THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY, 2017

We’ve reached that time of year when we are halfway through the year and it is time to do the Top 50 songs of the year so far.

There’s no scientific formula to it. I just went through The Friday Five, and tried to assemble them into some sort of order.

If you love pointless stats, there are three former “The Sound Of …..” winners in the chart.

Remember, it can all change by the time of the main chart in December.

It could even be a Gallagher brother duopoly.

1. Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Closer
3. The Killers – The Man
4. Paramore – Hard Times
5. John Hassell and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
6. Rose Elinor Dougall – All At Once
7. Royal Blood – Lights Out
8. Blondie – Long Time
9. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
10. Pale Waves – There’s A Honey
11. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
12. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
13. Lorde – Green Light
14. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
15. Beth Ditto – Fire
16. Dagny – Wearing Nothing
17. Haim – Want You Back
18. The Kooks – Be Who You Are
19. Haim – Little Of Your Love
20. The XX – On Hold
21. Coldplay – Something Just Like This
22. Amy MacDonald – Dream On
23. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
24. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
25. Rag n Bone Man – Skin
26. Liam Gallagher – Chinatown
27. The Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
28. James – Sit Down (Game Of Thrones 2017 version)
29. Joy Williams – Ordinary World
30. Liam Gallagher – Bold
31. Muse – Dig Deep
32. Shed Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times, Disco Down
33. Barry Manilow – New York State Of Mind
34. Kasabian – Bless This Acid House
35. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
36. Black Grape – Pop Voodoo
37. Imagine Dragons – Believer
38. Matt Maltese – As The World Caves In
39. The Courteeners – Don’t Look Back In Anger
40. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
41. Ryan Adams – To Be Without You
42. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
43. Cast – Faith
44. Blossoms – In Da Club/Carelss Whisper
45. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
46. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
47. Rory Lavelle – Poor Pride
48. Rose Elinor Dougall – Hell and Back
49. Amy MacDonald – Automatic
50. Paul Draper – Things People Want

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.7.2016

1. Bastille – Good Grief
2. Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready? (Wreck)
3. Oasis – Half The World Away
4. Walking On Cars – Catch Me If You Can
5. Kylie Minogue – This Wheel’s On Fire

First of all, an apology. Or rather, two apologies.

Because I posted the Half-Term Half Century last Friday, meaning there was no Friday Five, and thus, no chart to celebrate Canada Day or Independence Day. Sorry Canada and America.

Better later than never I guess.

FIVE SONGS BY CANADIAN ARTISTS

1. Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
2. Tegan and Sara – Closer
3. Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back To Me
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
5. Arcade Fire – Wake Up

PS : It falls on the same day as Dan Aykroyd’s birthday. It should really be called Danada Day

FIVE SONGS BY AMERICAN ARTISTS

1. Prince – Gold
2. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
3. Tom Petty – Freefallin
4. REM – Orange Crush
5. Katy Perry – Hot n Cold

The Limelight have had a good week of announcing gigs for the later part of the year, with Feeder, Cast and Ocean Colour Scene all lined up.

Best of all, they’ve even got a gig by AC/DC.

Oh wait, sorry, it’s ABC. Misread the listings. Still, that’s good.

Here are charts to get you in the mood for Cast and Ocean Colour Scene.

FIVE SONGS BY CAST

1. Finetime
2. Flying
3. Alright
4. Sandstorm
5. Beat Mama

FIVE SONGS BY OCEAN COLOUR SCENE

1. The Circle
2. Better Day
3. The Riverboat Song
4. The Day We Caught The Train
5. July

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 4.7.2014

1. Charli XCX – Boom Clap
2. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
3. James – She’s A Star
4. The Maccabees – Pelican
5. Paloma Faith – Thirty Minute Love Affair

So, today, tickets for Kasabian’s UK tour in the Winter go on sale. Desperately trying to get one for their Belfast gig. Anyway, to get you in the mood, here’s a Kasabian Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY KASABIAN

1. Empire
2. Eez-Eh
3. Me Plus One
4. Days Are Forgotten
5. Club Foot

Two national days this week. The first, how could I forget, was Canada Day. So, in celebration of all things Canadian, here’s a Chart

FIVE SONGS BY CANADIAN ARTISTS

1. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
2. Tegan and Sara – Closer
3. Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back To Me
4. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
5. Nelly Furtado – Maneater

And in the name of equality, a chart for the Americans, seeing as it’s Independence Day

FIVE SONGS BY AMERICAN ARTISTS

1. Paula Cole _ I Don’t Want To Wait
2. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
3. Haim – Don’t Save Me
4. The Killers – Shot At The Night
5. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.1.2013

1. Vance Joy – Riptide
2. David Bowie – I’d Rather Be High
3. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
4. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
5. U2 – New Year’s Day

Tonight, is “Top Of The Pops – The Story Of 1979” on BBC Four, which more than likely means that repeats of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four will continue into 1979.

