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And to think last time I was surprised when the YECD forum opened on the 5th... hahaha. Silly me.

 

Anyway, this is my twelfth YECD, and provided that because of the pandemic I had to switch from working face-to-face to working online, I listened to loooots of music. As per usual, there will be a fine selection of music genres. Picking a Top 100 has never been so hard with so much good music around!

 

This year's YECD will feature five countdowns:

 

1. Charlie's Top 20 EPs of the 2010s

2. Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls

3. Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 and close calls

4. Charlie's Top 10 EPs of 2020

5. Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 and close calls

 

For a second year in a row, I shall be featuring a Top 100 albums, and for the first time I have separated LPs from EPs. Also, it is my first YECD as a married straight man! :hug:

 

Main music genres/subgenres you will encounter are indie pop, bedroom pop, dream pop, indie rock, shoegaze, synthpop, electronic, jazz and psychedelia.

 

Thanks for commenting. Stay tuned and stay safe!

 

Check out last year's YECDs.

 

Charlie's Best of 2019

Charlie's Best of 2018

Charlie's Best of 2017

Charlie's Best of 2016

Charlie's Best of 2015

Charlie's Best of 2014

Charlie's Best of 2013

Charlie's Best of 2012

Charlie's Best of 2011

Charlie's Best of 2010

Charlie's Best of 2009

 

This year's program:

01/12 Introduction + Charlie's Top 20 EPs of the 2010s | 20 - 11
02/12 Charlie's Top 20 EPs of the 2010s | 10 - 01

03/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls | 200 - 181
04/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls | 180 - 161
05/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls | 160 - 141
06/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls | 140 - 121
07/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s and close calls | 120 - 101
08/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s | 100 - 081
09/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s | 080 - 061
10/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s | 060 - 041
11/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s | 040 - 021
12/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of the 2010s | 020 - 001
13/12 Recap and Charlie's Top 10 EPs of 2020 | 10 - 01
14/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | Close calls 1
15/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | Close calls 2
16/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | 100 - 081
17/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | 080 - 061
18/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | 060 - 041
19/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | 040 - 021
20/12 Charlie's Top 100 albums of 2020 | 020 - 001
21/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 500 - 451
22/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 450 - 401
23/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 400 - 351
24/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 350 - 301
25/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 300 - 251

26/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 250 - 201
27/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 200 - 151
28/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 150 - 101
29/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 100 - 051
30/12 Charlie's Top 100 songs of 2020 | 050 - 001

31/12 Final recap

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18 minutes ago, Delta said:

Is it just me or there's a database error message when trying to access Classic ATRL?

yeah it's not available anymore

 

excited for the list, there's always tons i don't know mixed with releases i'm familiar with ! esp this year where i didnt pay much attention to the critics girls

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Charlie's Top 20 EPs of the 2010s

 

#20. Funeral Advantage - Please Help Me

Release date: February 24, 2017

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 474

Rating: 85

Please Help Me | Funeral Advantage

#19. Pillow Talk - What We Should Have Said

Release date: March 03, 2015

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Emo, Indie Pop, Shoegaze

Scrobbles: 181

Rating: 86

What We Should Have Said | Pillow Talk

#18. Hibou - Dunes EP

Release date: June 13, 2013

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Chillwave, Shoegaze

Scrobbles: 216

Rating: 86

Hibou - Dunes (2013, File) | Discogs

#17. Vim - Ukiyo

Release date: December 18, 2017

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 226

Rating: 86

Ukiyo by VIM on Amazon Music - Amazon.com

#16. The Marias - Superclean Vol. II

Release date: September 28, 2018

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Sophisti-Pop, Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 262

Rating: 87

The Marias presenta Superclean Vol. II - Zona de Obras

#15. Jason Nolan - Late Night City Hawks

Release date: October 6, 2017

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Disco, Ambient Electronica

Scrobbles: 128

Rating: 88

Late Night City Hawks by Jason Nolan on Amazon Music - Amazon.com

#14. Hundredth - Iridescent

Release date: September 27, 2019

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Synthpop

Scrobbles: 147

Rating: 88

Hundredth – Iridescent Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

#13. Ducktails - Wish Hotel

Release date: October 22, 2013

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Psychedelic Pop, Indie Pop

Scrobbles: 362

Rating: 88

Ducktails - Wish Hotel (2013, Vinyl) | Discogs

#12. Day Wave - Headcase EP

Release date: July 17, 2015

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Jangle Pop

Scrobbles: 428

Rating: 88

Day Wave – Headcase Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

#11. Ginger Root - Spotlight People

Release date: January 1, 2017

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Funk

Scrobbles: 832

Rating: 88

Spotlight People | Ginger Root

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Charlie's Top 20 EPs of the 2010s

 

