THE SOUND OF 2015 : 26-50

26. Ryan Adams – Style
27. James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
28. James – To My Surprise
29. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
30. Duran Duran – Pressure Off
31. Beck – Dreams
32. Stereophonics – I Wanna Get Lost With .you
33. Hot Chip – Dancing In The Dark
34. FFS – Police Encounters
35. David Bowie – Valentine’s Day
36. Eagles Of Death Metal – Save A Prayer
37. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)
38. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
39. Selena Gomez – Same Old Love
40. X-Ambassadors – Renegades
41. Foxes – Bodytalk
42. FFS – Johnny Delusonal
43. The View – Under The Rug
44. James Morrison – Demons
45. CeeLo – Music To My Soul
46. Blur – Ong Ong
47. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears – Tom’s Diner
48. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
49. Shura – Indecision
50. Triona – Shining Light

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 11.9.2015

1. Florence and the Machine – Ship to Wreck
2. Duran Duran – Pressure Off
3. Erasure – Sometimes 2015
4. The Staves – Teeth White
5. Hot Chip – Dancing In The Dark

As if you didn’t know, U2 are doing two concerts at The Odyssey in November, their first in Belfast in 18 years. Yours truly will be spending Monday morning trying to get a ticket. Wish me luck.

To get you in the mood, here’s a U2 Top Five.

FIVE SONGS BY U2

1. The Fly
2. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
3. Hallelujah Here She Comes
4. Wild Honey
5. Discotheque

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.7.2015

1. Hot Chip – Dancing In The Dark
2. Marina and the Diamonds – Blue
3. Olivia Vessel – Don’t You Forget About Me
4. Everything Everything – Regret
5. What’s Eating Gilbert – Follow Her Around

This week, saw Bastille Day. So, as a treat for French readers, here’s a chart from your country.

FIVE SONGS BY FRENCH ARTISTS

1. Justice – D.A.N.C.E
2. Phoenix – Entertainment
3. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
4. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
5. Air – Sexy Boy

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

2012 : THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Amazing to believe, but we are now officially at the half-way point of 2012.

As is tradition, this halfway mark is commemorated by a half-century of the best songs of the year so far.

Enjoy

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
3. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
4. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. Little Boots – Headphones
6. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
7. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
8. The Shins – Simple Song
9. Black Keys – Lonely Boy
10. Keane – Silenced By The Night
11. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
12. Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive
13. Can Bonomo – Love Me Back
14. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
15. Thea Gilmore – London
16. Lloyd – Dedication To Me Ex
17. Hot Chip – Day and Night
18. Paloma Faith – Picking up The Pieces
19. Amy MacDonald – Slow It Down
20. The Maccabees – Pelican
21. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back
22. Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
23. Michael Kiwanika – I’m Getting Ready
24. Ben Howard – Only Love
25. Ed Sheeran – Small Bump
26. Alex Clare – Too Close
27. Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles
28. The Big Pink – Stay Gold
29. Eugene McGuinness – Lion
30. Dappy ft Brian May – Rockstar
31. Rita Ora – RIP
32. Taylor Swift – Ours
33. Will Young – I Just Want A Lover
34. Nicola Roberts – Yo-Yo
35. Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna
36. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
37. Professor Green – Never Been A Good Time
38. Maroon 5 – Payphone
39. Jedward – Watermark
40. Marina and the Diamonds – Power and Control
41. DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
42. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
43. Foster The People – Don’t Stop
44. Alyssa Reid – Alone
45. Lawson – When She Was Mine
46. Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
47. Miles Kane – First Of A Kind
48. Horrible Histories – Flame
49. Gemma Ray – Rescue Me
50. B.O.B – So Good

Half-Term Half Century 2011

Half-Term Half Century 2010

Half-Term Half Century 2009

Half-Term Half Century 2008

Half-Term Half Century 2007

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.6.2012

1. Little Boots – Headphones
2. Hot Chip – Night And Day
3. Horrible Histories – Flame
4. Miles Kane – First Of A Kind
5. White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

This week sees Ash do a series of concerts to celebrate their 20th anniversary. So, I shall commemorate this with a Top Five.

I’ve seen Ash play twice, and never paid for the honour. The first time, was my first ever concert at City Hall on New Year’s Eve 1998, and then at a HMV instore in 2004.

FIVE ASH SONGS

1. Envy
2. A Life Less Ordinary
3. Oh Yeah
4. Goldfinger
5. True Love (1980)