Well, the final 10. You have no idea how difficult it was to get these into the right order. I like most of them for different reasons so it was really hard to just pick 10 in the right order. Anyway, here they are and in my opinion they are all damn good.
10: Suck My Megamix – Scooter.
1 hours and 20 minutes of Scooter goodness. If I’m really pissed off I crank this up and blast it out and boy does the missus hate it. I love all Scooter tracks and this gives me a chance to listen a good long combination of them. If you haven’t seen Scooter you’re really missing something special, I saw them in Moscow and it was one of the greatest nights out I’ve ever had, truly fantastic ….
9: Con Te Partiro – Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman.
The simply amazing voices of Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, sod the English version (Time To Say Goodbye) you need to hear this in Italian, simply perfection ….
8: Cara Mia – Jay And The Americans.
Originally sung by David Whitfield (another great voice) this was later a one hit wonder for Jay And The Americans. Jay Black’s (the lead singer) voice isn’t what it was but hell could he sing back then. Another song I’ve done at karaoke but I could never do it the justice it deserves compared to Jay Black or David Whitfield ….
7: Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers.
Another song sung by every mother and their dog. But this is the definitive version, sad but beautiful ballad. Again a karaoke classic and one I can do reasonably well. Brings back memories of the early 1990s for me, many problems then in my life and romantically. Oh go on, let’s have the pottery clip from Ghost ….
6: Conquest Of Paradise – Vangelis.
Simply the greatest synthesizer instrumental piece of music EVER in my opinion. Always loved this but didn’t know what it was called until I heard it on something on Youtube and managed to identify with the Shazam app on my mobile. Much as I like Jean Michel Jarre he’s not a patch on Vangelis (another Greek on this top 100!) in my opinion, this is simply the dog’s testicles ….
5: As Tears Go By – Marianne Faithfull.
The young and beautiful Marianne Faithfull coyly singing this Rolling Stones song back in 1965, such a good song, such a good singer, such good lyrics, such a shame she threw all that talent down the pan in my opinion. You wouldn’t recognise her singing this now. Also like the Rolling Stones singing this although it’s better sung by Marianne ….
4: Country Song – Jake Bugg.
Unbelievably good. Some say he sounds like a gay Bob Dylan (cheeky buggers) but this talent, a true singing voice. Amazingly the group One Direction (or should that be No Direction) claimed they were better than Jake Bugg because they’d sold more records. What a bunch of pillocks, Jake Bugg has more talent in his little finger than One Direction have in their whole band. Listen to Jake, he can sing, I mean really really sing. If you despair of “modern” music listen to this and remember when we had singers who could actually sing. I hope he does well, really really well ….
3: Torn – Natalie Imbruglia.
If you want to understand social postmodernism listen to this. Faith, reality, perception it’s all in there. Tune’s a bit naff but for a postmodernist like myself the lyrics make it ….
2: San Francisco – Scott McKenzie.
The late great Scott McKenzie. Although I have few memories of the 1960s (I was very very young!) this song is to me the 1960s. I love it, I sing along to it, he had a great voice and it was a great song, simply brilliant. I could never tire of hearing this. The 1960s doesn’t get any better ….
1: Conquest Of Paradise – Dana Winner.
Well we’re down to the number one. What makes this so special? Well for starters it’s Vangelis’s music (see further up), it’s just a brilliant track and I thought it couldn’t be improved upon. Until I heard Dana Winner singing it. Who? I hear you say. Dana Winner is a popular European singer of Schlager music from Belgium, she has an amazing voice, she looks amazing, she is amazing. She is so so talented and most UK (or USA for that matter) people have never even heard of her! Well you’ve heard of her now, go listen to her songs on Youtube, buy her records, go see her if you get the chance. Such an amazing voice and she’s as good live as she is in the studio, that takes some doing. Go Dana, you are the number 1 ….
So in conclusion: My musical taste is highly eclectic. There’s a lot of Europeans in my selection (especially Greeks) and a scattering of Eurovision (Eurovision gets a lot of flack I know but it does churn out the occasional amazing song). I hope you’ve discovered something new here, let me know ….