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THE A LIST (12.15.23)

Are your dancing shoes on? Get ready as we countdown the top 10 most played tracks for this week's A List.

Make sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest songs carefully curated by your fellow music aficionados and delivered to you directly by our very own music director, Nils Illokken. Join Nils every Friday from 11a - 3p EST to hear this list and so much more!

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#10 "Twit Coin" - Pan Amsterdam

Fresh off of a tour with Iggy Pop, Pan Amsterdam is coming at us with a new EP in 2024, and this single is the title track. Amsterdam has a unique hip-hop jazz style that we are just obsessed with. Twit Coin is "an innovative exploration of the music experience in the digital age."

#9 "Can We Forget" - ALEXSUCKS

Back on our A List after taking a few weeks off is the wonderful, the great, ALEXSUCKS. Although, we don't think he sucks. This song is fun and laid back, with a sound reminiscent of early 2000s indie rock.

#8 "The Answer" - Johnny Marr

It's number eight and let's get this straight - Johnny Marr is here and here to stay. This song is dynamite. Everything sounds crisp, well-mixed, and Johnny's musical genius shines through his writing choices.

The Smiths guitarist is headlining a summer tour in 2024 and we are so stoked!

#7 "Can't Believe We're Here" - J Mascis

J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. is hitting us with some new solo music. This song is warm and fuzzy, with lyrics detailing triumph and victory. In a statement, he said the following: "When I’m writing for the band, I’m always trying to think of doing things Lou and Murph would fit into. For myself, I’m thinking more about what I can do with just an acoustic guitar, even for the leads."

J's newest record, What Can We Do Now is out February 2.

#6 "Wendy" - Bad Veins

We. are. obbsesssed. with. Bad. Veins!! It makes us so happy that Ben is back and creating music. "Wendy" is a song about the trials and tribulations of missing a lover. The single has 80s pop synths and even a flute solo.

#5 "Dream Job" - Yard Act

Can Yard Act make a bad song?! The answer, obviously, is no. "Dream Job" is so funky that it will make you want to just get up and dance.

Step into my office all night long

let me show you how we do things 'round here.

Welcome to your dream job,

I’m never gonna give it up.

step into my office.

All night long

#4 "Wall of Eyes" - The Smile

Number four...are you ready for more? Thom Yorke is one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time. This song is intense with introspection and emotional complexity which reflects greatly in the musical composition. There are interesting chord changes, whiling strings, and an overall curiosity about where the song is going to go.


We are absolutely loving the sound of this new single by Sego. The Los Angeles band has that classic post-punk energy. Lead singer Spencer Peterson said he "blew [his] voice out singing (loosely defined) on this one."

#2 "Live and Let Live" (Bright-Side Mix) - Peter Gabriel

Welcome to number two! Who better on our A List than Peter Gabriel? "Live and Let Live" is a song "about forgiveness, tolerance and optimism. It's a joyous, rousingly-positive closing note for the album." The end of the song is frankly quite powerful, with a full choir singing along with Peter.

#1 "Water Underground" - Real Estate

We saved the best for last and you guessed - it's Real Estate! This song is so easy going it makes me want to have a picnic and stare at the clouds.


Water underground (fall on me)

Won’t you cool me down, wash over me

Water underground (fall on me)

Won’t you cool me down, wash over me

Same time next week? Thanks for joining me for this A List!

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