Notes About The Playlists


  • You need Spotify
  • The playlists here collate the Festive 50’s from 1976 to 2012.
  • The playlists are counted down from 50 to number one
  • The playlists can be found on the left side menu called # FESTIVE 50 PLAYLISTS
  • They do not include all the tracks for each year as not all are on Spotify
  • Tracks are those available to the UK. Due to licensing issues they may not be available in your country
  • Again due to licensing issues tracks are added and removed and I do my best to keep them updated.
  • Please feel free to leave comments about deletions and additions.

Festive 50 2013 Number 43 The Wolfhounds – Divide & Fall


The revitalised Wolfhounds had two entries in the 2013 Festive Fifty and both were on Oddbox Records which in turn also had the highest number of entries for a record label in the chart. Divide & Fall was the 2nd of three 7″ singles they released with Oddbox with the latest one released too late for the voting – I am sure we will see that one in this years Festive Fifty.

Buy it from here.


Festive 50 2013

There are only 32 of 2013’s Festive 50 available on Spotify and the number one is missing!

That was Two Bridges by The Wedding Present and it’s hardly surprising that it’s not on Spotify as it was only available on 7″ vinyl (with the ol’ download code!) at gigs during the bands’s Hit Parade 21st Anniversary Tour.

Here is the full run down of the 2013 Festive 50.

And here is the playlist (32/50). i will try and source the missing tracks over the next couple of weeks. But highlights here include the likes of Mogwai, The Fall, Colour Me Wednesday, Joanna Gruesome, The Spook School and Public Service Broadcasting.

Festive Fifty Build Up Show – 2013/12


As previously mentioned the Festive Fifty is currently streaming on Dandelion radio.

The station also ran a Festive Fifty build-up show and they have posted a copy of this to Mixcloud for streaming. They say (or said?) “Join a selection of Dandelion Radio DJs for the hour up to midnight (GMT) on Christmas Eve for this one-off, Festive Fifty Build-Up show. They’ll be introducing some of their picks of 2013 that didn’t quite make it into this year’s legendary listeners’ poll, while warming up for the first play of 2013’s results starting at midnight.

So if you missed it tune in!

The schedule for the Festive Fifty show can be found here.

Punk Special 10/12/1976


Peel’s broadcast on 10 December 1976 is now known as the Punk Special Show. I have replicated it the best I can as versions of all the tracks are on Spotify. However this was The Damned’s first ever session for Peel (recorded 30/11/76) and only one of the actual session tracks is on Spotify. I have taken the others from their début album Damned Damned Damned. However some kind soul has uploaded the full session to YouTube so you can grab a listen there.

More on the show can be found at The John Peel Wiki. And here is the transcript of the show.


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