THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.3.2015

1. Muse – Psycho
2. Soak – Sea Creatures
3. Pharrell Williams – Just A Cloud Away
4. All Tvvins – Thank You
5. Ella Henderson – Mirror Man

So, the big news this week that nobody saw coming – Muse are doing a short notice concert at Ulster Hall on Sunday, their first gig of 2015. I was unable to get a ticket.

If you’re going on Sunday, I hate you. (Not really, it’s just the disappointment talking)

To get you in the mood, or to cheer you up, here’s a Muse Top Five.

FIVE SONGS BY MUSE

1. Knights Of Cydonia
2. Neutron Star Collision
3. Uprising
4. Panic Station
5. Muscle Museum

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.5.2014

1. Bastille – Bad Blood
2. Tove Lo – Habits
3. Mnek – Every Little Word
4. Pharrell Williams – Marilyn Monroe
5. Ella Henderson – Ghost

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.12.2013

1. Nina Nesbitt – Selfies
2. Gary Barlow ft Elton John – Face To Face
3. Pixie Lott – Heart Cry
4. Pharrell Williams – Happy
5. Chvrches – Gun

So, this is the last Friday Five before Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed what i’ve been listening to every week. Here’s to more in 2014 and beyond.

So, to get you in the mood for Christmas, here’s a Christmas Top Five. Merry Christmas and all that.

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
5. John Lennon – Merry Christmas (War Is Over)

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.12.2013

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Misery Company
3. The 1975 – Chocolate
4. Chloe Howl – Paper Heart
5. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep

So, X-Factor is almost over this year. How will we cope? Just about, i’ll guess. Last week, was Elton John v Beyonce, that well known musical rivalry.

This week, I was browsing through the music channels and thought I heard a new Elton John song I loved. Turned out to be ‘Crazy In Love’ by Beyonce. Grr, i’m always getting them two mixed up.

FIVE BEYONCE SONGS

1. Love On Top
2. Deja Vu
3. Beautiful Liar (with Shakira)
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Crazy In Love

FIVE ELTON JOHN SONGS

1. I’m Still Standing
2. Made In England
3. Kiss The Bride
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. The Circle Of Life

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 6.12.2013

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
2. The 1975 – Girls
3. Moby ft Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
4. Miles Kane – Give Up
5. Jessie J – Thunder

So, last week’s theme on X-Factor was ‘Musical Heroes’, giving us an insight into the awful taste in music of this year’s finalists. Mind you, at least they were honest about it. I’m still attending physiotherapy after putting my foot through the TV when Janet Devlin said that all her heroes were obscure.

So, as a tribute, here’s some Hero related songs.

FIVE SONGS ABOUT HEROES

1. Stereophonics – Superman
2. Prince – Batdance
3. Aerosmith – Spiderman Theme
4. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
5. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 76-100

So, it’s time of year, looking back at the year which is coming to an end.

As is traditional on this blog, i’ll be looking back at the 100 best songs of the year over the next 4 weeks.

Before we do so, time to look at the previous winners. There’s no physical prize on offer, just the smug satisfaction that I think you’ve done the best song of the year.

Previous winners

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

So, without any further hesitattion, time to start with 75-10 of The Sound Of 2013

76. Nonono – Pumpkin Blood
77. Aviici – You Make Me
78. Nina Nesbitt – Don’t Stop
79. Paramore – Still Into You
80. Rizzle Kicks – Let’s Skip To The Good bit
81. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
82. Manic Street Preachers – Anthem For A Lost Cause
83. Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love
84. Rizzle Kicks – Lost Generation
85. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
86. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
87. Pink ft Lily Allen – True Love
88. Tom Odell – Another Love
89. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
90. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
91. Chvrches – Gun
92. We Are Scientists – Return The Favor
93. Lana Del Ray – Summertime Sadness (remix)
94. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
95. Little Mix – Move
96. The Wanted – We Own The Night
97. Arlissa – Sticks And Stones
98. Bridget Mendler – Ready Or Not
99. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
100. VV Brown – The Apple

THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Six months gone, six months to go, we are officially at the halfway stage of 2013.

As per tradition on this blog, I shall do a Top 50 songs of the year so far, a nice wee preview of my Top 100 in December.

So, here we go …….. the Top 50 songs of 2013 so far.

1. Editors – A Ton Of Love
2. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
5. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
6. Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
7. Bastille – Pompei
8. Haim – Don’t Save Me
9. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
10. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
11. Wonder Villains – Blonde
12. Foals – My Number
13. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
14. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
15. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
16. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
17. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
18. Muse – Panic Station
19. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
20. Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
21. Kodaline – High Hopes
22. Mark Owen – Stars
23. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
24. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
25. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
26. Frank Turner – Recovery
27. Miles Kane – Give Up
28. Hurts – Miracle
29. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
30. Silhouette – Toss It Up
31. Passenger – Let Her Go
32. Matthew Koma – One Night
33. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
34. Tom Odell – Hold Me
35. Suede – Hit Me
36. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
37. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
38. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
39. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
40. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
41. Paramore – Still Into You
42. Beady Eye – Flick Of The Finger
43. OMD – Dresden
44. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
45. Taylor Swift – 22
46. John Newman – Love Me Again
47. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
48. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
49. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out
50. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane