Pick of the Year: 2000

‘Let’s all meet up in the year 2000 won’t it be strange when we’re all fully grown’ – Pulp

2000

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. Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
  2. Gabrielle – Rise
  3. Sisqo – The Thong Song
  4. Damage – Ghetto Romance
  5. Ronan Keating – Life is a Rollercoaster
  6. Donnell Jones – You Know What’s Up
  7. Kelis – Caught Out There
  8. Billie Piper – Day & Night
  9. N Sync – Bye Bye Bye
  10. Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue – Kids
  11. Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
  12. Coldplay – Trouble
  13. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
  14. Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
  15. Jamelia – Money
  16. Aaliyah – Try Again
  17. Moby – Porcelain
  18. Madonna – Music
  19. Madasun – Don’t You Worry
  20. Spiller – Groovejet
  21. Santana feat. Rob Thomas – Smooth
  22. All Saints – Pure Shores
  23. Matchbox 20 – If You’re Gone
  24. Sonique – Feels So Good
  25. Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
  26. Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby
  27. David Gray – Babylon
  28. Destiny’s Child – Jumpin, Jumpin
  29. Gabrielle – Should I Stay
  30. Matchbox 20 – Bent
  31. Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
  32. Eminem – Stan
  33. Britney Spears – Oops I Did it Again
  34. Leann Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
  35. Melanie C – Never Be The Same Again
  36. A1 – Same Old Brand New You
  37. Mary Mary – Shackles
  38. Fragma – Toca’s Miracle
  39. 5ive – We Will Rock You
  40. Bob the Builder – Can We Fix It

Pick of the Year: 1999

‘They say two thousand zero zero party over, Oops out of time, So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999’ – Prince

1999

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. Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now
  2. Jordan Knight – Give it to You
  3. TLC – No Scrubs
  4. Vengaboys – We Like to Party
  5. Ricky Martin – Livin La Vida Loca
  6. Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5
  7. Enrique Eglesias – Bailamos
  8. Backstreet Boys – Larger than Life
  9. S Club 7 – S Club Party
  10. Will Smith – Wild, Wild, West
  11. Terrorvision – Tequila
  12. Madonna – Beautiful Stranger
  13. B*Witched – Blame it on the Weatherman
  14. Wandue Project – King of My Castle
  15. Robbie Williams – Strong
  16. Baz Luhrman – Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)
  17. 5ive – Keep on Movin
  18. Geri Halliwell – Mi Chico Latino
  19. Cardigans – Erase/Rewind
  20. Moloko – Sing it Back
  21. ATB – 9pm (til i come)
  22. Eiffel 65 – Blue
  23. Bran Van 3000 – Drinking in LA
  24. Ann Lee – 2 Times
  25. Will Smith – Will2K
  26. Jennifer Lopez – If You Had My Love
  27. Eminem – My Name Is
  28. Semisonic – Secret Smile
  29. A+ – Enjoy Yourself
  30. Fierce – Dayz Like That
  31. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
  32. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle
  33. Shaft – Mucho Mambo
  34. Beverley Knight – Greatest Day
  35. 5ive – If Ya Gettin Down
  36. Britney Spears – (You Drive Me) Crazy
  37. Sixpence None the Richer – Kiss Me
  38. New Radicals – You Get What You Give
  39. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
  40. Westlife – I Have a Dream/Seasons in the Sun
  41. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
  42. Len – Steal My Sunshine
  43. Dr Dre – Still DRE
  44. REM – The Great Beyond

Backstreet Boys – Larger than Life in Las Vegas!

‘Bacstreet’s back, alright and this time they’re appealing to everyone’ – Meagan Morris

Back in the late 90s and early 00s the internet was a scary place, so imagine my parents shock when I tell them I’m taking a train to London to meet someone I met in a chat room so we can hang out and talk about boybands for the day? I’m amazed still to this day they let me go! I’m so pleased they did though because that day marked the beginning of an amazing friendship.

For years Meagan and I have wanted to see the group that made us so close together but for whatever reason could never make it work logistically. When The Backstreet Boys announced they were doing a trial residency in Las Vegas we knew we had to make it happen. Those boys aren’t getting any younger and we didn’t know when we would get the chance again.

