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Top 50 Singles 2009 – The Top Ten

What’s that sound? Fanfare? Trumpets? Hysterical screaming? No, it’s actually tumbleweed. Festive tumbleweed, perhaps. Everyone’s pretty much in a holiday mood now, I’m assuming, so now is clearly the best time to sneak out the much-anticipated (HA!) conclusion to my annual rundown of tunes of the good variety.

Behind the click below are my top 10 tracks of the year. And you can listen to a (rather pitiful) 42 of the 50 tracks over here via Spotify.

If anyone’s paying attention, what do you reckon to my choices? Too obvious? Not obvious enough? Most importantly – what have I missed? What’s been floating your 2009-shaped boat that should be in here?

So, here goes…

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New La Roux, video-free legends, genre confusion, and bleeps


Let’s kick off with a bit of audio-only action from two pop scene stalwarts who it’s still very much OK to love. First up, WHY on earth is there no video for what is surely Saint Etienne’s most pop single in years. I guess it’s the same reason their latest best of has been repeatedly delayed (I wrote at length about it months ago) and that people ignore Tales from Turnpike House. Yes, it’s because the world is WRONG. All of it, all of you. Anyway, there’s also some more Xenomania-assisted tuneage from them Pet Shop Boys, for your video-free enjoyment. I’ve only given it a couple of “spins” but it’s ticking the boxes so far. It’s quite camp and silly. What, really?

On with the show below, kicked off by that La Roux vid I was waiting for last week…

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A Singular History: Saint Etienne

On Monday PopJustice alerted me to the arrival of ‘the greatest greatest hits album of 2008.’

The best of in question is London Conversations, by the wonderful Saint Etienne. While it’s not the first attempt to collect the finest moments of these London lovelies on record, it is of course the most comprehensive.

It’s also new, which means it doesn’t neglect the more recent, often ignored, yet largely excellent, work by the band.

Anyway, Saint Etienne are a favourite band of mine, and one of many reference points by which I judge whether or not a pop single is any good.

If you click below, you will find videos and words relating to ten of the best Saint Etienne singles. In my humble opinion, of course. What do you reckon?

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