Top Ten Tunes- 1996

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1996.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995

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Dolly the Sheep and her…umm Dad? (Sir Ian Wilmut the Dolly project leader). She was the only surviving lamb from 277 cloning attempts. Dolly actually helped push stem cell research forward by 20 years. Well done Dolly.

In 1996, the first genetically modified foods go on sale in the UK, the IRA end the 17-month ceasefire and bomb the docklands in London killing two people and injuring 39, Take That (the most successful British band of the 90s) announce that they are splitting up, an IRA bomb explodes on a London bus killing one and injuring eight, in a primary school in Dunblane a gunman kills 16 children and their teacher, wounds 13 others plus another teacher and then commits suicide, as a result of this tragic massacre tighter gun laws are implemented in the UK, a massive IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester city centre which devastates its retail district, Dolly the Sheep the first mammal to ever be successfully cloned from an adult cell is born, the Olympics take place in Atlanta, USA, the Prince and Princess of Wales complete their divorce proceedings after 15 years of marriage, an IRA bomb explodes at British army barracks in Northern Ireland killing one and injuring 31, 4% of the UK population now have internet access, Mad Cow Disease hits the UK, a bomb on the Paris subway kills four people, 12 minutes after leaving JFK airport a jumbo jet crashes into the sea killing all 230 people on board, the films Independence Day, Scream and Trainspotting are all released and I leave my teenage year behind me and turn 20 years old.

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By 1996, I’m living in Oxford and having far too much fun. I also celebrated my Birthday exactly 22 years ago, to this day. Yes, that’s right it’s my Birthday today! I’ll extend the deadline to get all your gifts and flowers to me by Monday. I’m kind like that. You can read how I feel about getting older HERE. Whilst, this year we have Bjork and Tori making another appearance, all the other acts here appear for the first time.

1. On & On by Erykah Badu

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2. Underground by Ben Folds Five

3. No Diggity by Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre

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4. Don’t Let Go (Love) by En Vogue

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5. Hyper-ballad by Bjork (I also equally love the Brodsky Quartet Version of this song, so much so that I’ve added it as bonus track at the end of the playlist for you)

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6. 2 Becomes 1 by Spice Girls (I will always stand by my opinion that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written).

7. Ladykillers by Lush

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8. Professional Widow (It’s Got To Be Big) by Tori Amos

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9. Being Brave by Menswear

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10. Born Slippy (NUXX) by Underworld

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Bjork or Underworld? BJORK OR UNDERWORLD?! I’m not sure I can choose….oh ok, I’m going with Underworld. Probably for personal reasons. Come one then. Which one is your favourite?

As a bonus for this week only, I’m posting an extra song. I wanted to add this to this week’s playlist, but it doesn’t exist on Spotify. So, here’s a YouTube video of it instead for you to enjoy. It is an incredibly stunning song and deserves recognition.

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See you next week for 1997!

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43 comments

  1. rachaelstray · 12 Days Ago

    What a year 1996 was. I was in primary school and I can remember how quickly they got a big fence up and if you were late (I often was thanks to my mam’s shifts) you had to be buzzed through to reception after peering into a little security camera to check who you are.

    Also a very happy birthday!

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    • thebeasley · 12 Days Ago

      Yes I don’t think you get primary schools without secure gates these days. Thank you very much for the Birthday wishes x

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  2. middleagedwarrior · 12 Days Ago

    Arrgggghhhh I can’t choose! Love Born Slippy – so many brilliant memories. The Tori Amos song I always loved because I heard it has ‘gotta big dick’ also Yo Diggity is a particular favourite to get dancing around the kitchen. Also Spice Girls harmonising – love love love.

    Hmmmmm if you’re going to force me to choose it’s going to have to be Born Slippy just because the link with Trainspotting pushes it to number one for me.

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    • thebeasley · 12 Days Ago

      Yes same here! It’s the Trainspotting link & my memories attached to that film that pushed it to no.1 for me too. Plus dancing in the clubs to it! Tori, Blackstreet & Spice Girls are all excellent choices too!

