As mentioned in a recent post, I have decided against doing any "best of the year" posts this year. There are two reasons.
The first is that I'm not got to be around much between now and the end of the year. I'm having a week away for Christmas, and tomorrow I'm off to Muscat for a fortnight's work. Please rest assured that I will be scouring the souks for examples of 1980s Omani jazz-funk and post-punk to share with you (probably unsuccessfully).
The other reason is that, based on previous experience, I've probably only heard a fraction of the music released this year that will be in my collection in a few years' time. There are bound to be many top tunes that slipped past me at the time but which I'll catch up with at some point in the future.
The same was true way back in 1989. There are no doubt still some stray songs out there, but here are ten I've rounded up for you. We'll start with a couple of Kings of the New York streets, romp through the rest, and finish off with what may just be the pick of the bunch.
"King Of The New York Streets" - Dion
"Dirty Blvd" - Lou Reed
"Companero" - Mighty Gabby
"Divorce Case" - Peta Teanet
"Madonna Of The Wasps" - Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
"The Downtown Lights" - The Blue Nile
"Thievin' Legacy" - Mutabaruka
"From Pain To Joy" - Betty Wright
"The Horses" - Rickie Lee Jones
"Entella Hotel" - Peter Case
See you in a couple of weeks, when we may have another ten from 1989 if you behave yourselves in the meantime.