Having a party this weekend and want to celebrate the Jubilee? Not sure what music to play. Well Bicester Blogger has done all the hard work for you - today I am proud to unveil my "JUBILEE PLAYLIST".
This has been the result of many hours of work and research by myself to come up with the ultimate list. Here are the criteria I used. Here are the goals I set myself, and how I went about achieving them.
1) To showcase music from across the Queen's reign.
2) To include as many different types of music as possible.
3) To include only British artists.
4) To provide appeal to all ages and tastes.
5) To have a running time around 5 hours.
6) To be useable as a party playlist, or for personal listening.
So how did I get on? Let's see.
1) My original plan was to include hits from every year since 1952, which was conveniently also the year that the charts started. However, I soon ran into a problem with this. The problem being that in the 1950s the charts were largely dominated by American acts. The few acts we had were doing mainly ballads and cover versions - our hitmakers at that time were the likes of Jimmy Young and Doris Day. Plenty of Rock and Roll around from the mid 50s but largely American as I say, and for the purposes of the Brit List, artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis are disqualified. Some other artists that were mentioned such as George Formby, well all their big hits were before the war - Sally's favourite, Leaning On A Lampost actually hails from 1937.
|George Formby - big in the 30s|
However I am sure Sally will be able to keep you entertained on Sunday with some hits from the 50s and if you do want to croon a Jimmy Young number, well he's in the karaoke books too.
|Jimmy Young - No 1 with Unchained Melody decades before Robson and Jerome.|
So most of the British acts I looked at from the 50s were not really the sorts of tunes you could include in a playlist you might want to put on at a party. Now I realise that this will probably horrify some people who think I am being ageist, but I decided to take the controversial decision not to start my playlist until the birth of the Beatles, some 10 years into the Queen's reign. But from that point onwards there are hits for every year from 1963 to 2012, two in most cases, in some weaker years only one, and very occasionally three.
|The Fab Four|
2) I decided very early on that the list would be chronological and that we would move through the ages, reflecting the types of music of each period. I did not want to favour any type of music over another and make it exclusively rock for example - this isn't being played in the Hobgoblin (Bell). So you will see we take a tour through classic 60s pop, glam rock, punk, new romantics, indie, britpop, boy bands, dance, it's all there. I also reluctantly decided to limit my personal preferences, so much as I adore my St Etienne, Garbage, etc I decided they were not mainstream enough for inclusion. However I have indulged myself to some degree so you won't be surprised to see the likes of Happy Mondays, Kaiser Chiefs etc appearing.
|From the great "Madchester" era.|
3) I had decided British artists only, which as I mentioned could be a problem in some eras when the charts were dominated by American artists, but other than the 50s I managed this OK. I also had a rule of no more than one song from any one artist. There are some holes you can pick in this - for example I have both a Take That and a Robbie Williams song, but that would be picking holes.
|Ooh, don't they look young!|
4) This ties in with point 2 really. Something for everyone. For every "cool" song there's a cheesy one too. Plenty for granny to enjoy as well as the youngsters. But younger people will enjoy the golden oldies too, as many of them are songs that have stood the test of time and that everyone will know.
|A smattering of cheese. And it looks as if whitening toothpaste really did work back then.|
5) I aimed for 5 hours as that's about as much as you'd normally need for a disco. I am officiallty on from 8:30 to 1:00pm on Sunday, but I normally start a little early, so this should work out about right. Obviously you won't be hearing the whole thing as we have karaoke on, but little snippets of most of the songs as we go through the night.
|Classic Britpop - one of the best albums ever.|
6) Funky Mike said he would nick this playlist for Saturday night - I've no problems with that - might want to amend it a little to make it pub friendly. If any of the rest of you are having a party and want some ideas, well help yourselves.
|Proof that British talent is alive and well in the 21st century|
So here is the list - I realise it is bound to cause some controversy - most likely you'll be wondering why your favourite artist is not there, or why I have included such and such a song. Well you have to appreciate, condensing 60 (or rather 50) years of popular music into just 5 hours means I can cover only a tiny fraction of the amazing creativity of the British pop scene over that time.
Enjoy and have a great weekend.