It’s hard to review a concert of your all time favourite band with one of your all time favourite people objectively but i’m going to try….

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It was fucking amazing! They were seriously, seriously good. Between the two fo us we’ve seen them live about 11 times and we both agreed that their Vegas show was one of the most professional, polished show they’ve done.

Before I run out of adjectives to describe how amazing they were i’ll give you a run down of what actually happened. They took to the stage just after 9pm after a really cool remix of all their singles/music videos on the large screens, you forget how many songs they’ve released really! And kicked everything off looking dapper in white with Larger than Life. I won’t run through everything song by song (check out the set list at the bottom if you’re interested) but needless to say they got the crowd’s energy up as they went from one up tempo pop hit to the next.

Show highlights for me were As Long As You Love me, which was never my favourite single but they nailed the chair routine all these years later, We’ve Got it Goin On (which is one of my faves) which they updated and mashed up excellently with Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison and the fact that they included 2 of my favourite album tracks Undone and Get Another Boyfriend.

ALAYLM #chairdance #bsbvegas

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Meagan’s show highlighters were – the montage in the beginning which sounds weird but it got everyone amped for the show. Their version of We’ve Got it On was probably her favourite performance of the night because of the dancing and Shape of my Heart of course which is her all time favourite BSB song. They also came out into the audience and Howie was right in front of us, like touching distance from us, so it doesn’t get much better than that.

QPG #bsbvegas

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Fans will be aware of the recent voice issues that Brian has been struggling but they all killed it, singing completely live through the whole 2 hour show and Brian in particular sounded better than he ever has. They dancing was also super tight and the 10 dancers that joined them on stage were fantastic. The staging worked brilliantly in Planet Hollywood and there appeared to be no real bad seat in the house. We were sitting at the front of the first ‘normal priced’ seating, directly behind the ‘pit’ and VIP seating (we paid about £140 a ticket if you were wondering) and the view was amazing. It also helped that there were catwalks and walkways coming out into the audience so people further back had a better change of getting a good view

When I was bored in Heathrow waiting for my super delayed flight I did what I swore I wouldn’t do and I looked up the set list ahead of time. I was a little disappointed to be honest. I’ve said from the beginning of time that they never release the best songs off their albums (there’s a blog post in there somewhere) and with only 3 of the 20 strong set list being album tracks, they weren’t singing hardly any of my faves. HOWEVER (and this a big however, I wrote it in caps and everything) Whilst their singles may not be my favourites, there’s no denying their singalongability and their gravitational pull to get everyone in the room joining in and having an amazing time. Which made me have an amazing time, so no set list complaints for me any more!

Rocking our bodies right! #bsbvegas

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If i were to pick any holes (because the cynic in me jut has to find fault in everything) the second costume change (of which there were 4) bordered into boring territory where they sang too many ballads back to back in my opinion, although I’m  pleased my obligatory I’ll Never Break Your Heart toilet break came early in the show as my $24 Margarita was starting to work it’s way through. It also felt that they were racing through the set list a little bit and didn’t talk or interact with the audience very much. I get it though, they need to cater for everyone, not just fans like us who’d moved mountains to be there, but also for people who were in Vegas anyway and just fancied seeing them on a whim.

They’re just really minor points though and didn’t detract from the show at all. I’ll admit we were both dubious when we found out they were doing a Vegas residency. It felt like it was pretty ambitious for a group for the majority of common folk are only really known for one or two songs. However never under estimate the power of the Backstreet army as by all accounts it’s been a roaring success. Time will tell whether they lose momentum by the end of their run in July and whether it will be extended further, here’s hoping they do, although I’m not entirely sure my credit card could take it!

I really wanted to avoid using this chiche but Backstreet aren’t back, for us, and the majority of the people in the Axis theatre, they never left. Alright!

