THE SOUND OF 2016 : 26-51

26. Rory Lavelle – All These Horrors
27. Blink 182 – Bored To Death
28. Foxes – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
29. Bloc Party – Virtue
30. Rag n Bone Man – Human
31. Manic Street Preachers – Feels Like Heaven
32. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss
33. ABC – The Flames Of Desire
34. The Afghan Whigs – Regret
35. KT Tunstall – Hard Girls
36. Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
37. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
38. The 1975 – The Sound
39. Bloc Party – Stunt Queen
40. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods
41. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Come With Us
42. Jamie T – Power Over Men
43. Oasis – D’Ya Know What I Mean (Mustique Demo)
44. The Last Shadow Puppets – Bad Habits
45. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
46. The Coral – Miss Fortune
47. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
48. Richard Ashcroft – These People
49. Oasis – Don’t Go Away (Mustique Demo)
50. Lukas Graham – 7 Years

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 5.8.2016

1. Biffy Clyro – Howl
2. Tegan and Sara – Faint Of Heart
3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Come With Us
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
5. ABC – The Flames Of Desire

Last Monday, was International Yorkshire Day. I went to Yorkshire once, it were alright.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM YORKSHIRE

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
3. Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday
4. Kiki Dee – Star
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way

This Wednesday, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day. In other words, it’s just another day for me. I’d appreciate them a lot more if they’d come and do a gig in Belfast.

Here’s a Duran Duran Top five. It wasn’t easy trying to pick five. In fact, it was about as easy as a nuclear war.

FIVE SONGS BY DURAN DURAN

1. Wildboys
2. Hungry Like The Wolf
3. Ordinary World
4. Serious
5. Save A Prayer

THE SOUND OF 2014 : 26-50

26. Lorde – Team
27. Chvrches – Recover
28. Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes
29. Ella Henderson – Ghost
30. Manic Street Preachers ft Nina Hoss – Europa Geht Durch Mich
31. Sia – Chandelier
32. Black Keys – Fever
33. Johnny Marr – Easy Money
34. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – True Faith
35. Wonder Villains – Golden Five
36. U2 – Invisible
37. Chvrches – Dead Air
38. U2 – The Miracle Of Joey Ramone
39. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
40. Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
41. Ting Tings – Wrong Club
42. The Pierces – Kings
43. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
44. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
45. Pollaponk – No Prejudice
46. Alexi Lalas – Rio
47. George Ezra – Cassy O
48. Take That – These Days
49. Cher Lloyd – Sirens
50. Labrinth – Let It Be

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.11.2014

1. Gabrielle Aplin – That’s All
2. Wonder Villains – Golden Five
3. Take That – These Days
4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – True Faith
5. Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

So, another week goes by, and once again, X-Factor make up the themes as they go along, as last week was Queen v Michael Jackson, that well known musical rivalry. Oh yes, I remember when the school playground was divided, and you were either Queen or Michael Jackson, there was no middle ground.

FIVE SONGS BY QUEEN

1. The Miracle
2. Seven Seas Of Rhye
3. Let Me Live
4. Innuendo
5. Bicycle Races

FIVE SONGS BY MICHAEL JACKSON

1. Man In The Mirror
2. Black Or White
3. Beat It
4. Will You Be There
5. They Don’t Really Care About Us

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : APR 4 – APR 10

The first week of April sees the birth of someone more associated with the end of the year, Dave Hill from Slade. This song, from the 1980s, is superb.

Remember Razorlight? They had, how you say, a Golden Touch from 2004-2006.

It was 20 years this week since Kurt Cobain died.

Kurt Cobain’s death happened on Mylene Klass 16th birthday. As you’ll see later, this is a bumper week for late 90s/early 00s pop star birthdays.

It’s 16 years ago this week since Tammy Wynette. He she sort of is in the studio with The KLF. It’s best not to think about this collaboration. It melts your head.

Meanwhile, John Oates, Oates from Hall and Oates is bus pass age this week.

Meanwhile, back to late 90s/early 00s pop stars born this week in history ….

Duncan James, off of Blue.

Rachel Stevens, off of S Club 7

And some of her solo stuff was rather good

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, off of The Audience, who nobody remembers, also off of that Spiller song, but best known for her solo work.

And Liz McLaronon off of Atomic Kitten, but no solo career of note.

Around the same era, albeit not a pop band, Albert Hammond Jr, off of The Strokes, one good solo song which criminally undercharted, and with the famous dad of the same name.

And we end, with 50s revivalists big in the 80s …… and it’s not Shakin Stevens.

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 FRIDAY FIVE – 21.10.2011

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I Wanna Live In A Dream
3. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
4. Manic Street Preachers – This Is The Day
5. Miles Kane – Come Closer

Now, during X-Factor, i’m planning to do a Friday Five based on the theme of the previous week. Last week’s theme was “Love and Heartbreak”

Is it me, or are they being incredibly lazy when deciding these themes.

Anyway, behold, five love songs, and five heartbreak songs. Remember, not a definitive list, just suggested listening.

FIVE LOVE SONGS

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing At All
3. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
4. Steve Winwood – Higher Love
5. Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know

FIVE HEARTBREAK SONGS

1. Nelly Furtado – All Good Things
2. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
3. London Boys – Requiem
4. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
5. Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything

As this week saw the Stone Roses reform, thought i’d just remind people that their members have been churning out amazing songs since 1996

FIVE STONE ROSES ASSOCIATED ACTS SONGS

1. Ian Brown – My Star
2. The Seahorses – You Can Talk to Me
3. Ian Brown – Stellify
4. Primal Scream – Country Girl
5. The Seahorses – Love Is The Law