The Almost-Complete Mercury Music Prize Awards 1992-2012, as Spotify Playlists

I need to listen to more music – so as a project / proxy for doing actual research I decided to create playlists of the recent Mercury Music Prize winners with a little help from Wikipedia… and then decided to finish the job having started it.

Albums which I could not find are annotated and in italics; if I track them down later I’ll include them and update this post.

Immediate impressions from the project include:

  • Oasis are stuck-up gThere is no Oasis to be found on Spotify
  • Classical seems to get a slightly rough deal on Spotify
  • The MMP nominators really really love Polly Harvey
  • Prior to 2005 you get a lot less of the one album in many recuts with the same name hassle
  • Each year’s winner is first on the list.


    1992

    • Primal Scream | Screamadelica
    • Barry Adamson | Soul Murder
    • Jah Wobble | Rising Above Bedlam (not found)
    • The Jesus and Mary Chain | Honey’s Dead
    • Bheki Mseleku | Celebration
    • Saint Etienne | Foxbase Alpha
    • Simply Red | Stars
    • U2 | Achtung Baby
    • John Tavener & Steven Isserlis | The Protecting Veil
    • Young Disciples | Road to Freedom
    • link to 1992 playlist

    1993

    • Suede | Suede
    • Apache Indian | No Reservations
    • The Auteurs | New Wave
    • Gavin Bryars | Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
    • Dina Carroll | So Close
    • PJ Harvey | Rid of Me
    • New Order | Republic
    • Stereo MCs | Connected
    • Sting | Ten Summoner’s Tales
    • Stan Tracey | Portraits Plus
    • link to 1993 playlist

    1994

    • M People | Elegant Slumming
    • Blur | Parklife
    • Ian McNabb | Head Like A Rock (not found)
    • Shara Nelson | What Silence Knows
    • Michael Nyman | The Piano Concerto/MGV
    • The Prodigy | Music for the Jilted Generation
    • Pulp | His ‘n’ Hers
    • Take That | Everything Changes
    • Therapy? | Troublegum
    • Paul Weller | Wild Wood
    • link to 1994 playlist

    1995

    • Portishead | Dummy
    • Guy Barker | Into the Blue (not found)
    • Elastica | Elastica
    • PJ Harvey | To Bring You My Love
    • Leftfield | Leftism
    • James MacMillan | Seven Last Words from the Cross
    • Van Morrison | Days Like This (not found)
    • Oasis | Definitely Maybe (not found)
    • Supergrass | I Should Coco
    • Tricky | Maxinquaye
    • link to 1995 playlist

    1996

    • Pulp | Different Class
    • Artists for War Child | Help (not found)
    • Black Grape | It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah
    • Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic | The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde (not found)
    • Manic Street Preachers | Everything Must Go
    • Mark Morrison | Return of the Mack
    • Oasis | (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (not found)
    • Courtney Pine | Modern Day Jazz Stories
    • Underworld | Second Toughest in the Infants
    • Norma Waterson | Norma Waterson
    • link to 1996 playlist

    1997

    • Roni Size/Reprazent | New Forms
    • The Chemical Brothers | Dig Your Own Hole
    • Beth Orton | Trailer Park
    • Primal Scream | Vanishing Point
    • The Prodigy | The Fat of the Land
    • Radiohead | OK Computer
    • Spice Girls | Spice
    • Suede | Coming Up
    • John Tavener | Svyati
    • Mark-Anthony Turnage | Your Rockaby (not found)
    • link to 1997 playlist

    1998

    • Gomez | Bring It On
    • 4hero | Two Pages
    • Asian Dub Foundation | Rafi’s Revenge
    • Eliza Carthy | Red Rice (not found)
    • Catatonia | International Velvet
    • Cornershop | When I Was Born for the 7th Time
    • Massive Attack | Mezzanine
    • Propellerheads | Decksandrumsandrockandroll
    • Pulp | This Is Hardcore
    • John Surman | Proverbs & Songs (not found)
    • The Verve | Urban Hymns
    • Robbie Williams | Life thru a Lens
    • link to 1998 playlist

    1999

    • Talvin Singh | Ok
    • Thomas Ades | Asyla
    • Denys Baptiste | Be Where You Are
    • Black Star Liner | Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!
    • Blur | 13
    • The Chemical Brothers | Surrender
    • Faithless | Sunday 8PM
    • Manic Street Preachers | This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
    • Beth Orton | Central Reservation
    • Kate Rusby | Sleepless (not found)
    • Stereophonics | Performance and Cocktails
    • Underworld | Beaucoup Fish
    • link to 1999 playlist

