THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.6.2016 (A EURO 2016 SPECIAL)

1. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
2. Birdy – Keeping You Head Up
3. Tom Odell – Magnetised
4. Biffy Clyro – Wolves Of Winter
5. Johnny Lloyd – Pilgrims

Today is the start of Euro 2016. Sounds like a good excuse for a chart, or a series of charts.

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP A

1. Yello – Oh Yeah
2. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. Air – Sexy Boy
5. Alexandra Stan – Lemonade

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP B

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Mansun – Wind Open Space
3. Stereophonics – Dakota
4. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
5. The Cure – Close To Me

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP C

1. Wonder Villains – TV
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
4. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
5. Ruslana – Wild Dance

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP D

1. Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know?
2. Can Bonomo – Love Me Back
3. Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme
4. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew
5. Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP E

1. Gala – Freed From Desire
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Roxette – Joyride
4. Spagna – Call Me
5. Ace Of Base – The Sign

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP F

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
3. Bjork – Play Dead
4. Christina Strumer – Fieber
5. Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – WORLD CUP SPECIAL

It’s almost here, only another six days to go.

For some reason, the 2014 World Cup will be starting on a Thursday night instead of a Friday afternoon, which is why i’m jumping on the bandwagon today.

The competing countries have also provided some great music as well as great football, so here, is some songs from acts from those countries. Enjoy.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS A – B

1. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
2. 2 Unlimited – No Limit
3. Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie
4. Rawbau – Tejkitize
5. Santana – Smooth

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS C – D

1. The Clash – Train In Vain
2. Giorgio Moroder ft Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
3. Sabrina – Boys Boys Boys
4. The 5. 6. 7. 8s – Woo Hoo
5. Shakira – Underneath Your Clothes

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS E – F

1. Yello – Oh Yeah
2. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
3. Daft Punk – Da Funk
4. Piola Vago – Triki Triki
5. Darius – Kinda Love

FIVE SONGS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUPS G – H

1. Tatu – All the Things She Said
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Katy Perry – Hot n Cold
4. Scala ft Kolacny Brothers – With Or Without You
5. Scorpions – Winds Of Change

FIVE WORLD CUP SONGS

1. Dana – Yer Man
2. Andy Cameron – Ally’s Army
3. England 1970 World Cup Squad – Back Home
4. Del Amitri – Don’t Come Home Too Soon
5. Village People – Far Away In America

FIVE UK TV WORLD CUP THEME TUNES

1. Jeff Wayne – Matador
2. Vusi Mahlasela – When You Come Back
3. Apollo 440 – Rondezvous
4. Silsoe – Aztec Gold
5. Daryl Hall – Gloryland

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 21 – MAR 27

Hello and welcome to this week’s look back at 50 years of Top Of The Pops (Or, to be pedantic, 42 years and 8 years worth of Christmas specials)

This week’s first birthday of note is Guy Chadwick, lead singer of House Of Love. Unfortunately, we don’t have a clip of them performing ‘Shine On’, but we do have East 17 performing ‘House Of Love’, a song not about the early 90s band of the same name.

East 17 of course, were named after their local postcode. If they came from East Belfast, they would have been called BT4, BT5 or BT6, depending on whereabouts in East Belfast they came from.

Also celebrating this week is Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. This, is an epic tune. BAAYYYYYBAAYYYY!!!!!

and … Jonas Berggren from Ace Of Base. I once got lost en route to an Ace Of Base concert trying to find the venue ………. then, I, saw the sign.

And from Sweden, we head to Canada, for a bit of Sum 41.

And from Canada, to Liverpool, for Pete Wylie’s birthday.

And now, to chill the mood a bit, with a bit of Beverley Knight.

Our globetrotting adventures now take us to the suavest man in Glasgow. If you really need to be told, Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, who spent the whole of 1994 at Number One. How exactly, was a Sweet Little Mystery. I know you’ll love these next few clips. Why? I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

Our birthday travels this week take us now to the Mockney King (from Colchester) …… Damon Albarn (And yes, I am aware he doesn’t sing on the first song)

And now ……. we go to Germany for one of the best songs of the 1980s. A woman who wouldn’t make a good Financial Advisor as she spent all her money on a bag of balloons. Since you ask, I counted, there were 78 balloons in the studio when this was filmed. BBC Cutbacks.

And from Germany, we go to German based West Indians …….. singing a song about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Ironically, Bobby Farrell of Boney M had the most Belfasty name in pop.

39 this week was Mel Blatt from All Saints. Here she is as a solo artist.

Milestone time now, and Diana Ross was born 70 years ago this week. So, as a tribute, here’s Steps covering ‘Chain Reaction’

Wee treat for you for Tony Banks of Genesis birthday (the one who isn’t Phil Collins or the guy from Mike and the Mechanics) …. a studio appearance from 1992

With all these births, unfortunately, we have a death anniversary. Ian Dury died 14 years ago today.