Set list:

Larger than Life
The One
Get Down
Drowning
Incomplete
Quit Playing Games
Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
I’ll Never Break Your Heart
Anywhere For You
Darlin
Undone
As Long as You Love Me
The Call
We’ve Got it Goin’ On
Get Another Boyfriend
More than That
All I Have to Give
Shape of My Heart
I Want It That Way
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

 

 

10 of the Best: Backstreet Boys album tracks

‘The Backstreet Boys were so ten years ago. Whatever’ – Paris Hilton

I know this post won’t be for everyone so feel very free to hit the little X in the corner (to be honest if you’ve clicked through it’s already logged on my stats so doesn’t really matter if you continue reading or not!) And the next few weeks are probably going to be a bit Backstreet Boys heavy if i’m honest but in honour of my recent trip to Vegas to see my all time faves I thought i’d have a little chat about my favourite music of the mighty BSB.

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If i were on Mastermind my chosen subject would probably be Backstreet Boys album tracks, because for me, although obviously their singles are the stuff pop dreams are made of, they have a history of never releasing their best songs. Sadly for every Everybody, there was an Anywhere for You and for every Larger than Life there was a More Than That.

So here are 10 unreleased songs you may want to give a listen to before you condemn them to a boyband cesspit of white outfits and key changes:

I Wanna Be With You
Album: Backstreet Boys

From the Swedish pop factory run by Max Martin this would have made a brilliant single although imagine it was too similar to We’ve Got it Goin on and they’ll have wanted to get a few ballads out to satisfy the soppy tweenagers who didn’t like the dancy stuff. Still, anything would have been better than Anywhere for You *barf*

That’s The Way I Like It
Album: Backstreet’s Back

Not only is this one of my favourite tracks off this album it’s quite possibly my favourite track of theirs of all time. It’s incredible they had such a solid pop song on such an early album (and there are songs on that album we just don’t talk about *ahem*If You Want it to be Good Girl*ahem*) it always seems to be a fan favourite when they perform it live.

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Album: Backstreet’s Back

Not a popular song among BSB fans I’ve noticed however I loved the original and I love this reworking (which aside from the title is almost a completely different song) It always makes it’s way onto any summer or BBQ playlists, it’s so chilled out and laid back it’s virtually horizontal. Just a bloody good song, well sung.

Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
Album: Millennium

It’s hard picking a favourite song off Millennium as other than The Perfect Fan, it’s all killer but this one always stood out to me and a really lovely classy mid tempo ballad that Brian’s voice sounds amazing on (and i’m historically less of a fan of the ballads) I’d have rather seen this as a single rather than Show Me the Meaning…. but hey, i’m not a marketing executive am i?!

Get Another Boyfriend
Album: Black & Blue

It was always going to hard to follow up Millennium and Black & Black is probably my least favourite BSB album and in a sea of soppy ballads this really stands out. They were obviously trying to go in a more urban direction and releasing this may have gained them a bit more critical credibility. I also loved dace routine when they performed it life on the B&B tour

Climbing the Walls
Album: Never Gone

Another change in direction with a way more stripped back and acoustic album this song has a way more rockier edge than anything they’ve done before and I think they really pull it off. Let’s face it they couldn’t be singing Boy Will Be Boys forever so it’s nice to hear them sounds a little more grown up, you know, with drums and guitars and stuff!

Something That I Already Know
Album: Unbreakable

Unbreakable is such an underrated album in my eyes, there are loads of good songs on it. I’ve already stated I’ve never been a massive fan of the ballads however being album 6 the ballads were getting less cheese, more class. Their voices have never sounded better (Nick particularly is less whiny) and it’s a real belter of a song

Panic
Album: Unbreakable

I love the 60’s vibe, i think they always come into their own when they sound like they’re having fun with a song and this is super fun. It makes me want to dance around like the khakis GAP advert from the 90s and i love the way Brian pronounces ‘bay-bay’

Undone
Album: This Is Us

Another underrated album although there are some stinkers on it (PDA for one is total fromage) however i think this is one of the darkest songs they’ve ever done and a total contrast from some of the more lightweight fluffy songs they’ve done in the past. The sexy moody vibe really suits them

Feels Like Home
Album: In A World Like This

This album was definitely a grower for me, on first listen it felt like they’d sucked all the fun out of their music and were taking themselves too seriously again however i have grown to become quite fond of a couple of tracks on it. This is undoubtedly the stand out track for and bucks the trend of over produced album. Yes the lyrics are a little cliched but it’s so feelgood I defy anyone not to smile when listening to it. It’s a shame it’s never been performed live to date, i think it would go down a storm.

