THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.6.2018

1. The Kooks – No Pressure
2. Johnny Marr – Hi Hello
3. Courtney Barrett – Nameless Faceless
4. Christine and the Queens – Girlfriend
5. Aurora – Queendom

And now, the first of many apologies.

Apologies for not having a Friday Five last week, I was too busy doing blogs from Biggest Weekend.

The last time I did a Friday Five, I totally forgot that it was Her Majesty Kylie Minogue’s 50th birthday.

Belatedly, he’s a chart to celebrate Kylie’s half century on earth.

FIVE SONGS BY KYLIE MINOGUE

1. I Believe In You
2. Better Than Today
3. I Should Be So Lucky
4. 2 Hearts
5. Some Kind Of Bliss

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the World Cup starts. So here, is a series of musical charts based on the groups. You may notice that some acts are appearing under FIFA’s nationality rules.

SONGS BY ARTISTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS A-B

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know?
3. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
4. Tatu – All About Us
5. Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

SONGS BY ARTISTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS C-D

1. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
2. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
3. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
4. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
5. Daft Punk – Robot Rock

SONGS BY ARTISTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS E-F

1. Yello – Oh Yeah
2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
3. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
4. Modern Talking – Brother Louie
5. Emilia – Big Big World

SONGS BY ARTISTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS G-H

1. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
2. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
3. FR David – Words
4. The 5678s – Woo Hoo
5. Shakira – Underneath Your Clothes

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 24 – OCT 30

We begin this week, in 1981, with Vangelis, he of the epic sporting anthem theme. There’ll be another sporting anthem coming soon.

80s pop legend Glenn Hoddle celebrated a birthday this week. Just think what might have been if his football career hadn’t got in the way.

I don’t care what anyone says, this is an 80s pop classic. I can’t help but wonder how many people bought this thinking Glenn and Chris were Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze.

By that stage though, Glenn Hoddle was a TOTP veteran. Again, this is a brilliant song, and I don’t even support Spurs.

The name’s Bon. Simon, Le Bon.

Kelly Osbourne, fading to grey, hit the big 30 this week.

New Order. You won’t regret listening to this one. (boom boom)

We end, with East Kilbride’s finest musical export. Sorry, Roddy Frame.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.10.2014

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment
2. Per Gessle – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
3. Simple Minds – Midnight Walking
4. Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
5. Cheryl – I Don’t Care

So, the live finals of X-Factor have started, and as is tradition, a Top Five based on the previous week’s theme. In truth, I haven’t watched any of it yet. Fell behind watching it and haven’t really bothered to catch up. Might just tune in for the final.

Unlike the X-Factor, my chart will feature songs that actually meet the criteria of the theme.

FIVE SONGS FROM THE 1980s

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. Paul Hardcastle – The Wizard
3. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
4. Starship – We Built This City
5. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday

Meanwhile, the news we’ve waited 11 years was announced this week – that S Club 7 are reforming. Albeit, just for Children In Need, but we can dream of a full comeback.

To keep you occupied until then, here’s an S Club Top Five.

5 SONGS BY S CLUB 7

1. Bring It All Back
2. Reach
3. You’re My Number One
4. Alive
5. Don’t Stop Moving

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.11.2012

1. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
2. The Vaccines – I Always Knew
3. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
4. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
5. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius

Last week’s X-Factor theme was ‘Guilty Pleasures’, which was a difficult one for me, as all the music I like is brilliant.

Anyway, play to the crowd, here’s some songs that may be classed as ‘Guilty Pleasures’

FIVE ‘GUILTY PLEASURES’

1. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
2. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
3. London Boys – Requiem
4. Cast Of Grange Hill – Just Say No
5. Louise – Naked

Sometimes (well, most of the time) life isn’t fair. James doing a tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, which isn’t coming to Belfast is one such example.

