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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 April 2012

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

43 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for Kool & The Gang

      Kool & The Gang Get Down On It

      Eighties Legends (Various Artists), Virgin, 2

  • Image for The Searchers

    The Searchers Sugar & Spice

    The Searchers, MFP

  • Image for Paul Weller

    Paul Weller That Dangerous Age

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey Dreamlover

    Mariah #1's - The Best Of Mariah Care, Columbia

  • Image for John Holt

    John Holt Help Me Make It Through The Night

    Misty Blue - Love Songs Of The 70's, Old Gold

  • Image for Will Young

    Will Young Losing Myself

    Echoes, Sony

  • Image for Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath Paranoid

    Million Sellers Vol.18 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Black Horse & The Cherry Tree

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "STRANGELAND" (Island) out 7th May

    • Image for Keane

      Keane Silenced By The Night

      (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Denis

    Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI

  • Image for Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly Peggy Sue

    Rediscover The 50's-Rock With The Cav, Old Gold

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the forthcoming CD, "BARCHORDS" (Island) out on 16th April

  • Image for New Edition

    New Edition Candy Girl

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for George Benson

    George Benson Breezin'

    George Benson - Midnight Moods, Telstar

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette It's Possible

    (CD Single), Roxette Recordings, 1

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for The Foundations

      The Foundations Baby Now That I've Found You

      Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Altered Images

    Altered Images Don't Talk To Me About Love

    Wave Party (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer

    Music Of The Millennium (Various), Universal Music Tv, 1

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder As

    Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collec, Universal

  • Image for Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Under The Bridge

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Masterpiece

    W.E. O.S.T., Polydor, 12

  • Image for The J. Geils Band

    The J. Geils Band Centrefold

    And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante

  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard Long Tall Sally

    Little Richard - British Hit Singles, Ace

  • Image for Amanda Mair

    Amanda Mair Sense

    (CD Single), Labrador Records, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "TUBTHUMPER" (Republic) suggested by Ian the Cabbie in Essex

    • Image for Chumbawamba

      Chumbawamba Tubthumping

      The Best Pub Jukebox In The World (V), Virgin

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Close To You

    The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for Aztec Camera

    Aztec Camera Deep And Wide And Tall

    The Best Of Aztec Camera, Warner E.S.P.

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for David Bowie

      David Bowie Ashes To Ashes

      David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge We Are Family

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack Good Feelin' About It

    (CD Single), Carrack UK, 1

  • Image for Johnny Tillotson

    Johnny Tillotson Poetry In Motion

    60's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold

  • Image for The Cardigans

    The Cardigans Lovefool

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Maverick Sabre

    Maverick Sabre I Used To Have It All

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for ABC

    ABC The Look Of Love

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "III" (Flatcap) out now

  • Image for Eternal

    Eternal and BeBe Winans I Wanna Be The Only One

    Eternal - Greatest Hits, EMI

  • Image for Sweet

    Sweet Fox On The Run

    The Very Best Of, Polygram Tv, 20

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Oh My Goodness

    In Case You Didn't Know, Epic, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY (Stratosphere)

    • Image for XOVA

      XOVA Nine Lives

  • Image for Modern Romance

    Modern Romance Best Years Of Our Lives

    The Platinum Collection, Rhino

  • Image for Shirley Ellis

    Shirley Ellis The Clapping Song

    The Complete Congress Recordings, Connoisseur

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)

    Wham - The Best Of Wham!, Epic


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