Music of the Month: December 2016

December isn’t quite over yet, I know, but it is time to look back at the music of December 2016 as after Christmas, I don’t play anything until the New Year. So here we go…

So the Australian songstress Kylie Minogue has climbed to the top of the chart this month, I imagine this is because of the amount of plays I have been giving her Christmas album. The Christmas album was recently repackaged with 6 new songs which invited in a lot more playing sessions. I wonder if this time next year she will also be my #1 mosy played around the Christmas season (she was #1 this time last year too!).

Other notable artists in this months countdown include Cher, who I have been really delving into the back catalogue of and listening to albums of hers from the 1960’s and 1970’s. She has always had a good voice and has some really under-rated classics from back in the day. Red Hot Chili Peppers are at #4, I saw them live for the very first time at the beginning of this month and they were fantastic. Emeli Sandé is also a new entry after the success of her recent album “Long Live The Angels” and we also see dance music artist Kungs make an entry into the Top 10 at #9.

Mariah Carey also features this month, as like every Christmas her classic festive tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You” always gets lots of plays around this time. I wonder if the song will feature in the Top 10 tracks countdown?

Next up, albums…

There’s a surprise, being #1 artist normally means that you can safely say you have the #1 album in the bag too, and this month is no exception. I love the festiveness (I realise that isn’t a word) on the Kylie Minogue “Kylie Christmas” album and every 1st December it has to be played, there are so many great cover versions of previous festive hits as well as some original material too. I just hope that in 2017 we will see a brand new studio album from Kylie too.

Other notable entries is the sophomore albums from both Emeli Sandé and Tove Lo, who are at #2 and #6 respectively. Britney Spears‘ “Glory” is still in the Top 10 after first being there back in August of this year. The new album from the band Busted, who recently reformed as a trio after 12 years apart is also in my Top 10 this month, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the album and it contains many (what I call) drivetime hits, songs you can easily listen to and sing-a-long to in the car.

Kungs and Dragonette also enter the Top 10 for the first time with great albums released just in time for Christmas. Both of them are worth checking out too if you can.

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#1 Lady Gaga – Million Reasons – 46 plays
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#2 Emeli Sandé – Breathing Underwater – 33 plays
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#3 Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On – 32 plays
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#4 Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You – 31 plays
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#5 Britney Spears – Slumber Party – 30 plays
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#6 Kylie Minogue – Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) – 29 plays
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#7 Kungs – This Girl – 28 plays
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#8 Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious – 26 plays
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#9 OneRepublic – Future Looks Good – 18 plays
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#10 Saara Aalto – No Fear – 17 plays

So there you have it, Lady Gaga has climbed up to this months #1 with the song “Million Reasons”. I have truly fallen in love with this song and I think it is definitely up there as one of her greats, even if it is sub-dued. I really loved her performances of the song at both the Royal Variety Performance and the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in the States.

Also big hits this month include the brand new hit song from Swedish Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw (pronounced Mons Zel-mer-leu) “Glorious” which is a great song and probably would have won Eurovision too had it have been an entry. Talking of Eurovision, did you know that Saara Aalto (the bird from X Factor who came from Finland and placed second) entered the Finnish National Heats earlier this year for Eurovision 2016 with the song “No Fear”, should have won, just saying!

Mariah Carey has also had laods of plays this month of her festive hit, just like I thought she would. It will definitely go down as a Christmas classic for many years to come, just think of the royalties she will be getting for that!

Some great party tracks in the Top 10 this week, the song “This Girl” by Kungs will be the song you have heard pretty much everywhere, on the radio, at a Christmas party, in a TV advert etc etc, but never known who sung it or what the song was. It’s a very catchy little number.

You can watch the full Top 10 videos by clicking the play button on the playlist before, but it is worth mentioning that the Kylie Minogue video is a mere fan video of a performance she did at the Royal Albert Hall. The song is nowhere to be seen on YouTube apart from that, although you will also know it from the Boots Christmas TV ad. Happy viewing!

Join me at the end of the month (and year) when we look back at 2016 in music and what has been the biggest hits of the past 365 days. I cannot wait, and let me tell you, it is all still very close at the top and I have no idea who is going to be #1!