THE SOUND OF 2011 : 81-100

So, here it is, that time of year when we look back at the year just past.

Every Thursday night between now and December 22nd, i’m going to give you the definitive list of the 100 Best Songs Of 2011. This week is 81-100

Why Thursday I hear you ask? Well, when I blogged on Bebo, Thursaday was the day I posted my Top 5 songs that week, so I might as well keep it going on WordPress, even though I now blog my Top 5 songs of the week on a Friday morning, purely because ‘The Friday Five’ sounds better than ‘The Thursday Five’

For those needing a refresher, the previous winners are

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

So, who will win in 2011?

He’s 81-100

81. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
82. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Stranded On The Wrong Beach
83. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn
84. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
85. Beady Eye – Four Letter Word
86. Noah and the Whale – Life Is Life
87. Take That – Kidz
88. Yasmin – Finish Line
89. Noah and the Whale – Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
90. Rihanna – We Found Love
91. The Kooks – Is It Me?
92. Nikki Minaj ft Rihanna – Fly
93. Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalala
94. Talay Riley – Make You Mine
95. Calvin Harris ft Kelis – Bounce
96. Marina and the Diamonds – Radioactive
97. Rizzle Kicks – Down With The Trumpets
98. White Lies – Better Than Us
99. Hard-Fi – Good For Nothing
100. Nikki Minaj : Supperbass

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.10.2011

1. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
2. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
3. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten
4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA ….. What A Life
5. Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time


Seeing as Monday marks the release of Noel Gallagher’s long awaited (well, by me at least) solo album. To commemorate, five Oasis songs for you to check out if you haven’t already.

1. Don’t Go Away
2. She Is Love
3. The Hindu Times
4. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
5. Angel Child

I would have posted this last week, but X-Factor’s press team were useless in announcing the theme for last Saturday’s show, so i’m doing my take on the theme’s a week behind. Last week,it was UK or US acts, so i’m going to post five songs by acts from each country for you to check out.


1. Cast – Finetime
2. Embrace – You’re not Alone
3. Little Boots – Every Little Earthquake
4. Aztec Camara ft Mick Jones – Good Morning Britain
5. Dead 60s – Stand Up


1. Tom Petty – Freefalling
2. Flaming Lips – Fight Test
3. Vanessa Carlton – Ordinary Day
4. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
5. Gigolo Aunts – Where I Find My Heaven


Noah and the Whale are a band i’ve been loving loads this year, since hearing ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’ and follow-up singles ‘Tonight’s the Kind Of Night’ and ‘Life Is Life’

In fact, i’ve been loving them since they released ‘5 Years Time’ in 2008, which I associate with watching the Olympics on TV in a hotel at Gatwick Airport.

As soon as I heard they were coming to Belfast, I just had to be at this.

The show was so popular, it was moved from it’s original venue of Mandela Hall to Ulster Hall.

The support act were rather good, a Canadian band fronted by a man looking like Chris Issak while dressed as Roddy Frame in the ‘Somewhere In My Heart’ video, but ignore that, they were rather good, though I didn’t catch their name.

NATW came on and were fantastic from start to finish, energetically jumping between instruments as the song demanded.

Sharp suited, lead singer Charlie Fink showed all the qualities of a business manager on a session by removing various items of clothing in stages.

First, came his jacket, then his tie, then his waistcoat. By the end, he was a shirt button light and his sleeves rolled up. Thankfully, that was as far as it went.

Hightlight of the night was the anthemic ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’

Photo Album



THE FRIDAY FIVE – 7.10.2011

1. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten
2. Amanda Ghost – Wondrous Place
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA ……. What A Life
4. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
5. Ed Sheeran – The A Team


Since this would have been his birthday this week, five solo songs worth listening to.

1. Just Like Starting Over
2. Nobody Told Me
3. Stand By Me
4. Instant Karma
5. Merry Xmas (War Is Over)


No doubt you’ve been wondering what i’ve been listening to the last couple of weeks, well here you go.

The first song, is the long awaited debut single from Noel Gallagher. It has been worth the wait, but if there is a complaint, there’s too much trumpet on it.

Having previously blogged about how i’ve love Noah and the Whale’s last two releases, and the third single from ‘Last Night On Earth’ is also excellent, even if it takes a few listens to really get into it.

Can’t wait to see them at Mandela Hall in October.

Not a massive Coldplay fan but I like their new single, possibly because it sounds like ‘There Goes The Fear‘ by Doves.

To be fair, they usually do one or two good singles per album, just a pity their albums are usually dull.

I recently purchased the new album by The View, ‘Bread and Circuses’ and especially love ‘Blondie’

It’s a fantastic album worth getting from a band I love.

Staying on a Scottish theme, i’m loving the new single by Jon Fratelli ‘Santo Domingo’

Unsurprisingly, it sounds quite a lot like The Fratellis …….. which is no bad thing.


For those who’ve been wondering what i’ve been listening to, wonder no more.

With a £20 gift voucher I got for my birthday, I decided to take a chance on some CDs that have been getting high praise but might not have heard. It’s essentially free money, so it’s no loss if the CDs are crap.

One of those albums I took a chance on, is ‘Tourist History’ by Two Door Cinema Club, which has been played non-stop in the CD player in my car.

I am especially loving the two lead singles ‘What You Know’ and ‘Come Back Home’

Given my love of Oasis, it’s no surprise I love Beady Eye. Saw them a few weeks ago at Ulster Hall and they were excellent.

Stand out tracks on their album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ are ‘The Roller’, ‘For Anyone’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’

New single ‘Millionaire’ also gets a worthy mention. The accompanying video has some stunning cinematography if you’re into that sort of thing.

I love the new Katy Perry single, but it has one of my pet hates, of celebrity guest rappers ruining brilliant songs.

Jay-Z did it with ‘Crazy In Love‘ and ‘Umbrella‘, Pitbull did it with singles from Enrique Iglesias and Alexandra Burke last year (Yes, they were brilliant songs) and now Kanye does it with this song, adding nothing whatsoever to it.

Having recently blogged about a concert by Duke Special to promote an album of Ruby Murray covers for charity, i’m loving a song on that album ‘I’ll Come When You Call

Another tune worth checking out is ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked And The Famous.

You may remember Sara Bareilles from the hit ‘Lovesong‘ in 2007, but she’s got some new material, the video for her new single features guest appearances from Tegan and Sara, so what’s not to love.

I’m also partial to a spot of My Chemical Romance. When you go away for 4 years, your comeback had better be special and/or bonkers. That song ‘Na Na Na Na Na’ certainly fits that bill.

I’m especially loving their new single ‘Planetary’

Also worth listening to is ‘If You Wanna’ by The Vaccines. Sounds a wee bit like ‘C’mon Everybody‘ by Eddie Cochran in parts, which is no bad thing.

Clare Maguire featured in my last round-up, and her new single ‘The Shield And The Sword’ is definately worth a listen.

Finally, two songs i’ve been loving, by Noah And The Whale.

You may recognise the name from their hit ‘5 Years Time‘, which brings back memories of being in a hotel at Gatwick Airport lying in bed watching the 2008 Olympics, and then buying a copy of the single at the airport while waiting for a flight home after the Charity Shield.

Their new single ‘Tonight’s The Kind Of Night’ is an enjoyable listen, but I am absolutely loving the preceding single ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’, having heard it for the first time last week on Alan Simpson’s Radio Ulster show.

Why was this song kept from me for so long?

It does sound a lot like ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More‘ by Tom Petty and ‘The Joker‘ by Steve Miller, but ignore that, and just simply enjoy what is, for me, the best song of 2011 so far.