Saturday, April 18, 2015

60 ESC YEARS update: 1979.
Caffe`Latte` looks back on the last 60 years of Eurovision and selects the best songs from each year. You’ll find some that also won that year and also some great songs that missed out.
60
YEARS OF THE
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
(1956-2015)
1979
THE CAFFE` LATTE` PICKS:
Album cover - Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan.jpg
1ST DSCHINGHIS KHAN Dschinghis Khan
 [Germany]

2ND HALLELUJAH Milk & Honey with Gali Atari
[Israel]

3RD DISCO TANGO Tommy Seebach
[Denmark]
4TH  NOTRE VIE C’EST LA MUSIQUE Laurent Yaguener
[Monaco]
5TH SU CANCON Betty Missiego
[Spain]

EUROVISION WINNER:
HALLELUJAH  Milk & Honey with Gali Atari
[Israel]

LEADERBOARD:
1- France #1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
2- Luxembourg #1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4
3- United Kingdom #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4
4- Italy #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5
5- Spain #1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5
6- Switzerland #1, 1, 2, 4, 5
7- Germany #1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 5
8- Belgium #1, 2, 2, 3
9- Netherlands #1, 2, 3
10- Israel #1, 2, 5, 5
A new year update every day. Tomorrow: 1980.
The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 He Ain't Goin' Nowhere JENNIFER HUDSON ftg.  IGGY AZALEA  1wk                            3 4

2 Marvin Gaye CHARLIE PUTH ftg. MEGHAN TRAINOR                                               NEW

3 The Way You Are ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA                                                                    7 2

4 Devil Pray MADONNA                                                                                             9 2

5 7 Days SUITE 16                                                                                               8 2

6 Don't Stop ISA                                                                                                1 5

7 Heroes MÅNS ZEMERLOW                                                                                      NEW

8 Sugar MAROON 5                                                                                                  4 5

9 Still In Love With You ELECTRO VELVET                                                                    NEW

10 Centuries FALL OUT BOY                                                                                           6 3


THIS CENTURY'S TOP 200 SONGS Update: #190-181. NEXT UPDATE: tomorrow.
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL SONGS
FROM THE FIRST 15 YEARS
OF THIS CENTURY
Now that we are 15 years into the 21st Century, it’s apropos to look back over the 200 songs since 2000 that have made the greatest impact on the sound of music as it stands in 2015.
To be eligible for the Top 200, a song must have officially appeared on an album, CD single  or as a download between Jan. 1, 2000 and December 31, 2014.
190 BILLIONAIRE
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring BRUNO MARS [2010]
 
A song that reflects the time, where new artist Travie McCoy imagines what he would do with a billion dollars. It was also an early hit for guest vocalist Bruno Mars.
189 SON OF A GUN 
(I BETCHA THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU)
JANET JACKSON with CARLY SIMON [2001]
An adventurous song from Janet Jackson with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis at the helm. It revisited “You’re So Vain” with guest raps from (its writer / performer) Carly Simon and Missy Elliott.
188 WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN [2012]
 
Bruce Springsteen’s call to arms for the tough times in America is just as relevant a lesson for the rest of the western world.
187 HURT
CHRISTINA AGUILERA [2006]
 
Christina Aguilera delivers a breathtaking vocal performance on this ballad. “Hurt” contains some of the most potent lyrics of any recent pop hit. Its creation brought together the songwriting talents of Aguilera, Linda Perry and Mark Ronson.
186 WE ARE YOUNG
FUN featuring Janelle Monae [2011]
 
This indie group drew from obvious retro sources to create one of the catchiest hits of the new millennium.
185 I DIDN’T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH
WHITNEY HOUSTON [2009]
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This Diane Warren ballad announced the return of Whitney Houston. Its lyrics deal with the singer overcoming her recent issues and hinted at a brighter future. Sadly, this was not to be. The dynamic voice was silenced in early 2012.
184 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME
DRAKE featuring Majid Jordan [2013]
 
