Presenters’ Picks – 2005

Phoenix FM presenters choose their favourite singles and albums of the year …

Ashwyn Smyth
Single of the year: Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
Album of the year: The SPIKEdrivers – Ain’t It Real

Craig Hannington
Single of the year: The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
I didn’t think it was that great a year for singles but Hot Fuss still stands out as a fantastic record.
Album of the year: The Heavy Blinkers – The Night And I Are Still So Young
This was a tricky choice; Devils and Dust by Bruce Springsteen was great too.

Daniel Beale
Single of the year: James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
Album of the year: Coldplay – X & Y

Dave O’Neill
Single of the year: nothing!
Sorry, but nothing stands out, no matter how hard I sit and cogitate over the year’s releases
Album of the year: Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
Porcupine Tree are probably the most important band to hit the world of Progressive Rock in over a decade. This album shows a maturity and balance that allows it to hold its own as a rock album as well. The production is incredible and shows that prog isn’t just soaring synths and spacey lyrics as this has a raw edge to it. If you haven’t heard of this band then you are seriously depriving yourself of a fantastic rock experience.

Eddie Curry
Single of the year: Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
A brilliantly eccentric song tightroping between prog rock and jangly indie, my two great loves. There are many reasons why I love this, not least because we have a Dennis on Phoenix FM to whom we often sing ‘you can do anything you want as long as it makes sense’.
Album of the year: Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
It was very trendy to like Bloc Party in 2005 and I’m not very trendy but it’s still my favourite and most-played. Every time I listen to it I hear something new in the music, the production is amazing. Still don’t understand the lyrics though.

Gemma Smith
Single of the year: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
An absolute stormer of a track that will never fail to get everyone dancing and shouting along – it’s got to be my single of the year for sheer feel-good factor.
Album of the year: I’ll come back to you on this one!

James Brierley
Single of the year: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Album of the year: Not Arcade Fire!

Jim Henderson
Single of the year: Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
Album of the year: U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Laura Miller
Single of the year: British Sea Power – It Ended On An Oily Stage
Album of the year: Arcade Fire – Funeral

Marc Ollington
Single of the year: British Sea Power – Please Stand Up
Album of the year: Arcade Fire – Funeral

Natalie Smith
Single of the year: The Subways – With You
Absolute magic, the catchiest song of 2005. Once heard you cannot get it out of your head!
Album of the year: Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger
The most uplifting album I have heard for years, a “rocky” yet “romantic” album, and each song is superb!

Nita Jhummu
Single of the year: Madonna – Hung Up
Although I’m not keen on the video. It kind of makes me feel ill.
Album of the year: Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
Her whole album has got me into 70s dance music. I missed all that stuff: Abba, Rod Stewart, Bowie, Donna Summer etc the first time round ‘cos I wasn’t born so now I can catch up on it! Hoping it’s going to make a comeback!

Oliver Rowe
Single of the year: Razorlight – Somewhere Else
Album of the year: Magic Numbers – Magic Numbers
They were both in car CD player on holiday and played constantly because the alternative was dodgy foreign radio stations!

Richard Nott
Single of the year: James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
This was no 1 when my daughter Isabel was born.
Album of the year: Babies Need Lullabies
It is full of soporific piano music. It didn’t work on Isabel, but sent me to sleep at lunchtimes when I put it on my iPod!

Steve Furby
Single of the year: Madonna – Hung Up and Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
Two old girls going back to what they do best – I thought Madonna live at Hyde Park was superb. Mariah wasn’t but I thought her single sees her using her amazing voice to full effect.
Album of the year: Various Artists – Get This Party Started (Chris Hill’s new Caister soul anthems) andColdplay – X & Y
GTPS has 8 tracks out of 14 that are pure class – you will hear them on my Sunday show – and Coldplay’s album has great melodies.

Steve Mead
Single of the year: The Modern – Jane Falls Down
Because it has a refreshing sound compared to nearly everything else released last year, as they say “The Future Remembered”. I saw this band for the first time at the Leeds Festival; I was just wandering through the dance tent, heard and saw them, and was glued to the spot until the end of the set.
Album of the year: The Others – The Others
I love this album! I saw the band live for the first time at the Wireless festival in June and was hooked, BOA has now interviewed the band three times, and seen them on numerous occasions, and they get better every time, everyone should give this album a try, here’s to the follow up!

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