THE SOUND OF 2013 : 26-50

26. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
27. Classified ft Olly Murs – Inner Ninja
28. Primal Scream – It’s Alright, It’s OK
29. Miles Kane – Give Up
30. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
31. Nick Mulvey- Nitrous
32. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
33. Frank Turner – Recovery
34. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
35. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
36. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
37. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go
38. Tom Odell – Hold Me
39. Katy Perry -Roar
40. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline
41. Arlissa – Into The Light
42. Vampire Weekend – Step
43. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
44. Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire
45. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
46. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
47. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
48. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
49. Haim – Don’t Save Me
50. The Vaccines – Melody Calling

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 76-100

So, it’s time of year, looking back at the year which is coming to an end.

As is traditional on this blog, i’ll be looking back at the 100 best songs of the year over the next 4 weeks.

Before we do so, time to look at the previous winners. There’s no physical prize on offer, just the smug satisfaction that I think you’ve done the best song of the year.

Previous winners

2012 Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
2011 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
2010 Marina and the Diamonds – Shampain
2009 Little Boots – New In Town
2008 Sons and Daughters – Darling
2007 Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
2006 Kasabian – Empire

So, without any further hesitattion, time to start with 75-10 of The Sound Of 2013

76. Nonono – Pumpkin Blood
77. Aviici – You Make Me
78. Nina Nesbitt – Don’t Stop
79. Paramore – Still Into You
80. Rizzle Kicks – Let’s Skip To The Good bit
81. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
82. Manic Street Preachers – Anthem For A Lost Cause
83. Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love
84. Rizzle Kicks – Lost Generation
85. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
86. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
87. Pink ft Lily Allen – True Love
88. Tom Odell – Another Love
89. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
90. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
91. Chvrches – Gun
92. We Are Scientists – Return The Favor
93. Lana Del Ray – Summertime Sadness (remix)
94. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
95. Little Mix – Move
96. The Wanted – We Own The Night
97. Arlissa – Sticks And Stones
98. Bridget Mendler – Ready Or Not
99. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
100. VV Brown – The Apple

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 1.11.2013

1. Paul McCartney – New
2. U2 – Ordinary Love
3. Arlissa – Into The Light
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
5. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye

So last week, was movie week on X-Factor, where they resorted to singing a U2 song from a documentary about U2. Yep.

FIVE SONGS FROM FILMS

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
3. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
4. Lisa Loeb – Stay
5. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.10.2013

1. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
2. Arlissa – Into The Light
3. VV Brown – The Apple
4. Lucy Rose – Movin On Up
5. Keane – Won’t Be Broken

And so, X-Factor continues, with yet more vague themes. Last week – Love and Heartbreak.

So, here’s five songs that the performers would have been better off singing.

FIVE LOVE SONGS

1. James – Just Like Fred Astaire
2. Erasue – Always
3. Billie Piper – Day And Night
4. 10CC – The Things We Do For Love
5. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

FIVE HEARTBREAK SONGS

1. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
2. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
3. Paloma Faith – New York
4. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
5. Blink 182 – I Miss You

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.2.2013

1. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
2. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
3. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
4. Arlissa – Sticks And Stones
5. Bridget Mendler – Ready Or Not

Last week saw the start of the drip feeding of announcement of events at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. It’s 80s tastis this year, with Adam Ant and Dexy’s Midnight Runners headlining.

So, to commemorate this, here’s a Dexy’s/Adam Ant joint chart for you.

FIVE SONGS BY DEXY’s MIDNIGHT RUNNERS OR ADAM ANT

1. Adam Ant – Stand and Deliver
2. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
3. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – The Celtic Soul Brother
4. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
5. Adam Ant – Puss N Boots

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 1.2.2013

1. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
2. Arlissa – Sticks And Stones
3. Nina Nesbitt – Boy
4. Wonder Villains – Girls Who Rock
5. Laura Mvula – Green Garden

This week, The Who announced a gig at The Odyssey in June. Have to admit though, a seated gig does ruin the vibe, speaking from experience at Ray Davies last October.

Anyway, to cut to the chase, any excuse for a The Who Top Five.

FIVE SONGS BY THE WHO

1. You Better You Bet
2. Baba O’Reilly
3. Join Together
4. Won’t Get Fooled Again
5. My Generation

Meanwhile, Stereophonics are doing a concert at Waterfront Hall next month. Will certainly be trying to get tickets for this one.

Anyway, sounds like a good excuse for a Stereophonics Top Five

FIVE STEREOPHONICS SONGS

1. Dakota
2. Superman
3. A Thousand Words
4. Just Looking
5. Madame Helga

And finally, Stroke City (Though it’s now marketing itself as Derry ~ Londonderry, should it not be Squiggle City?) is hosting Radio One’s Big Weekend (Or is it Raydeeoo Waaannn’s Biiiggg Weeekennnd hai?) – so feel free to wish me luck when I apply for a ticket.

You know me, I love Radio 1. Every morning I listen to the Noel Edmonds Breakfast Show when I get up.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 4.1.2013

Welcome to the first Friday Five of 2013. Pity the year has started off on a bad note musically, as Channel 4 have scrapped one of the best music shows on TV, Freshly Squeezed. Humbug.

1. Led Zeppelin vs The Beatles – Whole Lotta Helter Skelter
2. Arlissa – Sticks and Stones
3. The Maccabees – Pelican
4. Amelia Lily – Shut Up
5. The Darkness – One Way Ticket to Hell And Back