 

 

Pick of the Year: 1998

‘From 1942 to 1998 I threw a rock ‘n’ roll party on my last birthday’ – Johnny Cash

1998

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. The Mavericks – Dance The Night Away
  2. All Saints – Bootie Call
  3. 5ive – Everybody Get Up
  4. Tin Tin Out – Here’s Where The Story Ends
  5. Jennifer Paige – Crush
  6. Usher – You Make Me Wanna
  7. Kci & JoJo – All My Life
  8. Billie – Because We Want To
  9. Spice Girls – Viva Forever
  10. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
  11. Sheryl Crow – My Favourite Mistake
  12. Pras Michel – Ghetto Superstar
  13. Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
  14. Run DMC vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That
  15. Madonna – Ray of Light
  16. Billie Myers – Kiss The Rain
  17. Puff Daddy – Come With Me
  18. Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
  19. B*Witched – C’est La Vie
  20. Melanie B – I Want You Back
  21. R Kelly – Home Alone
  22. Natalie Imbruglia – Big Mistake
  23. All Saints – Lady Marmalade
  24. Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  25. Spice Girls – Goodbye
  26. Verve – Sonnet
  27. Will Smith – Gettin Jiggy Wit It
  28. Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
  29. Hanson – Weird
  30. 5ive – Got the Feelin
  31. Wyclef Jean – Gone til November
  32. Bamboo – Bamboogie
  33. Busta Rhymes – Turn it Up
  34. Stardust – Music Sounds Better
  35. Robbie Williams – No Regrets
  36. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
  37. Fastball – The Way
  38. Backstreet Boys – All I Have to Give
  39. Air – Sexy Boy
  40. Imani Coppola – Legend of a Cowgirl
  41. N-Tyce – Telefunkin
  42. Matchbox 20 – Push
  43. Garbage – Push It
  44. Hinda Hicks – You Think You Own Me
  45. Next – Too Close
  46. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
  47. TQ – Westside

 

Pick of the Year: 1997

‘1997, Heaven only knows where this thing is gonna go’ – Kool and the Gang

1997

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. DJ Quicksilver – Bellisima
  2. Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
  3. Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  4. Will Smith – Men in Black
  5. Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life
  6. Hanson – Mmmbop
  7. LL Cool J – Phemonenon
  8. Gala – Freed From Desire
  9. Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Lonliness
  10. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are
  11. En Vogue – Don’t Let Go (Love)
  12. No Doubt – Don’t Speak
  13. Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean
  14. Various – Perfect Day
  15. Todd Terry – Something Goin’ On
  16. Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
  17. Fun Lovin Criminals – Scooby Snacks
  18. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  19. Hanson – Where’s the Love
  20. R Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
  21. Blur – On Your Own
  22. Robbie Williams – Angels
  23. Ulra Nate – Free
  24. Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me
  25. Meredith Brooks – Bitch
  26. All Saints – I Know Where It’s At
  27. Peter Andre – All About Us
  28. Janet Jackson – Together Again
  29. All Saints – Never Ever
  30. Kula Shaker – Hush
  31. Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor
  32. Dario G – Sunchyme
  33. Puff Daddy – I’ll Be Missing You
  34. Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
  35. Texas – Black Eyed Boy
  36. PF Project – Choose Life
  37. Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
  38. Notorious BIG – Mo Money Mo Problems
  39. Rosie Gaines – Closer than Close
  40. Texas – Say What You Want
  41. Pacebo – Nancy Boy
  42. Sash – Encore Une Fois
  43. Spice Girls – Too Much
  44. Blue Boy – Remember Me
  45. White Town – Your Woman
  46. Do Doubt – Just A Girl
  47. Verve – Lucjy Man

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

1996

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