Our Memory Taper this week has decided to celebrate her 30th birthday in style with a big bash in London at the weekend. This mixtape has been one of the toughest decision-making things this 29-and-11-month-old (her words) has had to do.

"The party is themed as 'the best of...', so everyone's wearing their best clobber and the music is the best music from the last 30 years. I knew the task of compiling the best music of the last 30 years would be a big one so I started a while back. I work from home so I'm lucky enough to have BBC 6 on everyday as I work. I've have had an excel spread sheet open on the laptop every day ready to list ideas and must-haves. There's been many a moment of 'Yes, definitely that one!' and 'ohhhh yes, I forgot about that one!' It's been the most fun. It's changed from a case of 'it's my party and I'll cry if I want to' to, 'it's my party and you'll listen to every damn song I choose!'...

I've decided to go back in time so we're going to start the compilation in the current and then end it in the 80s. I’m using a few 'best of...' film sound bites to take us from decade to decade so guests will know when we're going out of a decade and into a new one.

I can't wait to dance my socks off to all of them - particularly Let's Dance - I spent ages convincing my wedding band to learn this for my wedding reception and then they played it while I was in the loo - I've never forgiven them for that!"


The Best Of…Mixtape – (the first ten of each decade)

00s

Crazy in Love - Beyonce   

Hard to Explain - Strokes   

Hey Ya! - Outkast    

House of Jealous Lovers - Rapture         

Fell in love with a girl - White Stripes      

We are your friends - Simian, Justice     

Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys           

Banquet - Bloc Party          

Hate to told you so - The Hives    

Standing in the way of control - Gossip  

 

90s                 

Da Funk –Daft Punk

Vogue            - Madonna

Song 2 - Blur

Regulate - Warren G

Born Slippy - Underworld

Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack

No Good - Prodigy

The Only One I Know - Charaltans

No Diggity - Blackstreet

Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne

80s                 

Love will tear us apart - Joy Division

Blue Monday - New Order

Don't Go - Yaz

Rock the Casbah - Clash

Let's Dance - David Bowie

Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now - Starship

Maneater - Hall & Oates

Theme from S'Express - S'Express

Tell it to my heart - Taylor Dayne

You spin me right round - Dead or Alive

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