While searching through the music archives recently, it came into our consciousness that there’s an eclectic bunch of songs out there rather simply entitled after a particular year.

So without further ado, here’s our top 5:


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It may surprise some but ‘1979’ is actually The Smashing Pumpkins’ highest charting single in the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 12 in 1996.

Ultimately it’s a rites of passage tale of sorts as lead singer Billy Corgan reminisces about being 12 years old, evoking memories of many a person’s school summer holidays.

‘1959’ – PATTI SMITH

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Rock goddess Patti Smith was 12 turning 13 in 1959 and here she recollects the topsy-turvy world that she was growing up in – She sings of the contrast between the time of burgeoning culture and opportunity in America, while over in Tibet there was conflict and political unrest with China and this is something that clearly weighed heavily on the young Smith’s mind.

‘2080’ – YEASAYER

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Arguably the best track on the list. This is life affirming alternative/indie/electro pop from New York’s Yeasayer with a live-for-the-moment message as lead singer Chris Keating tells us that in the year 2080 he’s sure to be dead so it’s best not to look ahead and just be glad to be here.

‘1999’ – PRINCE

Has the prospect of doomsday and the end of the world ever sounded so fun? A Peter Pan of a record that still graces dance floors some thirty-one years after its release.  “Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero party over, oops out of time. So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999”.

‘74-75’ – THE CONNELLS

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Yes this song has its share of haters and maybe I’m a sentimental fuck, but this bittersweet piece of pop melancholy still yanks at my heartstrings every time I hear it.  Surely there aren’t many of us who haven’t looked back to a moment in our past college/school days without a hint of regret about what could have been?

Notable mentions also go out to ‘2012’ by GOSSIP, ‘1643’by SETH LAKEMAN and ‘1957’ by MILO GREENE.