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TOP SONGS OF 2016 (5-1)

Well, this is the finale! After the last few days of seeing what got us to this point, I can finally reveal my five favourite songs of the year. We have a group of singers who do rock covers in a lounge style and the big finale from an icon! Read on now for my top 5 of 2016!

  1. We Signal Fire – When The World Starts To Break

During my radio days and even now, I enjoy listening to new and upcoming artists. Manilla PR have definitely been superb in providing top quality acts to my ears. We Signal Fire really impressed me with this track. It is 6 minutes of great rock from a superb Manc band! They may list The Foos, Incubus and Deftones as influences, but they definitely make themselves sound very unique and will surely have many hits to come in the next few years.

  1. Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange

Biffy Clyro are undoubtedly one of the greatest bands in the world. With the previous two albums being filled with many hits, ELLIPSIS had a lot to prove. Luckily, the album was a Number One hit and the tracks are all great. ‘Re-Arrange’ is possibly the best song on the album because it just reinvents the band but retains their signature sound which has charmed and entertained fans for years. The new album proves Biffy have got a lot more to come.

  1. The Lounge Kittens – Africa

This fantastic trio of female vocalists blew me away earlier this year. When I heard their cover of ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’, I knew this was going to be a great band to enjoy. Following them on YouTube, they released a video for a cover of the Toto hit ‘Africa’ and my jaw hit the ground. This song was indeed fantastic, it paid homage to the original so well and just sends a shiver down your spine throughout. Also, the album SEQUINS AND C-BOMBS is fantastic, make sure you listen to it!

  1. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

Arguably one of the biggest bands in the world, they can still impress today even on their seventh album! A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS is crammed with big tunes and so many do hit the mark. This track, a partial collaboration with Beyoncé, was so catchy and would even get the most stubborn person up and dancing. The track itself is very uplifting and is guaranteed to put a smile upon your face (kinda quoting an old song there, did you catch that one?).

  1. David Bowie – Lazarus

So, we have reached my number one song of the year. The question is, why is this the best of the year? We can bring this back to just days before his untimely death. The song features an opening line that says “Look up here, I’m in heaven”. Just a few days later, this song then made a lot of sense to a lot of people. This was his goodbye to the world, he wasn’t necessarily hiding it, but nobody actually knew this until he died. The feeling of the song is a hard hit to the chest; you do feel emotion on some level from this track. The song was emotional enough, just that music video just a few days before he died (the video debuted on his 69th birthday) really pushed people to tears and this is a track that fans will mourn David Bowie with. But it shouldn’t be to mourn, this beautiful and gripping track will always be his goodbye message to his fans and it will standout as one of the greatest songs he ever released. R.I.P. David Bowie.

What did you think, would you have put Bowie at Number 1? Who else should have been in the list? Comment below and let me know!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Coldplay – Live at Wembley Stadium – Saturday 18th June 2016

A fantastic, light filled and colourful night was in store for all of those in Wembley Stadium. There are so many times in which I just thought “That was so awesome”. The concert saw a great blend of hits, some spectacular stage production and the real treasure being the feeling of fun and joy within the sold-out stadium. Notes should be given to Reef giving the night its first real sing-a-long of the night and then Lianne La Havas providing her beautiful tones to the audience who accepted her with open arms. Then when the main act come out…WOW!

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Starting off with title track ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’, the band come out to the crowd in a big and colourful way. Then the colour changes yellow, for the song ‘Yellow’. It is fantastic to get this classic track so early, I couldn’t wait to start singing this one at the top of my lungs and so did the other 90,000 other people in the venue. The show does flicker between tracks as we have the energetic ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ which gets everyone jumping, we then get the emotional ‘The Scientist’ as everyone really loves to sing to this track and there was a good amount of tears from some of the audience members (not me though, I wasn’t crying. Just want to make that clear. But there was a lot of people with tears falling down, basically creating a waterfall). ‘Birds’ and ‘Paradise’ really get everyone back on the positive swing, then the band then move to the B stage situated in the middle of the stadium.

B stage kicks off with ‘Always In My Head’, ‘Princess Of China’ then sees the funky guitar effects come to play and some guest vocals from Rihanna (obviously she ain’t there, maybe they should have got Lianne La Havas to perform her vocals). ‘Everglow’ is warmly accepted and ‘Raspberry Beret’ proves that the band can do a fantastic job of a Prince classic which also gives them the chance to make a tribute to Muhammad Ali. Back to A stage, ‘Clocks’ then gets its chance to shine and you know that so many people love this track. ‘Charlie Brown’, ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ keeps the energy up and then ‘Fix You’ makes it mellow once again. Giving Bowie a dedication, you then have ‘Heroes’ which I wasn’t that well sold on, but it was again a great dedication. ‘Viva La Vida’ is again another track everyone loves singing, especially the “Oh oh oh oh ohh oh” line which gets heard so much, and I even got to hear it done a few times during the gig and even when I was heading back to the train station. ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ then gives them the opportunity to make a transition to be C stage (Yes, they had 3 stages!!).

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On C stage, we got the classic ‘Don’t Panic’ to hear in full in an acoustic format, followed by a great request for ‘Green Eyes’. Then how do you end a short acoustic set? Chris Martin dedicates ‘Ring Of Fire’ to his dad, and does it rather well. The band then returns to A stage to finish with three more great tracks. The sad thing is, Coldplay finish their set with mostly new songs. Not that I didn’t like them, I thought they were great tracks. ‘Amazing Day’ starts the encore, followed by the almighty ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ which I think is the closest Coldplay ever comes to having a dance track. It sounds so good and everyone is pumping for this track. The night closes with ‘Up&Up’ and the energy is flowing right to the last moment.

This was a fantastic night; throughout the show my eyes were treated just as much as my ears were. The problem with Coldplay, like many bands, is that they have so many songs that people want to hear. I feel that 7 tracks from the new album was too many, but I did still enjoy them. The band know how to put on a great show, and to see them play a request for someone dedicating it to his partner and going for a lesser-known track was a great selection. The colourful stage and the effects were so eye-catching and appealing, nobody could hate how that venue looked. The songs were all fantastic and it was great to hear the tracks in all their glory. I would have like a few more tracks from X&Y and VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS, but I couldn’t complain with what was selected. I really hope this isn’t the last tour from Coldplay as many seem to think it is, as I am sure Chris Martin and company have got many big shows ahead of them and I want to go again!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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