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Top tracks of 2016 – Our Number Ones: Michael Kiwanuka, Teleman & David Bowie (again)

We’ve been exchanging these lists of our favourite tracks of the year for a couple of decades now and decided to do this more recently in a daily online format in the hope it may encourage readers to get into artists and bands they might otherwise have missed alongside the obvious ‘heavy hitters’.

Whilst we play with the conceit of a TOTP style countdown, to a certain extent that is really just to make things interesting for us and hopefully for you, dear reader.  That said it is always fun to see what single track we reckon is our favourite of the year.

This year that has been a real challenge for me, because we work to an entirely arbitrary self-imposed rule that our individual lists can’t feature multiple tracks by the same artist, whereas in reality both the top two slots in my list would have been by Michael Kiwanuka. I agonised over the merits of Love & Hate and Rule The World and eventually plumped for the latter on the grounds it has less YouTube plays and I heard it less on the radio.  Please do check out the album.

So after a quite tempestuous and dark year, reflected in some of our choices, it feels appropriate for my final track to be something a bit more contemplative and hopefully uplifting. Here is a fantastic live take on ‘Rule The World’ from the excellent album ‘Love & Hate’.

Happy Christmas to one and bugger off 2016, you won’t be missed.

Over to Andy:

“And so to my number 1. First, a heartfelt preamble. 2016 had the potential for being the most disruptive and depressing year in recent memory for me. We all have busy lives but when one’s very existence is thrown into uncertainty the future seems a very scary place. I felt like I was in a tunnel and there was no way out. And then one day everything changed. I could see a future, I was having fun and as is so often the case, music was at the centre of this emotional rollercoaster. I went to the Cambridge Junction to see this band, and this was the first song this band played. It was a hugely enjoyable evening for many different reasons. Who knows where 2017 will take any of us, but I can certainly say that that night changed the whole complexion of how I felt about the last two months of 2016 and how I felt about certain people (you know who you are!).”

Merry Christmas to all, and here’s to a better 2017.

And finally over to Roy:

“Only  one choice for number 1 this year of years.

After Bowie’s passing in January, a theory started doing the rounds that Bowie was the cultural glue that held the universe together. Post Brexit/Trump I’m inclined to give it some credence.”


So that’s it – except to say that you can review the full 20 days of choices here.

Top Tracks of 2014: Number 15s – Pharrell Williams, Teleman & September Girls



I know I may get a lot of stick for this but my next track is a song that was hiding away on the soundtrack to a children’s animated film, before it became something of a sleeper hit and was eventually released. It was absolutely everywhere for the first six months of this year. I give you ‘Let It Go’ from the soundtrack of Frozen.

No, wait, hang on a moment getting my animated films confused there, I mean, of course, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams from the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2. This was to 2014 as ‘Get Lucky’ was to 2013, played to death but a useful reminder that some things can be both popular and good. It still sounds as fresh as a daisy even after 510 million youtube views, which surpasses even Let It Go’s 377 million. I was exposed to at least five of the latter’s plays as the Frozen track seems to have some magical power as a baby pacifier, with a young mum using it in our local coffee shop to calm her baby down each time it started bawling. This presented a dilemma for the other patrons – which is worse, a crying baby or ‘Let it go, Let it go…’ endlessly repeated on a shrill and tinny Samsung Galaxy.

Anyway, Happy.

What’s not to like? I am sure you will tell me.

Check out Roy and Andy’s choices below or the countdown so far here.