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:

1977

1984 1985 1986 1989

1992 1993 1994

2006

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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

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My Mashed Up Life

Ritu at But I Smile Anyway

Cherie at thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany

Phil at The Phil Factor

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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.

Top Ten Tunes- 1999

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1999.

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

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Solar Eclipse in the middle of the day in Newcastle, UK

In 1999, the Euro currency is released, unemployment in the UK is at its lowest for 20 years, Harold Shipman a former GP is accused of murdering at least 15 female patients, director Stanley Kubrick, singer Dusty Springfield, actor Oliver Reed, child entertainer Rod Hull and comedian Ernie Wise all die, nail bombs explode in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho killing 2 people (one of them is a pregnant woman) and injurs hundreds- a man is arrested and charged, TV presenter Jill Dando is murdered on her front door step, Prince Edward marries Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Solar Eclipse occurs across Europe, farmer Tony Martin is charged with murder after shooting dead an unarmed 16yr-old burglar on his property, the Ladbroke Grove rail crash kills 31 people, rock singer Gary Glitter is jailed for 4 months for downloading child pornography, Beatle George Harrison is stabbed 40 times in his own home by a man who is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, the Millennium Dome and the London Eye are opened, 20% of the UK population has internet access, Hurricane Floyd hits North Carolina in the US and 3 million people have to evacuate their homes, Helen Clark becomes the first female elected Prime Minister of New Zealand, Boris Yeltsin resigns as the President of Russia and is replaced by Vladimir Putin, the Queen opens the first Scottish parliament in 300 years, two boys aged 17 and 18 go on a rampage at Columbine High School in the US- shooting dead 13 people and injuring 21, the new US gun control bill is rejected, millennium celebrations take place across the world, the films The Matrix, Fight Club, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich and the Green Mile (what a year for film!) are released and I turn 23 years old.

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So, not only do we come to the end of the nineties today, we come to the end of the millennium. I spent New Year/Century/Millennium’s Eve in London watching fireworks fail on the River Thames, then getting crushed in the crowd, losing my bag of booze and more importantly losing my best friend (we found her again, randomly on some other street of London). 1999 is pretty special for me. I was now living in Leeds. I had finally got round to going to university and it was this year that I met my poor unsuspecting future husband. We had bought tickets with some other friends to go and see Macy Gray and I remember saying to myself “By the time we go to see her, we will be a couple” and do know what Reader, we were. Lots of new artists this week as well as some favourites, but most importantly- our George is back!

1. Hey Boy Hey Girl by Chemical Brothers

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2. No Scrubs by TLC

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3. Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill

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4. As by George Michael & Mary J Blige

5. I Try by Macy Gray

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6. Coffee & TV by Blur

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7. Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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8. At the River by Groove Armada

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9. Back Together by Babybird

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10. Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim

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Me at university in 1999. Sorry Sarah.

This week, it’s easily Groove Armada that’s my favourite. What about you?

See you next week for the start of the Noughties- 2000!

Top Ten Tunes- 1998

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1998.

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

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in 1998, Mohammed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed who was killed in the Paris car crash alongside Princess Diana, claims that the crash was a conspiracy to kill rather than an accident instigated by the Queen and Tony Blair, the Good Friday agreement between the UK and Ireland/Northern Ireland is signed, the USA reveal that they have arrested British footballer Justin Fashanu over an alleged sexual assault of a 17yr-old male, he shortly afterwards commits suicide, both the DVD format and the £2 coin are released in the UK, three young children are killed in a loyalist arson attack in Northern Ireland, Anti-Social Behaviours Orders are introduced in the UK or ASBOs as they become known, a terrorist attack occurs in Omagh in Northern Ireland by the IRA which kills 29 in a bomb explosion, General Pinochet the former dictator of Chile is placed under house arrest in the UK while he receives medical treatment, Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the UK to address the Irish government, 3 British tourists are killed in Yemen, the IRA announce a ceasefire, Google is founded, 250 people are killed in terrorist attacks on 2 US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the football World Cup take place in France and France wins, Bill Clinton denies he had “sexual relations with that woman” (Monica Lewinsky), the official famine of Sudan is declared, the Yangtze river in China breaks through the main bank and kills more than 12,000 people, the films the Big Lebowski, Saving Private Ryan, The Truman Show and Shakespeare in Love are released and I turn 22 years old.