I saw both bands in 2010 and they are both fantastic. To celebrate (or in my case, commiserate) here’s a top Five from both acts

FIVE JAMES SONGS

1. Tomorrow
2. She’s A Star
3. Destiny Calling
4. Laid
5. I Know What I’m Here For

FIVE ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN SONGS

1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. Bring On The Dancing Horses
3. It’s Alright
4. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
5. The Cutter

Last Saturday, and this Saturday, BBC 2 are having a night of programming dedicated to the Rolling Stones. It’s as if they’re battling with BBC 4 for my affections.

So, to celebrate, here’s a Rolling Stones Top Five

I saw the Stones in 2007, for free. If you want to read about it, click here

FIVE ROLLING STONES SONGS

1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
2. Get Off My Cloud
3. I’m Free
4. Ruby Tuesday
5. Love Is Strong

And finally, Monday was International Men’s Day. To celebrate my, and others, manliness, I give you chart. Five songs about men (And in the name of equality, I celebrated International Women’s Day with a chart)

FIVE SONGS ABOUT MEN

1. Mansun – Electric Man
2. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
3. REM – Man On The Moon
4. Human League – Mirror Man
5. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.6.2012 (AND IT’S A SHAMELESS EURO 2012 SPECIAL)

1. Rawbau – Tejkitize
2. General Fiasco – Rebel Get By
3. Alex Clare – Too Close
4. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
5. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China

Euro 2012 starts today, and thus, I shall be shamelessly cashing in on this by doing football related charts. We start, with five football related songs

FIVE FOOTBALL RELATED SONGS

1. Dana – Yer Man
2. Manchester United 1994 FA Cup Final Squad – Come On You Reds
3. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
4. Andy Cameron – Ally’s Army
5. Lightning Seeds ft Frank Skinner and David Baddiel – Three Lions

History is full of great football songs, I might as well have, as they say in football, have a subs bench. These musical subs are so good, there isn’t even room for The Anfield Rap. Now that is strength in depth.

FIVE MORE FOOTBALL SONGS

1. Giorgio Chinaghlia – I’m Football Crazy
2. Andy Cole – Outstanding
3. Christina Strumer – Fieber
4. Chas and Dave – Ossie’s Dream
5. James – Goal Goal Goal

A further twist, I thought i’d do a group by group chart from acts from the competing countries. I’m gutted that Moldova didn’t qualify, as I can’t put in Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone.

Imagine if I did this for Euro 2008, purely with Austria qualifying, I could have had Falco.

With Switzerland also qualifying, I could have used it as a platform to profess my undying love for Celine Dion. She may have been born in Canada, but through representing Switzerland in Eurovision 1988, that would qualify her under FIFA rules.

Group A was a struggle due to the lack of Polish postars I know of, and Greece producing dross like Demis Roussos and Nana Mouskouri, but I got a chart together.

FIVE SONGS FROM EURO 2012 GROUP A COUNTRIES

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew
3. Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
4. Tatu – All About Us
5. Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme

If Group A was a struggle for the wrong reasons, Group B was a struggle for all the right reasons. I didn’t even need to use Nelly Furtado as a ringer for Portugal, there was so much musical talent from Denmark, Germany and Holland, or even having to include Van Halen, courtesy of the Dutch born guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN EURO 2012 GROUP B

1. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
2. Shocking Blue – Venus
3. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
4. Focus – Slyvia
5. Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears

Group C was difficult to choose with the musical powerhouse of Republic of Ireland, responsible for the likes of Jedward, Boyzone, Westlife and B*Witched in it, alongside Spain and Italy. Croatia really lets the group down.

Controversy may surround the inclusuion of Electric Dreams, with Sheffield not being in Italy, but Giorgio Moroder is the main name on the song, and Phil Oakey only a credited guest vocalist. Plus, remember the fundamental rule of The Friday Five …….. My chart, my rules.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM EURO 2012 GROUP C

1. Spagna – Call Me
2. Giorio Moroder ft Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
3. Samantha Mumba – Always Come Back To Your Love
4. Gala – Freed From Desire
5. Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Group D sees me “Positively discriminate” against England. Nothing against England, but it feels wrong to include the likes of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, James and Ocean Colour Scene on a Europop chart

Ukraine sees me draw a blank, but I did like that woman who won Eurovision for them a few years back by ripping off Wildboys by Duran Duran.

