ‘Cameraman.’
50.Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again.’

Cue the usual criticisms:

Why aren’t there any women in the list?
I’m sure that Grimes, Bat For Lashes, Cat Power, M.I.A., Adele, Soap&Skin, First Aid Kit, to say nothing of the female members of Spook School, Aggi Doom and Carter Damm are intrigued that they aren’t female enough for you.

Why is it all white people with guitars?
Er, really? Michael Kiwanuka, M.I.A, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and Bobby Womack, amongst others might have something to say about that.

Why do you never include any Scottish artists?
See no.s 2, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29-32, 36, 43, 45, 46, 49…

Why aren’t Grizzly Bear in there?
Because they don’t do anything for me. Neither do the XX, before you ask.

How dare you include Adele?
How dare you not include her? The sole thing to qualify an entry for this list is that it has come out this year. Not how cool does some fashion nazi think they are.

The hipster blogs lists don’t look anything like this.


Albums to follow soon…

17 Seconds Festive Fifty 2011


Finally up – but I will update these further soon…

1. Hiatus featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Insurrection.’
2. PJ Harvey ‘The Words That Maketh Murder.’
3. Cocknbullkid ‘Hold Onto Your Misery.’
4. Rob St. John ‘Domino.’
5. Bjork ‘Crystalline (Omar Souleyman version).’
6 For Abel ‘Yorkshire.’
7. Last Battle ‘Viv Nicolson.’
8. Kurt Vile ‘Society Is My Friend.’
9. Kid Canaveral & King Creosote ‘Homeview and a run.’
10. Fiction Faction ‘Malenky Lizards.’
11. Cat’s Eyes ‘I Knew It Was Over (Live From Vatican video).’
12. King Post Kitsch ‘Don’t You Touch My Fucking Honeytone.’
13. Emmylou Harris ‘My Name Is Emmett Till.’
14. Butcher Boy ‘Imperial.’
15. Anna Calvi ‘Suzanne & I.’
16. Belle & Sebastian ‘I Didn’t See It Coming (Cold Cave remix).’
17. Beth Jeans Houghton ‘Liliput.’
18. Adele ‘Rolling In the Deep.’
19. Frightened Rabbit featuring Tracyanne Campbell ‘Fuck This Place.’
20. Last Battle ‘Floored.’
21. Spook School ‘History.’
22. Mogwai ‘Get To France.’
23. Wilco ‘Art Of Almost.’
24. King Creosote & John Hopkins ‘Bubble.’
25. Help Stamp Out Loneliness ‘Record Shop.’
26. Kate Bush ‘Wild Man.’
27. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat ‘The Copper Top.’
28. Twilight Sad ‘Sick.’
29. Tamborines ‘Black and Blue.’
30. Spook School ‘Are You Who You Think You Are?’
31. PJ Harvey ‘Let England Shake.’
32. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins ‘Running On Fumes.’
33. M83 ‘Midnight City.’
34. Sargasso Trio ‘Dinner.’
35. Kurt Vile ‘Baby’s Arms.’
36. Yuck ‘Georgia.’
37. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat ‘Dinner Time’
38. We Were Promised Jetpacks ‘Act On Impulse.’
39. June Tabor & Oysterband ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart.’
40. Mogwai ‘San Pedro.’
41. Shonen Knife ‘Perfect Freedom.’
42. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks ‘Senators.’
43. Howler ‘This One’s Different.’
44. Kites ‘Brother.’
45. We Were Promised Jetpacks ‘Medicine.’
46. Wild Flag ‘Romance.’
47. Mates Of State ‘Maracas.’
48. Wake The President ‘Stockholm’s Archipelago.’
49. Emeli Sandie ‘Heaven.’
50. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks ‘Tigers.’

17 Seconds Festive Fifty 2010


Here we go!

1. eagleowl ‘No Conjunction.’
2. M.I.A. ‘Born Free.’
3. Zola Jesus ‘Sea Talk.’
4. Kid Canaveral ‘You Only Went Out To Get Drunk Last Night.’
5. Meursault ‘Crank Resolutions.’
6. She’s Hit ‘RE:PEATER’
7. The Suzan ‘Home.’
8. Broken Records with Jill Sullivan ‘Dia dos Mamorados!’
9. Viv Albertine ‘Never Come.’
10. Blur ‘Fool’s Day.’
11. The Futureheads ‘Heartbeat Song.’
12. The Burns Unit ‘Send Them Kids To War.’
13. Dum Dum Girls ‘Jail La La.’
14. Mitchell Museum ‘Warning Bells.’
15. Kid Canaveral ‘Good Morning.’
16. Tokyo Knife Attack ‘Cool Kids.’
17. Aberfeldy ‘In Denial.’
18. The Vaselines ‘I Hate The 80s.’
19. Kylie Minogue ‘All the Lovers.’
20. Come On Gang! ‘Fortune Favours The Brave.’
21. Yusuf Azak ‘Eastern Sun.’
22. Admiral Fallow ‘Subbuteo.’
23. Konono N°1 ‘Wumbanzanga.’
24. LCD Soundsystem ‘Drunk Girls.’
25. Underworld ‘Scribble.’
26. Panico ‘Reverberation Mambo.’
27. Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith ‘Not In Love.’
28. Stornoway ‘Zorbing.’
29. Yeasayer ‘Ambling Alp.’
30. Elf Power ‘Stranger In The Window.’
31. Twilight Sad ‘The Wrong Car.’
32. Scottish Enlightenment ‘Little Sleep.’
33. Antony and the Johnsons featuring Bjork ‘Flétta.’
34. Funeral Club ‘Whiskey and Clyde.’
35. The Dawn Chorus ‘Carnivalesque’
36. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti ‘Round & Round.’
37. Twin Shadow ‘Slow.’
38. Call To Mind ‘A9’
39. eagleowl ‘Into The Fold.’
40. Esben and the Witch ‘Marching Song.’
41. Veronica Falls ‘Beachy Head.’
42. The Unwinding Hours ‘Knut.’
43. Cancel The Astronauts ‘Funny For A Girl’
44. Penguins Kill Polar Bears ‘Homebound’
45. Twin Shadow -‘Tyrant Destroyed
46. Vacuum Spasm Babies ‘Chemical Burns.’
47. Scottish Enlightenment ‘Pascal.’
48. Sparrow and the Workshop ‘The Gun.’
49. Yeasayer ‘O.N.E.’
50. Stanley Odd ‘Think Of A Number.’

