Our Talking about My Generation Top of the Pops with Bob Alston

You have probably already guessed it but our newsroom is filled with music fans, so we have decided to start our very own Top of the Pops series.

Sharing the tracks of his years this week is our editor, Bob Alston.  What do you make of his choices? We would love to know what would make your ultimate Top of the Pops. Send us your top ten tracks and we will publish them at changingtherecord@gmail.com


Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones – the first Stones song I bought.

“Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind”.

Handbags and Gladrags – Stereophonics – I first heard Rod Stewart perform this live, but when I heard the ‘phonics version I preferred this to Rod’s, but only just.

“The handbags & the gladrags, that your poor old Grandad had to sweat to buy you”.

Never Give Up On A Dream – Rod Stewart – this was the basis of the best school assembly I did with my form group in 1994, and my only chance to play a Rod Stewart song to the school!
It is about a very inspirational man called Terry Fox, who did a run from East to West of Canada in 1980, with one leg having been amputated due to cancer.

“When your heart bursts like the sun, never, never give up on a dream”.

When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating – just typifies my life with my wife, Dawn.

“Without saying a word you can light up the dark”.

No Longer A Slave To Fear – Jonathan David & Melissa Helser
Suffering from anxiety and depression for a number of years brings many fears about what comes next. This song says it all about God taking away those fears when you most need his help, in those very dark times. It’s my favourite song since becoming a Christian and I use the title words as my Facebook profile image.

“From my mother’s womb you have chosen me, love has called my name”.

Here Come The Sun – The Beatles
Well, where does one start to pick a favourite Beatles song! It’s so difficult and I could have used The Beatles songs for this complete list, but I want to give others a look-in too!

“The smiles returning to the faces”.

Windy Harbour – John Wright
I discovered John Wright after he had passed away, but found his performance of this and many other of his songs very moving.

“Life is a game, win or lose it’s all the same” – “you will laugh, you will sing, and you will cry, but don’t let a moment pass you by”.

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
The first time I heard this, I loved it. I generally pick my songs for the words and this is no exception.

“If I lay here, If I just lay here, would you lie with me, and just forget the world?”.

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
What an angelic voice Ellie displays in this song and the first two lines really gives me goosebumps, and the rest of the song isn’t bad either!

“How long will I love you? As long as the stars are above you, and longer if I may”.

Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre
War. Destruction. Oppression. This song gives hope to all, that they can overcome the atrocities of the past, but never forget.

“You can deny me, you can decide to turn your face away. No matter cos there’s something inside so strong”.


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