We begin this week with Maria Mulduar’s 71st birthday, and a Brand New Heavies cover of her, a song, not about Noel or Liam Gallagher.

James Bourne of Busted, remember them? He turns 30 this week.

Busted’s 7th album is rather good.

You’ve been waiting all year for this …… a bit of A-Ha.

You may be amused to hear there’s a town in Norway called Horten. It’s unknown if it has a market, or if Morten Harket has ever been to Horten Market.

Cast. They’re Alright. La.

And while we’re on a 90s theme …..

Sad anniversary time, it’s 37 years since Marc Bolan died.

Joanne Catherall celebrated a birthday this week. Contrary to popular belief, she never worked as a waitress in a coktail bar.

And finally, a Belfast girl turned 30 this week. She has spent a lot of those 30 years researching how many bicycles there are in Beijing.

THE SOUND OF 2012 : 76-100

It’s December, which can only mean one thing …… time to look back at the year just past. As is tradition on this blog, the best 100 songs of the year, in a four part series over the next three Thursdays, and then on Christmas Eve.

If you need a refresher, the list of former winners are :

2011 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life.
2010 Marina and the Diamonds – Shampain
2009 Little Boots – New In Town
2008 Sons and Daughters – Darling
2007 Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
2006 Kasabien – Empire

Curiously, four of the last five winners have been solo artists.

Anyway, less chat, more chart. Here’s the first 25.

76. The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
77. Newton Faulkner – Write It On Your Skin
78. Rudimental – Not Giving In
79. Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive
80. Devlin ft Ed Sheeran – Watchtower
81. Katie Melua – Moonshine
82. Rita Ora – How We Do
83. Stooshe – Waterfalls
84. Stereophonics – In A Moment
85. Girls Aloud – Beautiful Because You Love Me
86. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
87. Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles
88. Little Mix – DNA
89. Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
90. Ben Howard – Only Love
91. Paul Weller – Dragonfly
92. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Brendan’s Death Song
93. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
94. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
95. Maroon 5 – Payphone
96. Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna
97. Ed Sheeran – Small Bump
98. Naughty Boy ft Emeli Sande – Wonder
99. Josh Osho – Redemption Days
100. Foster The People – Don’t Stop

Sound Of 2011

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.3.2012

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
2. The Shins – Simple Song
3. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
4. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready

S Club 7 are back together!!!!!!!! S Club 7 are back together!!!!!!!! S Club 7 are back together!!!!!!!! S Club 7 are back together!!!!!!!!

Ever so slightly excited by this. So, in honour of this, here is my S Club 7 Top Five


1. Bring It All Back
2. Alive
3. You’re My Number One
4. Don’t Stop Moving
5. Reach

It’s Elton John’s 65th birthday this weekend, and no doubt it will be a low key affair.

In honour of this milestone, here’s five Elton John songs for you.


1. I’m Still Standing
2. I Want Love
3. Made In England
4. Kiss The Bride
5. The Circle Of Life

This week, saw International Water Day. So, here’s some themed songs, sadly, not including Aqua or The Waterboys.


1. Simple Minds – She’s A River
2. Take That – The Flood
3. Madonna – Rain
4. Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
5. Katie Melua – The Flood

And to finish, New Order are coming to Belfast. So, here’s five New Order songs for you.


1. True Faith
2. Temptation
3. Blue Monday
4. Regret
5. Crystal

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.3.2012

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
3. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
4. Noel Fielding – Luxury Comedy Theme Tune
5. Emeli Sande – Next To Me

So, as it’s St Paddy’s Day tomorrow, I shall be spending the day in The Hatfield wearing my Guinness hat and getting drunk to the sound of The Dubliners.

Having done charts for St David’s Day, and St Andrew’s Day, I might as well do one for St Paddy’s Day


1. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
2. The Cranberries – Dreams
3. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
4. Samantha Mumba – Always Come Back To Your Love
5. Laura Izibor – Shine


1. Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
2. Katie Melua – The Flood
3. Duke Special – I’ll Come When You Call
4. The Adventures – Broken Land
5. Snow Patrol – Signal Fire