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40th Party Playlist

Here’s the playlist I go on about here, with links to Last.fm if you feel the need.

Paul Simon : Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Sparks : This Town Aint Big Enough For The Both Of Us
10cc : Rubber Bullets
Kraftwerk : Autobahn (remix)
Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music : Let’s Stick Together
The Stranglers : Peaches
OMD : Messages
Adam and the Ants? : Stand & Deliver
Echo & The Bunnymen : The Back of Love
New Order : Temptation
Heaven 17 : Temptation
Frankie Goes To Hollywood : Two Tribes
David Bowie : Loving The Alien
Depeche Mode : Shake The Disease
Pet Shop Boys : Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
M : Pop Muzik
Curiosity Killed The Cat : Misfit
S’Express : Theme From S’Express
Prefab Sprout : The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Voice Of The Beehive : Don’t Call Me Baby
Eurythmics : You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
Capella : Helyom Halib
Pop Will Eat Itself : Touched by the Hand of Cicciolina (Edited Highlights)
MC Tunes versus 808 State : The Only Rhyme That Bites
The KLF : Last Train to Trancentral (Live From the Lost Continent)
Pulp : Babies
Beastie Boys : Intergalactic
Madonna : Ray Of Light
Alessi Brothers : Oh Lori
Elvis Costello : Pump It Up
Squeeze : Up the Junction
Blondie : Sunday Girl
ABBA : Does Your Mother Know
ABBA : Waterloo
Amii Stewart : Knock On Wood
The Specials : Rat Race
The Specials : Ghost Town
Tenpole Tudor : Swords of a Thousand Men
The Human League : The Sound Of The Crowd
Tom Tom Club : Wordy Rappinghood
ABC : The Look of Love
Hot Chocolate : Girl Crazy
Ultravox : Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
Duran Duran : The Reflex
Howard Jones : Pearl In The Shell
Grandmaster & Melle Mel : White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)
Duran Duran : A View To A Kill
Tears for Fears : Head Over Heels
The Cult : She Sells Sanctuary
Brotherhood Of Man : Save Your Kisses For Me
Bryan Ferry : The In Crowd
China Crisis : King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)
Freeez : I O U
Fun Boy Three : Our Lips Are Sealed
Wings : Live And Let Die
Plastic Bertrand : Ca Plane Pour Moi
Ramones : Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Sex Pistols : God Save The Queen
Peter Gabriel : Sledgehammer
Tears for Fears : Everybody wants to Rule the World
Gary Glitter : Rock And Roll (Part 1)
Doctor & The Medics : Spirit In The Sky
Van McCoy : The Shuffle
Pet Shop Boys : It’s A Sin
New Order : Blue Monday
R.E.M. : Orange Crush
Depeche Mode : Policy of Truth
Manic Street Preachers : From Despair To Where
The Prodigy : No Good (Start The Dance)
Radiohead : Paranoid Android
Supergrass : Pumping On Your Stereo
Eddy Grant : Electric Avenue
Gorillaz : Clint Eastwood
Eminem : Without Me
The Darkness : Growing On Me
Beastie Boys : Ch-Check it Out
The Streets : Fit But You Know It
Gorillaz : Feel Good Inc.
The Early Years : So Far Gone
McAlmont & Butler : Yes
Black Grape : Reverend Black Grape
Double Trouble & the Rebel MC : Just Keep Rockin
Electric Six : Gay Bar
Tone Loc : Funky Cold Medina
Kirsty MacColl : Walking Down Madison
Kula Shaker : Tattva
Neneh Cherry : Manchild
Space : Female Of The Species
Talk Talk : Its My Life
The Verve : Bitter Sweet Symphony

40 Years Of Top 40 Hits

I wanted to create a fun playlist to play at my 40th birthday do last weekend, so I came up with this idea. I looked around online and found this website which has a database of the UK charts back to the 1950’s. Then I searched for the top 40 from June in each year, starting with 1972, the year of my birth (here’s the first one). Then I picked out my favorite song from each of those lists, which would be good in a party playlist (IMHO), and which (crucially) I had in my library.

Obviously, to begin with there were only a few songs to pick out. Later on, of course, as I got into the 1980’s, there were more than one song in June that I wanted to include. So I let the rules lapse a bit and included them. Sod it.

Then, as I got further into the late 90’s, tracks I liked (or indeed recognized) started to dry up. This was due to a couple of pretty obvious factors. I wasn’t listening to chart music that much, due to it not being aimed at me. I won’t stoop so low as to claim that “music wasn’t good anymore” – if I start claiming that, I will truly be an old man. I hope never to believe that nonsense. Charts are only one measure – songs that the kids are buying.

In fact, when I was downloading songs off YouTube, the top voted comment was very often something along the lines of:

I gotta say, I really respect the generation of 80’s/90’s electronic music lovers. I really have no hope in today’s music. I mean seriously… the shit that people call ‘pop’ music in 2012… makes me feel ashamed

or

im 15 and listen to this haha! better than the boring shit nowadays 😀

or

what happened to good music like this wth is this new lmfao stuff all there songs are about sex, drugs, and parties, these songs have good meaning and REAL Talent thumbs up if you agree

Oh, do fuck off.

Ah well yes, opinion and taste and everything. This playlist was for a party with a specific theme. Milestone year and all that. Also, it was meant as a historical and transatlantic cultural curiousity – most of the guests wouldn’t be familiar with the UK charts in the 1980’s.

In some cases, I didn’t actually have a copy of the song I wanted to include. This was remedied in various ways, including the wonderful SnipMP3.com, which is a tool for downloading an MP3 of the audio track of a YouTube video. There are many tracks available there – people post videos of the vinyl going round, or of some dodgy animated disco dancer, in the case of club tracks and white labels.

Anyway, it was a lot pf fun putting the list together. I wanted to export it into Spotify somehow, so I found Playlistify, which claims to take an uploaded iTunes playlist XML file and convert it into a Spotify playlist. I tried it, and it managed to find 60 out of the 90 songs. So here’s a link to the created playlist. Doesn’t seem to work well – I’ll fix it later. Oh well.