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1998 gave me lots of fun (too much fun) memories of living in London. I remember the World Cup dominated my summer as myself and my French friend became obsessed with it. Obviously, her World Cup journey had a happier ending than mine. So, this week Madge is back and so are the Spice Girls, but everyone else is making a first time appearance. So, in no particular order, here’s the best of 1998.

1. Brimful of Asha- the Norman Cook remix by Cornershop

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2. Ray of Light by Madonna

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3.…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

4. It’s Like That by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins

5. Tragedy by Steps

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6. Celebrity Skin by Hole

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7. Concrete Schoolyard by Jurassic 5

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8. Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill

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9. Get Myself Arrested by Gomez

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10. Goodbye by the Spice Girls

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Well, this week my favourite is either Madonna, Britney or Run DMC….so very close, but I think I have to go with Britney. You know the score, let me know your favourite below in the comments.

See you next week for the last of the nineties- 1999!

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Top Ten Tunes- 1997

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1997.

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

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In 1997, Princess Diana calls for an international ban on landmines, 160 vehicles are involved in a motorway pile-up on the M42 which kills three and injures 60, Channel 5 the UK’s 5th TV channel is launched, the Labour party defeat the Conservatives in the general election with a landslide result and Tony Blair becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the UK wins the Eurovision Song Contest, the first Harry Potter novel is published, the IRA declares a ceasefire, 58 tourists are killed by terrorists in the Valley of Kings in Egypt- 6 of them were Brits, Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta, Scotland vote to create its own parliament after a 290 years union with England, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear during a match and is suspended from boxing, a civil jury panel find OJ Simpson guilty, Australian rock star Michael Hutchence diesGianni Versace is murdered and the Notorious B.I.G. is shot dead in a drive-by shooting.

Princess Diana is killed in a car crash whilst being chased by paparazzi in Paris, a week later Diana’s funeral takes place which is watched by 1.5 billion people across the world.

The films Titanic, The Full Monty and Life is Beautiful are released and I celebrate my 21st Birthday.

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This week is a special week as we are now officially at the half way point of this weekly music series. So, I just wanted to thank everyone who tunes in every week. Discussing our music memories is the highlight of doing this music series, so I hope I still see you all every week for the second half of this series. Anyway, back to ME. In 1997, I’m living in London and generally getting up to mischief. I remember getting the news that Princess Diana had died. At the time, I was living at my cousin’s flat, sleeping on his sofa. He got a phone call at 3am from his girlfriend crying on the phone. Her flatmate worked for Tokyo TV (yes really) and she’d been called in to cover the story, so his girlfriend then immediately called us to tell us the news. It was a surreal time to be living in London. I remember visiting Buckingham Palace and seeing the sea of flowers laid down by the gates. I moved out of my cousin’s place and into my own flat on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral (yes excellent timing, I know) and I have never known London transport to be so quiet and deserted. It was like 28 Days Later. And I’ve never seen London like that again since.

So anyway, here we go. My top ten tunes from 1997, in no particular order (sorry yes more Blur, Bjork & Kylie).

1. I Am the Black Gold of the Sun by Nuyorican Soul

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2. Some Kind of Bliss by Kylie Minogue

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3. Someone’s Daughter by Beth Orton

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4. Song 2 By Blur

5. Late in the Day by Supergrass

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6. Never Ever by All Saints

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7. Bachelorette by Bjork

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8. You’re Not Alone by Olive

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9. Into My Arms by Nick Cave

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10. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

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Oh look what I found- a very rare photo of me at 21. We didn’t really take photos of ourselves or each other much back then. I didn’t even own a camera when I was 21, but here I am all baby faced and full of youth.

You have no idea how close it is between Nick Cave and Blur. I think it’s the closest two songs have ever been for me, BUT Into My Arms is probably one of the most beautiful songs ever written and never fails to make me tearful, so by a hair- it’s my favourite this week. Soooooo, which one is yours? And do you remember where you were when you found out about Princess Diana’s death?

