THE SOUND OF 2012 : 1-25

So, here we go, the waiting is over ……… the best 25 songs of 2012

1. Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
2. Wonder Villains – TV
3. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
4. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. M83 – Midnight City
6. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
7. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
8. Little Mix – Wings
9. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
10. The Killers – Runway
11. Lenka – Everything At Once
12. Paloma Faith – Thirty Minute Love Affair
13. Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
14. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
15. The Shins – Simple Song
16. Keane – Silenced By The Night
17. Paul Weller – The Attic
18. Tegan and Sara – Closer
19. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
20. Katy Perry – Wide Awake
21. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
22. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
23. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
24. Little Boots – Headphones
25. Can Bonomo – Love Me Back

So, congratulations to Taylor Swift, the winner of ‘The Sound Of 2012’, and a deserving winner at that.

If you live in a cave, and the only internet access you have is this blog, here’s the winning song and the previous winners.

The Sound Of 2011

The Sound Of 2010

The Sound Of 2009

The Sound Of 2008

The Sound Of 2007

The Sound Of 2006

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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 – 11.5.2012

1. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
2. Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way
3. Keane – Silenced By The Night
4. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
5. Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna

Paul Heaton celebrated his 50th birthday this week, and this milestone deserves a Top Five, a song of his for every decade he has been alive.

FIVE PAUL HEATON SONGS

1. The Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back
2. The Beautiful South – The Table
3. The Beautiful South – This Could Be Our Year
4. The Housemartins – Shelter
5. The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 4.5.2012

1. Goldie Lookin Chain – Tony Pulis
2. Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna
3. Thea Gilmore – London
4. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
5. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

This weekend, is Europe Day, so in honour of this, let’s celebrate this great continent in music, by songs from acts from Mainland Europe, and songs about cities in Europe

FIVE SONGS BY MAINLAND EUROPEAN ACTS

1. Europe – The Final Countdown
2. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
3. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
4. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
5. 2 Unlimited – No Limit

FIVE SONGS ABOUT EUROPEAN CITIES

1. Boney M – Belfast
2. The Clash – London Calling
3. Editors – Munich
4. The Beautiful South – Rotterdam
5. Ultravox – Vienna

Meanwhile, the line-up for the Olympic Ganes opening concert was announced, featuring a band from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Duran Duran are representing England, with the organisers presumably thinking it’s the 1984 Olympics rather than the 2012 games. Snow Patrol got the Northern Ireland choice as Baltimora is dead, and Janet Devlin was too busy sitting in her bedroom listening to obscure music.

Stereophonics got the Welsh vote as Bonnie Tyler was too busy washing her lovely blonde hair. I have no idea why Paolo Nutini was chosen to represent Scotland.

To celebrate this, I shall do a Duran Duran, Stereophoincs, and Snow Patrol Top Five, as well as another Scotland Top Five (after previous St Andrew’s Day and Burns Night Top Fives)

Choosing a Duran Duran Top Five wasn’t easy. It was about as easy as a nuclear war.

FIVE DURAN DURAN SONGS

1. Wildboys
2. Hungry Like The Wolf
3. Ordinary World
4. Save A Prayer
5. White Lines

FIVE STEREOPHONICS SONGS

1. Dakota
2. A Thousand Trees
3. Superman
4. Just Looking
5. Madame Helga

FIVE SNOW PATROL SONGS

1. Signal Fire
2. Hands Open
3. How To Be Dead
4. Called Out In The Dark
5. Chocolate

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Big Country – One Great Thing
2. Aztec Camara – Somewhere In My Heart
3. Del Amitri – Roll To Me
4. Simple Minds – She’s A River
5. The Proclaimers – Letter From America

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.4.2012

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

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.4.2012

1. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
2, Keane – Silenced By The Night
3. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
4. Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way
5. Hector Nicol – Hearts Song

It’s Robert Smith’s birthday tomorrow. The only reason I remember this is because it is on the same day as a mate. Happy Birthday Greg if you are reading this.

So, to commemorate this, here’s a Top Five The Cure chart.

FIVE SONGS BY THE CURE

1. Close To Me
2. Friday I’m In Love
3. Lullaby
4. Lovecats
5. Push

On Monday, it is St George’s Day. Having done St David, Andrew and Patrick, it’s only fair to do George. So, for all my English readers, here’s a St George’s Day chart.

FIVE SONGS BY ENGLISH ACTS

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Cast – Finetime
3. The Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes
4. Duran Duran – Wildboys
5. The Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FEATURING SOMEONE CALLED GEORGE

1. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
2. Wham – Freedom
3. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
4. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
5. The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun