THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.10.2012

1. Kylie Minogue – Flower
2. Green Day – Kill The DJ
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fallen Angel
4. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
5. Rebecca Ferguson – Backtrack

As with last year, I shall tweet a Top Five based on the previous week’s X-Factor theme. Last week’s theme was ‘Love and Heartbreak’, further proof, if it was needed, that they are making it up as they go along.

So, here’s five Long Songs and five Heartbreak Songs.

FIVE LOVE SONGS

1. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
2. Sara Bareilles – Love Song
3. Maccabees – Love You Better
4. Jamelia – Something About You
5. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love

FIVE HEARTBREAK SONGS

1. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
2. Queen – Somebody To Love
3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
4. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
5. The Motors – Airport

Right now, tickets for The Killers at The Odyssey have just gone on sale. Going to try and get one. Wish me luck. To celebrate, here’s a Killers Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY THE KILLERS

1. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
2. Spaceman
3. Mr Brightside
4. Ultra Violet
5. Read My Mind

Meanwhile, going to see Ray Davies at Whitla Hall on Saturday. Ever so excited by this. To celebrate, here’s a Kinks Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY THE KINKS

1. Waterloo Sunset
2. Lola
3. Living On A Thin Line
4. Days
5. You Really Got Me

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 41-60

41. Sara Bareilles – Uncharted
42. Saw Doctors ft Petula Clark – Downtown
43. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun
44. The Feeling – A Hundred Sinners
45. James Cleaver Quartet – Buck Rodgers
46. Jedward – Lipstick
47. Katy Perry – Extraterrestrial
48. Birdy – Skinny Love
49. Wonder Villains – Zola
50. Coldplay – Paradise
51. The Pierces – Kissing You Goodbye
52. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Monarchy Of Roses
53. Ting Tings – Hang It Up
54. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA Broken Arrow
55. Kasabien – Days Are Forgotten
56. Lemmy – Ace Of Spades (Acoustic)
57. Scala and Kolacny Brothers – Solsbury Hill
58. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
59. Bruno Mars – Grenade
60. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Want

THE SOUND OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS

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.