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Feeling absolutely gutted for leaving that Top 20 out of the main list, especially the Top 3. They were out because the Top 100 will follow a one-song-per-artist rule, with the exception of one track. Had not been for this rule, most of the 120-101 songs would have easily made the Top 50, but there wouldn't have been much variety on the final list. Soon I'll release a Spotify playlist, though some songs are not on said platform. Anyway, it's replying time! :biggrin2:
 

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On 12/14/2021 at 11:53 AM, TalkThatRihanna said:

Just listened to How It Used To Be :jamming: Love soft rock songs like this!

Yes. I love soft rock. My whole countdown has the ultimate elevator music, hehe. :katie2:

 

On 12/14/2021 at 1:11 PM, TheWayWeWere said:

Sky Ferreira :eli: teas , I guess they learned that from ha

Noooo, don't jinx them. :dancehall2:

 

22 hours ago, KasioKas said:

Some of these sound p.good. Gives off a chill vibe for background music

Same as what I told TalkThatRihanna. I love chill music.

 

22 hours ago, BlackoutZone said:

Listened to some of these, Past Lives and São Paulo had really good production!

They do. The latter was the last one to make the cut. It grew so much on me that it was ranked 2nd on my 2020 countdown.

 

19 hours ago, kiiwii said:

lucy in disguise :clap3:

 

i recognize a few of these artists, but only recently started listening to them. i need to go thru their discographies 

Any of them you like in particular? :eli:

 

17 hours ago, Tom Vercetti said:

Oh yeah, these names are definitely throwbacks. Faves of them include DIIV, Real Estate and Memoryhouse. 

Early 2010s was a great jangle pop/dreampop/shoegaze moment.

 

13 hours ago, Ewan Chaos said:

I... actually never listened to The Marias prior to their album this year, I assumed they first started releasing like last year or something :priceless:

 

Real Estate and DIIV, nice songs, cute lil throwbacks!

Yes. Their 2018 EP was so good. A must-check.

 

5 hours ago, Lazuli said:

i like saint ivy! didn't really bother checking out their release this year though

  

i could not for the life of me name you a song nn but i do prefer is the is are over oshin :lakitu: 

 

This year's album introduced me to some of their pre-2017 songs like Sleep Apnea. I think they could have done more but the piano melodies and the vocals are just too good for me not to like it. Check it out!

 

Noooo the top song you'll see from DIIV here belongs to Oshin. :dancehall: Healthy Moon was a strong contender, though.

 

1 hour ago, Remmy said:

I... actually never listened to The Marias prior to their album this year, I assumed they first started releasing like last year or something :priceless: [2] - Cariño just sounds alright but there's a few other songs I peeked at & they sound good :jamming: I'll check out their earlier stuff at some point. The Unknowns Blues ooh I like that one :jamming:

Cariño and ABQ. :worship2: That Isaac's song is fantastic. Glad you liked it.

 

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Two Door Cinema Club is so underrated :jonny: I loved the few songs I heard from them. Never heard “Sleep Alone” until now, but I like it!

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Sleep Alone is good but Beacon is their weakest album to me :gaycat3: Although I feel like it's the most fitting with your taste (or maybe right behind Tourist History?) I'm liking Wheel of Misfortune. My favorite from the ones I haven't heard has to be Twentytwo, plus she was serving a bit in the video :gaycat2:

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Just casually playing some of these as I can't comment too in depth having not known any of these lol

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Oh wow i haven't listen to Two Door Cinema Club and She & Him in a while now :jonny5: Let me listen to them

 

Mind Mischief :clap3:

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Charlie's Top 100 LPs of 2021 | #140 - #121

 

Enough of the 2010s for now. Let's begin with the 2021 lists now. Around 250 albums from 2021 were listened to (a few from 2020), out of which only 138 managed to get a score. I considered albums with at least 30 scrobbles (around 2 to 3 plays) throughout the year.

 

How do I rate them?

Each track gets a score from 1 to 10. Then the sum gets divided by the number of tracks and finally that number is multiplied by ten.

 

Example:

John Smith - The Original Album

Track 1: 8

Track 2: 10

Track 3: 8

Track 4: 9

Track 5: 10

Track 6: 9

 

8+10+8+9+10+9 = (54/6)10 = 90/100

 

What does the final score mean?

It goes like this:

 

71-75: Listenable, but not really replayable

76-80: Decent

81:85: Good

86-90: Very good

91-95: Outstanding

96-100 Masterpiece

 

All in all, hitting the 80-point barrier is quite easy. However, it's very hard to pass the 90-point barrier, let alone 95.

