Pick of the Year: 2006

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  1. Hard-fi – Cash Machine
  2. Richard Ashcroft – Break The Night with Colour
  3. Notorious BIG – Nasty Girl
  4. Starsailor This Time
  5. Madonna – Sorry
  6. Simon Webbe – After All This Time
  7. Pussycat Dolls – Beep
  8. Keisha White – The Weakness in Me
  9. Sugababes – Red Dress
  10. Ne-Yo – So Sick
  11. Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away
  12. Embrace – Natures Law
  13. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  14. Mary J Blige & U2 – One
  15. Rihanna – SOS
  16. Will Young – Who Am I
  17. LL Cool J – Control Myself
  18. Pink – Who Knew
  19. Paul Oakenfold – Faster Kill Pussycat
  20. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
  21. Sugababes – Follow Me Home
  22. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
  23. Zutons – Valerie
  24. Pussycat Dolls – Buttonz
  25. All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  26. Lupe Fiasco – Kick Push
  27. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  28. Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
  29. Pink – U & UR Hand
  30. My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
  31. James Morrison – Wonderful World
  32. Girls Aloud – Something Kinda Oooh
  33. Beyonce – Irreplaceable
  34. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
  35. McFly – Star Girl
  36. All Saints – Rock Steady
  37. Keane – Nothing In My Way
  38. Justin Timberlake – My Love
  39. Take That – Patience
  40. Jamelia – Beware of the Dog
  41. Matt Willis – Don’t Let It Go To Waste
  42. Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This

Pick of the Year: 2001

2001

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. Papa Roach – Last Resort
  2. Dr Dre – The Next Episode
  3. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink – Lady Marmalade
  4. City High – What Would You Do
  5. Faithless – We Come 1
  6. Blue – All Rise
  7. Wyclef Jean – Perfect Gentleman
  8. Outkast – Ms Jackson
  9. Dream – He Loves U Not
  10. Texas – Inner Smile
  11. Crazy Town – Butterfly
  12. Janet Jackson – All For You
  13. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head
  14. Mary J Blige – Family Affair
  15. O-Town – Liquid Dreams
  16. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – Let Me Blow Your Mind
  17. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  18. Joe – Stutter
  19. Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U
  20. Blue – Too Close
  21. Uncle Kracker – Follow Me
  22. Louise – Stuck In The Middle
  23. Jennifer Lopez – Play
  24. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
  25. Matchbox 20 – Mad Season
  26. Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
  27. Alicia Keys – Fallin
  28. Backstreet Boys – The Call
  29. S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin
  30. Mis-Teeq – One Night Stand
  31. Usher – U Remind Me
  32. Dido – Here With Me
  33. Travis – Sing
  34. Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me
  35. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  36. Missy Elliott – Get UR Freak On
  37. MOP – Cold As Ice
  38. Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman – Something Stupid

Pick of the Year: 1988

‘They don’t have the edge that I need. I’m not interested in reliving 1988’ – Sebastian Bach

 

1988

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. Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know it’s True
  2. Aztec Camera – Somewhere in my Heart
  3. Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
  4. Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
  5. George Michael – Father Figure
  6. Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
  7. INXS – Need You Tonight
  8. Phil Collins – Two Hearts
  9. Salt n Pepa – Push It
  10. Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
  11. Phil Collins – Groovy Kind of Love
  12. Bruce Springsteen – Tougher Than the Rest
  13. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
  14. S-Express – Theme from S-Express
  15. Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help from my Friends
  16. Chubby Checker & the Fat Boys – The Twist
  17. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  18. Kylie & Jason – Especially For You
  19. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  20. Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
  21. Madonna – La Isla Bonita
  22. Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo’anna
  23. Erasure – A Little Respect
  24. Aztec Camera – How Men Are
  25. Yazz – The Only Way is Up
  26. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry be Happy
  27. Kylie Minogue – Je ne sais pas pourquoi
  28. Wee Papa Girl Rappers – Wee Rule
  29. Morrissey – Everyday is Like Sunday
  30. Travelling Wilburys – Handle With Care
  31. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  32. Decon Blue – Real Gone Kid
  33. George Michael – One More Try
  34. Glen Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You
  35. Jason Donovan – Nothing Can Divide Us
  36. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
  37. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
  38. Level 42 – Tracie
  39. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)
  40. Mike & the Mechanics – The Living Years
  41. Edie Brickell & the Bohemians – Circle
  42. London Boys – Requiem
  43. Bobby Brown – My Perogative