In celebration of this, here’s a 1979 themed chart.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1979

1. Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
2. Gary Numan – Cars
3. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
4. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
5. The Specials – Ratrace

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 29.6.2012

1. Little Boots – Headphones
2. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
3. Paloma Faith – Picking Up the Pieces
4. Amy MacDonald – Slow It Down
5. White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

This Sunday is Canada Day. I love Canada (don’t know why) and would love top visit there someday. Until I do, i’ll have to do with Canada’s musical exports.

So, i’ve put on my tin hat (Justin Bieber doesn’t feature) and come up with this

FIVE SONGS BY CANADIAN ACTS

1. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
2. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
3. Tegan and Sara – The Con
4. Nelly Furtado – All Good Things
5. Barenaked Ladies – One Week

Not to be outdone, it’s Independence Day on Wednesday, so, if the Canadians are getting a chart, it would be rude not to give the Americans a chart. I’ll even give them too (Still like Canada better though, it’s just that I don’t know many songs about Canada)

FIVE SONGS BY AMERICAN ACTS

1. Starship – We Built This City
2. Christina Aguilera – Keeps Getting Better
3. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
4. New Kids On The Block – Tonight
5. The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl

FIVE SONGS THAT MENTION AMERICA

1. Kim Wilde – Kids In America
2. Idlewild – American English
3. Razorlight – America
4. The Stranglers – Big In America
5. Estelle ft Kanye West – American Boy

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.2.2012

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA ….. What A Life
2. The Naked and the Famous – Youngblood
3. Arcade Fire – Sprawl
4. The View – Blondie
5. The Beautiful South – Rotterdam

So, as it has been announced that Madonna is doing a tour in the summer, I thought i’d do a Madonna Top Five. It was bloody hard work.

Can’t say i’ll be going to any of her concerts. If I want to see an aul doll with too much make-up singing badly, i’d just head to Karaoke Night at The Globe.

FIVE MADONNA SONGS

1. The Power Of Goodbye
2. Rain
3. Dear Jessie
4. Like A Prayer
5. Ray Of Light

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – AUGUST 2005

In this edition of The Magazine Archive, i’ll be looking back at the August 2005 edition of Q, featuring Oasis on the cover, but also including a feature on Charlotte Church, then just about to release her first ‘pop’ album, and Michael Jackson, who had just been on trial for child molestation.

I should issue a disclaimer that when I was searching for magazines to review, a lot of them are editions of Q with Oasis on the cover.

In the news section, three pages are dedicated to a feature on a trend of bands reforming, prompted by rumours of a Stone Roses reunion.

A picture of the Spice Girls during their 1990s peak is caption “Spice Girls : returning in 2006”

In fact, it was 2007 that the Spice Girls would reform, releasing a single called “Headlines” for Children In Need.

The song failed to reach the top ten, and Spice Girls have never recorded since.

A sub-feature looks at the possibility of other bands reforming.

The Verve were listed at 10/1. They did reform and release an album in 2008 titled “Forth” but split up again soon after.

Take That were listed as 25/1, with the text stating “Robbie Williams is unlikely to be keen on playing second fiddle to Gary Barlow again”

Bet you wish you took up the offer of those odds back in 2005.

In the section titled “Rising”, looking at up and coming bands, this month’s feature focuses on Arcade Fire, who won Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 Brit Awards.

Not only that, but Arcade Fire also do the best walkout music of any football team in the world, I say without a hint of bias.

In the album chart, very few ‘pop’ acts are in the Top Twenty, with Coldplay just holding off Oasis at Number One.

In the download charts, animation ruled as Gorillaz were keeping Crazy Frog off the top spot.

The middle of the magazine was dominated by a feature called “Scandal” with a compilation of “The 50 Biggest Villains In Music”, and features on “Wildchild” Charlotte Church, and Michael Jackson’s recent trial.

Eight pages are then dedicated to an interview with Oasis. It’s standard Gallagher interview, with the obligatory swearing.

And that, was the world of music in August 2005.