Tiger on a Roll!

Did you pick the Grand National winner? A lot of us non-gamblers apparently didn’t as the odds weren’t great and we were looking for more value. Anyone who knows their horses though did as in their eyes he was a certainty. Owned by Michael O’Leary the Marmite owner of Ryanair who gave out free drinks on his flight back to Ireland. I wonder if they were still making you fit your bag into one of their baggage measures?

Last week I talked about people of a certain age not knowing what the number 1 in the charts is. Long gone are the times when it was measured by the number of single records sold. Now streaming is a huge part of the market and interestingly this week the British Phonographic Industry(BPI) has revealed the UK’s most-streamed songs based on the year they were first released, with the likes of Queen, Toto, Wham! and plenty of Christmas songs coming out on top.

The recording industry body revealed that 90 billion songs were streamed in the UK in 2018, which is an increase of 33.5% from 2017.

Queen were boosted after the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is the most-streamed song from 1978, while ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the most-played track from the entire 1970s, leapfrogging Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘September’.

Surprisingly, some of pop and rock’s biggest artists are missing from the BPI’s list – with no entries for the Beatles, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Madonna or David Bowie.

The most streamed songs by year are (figures are 2018 streams by millions):

2018: Drake – ‘God’s Plan’ – 147.4

2017: Keala Settle/Greatest Showman cast – ‘This Is Me’ – 114.7

2016: Bruno Mars – ‘Finesse’ – 54.7

2015: Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills’ – 26.5

2014: Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – 30.6

2013: George Ezra – ‘Budapest’ – 31.3

2012: Passenger – ‘Let Her Go’ – 22.5

2011: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Can’t Hold Us’ – 26.3

2010: Foster the People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ – 21.0

2009: Miley Cyrus – ‘Party In The USA’ – 18.0

2008: Jason Mraz – ‘I’m Yours’ – 26.9

2007: Arctic Monkeys- ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ – 22.7

2006: The Kooks – ‘Naive’ – 26.9

2005: Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx – ‘Gold Digger’ – 21.2

2004: Mario – ‘Let Me Love You’ – 19.0

2003: The Killers – ‘Mr Brightside’ – 46.9

2002: Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’ – 23.6

2001: Nickelback – ‘How You Remind Me’ – 11.4

2000: Linkin Park – ‘In The End’ – 16.8

1999: TLC – ‘No Scrubs’ – 22.6

1998: Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Iris’ – 20.1

1997: The Verve – ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ – 17.5

1996: Blackstreet ft Dr Dre – ‘No Diggity’ – 17.9

1995: Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’ – 34.1

1994: Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – 39.0

1993: The Cranberries – ‘Linger’ – 9.7

1992: Radiohead – ‘Creep’ – 10.1

1991: Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – 18.6

1990: AC/DC – ‘Thunderstruck’ – 12.7

1989: The Stone Roses – ‘Waterfall’ – 8.2

1988: Tracy Chapman – ‘Fast Car’ – 14.3

1987: The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl – ‘Fairytale of New York’ – 29.4

1986: Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ – 19.8

1985: Shakin’ Stevens – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – 21.0

1984: Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’ – 34.4

1983: Eurythmics – ‘Sweets Dream (Are Made of This)’ – 21.5

1982: Toto – ‘Africa’ – 32.1

1981: Journey – ‘Don’t Stop Believin” – 24.3

1980: Daryl Hall & John Oates – ‘You Make My Dreams’ – 24.8

1979: Paul McCartney – ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ – 15.9

1978: Queen – ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ – 25.4

1977: ELO – ‘Mr Blue Sky’ – 26.7

1976: Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’ – 20.1

1975: Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – 29.8

1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ – 14.9

1973: Elton John – ‘Step Into Christmas’ – 21.6

1972: Stevie Wonder – ‘Superstition’ – 19.5

1971: John Denver – ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ – 16.5

1970: Elton John – ‘Your Song’ – 12.5

1969: The Jackson 5 – ‘I Want You Back’ – 20.4

1968: Otis Redding – ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay’ – 11.2

1967: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – 18.3

1966: The Rolling Stones – ‘Paint It Black’ – 9.9

1965: The Four Tops – ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ – 8.7

1964: The Temptations – ‘My Girl’ – 12.5

1963: Andy Williams – ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ – 12.3

1962: Sam Cooke – ‘Bring It On Home to Me’ – 5.1

1961: Ben E King – ‘Stand By Me’ – 16.2

1960: Etta James – ‘At Last’ – 6.8

If you not sure about streaming songs then ask your kids!

A bit worrying for me is a new survey of 1400 professions says that Radio presenters are second in the list of the most likely to be convicted for either speeding or drink driving. I’m not a big drinker but have been known to put the pedal to the metal, your honour. 

MP 21.1%

Radio Presenter 19.2%

Sales Director 18.9%

Managing Director 17.7%

Operations Director 17.4%

Bailiff 16.7%

Money Broker 16.6%

Company Chairman 16.6%

Surgeon 16.5%

Chartered Surveyor 16.3%

No game for Real Mallorca last week as the team they were playing went out of business a few weeks ago. An easy 3 points means they are in the play-off places in 6th. An away game versus Numancia this Sunday awaits and 3 points is a must against a team who are mid table. Atlético Baleares are at home to 4th placed Cornelia on Sunday. With 6 games to go they are still top by 4 points from Villareal B. Having drawn their last 2 games there’s a bit of pressure to get a win to cement that top place. 

Differing results for my 2 boys last weekend. Jude my youngest lost 5-2 and my eldest Jake drew 2-2 which was disappointing as they were 2-0 up. Let’s hope for better this weekend. Both have Easter tournaments coming up so let’s look forward to a trophy.

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. . If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

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