Despite the traffic chaos and the mud, mud, mud (!) Glastonbury 2016 has arrived! Whether you’re braving it at Worthy Farm and watching from the comfort of your own couch, we have the 20 essential tracks from this year’s line-up . . . You’re welcome.
20. Bastille, “Pompei”
Having formed in 2010, Bastille are currently on the comeback trail with their forthcoming second album, “Wild World”, but it’s the signature anthem from their debut offering that will get the crowd going this weekend.
19. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
Fresh from basking in the success of second LP, “Cleopatra” which scored the band a number one album earlier this year, The Lumineers are part of Glastonbury 2016. Signature track, “Ho Hey” is guaranteed to generate a sing-a-long and a half.
18. Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”
Flying the flag for Brit females this weekend at Worthy Farm is Jess Glynne. A guest vocalist and singer in her own right, Glynne has enjoyed an incredible 12 months and this number one smash hit proves why.
17. ZZ Top, “Legs”
American rockers, ZZ Top are the token hairy men of the festival this weekend and their 1984 single, “Legs” is destined to turn Worthy Farm into a hoedown Texas would be proud of!
16. Chvrches, “Recover”
The Scots’ trio are riding the wave of their second LP, “Every Open Eye” which has seen them play gigs across the globe. “Recover” has always gone down a storm live and has even been covered by fellow Scot, Paolo Nutini.
15. Dua Lipa, “Hotter Than Hell”
A name you might know yet, but you will come the close of Glastonbury this weekend. Dua Lipa is a London-born, singer/songwriter who is set to drop her debut offering later this year. For now, “Hotter Than Hell” will give you a taste of one of Worthy Farm’s most exciting new faces.
14. Catfish And The Bottlemen, “Cocoon”
Van McCann and his band are basking in the glow of second LP, “The Ride”, which dropped last month. However, it’s signature single, “Cocoon” that is guaranteed to be the hit of their set this weekend.
13. James, “She’s A Star”
A band who are definitely not short of sing-a-long moments, James are set to spoil Glastonbury goers with their blend of indie rock this weekend. It’s hard to pick just one, but this 1997 gem will no doubt give festival punters a special moment.
12. Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
It may be older than some of Glastonbury’s revellers, but “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is sure to go down a treat with fans both young and old this weekend (not to mention a serious cat-like sing-a-long).
11. Beck, “Loser”
American multi-talent, Beck is bringing his blend of funk rock to Worthy Farm this weekend. With a back catalogue like Beck’s, Glastonbury’s crowd are in for a good one, but it’s his hippy-soaked anthem, “Loser” that is set to be the hit of the set.
10. Squeeze, “Up The Junction”
Probably a favourite of your Mum and Dad, Squeeze’s 4 minute classic track takes you through the high and lows of working, getting married and having babies. A crowd pleaser for young and old.
9. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Despite being best known (and loved) for her bouncy pop anthems, you can put good money on her “Fifty Shades” moment being a very special moment at Worthy Farm this weekend.
8. Coldplay, “Fix You”
Fresh from their stellar show at Hampden in Glasgow last week, Coldplay are headlining the closing night of Glastonbury 2016. Seven albums on, it’s hard to pick just one Coldplay track that could be considered “essential”, but their 2005 spine-tingler is set to create a unique festival moment.
7. The 1975, “Chocolate”
The 1975 have enjoyed an incredible 2016 and Glastonbury is set to be the cherry on the cake this weekend. Their second LP, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” has catapulted them to international success hitting number one on The US Billboard Chart, but it’s signature anthem, “Chocolate” that will get the crowd bouncing at Worthy Farm.
6. New Order, “Blue Monday”
Fresh from the enormous success of their 10th studio LP, “Music Complete”, Glastonbury veterans, New Order are bringing their established synth-pop to Worthy Farm this weekend. With an impressive back catalogue full of hits designed to get the party started, it’s hard to pick just one essential track, but it doesn’t get much better than this . . .
5. Ezra Furman, “Lousy Connection”
You can always count on Glastonbury to pull something different out of the bag, and Ezra Furman is just that. A quirky singer/songwriter who is impossible not to love; “Lousy Connection” is proof of why he’s so great, and a perfect introduction if you haven’t heard of him.
4. Underworld, “Born Slippy”
Is it coincidence that Underworld take to the Glastonbury stage 20 years on from “Trainspotting”? Sure, there are heaps of other tracks that makes them great, but who can resist this when the beat drops?
3. Jake Bugg, “Two Fingers”
Having just dropped his third LP, “On My One”, singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg is not short of a setlist, but it’s this catchy track that made him and will get the Glasto punters singing (and strumming) along.
2. Adele, “Hello”
There is always ONE headliner who divides the nation, and this year, Adele is it. Love her or loathe her, should she be a headliner or not, there is no denying this girl has talent. “Hello” is destined to be that defining moment that could shush the critics and wow the fans.
1. Muse, “Supermassive Black Hole”
Muse are no strangers to headlining Glastonbury, and there’s good reason for that. One of the most impeccable live bands you could ever wish to see, it’s hard to choose just one track but “Supermassive Black Hole” is undoubtedly up there!