CATCHING UP ON FORTY YEARS. 2001: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Can’t Get You Out of My Head is no classic bluegrass gospel number. It doesn’t have particularly meaningful lyrics. On the 1000th play it does become a tad annoying. But it is my song that represents 2001.

Catching up on forty years. 2000: Down to the river to pray – Alison Krauss

Marking the millennium by celebrating good old ways…let’s go down to the river to pray.

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.