iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for 05/08/2011

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio


3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 05 August 2011

It's the best way to start your weekend by tuning in to the Best Time of the Day Show with Alex. Every Friday is a feelgood Friday which means even more great tunes and inspired daftness to keep you happy through the night.

There is a final track from the Album of the Week, another spin of Record of the Week, more unexpected song selections from Lester's and the Listener's Libraries and Pause for Thought.

Music Played

41 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for Erasure

      Erasure A Little Respect

      Erasure - Pop!, Mute Records

  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli Let's Hang On

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Ve, Polygram Tv, 5

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces It Will Not Be Forgotten

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Toto

    Toto Hold The Line

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Nine Stories

    Nine Stories and Lisa Loeb Stay (I Missed You)

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Temptations

    The Temptations Get Ready

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "BETTER DAY" (Sony) Out on August 29th

  • Image for Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout When Love Breaks Down

    Prefab Sprout - Two Wheels Good, Epic

  • Image for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience Hey Joe

    The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Universal

  • Image for Will Young

    Will Young Jealousy

    Echoes, RCA, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the forthcoming CD, "UNFINISHED BUSINESS" (Cherry Red) out on September 5th

  • Image for Nanci Griffith

    Nanci Griffith and Jimmy Buffett I Love This Town

    Nanci Griffith - Hearts In Mind, Universal Music TV

  • Image for Gibson Brothers

    Gibson Brothers Cuba

    Latin Fever (Various Artists), Universal Music

  • Image for Brenton Wood

    Brenton Wood Gimme Little Sign

    Time For Love (Various Artists), Truetrax

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Jane Wiedlin

      Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour

      Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie John I'm Only Dancing

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Joss Stone

    Joss Stone Somehow

    (CD Single), Stoned Records, 1

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Walk Of Life

    Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition, Vertigo

  • Image for C.W. McCall

    C.W. McCall Convoy

    The No.1 Country Album (Various), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Juan Zelada

    Juan Zelada Breakfast In Spitalfields

    High Ceilings & Collarbones, Decca, 1

  • Image for The Staple Singers

    The Staple Singers Respect Yourself

    Ultimate Soul Collection Vol.2 (Vario, Warner Bros

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Chasing Cars

    (CD Single), Fiction

  • Image for Michael McDonald

    Michael McDonald Sweet Freedom

    Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom, Warner Bros

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "4" (Atlantic) suggested by Stuart in Birmingham

    • Image for Foreigner

      Foreigner Foreigner - Jukebox Hero

      Trilogy (Foreigner/Foreigner 4/Agent Provocateur):, Warner, 2 (Disc 2)

  • Image for Jean Knight

    Jean Knight Mr Big Stuff

    Stax Greatest Hits (Various Artists), Stax

  • Image for OneRepublic

    OneRepublic Good Life

    Waking Up, Mosley Music/Interscope Records, 1

  • Image for Bill Haley & His Comets

    Bill Haley & His Comets See You Later Alligator

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • HOUR 3

  • Image for James Brown

    James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good)

    Hits Of ... 65 & 66 (Vol.1), Polydor

  • Image for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds The Death Of You And Me

    (CD Single), Sour Mash Records, 7

  • Image for Martha and the Muffins

    Martha and the Muffins Echo Beach

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Up Around The Bend

    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chroni, Fantasy, 24

  • Image for Take That

    Take That When We Were Young

    Progressed, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Shake

    The Definitive Otis Redding Vol.1, Rhino

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "THE ROCK & THE TIDE" (Warner) out now

  • Image for Rumer

    Rumer Goodbye Girl

    Seasons Of My Soul, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Evelyn

    Evelyn "Champagne" King Love Come Down

    Essential Works Of Evelyn Champagne K, RCA

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Two Way Traffic

    Quid Pro Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Bobby Womack

    Bobby Womack Across 110th Street

    Screen Cuts (Various Artists), Virgin

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "GREATEST HITS" (Capitol)

    • Image for MC Hammer

      MC Hammer U Can't Touch This

      Fast Forward (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Liza Minnelli

    Liza Minnelli Cabaret

    Cabaret - Original Soundtrack, MCA


The A-Z of Alex Lester

The A-Z of Alex Lester

To celebrate Alex's 26th year on Radio 2 here's a handy guide to his nocturnal world.


  1. Image for Alex Lester's Oddcast

    Alex Lester's Oddcast

    Alex Lester's latest musings on 'Alex World', featuring listener contributions, taken from his Best…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss