Friday, December 24, 2004
As a contributor to Stylus I had to compile a list of my Top 20 Albums of 2004. So here it is:

01. Embrace - Out of Nothing
02. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
03. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
04. Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Hearthbreak
05. Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
06. The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
07. Interpol – Antics
08. The Killers – Hot Fuss
09. Keane – Keane
10. Air – Talkie Walkie
11. Thirteen Senses – The Invitation
12. Razorlight – Up All Night
13. The Concretes – The Concretes
14. Auf Der Maur – Auf Der Maur
15. The Stills – Logic Will Break your Heart
16. Graham Coxon – Happiness in Magazines
17. The Libertines – The Libertines
18. Green Day – American Idiot
19. Estelle – The 19th Day
20. Courtney Love – America’s Sweetheart

The Kelis album would be in there too but I think it was actually released right at the end of 2003; and I'm hoping to get Gwen Stefani's CD for Xmas, and on the strength of the single I'm sure that would merit a Top 20 placing.

My top singles were:

1. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (by a mile)
2. Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama
3. Morrissey - Irish Blood, English Heart
4. Kelis - Milkshake
5. McFly - Obviously (yes, seriously)
6. Embrace - Ashes
7. The Stills - Lola Stars and Stripes
8. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
9. Embrace - Gravity
10. The Streets - Could Well Be In

It was a very indie year this year, with very few stand-out hip hop records, unless you count The Streets.

Man of the year, as already announced, was Morrissey, for making an astounding comeback. I think Woman of the Year has to be Nadia, partly because she won me £100, but also because the climax of Big Brother was one of the most fabulous events of 04. Best sporting moment was Kelly Holmes winning her first gold at the Olympics (worst was England's shameful exit from Euro 2004). Best film was Kill Bill Vol 2, and best book was 'Out' by Natsuo Kirino. Syd and Nancy win animal companions of the year and Butter takes the award for best girlfriend.