I’ll save you all the usual boring cliches about what a year it’s been and go straight to the chart.

Put together over an afternoon, here’s the 50 Best Songs Of 2022.

  1. Taylor Swift – Anti Hero
  2. Harry Styles – As It Was
  3. Sam Ryder – Space Man
  4. Wallows – Especially You
  5. Jamie T – The Old Style Raiders
  6. Sigrid ft Bring Me The Horizon – Bad Life
  7. Arlo Parks – Softly
  8. Confidence Man – Holiday
  9. Ed Sheeran – Overpass Graffiti
  10. The Feeling – There Is No Music
  11. Feeder – The Healing
  12. Harry Styles – Late Night Talking
  13. Sam Fender – Getting Started
  14. Liam Gallagher – More Power
  15. Pretty Cartel – Dominick The Donkey
  16. Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher – Birth Of An Accidental Hipster
  17. Griff x Sigrdi – Head On Fire
  18. Paul Weller and Suggs – Ooh Do U Fink U Are?
  19. Simple Minds- Traffic
  20. Tegan and Sara – Yellow
  21. Idles – All You Need Is Love
  22. Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
  23. Rosa Linn – Snap
  24. Sigrid – It Gets Dark
  25. Alfie Templeman – Broken
  26. Let’s Eat Grandma – Watching You Go
  27. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Pretty Boy
  28. Pixey – I’m Just High
  29. The Killers – Boy
  30. Lauren Spencer-Smith – Fingers Crossed
  31. Holly Humberstone – Sleep Tight
  32. Simple Minds – First You Jump
  33. George Ezra – Green Green Grass
  34. Steve Lacey – Bad Habit
  35. Liam Gallagher – Everything’s Electric
  36. George Ezra – Anyone For You
  37. Hot Chip – Broken
  38. Maisie Peters – Not Another Rockstar
  39. Bruce Springsteen – Nightshift
  40. Nina Nesbitt – I Should Be A Bird
  41. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two)
  42. Beabadoobee – 10:36
  43. Jamie T – Between The Rocks
  44. The 1975 – Part Of The Band
  45. Beabadoobee – Talk
  46. Sinead O’Brien – Holy Country
  47. Soda Blonde – Mandinka
  48. Tom Chaplin – Midpoint
  49. Foals – 2001
  50. Warmduscher – Fatso

Congratulations to Taylor Swift, a two time winner having won it in 2012. I know you’re all eager to see if she’ll win it again in 2032.

If you haven’t heard the winning song, the video is embedded below.

And if you wish to look at archive charts, i’ve listed all the previous winners below.

2021 : Maneskin – Zitti E Buoni
2020 : Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
2019 : Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hill
2018 : Lovelytheband – Broken
2017 : Liam Gallagher – For What It’s Worth
2016 : The Strumbellas – Spirits
2015 : Blossoms – Charlamagne
2014 : Jamie T – Zombie
2013 : Haim – The Wire
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


September began with a trip to Ballymena to see Linfield get their season back on track with a 4-0 win at Ballymena.

Football then took a break for a bit, but I was back on the road, and visiting a new ground as Linfield travelled to Moyola Park in the League Cup.

More travelling followed, not as far, three days later as Linfield faced Crusaders at Seaview.

Having a football free Saturday, I got up early for a long overdue trip to Giant’s Ring to get some photos as the sun was coming up.

Two days later, was an unexpected Public Holiday, so I headed on the North Down Coastal Path, starting at Helen’s Bay for a change, making my way to Bangor West. I think.

On the following Saturday morning, I made a long overdue return to Belvoir Park Forest before heading to Windsor Park at teatime to see Northern Ireland face Kosovo.

My final adventure of the month was a first concert since June, to The Odyssey to see George Ezra.

Ballymena United v Linfield

Moyola Park v Linfield

Crusaders v Linfield

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn Photo Album

North Down Coastal Path

North Down Coastal Path Photo Album

Belvoir Park Forest

Belvoir Park Forest Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Kosovo

Northern Ireland v Kosovo Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Odyssey

George Ezra live at The Odyssey Photo Album


First concert in three months ahead of a flurry over the final weeks of 2022. It is my sad duty to report that The Odyssey is still a shambles. George Ezra was ok though.

Where do you start? I suppose, trying to get into the place.

I left around 7.10pm/7.15pm, standard leaving time for a concert.

Unfortunately, it took me one hour to get from Queen’s Bridge into The Odyssey due to a traffic jam. I even had to put up with some cheeky bastards trying to budge in front of me.

No bother, i’ll sit in a traffic jam just so you can jump in front of me. Fuck off.

I haven’t been radicalised by the reaction to Phil and Holly, i’ve always been this way.

Eventually, when I reached the Car Park, it was full, something i’ve never experienced, meaning I had to go and park at the Car Park beside BIFHE.

I really don’t want to sound demanding, but if you’re going to make money out of a Car Park, might I suggest having even ground and maybe some painted parking bays? Just a suggestion.

Eventually, I did get parked somewhere. Not even sure if it was a parking space, just a bit of spare land.

