THE SOUND OF 2011 : 1-20

So, here it is, the Top 20 songs of the year ……….

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA What A Life
2. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
3. The Pierces – Glorious
4. Jon Fratelli – Santo Domingo
5. The View – Blondie
6. Clare Maguire – The Last Dance
7. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
8. Beady Eye – The Roller
9. The Naked And The Famous – Young Blood
10. Girl Crisis – The Sign
11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I Wanna Live In A Dream In My Record Machine
12. Scala and Kolacny Brothers – With Or Without You
13. My Chemical Romance – Planetary
14. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
15. Sunday Girl – Stop Hey
16. Pearl and the Puppets – I Do Like You
17. Adele – Rollin In The Deep
18. Nero – You And Me
19. Tone Damli – Butterflies
20. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

So, congratulations to Noel Gallagher. What A Life ……. What a tune.

There is no prize as such, but if wants to meet up before his Belfast show in February, i’ll buy him a Hungry Hound. It’s only fair.

By the way, the offer of a Hungry Hound is still open to Marina and the Diamonds (2010) and Little Boots (2009) should they ever be in Belfast.

If you haven’t heard ‘AKA …… What A Life’, here’s the video, as well as the previous winners.

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006


Last week, my MP3 player began to start playing up, and as a result, i’ve had to spend my daily commute to work and evening jog listening to the joys of Digital Radio.

After sifting through the crap, i’ve actually managed to come across some new songs that i’m just loving at the moment that are worth checking out over the forthcoming twelve months.

The first song is ‘Stop Hey’ by Sunday Girl, combining synth riffs (A slight reference to ‘All The Things She Said‘ by Tatu) and a hypnotic drumbeat to bring this soon to be Electro Pop classic.

When in Edinburgh over the summer, it was hard to escape the posters for Pearl and the Puppets, AKA Scottish singer Katie Sutherland.

After reading some reviews upon my return home, I checked her out on Myspace and Youtube, and fell in love with ‘Because I Do’, as will anyone who loves to lie back and drift into a song.

If you love this song, check out ‘Neapolitan Dreams‘ by Lisa Mitchell.

The next song i’m loving at the moment will be no surprise to anybody, ‘The Roller’, the new single by Beady Eye, AKA, Oasis without Noel Gallagher.

Despite my initial worries, the snippets of the Beady Eye songs i’ve heard are excellent, and I can’t wait for the album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ to be released on February 28th, which as any Oasis geek will tell you, is the 11th anniversary of ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants‘ being released.

I’ve been pretty much indifferent to Adele so far.

I like ‘Chasing Pavements’ and ‘Cold Shoulder’, but I wouldn’t be rushing to play them at full blast.

Her new single, ‘Rolling In The Deep’, is a different scanario. I love it.

If ‘Me and You’ by Nero sounds familiar, it’s because it’s currently being used by the BBC on a trailer on TV for Radio 1, especially Zane Lowe’s show. Don’t let that put you off, it’s an excellent song.

The final song that i’m loving is ‘Butterflies’ by Tone Damli.

Six new songs that i’m loving from the first nineteen days isn’t a bad ratio. Hopefully, the remaining three hundred and fourty-six days has as good a ratio.