Thanks you two, moving along!
45. (NEW) BIFFY CLYRO
We start with a band who have been in the top 40 for the best part of 10 years but who only caught my attention with the release of the 2008 single 'Who's Got A Match' which I thought had a very catchy, melodic chorus for a group I'd previously thought 'too rock for me'. Since then? 7 top 40 hits, all of which are as accessible for a tentative indie fan such as I as the last. And with it, predictably, one brilliantly consistent album that is still a stronghold in the top 40 nearly a year after it's release. 'Only Revolutions' is the only album I own but I am so taken by it that 'Puzzle' and others are on my hit list!
Unfortunately I missed their secret set at Glastonbury this year (though I think I was seeing Scissor Sisters who were my weekend highlight) but I am keen to see them live at some stage, and as a keen festival goer, am sure I will!
For those pop music fans who flirt on the edge of liking rock and indie, do check them out. Great catchy melodies sung by a fantastic voice with a beautiful accent and very distinctive qualities! Recommended!
Check out 'Born On A Horse', my favourite non-single from the album and 'That Golden Rule', one of a host of brilliant singles by clicking on the covers.
44. (RE) ATHLETE
I've put re-entry on this one as they weren't in my last top 50 a couple of years ago, but were hanging around my top 100 years ago when I joined the site - I've been a fan for a long time, introduced to the group by a combination of Matthew Dixon and Terry Wogan.
It's been a proper rollercoaster in terms of my love for them. Their first album 'Vehicles & Animals' is a superb collection and very unique for an indie group. Follow up 'Tourist' was a whole lot more commercial, but still a very strong showing. However, I thought third album 'Beyond the Neighbourhood' was just quite bad, and commercially they haven't recovered, despite the fact 'Black Swan' was one hell of an improvement.. Sadly even the hits collection (which contained at least 10 brilliant singles) didn't curry favour with the UK,
which is a shame as they are a great live band who I have seen twice and loved both times, with great radio friendly material that could well have been given more of a push! Glad they are back to form with great songs like 'Superhuman Touch' and 'Black Swan Song'
Check out 'Beautiful', a stunning early single and 'Superhuman Touch', a radio friendly romp from their latest studio set by clicking on the covers.
43. (30) KELLY CLARKSON
Another artist now with not what I'd exactly call a flawless track record with their albums, with two great sets (Breakaway and All I Ever Wanted), one good one (Thankful) and one weak one (My December).
Thankfully, one of the great ones was her latest CD so she is still high in my affections, but truthfully I am just not listening to her very much at present.
Still, an incredibly talented singer with a knack of bringing out brilliantly catchy pop/rock material. Deserved a lot more success here in the UK with All I Ever Wanted, unfortunately the thunder for 'Already Gone' was sort of stolen by Beyonce's 'Halo' - and as much as I adore Beyonce, Kelly's was better, so that was a real shame. Still, as the original (and the best?) American Idol winner, years on she has still done a great job to keep herself in the UK's affections and our charts, and I think she could easily have another big hit with whatever she releases next...
Check out 'Behind These Hazel Eyes;, one of her very best singles and 'Long Shot', a favourite from her most recent album, by clicking on the covers.