Stream the eagleowl EP ‘Into the Fold’ containing no.1 ‘No Conjunction’ and ‘Into The Fold Below’:

In answer of the accusations:

Let’s face it, every year it’s the same. It’s all indie, indie, indie…

Really? M.I.A., Konono N°1, Underworld, Kylie Minogue, Stanley Odd, Yeasayer…

It’s all men with guitars…

Given that women were responsible either in part or whole for eight out of the ten tracks in the top ten alone, I suggest you check it again.

…And it’s all Scottish.

Right… This is despite the appearance of Chile’s Panico, Konono N°1 hailing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, M.I.A. being from Sri Lanka, Bjork is Icelandic, and the Suzan are Japanese. Added to which the appearance of people from the US, Canada, Northern Ireland and England…get yourself a better atlas! Oh, and Kylie’s Australian.

You broke the bloggers code! Why aren’t the National in there? And Arcade Fire? It’s the rule!

Says you. I like the Arcade Fire’s latest, but found the National’s album to be as overrated as Grizzly Bear were last year.

17 seconds’ Festive Fifty 2009


…so here it is.

1. Peter Parker ‘Swallow the Rocket.’ *Video*
2. The Big Pink ‘Velvet.’ *Video*
3. Mono ‘Everlasting Light.’
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Zero.’ *Video*
5. Telefon Tel Aviv ‘The Birds.’
6. The Very Best featuring Ezra Koenig ‘Warm Heart Of Africa.’
7. St. Vincent ‘Actor Out Of Work.’
8. The Gothenburg Address ‘A Lesser Coming Home.’
9. Animal Collective ‘Summertime Clothes.’
10. Broken Records ‘Nearly Home.’
11. Sonic Youth ‘Sacred Trickster.’
12. Super Furry Animals ‘Inaugural Trams.’
13. The Horrors ‘Who Can Say.’
14. The Phantom Band ‘Folksong Oblivion.’
15. Bon Iver ‘Blood Bank.’
16. Franz Ferdinand ‘No You Girls.’
17. Horace Andy/Ashley Beedle ‘Babylon You Lose.’
18. Unicorn Kid ‘Lion Hat.’
19. Luke Haines ’21st Century Man.’ *video*
20. The Horrors ‘Sea Within A Sea.’
21. The Very Best featuring M.I.A. ‘Rain Dance.’
22. TV21 ‘Forever 22.’
23. Speech Debelle featuring Wiley ‘Better Days.’
24. White ‘Build A Link’
25. White Heath ‘Election Day’
26. Six Organs Of Admittance ‘Ursa Minor’
27. 1990s ‘The Box.’
28. Animal Collective ‘My Girls.’
29. The Big Pink ‘Dominos’
30. Broken Records ‘Until The Earth Begins To Part.’ *Video*
31. Frightened Rabbit ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land.’ *Video*
32. Fuck Buttons ‘The Lisbon Maru.’
33. Meursault ‘Nothing Broke.’
34. Future Of the Left ‘The Hope That House Built.’
35. Girls ‘Lust for Life’ *video*
36. Jesus H. Foxx ‘Trying To Be Good.’
37. King Creosote ‘No-one Had It Better.’
38. Meursault ‘Red Candle Bulb.’
39. Mitchell Museum ‘Tiger Heartbeat.’
40. Mos Def ‘Casa Bey.’
41. Morrissey ‘Something Is Squeezing My Skull.’
42. Jay-Z featuring kanye West and Rihanna ‘Run This Town.’
43. Paper Planes ‘Doris Day.’ *Video*
44. Joy Orbison ‘Hyph Mngo.’
45. Little Boots ‘Stuck On Repeat.’
46. Yo La Tengo ‘Periodically Double Or Triple.’
47. Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern ‘Our Favourite Motorway.’
48. Jarvis Cocker ‘Angela.’
49. Cuddly Shark ‘Bowl Of Cherries.’
50. Le Reno Amps ‘Outlaws.’

Some mp3 links and video links here -if you can’t find a link, go and buy it!

Feedback welcome, as ever…watch the disagreements pour in!