1) Shura – Touch
Slick and smooth, this is an effortlessly cool R&B jam by Shura.
2) Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
Melancholic and moody but a brilliant track which mirrors lots of ’80’s pop.
3) The 1975 – Ugh!
The 1975 dropped another incredible track this week. This is reminiscent of some of Prince’s funkiest material and it’s bloody awesome.
4) Girls Aloud – The Loving Kind
Completely forgot about this track until it appeared as a suggested video on YouTube the other day. Written by The Pet Shop Boys, this is one of their best.
5) Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Smooth and soulful, this is old-school Christmas music at its best. Absolutely brilliant track.
6) Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance the rapper – All my friends
Love the chilled out nature of this and the chorus is very anthemic.
7) Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)
Before this track came to prominence, it was actually a Christmas song. Not a lot had to be removed to turn it into a generic track and both versions are lovely. One of the best and most emotive power ballads from the ’80’s.
8) James Bay – Hold Back The River
This is still an incredible, rousing and uplifting track. James performing it on the BBC Music Awards reinforced that for me.
9) Cliff Richard – Young Love
Anything by Cliff is a guilty pleasure. I have no idea how I came across this but it’s a nice little song.
10) The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
An often forgotten about Christmas song. It’s not the most cheery of festive songs but it’s a brilliant song and Chrissie Hynde’s vocals are still some of the best out there.