1. Amy MacDonald – This Christmas Day
2. Imelda May – Should’ve Been You
3. The Charlatans – Love Is The Key
4. The Divine Comedy – The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count
5. Donald Trump ft Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
It’s that time of year folks where I count down the best songs of the year. It’s a bit later than usual, but it will be worth the wait.
I’ll spare you the usual crap about how it was a great year for music and all that. There were some good songs and some bad songs, so I spent a Sunday afternoon trying to put the good songs in an order.
Here’s the first batch. Enjoy
76. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – I Gotta Praise
77. Rose Elinor Dougall – Hell and Back
78. Shed Seven – It’s Not Easy
79. Benjamin Clementine – Jupiter
80. OMD – Isotype
81. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
82. The Amazons – Black Magic
83. Tove Lo – Being Boring
84. Metallica – Don’t Look Back In Anger
85. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
86. Joy Williams – Ordinary World
87. Matt Maltese – As The World Caves In
88. The Killers ft Paul McCartney – Helter Skelter
89. Rag n Bone Man – Reach Out I’ll Be There
90. Gorillaz – We Got The Power
91. Kasabian – Ill Ray
92. Paul Weller – Woo Se Mama
93. Donald Trump ft Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
94. Barry Manilow – New York State Of Mind
95. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
96. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Living In The City
97. Shed Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times, Disco Down
98. Blossoms – In Da Club/Careless Whisper
99. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
100. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
We’ve reached that time of year when we are halfway through the year and it is time to do the Top 50 songs of the year so far.
There’s no scientific formula to it. I just went through The Friday Five, and tried to assemble them into some sort of order.
If you love pointless stats, there are three former “The Sound Of …..” winners in the chart.
Remember, it can all change by the time of the main chart in December.
It could even be a Gallagher brother duopoly.
1. Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Closer
3. The Killers – The Man
4. Paramore – Hard Times
5. John Hassell and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
6. Rose Elinor Dougall – All At Once
7. Royal Blood – Lights Out
8. Blondie – Long Time
9. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
10. Pale Waves – There’s A Honey
11. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
12. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
13. Lorde – Green Light
14. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
15. Beth Ditto – Fire
16. Dagny – Wearing Nothing
17. Haim – Want You Back
18. The Kooks – Be Who You Are
19. Haim – Little Of Your Love
20. The XX – On Hold
21. Coldplay – Something Just Like This
22. Amy MacDonald – Dream On
23. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
24. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
25. Rag n Bone Man – Skin
26. Liam Gallagher – Chinatown
27. The Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
28. James – Sit Down (Game Of Thrones 2017 version)
29. Joy Williams – Ordinary World
30. Liam Gallagher – Bold
31. Muse – Dig Deep
32. Shed Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times, Disco Down
33. Barry Manilow – New York State Of Mind
34. Kasabian – Bless This Acid House
35. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
36. Black Grape – Pop Voodoo
37. Imagine Dragons – Believer
38. Matt Maltese – As The World Caves In
39. The Courteeners – Don’t Look Back In Anger
40. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
41. Ryan Adams – To Be Without You
42. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
43. Cast – Faith
44. Blossoms – In Da Club/Carelss Whisper
45. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
46. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
47. Rory Lavelle – Poor Pride
48. Rose Elinor Dougall – Hell and Back
49. Amy MacDonald – Automatic
50. Paul Draper – Things People Want
1. Chase and Status ft Blossoms – This Moment
2. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
3. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
4. Rich Hall – Goddamn Working Dog
5. Robert Miles – One and One
So, did you enjoy this week’s exciting European Semi-Final action?
I’m not talking about the European Cup of the UEFA Cup, but the Eurovision Song Contest. Oh yes, it’s that time of year.
So, to get you in the mood, as if you need to be gotten into the mood, here’s a Eurovision chart.
PS : Vote Sweden.
FIVE EUROVISION SONGS
1. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
2. A Friend In London – A New Tomorrow
3. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal Maguire – My Lovely Horse
1. Thea Gilmore – London
2. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
3. Bruce Springsteen – Viva Las Vegas
4. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
5. The Killers – Ultraviolet
This week saw the announcement of the Peace One Day concert in Ebrington. Not a bad line-up, but Derry Journal reported earlier this week that Noah and the Whale, and Ellie Goulding would be on the bill, which got my hopes up.
Still not sure wether I am going to it, we’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, here’s a Top Five from the line-up.
FIVE SONGS BY ACTS CONFIRMED FOR PEACE ONE DAY
1. Guillemots – Annie, Let’s Not Wait
2. Wonder Villains – Oh Peter
3. Imelda May – Mayhem
4. Newton Faulkner – Teardrop
5. Guillemots – Trains To Brazil
February was a month of travelling, and thankfully, the pictures reflect that.
At the start of the month, I headed to Barcelona for a quick break, and absolutely loved it.
It’s a fantastic city worth visiting, with some fantastic Street Art and sights which is a dream for amateur photography.
Managed to get a ticket for the match at the Nou Camp against Atletico Madrid, where despite being in the second tier of the stand, I managed to get some fantastic shots of a fantastic stadium.
Almost as soon as I got home from Barcelona, I was Dublin bound to see Northern Ireland take on Scotland, in the newly built Aviva Stadium which is kind for amateur photography, even though some of the seats have shocking views.
Later in the month, I managed to see Imelda May perform at the Oh Yeah Centre for a TV show, where I managed to get into a good position for shots.