Pick of the Year: 1987

‘I haven’t had a big hit record in America since 1987’ – Bonnie Tyler

1987

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. Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  2. Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye
  3. Los Lobos – La Bamba
  4. Roger Waters – The Tide is Turning
  5. Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right To Party
  6. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set on You
  7. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  8. Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
  9. Living in a Box – Living in a Box
  10. Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  11. Bananarama – Love in the First Degree
  12. T’Pau – China in Your Hand
  13. Mental as Anything – Live it Up
  14. Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
  15. Ben E King – Stand By Me
  16. Michael Jackson – Bad
  17. Black – Wonderful Life
  18. Bee Gees – You Win Again
  19. Level 42 – Running in the Family
  20. The Housemartins – Build
  21. Madonna – La Isla Bonita
  22. Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
  23. U2 – With or Without You
  24. Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
  25. Aerosmith – Dude Look Like A Lazy
  26. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  27. Whitesnake – Is This Love
  28. Europe – Carrie
  29. The Firm – Star Trekkin
  30. Proclaimers – Letter From America
  31. New Order – True Faith
  32. Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
  33. Taylor Dayne – Tell it to my Heart
  34. Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
  35. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
  36. Bros – When Will I Be Famous
  37. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth
  38. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
  39. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning

Pick of the Year: 1986

I’m starting to think that maybe 1986 is my favorite year, of all time!’ – Jorma Taccone
1986

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. Run DMC – Walk This Way
  2. Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  3. Madonna – Live to Tell
  4. Genesis – Land of Confusion
  5. Housemartins – Caravan of Love
  6. Chris DeBurgh – Lady in Red
  7. Europe – The Final Countdown
  8. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
  9. The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
  10. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
  11. Janet Jackson – What Have You Done for Me Lately
  12. Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
  13. Genesis – Invisible Touch
  14. Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is
  15. Huey Lewis & the News – Stuck With You
  16. Queen – A Kind of Magic
  17. Mike & the Mechanics – All I Need is a Miracle
  18. The Bangles – Manic Monday
  19. Status Quo – In the Army Now
  20. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
  21. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  22. Bananarama – Venus
  23. Bon Jovi – Livin On a Prayer
  24. Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
  25. Madonna – True Blue
  26. Spitting Image – The Chicken Song
  27. Genesis – In Too Deep
  28. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  29. Cutting Crew – Just Died In Your Arms
  30. Steve Winwood – Higher Love
  31. Level 42 – Lessons in Love
  32. Berlin – Take My Breath Away
  33. Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
  34. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
  35. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
  36. Doctor and the Medics – Spirit in the Sky
  37. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
  38. Cameo – Word Up
  39. Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life Again
  40. John Farnham – You’re the Voice
  41. Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over

Pick of the Year: 1984

I had a similar year back in 1984 when I felt like I couldn’t lose’ – John McEnroe

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)

1984

Tracks:
  1. Fiction Factory – Feels Like Heaven
  2. Talk Talk – It’s My Life
  3. Queen – I Want to Break Free
  4. Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
  5. Paul McCartney – We All Stand Together
  6. Prince – Purple Rain
  7. John Waite – Missing You
  8. Queen – Radio Ga Ga
  9. Madonna – Like A Virgin
  10. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
  11. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
  12. Wham – Last Christmas
  13. George Michael – Careless Whisper
  14. Cyndi Lauder – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  15. Limahl – Never Ending Story
  16. Grandmaster Flash – White Lines
  17. Van Halen – Jump
  18. Nik Kershaw – Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  19. Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
  20. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
  21. Phil Collins – Against All Odds
  22. Cars – Drive
  23. Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
  24. Lionel Richie – Hello
  25. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
  26. Ray Parker Jnr – Ghostbusters
  27. Gary Portnoy – Where Everybody Knows Your Name
  28. Tears for Fears – Shout
  29. Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love is
  30. Bananarama – Robert DeNiro’s Waiting
  31. Bob Marley – One Love

Pick of the Year: 1983

In 1983, NASA invited Canada to fly three payload specialists, in part because we had contributed the robotic arm that is used on the shuttle’ – Marc Garneau

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 track). The final rule, one which i’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

One year old and smiling in front of the radiator (I do like being warm!)

One year old and smiling in front of the radiator (I do like being warm!)

Tracks:
  1. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
  2. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  3. Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey
  4. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  5. Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat
  6. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
  7. Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
  8. New Order – Blue Monday
  9. Men At Work – Down Under
  10. Lionel Richie – All Night Long
  11. Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
  12. Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong
  13. Prince – 1999
  14. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
  15. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  16. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
  17. Police – Every Breath You Take
  18. Wham – Club Tropicana
  19. Toto – Rosanna
  20. Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
  21. Spandau Ballet – True
  22. Heaven 17 – Temptation
  23. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
  24. Michael Jackson – Beat It
  25. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  26. Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
  27. UB40 – Red Red Wine
  28. Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  29. Flying Pickets – Only You
  30. Spandau Ballet – Gold