Whew, we made it through. As mentioned earlier it was devilishly hard choosing these Top 40 tracks of the year. We tried to pick ones that have had longevity and that we think will stick around for years to come. We limited ourselves generally to one track per artist – many of these had more than one deserving song. Here is the playlist – from 40 down to Maroon 5 at No. 1.
Well howdy folks! Its Friday so time to spin some new tunes. Here’s our selection for this week, playing on the hour each hour from 9am.
Frenship – LOVE Somebody
Frenship are a US duo who met in a sports shop. They hit the charts for the first time in 2016 for a single called Capsize. They dropped this single earlier this month prior to heading off on tour. A nice unpretentious love song, this new music is designed to take them from from one hit wonder to greater things. We think this track is a step up, and a step in the right direction.
Sarah Blasko – Everybody Wants to Sin
Sarah’s new album Depth of Field has the critics raving, and rightly so. It is filled with delicate and sophisticated songs, and we’re already playing a couple. This one premiers for us this morning and strikes a different tone on the album, something to dance to. The Guardian described it as “Goldfrapp without the high heels”.
Twin Shadows – Saturdays Ft. Haim
Twin Shadows have been quiet for three years (perhaps related to a tour bus accident in 2015) but this single presages a new album Caer in April. Haim seem to be the golden touch at the moment, certainly on this nice track.
Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune
This isn’t really a new release – Highway Tune was first released early in 2017 but was re-released on this EP along with other three songs from early 2017, and four new ones. Elton John has described Greta Van Fleet as his favourite new band. Amidst all the angst about the decline of rock, these guys are showing that dynamic new rock music isn’t dead. Of course its everywhere if you are willing to look!
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- Coolin’ Out (feat. Lucius)
This track should put a smile on your face. We’re loving the honest rootsy sounds from artists like Chris Stapleton, Anderson East and Glen Hansard. It’s a bit like the savory to complement all that sweet pop! Of course the lead singer having a majestic beard also helps! The Night Sweat’s new album is shaping up to be another great listen.