There was so little space to move, people had no way to turn back once they realised there wasn’t a space available.

In order to pay, I had to type my registration number into a machine. It’s a good job mine is memorable. I can only imagine some people would have had to go back to find out what there’s is. More time wasted.

Isn’t technology supposed to make things more convenient?

£4.50 for the privilege of all this.

Getting the train would be convenient for me if it wasn’t for the fact that the last train to get me home would be 10.51pm, I would have absolutely no chance of getting, once you get through the bottleneck getting out of The Odyssey, then walking to the Train Station, then making your way to the platform on the other side for trains bound for Portadown.

I know you can say that I should have left earlier, but it was a Wednesday. Some of us have jobs to go to.

Surely Translink and The Odyssey could work together and have shuttle buses from Belfast City Centre.

Even better, have Park and Rides to Connswater and/or Holywood Exchange.

That would eliminate traffic coming from North Down.

Or even better, have a train service that allows people to see the show.

If i’ve paid for a ticket, i’m not leaving early, meaning i’m not going to make the 10.51pm train from Bridgend.

Why does going out in Belfast feel like such a chore? I shouldn’t be entering a concert in a shitty mood.

Eventually, I arrived in the venue around 8.25pm, missing the support act and missing out on getting a decent view of George.

If this was the Queen concert in May, I would have missed the first few songs.

And then, to add to it all, there were scumbags vaping around me.

I had to take matters into my own hands and have a word with them and let them know I won’t be tolerating it.

I’ve already binned outdoor concerts due to this to my own detriment, I won’t be doing the same with indoor concerts.

That is why I gave his Belsonic show in 2019 a miss.

I should not have to resort to vigilante behaviour just to get some basic courtesy.

Seriously Belfast, raise your game and stop being such a backward shithole.

Although, actually getting on the floor was a drama as well.

I went to go to the floor after being scanned at the front door, and got told I wouldn’t be allowed in without a wristband.

Then, I headed to the front door to get a wristband and was told I didn’t need one,

So, I headed back and was told I needed one and was referred to Security, who made me prove my ID.

It seems that a Tesco Clubcard can be used as a legitimate form of identification.

Just in case I nicked some guy’s phone and realised he had a George Ezra ticket so I decided to pop along.

For George, this was his first time at The Odyssey, he’s at that level now.

The first time, I saw him was at The Limelight in 2014.

Curiously, that night in 2014 saw Northern Ireland play away to Greece.

This came the night after Northern Ireland played away to Greece. Perhaps he should have brought this forward by a day as it might have been an omen for a good result for Northern Ireland

Back in 2014, he had literally just scored his first Number 1 album. Literally, that week.

This was just a few months after being an unknown singer performing in Derry for a recording of Other Voices.

Now on his third Number 1 album, he was ready to take on The Odyssey, his first concert at the venue.

If you’ve ever been to a George Ezra show, you’ll know that he loves to talk. A lot. Most songs usually come with a story. Sometimes to do with the song, sometimes not.

He also loves to produce big anthemic tunes you can sing along to. The crowd, filled with 40 year old Karens. were happy to dance and sing along.

We were too be thankful that he was here at all, having spoken about how he wanted to quit the limelight (as in, being in the public eye, not the music venue) and may do it again when this tour ends.

Might as well make the most of it.

That is what he did, strolling onto the stage in double denim, turning around to reveal it had Gold Rush Kid (the name of his newest album) printed on the back.

Always important to get the branding right.

After starting with Anyone For You, the hits came one after each other.

Cassy O, Pretty Shining People, Barcelona, Budapest, Shotgun, Blame It On Me and Green Green Grass.

Green Green Grass came with a story. Turns out the song was inspired by him accidentally stumbling onto a wake whilst on his travels. The live version had an 80s feel, with jangly guitars similar to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

Remember, good girls go to Heaven and bad girls go to Budapest.

A few weeks after this concert, George Ezra announced a Belsonic gig for 2023. I’ll be giving this as miss as I can’t be bothered with outdoor concerts for reasons already stated.

This kickstarted a run of concerts through the second half of 2022.

One of those might have been Ian Brown.

I was tempted when his tour was announced in 2020 with an Ulster Hall gig.

Nothing was purchased, but as it turned out, it was cancelled due to you know what.

The thing he calls a psyop.

Had a bit of a lucky escape when I saw the photos doing the rounds of his show at Leeds on Social Media.

Elsewhere, I got a ticket to see John Power at Mandela Hall in November for the sum of £0.00.

I only found out about this because Facebook’s algorithm advertised something useful to me, instead of advertising tickets for Glentoran matches.

This will be my first concert (unless something dramatic happens between now and then) at the newly rebuilt Mandela Hall, so looking forward to this.

I have already had a sneaky look at the facility, having been walking past this on my way home from another event.

The reason for it being free, is that is a charity concert and there is an unwritten rule that you donate non perishable food instead of paying a ticket fee.

You get to listen to Cast classics and do your bit to help others.

You can find out more information here.

Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Limelight 2014

George Ezra live at The Limelight 2017

George Ezra live at Custom House Square 2018