Matthew's Top 100 Songs Of 2008

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Which is my No. 1 song of 2008?

Hoosiers - Cops and Robbers
2
10%
Leona Lewis - Footprints In The Sand
0
No votes
Nickelback - Rockstar
0
No votes
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
1
5%
Killers - Human
6
30%
Cribs - I'm A Realist
2
10%
Alphabeat - Boyfriend
1
5%
Fratellis - Look Out Sunshine
3
15%
Amy Studt - Chasing The Light
4
20%
Mark Morriss - I'm Sick
1
5%
 
Total votes : 20

Postby matthew_dixon » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:22 pm

Well, I said that I might do this or might not, and that if I did it would be in January. Well, I've decided to go for it.

So, before we begin, please have a go at predicting what you think might be my No. 1 song of the year!

BTW - I've included a couple of songs from 2007 that I really got into in 2008, and also the odd song that I knew before 2008 but never actually charted until 2008
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Postby Dalmatin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:52 pm

voted for the Fratellis.. but don't you dare have Nickelback at #1! :P

I hope no full albums will make it this year :P
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Postby FreakyFlyBry » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:28 pm

No real idea, but I voted for the Killers :D
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Postby tdc2000 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:47 pm

Voted for Amy Studt... tricky to predict this year...

and... WOO that you're doing the chart!
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Postby Tiger » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:57 pm

The Hoosiers ;)
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Postby SeeForever » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:58 pm

I think Amy Studt!!!
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Postby king_oxymoron » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:38 pm

I went for Hoosiers, only that and Amy that I'm actually certain you like - but I wouldn't have guessed at any of them without the poll!
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Postby John » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:10 pm

If Nickelback is your #1, I will laugh myself into a coma.

Just sayin'. :wink:
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Postby steophonic » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:15 pm

For once I don't have a clue who will be your number one!

Gone for Mark Morriss though.
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Postby space75 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:17 pm

John wrote:If Nickelback is your #1, I will laugh myself into a coma.

Just sayin'. :wink:
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:33 pm

I chose Amy Studt, LOOOVE! that tune! it's my No3 most played song on my iPod, I am an obssessive, hope it is your No1, love to read what you write about it! :D
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:39 pm

Voted Hoosiers. Though it wasn't as obvious as i thought.
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Postby matthew_dixon » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:08 pm

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100. Stereophonics - You're My Star
Opening up the list we have the Stereophonics - one of the greatest bands of the past decade. Indeed I've just got their greatest hits - an excellent package... but you can't help thinking this one doesn't match up to the classics!

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99. Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
Quite how to rank "Hallelujah" was one of the most difficult decisions on the list. In the end, I've only added the ones that made the UK top 75 chart, and I should point out that I've been somewhat harsh on the Jeff Buckley version, else it would be an almost certain No. 1 for me!

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98. Ben's Brother - Stuttering (Kiss Me Again)
This is just a great pop song, simple as that. It should have been a much bigger hit than it was!

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97. Attic Lights - Late Night Sunshine
Had I known these guys earlier, their rock chart career would be huge! Alas, this is the first single they've released since I knew them. See, I first saw them when they supported Paul Heaton and Cerys Matthews at my ultimate gig of the year (well, actually Mark Morriss solo is a tough contender with it, but anyway!) Their earlier singles are all still to come, but alas "Santa's Girlfriend" misses out! :D

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96. Helen Love - You Better Learn Karate
First track to feature from my favourite album of the year now. Helen Love came back with probably their best work they've ever done!

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95. Leona Lewis - Run
X-Factor last year got it badly wrong, what with Leon Jackson and all that. However, Leona is fantastic, and this cover of the Snow Patrol classic (whilst a VERY poor shadow of the original) is absolutely brilliant! There's amazingly two more Leona songs to come higher up, but alas "Forgive Me" just missed out.

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94. Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer - Beat It
Another cover version now, and it's a rock take on Michael Jackson as impressive as Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal" or Chris Cornell's "Billie Jean". I wasn't quite sure how to take this, but it's great.

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93. Automatic - Steve McQueen
One of many indie bands to come back this year was these guys - famed for "Monster". Alas, this wasn't a classic in that sense, but it's about as good as "Recover" and "Raoul" I guess.

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92. Attic Lights - Never Get Sick Of The Sea
Second Attic Lights single to leave the running is this one, one of their earlier ones. Can't say it ranks alongside their best, but I guess that's why it's so low down!

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91. Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me
This song was cool - too bad this hotly tipped band never managed to follow it up, as "The Stoop" (which is not, I gather, a song about a vessel for holy water to be found at the entrance of a church) went nowhere!
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Postby Chantal » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:11 pm

I'm not sure at all on what's going to be number 1, but I've guessed at The Fratellis.

