50. Sniffy Dog featuring Adrienne Stiefel - Little Boxes
It was 1962 when Malvina Reynolds wrote "Little Boxes", a political satire that was initially a hit for Pete Seeger. Amongst the other acts to record it are Regina Spektor - which I REALLY must check out! However, the entry in here is for an act called Sniffy Dog. This is another of those great covers that was used on an advert.
49. Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
As the year started, the one album I was really looking forward to was the debut of Lana Del Rey. Therefore, it's actually one of my biggest letdowns of the year. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but for me - "Video Games" is by far her best song. This was the third single proper from the album (I lost track of how many unofficially released "singles" there seemed to be and when they were) and it's a great smokey track, but yeah, not really up there with "Video Games" for me.
48. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
After the breakup of Oasis, it was very clear to me last year which was the better Gallagher solo project. Noel gets yet more success on my year end chart in 2012, with this pleasant little indie song "Everybody's On The Run". It's far from his best, but his best is so fantastic that even on an average day, Noel Gallagher produces fantastic songs!
47. Paloma Faith - Just Be
Next up, it's an act that really pleasantly surprised me this year. I liked what I heard of Paloma Faith's earlier stuff, but she seemed to develop a new level of class in 2012 with songs like this fantastic song. It's very similar in style to the sort of thing we got from Lana Del Rey - clearly a style that became popular this year.
46. Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
Allow me to introduce a friend of mine. Indeed, not just a friend, but for two months of this year, a housemate. Yes, for October and November 2012, I was sharing my front room with my dear friend Cyril an incredibly friendly life-sized puppet camel!
He's made it to be my facebook title bar picture. Without a doubt one of the biggest things for me this year, as in the past two years, has been the central Cardiff production of "Christmas: The Story", a 20 minute play that goes on every 40 minutes through the day for about 20 days or so - around about 200 performances in all! Cyril really is one of the stars of things outside, bringing in the crowds from the high street!
Anyway, why am I mentioning him at this point? Well, because quite clearly this is his favourite song of the past 12 or so months... he is a camel after all!
45. Adele - Skyfall
Well this was always going to be epic, wasn't it. The sheer concept of Adele singing a Bond theme sounded very interesting, and when the song came out - whilst Adele's done better songs last year, this song was just as epic a Bond theme as you might have wished. As it was released on a Friday, to coincide with a big anniversary, it managed to keep up the bemusing statistic however... that no Bond theme has ever got to No. 1 in the UK!
44. Stoo'She - Black Heart
I hate to say it, but I really have a soft spot for the music of Stoo'She. Okay, they're not exactly the most critically acclaimed act of the year, but they just produced some fantastic pop songs - and this was definitely the highlight from them. The three of them actually have really great voices as well!
43. Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Now it might surprise people to know (it did genuinely surprise me) that the act with the most entries in this top 60 is actually newcomer Emeli Sande. I was given a copy of the album in the summer, and I have to admit, she's got a great voice, and some great songs. So - just which other songs are still to come, and how high are they?
42. Adele - I Can't Make You Love Me
Originally by Bonnie Raitt, and brought to fame in the UK by George Michael amongst others, this is another really predictable song for Adele to cover. She does it flawlessly, producing a fantastic vocal performance!
41. Lou Monte - Dominick The Donkey
In our first year of Christmas: The Story, we introduced Cyril the Camel. However, by last year, he was joined by two very much more alive friends - Dermot and Taylor. They didn't come back this year, instead being replaced by Frankie and her new foal.
Therefore, not only does this section contain a hump, but it also contains a Christmas Donkey. I did love this song last Christmas, largely because donkeys were suddenly such a big part of my Christmas, and it's endured on to this year with the new pair joining us!