At The Thaiger 102.75 FM, music is the heart and soul of the station. We like to keep absolutely current along with some of the best music from the past 30 years.
2017 was an outstanding year for new artists and also saw the return of established artists back into the mix. The compiled list below is our most requested and played songs for the – The Thaiger’s Top Ten Songs for 2017.
1. Reggaeton Lento Remix – CNCO and Little Mix
Music magic happens when you bring five Latin American guys and five British girls together, and just quietly the music video is also hot!
2. Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber whether you like him or not he has to feature on any top ten list of songs for the past few years. The music video to Despacito is at the time of writing the most viewed video of ALL time on YouTube with 4.5 billion views, followed closely by See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth with 3.3 billion views.
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s duet with Beyonce, at the time of writing, is the current world number one song, and a lovely version, however the original song is so raw and a beautiful ballad and very worthy of our top ten songs of 2017.
4. Something Just Like This – Coldplay ft The Chainsmokers
It was a warm welcome back to the music world to Coldplay with the release of their album Kaleidoscope, which features this collaboration with American electronic duo The Chainsmokers which charted all over the world.
5. Sing of the Times – Harry Styles
Slightly edgy and gritty for the ex boy band One Direction member, Harry Styles impressed us with the first single from his self-titled debut album.
6. Malibu – Miley Cyrus
Traditionally Miley Cyrus showcases her happy go likely lifestyle choices within her music, in Malibu she tells of the love story with her then fiancé Liam Hemsworth. It’s a quirky little number and a far cry from her wrecking ball days.
7. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
One of the brilliant world wide new comers for 2017, American rock band Portugal. The Man released their latest studio album Woodstock, which featured both Skin and Feel It Still chart toppers all over the world, and one of your favourites at The Thaiger.
8. Green Light – Lorde
With live performances on Saturday Night Live and Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2017, Kiwi artist Lordes’ welcome return to the music world after a two year sabbatical with her second album Melodrama. The lead single Green Light is an unconventional little number and certainly left of the middle just like the artist herself.
9. Anywhere – Rita Ora
At The Thaiger it would be easier for us to choose Rita Ora’s previous chart topping track Your Song for this list and it’s a great song, however the follow up single Anywhere is getting much more interest from you and peaks as one of the most requested songs of the year and therefore makes our top ten.
10. Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Thank goodness you our listeners also love this indie American rock band, Imagine Dragons. Thunder comes from their third album Evolve and we love it here at the station too.
Originally from New Zealand, Donna Toon has been living in Thailand for the last 9 years with her husband Scot and their two boys Jackson and Oliver. After graduating with a Degree in Hospitality Management, Donna has travelled the world with a desire to develop her craft. A recent move from hospitality has seen Donna immerse herself into the media and radio industry, consulting for a number of media companies.
Last week’s Blackpink single-day YouTube viewing record has been beaten by fellow K-Pop supremos BTS notching up 78 million views for their “Boy With Luv” music video within its first 24 hours of hitting the video site. (Three days later it’s on 129 million with 7.8 million ‘likes’ and still going…)
K-pop rival Blackpink managed 56.7 million for “Kill This Love” just beating out Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” with 55.4 million. Just behind was another BTS song “Idol” which had 45.9 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.
The new record of 78 million clicks in just one day will be a high bar to jump over as musicians around the world ponder the K-Pop phenomenon and, in particular, the global popularity of BTS – who sing mostly in Korean.
The new BTS video also racked up 2 million comments over that initial 24 hours period.
The Korean septet of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope Jimin, V and Jungkook performed live on Saturday Night Live to broad acclaim, including all their sharp dance moves whilst singing totally live with a live band backing them (along with a few mic problems) – a rarity in modern music performance.
The new Boy With Luv music video, a collaboration with Halsey, is an ode to the golden era of cinema with references to the movie ‘Singing in the Rain’.
Korean pop kings BTS’ video for their 2018 “Fake Love” received 35.9 million views in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest 24 hour debut of 2018 and the third biggest 24 hour debut of all time.
But that’s nothing compared to the impact of the new BTS release, a collaboration with American singer Halsey. “Boy with Luv” has amassed nearly 60 million views in its first 12 hours on its way to ??? by the end of the first 24 hours. Over 100 million?
And the song is mostly in Korean language, not English, so the worldwide popularity of the video has record industry executives choking on their double lattes this morning.
The video clip is a lush, highly stylised retro world of American diners and cinema frontages, paying homage to 50s Hollywood musicals. In their first major comeback for 2019 the South Korean septet have stuck to their formula of vibrant international pop with every member taking the spotlight at some stage during the video.
BTS now occupies 3 slots on the top 10 all time 24 hour debut list, with their 2017 video for “DNA” in the top ten as well with 22.3 million views (it’s now at 695 million).
The “Boys With Luv” video exploded on YouTube immediately after its release, receiving over 4.8 million views in its first hour.
BTS also hold the second and third slot for the most “likes” in a single day, with their videos ‘DNA’ (#2 with 2.3 million) and ‘MicDrop, Steve Aoki Remix’ (#3 with 2.3 million).
Although the song is officially titled as a collaboration with Halsey, YouTubers are wondering where she is most of the video by her vocals can be heard throughout the choruses. She has also been credited as one of the writing team (along with Hitman Bang, RM and Jungkook) in the credits under her real name ‘Ashley Frangipane‘
“Boy With Luv” is the first single in the long-awaited new album from BTS “Map of the Soul – Persona”.
Temperatures are soaring around the country, right on time, as the Songkran holiday kicks in. People are heading home for the annual Thai New Year break whilst the tourists are flooding into the main hot spots for the water fights.
The annual celebration is meant to provide a ritual washing of Buddha images, ‘gentle’ splashing of family and friends and an ushering in of the country’s wet season. But in recent decades the ‘gentle’ splashing has ramped up and turned into massive water fights in many parts of the country. Tomorrow there will little chance of remaining dry if you venture outside.
As the temperature rose to 42°C in Lampang and Tak, several other provinces cited 41-40°C yesterday morning, the Thai Meteorological Department warned residents in the north, northeast, centre and east of very hot weather with possible Songkran storms between April 13-17.
“People must beware of stormy weather and gusty wind and stay away from big trees and unsecured billboards, the agency said.
At 5am today the temperature was forecast for Loei and Kanchanaburi at 41°C while Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phetchabun, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Sawan were set for 40°C.
Bangkok will reach 37°C whilst Phuket will be hot and humid with 33°C and a sweaty evening only getting down to 27°C. Chiang Mai will swelter in 40°C heat.
Songkran, for real, starts tomorrow although expect some early starters to get the water pistols out this afternoon and tonight in places like Khao San Road in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Bangla Road in Phuket.