Canadian R&B/ rap artist Drake has grown into one of the biggest stars in music today. In 2015, his album ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ reached #1 in America, where all of its 17 songs entered the R&B/ Hip- Hop Chart.
183 STAY WITH ME
SAM SMITH [2014]
 
Fortunately, great voices will always matter. Sam Smith collected prizes from all over the world for his music in 2014-15.  
182 CALL ME MAYBE
CARLY RAE JEPSEN [2011]
 
“Call Me Maybe” was an international pop hit for the Canadian singer, reaching #1 in the US, Europe, UK, Australia and Canada.
181 THE REASON
HOOBASTANK [2003]
 
Hoobastank carved out a new approach to the big power ballad for the new century with “The Reason”.
Another 10 songs will be added tomorrow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

THIS CENTURY'S 200 MOST ESSENTIAL SONGS. The countdown begins here 200 > 191.
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL SONGS
FROM THE FIRST 15 YEARS
OF THIS CENTURY
Now that we are 15 years into the 21st Century, it’s apropos to look back over the 200 songs since 2000 that have made the greatest impact on the sound of music as it stands in 2015.
To be eligible for the Top 200, a song must have officially appeared on an album, CD single or as a download between Jan. 1, 2000 and December 31, 2014.
200 BEAUTIFUL DAY
U2 [2000]
The legendary Irish rock band U2 shows that it can still deliver a straight-ahead great track. “Beautiful Day” swiftly became an anthem.
199 ON THE RADIO
REGINA SPEKTOR [2006]
Quirky indie hit from Moscow-born performer Regina Spektor who migrated to the US. "On The Radio" makes reference to the Guns N’ Roses hit “November Rain”.
198 CAN’T HOLD US
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS [2012]
 
This talented duo made a big splash with its ‘The Heist’ album, “Can’t Hold Us” brings genres together with an uplifting and celebratory attitude.
197 GIRLFRIEND
THE DARKNESS [2005]
 
Heavy metal / hard rock group The Darkness embrace glam rock on the camp song “Girlfriend”. Justin Hawkins’ falsetto is utilized to great effect.
196 GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN’T LOVE)
SPILLER featuring SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR [2000]
 
Italian DJ / producer Cristiano Spiller not only helped launch the solo career of vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but created a dance classic for the early millennium.
195 I DON’T FEEL LIKE DANCIN’
Scissor Sisters [2006]
 
The Scissor Sisters drew from the group’s musical heroes and crafted a modern song that re-captures the halcyon era of disco.
194 THE RISING
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN [2002]
 
On “The Rising”, 1 of American rock’s best storytellers reacts to the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
193 BUST YOUR WINDOWS
JAZMINE SULLIVAN [2000]
 
The American R&B singer dropped 1 of the best revenge songs in years.
192 STRAIGHT LINES
SILVERCHAIR [2007]
Australian group Silverchair continued its evolution from grunge band to musically adventurous recording act with this hit song from its ‘Young Modern’ album. The track was penned by The Presets’ Julian Hamilton.
191 NEXT TO ME
EMELI SANDE’ [2012]
 
Scottish artist Emeli Sandé drew from Nina Simone, Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis to create her own style of R&B.


Another 10 songs will be added next weekend.
60 ESC YEARS Update: 1978. 
Caffe`Latte` looks back on the last 60 years of Eurovision and selects the best songs from each year. You’ll find some that also won that year and also some great songs that missed out.
60
YEARS OF THE
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
(1956-2015)
1978
THE CAFFE` LATTE` PICKS:
Izhar Cohen - A-Ba-Ni-Bi.jpg
1ST A-BA-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta
 [Israel]

2ND FEUER Ireen Sheer
[Germany]

3RD PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Baccara
[Luxembourg]
4TH  VIVRE Carole Vinci
[Switzerland]
5TH BAILAMOS UN VALS Jose Velez
[Spain]

EUROVISION WINNER:
A-BA-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta
[Israel]

