Yes I know end of year lists are so last month but for what it’s worth here’s part one (numbers 151-200) of the 11th Music Like Dirt top 200 tracks of the year. (2005 seems a long time ago).

There are playlists galore below including most of the major streaming services (although most have missing tracks)  / Youtube / Spotify (Web / Player) / Soundcloud

151. PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries

My girl get’s scared
Can’t take him anywhere”

PWR BTTM is a queer punk band formed at Bard College, New York where Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins bonded over a mutual interest in bringing elements of performance and drag artistry into DIY culture. The ‘Ugly Cherries’ album documents the duo’s experiences with queerness, gender, and adulthood over the course of a year of living in upstate New York.

152. Lockah – Barcelona Linn Reprise

“The EP’s supposed to play like a lost 80s pop group record,” say Lockah “I wanted to use the title to namecheck ‘Blue Brindle’, an imaginary studio ensemble that’s supposed to conjure up the image of a protégé group, like Rick James’ Mary-Jane Girls or Prince’s Vanity 6.”

153. Michael Christmas – Grab Her Hand ft. Mac Miller

Now usually I’m nervous and this ain’t no exception
I’m hidin’ this erection, I’m searchin’ for affection”

154. Secret Rendezvous – Homie, Lover, Friend

155. Dominique Dumont – L’esprit de L’escalier

156. Rachael Boyd More Than a Flag

157. Semi Hendrix feat. Coast Contra & 4rAx – Breakfast at Banksy’s

Wrote the Bible with my left hand
Upside down doing a keg-stand”

Legendary West Coast emcee Ras Kass and Grammy winner Jack Splash are together Semi Hendrix.
“I decided that if I was going to make true art, then I needed to work with the best of the best…the Picasso of the West Coast,” says Splash. “And everyone who comes from LA knows that it doesn’t get any better than Ras Kass.”

158. Chee – On the Beach Dub [Warrior Dread remix]

An advert for a monthly Caribbean disco party on an artificial beach near to the airport in Aichi, Japan.
If only more ads came in the form of 80’s digital dancehall but then Japan does love reggae more than almost anywhere Jamaica aside.

159. 79rs Gang – Drama

I still can’t believe I got an Indian gang.”

Oh to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, or for that matter any time of year. The 79rs Gang is a collaboration between two Mardi Gras Indian tribe leaders, the 9th Ward Hunters’ Big Chief Romeo Bougere, and the 7th Ward Creole Hunters’ Big Chief Jermaine Bossier. It’s got the traditional call and response style bringing the energy and tradition of Mardi Gras but contemporary lyrics warning off those intent on creating “drama” or giving Indians a bad name by bringing a gun.

160. Savages – The Answer

161. Michael Rose – Stalk of Sensimilla (Compa remix)

Compa delves into the Star Trail back catalogue to remix Michael Rose’s 90’s tune.

162. BjöRk – Lionsong

I smell declarations of solitude”

163. Nap Eyes – Dark Creedence

Dark creedence, over my glass
Over my glass now is gone”

164. Girl Band – Paul

Better not ask our bleached moustache
Has given us a rash
Nice Ronny anyway”

165. Nadia Rose – D.F.W.T

South London’s own Nadia Rose demonstrates her lyrical prowess over the instrumental of Mila J’s ‘My Main’.

“There’s this misconception that “female rappers” should unite since we’re the minority in the industry. I say fuck them and fuck that. I’m not gonna work with someone I don’t necessarily rate/respect based on gender and/or inequality. I do me and here I am.” – Nadia Rose

166. De’Borah – Jeremiah

De’Borah: “I have a vulnerability about me,and I really believe that not only does vulnerability connect with people but it’s quite empowering. That’s what runs through my music.”

167. Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky

168. Tink – Ratchet Commandments

if you know your rent due/get the f£$k out the club”

With a nod to Notorious B.I.G’s “Ten Crack Commandments”, 19 year old Tink delivers her own ‘Thou shalt nots’ with Timbaland in vintage form in the producers chair.

169. Hugh – Almost Done, Almost There

170. Grandbrothers – Wuppertal

171.Blacks – Roll Deep (Feat. Manga, Jendor and Flow Dan)

172. Nitty Scott MC – Generation Now

Please wipe your feet before you enter my mind
I’m bear foot sitting in the lotus, focus on my kundalini have you taken notice”

After turning 25 and splitting from her management team, Nitty Scott, MC returns with a video for “Generation Now,” from her 2014 project ‘The Art of Chill’.
The videos YouTube comments may focus on the physical more than the metaphysical but it’s a socially conscious song that finds Nitty hovering over the planet, lotus like as she contemplates the nature of life.
Oh and it samples a staple of my youth, “Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth (which in turn was a cover/sample of The Mighty Diamonds “Pass The Kouchie” and U Brown’s “Gimme The Music“).

173. Jenny Hval – That Battle Is Over

Statistics and newspapers tell me I am unhappy and dying, that I need man and child to fulfill me, that I’m more likely to get breast cancer.”

Annotated lyrics

174. Dua Lipa – Be the One

175. Earl Sweatshirt feat. Wiki – AM // Radio

176. Romare – Motherless Child

177. David Bowie – Blackstar

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside”

178. Alabama Shakes – Gemini

179. C Duncan – For

180. Mariah – Soko Kara

181. Dilly Dally – Desire

182. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – This Dark Desire / On The Motorway

Watch how she keeps their lies alive as they run through her veins and huddle in her holes”

183. Dope Saint Jude – Brown Baas

Do you know what it’s like to be brown for a girl like me?”

184. Downtown Boys – Monstro

Bi bilingual political dance sax punk party from Providence.

185. Frankie Lee – Where Do We Belong

186. Car Seat Headrest – Times to Die

187. Grimm Grimm – Kazega Fuitara Sayonara

188. Julia Holter – Feel You

189. KOJEY Radical – BAMBU

190. Meek Mill – Lord Knows

191. LoneLady – Groove It Out

192. Archy Marshall – Ammi Ammi (Featuring Jamie Isaac)

193. Big Sean – Outro

No late fees, Kool-Aid smile, Colgate teeth
The bigger that I get, the more I need shrinks”

194. Bully – I Remember

I remember that box of letters
I remember that naked photo
And I remember things getting better”

195. Wire – Blogging

196. The Scribes – TITAN TV

197. Kwabs – Cheating On Me (Tom Misch Refix feat. Zak Abel)

198. Lucy Dacus – I Dont Wanna Be Funny Anymore

199. Bibio – Petals

200. Janelle Monáe and Wondaland – Hell You Talmbout / Yoga