#10. Mac DeMarco - Another One

Release date: August 7, 2015

Country: Canada

Genres/Styles: Jangle Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Singer/Songwriter

Scrobbles: 945

Rating: 88

Mac DeMarco - Another One Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

#09. Bad Suns - Transpose EP

Release date: January 21, 2014

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Dance

Scrobbles: 126

Rating: 90

Transpose Ep: Bad Suns: Amazon.es: Música

#08. Perlo - Day By Day

Release date: August 31, 2018

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Sophisti-Pop, Chillwave

Scrobbles: 185

Rating: 90

Perlo – Day by Day Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

#07. Night Flowers - Glow In The Dark

Release date: July 15, 2016

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 239

Rating: 90

Letra de Glow in the Dark de Night Flowers | Musixmatch

#06. St. Beauty - Running To The Sun

Release date: January 19, 2018

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Alternative R&B, Trip Hop

Scrobbles: 367

Rating: 90

St. Beauty - Running to the Sun - Reviews - Album of The Year

#05. Cina Polada - Cina Polada

Release date: September 29, 2017

Country: Finland

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Jangle Pop

Scrobbles: 391

Rating: 90

Cina Polada [EP] | Cina Polada | Strangers Candy

#04. Alex Turner - Submarine Soundtrack

Release date: March 14, 2011

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Film Soundtrack, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Scrobbles: 280

Rating: 92

Alex Turner - Submarine (2011, Digipak, CD) | Discogs

#03. Elsa - I Do

Release date: October 22, 2013

Country: Canada

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Shoegaze

Scrobbles: 227

Rating: 95

ELSA - I Do by One Big Silence on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds

#02. Yumi Zouma - EP III

Release date: September 28, 2018

Country: New Zealand

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Sophisti-Pop, Dream Pop, Synthpop

Scrobbles: 395

Rating: 95

Yumi Zouma - EP III (2018, File) | Discogs

#01. Hoops - Hoops EP

Release date: August 26, 2016

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Lo-Fi Indie, Jangle Pop, Hypnagogic Pop, Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 1183

Rating: 96

EP | Hoops

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Bad Suns is the artist who I heard of, I liked their song Cardiac Arrest and I think Salt too (although I don't remember it at this point)

I also know Alex Turner bc of Arctic Monkeys lol

Many of those genres sound interesting though!

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Bad Suns! I forgot (or didn't know) you lowkey stanned them, at least their early work. Good pick.

 

You check out their song from this year? Miles better than anything they've released since 2016.

 

That Mac release is one of his best and I recall TRYING to get into that St. Beauty record but I didn't much care for it unfortunately.

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18 hours ago, Sunderland 4ever said:

06. St. Beauty - Running To The Sun

They opened for Janelle Monae’s tour in 2018. I played this EP back then to prepare for the show. That was the last time I heard about them lol 

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10 hours ago, Insanity said:

Wow u managed to make me a list of 20 EPs and i never heard off any of them. Wow

My thoughts :skull:

 

Let me try your top few EPs though I wanna hear the taste. 

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35 minutes ago, jpow said:

My thoughts :skull:

 

Let me try your top few EPs though I wanna hear the taste. 

Thanks. I just found out that I could share Spotify links for the albums/tracks. I want to try that out.

49 minutes ago, mokitsu said:

the submarine ep was SUCH a huge thing back in the day :rip: AM need to come back with no elevator music soon

I couldn't agree more.

1 hour ago, Blue Rose said:

They opened for Janelle Monae’s tour in 2018. I played this EP back then to prepare for the show. That was the last time I heard about them lol 

Amazing EP. Really cohesive and fun to listen to.

8 hours ago, Ewan Chaos said:

Bad Suns! I forgot (or didn't know) you lowkey stanned them, at least their early work. Good pick.

 

You check out their song from this year? Miles better than anything they've released since 2016.

 

That Mac release is one of his best and I recall TRYING to get into that St. Beauty record but I didn't much care for it unfortunately.

That's the only material I checked from them. Then I sort of forgot about them. I haven't checked their latest material. Let me do that.

11 hours ago, Insanity said:

Wow u managed to make me a list of 20 EPs and i never heard off any of them. Wow

Hopefully you will be familiar with any album from the decade list.

14 hours ago, potent said:

Bad Suns is the artist who I heard of, I liked their song Cardiac Arrest and I think Salt too (although I don't remember it at this point)

I also know Alex Turner bc of Arctic Monkeys lol

Many of those genres sound interesting though!

Yes. Salt and Transpose were my favorite tracks. A strong EP for sure.

15 hours ago, K$Ellie said:

Loona snubbed for the EP list I think

 

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The Top 20 was surely competitive!

 

17 hours ago, Orfeo said:

What genre of music are those songs? because I don't know any song :ryan2:

Have you heard of Slowdive and Cocteau Twins? The first one is shoegaze (the melodic type) and the second one is dreampop, a pioneer of the genre.

