Offbeat Festive 10's and your charts

This page is for your charts and our annual Festive Ten polls. Feel free to email your personal top 10's to me. Most recent submissions will be listed first.

A Spotify playlist of all our Offbeat Festive 10's from 1998-2010 is available here.

Spotified List of our favourite tracks of 2014 voted by us! 01/01/15
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2010 voted by you 19/12/10
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2009 voted by you 13/12/09
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2008 voted by you 13/12/08
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2007 voted by you 16/12/07
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2006 voted by you 10/12/06
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2005 voted by you 12/12/05
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2004 voted by you 12/12/04
Alltime Offbeat Chart voted by you 16/05/04
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2003 voted by you 14/12/03
My top 10 recent albums by Sorbster 28/10/03
Top 10 current albums by Neil Longley 25/09/03
Top 10 albums list by Leah 05/01/03
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2002 voted by you 16/12/02
All-time top 10 by Paul Uzzell 21/06/02
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2001 voted by you 15/12/01
Top 10 albums by Paul Bignell 27/05/01
Top three Sheffield bands by Charlotte Willacombe 20/02/01
All-time top 10 by Lisa 19/02/01
Top five Offbeat websites by Alex Marklew 23/01/01
Top five songs with numbers in the title by Alex Marklew 23/01/01
Top five mobile ringtones from Ringtones.com which the originals of could get played at Offbeat by Alex Marklew 23/01/01
My Top 10 by Lee Sanders 10/12/00
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2000 voted by you 10/12/00
Shefon's Top 10 by Martin Cooper 10/8/00
Songs that seem to have endings that go on forever... by Stoo and Alex 17/7/00
Alec's Top 10 by Alec 17/7/00
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 1999 voted by you 10/12/99
The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 1998 voted by you 12/12/98


Received 19/12/10

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2010
The ten best singles of 2010 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2010. Our festive 10 is listed below.

  1. Arcade Fire - Ready to start
  2. Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
  3. Sleigh Bells - Infinity guitars
  4. Allo Darlin' - Dreaming
  5. Best Coast - Crazy for you
  6. The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
  7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  8. The Futureheads - Heartbeat song
  9. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Say no to love
  10. Dum Dum Girls - Jail la la

Received 13/12/09

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2009
The ten best singles of 2009 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2009. Our festive 10 is listed below.

As well as the top 10 being played at the final Offbeat of 2009, the chart was also broadcast on Sheffield Live FM's The Breakdown. To listen again go to here (the chart starts around 35 minutes in), then here, , then here (this latter link is entitled as a different show, but that is because we overran!).

  1. Camera Obscura - French Navy
  2. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young adult friction
  3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
  4. Animal Collective - My girls
  5. Patrick Wolf - Hard Times
  6. Grizzly Bear - Two weeks
  7. Girls - Lust for life
  8. Future Of The Left - Arming Eritrea
  9. Dananananaykroyd - Black wax
  10. The Drums - Let's go surfing

    and bubbling under...

  11. Slow Club - It doesn't have to be beautiful
  12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads will roll
  13. Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins existential Question Time
  14. Animal Collective - Brother sport
  15. The Maccabees - No kind words
  16. Los Campesinos! - These are listed buildings
  17. Johnny Foreigner - Feels like summer
  18. Mumford and Sons - Little lion man
  19. The XX - Crystalised
  20. Neko Case - People got a lotta nerve

Received 13/12/08

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2008
The ten best singles of 2008 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2008. Our festive 10 is listed below.

As well as the top 10 being played at the final Offbeat of 2008, numbers 20-11 the chart were also broadcast on Forge Radio's Pop! Sans Frontiers. To listen again go to here.

  1. Future Of The Left - Manchasm
  2. MGMT - Time to pretend
  3. Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos!
  4. MGMT - Kids
  5. Johnny Foreigner - Eyes wide terrified
  6. Black Kids - I'm not going to teach your boyfriend
  7. Magnetic Fields - California girls
  8. Les Savy Fav - Patty Lee
  9. Ting Tings - That's not my name
  10. Hot Chip - Ready for the floor

    and bubbling under...

  11. Johnny Foreigner - Salt, Peppa and Spindarella
  12. Those Dancing Days - Hitten
  13. Of Montreal - Id engager
  14. Los Campesinos! - My year in lists
  15. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
  16. Late Of The Pier - Bathroom gurgle
  17. TV On The Radio - Golden age
  18. Dananananaykroyd - Pink sabbath
  19. Wave Pictures - Strange fruit for David
  20. Santogold - Lights out

Received 16/12/07

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2007
The ten best singles of 2007 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2007. Our festive 10 is listed below.

