Top Ten Tunes- 2005

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2005.

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 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

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In 2005, the IRA issue a statement detailing their withdrawal from their commitment to decommission weapons as part of the Northern Ireland peace process, Ellen MacArthur obtains the solo sailing around the world record, Mark Thatcher is trialed for his involvement in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea, The Gender Recognition Act comes into place- allowing transgender people to have their reassigned gender recognised by law, Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker-Bowles– she will be known as the Duchess of Cornwall, the Labour Party wins the General Election again and Tony Blair begins his third term as Prime Minister, Tony Blair assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Live 8 (similar to Live Aid) concerts are held across the world, London is selected for the 2012 Olympic games, the IRA orders an end to their armed campaign and focuses on democratic politics instead, England cricket wins the Ashes, Conservative leader Michael Howard resigns and David Cameron is elected as the new leader, a man from Scotland is proved to have been the first person to be “cured” of HIV, footballer George Best dies, the Civil Partnership act comes into force which grants the same rights to same-sex couples as married heterosexual couples, 70% of the UK now have internet access at home, Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans flooding 80% of the city and killing 1,600 people, YouTube is founded, Pope John Paul II dies, an earthquake in Kashmir kills 70,000 people, Michael Jackson is found not guilty of Child Molestation Charges, Bird Flu claims more lives in Indonesia, terrorist attacks in Sharm al-Sheikh kill 90 people.

On 7th July (7/7), a series of co-ordinated terrorist bomb attacks take place across London. Three bombs explode within seconds of each other on three separate underground trains and a fourth explodes on a bus. 52 civilians die in the attacks and 700 are injured. Two weeks later there are four attempts to explode bombs on London transport again. However, nobody is injured, but the failed suicide bombers are on the loose. The next day the metropolitan police accidentally shoot dead Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes mistaking him for a terrorist. 3 out of the 4 bombers are found arrested 5 days later. 7/7 was the deadliest terrorist attack the UK had seen since the Pan Am bombing in 1988.

The films Brokebank Mountain, Walk the Line, Sin City and Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit are released. I turn 29 years old.

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Gang, I really struggled to find 10 favourites for this year. 2005 was not a strong year musically. I personally was never into bands like Franz Ferdinand, the Strokes, the White Stripes et al who seemed to dominate the music scene at the time, so it was slim pickings for me. However, I’m still quite pleased with the playlist that I eventually came up with, so here’s my favourites from 2005 and the good news is, 2006 is musically a much better year.

1. Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz

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2. Hung Up by Madonna

3. Forever Lost by the Magic Numbers

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4. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by K T Tunstall

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5. Bloody Fucking Mother Asshole by Martha Wainwright (Best song title ever)

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6. Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out) by Arcade Fire (Probably one of the best performances I have ever seen on Jools Holland- worth watching until the end)

7. Ugly by the Sugababes

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8. Ordinary People by John Legend

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9. King of the Mountain by Kate Bush

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10. Triumph of a Heart by Bjork

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Whilst, Gorillaz is a very close second it’s Dame Madge that’s my favourite this week. Don’t forget to let me know, which one is yours.

See you next week for 2006!

56 comments

  1. rachaelstray · June 15

    Love John Legend. Hubby and I went to see him live two years ago and he is unreal! Also love that Ugly song by the Sugababes too.

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    • thebeasley · June 15

      Oh wow- I’d love to see him. He has such a fantastic voice. Love him & Chrissy too.

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      • rachaelstray · June 15

        They are couple goals haha. He is amazing live. What a voice and a performer. Definitely recommend!

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  2. Madonna!!!

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  3. Phil Taylor · June 15

    I agree. Not a strong year for music, but a lot of news! I’ve never heard Madonna called Dame Madge before.

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    • thebeasley · June 15

      Haha we affectionally refer to her as Madge over here. I added the Dame because -well- she kind of is one in my eyes. Yes a lot of news- most of it horrific.

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  4. Ritu · June 15

    Yup… 2005 passed me by….

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  5. angelanoelauthor · June 15

    There are some real delights here. John Legend for sure. But, may I just put a plug in for KT Tunstall? I saw her a few weeks ago in a concert headlined by Barenaked Ladies. And in contrast to The Killers–who sucked as human beings, KT COULD NOT have been nicer. She loved the crowd, was super grateful for the applause, and was clearly humble and sweet. She spent an hour after her set taking photos with fans. AND she liked my tweet about the concert. So, it’s gotta be KT.

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    • thebeasley · June 15

      Oh she sounds lovely! She’s always come across as down to earth & “normal”. The Killers could learn a thing or two from her x

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  6. willowdot21 · June 15

    Bjork and Kate Bush , I rest my case!

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    • thebeasley · June 15

      Ah so glad they’ve both been given a vote. I love both of those albums that those tracks come from.

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  7. A busy year for us, getting married, scaffolding, paint brushes not in that order 🙂 As usual you have introduced me to bands I have never heard of. Cheers Hayley 🙂 Hope alls well and you are enjoying being creative!

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  8. Anonymous · June 17

    thebeasley, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

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  9. Ordinary people! That’s the only song I know 😅

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  10. Em Linthorpe · June 21

    Ooh a few here I don’t know, or at least I don’t recognise them from their titles. I now absolutely need to listen to the Martha Wainwright one. And yes I LOVED Hung Up, I’m off to listen to that again too, so I’m with you this week 🙂 all hail Dame Madge 👸 x

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    • thebeasley · June 21

      Haha yes get listening to the Martha Wainwright song. I love her, but that song is particularly awesome. Dame Madge 4eva x

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      • Em Linthorpe · June 21

        Oh my GOD where was that Martha Wainwright song when I had my heart broken all those years ago? I would have cried and sang along to that for weeks! I love it! Thanks 😘 x

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      • thebeasley · June 21

        Absolutely fucking perfect for a break-up. I should do a break-up playlist and put that song on it! x

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      • Em Linthorpe · June 21

        If you ever wanna do a collab post on that very subject then I’m SO down for that – soppy, heartbreak songs are a favourite of mine 😎

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      • thebeasley · June 21

        Oh we so should! I’m an expert on heartbreak songs too. Let’s pencil it in for September!

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      • Em Linthorpe · June 21

        YES!

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