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And now - the list:
|Love Me Do||Beatles||02:21|
|I Like It||Gerry & the Pacemakers||02:14|
|I'm Into Something Good||Herman's Hermits||02:32|
|You Really Got Me||The Kinks||02:15|
|It's not unusual||Tom Jones||02:04|
|Paint It, Black||Rolling Stones||03:48|
|Hi Ho Silver Lining||Jeff Beck||02:55|
|Fire||Crazy World Of Arthur Brown||02:57|
|Bend Me, Shape Me||Amen Corner||02:37|
|Something in the Air||Thunderclap Newman||03:54|
|All Right Now||Free||03:36|
|In the Summertime||Mungo Jerry||03:34|
|Get It On||T Rex||04:26|
|Coz I Luv You||Slade||03:32|
|All The Young Dudes||Mott The Hoople||03:31|
|Can The Can||Suzi Quatro||03:34|
|Sugar Baby Love||Rubettes||03:26|
|Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)||Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel||03:54|
|Bye Bye Baby||Bay City Rollers||02:34|
|Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Elton John & Kiki Dee||04:26|
|You to me are Everything||Real Thing||03:21|
|Rockin' All Over The World||Status Quo||03:35|
|Smoke On The Water||Deep Purple||03:47|
|Baker Street||Gerry Rafferty||04:09|
|Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)||The Buzzcocks||02:43|
|Tears Of A Clown||The Beat||02:40|
|Cool For Cats||Squeeze||03:10|
|Geno||Dexy's Midnight Runners||03:27|
|Tainted Love||Soft Cell||02:42|
|House of Fun||Madness||02:49|
|Hungry Like A Wolf||Duran Duran||03:25|
|Karma Chameleon||Culture Club||03:51|
|Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go||Wham!||03:52|
|Together In Electric Dreams||Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder||03:53|
|Walking On Sunshine||Katrina & The Waves||03:40|
|Dancing In The Street||David Bowie & Mick Jagger||03:09|
|You Keep Me Hangin' On||Kim Wilde||04:19|
|Respectable||Mel & Kim||03:24|
|The Only Way Is Up||Yazz And The Plastic Population||04:05|
|Fools Gold||The Stone Roses||04:10|
|I Don't Want A Lover||Texas||04:05|
|Dub Be Good To Me||Beats Internationl ft Lindy||04:01|
|Step On||Happy Mondays||04:21|
|The Size of a Cow||The Wonder Stuff||03:13|
|America : What Time Is Love||The KLF||03:31|
|Ebeneezer Goode||The Shamen||03:40|
|Out Of Space||Prodigy||03:41|
|Could It Be Magic||Take That||03:30|
|Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)||Sub Sub Feat. Melanie Williams||02:43|
|Girls & Boys||Blur||04:17|
|Roll With It||Oasis||04:01|
|Wannabe [-5 SECS]||Spice Girls||02:53|
|You're Not Alone||Olive||03:54|
|Perfect 10||Beautiful South||03:39|
|Hey Boy Hey Girl||The Chemical Brothers||04:49|
|It Feels So Good||Sonique||03:49|
|We Will Rock You||Five Feat Brian May||02:57|
|Shake Ur Body||Shy FX||03:20|
|Just A Little||Liberty X||03:53|
|No Good Advice||Girls Aloud||03:47|
|Hole In The Head||Sugababes||03:38|
|Take Me Out||Franz Ferdinand||03:26|
|I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor||Arctic Monkeys||02:53|
|Love Me Like You||Magic Numbers||04:50|
|The Modern Way||Kaiser Chiefs||03:31|
|She Moves In Her Own Way (radio version)||Kooks||02:48|
|She's So Lovely||Scouting For Girls||03:44|
|Goodbye Mr. A||Hoosiers||03:48|
|The Fear||Lily Allen||03:29|
|Starry Eyed||Ellie Goulding||02:57|
|Price Tag (Clean Edit) (w/out BoB)||Jessie J||03:09|
|Heart Skips A Beat||Olly Murs Feat. Rizzle Kicks||03:22|
|Hot Right Now||Dj Fresh Feat. Rita Ora||03:02|