It's very possible you'll spend the next two months with your face buried in "top ten" lists. But who better to sum up Portland 2003, than our DJs--the folks who spent the year with their faces in the crates? From East to Madame Butterfly, Holocene to Ohm, Level to Momo's, here are the year's absolute best tracks, handpicked by some of Portlandia's best DJs. (Check the DJ listings, page 19 for their nights!)

THE EVIL ONE

"My favorite jam for 2003 is probably JayLib, 'The Red' (Stones Throw), because it combines an underground element with a beat that sounds ready for the club."

DJ SAFI

"'Heavy Heavy Heavy,' by Geraldo Pino, off the Afro Rock Vol. 1 compilation (Kona). Truly, deeply funky, this is a track to pull out when the party is hot, the booties are shaking, and the people are ready to journey to the earth's molten core."

DJ RNA

"'Ghetto Style' by Cozy Creatures [Ghetto Style EP, Oomph Records, 2003]. Choppy, Chicago style, yet extremely funky and bouncy house track with a smidge of Latin flavor. It has just the correct mix of melody, funk, a touch of vocals, and a staccato drive."

DJ DEREK FISHER

"LFO, 'Freak.' First of all, this ISN'T the Florida boy band! Mark Bell is the UK writer/producer (eg Björk, Depeche Mode) steeped in techno history. Electro beats with techno-fied acid-tinged sounds wrap up in a robotic, 'This is going to make you freak.'"

ZANNE

"'Eple' by Röyksopp from their Melody A.M. album on Astralwerks. A quirky, light-hearted, trippy song. Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland look like two flamers in their big furry coats, which is very endearing!"

CORBAN LESTER AKA SEMILLION

"Tiga, 'Burning Down (London's Burning)' on Turbo Recordings. 'Burning Down' is one of those rare cuts that gets an audience's attention every time, having the power to transform a "room" into a CLUB. I recommend against playing it in moving vehicles, or at inappropriate formal occasions, such as arraignments and funerals."

DJ HERMANITO

"'Anyway I Know You' by Rework on Playhouse. It's minimal, sexy--the French accent kills me--romantic, driving, dreamy. I have to hold myself back from playing it every night I DJ."

DJ VOID

"White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army.' DJs can be minimalists, too!"

DJ ANJALI

"'Gal Sunja' by Sukshinder Shinda featuring Cheshire Cat, from the Album Gal Sunja. Shinda has produced hundreds of bhangra albums, but this time, he's doing the singing, and it's fuckin' hot. What pushes it over the top is Cheshire Cat's ragga vocalsÉ somehow he can get away with misprouncing PUNJABI!"

THE INCREDIBLE KID

"Hidden track 13 on the Tahir Recoil CD. A highly emotional rallying call for resistance aimed at the streets in the wake of post-9/11 American tyranny. The 'realest' song of 2003."

DJ P-DISCO

"Holy geez, what a tough call. Definitely my man CARO's track, 'Citta Alla Notte' from ORAC Records. It has the synthetic stabs that are all dramatic electro-disco, a solid rhythm feel with really crispy hi-hats--no minimalism or po-faced digital style here, though. I buy too many records and the years go by too fast."

DJ NITESCHOOL

"Kelis' 'Milkshake.' That shit is the jam because the beat is massively fucked up, it's about milkshakes (my favorite food), and the first time I played it, some girl started doing blow off my turntables. It was totally a DJ highlight for 2003!"

AGENT DOUBLE O SOUL

"Dude, Sexy Prison, the one-sided piece of 7" genius on Omnibus. Get it or you'll cry. Electro death squads run free until the muddy-as-hell backtrack from "C'mon and Ride It' (the train) runs through the mix and turns it into, well, a sexy prison!"

DJ CARRION

"Suicide Commando's 'Sterbehilfe,' off Axis of Evil, which can be bought at Ozone UK! Why? Because its one of the finest brooding, angry, stomping, German EBM tracks of the year!"

DJ WICKED

My favorite track to play that was actually from 2003 would have to be 'Hit 'Em Off" by The Triple Threat DJs featuring Zion I. The beat is so fucking hyped and there are tons of cool breakdowns and shit to juggle. You can seriously fuck that song up... in a good way! But my favorite song to spin in 2003 was probably the '89 classic 'Lookout Weekend' by Debbie Deb. It gets the soccer moms and MILFs literally throwing their panties at you!"

DJ BROKENWINDOW

"'Let's Get Sick' by Mu--the B-side on the 'Chair Girl' 12", Tigersushi label, 2003. This track is anxious and has nervous as hell. It probably won't ever sound dated because it is so eccentric. While the drum machine beat is stiff, mechanical, undynamic, machine-gun-like... it has some great energy."

DJ FLUTTERBY

"The Sea and Cake, 'Sound & Vision,' from the album One Bedroom. It's buzzy and luscious. Sam Prekop et al. do David Bowie justice with an inspired cover."