Monday, 28 November 2011

'The Yuletide 24' 2011 - the complete list of musodad's favourite songs of the year

So, 'The Yuletide 24' is now complete.  For those of you wondering what this is, it was a list of my favourite 24 songs in 2011.  I decided to collate it as a personal tribute to the great man John Peel and his annual 'Festive 50' and I've really enjoyed putting it together, listening to loads of great music along the way.  If you'd like to read my blog post tribute to John Peel, you can do so here - Introducing 'The Yuletide 24' - it's like a rubbish version of John Peel's 'Festive 50'

For those of you who use Spotify, you can now listen to the full playlist here - The Yuletide 24 - 2011 For those of you who don't, below is the list, in reverse order.  Please imagine that 'The Wizard' by Paul Hardcastle is playing in your head to give it a 'Top of the Pops' atmos :

24 - 'Writing's on the wall' by Plan B
23 - 'I want the world to stop' by Belle & Sebastian
22 - 'Still Life' by The Horrors
21 - 'A Heavy Abacus' by The Joy Formidable
20 - 'Lions in cages' by Wolf Gang
19 - 'Live those days tonight' by Friendly Fires
18 - 'Don't sit down 'cause I've moved your chair' by Arctic Monkeys
17 - 'The City' by Patrick Wolf
16 - 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.' by Noah and the Whale
15 - 'Honey all Over' by Gruff Rhys
14 - 'Pumped up Kicks' by Foster the People
13 - 'Sappho' by Tribes
12 - 'You are a Tourist' by Death Cab for Cutie
11 - 'AKA...What a Life!' by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
10 - 'The Words that Maketh Murder' by PJ Harvey
9 - 'Lippy Kids' by Elbow
8 - 'Good for Nothing' by Hard-Fi
7 - 'Give up the Ghost' by Radiohead
6 - 'Two kinds of Happiness' by The Strokes
5 - 'Walking Far From Home' by Iron & Wine
4 - 'Video Games' by Lana Del Rey
3 - 'If you Wanna' by The Vaccines
2 - 'How it ended' by The Drums
1 - 'Lights Out, Words Gone' by Bombay Bicycle Club

So, what do you think? Agree / disagree?  Any songs I’ve missed?

Well, now it’s over to you – other than any comments on the above, it would be great if you could let me know your 2 favourite songs of the year so we can build a ‘Top of the mums and pops’ (TOTMAP) 2011 playlist together.  As I mentioned in my John Peel tribute post, you don’t have to be a mum or a dad to submit songs, I just liked the name and it stuck.  Either comment here or send them to me on Twitter - @musodad

You've got until the 31st December and then I'll publish the Spotify playlist in the new year.  It doesn't matter if your 2 songs are in the above list or have been featured on a previous playlist.  Oh and it won't be limited to 24 songs (if I actually get 24 songs in total, I'll be a very happy man!)

Finally, once one door closes, another opens.  ‘The Yuletide 24’ 2011 playlist may now be complete but it’s time to start another.  This is going to be called (drum roll, please) ‘24 Bands that should have been bigger’.

This playlist is all about bands who are no longer with us, and it’s a bloody shame that they’re not.  These are bands who might have enjoyed moderate success, but never the success they deserved, for example, they never headlined Glastonbury but they should have.  These are bands who split up too early and who we would love to have back (you never know, some might still be touring tiny pubs somewhere, we just don’t know about it).

I’m going to try and make this interactive as well, so if you have any suggestions, please use the hashtag #bandsthatshouldhavebeenbigger and an example of the band / artist they should have been as big as.  To give you an example (and for thanking you for being one of the first people to read this blog post) I am going to tell you that tomorrow’s Song of the day is ‘Great Things’ by Echobelly.  An excellent band who I wish were still around and really should have been as big as Blondie.

You can also subscribe to / follow the Spotify playlist here - 24 Bands that should have been bigger

Thanks for reading.


  1. This could take a bit of researching. I just know I'll name some songs and you'll point out that they were actually released on December 28th 2009 (while doing up your anorak toggles) :o) xx

  2. Wow! There are a lot of songs (and artists)on your list that I've never heard (of). Makes me realise I'm very out of touch with music.

    I tell you what I was listening to yesterday - "she said" by the longpigs. Completely transported me back to my first year at uni. I always thought they should have been bigger than they were.

  3. Also *pointsofviewvoice* WHY OH WHY OH WHY have you not included Brittle Heart by Brett Anderson? I demand to see it included in the totmap chart!

  4. My top two songs of the year - Post Break Up Sex by The Vaccines is my number one I think. I actually want to choose two Vaccines songs but I am going to force myself to look elsewhere so, Foster the People - Call It What You Want.

  5. Thanks all - we now have 3 songs on the TOTMAP playlist, only 21 to go to make it 'official' :) Please spread the word.

    We also have three #bandsthatshouldhavebeenbigger requests - Love, Longpigs and Jesus Jones. They will all be appear on the playlist at some point - please spread the word on that as well!

  6. Nice list... has made me rethink mine.

    in my opinion you're lacking some wild beasts.... from one of the albums of the year.

    Wild beasts - end come to soon
    Metronomy - The Bay

  7. Oooo Bands that should have been bigger...

    White Denim (although I think they are about to 'come back and be bigger soon'

    The BloodArm (immense!)

    Boards Of Canada.

    As for the Top list of 2011 it's good to see The Horrors made your list :D

    Have you heard 'Waveforms' by Django Django - now that's good -

  8. The last thing I added to my iPod was Superunknown by Soundgarden which must be well over 15 years old. I think that shows how past it I am. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N is my 3 year olds favourite. He calls it 'the driving about song' as it's been on in his dad's car a lot. Should I worry that his taste is more up to date than mine or just get used to it?

  9. I would say my top two of the year would be The Look by Metronomy and Damn These Vampires by the Mountain Goats

  10. I still need to sort myself with spotify on my phone and listen to all these songs! Should've asked you more about it last night! Silly me!