    2000

    • Badly Drawn Boy | The Hour of Bewilderbeast
    • Richard Ashcroft | Alone with Everybody
    • Coldplay | Parachutes
    • M. J. Cole | Sincere
    • Death in Vegas | The Contino Sessions
    • The Delgados | The Great Eastern
    • Doves | Lost Souls
    • Helicopter Girl | How to Steal the World
    • Leftfield | Rhythm and Stealth
    • Nicholas Maw | Violin Concerto (not found)
    • Nitin Sawhney | Beyond Skin
    • Kathryn Williams | Little Black Numbers (not found)
    • link to 2000 playlist

    2001

    • PJ Harvey | Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
    • Basement Jaxx | Rooty
    • Elbow | Asleep in the Back
    • Goldfrapp | Felt Mountain
    • Gorillaz | Gorillaz (nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)
    • Ed Harcourt | Here Be Monsters
    • Tom McRae | Tom McRae
    • Radiohead | Amnesiac
    • Susheela Raman | Salt Rain
    • Super Furry Animals | Rings Around the World
    • Turin Brakes | The Optimist LP
    • Zero 7 | Simple Things
    • link to 2001 playlist

    2002

    • Ms. Dynamite | A Little Deeper
    • Guy Barker | Soundtrack
    • The Bees | Sunshine Hit Me
    • David Bowie | Heathen
    • The Coral | The Coral
    • Doves | The Last Broadcast
    • The Electric Soft Parade | Holes in the Wall
    • Gemma Hayes | Night on My Side
    • Beverley Knight | Who I Am
    • Roots Manuva | Run Come Save Me
    • Joanna MacGregor | Play
    • The Streets | Original Pirate Material
    • link to 2002 playlist

    2003

    • Dizzee Rascal | Boy in da Corner
    • Athlete | Vehicles and Animals
    • Eliza Carthy | Anglicana
    • Coldplay | A Rush of Blood to the Head
    • The Darkness | Permission to Land
    • Floetry | Floetic
    • Soweto Kinch | Conversations with the Unseen (not found)
    • Lemon Jelly | Lost Horizons
    • The Thrills | So Much for the City
    • Martina Topley-Bird | Quixotic
    • Radiohead | Hail to the Thief
    • Terri Walker | Untitled
    • link to 2003 playlist

    2004

    • Franz Ferdinand | Franz Ferdinand
    • Basement Jaxx | Kish Kash
    • Belle & Sebastian | Dear Catastrophe Waitress
    • Jamelia | Thank You
    • Keane | Hopes and Fears
    • Snow Patrol | Final Straw
    • Joss Stone | The Soul Sessions
    • The Streets | A Grand Don’t Come for Free
    • Ty | Upwards
    • Amy Winehouse | Frank
    • Robert Wyatt | Cuckooland
    • The Zutons | Who Killed…… The Zutons?
    • link to 2004 playlist

    2005

    • Antony and the Johnsons | I Am a Bird Now
    • Bloc Party | Silent Alarm
    • Coldplay | X&Y
    • Hard-Fi | Stars of CCTV
    • Kaiser Chiefs | Employment
    • KT Tunstall | Eye to the Telescope
    • M.I.A. | Arular
    • Maximo Park | A Certain Trigger
    • Polar Bear | Held on the Tips of Fingers
    • Seth Lakeman | Kitty Jay
    • The Go! Team | Thunder, Lightning, Strike
    • The Magic Numbers | The Magic Numbers
    • link to 2005 playlist

    2006

    • Arctic Monkeys | Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
    • Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan | Ballad of the Broken Seas
    • Editors | The Back Room
    • Guillemots | Through the Windowpane
    • Richard Hawley | Coles Corner
    • Hot Chip | The Warning
    • Muse | Black Holes & Revelations
    • Zoe Rahman | Melting Pot (not found)
    • Lou Rhodes | Beloved One
    • Scritti Politti | White Bread Black Beer
    • Sway | This Is My Demo
    • Thom Yorke | The Eraser
    • link to 2006 playlist

    2007

    • Klaxons | Myths of the Near Future
    • Arctic Monkeys | Favourite Worst Nightmare
    • Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford | Basquiat Strings (not found)
    • Bat for Lashes | Fur and Gold
    • Dizzee Rascal | Maths + English
    • Maps | We Can Create
    • New Young Pony Club | Fantastic Playroom
    • Fionn Regan | The End of History
    • Jamie T | Panic Prevention
    • The View | Hats Off to the Buskers
    • Amy Winehouse | Back to Black
    • Young Knives | Voices of Animals and Men (not found)
    • link to 2007 playlist

