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What Was The Best Track Of 1999?

By Tim Chester

Posted on 24 Oct 11

 
 

Of all the Tracks Of The Year top tens since NME.COM was born in 1996, 1999 spawned the most diverse (read: bizarre) selection. Aphex Twin straddled a group that included TLC, SFA, Beck, Fatboy and Madonna.

1. Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
2. TLC – No Scrubs
3. Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
4. The Flaming Lips – Race For The Prize
5. Eminem – My Name Is
6. Mogwai – EP
7. Fatboy Slim – Praise You
8. Primal Scream – Swastika Eyes
9. Beck - Sex Laws
10. Madonna – Beautiful Stranger




It was a weird mix, and it demonstrated the complete lack of a coherent sound at the turn of the millenium. While Britpop (and traditional guitar music in general) was deader than Gaddafi, rock's noughties renaissance was not even embryonic. Rock 'n' roll was flaccid; dance dancing in ever-decreasing circles; urban offering occasional respite but flatlining also. So we were left with strange scraps, making do and mending with the likes of Campag Velocet (in at Eleven) and Gay Dad.

1999 was the year of the New Radicals, the time we met Mr Oizo. Dark days. The third biggest selling track of the year was this little treat. Dare you to click play on the video - it'll ruin the rest of your day.



Even old favourites were releasing tracks that didn’t come close to their usual output. Beck gave us ‘Sexx Laws’; Travis offered ‘Writing To Reach You’. Sadly, no-one was. In fact, one of the best tracks of the year neatly summed the essence of 1999.



It didn’t seem quite so bad at the time but in retrospect we should have all been praying for a millenium bug to whip round and reset everything back to year zero. Thank fuck for Primal Scream (‘Swastika Eyes’), Mercury Rev (‘Goddess On A Hiway’) and The Flaming Lips, whose Album Of The Year gave us this.





So, what were you partying to like it was 1999? What were the top tracks that year? As a reminder, here's our top 50 for the year.

1. Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
2. TLC – No Scrubs
3. Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
4. The Flaming Lips – Race For The Prize
5. Eminem – My Name Is
6. Mogwai – EP
7. Fatboy Slim – Praise You
8. Primal Scream – Swastika Eyes
9. Beck - Sexx Laws
10. Madonna – Beautiful Stranger
11. Death In Vegas – Dirge
12. Campag Velocet – To Lose La Trek
13. Sigur Ros – Svefn-G-Englar
14. Blur – Tender
15. Shack – Comedy
16. Travis – Writing To Reach You
17. Sebodoh – Flame
18. Monster Magnet – Space Lord
19. New Radicles – You Get What You Give
20. Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo
21. Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu
22. The Flaming Lips – Waiting For Superman
23. Blur – Coffee + TV
24. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
25. Badly Drawn Boy – It Came From The Ground
26. Gay Dad – To Earth With Love
27. Mercury Rev – Goddess On A Hiway
28. Moloko – Sing It Back
29. Pavement – Carrot Rope
30. Smog – Cold Blooded Old Times
31. Underworled – King Of Snake
32. Buckcherry – Lit Up
33. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Got Your Money
34. Shack – Natalie’s Party
35. Super Furry Animals – Fire In My Heart
36. The Fall – Touch Sensitive
37. U-Ziq – The Fear
38. Underworld – Jumbo
39. Armend Van Helden – U Don’t Know Me
40. The All Seeing I – Walk Like A Panther
41. Pavement – Major League
42. Puff Daddy – Pe2000
43. Mr Oizo – Flat Beat
44. Hole – Malibu
45. Low – Immune
46. Zan Lyons – Suicide
47. The Charlatans – Forever
48. Mercury Rev – Opus 40
49. Roots Manuva – Juggle Tings Proper
50. The Micronauts – The Jag

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