Sunday, 24 June 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 6

1. Dolcenera - Un Altro Giorno Sulla Terra
2. Christine and the Queens feat Dam-Funk - Girlfriend
3. Goldfish feat Midnight Kids - No One Has To Know (Midnight Kids Remix)
4. Noemi Dee - Out Of My Soul (Bbc Radio Mix)
5. All Saints - Glorious
6. Sheppard - Live For You
7. All Saints - Love Lasts Forever

8. George Ezra - Shotgun
9. Jonas Blue feat Jack & Jack - Rise

10. 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
11. Sheppard - Choke
12. Cory Asbury - Reckless Love
13. Sheppard - Sorry
14. Ella Mai - Boo'd Up
15. Kylie Minogue - Golden
16. Boyzone - I Can Dream
17. Weiss (UK) - Feel My Needs
18. Lily Allen - Three
19. Darling - Jimmy
20. Christina Aguilera feat Demi Lovato - Fall In Line


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 5

1. Millie Turner - The Shadow
2. SuRie - Storm
3. Jess Glynne - I'll Be There
4. Sheppard - Riding The Wave
5. The Time Frequency - I Can Feel It
6. Florence + The Machine - Hunger
7. Janelle Monae - Americans
8. Netta - Toy
9. The Shires - Speechless
10. Freya Ridings - Love Is Fire
11. Delta Goodrem & Olivia Newton-John - Love Is A Gift
12. Alle Farben & RHODES - H.O.L.Y.
13. CASISDEAD - Pat Earrings
14. Michael Schulte - You Let Me Walk Alone
15. Clean Bandit feat Demi Lovato - Solo
16. Delta Goodrem - Magic
17. Anne-Marie - Trigger
18. Delta Goodrem - Xanadu
19. M-22 feat Medina - First Time
20. Tove Styrke - Sway


Monday, 23 April 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 4

1. Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry
2. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
3. Delta Goodrem - Welcome To Earth
4. Mae Muller - Jenny
5. Lovebugs - Hung The Moon
6. Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti - Music's Too Sad Without You
7. Asmik Shiroyan - You & I
8. Burhan G & Frida Brygmann - Tinka
9. Rina Sawayama - Ordinary Superstar
10. Kylie Minogue - Raining Glitter
11. David Guetta & Sia - Flames
12. Kylie Minogue - Lost Without You
13. Madame Monsieur - Mercy
14. Ria Mae - Bend
15. Kim Wilde - Kandy Krush
16. Freya Ridings - Castles
17. Anne-Marie - 2002
18. George Ezra - Hold My Girl
19. Paloma Faith - Make Your Own Kind Of Music
20. Waylon - Outlaw In 'Em


Monday, 19 March 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 3

1. Freya Ridings - Lost Without You
2. Mendez - Everyday
3. Mariette - For You
4. Kylie Minogue - Stop Me From Falling
5. Jessica Mauboy - We Got Love
6. Benjamin Ingrosso - Dance You Off
7. Missy Higgins - Futon Couch
8. Rasmussen - Higher Ground
9. Saara Aalto - Domino
10. Bart & Baker feat The Billy Bros Orchestra - We Are What We Are
11. Margaret - In My Cabana
12. Saara Aalto - Monsters
13. Cam - Diane
14. JONES - Something Bout Our Love
15. George Ezra - Paradise
16. Marshmello feat Anne-Marie - Friends
17. Ryan O'Shaughnessy - Together
18. Bryan Kearney & Plumb - All Over Again
19. Belle & Sebastian - I'll Be Your Pilot
20. Eleni Foureira - Fuego


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 2

1. Fever High feat Jeff Goldblum - Good Advice
2. Kylie Minogue - Dancing
3. K3 - Liefde Is Overal 
4. Jessica Andersson - Party Voice
5. :PM - Grown Ups

6. Ida Maria - Scandilove
7. The Academic - Fake ID
8. Delta Goodrem - Think About You
9. Sigrid - Strangers
10. Mallrat - Better
11. Asanda - Legends
12. Jamie Jones feat Nookie & Katy B – Sound Of Music
13. Rae Morris – Dancing With Character
14. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
15. MGMT - Little Dark Age
16. TheFatRat feat Anjulie - Fly Away (JJD Remix)

