"Hip hip" 2. "Islands" 162 points / Average: 9.529 Ranked Highest By: @KingBruno, @ohnostalgia (11), @klow, @soratami, @2014, @fatyoshi, @Untouchable Ace, @Conan, @Trouble in Paradise, @Gabeee9292, @Remorque (10), @discoteca (9.5) Ranked Lowest By: @daninternational, @berserkboi (7.5) Ddd - the accuracy of this post had me thinking @soratami was reading the results spreadsheet somehow, which I don't believe I ever actually sent through to them even though they were meant to be my backup host...oop. Despite garnering nine tens, the equal most of any song in the rate together with "Intro" and "Lifetime", "Islands" just falls short of the crown and takes the silver medal. Released as the third single from the iconic debut album, it features a blocky, tessellating guitar and bass rhythm that is repeated through the verses, complimented by lyrics which underscore the protagonists' loyal desires for one another. It's one of the most straightforward love songs in the band's catalogue, and yet the way that simple melodic pattern is expanded upon, stretched and twisted throughout the song's short run time leaves the listener interested through to the end. In terms of broader cultural impact, "Islands" is to date the band's equal highest charting single in the UK, peaking at #34 there, which is incidentally the same chart peak as our winner. It's been featured in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Parenthood, and was most famously covered by the Superbowl's very own Shakira, who performed the song at the Glastonbury festival and included a recording of the cover on her album Sale el Sol. I'd be remiss not to mention its music video also, a tightly-choreographed piece directed by Saam Farahmand, and which features the band in a loop amidst dancers and brightly-lit misery. Let's turn to my inbox now. First, to our (11)s, and @KingBruno, who wished to highlight the romantic nature of the lyrics: "“I’m yours now, so now I don’t ever have to leave…” is such a beautiful, rare melody for an indie song. A gorgeous love song, best listened to on rainy, gloomy days," while @ohnostalgia (11) considered it definitive: "Islands is The xx to me. Been bopping since 2009." @soratami (10) said it was their "second 11 pick", and it would've won the rate had that happened, but then again "Crystalised" needed all the help it could get. @Trouble in Paradise (10) called it "my OG fave from their debut that's stood the test of time," while @Untouchable Ace (10) noted that it was "reminiscent of huge bands of the 90s." Newly-crowned rate villain @berserkboi (7.5), meanwhile, had some constructive criticism to offer: "Love the instrumental tune, the vocals less so!"