THE SOUND OF 2016 : 76-100

Well, 2016 is almost over and what a year of music it has been. Bowie died, Prince died, and Phil Collins announced a comeback. It hasn’t been all bad. There were some songs I liked, and I’ve put them into a chart.

There’s nothing scientific to it, I just cut and pasted Friday Fives and spent half an hour trying to put them into an order based on what I liked the most over the past year.

You may notice a few rerecordings and previously unreleased versions of songs that have already been released. Well, my chart, my rules.

So, who will join the list of previous winners? You’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out.

2006-2009 were done on Bebo, so the articles are sadly gone, but you can click on the links to previous countdowns. There are a few former winners in this year’s chart.

2015 Blossoms – Charlemagne
2014 Jamie T – Zombie
2013 Haim – The Wire
2012 Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever 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

76. Wyvern Lingo – Letter To Willow
77. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
78. Tegan and Sara – Faint Of Heart
79. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
80. Frank Turner – Mittens
81. David Bowie – Killing A Little Time
82. Garbage – Empty
83. James – Dear John
84. Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira – When The Light Comes In
85. Travis – Everything At Once
86. Manic Street Preachers – Together Stronger
87. Laura Tesoro – What’s The Pressure?
88. Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz – Midnight Gold
89. Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One
90. KT Tunstall – Evil Eye
91. Tove Lo – True Disaster
92. Kings Of Leon – Waste A Moment
93. The Divine Comedy – How Can You Leave Me On My Own?
94. Bear’s Den – Dew On The Vine
95. Richard Ashcroft – Hold On
96. Izzy Bizu & the BBC Orchestra – La Foule
97. Travis – What Will Come
98. Madness – Herbert
99. Primal Scream – Mantra For A State Of Mind
100. Madness – Can’t Touch Us Now

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.1.2016

1. The Coral – Miss Fortune
2. Wyvern Lingo – Letter To Willow
3. Travis – 3 Miles High
4. The 1975 – The Sound
5. Nerina Pallot – If I Had A Girl

Well G’Day, it’s Australia Day on Tuesday and it would not to have a playlist for you from Australia’s musical talent.


1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In Love
3. Sheppard – Geronimo
4. Natalie Imbruglia – Want
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly


“It’s been a while since I was last in Belfast” screamed Marina Diamandis, AKA Marina and the Diamonds, midway through her set. Five years in fact. This was worth the wait.

This show was split into three “Acts”, representing the three stages of her career, having released her third album Froot this year.

Unsurprisingly, Act I visited her debut album The Family Jewels, released in 2010, the last time she did a gig in Belfast, at Mandela Hall.

Opening with Mowgli’s Road, I Am Not A Robot, Oh No!, before her biggest hit from that album Hollywood, with fans singing along throughout, with Marina leaving them to sing “Oh my god, you look just like Shakira, oh no, it’s Catherine Zeta, Actually, the name’s Marina”

Up next, naturally, was Act II, focusing on her second album Electra Heart, a concept album based on a character of the same name.

Between each act, there was a costume change, so the backing band treated us to an instrumental piece while the crowd waited for Marina to reappear.

Act II gave us hits such as How To Be A Heartbreaker and Primadonna.

Then of course, came Act III, her third album Froot, demonstrated by the fact she appeared on stage wearing a hairband spelling out the word Froot, performing the title track and a first performance anywhere of Gold, before finishing on one of the other main singles from Froot, Blue.

Support came from Wyvern Lingo. They come from Wicklow, like Hozier, but are a bit funkier. I only saw a bit of their set, but I liked what I saw.

One fan was totally lost in the show, she threw her bra at Marina on the stage. This is one diamond that certainly sparkled.

Photo Album

Marina and the Diamonds live at Mandela Hall 2010

Marina and the Diamonds live at Mandela Hall 2010 Photo Album