My first BBC Radio Wales broadcast was on 15 October 1993. It's astonishing to me that it has been that long. Time goes quickly when you're enjoying yourself, and this role has never been anything less than enjoyable.

At last weekend's Swn Festival, I played Camera's Hurt 7" at 2am and there was a bit of a kerfuffle on the dancefloor. It rather reminded me that many great singles have passed through my needle (gramophone) or errant CD players in the last two decades. I thought that this anniversary would be a good opportunity to share them with you.

The initial 'short'-list amounted to over 500 tracks. I fret over my end of year programmes so you can imagine how difficult it was for me to condense TWENTY YEARS' worth of great singles into one three-hour show.

My only criterion was purely egotistical: which of the songs had I enjoyed the most? And that's it.

There are many great Welsh singles that I haven't been able to squeeze in, glaring omissions from the likes of Llwybr Llaethog, Los Campesinos, Tystion and Soft-Hearted Scientists.

But to encompass them, and the other great singles I wasn't able to feature, I'd have needed a six-hour show and World Service were unwilling to give me the extra shelf space.

Some people may be surprised that there is no Manic Street Preachers here. They were a band whose records never really engaged with me (up until their recent, outstanding headline appearance at Festival No. 6).

Neither do Stereophonics feature. I liked their first demo and some of the tracks on their debut album, and Kelly, Stuart and Richard were always remarkably accommodating and gracious with me. However their music left me cold. Maybe it was the naked jingoism of their (legendary) Cardiff Castle gig or my sense that Kelly just never looks like he's enjoying himself.

I'm sure they're not remotely bothered, but given the gravity and importance of both bands to Wales - and south Wales, in particular - I do feel as though some explanation for their absence is due.

What is in there is a glorious box full of the sounds that have inspired, elevated and (sometimes) shocked me over the last 20 years.

Thank you to every one who has ever taken the trouble to send me music. Even the godawful stuff that doesn't get anywhere near my airwaves serves to underline just how great the great stuff really is.

And let's focus - for three hours at least - on the greatest of that great stuff.

Y NIWL - 'Un'
Gwynedd

GEORGIA RUTH - 'Week Of Pines'
Aberystwyth/Cardiff

RADIO LUXEMBOURG - 'Mostyn A Diego'
Aberystwyth

JARCREW - 'Paris & The New Math'
Ammanford

MURRY THE HUMP - 'Cracking Up'
Aberystwyth

KEYS, THE - 'Fire Inside'
Resolven/Cardiff

TRWBADOR - 'Off Beat'
Camarthen/Cardiff

DIDZ & CHICO - 'Something New'
Cardiff

AFTERNOONS, THE - 'A Change In Season'
Tenby/Cardiff

TOPPER - 'Something To Tell Her'
Penygroes

GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI - 'Patio Song'
Camarthen

JEN JENIRO - 'Dolphin Pinc A Melyn'
Llanrwst

COLORAMA - 'Sound'
Benllech

IFAN DAFYDD - 'Treehouse (EP Version)'
Llanrug

CRASHLAND - 'Standard Love Affair'
Monmouth/Bristol

BASTIONS - 'Crooked Hands'
Anglesey

DUB WAR - 'Mental'
Newport

GENOD DROOG - 'Genod Droog Theme'
Porthmadog

MANSUN - 'I Can Only Disappoint U'
Deeside/Liverpool/Chester

MELYS - 'Chinese Whispers'
Capel Curig/Betws Y Coed

ECTOGRAM - 'Adennydd A Sylltau (Single Mix)'
Bangor/Ynys Môn

60FT DOLLS - 'Stay'
Newport

CAMERA - 'Hurt'
Wrexham

FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Manchasm'
Cardiff

GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leppard'
Wrexham

ISLET - 'Powys'
Cardiff

BIG LEAVES - 'Dal Fy Law'
Waunfawr

CATATONIA - 'Sweet Catatonia'
Cardiff

SCHOOL, THE - 'Is He Really Coming Home?'
Cardiff

SWEET BABOO - 'If I Died Would You Remember'
Bangor/Cardiff

JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade'
Mold

MCLUSKY - 'To Hell With Good Intentions'
Cardiff

CUBARE - 'Punx Snot Dead, It Just Sux Now'
Cardiff

AKIRA THE DON - 'Oh! (What A Glorious Thing)'
Anglesey

EUROS CHILDS - 'That's Better'
Pembrokeshire

FLYSCREEN - 'Pop Song Sing A Long'
Newport

GRUFF RHYS - 'Gwn Mi Wn'
Bethesda

THREATMANTICS - 'Don't Care'
Cardiff

HELEN LOVE - 'Does Your Heart Go Boom?'
Swansea

SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Whisper In My Ear'
Cardiff

LIBERTY 37 - 'Revolution'
Swansea

RICHARD JAMES - 'When You See Me (In The Pouring Rain)'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

CATE LE BON - 'Sad Sad Feet'
Penboyr

MOUNTAINEERS, THE - 'Red Thongs'
Hope

ZABRINSKI - 'Executive Decision'
Camarthen

KENTUCKY AFC - 'Bodlon (Dance Mix)'
Caernarfon

METABEATS - 'The Snap Featuring Mudmowth, Rtkal & Ruffstylz (Radio Edit)'
Cardiff

SEX HANDS - 'Way No Way'
Dwygfylchi/Llanfairfechan/Conwy

DERRERO - 'Radar Intruder'
Newport/Falmouth

CAVES, THE - 'Wow Machine'
Swansea

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS - 'Ysbeidiau Heulog'
Wales

KLAUS KINSKI - 'Caesar'
Llanfairfechan

H. HAWKLINE - 'You Say You Love Me'
Cardiff

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