As well as being played at the final Offbeat of 2007, the chart was also broadcast on SheffieldLive FM's Breakdown Show. Numbers 20-11 featured on Wednesday 12th December 2007, with the top ten following on Wednesday 19th December 2007. If you'd like to hear the chart in its entirety intersperesed with some other fine music, then you can listen to the archived broadcasts here.

  1. Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!
  2. Camera Obscura - If looks could kill
  3. Of Montreal - Suffer for fashion
  4. Slow Club - Because we're dead
  5. Slow Down Tallahassee - So much for love
  6. Battles - Atlas
  7. Herman Dune - I wish that I could see you soon
  8. Animal Collective - Peacebone
  9. LCD Soundsystem - North American scum
  10. Beirut - Elephant gun

    and bubbling under...

  11. Patrick Wolf - The magic position
  12. Arcade Fire - Keep the car running
  13. MJ Hibbett And The Validators - The lesson of The Smiths
  14. Monkey Swallows The Universe - Little Polveir
  15. CSS - Let's make love...
  16. Help She Can't Swim - Hospital drama
  17. Sons And Daughters - The gilt complex
  18. Monkey Swallows the Universe - Bloodline
  19. The Gossip - Standing in the way of control
  20. The Shins - Phantom limb

Received 10/12/06

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2006
The ten best singles of 2006 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2006. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Camera Obscura - Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
  2. Peter Bjorn and John - Young folks
  3. The Long Blondes - Once and never again
  4. The Pipettes - Pull shapes
  5. Monkey Swallows The Universe - Jimmy down the well
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold lion
  7. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - By the skin of my yellow country teeth
  8. Architecture In Helsinki - Wishbone
  9. The Yell - My baby's into witchcraft
  10. Metric - Monster hospital

    and bubbling under...

  11. I'm From Barcelona - We're from Barcelona
  12. Morrissey - You have killed me
  13. Tilly and the Wall - Reckless
  14. Animal Collective - Grass
  15. The Long Blondes - Weekend without make-up
  16. The Spinto Band - Oh Mandy
  17. Be Your Own Pet - Adventure
  18. Giant Drag - This isn't it
  19. The Flaming Lips - Yeah Yeah Yeah song
  20. Islands - Rough gem

Received 12/12/05

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2005
The ten best singles of 2005 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2005. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (lies)
  2. Rilo Kiley - Portions for foxes
  3. Interpol - Evil
  4. Arctic Monkeys - I bet you look good on the dancefloor
  5. Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3 (Power out)
  6. Umlaut - Winter coat
  7. Clor - Love and pain
  8. The Decemberists - 16 military wives
  9. The Futureheads - Hounds of love
  10. The Fall - Clasp hands

    and bubbling under...

  11. Ladytron - Destroy everything you touch
  12. The Pipettes - I love a boy in uniform
  13. Art Brut - Emily Kane
  14. The White Stripes - My doorbell
  15. Bright Eyes - First day of my life
  16. Sons and Daughters - Dance me in
  17. The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres
  18. Smokers Die Younger - Kermit
  19. Architecture in Helsinki - Do the whirlwind
  20. Retro Spankees - My sonic driver

Received 12/12/04

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2004
The ten best singles of 2004 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2004. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Art Brut - Formed a band
  2. Morrissey - First of the gang to die
  3. Fiery Furnaces - Tropical Iceland
  4. The Walkmen - The rat
  5. Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a riot
  6. Graham Coxon - Freakin’ out
  7. The Killers - Mr Brightside
  8. Belle and Sebastian - I’m a cuckoo
  9. Franz Ferdinand - Michael
  10. Modest Mouse - Float on

    and bubbling under...

  11. Franz Ferdinand - Take me out
  12. The Long Blondes - Long Blonde
  13. The Futureheads - Decent days and nights
  14. The Killers - Somebody told me
  15. Johnny Boy - You are the generation that bought more shoes and you will get what you deserve

Received 16/05/04

An Offbeat alltime chart
voted for by you!

The following chart was compiled as part of the Offbeat 100 celebrations in May 2004. We shortlisted 40 tracks from our past playlists, attempting to include tracks from different eras and of different styles, united by the fact that they'd all been hugely popular on our dance-floor at one time or another in the preceding 7 1/2 years. Voters were allowed 5 choices from the list, with one of the five to be marked as their favourite.

141 of you voted; the results were as follows...

