I’ll save you all the usual boring cliches about what a year it’s been and go straight to the chart.

Put together over an afternoon, here’s the 50 Best Songs Of 2022.

  1. Taylor Swift – Anti Hero
  2. Harry Styles – As It Was
  3. Sam Ryder – Space Man
  4. Wallows – Especially You
  5. Jamie T – The Old Style Raiders
  6. Sigrid ft Bring Me The Horizon – Bad Life
  7. Arlo Parks – Softly
  8. Confidence Man – Holiday
  9. Ed Sheeran – Overpass Graffiti
  10. The Feeling – There Is No Music
  11. Feeder – The Healing
  12. Harry Styles – Late Night Talking
  13. Sam Fender – Getting Started
  14. Liam Gallagher – More Power
  15. Pretty Cartel – Dominick The Donkey
  16. Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher – Birth Of An Accidental Hipster
  17. Griff x Sigrdi – Head On Fire
  18. Paul Weller and Suggs – Ooh Do U Fink U Are?
  19. Simple Minds- Traffic
  20. Tegan and Sara – Yellow
  21. Idles – All You Need Is Love
  22. Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
  23. Rosa Linn – Snap
  24. Sigrid – It Gets Dark
  25. Alfie Templeman – Broken
  26. Let’s Eat Grandma – Watching You Go
  27. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Pretty Boy
  28. Pixey – I’m Just High
  29. The Killers – Boy
  30. Lauren Spencer-Smith – Fingers Crossed
  31. Holly Humberstone – Sleep Tight
  32. Simple Minds – First You Jump
  33. George Ezra – Green Green Grass
  34. Steve Lacey – Bad Habit
  35. Liam Gallagher – Everything’s Electric
  36. George Ezra – Anyone For You
  37. Hot Chip – Broken
  38. Maisie Peters – Not Another Rockstar
  39. Bruce Springsteen – Nightshift
  40. Nina Nesbitt – I Should Be A Bird
  41. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Too Much For One (Not Enough For Two)
  42. Beabadoobee – 10:36
  43. Jamie T – Between The Rocks
  44. The 1975 – Part Of The Band
  45. Beabadoobee – Talk
  46. Sinead O’Brien – Holy Country
  47. Soda Blonde – Mandinka
  48. Tom Chaplin – Midpoint
  49. Foals – 2001
  50. Warmduscher – Fatso

Congratulations to Taylor Swift, a two time winner having won it in 2012. I know you’re all eager to see if she’ll win it again in 2032.

If you haven’t heard the winning song, the video is embedded below.

And if you wish to look at archive charts, i’ve listed all the previous winners below.

2021 : Maneskin – Zitti E Buoni
2020 : Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
2019 : Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hill
2018 : Lovelytheband – Broken
2017 : Liam Gallagher – For What It’s Worth
2016 : The Strumbellas – Spirits
2015 : Blossoms – Charlamagne
2014 : Jamie T – Zombie
2013 : Haim – The Wire
2012 : Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
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 : Kasabian – Empire


October was a busy month, right from the very start, heading to Dungannon on the first day of the month to see Linfield get a win at Stangmore Park.

That was followed a few days later by another away day, to a very wet Wilgar Park to see Linfield grind out a 1-0 win over Dundela.

The following night, it was the Ulster Hall to see Beabadoobee in concert.

Back on the road the following Saturday to see Linfield draw with Coleraine.

Then it was back to Ulster Hall to see Paul Weller.

Two days after that, it was Linfield v Glentoran, the less said of that the better.

The following day was a lot more enjoyable, making the most of a football free Saturday to check out Murlough Bay.

Over the next seven days came two Linfield home matches, against Glenavon and Larne.

The following week, I was off to Manchester, my first visit to see Erik Ten Hag’s United in the flesh, against Sheriff Tiraspol.

While I was there, I got some photos from a stroll along a canal, some Street Art (of course) and a walk up Hartshead Pike.

The month ended with a trip to Newry to see Linfield get some much needed three points.

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Dundela v Linfield

Beabadoobee live at Ulster Hall

Beabadoobee live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

Murlough Bay Nature Reserve

Murlough Bay Nature Reserve Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Linfield v Larne

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester Canal Walk

Manchester Canal Walk Photo Album

Manchester United v Sheriff Tiraspol

Manchester Untied v Sheriff Tiraspol Photo Album

Hartshead Pike

Hartshead Pike Photo Album

Newry City v Linfield


Another Wednesday night, another concert. The third of three in a row, and a case of saving the best for last.