See you next week for 1998!

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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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Top Ten Tunes- 1995

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1995.

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

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Eric Cantona’s Kung Fu Kick. I love this photo mainly for the spectators’ reactions. A lot are in shock, but one bloke is having the time of his life.

So, at the beginning of 1995, serial killer Fred West takes his own life in prison, French footballer Eric Cantona assaults a spectator when he is sent off whilst playing for Manchester United and he is banned from playing football for 8 months, the first female chief constable in the UK is appointed, Essex student Leah Betts, 18, dies after four days in a coma as a result of taking an ecstasy tablet, this sparks a media campaign against the drugs and its suppliers, Princes Diana gives a candid TV interview detailing her adultery, her depression, bulimia, the media and the future of the monarchy- it becomes the most watched current affairs programme on record, Rose West is found guilty of murdering 10 women and children including her 16-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old stepdaughter- she is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that she is never released, head teacher Philip Lawrence is stabbed death outside his school whilst trying to protect a pupil who was being attacked by a gang, race riots break out in Brixton, 168 people are killed and 680 are injured during a domestic terrorist attack on a federal building in Oklahoma, an earthquake in Japan kills 6,433 people, broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4billion which results in the collapse of the UK’s oldest investment banking firm (the klutz), an earthquake in Russia kills 2000 people, an unprecedented heatwave in the US kills at least 830 people (the majority of which were in Chicago), Isreali Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated and OJ Simpson is found innocent.

The films Toy Story, Braveheart, the Usual Suspects and Heat are released and yours truly turns 19 years old. Aren’t I growing up?

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So, here we are in the deepest, darkest “Brit Pop” era. I was going to say that only one act isn’t British this week, but then I remembered that Bjork wasn’t British either. We did kind of adopt her though, but I don’t think the Icelandic would ever let us claim her as one of us. Quite rightly. 1995 saw me hop on a plane and travel around Australia all by myself because -well- I quite I fancied it. It was one of the best experiences of my life. My obsession with music and seeing bands live continued on, so much so that yet again, I really struggled trying to narrow this list down to just 10 songs. Here they are, nevertheless, in no particular order.

WARNING: the first bit of the first song is a bit sweary- just in case you’re listening to the playlist near young ears.

1. Reverend Black Grape by Black Grape

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2. Yes by McAlmont and Butler

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3. The Universal by Blur

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Blur winning 4 Brit awards in one night in 1995

4. Inbetweener by Sleeper

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5. C’mon Billy by PJ Harvey

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PJ Harvey giving very few fucks at Glastonbury Festival ’95. As I was there right at the front for this performance, I can confirm she was indeed fucking glorious.

6. Common People by Pulp

7. Isobel by Bjork

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It’s just a suggestion from Bjork, not an instruction.

8. Human Nature by Madonna

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9. Missing by Everything but the Girl

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10. Never Forget by Take That (no, you sat with your best mate watching Take That perform on Top of the Pops for the first time without Robbie and cried throughout. Shut up)

Black Grape is a very close second, but I have to go for Pulp as my favourite, for so many reasons. So, pray tell me, which one is your top choice?

See you next week for 1996!

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Top Ten Tunes- 1993

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1993.

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

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In 1993, James Bulger a 2-year-old is murdered by two 10-year-old boys, unemployment reaches 3,000,000, IRA bombs are planted and explode at gas holders in Warrington, the IRA bomb Warrington again this time in the town centre and kill a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old and injure 50, black London teenager Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in London in a racially motivated attack, massive IRA bombs explode in London destroying a medieval church, badly damaging the NatWest tower and Liverpool Street tube station and killing one person, the government declare the end of the recession, the Queen opens Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time, Bill Clinton becomes the president of the United States, Islamic Fundamentalists bomb the World Trade Centre killing 6 and injuring over a thousand, tennis player Monica Seles is stabbed by a spectator– an obsessed Steffi Graff fan, Slovakia gains independence when Czechoslovakia divides into Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the films Schindler’s List, Groundhog Day, Jurassic Park and Mrs Doubtfire were all released and I turned 17-years-old.

