BBC 6Music

Music is a huge part of my life – It always has been and always will be. It consumes my personal and professional life and I basically couldn’t live without it

*Shameless plug to my music blog… Untitled Playlist*

Now my favourite radio station is BBC 6Music. After the horrors of local northern radio stations such as Lincs FM (with the birthday shout outs) and Galaxy (the chavviest station known to man) I was desperate to find a decent radio station in my youth. Radio 1 was a favourite of mine for a long time and as was XFM (London branch) but over the last few years I have listened to BBC 6Music pretty much everyday and has come up as my firm favourite.

The family photo - 10 years old

The family photo – 10 years old

Started in 2002, the digital only radio station faced closure in 2010 but after a huge uproar it was saved and has since become the leading digital station in the country.

I listen to Shaun Keaveny every morning without fail – he has the BEST breakfast show around. He eases you into the morning with his witty, self-deprecating manner and a brilliant playlist. It offers a dedicated music news section as well as the normal news to gear you up for the day. MASOs (Middle-aged shout-outs) is the best radio feature. Ever. And my favourite Professor Brian Cox shows up every week too – a perfect morning show!
Aside from Shaun other DJs include among others, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Jarvis Cocker, Mary-Anne Hobbs and Guy Garvey. The list of talent goes on and on. Its a real music-lovers heaven – I can’t get enough of this station and you should definitely give it a listen if you haven’t already.

Now the reason I started writing this post is that is 10 years of this wonderful station and to celebrate they had a listeners poll to discover the top 100 songs of 6Music’s lifetime. 10 years ago I was 13 and really getting into my music. The 10 years of 6Music’s life have also been the 10 years of my music life so I was desperate to see the outcome of this poll. And here is the list…

The top 10 are:
1 Coldplay – Clocks
2 Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
3 Elbow – One Day Like This
4 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
5 The Killers – Mr Brightside
6 The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
7 The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
8 Johnny Cash – Hurt
9 British Sea Power – Remember Me
10 Radiohead – There There
With the rest of the countdown being here.

I personally voted for Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor because their debut album basically changed my life, so I’m a little gutted they didn’t get the top spot. Number 2 isn’t bad though and I do love Coldplay – seeing them headline Glastonbury last year was one of the greatest moments of my life, I won’t be forgetting Coldplay or that moment in a hurry. Mr Brightside was the soundtrack to my sixth form days when I met some of the greatest people I know, Seven Nation Army has, in my eyes the best riff ever, and Johnny Cash’s Hurt brings me to tears every time I hear it. I think the listeners of 6Music have got it spot on.

Have a listen to the list here…

Do you listen to 6Music? What’s your favourite radio station? Do you approve of the list??
Leave me links and comments below – I’d love to know your thoughts!


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