Catching up on forty years. 1999: Praise You – Fat Boy Slim

After all, this is the song that opened the Seagulls’ long-awaited Amex Stadium in 2011, a celebration of the long haul, the club’s wonderful new home and their unique relationship with dance music star DJ Fat Boy Slim.

Catching up on forty years. 1998: Brimful of Asha – Cornershop

Many crimes were committed in the name of music in 1998. The guilty include Celine DIon, Cher and Robbie Williams. Thank goodness for Cornershop’s Brimful of Asha – a bit of Britpop, some Norman Cook dance music and a scattering of Indian flavour thrown in on top.

Catching up on forty years. 1997: Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club

1997: Enter a bunch of septuagenarian and octogenarian Cubans…

Catching up on forty years. 1996: Rotterdam (or Anywhere) – The Beautiful South

Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) is a little jaunt along the street with a guitar and a beautiful voice.

Catching up on forty years. 1995: Ironic – Alanis Morrissette

“Alanis Morrissette – another woman in dire need of ice cream”

The Big Bang Theory (The Wheaton Recurrence)

Catching up on forty years. 1994: Parklife – Blur

Blur vs Oasis
Whigfield vs Wet Wet Wet…
The list of delegates for the songs of 1994 are as long as a European Election ballot form.

Catching up on forty years. 1993: Big Time Sensuality – Bjork

But Big Time Sensuality is pure ecstatic pop, a celebration of life and friendship. It also has one of the most iconic videos ever.

Catching up on forty years. 1992: These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs

These Are Days is for those moments when life can’t be better. When everything has come together – whether it is a weekend with friends, the best of years…

Catching up on forty years. 1991: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

There are moments when a band’s music and the moment come together. Smells Like Teen Spirit if you pardon the excrutiating bad pun had a freshness about it that grabbed all our attention.