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1993 is another fantastic year for music. And oh yes, there’s Blur again, there’s REM again and there’s Queen Bjork again. Here, in no particular order are the top ten tunes from 1993 (Spotify playlist at the end).

1. Jump Around by House of Pain

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2. Cannonball by the Breeders

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3. Stutter by Elastica

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And as a bonus, here’s a photo of peak Justine (Elastica) and Damon (Blur). Gawd bless ’em.

4. Regret by New Order

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5. It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube

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6. Venus as a Boy by Bjork

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7. Animal Nitrate by Suede

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8. For Tomorrow by Blur

9. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) by Manic Street Preachers

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10. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Tell me fam, which is your favourite from this week’s list? For me, it’s the Breeders. Oh, but also, try and keep me off the dance floor when House of Pain come on.

See you next week for 1994!

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Top Ten Tunes- 1992

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1992.

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

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Windsor Castle ablaze

In 1992, IRA bombs in Omagh kills 7 and injures more, the Queen commemorates her Ruby Jubilee, the Duke and Duchess of York (Andy & Fergie) separate, the Conservative party are re-elected for the fourth consecutive term, the IRA detonate two bombs in central London killing 3 people, the first female Speaker of the House of Commons is elected- Betty Boothroyd, the Olympics takes place in Barcelona, two IRA bombs explode in London, but no one is injured, the government closes a third of all mines, the IRA force a taxi driver to drive to Downing Street where they detonate a bomb- again no one is hurt, the Church of England vote to allow women to become priests, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle causing over £50 million worth of damage, another IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester city centre causing millions of pounds of damage and injuring 65 people, Prince Charles and Diana separate, 4 people are injured by an IRA bomb on Oxford St, London, Euro Disney opens in France, rioting breaks out across Los Angeles following the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King, Mike Tyson is convicted of rape and the Maastricht Treaty is signed founding the European Union…

The films Reservoir Dogs and Basic Instinct are released and I turn sweet sixteen.

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I loved 1992. In 1992 I did my GCSEs, left school and started at Henley College where I did my A-Levels, met Stephen and went to my first ever Glastonbury festival (the first of muddy many). At Glastonbury, I saw Shakespear’s Sister, Blur, Joan Armatrading, Primal Scream (you can read about how that went here) and PJ Harvey (and many, many others). I ended 1992 by attending a Blur gig and gate crashing their afterparty in a recording studio. 1992 marked the start of my regular and slightly obsessive attendance of gigs around London. Brixton Academy, the Town & Country club (later the Forum) and the Astoria were all regular haunts of mine. Here, in no particular order are my favourite songs from 1992.

1.People Everyday by Arrested Development

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2. Hit by the Sugarcubes (this will not be the only time Queen Bjork features in these playlists)

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3. Finally by CeCe Peniston

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4. End of the Road by Boyz II Men (Mate, I loved a bit of Boyz II Men back in the day and I’m here all day, everyday for the Barry White-esq sexy talk bit in the middle of this song).92endoftheroad

5. Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers

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6. Friday I’m in Love by the Cure

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Robert Smith’s 1992 hair game was strong

7. Pretend We’re Dead by L7 (thought I’d add the video of L7’s infamous 1992 appearance on the brilliant/awful The Word. Anyone around my age and from the UK will remember watching this programme half-cut on a Friday after the pubs closed)

8. Stay by Shakespear’s Sister

9. Creep by Radiohead

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Aah look at baby Radiohead

10. Winter by Tori Amos

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My favourite song from this lot is Tori Amos. That song is just stunning and I still have to stop what I’m doing and just listen whenever I hear it now. Sooooooo, which one of these gems is your favourite? Please someone say Boyz II Men…

See you next week for 1993!

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Top Ten Tunes- 1991

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1991.