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Just now, Sunderland 4ever said:

Thanks. I just found out that I could share Spotify links for the albums/tracks. I want to try that out.

I use Apple Music so it won't work for me but I'm sure the other girls would appreciate that with future installments of your countdown!  

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Charlie's Top 100 LPs of the 2010s | #200 - #181

 

#200. Ought - Room Inside The World

Release date: February 16, 2018

Country: Canada

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Art Rock

Scrobbles: 168

Rating: 80

Ought: Room Inside the World Album Review | Pitchfork

#199. Acceptance  - Colliding By Design

Release date: February 24, 2017

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Alternative Rock, Emo-Pop

Scrobbles: 174

Rating: 80

Acceptance - Colliding By Design - Amazon.com Music

#198. The Teskey Brothers - Half Mile Harvest

Release date: January 19, 2017

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Soul, Blues

Scrobbles: 183

Rating: 80

Half Mile Harvest - Wikipedia

#197. ALASKALASKA - The Dots

Release date: May 3, 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Art Pop, Jazz Pop, Art Rock, Indie Pop

Scrobbles: 183

Rating: 80

ALASKALASKA : The Dots Album Review | Pitchfork

#196. Solange - When I Get Home

Release date: March 1, 2019

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Alternative R&B, Neo-Soul, Art Pop

Scrobbles: 184

Rating: 80

When I Get Home (album) - Wikipedia

#195. Night Flowers - Wild Notion

Release date: April 13, 2018

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Twee Pop

Scrobbles: 201

Rating: 80

NIGHT FLOWERS - Wild Notion - Amazon.com Music

#194. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Release date: March 24, 2015

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Garage Rock

Scrobbles: 207

Rating: 80

Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit review  | Music | The Guardian

#193. From Indian Lakes - Everything Feels Better Now

Release date: October 14, 2016

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 214

Rating: 80

From Indian Lakes - Everything Feels Better Now (2016, Vinyl) | Discogs

#192. Shame - Songs Of Praise

Release date: January 12, 2018

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore

Scrobbles: 248

Rating: 80

Songs of Praise | shame

#191. Pure Bathing Culture - Moon Tides

Release date: August 19, 2013

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Chillwave, Sophisti-Pop

Scrobbles: 266

Rating: 80

Moon Tides | Pure Bathing Culture

#190. Peter Bjorn & John - Darker Days

Release date: October 19, 2018

Country: Sweden

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop

Scrobbles: 274

Rating: 80

Darker Days (Peter Bjorn and John album) - Wikipedia

#189. Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - Until The Hunter

Release date: November 4, 2016

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Psychedelic Folk, Dream Pop, Slowcore, Alt. Country

Scrobbles: 299

Rating: 80

Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - Until The Hunter [2 LP] -  Amazon.com Music

#188. Foals - Holy Fire

Release date: February 11, 2013

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Post-Punk

Scrobbles: 325

Rating: 80

Foals – Holy Fire - Studio – Leif Podhajsky

#187. Dawn Of Midi - Dysnomia

Release date: August 6, 2013

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Minimalism, Avant-Garde Jazz

Scrobbles: 328

Rating: 80

Dysnomia | Dawn of Midi

#186. Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp

Release date: April 1, 2016

Country: South Korea/United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Art Pop, Ambient Pop

Scrobbles: 358

Rating: 80

Psychopomp (album) - Wikipedia

#185. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Release date: April 6, 2018

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 379

Rating: 80

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs - Wikipedia

#184. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Release date: September 18, 2012

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Folk, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Progressive Folk

Scrobbles: 401

Rating: 80

Shields (album) - Wikipedia

#183. Deerhunter - Monomania

Release date: May 7, 2013

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Garage Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Scrobbles: 402

Rating: 80

Monomania (Deerhunter album) - Wikipedia

#182. Tim Hecker - Virgins

Release date: October 14, 2013

Country: Canada

Genres/Styles: Ambient, Drone, Electroacoustic

Scrobbles: 425

Rating: 80

Virgins | Tim Hecker

#181. Martin Courtney - Many Moons

Release date: October 30, 2015

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Jangle Pop, Dream Pop

Scrobbles: 487

Rating: 80

Martin Courtney - Many Moons (2015, Vinyl) | Discogs

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Ok I definitely know a lot more of the album picks then the EP :dies:

my favorite is probably solange.  Idk why but only a few Japanese breakfast songs aged well w me 

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I remember Hoops. They're decent. Appreciate the extensive approach of this countdown. From the albums list so far, shout out to Virgins in particular. 

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I regret not listening to Solange when the album came out :jonny: although I heard it's not all that but I'm not sure if people have switched since :mandown: 

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