50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUN 13 – JUN 19

Last week’s 50YOTOTP featured Cerys Matthews, who ended up getting an MBE. I didn’t even know The Queen read this blog.

This week’s trawl through TOTP history begins with Buddy Holly. Oh wait, it’s a guy who looks like him.

And from Buddy Holly …….. to the Rovers Return.

…… and a TOTP performance from the first band to appear on CD:UK

Boy George turns 52 this week. This song, is brilliant.

Another week, another Sugababe birthday. This week, Siobhan Donaghy, who narrowly lost out to Siobhan Fahey as pop’s most famous Siobhan.

Noddy Holder turns 68 this week. You know what song I want to play, but well, IIIIITTTTTTT’S NOOOOOTTTT CHHHRRRRISSSSTMMMAAASSSS!!!!

Here’s Oasis covering Slade from 1996

The first of two Norn Iron pop birthdays this week, Gary Lightbody (being covered by Leona Lewis)

And on his 9th birthday ……. Nadine Coyle came into the world

Meanwhile, the second greatest living Beatle celebrated a birthday this week.

And from Macca, to Moyet.

Whicj nicely links into the fact it’s two years since the Moyet covering Brian Hibbard died.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.12.2013

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
3. The 1975 – Chocolate
4. Chloe Howl – Paper Heart
5. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep

So, X-Factor is almost over this year. How will we cope? Just about, i’ll guess. Last week, was Elton John v Beyonce, that well known musical rivalry.

This week, I was browsing through the music channels and thought I heard a new Elton John song I loved. Turned out to be ‘Crazy In Love’ by Beyonce. Grr, i’m always getting them two mixed up.

FIVE BEYONCE SONGS

1. Love On Top
2. Deja Vu
3. Beautiful Liar (with Shakira)
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Crazy In Love

FIVE ELTON JOHN SONGS

1. I’m Still Standing
2. Made In England
3. Kiss The Bride
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. The Circle Of Life

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 29.11.2013

1. U2 – Ordinary Love
2. Birdy – Light Me Up
3. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
4. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
5. Rudimental ft Emeli Sande – Free

So, last week’s X-Factor celebrated ten years of X-Factor. X-Factor. Yep, lots of nice Product Placement for X-Factor. X-Factor.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM X-FACTOR

1. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
2. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
3. Little Mix – Wings
4. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
5. Jedward – Lipstick

And don’t worry Scottish folk, I haven’t forgotten you. Happy St Andrew’s Day.

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
2. Biffy Clyro – The Captain
3. Pilot – Magic
4. Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You
5. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.12.2012

1. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
2. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
3. The Moons ft Paul Weller – Something Soon
4. McFly – One For The Radio
5. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius

So, X-Factor is over, and i’ve already forgotten who won. It also means there’ll be no more themed charts until October 2013, assuming it doesn’t get cancelled.

Well, how about one more X-Factor themed chart?

FIVE SONGS BY X-FACTOR ACTS

1. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
2. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
3. Little Mix – Wings
4. Olly Murs – Heart Skips A Beat
5. Rebecca Ferguson – Backtrack

THE SOUND OF 2012 : 51-75

51. Gym Class Heroes ft Ryan Tedder – The Fighter
52. Paloma Faith – Picking up The Pieces
53. Big Kids – Heart Sing
54. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fallen Angel
55. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back
56. Dappy – Good Intentions
57. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
58. Rebecca Ferguson – Backtrack
59. Taylor Swift – Ours
60. Muse – Madness
61. The Maccabees – Pelican
62. Example – Close Enemies
63. Bloc Party – Kettling
64. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
65. Horrible Histories – Flame
66. Marina and the Diamonds – Power and Control
67. Alex Clare – Too Close
68. Dappy ft Brian May – Rockstar
69. Eugene McGuinness – Lion
70. Rihanna – Diamonds
71. Florence and the Machine ft Calvin Harris – Spectrum
72. Black Keys – On The Ceiling
73. Owl City ft Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
74. Leona Lewis – Trouble
75. The Big Pink – Stay Gold

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.10.2012

1. The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night
2. Dappy – Good Intentions
3. Labrinth ft Emeli Sande – Beneath You’re Beautiful
4. Adele – Skyfall
5. Leona Lewis – Trouble

As per usual, it’s time for a Top Five based on the previous Saturday. Last Saturday’s theme was ‘Club Classics’ – Now, you know me, i’m a proper cheesy quaver who loves my bangin beats.

Ok, well maybe not, so I thought i’d use it as an excuse to do a Globe Top Five (I used to work there) from when I worked there.

FIVE ANTHEMS FROM THE GLOBE

1. Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
2. Jamelia – Superstar
3. 50 Cent – In Da Club
4. Nelly – Hot In Herre
5. Ja Rule – Always On Time

Simple Minds are coming to Belfast in March. I haven’t done a Simple Minds Top Five yet, so this is as good as excuse as any to do so.

FIVE SIMPLE MINDS SONGS

1. She’s A River
2. Don’t You Forget About Me
3. Promised You A Miracle
4. Cry
5. Alive And Kicking

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.12.2011

Due to unexplainable technical issues, there was no Friday Five last week. Hope this week’s makes up for it.

1. Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No!
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Team America – Team America Theme
4. Damien Rice – Cannonball
5. Noah and the Whale – Life Is Life

Last week’s technical fuck-up meant you missed out on the Five Best Songs Ever By An Act From X-Factor.

Shouldn’t be too hard, there are only five listenable tracks by X-Factor acts.

FIVE SONGS BY X-FACTOR ACTS

1. Jedward – Lipstick
2. Diana Vickers – My Wicked Heart
3. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
4. Diana Vickers – The Boy Who Murdered Love
5. Leona Lewis – Better In Time

Seeing as it’s Christmas, I might as well join in the fun and do a Christmas Five.

Everyone knows what I want for Christmas, and that I don’t want it until 4.45pm on Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas to all readers, hope to fill up the blogosphere with more pictures and music suggestions in 2012.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. Jonah Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.12.2011

1. Coldplay – Paradise
2. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
3. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
4. Rihanna – We Found Love
5. Damien Rice – Cannonball

So, X-Factor is over, what am I going to do on Saturdays and Sundays?

Get on with life I suppose.

I’ve already forgotten who won already.

So, in Friday Five tradition, I do a chart based on the previous week’s X-Factor theme.

Last week, it was Christmas Songs, but i’ll hold fire on that for next week, the closest Friday Five to Christmas.

Instead, I put my brainpower into action to think of five songs by X-Factor acts worth listening to. It was a struggle.

FIVE X-FACTOR SONGS

1. Jedward – Lipstick
2. Diana Vickers – My Wicked Heart
3. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
4. Diana Vickers – The Boy Who Murdered Love
5. Leona Lewis – Better In Time