Top Ten Tunes Review

Hey there gang. As you may have or may have not realised, I am taking a little blogging break at the moment. It’s nothing personal, I just needed a bit more extra time in my personal life (hey, don’t we all). Anyway, despite the break, I still carried on doing my weekly Top Ten Tunes posts. Partly because I am loyal to y’all, but mainly because I have loved dong them so much. I am one for nostalgia, so it’s been a lovely trip down my musical memory lane. So, I thought I’d do a little review of my Top Ten Tunes post from over the years. Some kind of conclusion, if you like. And at the end of this post, there’s a little announcement, that I’m verrrrr excited about (because I am a musical geek. And proud). Oh and I have done one big massive Spotify playlist of my favourite songs from each year at the end.

My Favourite Years

What’s interesting is that there were definitely some years that I found easier to think of my top ten than others. Some years, I struggled to narrow it down to ten and other years it was difficult to come up with ten. Some years were definitely weaker for music, but it might also have been because what was going on in my life at the time. I have had a little think and these were my favourite years, musically:


1984 1985 1986 1989

1992 1993 1994



And my absolute favourite year is 1989. I struggled more than any other year to narrow my songs down to only 10. 1989 = best year of music ever. No need to argue with me.


Top 5 Nationalities

I don’t think the top 2 will be of any surprise, but these are the top 5 nationalities that appeared the most in my top tens.

5. Canada (appeared 5 times)

4. Iceland & Sweden (both appeared 7 times)

3. Australia (appeared 14 times)

2. U.S.A. (appeared 153 times)

1. United Kingdom (appeared 204 times)


A map of the UK and where all its famous musicians hail from.

Top 10 Acts

And here are the 10 acts that appeared in my top tens the most. Can you guess who appeared the most?

5. Kate Bush & Amy Winehouse (both appeared 5 times)

4. Bjork & David Bowie (both appeared 7 times)

3. George Michael & Beyonce (both appeared 8 times)

2. Blur & Kylie Minogue (both appeared 9 times)

And the act that appeared more than any other is:

1. Madonna (appeared 10 times)


My most surprising observations of these playlists is that I seem to like Rhianna and Adele more than I thought I did. That two of my all time favourite artists didn’t appear as much as I thought they would (PJ Harvey and Tori Amos). The 00s was a terrible decade for music and I’m clearly more of an 80s & 90s girl. And I won’t ever apologise for it either.

And an observation that I had about the news sections: it’s always been bit of a shit storm quite frankly.

Oh yes, I promised you an announcement…

So, here’s the thing. Well, here’s 3 things:

  1. I loved doing these playlists
  2. I love music and talking about music a lot.
  3. I love music from the 60s and the rest of the 70s that wasn’t included in my top ten posts.

As you may have guessed, I am continuing to do these lists, by going back in time. Back to when I was merely a twinkle in my father’s eye and beyond. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be doing two slightly different top tens posts, but then after that I will continue doing my Top Ten Tunes starting with 1960! Oh yeah, imma gonna go there. So, it will be slightly less nostalgic for me, as clearly I have no personal memory of those times, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the music from those eras any less. Expect plenty of Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha, the Kinks, Beach Boys- ooh it’s going to be grand.


One Last Thing

What I’ve been really grateful for with doing these weekly music posts, is the interaction with other people. Hearing, what their favourites are and discussing music and the world events from that year, has been something I look forward to every week. The following lovely bloggers have been regular visitors to these Top Ten Tunes posts over the “years”. I encourage you to have a wander around their blogs:

Rachael Stray

Angela Noel at You Are Awesome


My Mashed Up Life

Ritu at But I Smile Anyway

Cherie at thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany

Phil at The Phil Factor

Music 2 Commute 2

Em at A Brummie Home & Abroad

Sonia at Losing the Plot

Here’s the mega playlist, I promised you. And my most favourite from it and from the past 42 years? Video Killed the Radio Star. Now, I know I don’t really need to remind you, but please let me know which one is your favourite from the list in the comments below. Hope to see you all in the 60s and 70s!

For all the 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 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

See you next week for my Top Tunes From Musicals! And Top Ten Tunes returns on Friday 5th October.


  1. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany · September 14, 2018

    Under Pressure, hmmm no, Heroes…uh well Somebody to Love, wait, its Love will tear us apart…aagghghhh I mean Under Pressure. They are all my favorites!!!!!

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    • thebeasley · September 14, 2018

      I fucking LOVE all those tracks you mentioned. Reckon Love Will Tear Us Apart is in my all time top 10.

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  2. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany · September 14, 2018

    Oh, and Thanks so much for the Shout Out!!!! 🙂

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  3. mydangblog · September 14, 2018

    A great recap to an excellent series—I look forward to going back in time!

