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    by » 30-12-16, 19:29

    Posting shortly...number ones this year from Tame Impala, AlunaGeorge, M83, OneRepublic & Yehan Jehan as well as many others and near misses...

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    by » 31-12-16, 08:01

    Great! I am anticipating some very good entries
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    by » 31-12-16, 09:18

    Can't wait! I hope OneRepublic will be high here

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    by » 01-01-17, 18:39


    Hello and welcome to this year’s End of Year rundown. Over the next week I intend to try and explain my taste in music by counting down the 40 songs which have had the most profound impact on me during the year. There is no set code or formula for determining who will appear, and it’s unlikely that you’ll see many of the mainstream tracks from the UK chart. Well (okay) you may see a few, but you should expect to see newer and less established acts here (and maybe some that you’ll never see again).

    As in previous years there is heavy presence of dance, electronic, disco and synthpop. And upon checking last year’s End of Year review only 4 acts from last year appear in this year’s countdown (2 of these actual songs in last year’s chart) evidence of my music habits continuing to mutate. I’ve listened a lot this year to the 1975, Coldplay, M83, Honne, Bowie (of course) and Tame Impala so they should have some influence over this list...

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    by » 01-01-17, 19:05

    Before the Top 40 here are some of the acts who just missed out this year…



    This did really well in February with its synth intro (a bit 'Electric Dreams') reaching #2 for a week. Australia continues to produce some good music in my view and although the band has been around for a few years this was the first I heard of them. 'Alright For Me' was another success (top 5) track after this and is also worth a listen. Over the week I've been watching to see whether this would make the Top 40 but alas it finishes up at #44.

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    And I’ve been watching The xx’s ‘On Hold’ expecting that it would reach the Top 40 but it misses the chart at #43. Managing to find a use for Hall & Oates and sound good in the process this is the first of their tracks that I’ve paid any attention to.

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    by » 01-01-17, 19:17

    Them Swoops made a very nice song
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    courtship. are a new band from LA and they released this guitar riff laden track in August which hit the top 5 in November. Very catchy and belts along with lots of energy and with a nice sax at the end.

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    Everything Everything have produced a number of good tracks in the last 18 months or so, ‘Regret’ was #76 on 2015’s chart. This was another great energetic instalment from them and there’s always something appealing to me about Higgs and his trembling falsetto. Again though this misses the Top 40, settling for #47.

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    40--Alex Newell - Keep it Moving
    #3, 9 weeks on chart
    Kicking off the 40 biggest songs for me is Glee star turned disco purveyor, Alex Newell who had already appeared on The Knocks' 'Collect my Love' back in 2015, which was a big hit on my chart. This track emulates a lot of the feelgood sound of the late 80s and his vocals are just beyond amazing.

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    39--Bright Light Bright Light - Symmetry of Two Hearts (ft. Elton John)
    #3, 14 weeks on chart
    Rod Thomas teamed up with Elton John on several of the tracks from his 2016 album Choreography including this one. And it featured a carefully choreographed and colour cordinated video to accompany it with the same dance troupe he'd already used for earlier release 'All in the Name'. Laden with funky synths the song hurtled to #3 in August.

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    38--Sigma - Find Me (ft. Birdy)
    #4, 8 weeks on chart
    There’s something very haunting about Birdy’s vocal on this. However it’s the piano and strings that made it really stand out. Very reminiscent of mid-90s Moby.

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    37--Arkells – My Heart’s Always Yours
    #2, 6 weeks on chart
    And now to alternative rock band Arkells with a late entry towards the end of 2016. My Heart’s Always Yours has got it all – great vocals, synths, guitar alongside against a heavy kick drum, and it manages a place in the Top 40 after just 6 weeks in the main chart. Looking forward to more from them.

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    36--PJU – Coming Back (ft. Javi)
    #3, 16 weeks on chart
    Londoner Joe Attard & the Swede David Andersson are the two likeminded opposites that make up Punks Jump Up. They began as club hosts in 2004 and have remixed tracks by Miike Snow, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club amongst others. This mainstream sounding track again borrows from the 90s with its prominent vocals and slower bpm.

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    by » 01-01-17, 20:43

    Arkells are very good, this song is nice
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    35--Bear's Den - Emeralds
    #5, 18 weeks on chart
    More alternative rock from this time from UK rising stars Bear’s Den. Some neat guitar riffs on this one helped plant it firmly into my head during the Summer. Made me think of Dire Straits a bit (I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing). The video came in September, perhaps would have got to #1 if it had come earlier.

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    34--Bright Light Bright Light - All in the Name (ft. Elton John)
    #4, 17 weeks on chart
    Yes the second (and final) appearance from Rod Thomas with Elton John, the trumpets/sax on this one really lift it. More colour coordination and choreography in the video. Alas even an appearance on the Graham Norton chat show with Elton could not help him achieve mainstream popularity with it. It’s a great track but he is yet to equal the success of ‘Waiting for the Feeling’, which was #9 on 2013’s End of Year.

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    33--LIF - Say What
    #1 for 2 weeks, 19 weeks on chart
    The first track to appear from early 2016, LIF are comprised of two guys from Sydney and make funky electronic music. 'Say What' has an infectious guitar riff throughout the song over bumbling basslines and other electronica and this propelled it to the top of my charts in February. ‘Summers Melt’ is also worth a listen as is ‘You Don’t Know Love’ (a hit in late 2016).

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    32--DJ Snake - Middle (ft. Bipolar Sunshine)
    #2, 19 weeks on chart
    Big commercial success for this track reinvigorated it for me during the sunnier months of May and June – this was after it stalled at #35 in December 2015. Out of the 19 weeks only 5 were spent in the Top 10. It was good to finally see some mainstream success for Bipolar Sunshine, his track 'Deckchairs on the Moon' was #2 of 2014.

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    31--Roosevelt - Fever
    #3, 18 weeks on chart
    What a great year for Cologne-born Roosevelt! He released a corker of an album with some great tunes on it. Two of these were big hits for him, and this one the biggest with its dreamy synths and vocals. Such a shame there was no video release.

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    by » 02-01-17, 12:16

    The Sigma track is definitely my favourite so far, though the Bipolar track isn't bad either!

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    30--Laura Mvula - Phenomenal Woman
    #2, 12 weeks on chart
    A great track from British artist Laura Mvula kicks off the top 30…put me in mind of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya‘ a little bit and it stuck around for a while in June.

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    29--Fenech Soler - Kaleidoscope
    #3, 11 weeks on chart
    Fenech Soler had been away for 3 years before returning with a new single in September…and what a bang that was! ‘Lies’ had been a big hit for them in 2012 but ‘Kaleidoscope’ became their biggest hit reaching #3 in October. Particular stand out parts of this track are the intense synths over the chorus which give it a kind of emergency sound and the band’s falsetto vocals. Expecting more good stuff in 2017.

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