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RNZ Music's top 21 NZ albums of the 21st century

Charlotte counts down our favourite 21 kiwi albums of the past few decades, collated by a panel of past and present members of the RNZ team.



Wellington musician Eddie Johnson worked with Frank Ocean producer Om'Mas Keith and Modest Mouse guitarist Jim Fairchild for his second album All I Have. He talked to Tony Stamp about recording in LA.


Introducing: Na Noise

We meet a brand new guitar pop duo from Auckland.

Song Crush

Kirsten Johnstone & team go through some of their favourite new tunes, this week featuring Moses Sumney, FKA Twigs, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent reznor.


Bad Religion

The members of the LA punk band are now all in their 50s. They tell Elliott Childs how they kept the band together for 40 years, and what keeps them politically angry.

The history of Stebbings

A new book called “Wired For Sound – The Stebbing History of New Zealand Music” by Grant Gillanders & Robyn Welsh tells the story of an enduring Kiwi success story. Trevor Reekie talks to the 2 authors.

Songs played on this show:


Julien Dyne - Incredulous
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
SJD - Beautiful Haze
Ladi6 - Like Water
Nesian Mytik - Brothaz
Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls
Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love
Nadia Reid - Preservation
Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love
Scribe - Not Many


Tha Feelstyle - Su'amalie
Trinity Roots - The Dream
Aldous Harding - Imagining My Man
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo
Avantdale Bowling Club - F(r)iends
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Dimmer - Seed


Bic Runga - Say After Me
The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Lorde - Royals
Che Fu - Misty Frequencies
Fat Freddy's Drop - Ernie
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Lontalius - Old Mentalities, Make My Dreams Come True, Swim, Carelessly
Goodshirt - Fiji Baby (live at Helens)
The Black Quartet - Take On Me


Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Lee Fields - Don't Give Up
Na Noise - Bad Dreams
Siouxsie and The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden (strings version)
Cornershop - No Rock (Save In Roll)
Moses Sumney - Virile 
Inflo - No Fear
Leif Vollebekk - Transatlantic Flight
FKA twigs -  Fallen Alien
Cloth - Sleep
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Nun With A Motherf*&*ing Gun
The Black Quartet - Gutter Black


Allah-Las - Ferus Gallery
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Bad Religion - Leave Mine To Me, Chaos From Within, Age Of Unreason, Stranger Than Fiction
Paul McCartney - Home Tonight
The Duplicates - Beautiful Brown Eyes
The Voices Of Esme Stephens* With The Guitars Of Buddy Kaine - Between Two Trees
Crombie Murdoch His Piano and His Orchestra - Under The Red Moon Of The Pampas
Herma Keil and The Keil sles - Be My Guest
Howard Morrison Qrtet - The Battle of Waikato [Live]
Ray Columbus & The Invaders - Till We Kissed, She's A Mod
La De Das - How Is The Air Up There
The Underdogs - Sitting In The Rain
Bunny Walters - Take The Money And Run
Hello Sailor - Gutter Black
Th’ Dudes - Right First Time 
Big City Six - Harbour Lights
Bill Callahan - So Long Marianne
Tom Scott - Kentucky