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  4. Em Linthorpe · September 14, 2018

    Waaaaahhhhh! The sixties, totally can’t wait! Lots of lovely talented long haired boys 😍😂 xx

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    • thebeasley · September 14, 2018

      I can’t wait too! LOVE the 60s xx


      • Em Linthorpe · September 14, 2018

        Yeah me too. So many faves from back then. The Kinks as you mentioned, the Small Faces, Bob Dylan, in all honesty I could go on and on.
        Forgot to mention my fave from your round up. I can’t pick one obviously because that’s impossible. My top 5 though are Born Slippy / Crazy in Love / A Little Respect / Somebody to Love / Blue Monday. Interestingly (or possibly not!) I have always been most strongly drawn to guitars but I guess you haven’t chosen the songs that I would have chosen myself in that genre ifyouseewhatImean. However Love Will Tear us Apart was deffo number, but again that’s pretty synth-based. Anyway I’m waffling. Bye! Xx

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      • thebeasley · September 16, 2018

        They’ll definitely be more guitar based music in the 60s list. I got bored of guitar music from the late-90s onwards. Oh I’m afraid there probably won’t be any Dylan in my lists *hides behind sofa*. I’ve never been much of a fan. There will be the Small Faces though. Excellent top 5 choices by the way. And I LOVE waffling about music. BYE BYE xx

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      • Em Linthorpe · September 16, 2018

        Bob is very much a Marmite man, so many of my mates can’t get away with him – but quite a few of his albums I’m totally in love with, and would possibly marry.

        Excited to see your picks! X

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      • thebeasley · September 18, 2018

        Yeah I think it’s his voice I don’t like, rather the music. I get why people do really like him though. See you in the 60s treacle!


  5. angelanoelauthor · September 14, 2018

    Hooray! I’m so glad you’re continuing the musical journey back in time. I know I’ll learn a lot about these eras through your posts.

    I would have to agree with you that one of the best parts of this journey (as a reader) has been the interaction. It’s neat to see how the music tugs at our emotions and signifies the times we live in.

    Thank you, Hayley. You’re a gem.

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    • thebeasley · September 16, 2018

      Yes, I’m going to have to do waaay more research into the news items and I won’t my memory to help prompt me! Thanks so much for checking in every week. See you in the 60s xx


  6. Lorna · September 14, 2018

    Bring on The Beatles and Aretha. Yes.

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  7. My Mashed Up Life · September 14, 2018

    Firstly, thanks for the shout out 🙂
    Current fave tune from your best-of-the-best list is Q.U.E.EN. by Janelle Monae, simply because my wife and I saw her live in London this week AND SHE WAS TOTALLY AMAZING (sorry for shouting) and she sang that song.
    Looking forward to your retro lists!

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    • thebeasley · September 14, 2018

      OHMYGOD. I am so utterly jealous. I bet she’s AMAZING live. I remember being blown away by just watching her perform at Glastonbury on the TV. And absolutely no worries about shouting. I would be shouting too. And you’re welcome!

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  8. willowdot21 · September 14, 2018

    Hey there girl thanks for the mention. I have loved discussing all these tunes with you💜.
    My favourites from your list…soon difficult. Running up that hill, True Colours, us, titanium, winter, Arrrrrrrrrrgh I can’t choose, looking forward to the sixties..
    Don’t forget Adam Faith, Moody blues, Led Zeppelin,… I’m so excited 💜💜💜🌧️

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    • thebeasley · September 16, 2018

      All very good tunes. Especially Running Up That Hill (one of my all time favourites). I hope you like some of the tunes I pick for the 60s and the 70s. And thank you for joining in the music chat x


      • willowdot21 · September 16, 2018

        I love music will there be any Adam Faith , Billy Fury , Moody Blues..okay I shall shut up now 💜🌹

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      • thebeasley · September 18, 2018

        Sadly not Adam Faith (though my brother was named after him, if that helps). Not sure about the other two yet. I hope you’ll still tune in every week though x


      • willowdot21 · September 18, 2018

        I will be but you should try Adam Faith out, when I was younger my elder brother was playing his music all the time, and he originally came from nit far from where we lived.. of course I will there ever week. 💜💜

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      • thebeasley · September 18, 2018

        Excellent xx


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  9. Ritu · September 16, 2018

    Gotta say, sixties and seventies will be fun… You can finally get to my birth year, 75!!!!!

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    • thebeasley · September 16, 2018

      Oh yay! It’ll be the final year I’ll do- hopefully I’ll make it worth your wait! X


  10. rachaelstray · September 17, 2018

    I am over the moon at this news Hayley! More top tunes woop woop.

    Also thank you so much for the shout out. I’ve been a big fan of these posts especially with your blogging break so I still get my Beasley fix.

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    • thebeasley · September 18, 2018

      Yay! I’m so happy, you’re so happy! And you’re most welcome. Thank you so much for always being here every week xx

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