Compilation and commentary by Erik Leijon, with consultation from the Music Team
Last year’s inaugural attempt at ranking the absolute best in local music went so well, we decided to do it again. The whole point of this exercise is to present a nice spread of offerings, so don’t just click on number one and be done with it. It was an exciting year for Montreal music: we hope you discovered some new favourites and reacquainted yourself with some old ones.
To reiterate the loose rules: no artist could appear twice (a quasi-exception was made for Poirier), and Montrealers emeritus count, within reason (sorry, Shatner). A special place in the depths of hell has been reserved for Nikki Yanofsky’s lazy Quincy Jones castoff “Something New,” which was anything but. And no one here has listened to the new Celine yet, but we’re sure it’s swell.
30. Boogat, “Romados”
29. Seb Black, “Go Out in Style”
28. Full Course, “Empty L”
27. Valleys, “Absolutely Everything All the Time”
26. Sean Nicholas Savage, “She Looks Like You”