The Top 20. The best of the best from the last fifteen years. No matter what you think of the picks, or project as a whole (I can’t believe they picked that song by that band and not..! Where’s this band? That artist? We get it. Believe me, we’ve already argued and complained enough for all of you.) …these favorite twenty tunes make for an unbelievably good mix. This countdown also showcases the power of live roulette. The presumptive number one pick, based on the preliminary ballots, succumbed to in-person enthusiasm and in-the-moment championing, finishing with the bronze medal. And the favorite tune? Hit play, and enjoy the ultimate Ultimate Mixtape.
Nine Idlers contributed to the draft that created the list of 150 favorites, and five of the nine number one picks slot themselves in this installment! Most notably, that Trust song gave birth to the term “shooming,” in which one Idler uses the automatic top-50 entry and a plethora of drunken exuberance to push a song that would have otherwise been relegated to spot #134 all the way up to #39. This jam also features the band that effectively “won” the list. Gorillaz have three tunes in The Ultimate Mixtape, and the first two debut in here in part six.