THE FRIDAY FIVE – 4.3.2016

1. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
2. James – Nothing But Love
3. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
4. Richard Ashcroft – This Is How It Feels
5. Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Bad Sweats – I Need Never Get Old

Firstly this week, an apology. Who to? The nation of Wales, all 3 million of them. Last Tuesday was St David’s Day and I forgot to do a Welsh Music Chart.

A bit belatedly, here is a Welsh Music Chart for St David’s Day.

FIVE SONGS BY WELSH ACTS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
3. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
4. Manic Street Preachers – Autumn Song
5. Lisa Scott-Lee – Electric

I could just about get away with offending the Welsh, but there’s one group of people you shouldn’t offend, and that’s Internet Feminists, which is why there was never any danger of me forgetting International Women’s Day next Tuesday.

So, to celebrate this event, here’s some related charts for you – Female acts and songs with female names and pronouns.

FIVE SONGS BY FEMALE SINGERS

1. Nina Nesbitt – He’s the One I’m Bringing Back
2. Jane Weidling – Rush Hour
3. Lisa Loeb – Stay
4. Sinead Lohan – Whatever It Takes
5. Brianna Corrigan – Love Me Now

FIVE SONGS BY GIRL GROUPS

1. Sugababes – Soul Sound
2. Little Mix – Black Magic
3. Girls Aloud – Biology
4. Madasun – Don’t You Worry
5. All Saints – Pure shores

FIVE SONGS BY FEMALE FRONTED BANDS

1. Chvrches – Leave A Trace
2. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
3. Texas – Black Eyed Boy
4. Hole – Celebrity Skin
5. Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me

FIVE SONGS WITH FEMALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. The Killers – Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
2. Oasis – Lyla
3. Jon Bon Jovi – Janey Don’t You Take Your Love To Town
4. Glasvegas – Geraldine
5. Franz Ferdinand – Eleanor Put Your Puts On

FIVE SONGS WITH WOMAN/GIRL/SHE/ HER IN THE TITLE

1. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
2. White Town – Your Woman
3. Ash – Girl From Mars
4. Neil Finn – She Will Have Her Way
5. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl

Of course, when International Men’s Day comes around, there’ll be similar charts for the menfolk.

If you don’t know when International Men’s Day is, just go on Twitter on Tuesday and you’ll have smug and self righteous comedians (looking at you Richard Herring) and journalists pointing it out to you in a patronising manner.

It’s on November 19th, if you want to save yourself the effort of being spoken down to by patronising wankers (looking at you Richard Herring) desperate to boost their own personal brand.

That’s eight months away. Until then, you have St Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day, Euro 2016 and International Yorkshire Day charts to listen to.

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.2.2015

1. Stine Bramsen – Karma Town
2. Paloma Faith – Beauty Remains
3. Eric Prydz v Chvrches – Tether
4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way

This Sunday, is St David’s Day. As is now tradition on this blog, we shall have a Welsh musical celebration for you. Sadly, having only 40% of members from Wales will disqualify Steps. And no, I won’t be using Andy Bell as an excuse to include Oasis.

FIVE SONGS BY WELSH ACTS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Marina and the Diamonds – Shampain
3. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
4. Lisa Scott-Lee – Electric
5. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 31 – NOV 6

It really is winter now, looks like you all need to be warmed up. I’ll try.

How about Tatu covering The Smiths?

Ace Of Base singing about Flowers

A certain Dandy Highwayman whose name i’m too scared to mention turned 60 this week.

Word up fool, it’s Puff Daddy

Men in their early 30s will be having flashback of a teenage crush.

Don’t you wish you had a photograph of Flock Of Seagulls?

(WARNING : Clip contains Dave Lee Travis)

The Groover Who Briefly Lived In Vancouver turned 55 this week.

Not even making this up, but Ryan Adams has the same birthday as Bryan Adams, but 15 years younger.

Does anyone remember Lisa Scott-Lee’s solo career?

And finally, we move from one member of a great band on a solo career to another, Glenn Frey, with the 2nd best solo single by a member of The Eagles in 1985.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 1.3.2013

1. The Killers – Brown Eyed Girl
2. Wonder Villains – Blonde
3. Johnny Marr – The Crack Up
4. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
5. Pilot – Magic

So, today, is St David’s Day. As is now tradition, I celebrate Welsh music with a Top Five. Enjoy. It’s such a strong list, Shaky doesn’t get a look in.

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
3. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
4. Feeder – Save Us
5. Lisa Scott Lee – Electric

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.3.2012

1. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
2. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
3. Alyssa Reid – Alone
4. DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
5. Foo Fighters – These Days

Seeing as yesterday saw St David’s Day, especially for readers in Wales, here’s a Top Five made up of Welsh acts (And there’s no Chico or Shaky)

FIVE WELSH SONGS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Lostprophets – Last Summer
3. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
4. Scritti Politti – Absolute
5. Lisa Scott Lee – Electric