Music year of 2016

Say No To Pop! Painting and photo: fiktiivinenstina
Say No To Pop! Painting and photo: fictivestina
Can You Feel It?

This is actually not a trick question but the title of one of my favorite songs I’ve been listening to in the past few years. The song has enough funk about it and it brings back great memories from Kenya. I remember I was driving through the city center of Nairobi with a friend of mine a few years ago and we were listening to Next Stop … Soweto Vol. 2: Soultown. R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds From The Townships 1969-1976.

I have to tell you, listening to funk from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s while driving in the jungle of concrete buildings, takes you directly to a setting of a blaxploitation film. And there is such a level of coolness in funk. You feel you’re almost invincible, that everything is possible and you feel tremendously happy. That’s the power of music, among books and science the best invention humankind has been able to come up with!

Another song related story concerns Hip Teens Don’t Wear Blue Jeans by the Frank Popp Ensemble. The song came out in 2003 while I was on a student exchange program in Berlin, Germany. The song became a radio hit in Germany but it went lost when I returned back to Finland. For years I tried to remember the song, the title etc. but without any results. But then, around five years ago or something, the search engine optimization came to my rescue and I re-found the song. When I listen to it, I’m instantly on a time machine and taken to sit in my Prenzlauer Berg apartment. And then I turn on the radio to listen to the song. Sounds pretty hipster, doesn’t it, oh my…?

But now back to this year. If anything, 2016 has been the year of The Beach Boys. It’s THE music to get things done. Talk about positive energy, happy rhythm and an easy-going spirit to life! And it doesn’t really matter that none of the Beach Boys looked like surfer dudes at all. Check out a video on The Lost Concert from 1964 when The Boys were at the height of their fame. Jeez were the girls screaming and look at their glasses 🙂

Next year will bring at least further classical concerts by the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and I got the tickets for Sonata Arctica’s and KISS’ concert in Helsinki, yay!

Let me know about your stories related to specific songs or albums. You can message me through the Facebook page for this blog or mail me at stinanblogi(at)

One more note before I turn to the list below. Finland turns 99 tomorrow. In celebration of the Independence Day, check out Finlandia by Nightwish. It’s a fine version of Jean Sibelius’ composition.

Okay, here’s a sample of my favorite songs. It is not exhaustive as you could list good songs until the end of time. But it’s a good beginning.

  • AC/DC: Back In Black
  • Adele: Skyfall
  • America: A Horse with No Name
  • The Animals: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • Bacharach: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
  • The Bangles: Walk Like an Egyptian
  • The Beach Boys: California Girls & Surfin’ U.S.A. & Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  • Billy Idol: White Wedding
  • Blondie: Heart of Glass & One Way or Another
  • Boney M.: Daddy Cool & Sunny
  • Cash: A Thing Called Love
  • CHIC: Le Freak
  • The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • Denver: Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • The Doors: Riders On The Storm & Break On Through (To The Other Side)
  • Dylan: Lay, Lady, Lay
  • Faithfull: As Tears Go By
  • The Frank Popp Ensemble: Hip Teens (Don’t Wear Blue Jeans)
  • Gaye: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Gaynor: Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Ghost: He is
  • Gore: It’s My Party
  • Hammond: It Never Rains In Southern California
  • The Handsome Family: Far From Any Road
  • Hayes: Walk on By
  • Jacks: Seasons in the Sun
  • Jules: Mad World
  • KISS: Heaven’s On Fire
  • Led Zeppelin: Stairway To Heaven
  • Little Eva: The Locomotion
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us Thrift Shop
  • Mancini: Moon River
  • Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2: Can You Feel It, Soultown. R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds From The Townships 1969-1976
  • Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4: 1,2,3, Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985
  • Nilsson: Dayton Ohio 1903
  • Nirvana: Come As You Are
  • Pink Floyd: Another Brick in The Wall, Pt. 2 & Comfortably Numb & Money
  • Queen: We Will Rock You
  • Rainbow: The Temple of The King
  • Rammstein: Ohne Dich
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under The Bridge
  • Reeves & The Vandellas: Dancing In The Street
  • Scorpions: Wind of Change Rock You Like a Hurricane
  • N. Sinatra: You Only Live Twice
  • Stratovarius: Black Diamond
  • The Trammps: Disco Inferno
  • Uriah Heep: Easy Livin’
  • Womack: Across 110th Street
  • Frank Zappa: Bobby Brown Goes Down
Favorite movie soundtracks
  • Morricone: C’era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) & The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Vangelis: Blade Runner

Also check out Funky Jam and other melodies by Seppo Toikka

For reasons of nostalgia, do you remember these
  • Crash Test Dummies: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (I had no idea they’re still actively doing music!!!!)
  • Fool’s Garden: Lemon Tree (the first single I ever bought in Stockholm in 1996, the year the song became an international hit)

You know, some things should be buried, very deep indeed 🙂


Author: fictivestina

Hey, I'm a native Helsinkian but a cosmopolitan at heart :) Outdoors, reading, writing and cultural attractions are my passion. Hiking in Lapland cannot be competed with!

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