BandSongVotes1sts
1The PixiesWhere is my mind3310
2Le TigreDeceptacon318
3KenickiePunka316
4HefnerThe day that Thatcher dies283
5Belle & SebastianThere’s too much love279
6Violent FemmesBlister in the sun276
7Sultans of Ping FCWhere’s me jumper254
8The UndertonesTeenage kicks247
9BearsuitHey Charlie hey Chuck235
10The BuzzcocksEver fallen in love…224
11Helen LoveLong live the UK music scene211
12The Moldy PeachesWho’s got the crack?205
13ElasticaStutter202
14The SmithsPanic200
15The PrimitivesCrash193
16Joy DivisionTransmission183
17AshKung Fu182
18China DrumWuthering heights176
19The Polyphonic SpreeSoldier girl173
20REMIt’s the end of the world...171
21Ten BensonThe claw164
22PavementGold soundz144
23McluskyTo hell with good intentions143
24The FallFoldin' money142
25The White StripesFell in love with a girl142
26InterpolRoland141
27The DelgadosUnder canvas under wraps135
28The Field MiceSensitive135
29MenswearDaydreamer130
30The Wedding PresentKennedy123
31The VaporsTurning Japanese120
32The Hidden CamerasBan marriage120
33Super Furry AnimalsGod! show me magic116
34Manic Street PreachersMotown junk113
35HeavenlyC is the Heavenly option112
36Jilted JohnJilted John101
37The Pooh SticksOn tape91
38Gorkys Zygotic MynciPoodle rockin’81
39Half Man Half BiscuitPaintball’s coming home71
40HoleMiss World42


Received 14/12/03

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2003
The ten best singles of 2003 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2003. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. The Hidden Cameras - Ban marriage
  2. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
  3. Belle and Sebastian - Step into my office baby
  4. The Libertines - Don't look back into the sun
  5. The Delgados - All you need is hate
  6. Franz Ferdinand - Darts of pleasure
  7. The Postal Service - The district sleeps tonight
  8. The White Stripes - Seven nation army
  9. Mclusky - Undress for success
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Pin

Received 28/10/03

My Top Ten Recent Albums
by Sorbster


Received 25/09/03

My top 10 current albums
by Neil Longley


Received 05/01/03

A top 10 albums list
by Leah

  1. The Pixies - Doolittle
  2. The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
  3. The Amps - Pacer
  4. The Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea
  6. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
  7. The Breeders - Last Splash
  8. The The - The singles of The The
  9. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  10. Sonic Youth - EVOL

Received 16/12/02

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2002
The ten best singles of 2002 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2002. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. The White Stripes - Fell in love with a girl...
  2. The Hives - Hate to say I told you so
  3. The Polyphonic Spree - Soldier girl
  4. Idlewild - You held the world in your arms
  5. Bearsuit - Drink ink
  6. Bright Eyes - Lover I don't have to love
  7. The Libertines - Up the bracket
  8. The Coral - Dreaming of you
  9. The Polyphonic Spree - Hanging around
  10. The Flaming Lips - Do you realize?

Received 21/06/02

All-time top 10
by Paul Uzzell

  1. The Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  2. Ikara Colt - Sink Venice
  3. The The - Beat(en) Generation
  4. Manic Street Preachers - Motown Junk
  5. SFA - Ice Hockey Hair
  6. Joy Division - Shadowplay
  7. Suede - Animal Nitrate
  8. Manic Street Preachers - Faster
  9. The Fall - Spectre v Rector
  10. Prince - Sign o' t' times

Received 15/12/01

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2001
The ten best singles of 2001 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2001. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. The Strokes - Last nite
  2. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba
  3. The Moldy Peaches - Who's got the crack?
  4. Belle and Sebastian - Jonathan David
  5. The Strokes - The modern age
  6. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian like you
  7. Bearsuit - Hey Charlie, hey Chuck
  8. Stephen Malkmus - Jo-Jo's jacket
  9. Kings of Convenience - Toxic girl
  10. Mercury Rev - Nite and fog

Received 27/05/01

Top 10 albums
by Paul Bignell

  1. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
  2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
  3. Tindersticks - First Album
  4. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
  5. Smog - Wild Love
  6. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
  7. Scott Walker - Scott 4
  8. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
  9. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  10. Sebadoh - Bakesale

Received 20/02/01

Top three Sheffield bands
by Charlotte Willacombe

  1. The Human League
  2. ABC
  3. Pulp

Received 19/02/01

All-time top 10
by Lisa

  1. The Pixies - Gigantic
  2. The Delgados - The Actress
  3. Hefner - I took her love for granted
  4. The Pixies - Debaser
  5. The Kelley Deal 6000 - Canyon
  6. Mull Historical Society - The Mull Historical Society
  7. The Smiths - What difference does it make?
  8. Kinky Machine - Pising in the snow
  9. Gorkys Zygotic Mynci - Patio song
  10. Hefner - Greedy Ugly People