This would be my third time seeing him in concert.

Before I went to my first concert, I was warned that he can be a bit hit and miss, which is what my two previous experiences were.

This one was definitely a hit. Hit after hit.

My third time seeing him should have come two years previously, at Ulster Hall in October 2020, but you know what intervened.

That concert ended up being cancelled, so it was welcome news when this concert was announced.

There was a bit of pressure on him to perform. I’ll explain.

When the draw for the UEFA Cup was done, I wanted to go to one of United’s home games, but make it a Wednesday to Friday trip.

The game against Omonia Nicosia was one I wanted to go to, but it would have meant missing this.

I did end up booking a trip to the Sheriff Tiraspol game a few weeks later.

So, the pressure was one to see if it was worth not going to a United match for.

Although, I ended up being relieved not going to that United match.

I arrived around 7.30pm and mixed feelings that support band Touts were already performing.

Sad that I had missed part of the support act, but happy as it wouldn’t be long before Weller entered the stage.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s something i’ve noticed at concerts, but 30 is the magic number.

The number of minutes turnaround time between the support act leaving the stage and the headliner entering it.

As Touts left the stage at 8pm, my calculation was correct as Weller entered the stage at 8.30pm, jumping straight into lead singles off recent albums before a few Style Council classics.

To give you an idea of the mood he was in, he was even cracking jokes, telling fans who wanted to hear Town Called Malice to go home, watch a bit of TV and then maybe come back in an hour.

After that, it was onto the big solo hits such as From The Floorboards Up, Out Of The Sinking, Into Tomorrow and The Changingman.

And then, after an hour, he exited the stage.

It was only a brief exit, back on to perform some more hits.

I’m not sure if you can call it an Encore, it was too long for that, Part 2 would be more accurate.

Part 2 included some more solo biggies such as Broken Stones, Wild Wood, You Do Something To Me and Peacock Suit.

We were even treated to Start.

I’d actually forgotten how good a song it is. You know how you have that with some songs.

This version was guitar led rather than bass led, giving a funky 60s vibe, although Beatles fans might be rolling their eyes at that statement.

After leaving the stage, it was time for a proper Encore, and definitely not Part 3.

He was joined by Matt from Touts to perform a duet of That’s Entertainment.

That was then followed by Town Called Malice.

I hope nobody did actually pop home to watch TV while waiting for it, they missed a great night.

A nice bonus was that the crowd was sound.

You don’t realise how much a sound crowd adds to a concert until you’re surrounded by pricks.

I had a decent view, and I managed to avoid the Vape Scum who are far too prominent in concerts these days.

An all round good night. Proper lovely.

You know that vibe when you’re just enjoying yourself?

No need to overanalyse, it was a proper great night out. More of this please.

Up next for me in terms of concerts is John Power at Mandela Hall in November.

I’ve already got my first concert of 2023 sorted as well, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at The Odyssey in February.

Another act I should have seen at Ulster Hall in 2020.

Let’s hope it’s worth the wait like this one.

Photo Album

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall 2018

Paul Weller live at Waterfront Hall 2015


February 2018 began with a trip to The Limelight, a first proper concert of the year, to see Shed Seven supported by John Power.

That was followed the following midweek by a trip to Warrenpoint to see Linfield take on Warrenpoint Town.

The following Saturday, was Linfield’s 0-0 draw with Dungannon Swifts.

The following week was very busy, with Paul Weller at Ulster Hall followed by Ulster v Edinburgh and then Cliftonville v Linfield.

The weekend after that was a trip to the seaside, to see Linfield take on Ards.

That was then followed by a midweek trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield lose to Glenavon.

Around that time, it was getting cold. So cold, there was the possibility of snow. That didn’t come until March 1st, so you’ll have to wait until next month’s round-up to see that.

John Power live at The Limelight

John Power live at The Limelight Photo Album

Shed Seven live at The Limelight

Shed Seven live at The Limelight Photo Album

Warrenpoint Town v Linfield

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Ulster v Edinburgh

Ulster v Edinburgh Photo Album

Cliftonville v Linfield

Ards v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.8.2018

1. Vampire Weekend ft Danielle Haim – Son Of A Preacher Man
2. Miles Kane – Cry On My Guitar
3. Lewis Capaldi – Tough
4. Paul Weller – Movin On
5. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me

This week, saw International Yorkshire Day, so to celebrate, here’s a chart for you to belatedly celebrate.


1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Def Leppard – When Love And Hate Collide
3. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
4. Human League – Tell Me When
5. Kiki Dee – Star