And finally, Elton John *whispers* turned 67 this week.

This, is his best song, performed nearly 20 years after it came out on a TOTP Special.

I used to think the chorus went “Coco Heart” when I was younger.

And, if you don’t know already, he didn’t play on this song, just mimed on TOTP.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.5.2013

1. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
2. Texas – The Conversation
3. Mark Owen – Stars
4. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
5. Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love

So, this weekend is the European Cup Final at Wembley, an it’s an all German affair.

Any excuse, if it was needed, to celebrate the best in German music.

Sweden last week, Germany this, country specific music charts might become a regular feature. Not long until Canada Day, Independence Day and Bastille Day. Ironically, a Bastille Day charts won’t feature Bastille.

FIVE SONGS BY GERMAN ACTS

1. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
2. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
3. Modern Talking – Brother Louie
4. Alphaville – Big In Japan
5. Scorpions – Wind Of Change

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.11.2012

1. Tegan and Sara – Closer
2. Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
3. Pink – Try
4. Rihanna – Diamond
5. Katie and the Carnival – Dinosaurs

As per usual at this time of year, a Top five based on the previous wee’s X-Factor theme. Last week’s theme was ‘Number Ones’, another generic and open ended theme where they make it up as they go along.

I’ve read the 1999, 2001 and 2003 Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles from cover to cover, and some songs sung weren’t UK Number Ones. But, they didn’t specify what country though, to be fair.

So, here’s five UK Number One singles

FIVE UK NUMBER ONE SINGLES

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Tatu – All the Things She Said
4. Status Quo ft Manchester United FC – Come On You Reds
5. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman

Meanwhile, last Friday, BBC Four had a night dedicated to Paul Weller, once again, proving thay BBC Four is worth the licence fee along. I love that channel (as much as I love Paul Weller)

So, to commemorate, here’s five Paul Weller solo songs

FIVE PAUL WELLER SOLO SONGS

1. Sunflower
2. Changinman
3. Mermaids
4. From The Floorboards Up
5. Instant Karme

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.7.2012

1. Katy Perry – Wide Awake
2. Florence and the Machine ft Calvin Harris – Spectrum
3. The Killers – Runaways
4. Josh Osho – Redemption Days
5. Gym Class Heroes ft Ryan Tedder – The Fighter

Last Sunday, ITV launched a three part series titled ‘The Nation’s Favourite Number One’ which will probably have some crap Robbie Williams or Spice Girls song as the winner.

To commemorate this (The UK Singkes chart turns 60 this year) i’m going to do a Top Five for every decade from the 60s on.

I have three editions of the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (1999, 2001, 2003) and read them from cover to cover, so I know which songs were and weren’t Number One off by heart.

I had to use Wikipedia for this decade, whatever it’s called. A marked departure from when I would check the charts on Ceefax on a Sunday night (It’s still on page 528, if you’re interested)

FIVE NUMBER ONES FROM THE 60s

1. Small Faces – All Or Nothing
2. Rolling Stones – Get Off My Cloud
3. Tommy Roe – Dizzy
4. The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
5. Bee Gees – I Just Gotta Get A Message To You

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 70s

1. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
2. Tina Charles – I Love To Love
3. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
4. Sweet – Blockbuster
5. Status Quo – Down Down

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 80s

1. Wham – Freedom
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Blondie – Call Me
4. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
5. The Jam – Going Underground

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 90s

1. U2 – The Fly
2. Queen – Innuendo
3. Chesney Hawkes – the One And Only
4. Blur – Country House
5. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 00s

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Stereophonics – Dakota
3. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
4. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
5. Billie Piper – Day And Night

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 10s

1. Owl City – Fireflies
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
3. Rihanna ft Calvin Harris – We Found Love
4. Gotye ft Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. Diana Vickers – Once

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.5.2012

1. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
2. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
3. Ren Harvieu – Open Up Your Arms
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
5. Cheryl Cole – Call My Name

With this weekend seeing the European Cup Final take place in Munich, I thought i’d take the opportunity to do a chart of Germany’s finest musical exports. In truth, i’d just been looking for an excuse, and now I have it.

FIVE SONGS BY GERMAN ACTS

1. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
2. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
3. Alphaville – Big In Japan
4. Modern Talking – Brother Louie
5. The Scorpions – Winds Of Change

With Liverpool Sound City starting this week, I thought i’d pay tribute to the city’s top musical exports, which makes up for having two rubbish football teams.

I’ve already got a tin hat on in preparation after not including Sonia

FIVE SONGS BY LIVERPOOL ACTS

1. Cast – Finetime
2. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
3. The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
4. The Farm – All Together Now
5. The Zutons – You Will You Won’t