Top Ten Tunes- 2009

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2009.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 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 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019


Retail chain Woolworths closes across the country after 100 years of business, it is announced that the UK’s economy is official in recession- the first time since 1991, Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan are sentenced to 8 years in prison for kidnapping Matthews’s daughter Shannon in a bid to claim £50,000 for her safe return after reporting her missing to the police, Slumdog Millionaire walk away with 8 awards at the Oscars and Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, Prime Minister Gordon Brown suspends Prime Minister’s Questions as a mark of respect for the death of leader of the opposition David Cameron’s six year old son, reality TV star Jade Goody dies after a 7 month battle with cervical cancer, protests are held in London ahead of the G20 summit– one person dies of a heart attack during the protests, Swine Flu hits the UK, the Telegraph publishes details of MPs’ expenses claims, the BBC publish their expenses report and cancel bonuses for their 10 most senior executives, the number of British Forces personnel killed in Afghanistan reaches 237, the highest ever UK rainfall is recorded resulting in several towns flooded and a bridge collapsing killing a police officer who was standing on it at the time, more than 80% of the UK now have internet access in their own homes, actor Natasha Richardson dies in a skiing accident, Somalian pirates attempts to hijack the MV Maersk Cargo Ship and take Captain Phillips hostage, Barak Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the USA, Michael Jackson dies, deadly bushfires in Victoria, Australia leave 173 people dead and 2000 homes destroyed, an earthquake in Italy kills 300 people, after a plane is struck by a flock of geese just after take-off- Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger successfully crash lands on the Hudson River, films Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Up in the Air, The Hangover, Precious, Up, Inglourious Bastards and Avatar are released and I turn 33 years old.


The last quarter of 2009 was particularly good for me as I had started growing a little bun in my oven. Well, I say it was good. It mainly involved me vomiting, falling asleep on the sofa by 8pm every night and unsuccessfully hiding the fact that I was up the duff from my colleagues. Musically, I actually really like this year’s playlist as it contains both commercial chart songs and lesser known songs. I think this will probably be how the rest of the playlists will go. So here’s this week’s, in no particular order.

1. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

2. Shark in the Water by VV Brown


3. Big Bad Handsome Man by Imelda May


4. Tenuousness by Andrew Bird


5. Fight For This Love by Cheryl (I should probably feel slightly ashamed of putting this one in here, but do you know what? I do not. Not even slightly)


6. Empire State of Mind by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys

7. Never Forget by Noisettes


8. Halo by Beyonce


9. Eet by Regina Spektor


10. Blood by the Middle East


My no.1 this week is -predictably- Queen Bey, but which one is yours?

See you next week for the start of the -er- 10s (?) 2010!


  1. Ritu · July 13, 2018

    Lol! Fight For Your Love reminds my of our old headmaster when dressed up as Cheryl Cole and did the whole routine for the kids!!!

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  2. angelanoelauthor · July 13, 2018

    I love your playlists! I have never heard of Andrew Bird, but as happened on one of your other recent lists, I am now a new fan. Here’s a thought. I sometimes don’t listen to new music or avoid new books because the familiar is SOOO much more comfortable. But, your playlists and your wide-reaching search for and memory of the best of music in a particular year have introduced more musical diversity to my ears. Thank you. It sounds like not a big deal, perhaps. But it is. Diversity in all its forms, music, books, life-experiences, age, native language, religion, country of origin, family-dynamic, gender identity… exposure to all of the many variants of human experience and creative expression is the best way to foster rich, meaningful lives. Without it we are lost. So again, thank you.

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    • thebeasley · July 13, 2018

      Oh that’s so wonderful to hear Angela. Music means so much to me. It’s not just sound to me. It represents so much more than that. I work so hard on these little lists, so it’s FANTASTIC that you get so much out of them and that you discover new artists. I’ve enjoyed doing them so much, I’m considering continuing them after 2017, by going back in time to the 60s! So that will different as my own memories won’t be so attached to the music (though they might at times), so it will be so much more about just the music.

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      • angelanoelauthor · July 14, 2018

        That sounds like an excellent project. The 60s were such an interesting and turbulent time. The music seems to have played a real role at that point in how people were feeling and thinking about the times they faced.

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      • thebeasley · July 16, 2018

        Absolutely. Such a fascinating time both musically and socially/politically.

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  3. willowdot21 · July 13, 2018

    2006 good year for music, love Eet by Regina, Bad Romance by Lady GA GA and but my favourite from that year is

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    • thebeasley · July 16, 2018

      Ooh not a fan of that tune myself, but your choices of both Regina and Gaga are fantastic x


  4. My Mashed Up Life · July 13, 2018

    Bad Romance!

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  5. rachaelstray · July 14, 2018

    What a year. Doesn’t feel that long ago! My favourite from your list has to be Cheryl. So do not feel guilty for including her in your list. It’s a tunnnne.

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  6. mydangblog · July 14, 2018

    I must have been asleep all year because I only know two songs on this list–Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, but both are great picks!

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    • thebeasley · July 16, 2018

      They are very strong choices! I think my list will be a combination of commercial tracks and lesser known tracks from now on. All them great tunes of course.

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