It’s Official: These Are the Best British Songs of the Last Year

Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes

It’s always nice when the nominations for the Ivor Novello Awards come in, because they’re one of the few music awards ceremonies that explicitly separate the celebration of music for being good from the celebration of music as a popular tool of selling.

So anyone nominated in either the Best Song Musically and Lyrically or Best Contemporary Song categories can hold their head high and make extravagant claims to be a cut above the rest, musically speaking.

Here’s this year’s shortlist in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category:

Bat For Lashes – “Laura”

Jake Bugg “Two Fingers”

Emeli Sande – “Next To Me”

And here’s the shortlist for Best Contemporary Song:

Alt-J – “Fitzpleasure”

Plan B – “Ill Manors” (note: NSFW)

The Maccabees – “Pelican” 

And anyone nominated in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category can check their bank balances and high-five passing strangers. In this case it’s Coldplay, Emeli Sande and Olly Murs for “Paradise,” “Next To Me” and “Dance With Me Tonight” respectively.

Alt-J and Emeli’s debut albums are also featured in the Best Album category, as is Lianne La Havas for her album “Is Your Love Big Enough”

For more info, check out the Ivor Novello Awards website here

OK, which songs would YOU have nominated? 

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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