Yay to Attic Lights. And a big big yay to Ben's Brother!! I love that guy's voice and Stuttering's a great song. :D
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Postby Blondini » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:15 pm

I'm amazed you ranked Alexandra at all after your assesment of it on various threads. :o I can't take that awful key change that you rightly slammed. :x
On the other hand, Leona's cover makes a nice but vastly over-rated rock ballad into an affecting power ballad- the piano treatment and her intense vocal make the original seem light(body)weight in comparison.
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Postby Wayne » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:17 pm

Alexandra Burke is a nice entry with the very best interpretation of that song I've ever heard

Leona Lewis is a nice entry with the very best interepretation of that song I've ever heard

:P :lol: :P

I seriously love both tracks :wink:
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Postby SeeForever » Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:37 pm

100. Stereophonics - You're My Star - nice song, I wish they did more songs as good as Dakota

99. Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah - also nice, but do think she oversings this a bit

98. Ben's Brother - Stuttering (Kiss Me Again) - this is OK

95. Leona Lewis - Run - lovely cover, agree Snow Patrol's original is better though

94. Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer - Beat It - don't like this sorry

93. Automatic - Steve McQueen - I like this yet another band whose comeback didn't go well, those this did make the top 20

91. Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me - guess they will be a one hit wonder, catchy track
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Postby UKMusicLova » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:26 am

Alexandra Burke...I do prefer Jeff Buckley's version and the Shrek version (i forgot the dudes name even though you told me before :oops: ) but Alexandra really pulled it off imo. She couldn't help the extra dramatic production at the end because that is "classic X-factor".

Leona Lewis...This one I prefer to the original. Now I'm a big fan of the original but Leona really made it her own. Her performance of this on X-Factor imo is one of the greatest live performances I've seen.

Little Jackie...what can I say. They've really brightened up 2008 for me with their witty lyrics and motown-y music. Fantastic song from a fantastic band!
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Postby Fan » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:44 am

99. Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
95. Leona Lewis - Run
94. Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer - Beat It
91. Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me

Woo for these :D
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Postby steophonic » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:57 pm

Leona's "Run" is the standout for me out of that last lot. It would have been in my own top 10 had I made a chart.

Also great to see Stereophonics and Little Jackie in there - good songs...
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Postby matthew_dixon » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:01 pm

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90. Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
One of many new bands this year that seemed to only last for a single song, this top 5 hit for Noah and the Whale was very pleasant listening.

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89. Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
Yes, you can believe it. This was just simply great pop music! I don't care if it might be uncool to like Girls Aloud, this song was brilliant!

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88. Coldplay - Violet Hill
The first of the download-only Coldplay songs was "Violet Hill" - and initially it was my favourite. Now though, "Viva La Vida" is significantly higher up. Can it be my No. 1?

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87. Helen Love - New Squad Attacking Formation
Squad set? You bet! Another Helen Love album track here - there's a decent handful through the list.

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86. British Sea Power - Waving Flags
The band I initially didn't see any fuss in at all finally came out with a second brilliant hit this year. I think Misha might have this one a little bit higher up!

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85. Delirious? - Love Will Find A Way
Christian rockers Delirious? came back this year with frankly a major letdown of a comeback single. Had this been up there with their best, it might have been in my year end top 10, but no such luck.

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84. Attic Lights - Bring You Down
Time to knock off another of the oodles of Attic Lights singles now - "Bring You Down" is another great song to add to the list.

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83. Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go
Second highest entry for the Ting Tings. I'm sure it's no surprise what's still to come - but just HOW high is it?

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82. Helen Love - Dance On (Solid Gold)
Time for more Helen Love then? There's actually only four more Helen Love album tracks remaining!

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81. Cast of "Wicked" - Defying Gravity
Having not gone to see "Wicked", I actually didn't know of this song at all until Samantha sang it on "Any Dream Will Do". However, it's a great song, and given Samantha's performance made it go top 75, I felt I could include it in here!
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Postby tdc2000 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:10 pm

WOOOOOOO for the Wicked tune!!!!!

I'm going to chart that when I do my next ATC revision and it will do very well.

Ting Tings are another personal favourite!
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Postby FreakyFlyBry » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:30 pm

matthew_dixon wrote:89. Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
88. Coldplay - Violet Hill
83. Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go
81. Cast of "Wicked" - Defying Gravity
Woo for all those 8-) "Defying Gravity" just narrowly missed my own top 50 of the year as well.
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Postby Chantal » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:30 pm

Yay for Noah And The Whale and The Ting Tings!

I'm not sure if I've heard that Girls Aloud song, but I confess to liking The Promise.

And personally I'm crossing my fingers that Viva La Vida isn't at number 1! :P
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Postby SeeForever » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:37 pm

90. Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time - found this irritating at first but it is in fact a very nice song!!
89. Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French - great song :D
88. Coldplay - Violet Hill - good, not the greatest choice of opening single
86. British Sea Power - Waving Flags - this is quite good
83. Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go - great song, made #1 on my chart :D
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