Over the year I’ve been creating a playlist on Spotify listing all the tracks I’ve loved throughout the year. There are many that did not come out this year, but it’s the discovery of these tracks that piqued my interest. Click on the image to watch the video.
Borrowed Time – Frances
On the BBC Radio 1 Sound of 2016 playlist, I thought I’d give some of them a try and found Frances to be delightfully calming to listen to. The first song put onto my 2016 playlist was a great listen.
Great Movie Medley – Voctave
So this is quite spectacular, the voices of Voctave are incredible. Each one you can hear and less than 10 people in the group. Even if you don’t recognise all the movies, you’ll be drawn to the sounds they create
Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
Interesting song that was popular this year.
Trust in Me – Jungle Book
I loved the new Jungle Book movie and loved that Kaa was portrayed by a woman, Scarlett Johansson too! She has a hypnotic voice in this song which works perfectly.
School Song – Matilda
It’s no mystery that I love songs from musicals but this is an exceptionally thought out song that just works. I love singing this
Lost Boy – Ruth B
I found this song randomly on YouTube and loved it. Lost Boy is all about Peter Pan and as a big Disney fan, I fell in love with it
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
This song was first sung at the Eurovision, an event I watched with great friends. It was different but I liked it.
Children Will Listen – One Voice Children’s Choir
I don’t remember how I discovered this song but I loved the innocence to it and the lyrics felt more real from children.
Good Grief – Bastille
Bastille released this song this year and I instantly loved it
The Long Song – Doctor Who
When I was ill this year, I found comfort in listening to Classic FM. I got even luckier when I turned over to find they were playing movie soundtracks, so I continued listening on Spotify and found The Long Song from Doctor Who. I’ve seen the episode with Jenna Louise Coleman and Peter Capaldi: The Rings of Akhaten. But I listened to this song a lot.
Still Alive – Portal
I finished Portal and Portal 2 again this year. I also had a try at Portal Stories: Mel too, which is a mod of Portal 2. It’s a little bit harder and will have to finish it later. Here is the song by Sarah Covey and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
You need to see this live to get the true experience because even this video doesn’t do the song justice. I went to see this in the Summer and it was amazing. I have learnt the song though and now know how to spell it, thanks to the lyrics! I have thought about learning the dance too…
Step in Time – Mary Poppins
Because the performance of this song was amazing, this is why I added it.
Only You – Yazoo
This year we sang this song at a wedding. I didn’t have many lyrics but I know the song by heart anyway. I love this song. It was also featured in my favourite TV show: Once Upon a Time. And Kylie and James Cordon released a single of this song last year.
Yes I Can – The Superhuman Band
The Paralympics this year were hosted on Channel 4. They released a promo featuring some extraordinary people. This is that song.
Something to Believe in – Young the Giant
A band I follow, Young the Giant released an album this year, Home of the Strange. This is my favourite song from the album
Silvertongue – Young the Giant
And here is another song from the album I loved.
Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding
I’ve always like Ellie Goulding and although I haven’t seen the movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby, I liked this song.
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
I discovered Capital Cities this year on Spotify by looking at other bands I liked and checking the Similar Artists. This is my favourite song this year. I don’t know why but I love listening to it. It has definitely jumped into my top 10 songs all time, at number 5.
Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities
This was an interesting song, again by Capital Cities. But the video is even better.
Go Big or Go Home – American Authors
New album by American Authors, a band I love. This is my favourite song of the album.
Pride – American Authors
The second song in this album I loved, and the lyrics resonated with me with this one. “This is me, who I am”
She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lambert
I loved Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ and Mary Lambert is featured in the chorus. This song is an extended version of the chorus.
Lift Me Up – OneRepublic
OneRepublic released a new album this year. One of my favourite bands and I loved this song.
Better (String Version) – OneRepublic
The best song of the album and in strings version, I prefer this version to the original
Ready or Not – Laura Mvula
Featured in the House of Fraser Christmas adverts, as usual I love their uniqueness and song choice.
The Movie in my Mind – Miss Saigon
I saw the Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary when it screened in cinemas on October 16. It was quite a remarkable show and a powerful story so I kept the iconic song in my list.
I See A Victory – Hidden Figures
Another song from another movie I haven’t seen. Interesting and original.
God Only Knows – She & Him
I’ve always loved the cover songs by She & Him and this is just as good!
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
Strange one to add but as I took two friends to the fireworks display this year, this song played in the car. Originally released in 1974 but re-released when Guardians of the Galaxy came out, this song has a strange chanting that got my attention quickly!
One Day I’ll Fly Away – Vaults
Another classic John Lewis advert with a beautiful song. Whilst the bouncing Boxer got mixed reactions, I found the song a lovely calming classic!
Are We Ready? – Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club released a new album this year, and whilst I absolutely hate the video, I love the song!
Down to the River to Pray – The King’s Singers
This is probably one of the songs I got bored of by the end of the year but I enjoyed performing it in our “Raindrops and Rivers” choir concert in the Summer. I also got an accidental solo because I was the only 1st Bass in the concert!
How Far I’ll Go – Moana
Disney, you’ve done it again. Granted I don’t think this will be as big as Let it Go, but I did love the movie. Probably not the best time of the year to release a movie set in a similar land to Hawaii, but I did enjoy it very much.
I’ve got a Thing about you Baby – Elvis Presley
Chris Evans on Radio 2 overplayed this song and soon got it into my head. I didn’t really know it before the Philharmonic Orchestra released this album, but I do love the version of the choral arrangement.
Levitate – Imagine Dragons
Made for the Passengers movie featuring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, I, unlike many, like this song. However I hope Imagine Dragons release more music in the future rather than movie singles!
Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5
Recommended at work, this song sounded strange at first, but as I like a lot of Maroon 5 songs, this soon became a favourite this year. I’m not a fan of Kendrick Lamar rapping in the middle, but we can’t have it all!
Carol of the Bells / Bells of Notre Dame – Voctave
Voctave again, and what a song. Released this Christmas, the Carol of the Bells mixed with one of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame songs. The video is horribly cheesy and a pain to watch but the sound is amazing. I’d sing a long but only on the male parts. There is no way I can match the top notes that the woman in the white jumper can hit!
Drumpf – Hat Films
As with last year in the Yogscast Jingle Jam livestreams (raising over £2million for charities this year), HatFilms made a Christmas album live online with this song in it. Clicking on the image will take you to the full album, but this one is definitely my favourite.
Brand New Friend at Christmas Time – Yogscast
I love the Yogscast and they release a Christmas song every year. This year much less rude than their previous track ‘Carrot for a Cock’ about a Snowman. This is about a Superdog called Mandrew!