Received 23/01/01

Top five Offbeat websites
by Alex Marklew

  1. Offbeat.com - Magazine covering the underground jazz scene in New Orleans
  2. Offbeat.co.uk - Music production studio in Scotland
  3. Offbeat.net - D & R Services, repairers of Brown and Sharpe scientific measuring devices
  4. Offbeat.org - Just says "Blah"
  5. OffbeatOnline.com - Hand-dyed textiles and earthenware

Received 23/01/01

Top five songs with numbers in the title
by Alex Marklew

  1. Half Man Half Biscuit - 24 Hour Garage People
  2. The Lemonheads - 6ix
  3. The Period Pains - Just 17
  4. The Pixies - 13
  5. REM - Star 69

Received 23/01/01

Top five mobile ringtones from Ringtones.com which the originals of could get played at Offbeat
by Alex Marklew

  1. OMD - Enola Gay
  2. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
  3. The La's - There She Goes
  4. The Sisters Of Mercy - Temple Of Love
  5. Manic Street Preachers - La Tristesse Durera

Received 14/12/00

My Top 10
by Lee Sanders

  1. The Smiths - I know its over
  2. The Wonderstuff - Ruby Horse
  3. Half Man Half Biscuit - A Country Practice
  4. Morrissey - Now my heart is full
  5. Half Man Half Biscuit - Bastard son of Dean Friedman
  6. Magazine - Son from under the floorboards
  7. The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians
  8. Pulp - Babies
  9. Half Man Half Biscuit - Trumpton Riots
  10. The Smiths - Sweet and Tender Hooligan

Received 10/12/00

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 2000
The ten best singles of 2000 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 2000. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Belle and Sebastian - Legal Man
  2. Floater - Welcome to my world
  3. Hefner - Christian Girls
  4. The Delgados - American Trilogy
  5. Daphne and Celeste - U.G.L.Y.
  6. Sleater Kinney - You’re no rock’n’roll fun
  7. Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake
  8. Clinic - The return of Evil Bill
  9. Manic Street Preachers - The masses against the classes
  10. Hefner - Good Fruit

Received 10/8/00

Shefon's Top 10
by Martin Cooper

  1. Belle and Sebastian - Photo Jenny
  2. The Times - Lundi Bleu
  3. The Pastels - Crawl Babies
  4. The Brilliant Corners - I didn't see you
  5. The Beloved - One Hundred Words
  6. The Railway Children - In the Meantime
  7. The Man From Delmonte - I wish I was born in Lancashire
  8. The Rosehips - Room in Your Heart
  9. That Petrol Emotion - Natural Kind Of Joy
  10. The Chesterfields - Ask Johnny Dee

Received 1/8/00

Songs that seem to have endings that go on forever, so you never know when they're actually going to finish and you get all tired and thirsty but don't want to sit down till they've finished, or worse still you stop dancing as you think you've guessed it right, but then everyone else carries on, or even worse than that you carry on after everyone else has stopped and gone home...
by Stoo and Alex

  1. Field Mice - Sensitive
  2. L7 - Pretend that we're dead
  3. Pixies - Gigantic
  4. Belle and Sebastian - Lazy line-painter Jane
  5. Sugar - A Good Idea

Received 17/7/00

Alec's Top 10
by Alec

  1. New Order - Everything's Gone Green
  2. Primal Scream - Kowalski
  3. The Smiths - Big Mouth Strikes Again
  4. Advocar - Coil
  5. Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express
  6. Buzzcocks - Boredom
  7. Asian Dub Foundation - Naxalite
  8. Stone Roses - I Wanna be adored

Received 20/12/99

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 1999
The ten best singles of 1999 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 1999. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Hefner - Hymn for the cigarettes
  2. Super Furry Animals - Northern Lites
  3. Pavement - Carrot Rope
  4. Sebadoh - Flame
  5. The Fall - F'-oldin' Money
  6. Guided by Voices - Teenage FBI
  7. Sleater Kinney - Get up!
  8. Mika Bomb - Supersexyrazorhappy Girls
  9. Angelica - Why did you let my kitten die?
  10. Ooberman - Blossoms Falling

Received 20/12/98

The Offbeat 'Festive 10' 1998
The ten best singles of 1998 voted for by you!

Thanks to all those who voted for their favourite singles of 1998. Our festive 10 is listed below...

  1. Helen Love - Long live the UK music scene
  2. Belle and Sebastian - The boy with the arab strap
  3. Idlewild - When I argue I see shapes
  4. Belle and Sebastian - Sleep the clock around
  5. Urusei Yatsura - Slain by elf
  6. Idlewild - Everyone says that you're so fragile
  7. Delgados - Everything goes around the water
  8. Delgados - Pull the wires from the wall
  9. Eels - Last stop - this town
  10. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

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