Songs of the Decade (2010s)

The 2010s has been a decade of two halves. It began with some unbelievable music which seemed to become popular organically – because people liked it and chose to buy it. Later in the decade the whole chart scene changed because people didn’t need to choose what to buy as it was streamed instead. People began to simply subscribe to a playlist which chose the music for you. So for large amounts of the year the chart has been slow paced and full of tuneless dirge.

But there have been some fantastic tunes:

Avicii – Wake Me Up (2013)

Sigma – Nobody To Love (2014)

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (2013)

Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (2012)

Route 94 featuring Jess Glynee – My Love (2014)

Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – Latch (2012)

Coldplay – Sky Full Of Stars (2014)

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix) (2012)

Neiked featuring Dyo – Sexual (2016)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (2013)

David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium (2011)

Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like (2013)

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (2014)

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! (2016)

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (2014)

DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora – Hot Right Now (2012)

Alan Walker – Faded (2015)

Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (2012)

OneRepublic – Counting Stars (2013)

Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe (2011)

Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We Found Love (2011)

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynee – Rather Be (2014)

George Ezra – Shotgun (2018)

Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (2014)

Pitbull & Ke$ha – Timber (2013)

Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (2013)

Alesso featuring Tove Lo – Heroes (we could be) (2014)

McFly featuring Taio Cruz – Shine A Light (2010)

Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (2015)

Matoma featuring Ja Rule and The Notorious B.I.G. – Old Thing Back (2015)

Ellie Goulding – Burn (2013)

Naugty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All) (2015)

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (2017)

Ed Sheeran – Sing (2014)

Pink and Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (2012)

The Script – If You Could See Me Now (2013)

SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (2014)

The 1975 – Chocolate (2013)

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Amazing) (2010)

fun. featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young (2011)

Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman – This Is Me (2018)

Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell – Firestone (2014)

Adele – Rolling In The Deep (2011)

Passenger – Let Her Go (2014)

Plan B – She Said (2010)

Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner – Written In The Stars (2010)

Imany – Don’t Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix) (2016)

Sigala – Easy Love (2015)

Ed Sheeran – Perfect (2017)

The Chainsmokers & Coldpay – Something Just Like This (2017)

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years (2011)

Disturbed – Sound Of Silence (2015)

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (2013)

Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Loves Do (2017)

Ella Henderson – Ghost (2014)


I’ve just finished reading Stuffocation by James Wallman. If I’m honest, I found it really hard going. Ironically, the book itself is now just ‘stuff’ that I’ve got left in the house that I don’t need.

It’s not that that I didn’t like the idea of the book. Living more with less is a powerful message that has really resonated with me. It’s more that this message could have been written in about two pages and not the 358 that this takes up.

The key message in the book is that stuff doesn’t bring happiness – experiences bring happiness. And there’s an important environmental message accompanying this too. These principles have really hit home with me and I’m going to do my best to follow them in future.

The most useful part of the book is the appendix: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Experientials. Here is my interpretation of these seven habits:

  1. Know your stuff: Only buy stuff that makes a difference and adds value to your life. Do you really need it?
  2. Find your ladder: Do something that you love. Life is about enjoying the journey, not reaching a destination.
  3. Be here now: Don’t treat experiences as a tick list. Enjoy them – be in the flow and savour the moment.
  4. Be your own audience: Do things for you, not so you can share your experiences on Instagram to make yourself look great and impress others.
  5. Put people first: Put simply, connections are what makes life. Build them and enjoy them.
  6. Spend well and feel good: Use your resources carefully, consciously and sustainably. Be mindful of the energy, time and money that you use so that using it makes you feel good.
  7. Choose life, choose experience: Be less goal-oriented and worry a little less about achieving the future. Slow down and enjoy life and value experience. Memories live longer than dreams. Be happy.

Gavin & Stacey

Back in 2010 one of my favourite comedies ever ended with the perfect ending. The news that it would be back for a 2019 Christmas special made me nervous – could it ever be as good as it was?

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special 2019

I was a bit late getting into Gavin & Stacey. Season Two was in full swing by the time we decided to take the plunge. As soon as we watched it we were hooked. It was such a natural comedy with such likeable and relatable characters.

Every episode was of the highest quality and there wasn’t a weak episode. It ended on New Year’s Day 2010 with what I thought was the perfect ending – just enough insight to satisfy your imagination and just enough lingering questions to make you wonder what if.

Earlier this year it was announced that the show would return for a Christmas special in 2019. Could it ever be as good as it was? Would it undo all of the memories and nostalgia if the episode was a let down. Would the humour work ten years later?

Well, the show was brilliant! Absolutely fantastic in fact. The show managed to give you a glimpse into the lives of the characters. It managed to be nostalgic whilst bringing something new to the show.

Despite being named after Gavin and Stacey the best characters of the show are all of the others – particularly Smithy and Nessa. Pam and Mick are favourites too, along with Uncle Bryn. And the special didn’t disappoint, giving them all more classic moments.

The one complaint was the unsatisfying ending – not because it was bad, but purely because we want to know what happens next!

You can also buy the characters in Lego form here!

Best songs of 2019

I’m not sure that 2019 has been a vintage year for music, but there have been some crackers. Here are my favourites:

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant

Meduza featuring Goodboys – Piece Of Your Heart

Becky Hill & Weiss – I Could Get Used To This

Kygo & Whitney Houston – Higher Love

Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road

Sam Feldt featuring Rani – Post Malone

Tones & I – Dance Monkey

Avicii – Heaven

Coldplay – Orphans

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr. Probz – Faith

Lizzo – Juice

What are your favourite songs of the year?