So here it is, my 5 favourite songs of the year, I am sure they will not feature on anyone else’s list but then they can do their own list can’t they- this is really just an excuse to play my favourite songs of this year again.
At Number 5, and my memory is so bad I am not a hundred percent sure this was actually out this year. Ren Harvieu. I love her, you can keep Adele Skkkkyyfaaaaaaaaaaaallling her way to the top of the charts, for me Ren’s voice is the true voice of pain and heartache, the sound of survival , of gritting your teeth and it making it through the other side. (Well after Amy of course). Tonight also has the most amazing woozy sounding brass, the sound of a night spiralling out of your control, giddily exciting at first, but with more than a hint that everything could end in tears….
And at number 4, yes it’s that internet sensation, You Tube’s first million hit millionaire, Psy and Gangnam Style. This is really one for my children. They adore it, and really sneakly I do too, especially after seeing Damian Lewis “horsing” his way across the Green Room on Jonathan Ross. I saw Brodie from Homeland in a whole new light.
So just in case you are the one person on the planet who has missed it, here it is… all together now.. “Hey sexy lady, Woop Woop Woop Woop”
Feel the Love by Rudimental is at 3. I love this tune way more than I should. Surely this is just a song for 16 year olds, but I can’t get enough of it. How can anyone resist that soulful old skool vocal soaring over the dubstep? One to be played very loud, especially out on a run, it makes me feel I never want to stop.
Jake Bugg is at number 2. He is amazing. When I first heard Lightning Bolt I didn’t know if it was a new track or just an unfamiliar old one. For an 18 year old boy from Nottingham he sounds incredibly like Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan. Simple, catchy tunes with lyrics that wise beyond their years. The BBC used Lightning Bolt as the bed on a piece about Usain Bolt during the Olympics which made me ridiculously happy.
So here it is, my number one for the year. I bet you can hardly care less. But anyway I will press on regardless of the apathy. In my best DeeJay Voice, at at Number One, Eugene McGuinness and Harlequinade. And cut to everyone looking at each other and saying “Who?” Why isn’t it Rihanna or One Direction or that nice Katy Perry, such a shame about her and Russell Brand.
Anyway it isn’t, it’s Eugene McGuinness. He is the guitarist for Miles Kane. He brought at an fantastic and very unrated album in the summer called “An Invitation to the Voyage”. It is jam-packed with infectious pop classics, just waiting to be discovered and played and made into ear worms in your brain. Oh and the video is a masterclass in creativity on a budget.
So there you, my top 5 songs of the year. I could have included the entire soundtrack to the Olympic Opening Ceremony, with special mention to Caliban’s Dream but then that would have to have been 6 songs of the year.. and well that is just ridiculous isn’t it? Who has 6 top songs of the year, except hopelessly indecisive people? Perhaps that should be another blog, my top 5 moments of the year but that would just been just one long moment; our glorious, wonderous, uplifting, never to be repeated summer of sport wouldn’t it? So here is Caliban’s Dream.. enjoy… and if you fancy it, do let me know your tunes of the year.