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

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The release of John McCarthy

In 1991, 27 people die in gale-force winds across the UK, a train crash at Cannon Street, London injures over 500 people and kills one, the Gulf War begins, the PIRA (provisional IRA) attacked 10 Downing Street and blew all the windows in of the cabinet room during a session at the War Cabinet, the IRA detonates bombs at both Paddington and Victoria stations, John McCarthy a British journalist who had been held captive for 5 years in Lebanon is free, rioting breaks out across the country, business tycoon Robert Maxwell is found dead, two IRA bombers die in St. Albans when a bomb detonates prematurely, Terry Waite a British hostage held for 4 and a half years is freed, Freddie Mercury announces he has AIDS and sadly dies the next day, USSR is dissolved and many countries gain independence, Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated, apartheid is dismantled in South Africa, Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia, police are captured on video beating Rodney King, the internet is now made available for commercial use and the films Boyz in the Hood, Thelma and Louise and Silence of the Lambs are released. I turn 15 years old.

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From here on in, watch me delve into the British alternative music scene, but never fear there will always be plenty of pop and American tunes thrown into the mix too. So, here in no particular order, are my top ten tunes from 1991.

1. There’s No Other Way by Blur

2. Gett Off by Prince

3. I Touch Myself by The Divinyls

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Clearly playing a particularly tricky game of Twister

4. The Size of a Cow by the Wonder Stuff

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5. Dress by PJ Harvey

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6. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

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7. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack

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8. The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys (originally released in 1985, it was only when it was re-issued in 1991 that it became a big hit)

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9. Sit Down by James (I had to include this. My first ever gig was James at the Oxford Apollo in 1991)

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10. Losing My Religion by REM

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REM are a close second, but it’s the lads- Nirvana that are a clear winner this week.

So, gang…….which is your favourite?

See you next week for 1992!

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Top Ten Tunes- 1990

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1990. Oh yes, I welcome you to the Nineties!

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

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OK brace yourself, the news doesn’t really get any better during this year. In 1990, hurricane force winds kill over 50 people in the UK, the IRA bomb Leicester city injuring 3 people, Princess Eugenie is born, riots opposing the Poll Tax take place across London, four soldiers are killed by an IRA bomb in County Down, riots take place in Strangeway prison which then prompts riots to take place in other prisons across the UK, an army recruit is shot dead and two others are injured by an IRA gunman in Staffordshire, an IRA bomb explodes at the base of the London Stock Exchange building, an IRA car bomb kills a British MP, British hostages in Iraq are paraded on TV, the whole of the UK enters a recession, Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as Leader of the Conservative party and therefore as Prime Minister- she was the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century, John Major becomes Prime Minister, Channel Tunnel workers from the UK and France meet establishing land connection between the UK and mainland Europe for the first time in 8,000 years, Roald Dahl dies at 74, Tim Berners-Lee publishes his proposal for the World Wide Web, the demolition of the Berlin Wall officially begins and East & West Germany are reunited, a stampede of religious pilgrims in Mecca leaves 1,400 people dead, a fire in an illegal social club in New York kills 87 people, an earthquake in the Philippines kills over 1,600 people, Twin Peaks premiers on TV and Nelson Mandela is released from prison (see something good DID happen in 1990). The films Ghost, Misery, Home Alone and Goodfellas are released. I turn 14 years old.

Oh and also, in case you’re all wondering, this is what I looked like in 1990 and I think we can all agree that I was quite the catch:

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Can anybody tell me why I couldn’t get a boyfriend in 1990?

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So this week, I give you not one, but two female British rappers (yep Brits can rap, a post on British rap is literally brewing as you read this post). Also, our George makes another appearance (as does Madge and our Kylie). The nineties are here and they’re looking mighty fine.

1. Doin’ the Do by Betty Boo

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2. Step Back in Time by Kylie Minogue

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3. Dub Be Good To Me by Beats International

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4. Vogue by Madonna

5. Freedom ’90 by George Michael

6. It’s A Shame (My Sister) by Monie Love

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7. Loaded by Primal Scream

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8. There She Goes by The La’s

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9. Hold On by Wilson Philips

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10. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor

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So, whilst Madge and Beats International are very close runners up, it’s Battersea’s finest Monie Love that is my absolute favourite. I can still do the whole rap word perfectly (this may come as a surprise to you, but despite all of my many, MANY talents- I can’t actually rap). So, pray tell me, which is your 1990 favourite?

See you next week for 1991!

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