So, 2021 nears it’s end and it’s been another weird one, but again a brilliant year for music. We even had a few opportunities to see actual live music this year! Here’s our traditional best of the year episode!
We’ve each chosen our 10 favourite songs of the year and sent them over to Ian’s wife Lydia, who put the playlists together and distributed them so we were each given a playlist of the 20 songs from the other two hosts, along with our own 10. We then ranked the playlists in order of preference and sent them to Colin’s wife Helen, who totalled up the points and worked out the order. Helen also joined us on the episode to read out the countdown, which we found out as we recorded so all reactions are genuine.
Now, admittedly, in parts we’re a little bit brutal to some of the songs in the list as we’re three separate people with differing music tastes, but please remember that to be in this episode at all the songs have to have been in one of our top 10’s of this year.
Bands featured in this episode include (In alphabetical order, no spoilers here!) – Dot Allison, Amenra, Black Country, New Road, Bossk Ft. Johannes Persson, M G Boulter, Chvrches Ft. Robert Smith, Deafheaven, Glaare, The Goon Sax, Halsey, HEALTH ft. Poppy, Japanese Breakfast, KAUAN, Leprous, The Lodger, Mogwai, Noctule, Outlander, Remember Sports, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Olivia Rodrigo, Emma Ruth Rundle, Les Shirley, Shortparis, Silva, Sleep Token, Snail Mail, Turnstile, Viagra Boys, & Bryony WIlliams.
Find all songs in alphabetical order here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3CZkqBvcF12JR2dnoeurIK?si=a406b57ab7da44a0
Find our We Dig Music Pollwinners Party playlist (featuring all of the winning songs up until now) here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/45zfDHo8zm6VqrvoEQSt3z?si=Ivt0oMj6SmitimvumYfFrQ
If you want to listen to megalength playlists of all the songs we’ve individually picked since we started doing best of the year episodes, you can listen to Colin’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5x3Vy5Jry2IxG9JNOtabRT?si=HhcVKRCtRhWCK1KucyrDdg
Ian’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2H0hnxe6WX50QNQdlfRH5T?si=XmEjnRqISNqDwi30p1uLqA
and Tracey’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2p3K0n8dKhjHb2nKBSYnKi?si=7a-cyDvSSuugdV1m5md9Nw
The playlist of 20 songs from the other two hosts was scored as usual, our favourite song got 20 points, counting down incrementally to our least favourite which got 1 point. The scoring of our own list of 10 is now slightly more complicated in order to give a truer level of points to our own favourites. So rather than them only being able to score as many points as our 10th favourite in the other list, the points in our own list were distributed as follows –
1st place – 20 points
2nd place – 18 points
3rd place – 16 points
4th place – 14 points
5th place – 12 points
6th place – 9 points
7th place – 7 points
8th place – 5 points
9th place – 3 points
10th place -1 point
Hosts – Ian Clarke, Colin Jackson-Brown & Tracey B
Guest starring & scoring – Helen Jackson-Brown.
Playlist compiling/distributing – Lydia Clarke
Recorded/Edited/Mixed/Original Music by Colin Jackson-Brown for We Dig Podcasts
Thanks to Peter Latimer for help with the scoring system.
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