 

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#140. Roosevelt - Polydans

Release date: February 26, 2021

Country: Germany

Genres/Styles: Synthpop, Dance-Pop, Nu-Disco

Rating: NR

 

#139. Policias y Ladrones - Nubes

Release date: July 8, 2021

Country: Mexico

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Dream Pop

Rating: NR

#138. Work Drugs - Pride And Competition

Release date: October 22, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Sophisti-Pop, Chillwave, Indie Pop, Art Pop

Rating: 70,90

 

#137. Pageants - Sun And Settled Days

Release date: July 30, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop

Rating: 70,90

#136. Elke - No Pain For Us Here

Release date: September 24, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Rating: 73,00

 

#135. Rare Monk - Never Really Over

Release date: February 5, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock

Rating: 73,33

#134. Swiss Portrait - Familiar Patterns

Release date: May 28, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (SC)

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

Rating: 73,75

 

#133. Mononeon - Banana Peel On Capitol Hill

Release date: January 4, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Funk, Neo-Psychedelia, Synth Funk

Rating: 74,44

#132. Julien Baker - Little Oblivions

Release date: February 26, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock

Rating: 75,00

 

#131. Astrachan - Astrachan

Release date: May 7, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Psychedelic Pop

Rating: 75,00

#130. Griffith James - Comfortably High

Release date: September 17, 2021

Country: Unites States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

Rating: 75,00

 

#129. Flyying Colours - Fantasy Country

Release date: February 26, 2021

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Shoegaze, Neo-Psychedelia

Rating: 75,00

#128. Squid - Bright Green Field

Release date: May 7, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (EN)

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

Rating: 75,45

 

#127. Moontype - Bodies of Water

Release date: April 2, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Slacker Rock

Rating: 75,83

#126. Luster Dust - Luster Dust

Release date: April 23, 2021

Country: Canada

Genres/Styles: Bedroom Pop, Dream Pop, Noise Pop

Rating: 76,25

 

#125. Beachy Head - Beachy Head

Release date: April 30, 2021

Country: United States/United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Indie Pop

Rating: 76,25

#124. Shame - Drunk Tank Pink

Release date: January 15, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (EN)

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Art Punk, Post-Hardcore

Rating: 76,36

 

#123. Mega Bog - Life, and Another

Release date: July 23, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Art Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Sophisti-Pop

Rating: 76,42

#122. Iceage - Seek Shelter

Release date: May 7, 2021

Country: Denmark

Genres/Styles: Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Post-Punk, Americana

Rating: 76,66

 

#121. Lionel Boy - Lionel Boy

Release date: May 14, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Surf Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Rating: 76,66

 

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Ooh just realized we rate albums the same way :gaycat4: Except my scores are usually higher because as long as a song is listenable, it's likely not going to get anything too harsh from me. || Roosevelt's genres are right up my alley, definitely checking out more after enjoying that one song :clap3: Katy inspiring #135 :clap3:

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Charlie's Top 100 LPs of 2021 | #120 - #101

 

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#120. Indigo Sparke - Echo

Release date: February 19, 2021

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Rating: 76,66

 

#119. Ducktails - Ramapo River Anthology

Release date: May 7, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Hypnagogic Pop

Rating: 76,92

#118. Bachelor - Doomin' Sun

Release date: May 28, 2021

Country: United States

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

Rating: 77,00

 

#117. Ducktails - Impressions

Release date: July 9, 2021

Country: United States

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

Rating: 77,00

#116. Motorama - Before The Road

Release date: January 29, 2021

Country: Russia

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, New Wave

Rating: 77,14

 

#115. Modern Nomad -  Bardo

Release date: May 14, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop

Rating: 77,14

#114. Lunar Isles - Tides

Release date: April 23, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (SC)

Genres/Styles: Bedroom Pop, Dream Pop, Surf Pop, Shoegaze

Rating: 77,27

 

#113. Codist - A Dream Is Just A Big Thought

Release date: January 8, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (SC)

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

Rating: 77,27

#112. Most Akin - Fairlinch

Release date: July 23, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (EN)

Genres/Styles: Ambient Folk, Electronic

Rating: 77,50

 

#111. Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams

Release date: January 29, 2021

Country: United Kingdom (EN)

Genres/Styles: Neo-Soul, Bedroom Pop, Trip Hop, Smooth Soul

Rating: 77,50

#110. Cathedral Bells - Ether

Release date: January 29, 2021

Country: Unites States

Genres/Styles: Dreampop, Coldwave, Post-Punk

Rating: 77,50

 

#109. Angus & Julia Stone - Life is Strange

Release date: August 20, 2021

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Folk Pop, Chamber Pop

Rating: 77,50

#108. Eagle Eyed Tiger - Untether, Unravel

Release date: September 3, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Downtempo, Synthwave

Rating: 77,50

 

#107. Mac Ayres - Magic 8ball

Release date: January 8, 2021

Country: United States

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

Rating: 77,50

#106. Far Caspian - Ways to Get Out

Release date: October 8, 2021

Country: Ireland

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

Rating: 77,69

 