17. Dagny – Love You Like That
18. Engine-EarZ Experiment feat Ane Brun – Light From One
19. Sol Heilo – Killing Karma
20. Rudimental feat Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplan – These Days

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Tunes I'm currently loving // 2018 // Volume 1

1. E^ST - Life Goes On
2. FOOL - Outcast
3. Rasmus Seebach - Bli' Her Lidt Endnu
4. Natalia Nykiel - Spokój
5. Hafdís Huld - Summer Inside
6. Choirs With Purpose feat Michelle McManus - We All Stand Together
7. Liam Payne & Rita Ora - For You
8. Smith & Thell - Somebody Like You
9. Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
10. Beatrice Eli - Careful
11. Bruno Mars feat Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
12. Dua Lipa - IDGAF
13. The Corrs - Bulletproof Love
14. Jessie Ware - Your Domino
15. Tom Walker - Leave A Light On
16. Gabrielle Shonk - When We Were Young
17. Keala Settle feat The Greatest Showman Ensemble - This Is Me
18. Eminem feat Ed Sheeran - River
19. Jax Jones feat Ina Wroldsen - Breathe
20. Catherine McGrath - Talk Of This Town


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Top 100 songs of 2017

100. Katy Perry feat Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish
99. Rasmus Seebach – Bli' Her Lidt Endnu
98. Ten Fé – Another Way
97. Lido feat THEY. - Not Enough
96. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night
95. Tone Damli - Pinnacle
94. Choirs With Purpose feat Michelle McManus – We All Stand Together
93. Kelde – No Reason
92. Pound Shop Boys – Fireman Sam (It's Pontypandemonium)
91. Enrique Iglesias feat Sean Paul & Matt Terry – Subeme La Radio
90. Little Mix – Is Your Love Enough?
89. Jessica Mauboy - High
88. Shotgun Fakes – Depression Intervention
87. Mariette – A Million Years
86. Sigala feat Ella Eyre – Came Here For Love
85. Kamaliya feat Anne Judith Stokke Wik – Plastic Cup
84. PANG! - One Big Laugh
83. Dacia – Muistot
82. Alyss – Pyramid
81. The Corrs – Road To Eden
80. RAM & Arctic Moon with Stine Grove – A Billion Stars Above
79. Oonagh – Aulë Und Yavanna
78. FO&O – Gotta Thing About You
77. CNCO feat Little Mix – Reggaeton Lento (Remix)
76. Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You
75. Owe Thornqvist – Boogieman Blues
74. Taylor Swift – Dancing With Our Hands Tied
73. Saint Etienne – Obvious
72. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
71. Illusion – Run
70. Hannah Jane Lewis – Raincheck
69. Alan Walker – Alone
68. Dua Lipa – Be The One
67. The Kelly Family – No Lies
66. Steps – September Sun
65. French Montana feat Swae Lee – Unforgettable
64. Oh Laura – (Re) Release Me
63. Lorde – Green Light
62. Troll – Jimmy Dean
61. O'Neill Hudson – Lucky
60. Steps – Dancing With A Broken Heart
59. ALI – Cocoon
58. FOOL – Outcast
57. Steps – Firefly
56. Emma Watson, Luke Evans & Ensemble – Belle
55. The Fizz – Up For The Fight
54. Wiktoria – I Won't Stand In Your Way
53. Jowst – Grab The Moment
52. Take That - Giants
51. Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois
50. Missy Higgins – Torchlight
49. Saint Etienne – Sweet Arcadia
48. Jonas Blue feat William Singe – Mama
47. The Corrs – Dear Life
46. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
45. Robin Bengtsson – I Can't Go On
44. Rak-Su feat Wyclef Jean & Naughty Boy - Dimelo
43. Steps – Dear Santa
42. Clean Bandit feat Zara Larsson – Symphony
41. Loreen - Statements
40. Balbina – Die Regenwolke
39. Jax Jones feat Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don – Instruction
38. Alma - Requiem
37. Bella & Filippa – I Think Of Yesterday
36. Delta Goodrem – Take Me Home
35. E^ST – Life Goes On
34. Huntza – Aldapan Gora
33. Emma Bale – Worth It
32. Steps - Happy
31. Calvin Harris feat Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels
30. Sanna Nielsen – Inte Ok
29. The Kelly Family – Fell In Love With An Alien
28. The Corrs – Son Of Solomon
27. Ace Wilder – Wild Child
26. Heavy K feat Bucie & Nokwazi – Inde
25. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's Karma
24. Black Motion feat Nokwazi – Imali
23. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
22. Katy Perry feat Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
21. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
20. Tina Guo – Super Mario Bros.
19. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (Jonas Blue Remix)
18. Nicki French – Teardrops (On The Discofloor)
17. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
16. O'G3NE – Lights & Shadows
15. Yaşar Gaga & Sezen Aksu - Şahane Bir Şey Yaşamak
14. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber – Despacito
13. Kamferdrops – Jag Trodde Änglarna Fanns
12. Tom Fall - Kaamos
11. The Corrs – SOS
10. Danny L Harle – 1UL
9. Rae Morris – Do It
8. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
7. Rita Ora – Anywhere
6. Dua Lipa – New Rules
5. P!nk – What About Us
4. Steps – Neon Blue
3. Steps – Story Of A Heart
2. Steps – Scared Of The Dark
1. Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down