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  3. middleagedwarrior · 12 Days Ago

    PS Happy birthday! 🎉

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  4. angelanoelauthor · 12 Days Ago

    Happy Birthday!!! Yeah for you being born.
    I don’t listen to enough of Erykah Badu. That lady is something else. There are so many good ones here. No Diggity for party time fun. And On & On for like, always. I’ve decided that might be my theme song for the day. We are facing another storm here in Minnesota–and I need the reminder that it’s you know, just a point in time.

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      Thank you love. Erykah Badu is extraordinary. I am a little bit in awe of her. I have all her albums and they’re all excellent. I should get listening to them all again. I hope you’re surviving your storm ok!

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  5. MindOverMeta · 12 Days Ago

    There is something about that Born Slippy that takes me back to that era. I was 16 at the time and had just started clubbing. Seemed like a whole other world. I loved dancing and losing myself in the music. Happy birthday, Hayley!

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      Oh God every time Born Slippy came on in the clubs, I would well and truly lose myself. There’s something about that tune that’s kind of magical. My clubbing years were so much fun- I definitely made the most of them! Thanks Jo x

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  6. a mindful traveler · 12 Days Ago

    Love R&B, so No Diggity is the winner for me.
    Happy Birthday gorgeous, expect those flowers all the way from down under!! Lol… Xx

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  7. My Mashed Up Life · 12 Days Ago

    I can’t believe you’re up to 1996 already, seems like yesterday we were dwelling in the 1980’s! I saw Menswear live (I was still at uni in 1996) but I had completely forgotten about their music. I had that Tori CD single, so I’ll pick that one (it’s still the only Amos song I like).

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      I know- we are storming through the years. Tori is an excellent choice. That song always gets me up dancing.

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  8. I love that Aloof song! My pick of the original 10 is Ladykiller, although my personal favourite from Lush is the wonderful Ciao with Jarvis Cocker…that’s a karaoke duet I’d love to do 😂

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      I’m so glad happy you love that Aloof song. I’ve only met a small handful of people who have heard of it. It’s such a stunning song. YES and we have a vote for Lush. Bloody love that song. Oh and Ciao is really good too. Doing karaoke with that would be ace- you’re quite right.

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  9. Phil Taylor · 12 Days Ago

    My decision was between Ben Filds and Tori Amos. I’ve got to go with Ben Folds as my no. 1 choice.

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  10. April Munday · 12 Days Ago

    Did you have permission to have a birthday in my month? I hope it’s been a good one.

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      Haha I do believe, my mother wrote to you & asked for permission. Maybe the letter got lost in the post? Thanks April- it has

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  11. Spice Girls!!! Oh, I love Trainspotting. My husband and I rewatched it a few weeks ago, still as good as the first time I saw it.

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  12. Judy E Martin · 12 Days Ago

    Happy Birthday, Hayley. I like ‘No Diggety,”Born Slippy’ and ‘2 Become 1’ by the Spice Girls. That is all that I know out of that lot, but I was a huge fan of The Spice Girls and Take That as I mentioned last week, despite being 30 years old in 1996!! 🙂

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  13. Ritu · 12 Days Ago

    No Diggety is my choooooon!!!!!

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    • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

      It is absolutely brilliant. Love that song.

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      • Ritu · 10 Days Ago

        It was my song to walk down the catwalk to at a fashion show in uni… complete with dance moves and moody face lol!

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      • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

        Haha. Oh my God- that sounds AMAZING! Will you show me your moves at the awards bash?

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      • Ritu · 10 Days Ago

        Ha he!!! I’m just thanking God I don’t have a vcr.. . Video evidence is around! But yes we can do that!!!

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      • thebeasley · 10 Days Ago

        Haha excellent 👍🏻

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  14. willowdot21 · 11 Days Ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂🍷🍸🍹🍾🍾🍾
    Tori, Bjork? Tori, Bjork?Tori, Bjork?Tori, Bjork? Bjork, Tori,Bjork, Tori, Bjork, Tori,Bjork, Tori,. Torjork?

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  15. mydangblog · 11 Days Ago

    I like the way you work it!

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