A new countdown begins tomorrow: THE 100 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY MICHAEL JACKSON.
The Caffé Latté
It was the year David Bowie and Prince left this mortal coil; Trump was elected President of America and the planet faced the continuing refugee crisis as terrorists continued to strike in numerous locations. Here are 100 songs that were the favourites on this blog during the past 12 months.
100 DEGREES (STILL DISCO TO ME)
KYLIE & DANNII MINOGUE
This dance track was originally entitled "100 Degrees (Still Christmas To Me)" when it first emerged on Kylie Minogue's 2015 Yuletide release 'Kylie Christmas'. The Australian pop star recorded it with her sister Dannii. Both have enjoyed a string of hits in Australia, Britain and other territories. The title & sung lyrics were later modified for its release in April 2016.
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
BARBRA STREISAND with MELISSA McCARTHY
"Anything You Can Do" is a track from Streisand's 2016 #1 album release 'Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway'. The song, penned by Iving Berlin, is from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun". Both performers injected humour into the remake.
2016 saw the release of '24K Magic', a new album from Bruno Mars. This was his funkiest release yet, with some tantalising tracks including "Chunky". The album reached the Top 3 in America and the U.K.
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE
When Sergey Lazarev stepped out onto the Eurovision stage and performed "You Are The Only One", there were several moments where the breathless audience looked on in awe. The Russian entry raised the bar in terms of presentation, using innovative technology. At the Grand Final, the song finished in 3rd position and deservedly collected the most public votes.
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Adele dominated charts across the vast planet in early 2016 with '25'. "When We Were Young" was the 2nd single from the album. The ballad reached the Top 10 in Britain, Europe, Canada and South Africa.
WE ARE YOUR TOMORROW
Sweden's national competition Melodifestivalen determines the Swedish Eurovision entry for that year. David Lindgren was a grand finalist with "We Are Your Tomorrow", an upbeat and optimistic song that should have resonated with the mood in Europe in 2006. Instead, Frans was chosen, with "If I Were Sorry". He finished strong at #5 in Stockholm.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ANNA KENDRICK &
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
The 1978 hit "September" has proven to be a timeless celebratory track over time. Maurice White, one of the 2 lead vocalists on the original, passed away during the year. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick covered the song for the film 'Trolls'. The original group responsible for the song, Earth Wind & Fire, joined in on the 2016 remake.
HEAR THEM CALLING
Greta Salome represented Iceland at Eurovision with the rousing "Hear Them Calling". Unfortunately the catchy song failed to attract sufficient votes to qualify for the Grand Final. The song did top the Icelandic chart.
CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Justin Timberlake co-wrote "Can't Stop The Feeling!" for the film 'Trolls'. The funky song was performed by the American singer during the interval for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in May. It is nominated for Golden Globe and Grammy Awards this year. In 2016, the song topped the charts in America, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Israel and South Africa. It peaked at #2 in Britain and #3 in Australia.