2014 : THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Well, we’re now officially halfway through the year, it’s time to look back at some of the best songs of the year.

At the end of the year, I do a Top 100, but as it’s the halfway point, here’s the Top 50 Songs Of 2014 So Far.

1. Vance Joy – Riptide
2. Beck – Blue Moon
3. Wonder Villains – Marshall
4. Ella Henderson – Ghost
5. One Republic – Love Runs Out
6. Jimi Goodwin – Oh! Whiskey
7. Lea Michele – Cannonball
8. Lorde – Team
9. James – Moving On
10. Fiona O’Kane – I Can’t Help Myself
11. Courteeners – Summer
12. Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious
13. Pollaponk – No Prejudice
14. Embrace – Follow You Home
15. The Vamps ft Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
16. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
17. Chvrches – Recover
18. Tove Lo – Habits
19. Florrie – Seashells
20. Coldplay – Magic
21. U2 – Invisible
22. Nina Nesbitt – Peroxide
23. Grouplove – Ways To Go
24. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
25. Merrymouth – I Am The Resurrection
26. The Pierces – Kings
27. Alicia Keys ft Kendrick Lamar – It’s On Again
28. Foxes – Let Go For Tonight
29. Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
30. Sia – Chandelier
31. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
32. Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel
33. Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
34. Ed Sheeran – Sing
35. The Horrors – So Now You Now
36. Alexi Lalas – Rio
37. Cher Lloyd – Sirens
38. Bastille – Bad Blood
39. Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You
40. Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu
41. Thiago Thome – Brazil Brazil
42. Foster The People – Best Friend
43. Foxes – Holding On To Heaven
44. Luke Sital-Singh – Greatest Lovers
45. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
46 Tiesto ft Matthew Koma – Wasted
47. Ting Tings – Wrong Club
48. Tinie Tempah – 5 Minutes
49. Katy B – Crying For No Reason
50. DJ Cassidy ft Jessie J and Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 21.3.2014

1. DJ Cassidy ft Jessie J and Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts
2. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
3. Merry Hell – Loving the Skin You’re In
4. Nina Nesbitt – Peroxide
5. Chvrches – Recover

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 6.12.2013

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
2. The 1975 – Girls
3. Moby ft Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
4. Miles Kane – Give Up
5. Jessie J – Thunder

So, last week’s theme on X-Factor was ‘Musical Heroes’, giving us an insight into the awful taste in music of this year’s finalists. Mind you, at least they were honest about it. I’m still attending physiotherapy after putting my foot through the TV when Janet Devlin said that all her heroes were obscure.

So, as a tribute, here’s some Hero related songs.

FIVE SONGS ABOUT HEROES

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

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 61-80

61. Jessie J ft B.O.B – Pricetag
62. Far East Movement – Rocketeer
63. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Dream On
64. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Stop The Clocks
65. Florrie Arnold – Sunday Girl
66. U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing (Jacques Lu Cont remix)
67. The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over
68. Florence and the Machine – What The Water Gave Me
69. Kelly Clarkson – Mr Know It All
70. Hayley Westenra – World In Union
71. Caro Emerald – The Other Woman
72. Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go
73. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks
74. Nickelback – When We Stand Together
75. Martin Solveg – Hello
76. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
77. Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum
78. Getta Jaani – Rockefeller Street
79. Beady Eye – Millionairre
80. Wretch 32 – Don’t Go

THE SOUND OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS

Time for a wee round-up of songs i’ve been loving over the past few weeks, at the end of a week when I had a musical reawakening of sorts.

This week, for the first time in ages, I bought a new album on CD, and it felt exciting.

Over the past two/three years, i’d been mostly downloading my music, and mostly, it was all singles.

I only bought three albums during 2010, and two of those were singles compilations. The only new album I did buy, “Without Why” by Rose Ellinor Dougall was worth it, an excellent album worth checking out.

Being an unashamed Oasis geek, there was only one thing I was going to be doing last Monday, and that was purchasing the debut album by Oasis offshoot Beady Eye.

That walk home from Forestside felt exciting, having a new CD in my hand, waiting impatiently to get home and listen to it.

Back in the day, i’d have had my Portable CD Player with me, and the CD would have immediately gone in, to soundtrack the journey home.

It was a glorious hark back to the days when at the earliest opportunity on a Monday, i’d be scouring HMV, Our Price, Virgin and Woolworths for the new releases, to see if any were worth buying.

Whilst at HMV, I spotted a CD single for “The Last Dance” by Clare Maguire, and purchased it as well. It felt great just to relive that Monday experience of new music, buying it, waiting to get home, listening to it, and loving it. You just don’t get that with downloads.

Beady Eye’s album, “Different Gear, Still Speeding” is amazing. I was sceptical at the idea, fearing the very worst, but it stands up on it’s own merits, and doesn’t need to rely on the artist’s past history to make it good.

Every track on it is top quality, but the stand-out tracks are “The Roller”, “For Anyone”, “Wigwam” and “The Beat Goes On”

Alongside Beady Eye, and Clare Maguire, what other songs have I been loving recently?

A Guilty Pleasure, but “Lipstick” by Jedward, RTE’s Eurovision entry is actually very very good, albiet ripping off “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner.

Don’t laugh, it actually is an excellent song (Thought the video posted proves Jedward aren’t the best vocally live act, check out the studio version of the song on Youtube)

“Rocketeer” by Far East Movement is another song i’m loving at the moment.

Silhouette is a local artist who scored the 20th best song of 2010 on my chart of the year last year with “Volume Destroyed”, returns with “Can’t Keep Up”

There’s no video for the song, but there is a link to download the song here. I can’t urge you enough to download it.

It can also be found on the current “Oh Yeah Contenders” CD.

There has been a lot of media hype over Jessie J, which to be honest, I just don’t “Get”

Credit where it’s due though, “Price Tag” is an excellent song.

And finally, a worthy mention for the new single by Lady Ga Ga, “Born This Way

Enjoy.