#105. Adult Oriented Pop - 6:15 AM

Release date: June 2, 2021

Country: Sweden

Genres/Styles: Psychedelic Pop, Indie Rock

Rating: 77,77

#104. Bunbury - Curso de levitación intensivo

Release date: December 11, 2020

Country: Spain

Genres/Styles: Singer/Songwriter, Art Pop

Rating: 78,00

 

#103. Film School - We Weren't Here

Release date: September 28, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indietronica, Indie Rock

Rating: 78,00

#102. WY - Marriage

Release date: May 7, 2021

Country: Sweden

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

Rating: 78,00

 

#101. The Antlers - Green To Gold

Release date: March 26, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Folk, Dream Pop, Chamber Pop, Slowcore

Rating: 78,00

 

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Ah we have the exact same scoring system for albums, most effective  :clap3:

Really liked Arlo's album, she might have acclaimed career ahead of her

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I liked little oblivions a bit but the singles outsold for me
collapsed in sunbeams was pretty good. also enjoyed the angus & julia stone album

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not polydans being so low :'(

 

beachy head + doomin' sun :clap3:

 

far caspian + adult oreinted pop :jonny: also low, but it's great to see them here! love the taste

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julien baker was not too bad! 

iceage was just okay for me, i far preferred beyondless

arlo parks did THAT :clap3: 

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Charlie's Top 100 LPs of 2021 | #100 - #081

 

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#100. adult books - Grecian Urn

Release date: March 26, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, New Wave, Dream Pop

Rating: 78,00

 

#099. Penelope Isles - Which Way to Happy

Release date: November 5, 2021

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Lo-fi

Rating: 78,18

#098. Phantom Handshakes - No More Summer Songs

Release date: April 30, 2021

Country: United States

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

Rating: 78,18

 

#097. Rostam - Changeophobia

Release date: June 4, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Indietronica, Chamber Pop

Rating: 78,18

#096. Oscar Scheller - Boys Cry

Release date: February 19, 2021

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Synhtpop, Indietronica

Rating: 78,33

 

#095. Gabriel Iwasaki - The Sounds of Adventure

Release date: December 15, 2020

Country: Peru

Genres/Styles: Classical

Rating: 78,57

#094. Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed

Release date: September 10, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Country Pop

Rating: 78,66

 

#093. The Hails - He Seems Upset

Release date: August 25, 2020

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop

Rating: 78,75

#092. Dad Bod - Pastels

Release date: October 29, 2021

Country: United States

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

Rating: 79,00

 

#091. Lucid Express - Lucid Express

Release date: July 16, 2021

Country: Hong Kong

Genres/Styles: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Chillwave

Rating: 79,00

#090. Pastel Coast - Sun

Release date: June 4, 2021

Country: France

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

Rating: 79,00

 

#089. Central Heat Exchange - Central Heat Exchange

Release date: September 10, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Indie Rock

Rating: 79,08

#088. Lucy Dacus - Home Video

Release date: June 25, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Contemporary Folk

Rating: 79,09

 

#087. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Surrender

Release date: October 21, 2021

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Progressive House, Deep House

Rating: 79,09

#086. Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise

Release date: June 11, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Electropop, Dance-Pop, Hyperpop

Rating: 79,16

 

#085. Delta Sleep - Spring Island

Release date: November 12, 2021

Country: United Kingdom

Genres/Styles: Math Rock, Indie Rock, Midwest Emo

Rating: 79,16

#084. Alice Phoebe Lou - Glow

Release date: March 19, 2021

Country: South Africa

Genres/Styles: Indie Pop, Soft Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Contemporary Folk

Rating: 79,16

 

#083. Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant

Release date: June 25, 2021

Country: Australia

Genres/Styles: Neo-Soul, Nu Jazz, Psychedelic Soul

Rating: 79,16

#082. Buckhead Shaman - The Janitor

Release date: August 20, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Psychedelic Pop

Rating: 79,37

 

#081. Derek Simpson - Signs

Release date: August 4, 2021

Country: United States

Genres/Styles: Dub Revival, Alternative R&B, Disco

Rating: 80,00

 

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I see you with the AOTY scoring method!

 

From this update, I like especially:
#132. Julien Baker - Little Oblivions (early year fad tho, so an apt placement)
#128. Squid - Bright Green Field
#124. Shame - Drunk Tank Pink (another January fad)
#122. Iceage - Seek Shelter (their worst probably, so fitting spot)
#111. Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams (these albums did not benefit from the January release!)
#091. Lucid Express - Lucid Express (we have similar placements for it sorta, as you've seen)
#086. Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise
#083. Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant

 

There's many albums I've not seen or heard of though! Some of them sound interesting, might save a few

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