Friday, 1 January 2010

Tune of the Year 2009

This year, I’m not going to do a Top 10 per-se, just a general shortlist.

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos (TOTW2)

Take That – Up All night (TOTW11)

Noisettes – Don’t upset the Rhythm (TOTW15)

Killers – World We Live in (TOTW22)

Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) (TOTW27)

Paolo Nutini – Pencil full of lead (TOTW44)

Hockey – Song Away (September Last Chance)

I’ve slightly surprised myself with this list.

I mean, come on, Take That? The thing is, their comeback has been full of really good pop songs. I don’t think they can really be classed as a boy-band any more, I whilst Gary Barlow has been accepted as a brilliant songwriter for years, he’s really demonstrating it here.

No Arctic Monkeys despite buying the album (yes, I still need to review that…) and having 2 TOTWs. Likewise repeat mentions by La Roux, Lily Allen, or the Yeah Yous managed to get onto the shortlist – but the latter did come very close.

It does say something about the year that there is such a pop-contingent in the TOTWs. The other big things have been come backs and “classic” artists (see Mark Knofler, Michael Bolton, Lionel Richie), and classically-based songs. Take Pencil full of lead – it’s American dance hall music. All of the Noisettes have had that slight 60s funk too.

At the end of the year though, I’m not actually that surprised by my TOTY choice. What I am surprised at is that they’ve only had one TOTW hit, although other mentions have been there. The album is predictably sensational, and I’ve been harking on about the artist to anyone that’ll listen for well over the past twelve months. I’ve looked at the songs objectively, and still can think that my favourite emerging artist of the past few years has produced my favourite song of the year.

It’s very different, and slightly quirky (especially with the video). It’s memorable, and one I could listen to again and again. Ladies, Gents, and other bloggers I present my Tune of the Year 2010 – Florence and the Machine.

And now it’s your turn. Agree, disagree? Here’s the poll to cast your vote – if you agree with my playlist. Comment if you wish, and if you want your own review of 2009 guest posts are always welcome – just drop me an e-mail. In the meantime, 2010 starts right here!

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