50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 17 – JAN 23

We begin this week by celebrating the birth of a Rolling Stone called Mick, but not that one. Mick Taylor, a Stone from 1969 to 1974, here in one of their last TOTP studio appearances before they became too busy/big for the show, then too low charting.

17th January is a birthday for not 1, not 2, but 3 1980s stars. Paul Young (1956) being introduced here by Simon Le Bon.

Meanwhile, three years later (or, 1959) saw the birth of Susanna Hoffs. As a treat, here’s The Bangles performing Eternal Flame in 2001, shortly after Atomic Kitten took a cover of it to Number 1.

And finally, in 1964, Andy Rourke. You know, one of the two in The Smiths that wasn’t Johnny Marr or Morrissey.

Onto more recent times, Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs (and, um, The Voice) turns 36 this week.

While Calvin Harris turns 31 this week.

It’s a busy week for birthdays, with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins turning 60. Here’s Mike Read introducing them by playing Harmonica.

Sir John Mills grandson is 41 this week. You may know him better as the singer from Kula Shaker.

Meanwhile, here’s Hard-Fi living for the weekend in 2005

Meanwhile, Robert Palmer would have been eligible for a bus pass this week if he was still alive. Here’s a random find of him performing with The Power Station, introduced by Harry Hill.

Nicky Wire from the Manics is 45 this week. Here they are performing Everything Must Go. Is it me, or does the drum loop slightly rip off Be My Baby?

The birthdays keep coming, Gary Barlow (1971) and Emma Bunton (1976)

Now to some would be birthdays, first Malcolm McLaren

And Michael Hutchence, who would have been 52 this week.

Sporting some dodgy gym gear in 1987

Performing ‘Taste It’

And finally, being introduced by his ex, Kylie Minogue in 1997, the year he later died.

Almost near the end of this week’s Birthday Bonanza, one last one, Andrew Roachford, or just plain Roachford.

Though, you can’t hear ‘Cuddly Toy’ without thinking about this.

And finally, we end on a sad note, as this week saw the 18th anniversary of the death of the London Boys. This song, is just fantastic.

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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 HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Six months gone, six months to go, we are officially at the halfway stage of 2013.

As per tradition on this blog, I shall do a Top 50 songs of the year so far, a nice wee preview of my Top 100 in December.

So, here we go …….. the Top 50 songs of 2013 so far.

1. Editors – A Ton Of Love
2. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
5. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
6. Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
7. Bastille – Pompei
8. Haim – Don’t Save Me
9. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
10. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
11. Wonder Villains – Blonde
12. Foals – My Number
13. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
14. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
15. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
16. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
17. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
18. Muse – Panic Station
19. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
20. Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
21. Kodaline – High Hopes
22. Mark Owen – Stars
23. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
24. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
25. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
26. Frank Turner – Recovery
27. Miles Kane – Give Up
28. Hurts – Miracle
29. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
30. Silhouette – Toss It Up
31. Passenger – Let Her Go
32. Matthew Koma – One Night
33. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
34. Tom Odell – Hold Me
35. Suede – Hit Me
36. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
37. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
38. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
39. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
40. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
41. Paramore – Still Into You
42. Beady Eye – Flick Of The Finger
43. OMD – Dresden
44. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
45. Taylor Swift – 22
46. John Newman – Love Me Again
47. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
48. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
49. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out
50. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 31.5.2013

1. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
2. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
3. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
4. Editors – A Ton Of Love
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

This week, it was announced that Charlatans will be performing at Falls Park as part of Feile. One of my favourite bands. So, an excuse, if it was needed, to do a Charlatans Top Five

FIVE CHARLATANS SONGS

1. Love Is The Key
2. Blackened Blue Eyes
3. Forever
4. North Country Boy
5. I Never Want An Easy Life

And finally, in other concert news, some new acts were added to the Belsonic bill. I was already excited about seeing Suede, but James being added to the bill makes me even more excited.

I saw them in Glasgow this year. They’re a band you must see live, though it will be interesting to see how their live show translates to an outdoor gig.

The other Belsonic gig which interests me is Friday 23rd August, Silhouette, Nina Nesbitt and The Courteeners. Not that fussed by Jake Bugg to be honest.

So, to get you in the mood for Belsonic, here’s a Belsonic themed chart for you.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT BELSONIC

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Suede – Trash
3. The Courteeners – What Took You Do Long?
4. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
5. Ben Howard – Only Love