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The Strombo Show, January 4, 2015

Listen to the January 4, 2015, episode of the Strombo Show.


It's that time of year again.

We're celebrating 2014 by running through the best records of the year as chosen by us on The Strombo Show in a two-part special.

From his home, George spun the best international and domestic exports — from Bahamas to Marianne Faithful, Run the Jewels to Perfume Genius, Lowell to F--ked Up and so much more — and reflected back on this great year of music.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.

100. July Talk, "Gentleman"
99. The Beaches, "The Dance" 
98. Ben Khan, "Youth"
97. Barr Brothers, "Love Ain't Enough" 
96. Mo Kenney, "Telephones"
95. Foo Fighters, "Congregation (feat. Zac Brown)" 
94. Benjamin Booker, "Violent Shiver"
93. Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, "Deeper" 
92. Warpaint, "Biggy"
91. Dream Police, "Hypnotized" 
90. A Tribe Called Red, "Burn Your Village To The Ground"
89. Saukrates, "Practice"
88. Grimes, "Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)"
87. Arkells, "Cynical Bastards"
86. Gord Downie & Sadies, "Budget Shoes"
85. Ex Hex, "Hot And Cold"
84. Brody Dalle, "Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy"
83. D'Angelo, "Ain't That Easy"
82. PRhyme, "Courtesy"
81. FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
80. Hundred Waters, "Murmurs" 
79. Tanya Tagaq, "UJA"
78. Kandle, "Not Up To Me"
77. Busdriver, "Ego Death" 
76. Schoolboy Q, "Man of the Year" 
75. Kate Tempest, "The Beigeness" 
74. Tokyo Police Club, "Hot Tonight" 
73. IAMIWHOIAMI, "Crashing Kites" 
72. Doug Paisley, "Where The Light Takes You" 
71. Wooden Sky, "Saturday Night" 
70. Dirty Nil, "Cinnamon"
69. Will Butler, "Take My Side" 
68. BadBadNotGood, "Gunshowers (Ft. Ghostface Killah)
67. The Weeknd, "Live For (Ft. Drake)"
66. Kishi Bashi, "The Ballad of Mr. Steak" 
65. Nenah Cherry, "Blank Project" 
64. Kendrick Lamar, "I"
63. Gazelle Twin, "Antibody"
62. Dominique Young Unique, "Gangster Whip"
61. Little Foot Long Foot, "Woman"
60. Pack AD, "The Water"
59. New Pornographers, "Another Drug Deal of the Heart"
58. Adrian Younge, "Dusts of Gold" 
57. Cold Specks, "Seasons of Doubt" 
56. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"
55. TV on the Radio, "Happy Idiot"
54. Behemoth, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel!"
53. Every Time I Die, "Decayin' With The Boys"
52. White Lung, "Down It Goes"
51. Teenage Kicks, "Houdini"

50. ILOVEMAKONNEN, "Tuesday (Ft. Drake)" 
49. Caribou, "Can't Do Without You" 
48. The Roots, "Never (Ft. Patty Crash)"
47. Shad, "Hang On (feat. T.Lo)"
46. Kelis, "Rumble"
45. Beck, "Blue Moon"
44. High Ends, "Downtown"
43. Tre Mission, "Stigmata (Ft. Thes)"
42. Tink, "Around the Clock"
41. Phantogram, "Fall in Love"
40. Greylag, "Yours to Shake" 
39. Common, "Speak My Piece"
38. PS I Love You, "Bad Brain Day"
37. Alana Yorke, "Anthem"
36. Marianne Faithful, "Late Victorian Holocaust"
35. Dan Mangan, "Vessel"
34. St. Vincent, "Prince Johnny"
33. Kevin Drew, "Mexican Aftershow Party"
32. Mac Demarco, "Passing Out Pieces"
31. U2, "Every Breaking Wave" 
30. Sylvan Esso, "Hey Mami"
29. Stars, "Trap Door"
28. Ought, "Today More Than Any Other Day"
27. Broken Bells, "Holding On For Life"
26. Jungle, "Busy Earnin'"
25. Kalle Mattson, "Darkness Someday"
24. You+Me, "You And Me"
23. Brave Shores, "Dancing Underwater"
22. Sleater-Kinney, "Bury Our Friends"
21. F--ked Up, "Paper the House"
20. Mounties, "Tokyo Summer"
19. Banks, "Brain 
18. Interpol, "Twice as Hard"
17. Sharon Van Etten, "Tarifa"
16. Lowell, "I Love You Money"
15. Cloud Nothings, "I'm Not a Part of Me"
14. Wu Tang Clan, "Ruckus In B Minor"
13. Alvvays, "Archie, Marry Me"
12. Bry Webb, "Receive Me"
11. Daniel Lanois, "Sioux Lookout"
10. Bahamas, "All the Time" 
09. Death From Above 1979, "Trainwreck 1979"
08. Perfume Genius, "Queen"
07. Owen Pallett, "Riverbed"
06. Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)"
05. Against Me!, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues"
04. Run the Jewels, "Close Your Eyes and Count to F--k (feat. Zack de la Rocha)" 
03. Faith No More, "Motherf--ker"
02. Sun Kil Moon, "Jim Wise"
01. War On Drugs, "Red Eyes"  

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.