Top of the pile this year is Swedish singer Wiktoria, with As I Lay Me Down, her entry to the Swedish Eurovision heats Melodifestivalen, which I was lucky enough to go to in Stockholm in March.

Following up her 2016 entry Save Me, As I Lay Me Down very much built on the country-tinged pop of its predecessor but added an extra retro 90s flavour. The end result was a song that sounded a little bit like something from B*Witched's debut album minus an Irish jig breakdown, and I loved every second of it.

This pure pop song stood out hugely to me in a world of generic tropical house and future bass made purely to get onto Spotify playlists. Following Melodifestivalen, where she ended up sixth despite coming second on the public vote for the second year running, the song reached No.2 in the Swedish charts and clearly had the legs to go further had the record label promoted it outside of her home country. As is so often the case, it wasn't to be but hopefully Wiktoria can still get her global breakthrough at some point as she is one of the most promising artists in Scandinavia right now.


Taking positions 2, 3 and 4 are comeback kids Steps with the excellent Scared Of The Dark, Story Of A Heart and Neon Blue. Scared Of The Dark was Faye, Lisa, H, Lee and Claire's long-awaited comeback single, actually only their first single since 2012's Light Up The Dark but the general public at large were probably not really aware of that so for most people it was their first exposure to new Steps music since 2001.

It certainly felt like a huge event, quickly smashing its way to No.1 on iTunes and succeeding where many others failed by knocking Ed Sheeran from the top of that chart. Sadly it wasn't a streaming hit of any sort and this cost it dearly, ending up at No.37 officially but at least unexpectedly giving the band their first top 40 hit in 16 years.

The track itself is a pop masterpiece. A blistering string-laden intro gives way to a classic Faye verse (she almost always starts their hits) before moving onto vocal powerhouse Claire and the biggest schlager chorus I've heard in years. Complete with a huge key change, a dance routine - naturally - and the band's first music video in 16 years, everything about this release was spot on and was the perfect way to reintroduce the band to the general public and set up a gold selling comeback album.

Follow-up single Story Of A Heart is a cover of a 2009 single by Benny Andersson Band. I loved the original version of this, written by Benny along with ABBA bandmade Bjorn Ulvaeus, but the Steps version definitely elevates it to another level. Highlights of the track include the perfect vocals - Claire sounds delicate yet stunning on the first verse while Faye smashes the second verse out of the park, 'the house by the lake' lyric delivered with such purity and clarity that she really reminds you of Agnetha Faltskog.


Special mention goes to the 7th Heaven remix, which was almost as good as the radio edit, and indeed on tour the band performed a medley combining the two versions.

Kylie-esque uplifting pop stomper and album highlight Neon Blue gives Steps three songs in my top four of the year while the ever relevant P!nk rounds off the top five with recent hit single What About Us, sounding just as good in 2017 as she did at the turn of the century when she launched her career.

Also in my top ten of the year are huge UK hit singles by Ed Sheeran (Shape Of You), Rita Ora (Anywhere) and Dua Lipa with New Rules, possibly the most quotable song of the year as she gives everyone a literal new set of modern rules to live by. PC Music icon Danny L Harle's electronic dance stomper 1UL and Do It by the eternally underrated but always genius Rae Morris complete the top ten.