LEADERBOARD:
1- France #1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
2- Luxembourg #1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4
3- United Kingdom #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4
4- Italy #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5
5- Spain #1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 5
6- Switzerland #1, 1, 2, 4, 5
7- Belgium #1, 2, 2, 3
8- Netherlands #1, 2, 3
9 =Austria & Sweden #1, 2, 5
A new year featured daily. Tomorrow: 1979.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#17 OUR LOVE
DONNA SUMMER
(1979)
Writers: Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder
Donna Summer released the double album 'Bad Girls' in 1979. At the time, she was enjoying the peak of her popularity on both the Pop and Disco charts. The new LP spawned the hit singles "Hot Stuff", "Dim All The Lights" and the title track, fast becaming her best selling studio release. Another song on the album, "Our Love" was issued as a later single. 
Giorgio Moroder composed the music and Summer penned the lyrics for "Our Love". It's an underrated yet influential dance track. Moroder co-produced the recording with long-time collaborator Pete Bellotte. "Our Love" features Dan Wyman working his magic on the synthesizer. The recording engulfs the ears with an innovative and alluring sound.
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites. 
Each week, 2 new songs from the remaining Top 100 are added, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 on the other weekdays. Check back here for an update of the 2000.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

60 ESC YEARS Update: 1977. 
Caffe`Latte` looks back on the last 60 years of Eurovision and selects the best songs from each year. You’ll find some that also won that year and also some great songs that missed out.
60
YEARS OF THE
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
(1956-2015)
1977
THE CAFFE` LATTE` PICKS:
 Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant.jpg
1ST L’OISEAU ET L’ENFANT Marie Myriam
 [France]

2ND UNE PETITE FRANÇAISE Michele Torr
[Monaco]

3RD TELEGRAM Silver Convention
[Germany]
4TH  LIBERA Mia Martini
[Italy]
5TH HA’AVA HI SHIRLISHNAYIM Ilanit
[Israel]

EUROVISION WINNER:
L’OISEAU ET L’ENFANT Marie Myriam
[France]

LEADERBOARD:
 
1- France #1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
2- Luxembourg #1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4
3- United Kingdom #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4
4- Italy #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5
5- Spain #1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3
6- Switzerland #1, 1, 2, 5
7- Belgium #1, 2, 2, 3
8- Netherlands #1, 2, 3
9 =Austria & Sweden #1, 2, 5
A new year every day- tomorrow: 1978.
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}


#1909 RING RING Abba
In 1973, ABBA hoped to represent Sweden at Eurovision with "Ring Ring"; written by group members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, manager Stig Anderson, with assistance from Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody, It was not selected. Fortunately, they tried again in 1974 and won.

#1910 OOH WHAT A NIGHT Linda G. Thompson
"Ooh What A Night" was a solo hit for Linda G. Thompson from the German female trio Silver Convention. The disco song was written by Silvester Levay and Stephan Prager and issued as a single in 1975.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the remaining Top 100, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added each other weekday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

60 YEARS OF ESC Update: 1976. 
Caffe`Latte` looks back on the last 60 years of Eurovision and selects the best songs from each year. You’ll find some that also won that year and also some great songs that missed out.
60
YEARS OF THE
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
(1956-2015)
1976
THE CAFFE` LATTE` PICKS:
 http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/f76.jpg
1ST UN, DEUX, TROIS Catherine Ferry
 [France]

2ND THE PARTY’S OVER Sandra Reemer
[Netherlands]

3RD TOI, LA MUSIQUE ET MOI Mary Cristy
[Monaco]
4TH  SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME Brotherhood Of Man
[United Kingdom]
5TH EMOR SHALOM Chocolate Menta Mastik
[Israel]

EUROVISION WINNER:
SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME Brotherhood Of Man
[United Kingdom]

LEADERBOARD:
 
1- France #1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4
2- Luxembourg #1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4
3- United Kingdom #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4
4- Italy #1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5
5- Spain #1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3
6- Switzerland #1, 1, 2, 5
7- Belgium #1, 2, 2, 3
8- Netherlands #1, 2, 3
9 =Austria & Sweden #1, 2, 5
A new ESC year looked back on daily- 1977 tomorrow.