    2008

    • Elbow | The Seldom Seen Kid
    • Adele | 19
    • British Sea Power | Do You Like Rock Music?
    • Burial | Untrue
    • Estelle | Shine
    • The Last Shadow Puppets | The Age of the Understatement
    • Laura Marling | Alas, I Cannot Swim
    • Neon Neon | Stainless Style
    • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss | Raising Sand
    • Portico Quartet | Knee Deep in the North Sea
    • Radiohead | In Rainbows (not found)
    • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset | The Bairns
    • link to 2008 playlist

    2009

    • Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy
    • Bat for Lashes | Two Suns
    • Florence and the Machine | Lungs
    • Friendly Fires | Friendly Fires
    • Glasvegas | Glasvegas
    • Lisa Hannigan | Sea Sew (not found)
    • The Horrors | Primary Colours
    • The Invisible | The Invisible
    • Kasabian | West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
    • La Roux | La Roux (not found)
    • Led Bib | Sensible Shoes (not found)
    • Sweet Billy Pilgrim | Twice Born Men
    • link to 2009 playlist

    2010

    • The xx | xx
    • Biffy Clyro | Only Revolutions
    • Corinne Bailey Rae | The Sea
    • Dizzee Rascal | Tongue n’ Cheek
    • Foals | Total Life Forever
    • I Am Kloot | Sky at Night
    • Kit Downes Trio | Golden
    • Laura Marling | I Speak Because I Can
    • Mumford & Sons | Sigh No More
    • Paul Weller | Wake Up the Nation
    • Villagers | Becoming a Jackal
    • Wild Beasts | Two Dancers
    • link to 2010 playlist

    2011

    • PJ Harvey | Let England Shake
    • Adele | 21
    • Anna Calvi | Anna Calvi
    • Elbow | Build a Rocket Boys!
    • Everything Everything | Man Alive
    • Ghostpoet | Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
    • Gwilym Simcock | Good Days At Schloss Elmau (not found)
    • James Blake | James Blake
    • Katy B | On a Mission
    • King Creosote & Jon Hopkins | Diamond Mine
    • Metronomy | The English Riviera
    • Tinie Tempah | Disc-Overy
    • link to 2011 playlist

    2012

    • Alt-J | An Awesome Wave
    • Ben Howard | Every Kingdom
    • Django Django | Django Django
    • Field Music | Plumb
    • Richard Hawley | Standing at the Sky’s Edge
    • Michael Kiwanuka | Home Again
    • Lianne La Havas | Is Your Love Big Enough?
    • Sam Lee | Ground of its Own
    • The Maccabees | Given to the Wild
    • Plan B | ill Manors
    • Roller Trio | Roller Trio
    • Jessie Ware | Devotion
    • link to 2012 playlist

    3 Replies to “The Almost-Complete Mercury Music Prize Awards 1992-2012, as Spotify Playlists”

    1. Thanks Alec this is awesome. I’m reliving my youth.

      Some additional ‘impressions’ from Finland:
      – Polly Harvey sounds pretty darn good – why did I not listen to this ‘back in the day’?
      – Elastica – Elastica is not available in the Finnish spotify. In fact there is only one track from them released in 2000 … no doubt from a different label.
      – Also missing (or partially missing) in Finland:
      – “Gavin Bryars | Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”
      – The last two tracks of “Dina Carroll | So Close” (I think I’ll cope!)
      – 50% of the tracks from “Robbie Williams | Life thru a Lens”
      – Helicopter Girl | How to Steal the World
      – The Bees | Sunshine Hit Me
      – 50% of “Ms. Dynamite | A Little Deeper”
      – Terri Walker | Untitled
      – One track is missing from Bloc Party | Silent Alarm
      – Neon Neon | Stainless Style
      – Ben Howard | Every Kingdom
      – 50% of “Lianne La Havas | Is Your Love Big Enough?”
      – Dizzee Rascal | Tongue n’ Cheek

      Perhaps I should spend a couple of hours mailing their labels offering payment in lieu of downloading them from bittorrent – oh that’s right, I listened to something else instead …

    2. A great post, thanks for the playlist links. It needs an update though – Noel and Liam must have read your post and seen your disappointment – as the Oasis back catalogue has now been added to Spotify 🙂

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