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No More Fab Fifty?

Posted in Music with tags on December 21, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

Fans of Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 were disappointed to learn that there will be no 2018 edition of the annual rundown of listeners favourite 3 tracks of all time (or in latter years their favourite tracks of this millenium). In order to preserve this Christmas tradition we decided to pull out the stops and hereby present the 2013 edition in it’s entirety. If you like spoilers, the rundown can be found on our Fab Fifty index. If you happen to remember the tracklist of any missing years we’d love to hear from you.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1997)

Posted in Music with tags , , on January 12, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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Prolific YouTube archivist KillianM2 is sifting literally through a shed load of VHS tapes with a pile of RTE Guides to keep him company. This being January another Fanning’s Fab 50 has come across his desk and he was kind enough to share.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1995)

Posted in Music with tags on January 11, 2018 by Fanning Sessions

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We’re attempting to compile a full list of Fanning’s Fab50 rundowns with not a great deal of success. Thank you KillianM2 who just found this in a January 1996 edition of the RTE Guide.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


Here it is folks, the Fab 50 as broadcast by Dave Fanning on December 23rd and 24th 2017. Still one or two missing track names, please send us any corrections and we will update. We hope to publish our own #altfab50 before year’s end featuring the fave 2017 tracks from readers and friends of the site so stay tuned..

Listen back to the Fab 50 via the RTE Player: part 1 and part 2.

50. rag’n’bone man – human
49. mic christopher – heyday
48. red hot chilli peppers – scar tissue
47. flaming lips – do you realise?
46. david bowie – where are we now?
45. bon iver – holocene?
44. johnny cash – hurt
43. the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
42. lcd soundsystem – someone great
41. war on drugs – red eyes
40. gorillaz – feel good inc
39. mgmt – electric feel
38. raconteurs – steady as she goes
37. coldplay – fix you
36. bellx1 – the great defector
35. kasabian – fire
34. kings of leon – use somebody
33. arcade fire – intervention
32. the national – bloodbuzz ohio
31. daft punk – get lucky
30. amy winehouse – rehab
29. the temper trap – sweet disposition
28. mgmt – kids
27. arcade fire – everything now
26. u2 – every breaking wave
25. yeah yeah yeahs – maps
24. kurt vile – pretty pimpin
23. the national – fake empire
22. coldplay – yellow
21. radiohead – everything in its right place
20. florence & the machine – dog days are over
19. eminem – lose yourself
18. arctic monkeys – fluorescent adolescent
17. bon iver – skinny love
16. franz ferdinand – take me out
15. mgmt – time to pretend
14. hozier – take me to church
13. future islands – seasons waiting on you
12. foster the people – pumped up kicks
11. london grammar – strong
10. arctic monkeys – do i wanna know?
09. arcade fire – rebellion
08. elbow – one day like this
07. arcade fire – wake up
06. the white stripes – seven nation army
05. the strokes – last night
04. arctic monkeys – i bet you look good on the dancefloor
03. kings of leon – sex on fire
02. lcd soundsystem – all my friends
01. the killers – mr brightside

Fab 50 vs Festive 50 – 2017 Readers Poll?

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, Peel with tags , , on November 28, 2017 by Fanning Sessions


It’s that time of the year again, where we moan about how Fanning’s Fab 50 isn’t what it used to be. John Peel had the right idea with the Festive 50 – choose 3 favourite tracks released in the past year. We’d love to hear Dave play a show of his favourite tracks of the year. Anyway if the readers of a certain blog were to email, tweet or facebook their top 3 we could come up with our own Festive 50 to be published round about when Dave breaks out the eggnog. Anyone up for it?

Fanning’s Fab 50 (1984)

Posted in Music with tags on December 26, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

Dave G Kelly recently dug out a tracklisting for the 1984 edition of Fanning’s Fab 50 which he had been sent at the time by a thoughtful person at RTE Radio 2. Whilst listening to the 2016 edition we got to creating a playlist for the 50 or rather 49 tracks – apparently Bob Dylan’s record company doesn’t like YouTube. A very Happy Christmas to all our readers and all the best for 2017.


Fanning’s Fab 50 (2016)

Posted in Fab50, Music with tags on December 22, 2016 by Fanning Sessions


It’s a Christmas tradition and who are we to argue. It was missed last year but in 2016 Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 is back with a vengeance and a new spin to keep us all on our toes (songs from 2000 on only). The votes have been counted and Dave will run down the millenium Fab 50 on RTÉ 2fm Friday 23rd 10pm – midnight and Saturday 24th December from 8-11pm.

In case you haven’t already, now might be a good time to check out the excellent Blackpool Sentinel essay on the Fab 50 which sheds some light on Dave Fanning and Ian Wilson’s contribution to the Irish music scene over the last 40 years.

We are looking forward to a radio documentary ‘The Studio 8 Sessions’ which is due to air on RTÉ 2FM Thursday December 29th at 6pm and will feature contributions from Gavin Friday, Christy Dignam, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin.

50. Kasabian ‘Fire’
49. Fionn Regan ‘Be Good Or Be Gone’
48. The Black Keys ‘Everlasting Light’
47. Villagers ‘Courage’
46. London Grammar ‘Strong’
45. U2 ‘Ordinary Love’
44. Ash ‘Shining Light’
43. Alt J ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
42. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Scar Tissue’
41. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘By The Way’
40. Mic Christopher ‘Heyday’
39. Arctic Monkeys ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
38. Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’
37. Radiohead ‘Idioteque’
36. Bon Iver ‘Holocene’
35. Flaming Lips ‘Do You Realise’
34. Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
33. Kodaline ‘High Hopes’
32. Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’
31. David Bowie ‘Where Are We Now?’
30. Kings Of Leon ‘The Bucket’
29. Adele ‘Someone Like You’
28. Outcast ‘Hey Ya’
27. MGMT ‘Time To Pretend’
26. Johnny Cash ‘Hurt’
25. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams ‘Get Lucky’
24. Radiohead ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’
23. The Killers ‘Human’
22. The National ‘Fake Empire’
21. Bellx1 ‘The Great Defector’
20. Hozier ‘Take Me To Church’
19. Sigur Ros ‘Hoppípolla’
18. U2 ‘Every Breaking Wave’
17. Arctic Monkeys ‘Do I Wanna Know’
16. U2 ‘Beautiful Day’
15. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘No-one Knows’
14. David Bowie ‘Lazarus’
13. The National ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’
12. Beyonce ‘Crazy In Love’
11. Coldplay ‘Fix You’
10. The Arcade Fire ‘Rebellion (Lies)’
09. Elbow ‘One Day Like This’
08. The Strokes ‘Last Night’
07. LCD Soundsystem ‘All My Friends
06. Amy Winehouse ‘Rehab’
05. Arctic Monkeys ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
04. Kings Of Leon ‘Sex On Fire’
03. White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’
02. The Killers ‘Mr Brightside’
01. The Arcade Fire ‘Wake Up’

For those counting that’s 11 Irish entries 3 of those from U2 and one song from 2016.