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Bernard Fanning Shares Playlist of His Favourite 21st Century Songs

The Powderfinger frontman has offered up a stellar playlist of his 20 favourite tracks from the previous 20 years via Spotify.

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Bernard Fanning has dug into his music collection to share his favourite tracks of the past two decades.


Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning has given fans a look into his listening habits from the last 20 years, sharing a playlist full of his favourite tracks from the 21st century.

Sharing the Spotify playlist overnight, Fanning said of the 20-song collection: “Here is a list of my favourite songs of the Century – one song from each year.”

Beginning with Rage Against the Machine’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” (of which an original version was initially shared in 1997), the playlist covers tracks by the likes of Gillian Welch, Missy Elliott, Queens of The Stone Age, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and even fellow Brisbane rockers WAAX.

Fanning’s selections serve as the latest in a series of playlists offered up by members of the band, following on from Darren Middleton’s ‘Red Wine & Reflections’ mix last week, and Jon Coghill’s ‘Big Grooves’ collection the previous week.

Powderfinger made headlines two months ago when they reformed for the first time since 2010 to perform their “One Night Lonely” concert in an effort to raise funds for Support Act. All told, the performance managed to raise $460,000, with the band’s final goal of half a million dollars almost being reached in the days following the reunion.

In related news, Powderfinger are set to mark the 20th anniversary of their fourth album, Odyssey Number Five, in early September. Their second album to top the ARIA charts, the record spawned singles such as “My Happiness”, “My Kind of Scene”, and “Like a Dog”, while it also took out five ARIA Music Awards at the following year’s ceremony.

At this stage, it’s unclear whether or not the band will announce any sort of public celebration of the record, though considering 2018’s anniversary of Internationalist resulted in a deluxe reissue, one could assume the same will happen for Odyssey Number Five.