Pick of the Year: 1996

‘I had no cares in the 1990s, I knew of no downfalls, though war was breaking out all around me, my concerns were with prank calls’ – The Wombats


Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.

The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.

The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. Bluetones – Slight Return
  2. Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
  3. Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
  4. Bone Thugs N Harmony – The Crossroads
  5. OMC – How Bizarre
  6. Warren G (feat Adina Howard) – What’s Love Got to do With It
  7. The Fugees – Killing Me Softly
  8. Cher – One By One
  9. Suede – Beautiful Ones
  10. Terrorvision – Perseverance
  11. Toni Braxton – Un-break My Heart
  12. George Michael – Spinning The Wheel
  13. The Fugees – Ready or Not
  14. Saint Etienne – He’s On The Phone
  15. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
  16. Bon Jovi – Hey God
  17. Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy
  18. Spice Girls – Wannabe
  19. Kula Shaker – Hey Dude
  20. Bryan Adams – The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me is You
  21. Alisha’a Attic – I Am, I Feel
  22. Gabrielle – Give Me A Little More Time
  23. Cast – Walkaway
  24. East 17 (feat. Gabrielle) – If You Ever
  25. The Prodigy – Breathe
  26. Gabrielle – Forget About the World
  27. Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
  28. Neneh Cherry – Woman
  29. Louise – Naked
  30. Alanis Morissette – Ironic
  31. George Michael – Fastlove
  32. Dodgy – Good Enough
  33. Faithless – Insomnia
  34. Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
  35. 2 Pac – California Love
  36. Prodigy – Firestarter
  37. Robbie Williams – Freedom
  38. Lisa Moorish – Mr Friday Night
  39. Kula Shaker – Tattva
  40. Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
  41. Joan Osborne – One of Us
  42. Space – Neighbourhood
  43. Spice Girls – 2 Become 1

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