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Best of the 2010s, Part Two: The Top Ten

Once more we return to the 2010s, for our countdown of the twenty best things – as in, albums, comics, games and other pop cultural artefacts – that were released during it. You can find entries #20-11 here, but join us below the cut as we climb to the very summit of the decade. Warning: it gets emotional.

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The Best of the 2010s: The Decade in 150 Tracks

The 2010s continue to be over! And I continue to be in denial. What do you mean my boyish good looks have faded, and it’s only downhill for both my body and the world it inhabits from here? Pfft. No. That’s just… that’s silly.

Anyway, to mark the end of my youth the decade, I’ve put together a playlist of 150 of my favourite songs of the 2010s. Or, at least, the ones that feel most emblematic of what I listened to during those years.

Usual rules apply: one track per artist. Well, kind of. You might notice some names crop up more than once, but not as the lead artist. This is the closest I get to not cheating.

Oh, and there is at least one notable fiddling of the dates (see if you can spot it!) but after many long nights of consideration, I’ve left it on there because I failed to put it on my 2000s playlist and it gave me an excuse to listen to it a dozen more times.

Also, because I decided to make the playlist in Spotify, it’s limited by what’s currently available on there. And, to be fair, very possibly by general forgetfulness. Blame it on my old age.

There’s a widget for listening to this mixtape masterpiece above, and below you’ll find the full countdown of tracks (as it currently runs, anyway, I reserve the right to get all revisionist in the future).

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Best of the 2010s, Part One: #20-11

The decade is over. Long live the decade. Tim + Alex have been doing end-of-year stuff together since [checks notes] December 2010, so doing something to mark the end of the 2010s seemed inevitable. That we’d do it with our usual tardiness and slight over-committal, equally so.

So we put our heads together, came up with a definitive list of the twenty best things made between January 2010 and December 2019, and came up with this. Below you’ll find the first half, and we’ll be posting our top ten shortly afterwards. Enjoy, and we hope you’re having a happy new year.

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2019, Six Months, Ten Tracks Mix

Back at the turn of the half-year, I made a mix of some favourite tracks from the year so far. I posted it on Patreon, along with short write-ups of each track, but now that’s shut down I figured some of you might like to read/listen/tell me why I’m wrong. Enjoy!

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Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated

The below was originally published on the Tim + Alex Patreon page. As that’s now defunct and even backers can’t access the content, it seemed worth putting up here, for posterity or whatever.

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2018’s Best Bits, Part Two: 25-1

Another year is coming to a close. And so, once again, Tim + Alex put their heads together to figure out what the best stuff of the past 12 months has been: music, comics, TV shows, movies, and the rest… This is our comprehensive guide to everything that made surviving 2018 worthwhile.

You can find our first 25 picks here, but below, in rough ascending order, are our absolute favourite things of the year.

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2018’s Best Bits, Part One: 50-26

Another year is coming to a close. And so, once again, Tim + Alex put their heads together to figure out what the best stuff of the past 12 months has been: music, comics, TV shows, live events… Here’s the first part of our comprehensive guide to everything that made surviving 2018 worthwhile.

We’ll be back in a week to count down the top 25 things of the year. But for now, let’s get started…

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Top 40 Songs of 2017: 5-1

Here we are. Finally, the top five tracks of 2017, as 100% objectively selected by Tim+Alex. In case you want to do a quick rundown before you dive in, you can find links to each part of the countdown below:

40-31 – LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus
30-21 – Taylor Swift, Kitty, Los Campesinos!
20-11 – Steps, St Vincent, Dua Lipa
10-6 – Lorde, Charli XCX, Paramore

Let’s find out what’s left below the cut.

Happy New Year!

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Top 40 Songs of 2017: 10-6

Happy New Year’s Eve! As we approach the top of our tracks of the year list, a couple of changes to the format. First, both Tim + Alex are writing up each track, trying to explain why we landed on these choices together. And because that means longer entries, second, we’re splitting the top 10 into two halves.

Here’s a playlist of tracks 10-6, but as ever there are embedded YouTube videos for each song below the cut, along with lots and lots of words.

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Top 40 Songs of 2017: 20-11

Our (increasingly roughly) weekly partwork of 2017’s very finest tunes is back. Each week from now until New Year, collect 10 new tracks to build your own Tim + Alex Top 40 playlist!

You can find all the instalments so far here, and click over to Spotify for this week’s 10-track playlist. But if that doesn’t take your fancy, don’t fair – you’ll find all a write-up and YouTube video for every song below the cut. What are you waiting for?

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