Thankfully, the group is salvaged by pop heavyweights France and Sweden

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN EURO 2012 GROUP D

1. Ace Of Base – The Sign
2. Andreas Johnson – Glorious
3. Daft Punk – Da Funk
4. Emilia – Big Big World
5. Air – Kelly Watch The Stars

And finally, the Olympic Flame came to Northern Ireland this week. So, I thought i’d use this to embrace the pyromaniac within, and do a chart of fire related songs.

FIVE FIRE RELATED SONGS

1. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning’
3. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
4. Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
5. The Prodigy – Firestarter

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.12.2011

1. Rihanna – We Found Love
2. The Coronas – Addicted To Progress
3. The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over
4. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
5. Beyonce – Love On Top

As ever, last week’s X-Factor themes ripped the piss. First up, was ‘Guilty Pleasures’, which was difficult for me as I have no guilty pleasures, every song I like is brilliant.

However, feel free to enjoy that some people may consider to be guilty pleasures.

FIVE ‘GUILTY PLEASURES’

1. Cliff Richard – Wired For Sound
2. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
3. Spagna – Call Me
4. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
5. The Wanted – Heart Vacancy

Meanwhile, the second theme was ‘Heroes’, which rather disappointingly, didn’t involve any of them singing from Lynda Carter’s back catalogue.

Instead it was ‘Musical Heroes’, where tone deaf chancers spoke of their admiration of tone deaf chancers who have sold loads of records.

Poor Janet Devlin found this hard, as she only listens to “Obscure music that nobody else has heard of”, as a nation collectively screams “Oh fuck off you fucking self-righteous Emo” at their TV screens, as we see her and her boyfriend in her bedroom, listening to obscure music on her ipod.

I felt sorry for him. When she took him up to her bedroom, he was obviously expecting to get laid, not be subjected to “Obscure music” through an ipod.

Anyway, here’s five hero songs

FIVE HERO SONGS

1. Stereophonics – Superman
2. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
3. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
4. Aerosmith – Spiderman Theme
5. Five For Fighting – Superman

Meanwhile, this week saw the tenth anniversary of the death of George Harrison.

I can actually remember when it was announced, I didn’t find out until the Friday morning as it was announced late on a Thursday night, that it was the lead story on Ceefax.

I was at Bangor Tec and had planned on spending the morning doing assignment work, but ended up trawling the web for Harrison obituaries.

So here, are five classic George Harrison songs.

As a side note, the recent documentary about him that was on the BBC is rather good. I’m still waiting to hear back from the BBC about getting funding for my documentary ‘Ringo : The Tank Engine Years’

FIVE GEORGE HARRISON SONGS

1. Travelling Wilburys – Handle With Care
2. George Harrison – Any Road
3. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
4. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

Meanwhile, this week also saw St Andrew’s Day, which gave a good excuse to do a chart of songs by Scottish acts, and popstars called Andrew. Yes, there are five.

Don’t worry Welsh readers, you shall get your own chart for St David’s Day.

FIVE SCOTTISH SONGS

1. Big Country – One Great Thing
2. Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Boston Tea Party
3. Amy McDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
4. Deacon Blue – Twist And Shout
5. Travis – Side

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS CONTAINING SOMEONE CALLED ANDREW

1. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
2. Wham – Freedom
3. Hurricane #1 – Only The Strongest Will Survive
4. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
5. Andrew Cole – Outstanding

And finally, today marks the 30th birthday of Britney Spears. My word, I can still remember *That* school uniform video like it was yesterday.

So, let’s celebrate this milestone with a Top Five Britney Chart. you know you want to.

FIVE BRITNEY SPEARS SONGS

1. If You Seek Amy
2. Boys
3. Born To Make You Happy
4. Overprotected
5. Toxic