THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.12.2015

1. Foxes – Amazing
2. Muse – Revolt
3. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
4. Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins
5. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold

There’ll be no Friday Five next week as it’s Christmas Day, and you all have better things to do. So, that’s me signing off for The Friday Five for 2015. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what i’m listening to and will continue to do so in 2016.

Would be rude not to, here’s a Christmas Chart for you.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 6.11.2015

1. Macklemore – Downtown
2. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
3. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
4. Miguel – Waves
5. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances

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 – 16.11.2012

1. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
2. Paul Weller – The Attic
3. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
4. Pink – Try
5. Stooshe – Waterfalls

Last week’s X-Factor theme was ‘Best Of British’, a tribute to Britain’s best acts.

Amazingly, all the covers were of songs by British acts. An X-Factor theme, that they actually stuck to.

Anyway, here’s five underrated songs by British acts

FIVE SONGS BY BRITISH ACTS

1. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
2. The King Blues – Save The World, Get The Girl
3. The Wonder Stuff – Welcome To The Cheap Seats
4. Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor
5. Eliza Doolittle – Rollerblades

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.5.2012

1. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
2. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
3. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
5. Cheryl Cole – Call My Name

With this weekend seeing the European Cup Final take place in Munich, I thought i’d take the opportunity to do a chart of Germany’s finest musical exports. In truth, i’d just been looking for an excuse, and now I have it.

FIVE SONGS BY GERMAN ACTS

1. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
2. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
3. Alphaville – Big In Japan
4. Modern Talking – Brother Louie
5. The Scorpions – Winds Of Change

With Liverpool Sound City starting this week, I thought i’d pay tribute to the city’s top musical exports, which makes up for having two rubbish football teams.

I’ve already got a tin hat on in preparation after not including Sonia

FIVE SONGS BY LIVERPOOL ACTS

1. Cast – Finetime
2. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
3. The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
4. The Farm – All Together Now
5. The Zutons – You Will You Won’t

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.10.2011

1. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
2. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
3. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten
4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA ….. What A Life
5. Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time

FIVE OASIS SONGS

Seeing as Monday marks the release of Noel Gallagher’s long awaited (well, by me at least) solo album. To commemorate, five Oasis songs for you to check out if you haven’t already.

1. Don’t Go Away
2. She Is Love
3. The Hindu Times
4. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
5. Angel Child

I would have posted this last week, but X-Factor’s press team were useless in announcing the theme for last Saturday’s show, so i’m doing my take on the theme’s a week behind. Last week,it was UK or US acts, so i’m going to post five songs by acts from each country for you to check out.

FIVE SONGS BY UK ACTS

1. Cast – Finetime
2. Embrace – You’re not Alone
3. Little Boots – Every Little Earthquake
4. Aztec Camara ft Mick Jones – Good Morning Britain
5. Dead 60s – Stand Up

FIVE SONGS BY US ACTS

1. Tom Petty – Freefalling
2. Flaming Lips – Fight Test
3. Vanessa Carlton – Ordinary Day
4. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
5. Gigolo Aunts – Where I Find My Heaven