This is the last in our series of Holiday Hit Lists - the last anyway until our holiday next spring. Where will that be? In the words of the great philosopher Alex Gaudino, “Destination unknown”!
Anyway here’s a list of the songs which will always remind me of Berlin 2007.
“Come Marry Me” - Miss Platnum. Crazy and catchy, think Bollywood rhythms colliding with r’n’b and the result is irresistible.
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” - Fergie. One of the most played songs and videos of the week.
“Umbrella”/”Don’t Stop The Music” - Rihanna. Yep it’s her again. Every time we go on holiday she’ll be there. Not literally you understand, although the idea of this would appeal to my faithful travelling companion. (!)
“The Pretender” - Foo Fighters. Travelling companion initially thought this was Nickelback. Must be all that facial hair. A song which I ended up liking a lot after the numerous plays during the holiday.
“Junge” - Die Arzte. Premiered on MTV that week, new song by very popular and enduring German rock band.
“The Way I Are” - Timbaland/”Stronger” - Kanye West: both of which were among my most played songs before I went to Berlin, and equally among the most played when I was there.
“Ein Neuer Tag” - Juli. Latest video by popular and very good German pop/rock outfit.
“Te Busque” - Nelly Furtado and Juanes. Very nice. Sadly not released in the UK because of this country’s aversion to anything in a foreign language.
“Little Wonders” - Rob Thomas. Been a big hit lately, and quite unusual to hear him doing this kind of ballad.
“Hamma!” - Culcha Candela. The kind of song which always reminds you of a holiday. Infuriatingly catchy slice of German reggaeton.
“Silencio” - David Bisbal. Great to see him doing well in Germany - he’s one of the best Spanish language pop artists of recent years.
“Lovestoned” - Justin Timberlake. There is no escape from him, anywhere in the world at this moment in time. And why not? We like him.