And welcome to "Rock around the Clock"! Starting in May 2014, this is the section of my radio show that looks at the prevalent popular culture of any one given year in between 1946 and now. I basically pick a year at random (so to get a bit of a mix of content every week) and look at the books, the TV debuts, the block-busting movies and the top ten music charts from within it. It has to be a year in between 1946 and now because those are the years that possess a Billboard Hot 100 year end chart and these dominate the boundaries of this on air project...

And so the current incarnation of "Rock around the Clock" begins... We are now scrutinising every year of the AUSTRALIAN Kent Music Reports and ARIA charts. Here is what we have covered on the show so far...


1975 - Kent Music Report - Number one "Fox on the Run" by the Sweet

1979 - Kent Music Report - Number one "Lay your Love on Me" by Racey

1986 - Kent Music Report - Number one "Chain Reaction" by Diana Ross

1987 - Kent Music Report - Number one "The Locomotion" by Kylie Minogue

1989 - Aria Chart - Number one "Like a Prayer" by Madonna

1993 - Aria Chart - Number one "I'd do anything for Love (But I won't do that)" by Meatloaf

1998 - Aria Chart - Number one "The Cup of Life" by Ricky Martin

1999 - Aria Chart - Number one "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega

2000 - Aria Chart - Number one "I'm outta' Love" by Anastacia

2006 - Aria Chart - Number one "I wish I was a Punk Rocker" by Sandi Thorn

2008 - Aria Chart - Number one "Low" by Flo-Rida and T-Pain

2011 - Aria Chart - Number one "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO

2013 - Aria Chart - Number one "Roar" by Katy Perry


The List continues...



Just to prove that I have been doing this correctly, below are the vital statistics for each year scrutinised so far...

THE MISSION ENDS... The original concept of "Rock around the Clock" concluded on the 25th September 2015 show, with the final year in the Billboard Hot 100... 1956. From the 2nd October, this segment will be quite different - NO BOOKS! NO TV DEBUTS! NO MOVIES! AND GUESS WHAT? NO LIMITS... "Rock around the Clock - Rockin' the music"...

1946     Song: “Prisoner of Love” by Perry Como     Movie: “Song of the South”     Book: “Man’s search for meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl     Song from movie played: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by James Baskett (Song of the South)     TV Pick: “Muffin the Mule”

1947     Song: "Near you" by Francis Craig     Movie: "Unconquered"     Book: "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank    Song from movie played: "You don't have to know the language" by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (The Road to Rio)     TV Pick: "Howdy Doody!"

1948     Song: “Twelfth Street Rag” by Pee Wee Hunt     Movie: “The Red Shoes”     Book:”Corduroy” by Don Freeman     Song from movie played: “Steppin’ out with my baby” by Judy Garland (Easter Parade)     TV Pick: “The Ed Sullivan Show”

1949     Song: “Riders in the Sky” by Vaughan Monroe     Movie: “Samson and Delilah”     Book: “1984” by George Orwell     Song from movie played: “When the red, red robin comes a bob, bob bobbing” by Al Jolson (Jolson sings again)     TV Pick: “The Lone Ranger”

1950     Song: “Goodnight Irene” by Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers     Movie: “Disney’s Cinderella”     Book: “The Cardinal” by Henry Morton Robinson     Song from movie played: “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” by Louis Armstrong (Cinderella)     TV Pick: “Andy Pandy”

1951     Song: “Way Too Young” by Nat King Cole     Movie: “Quo Vadis”     Book: “The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger     Song from movie played: “Can’t help lovin’ dat man” by Ava Gardner (Showboat)     TV Pick: “Dragnet”

1952     Song: “Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson     Movie: “The Greatest Show on Earth”     Book: “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis     Song from movie played: “The Ugly Duckling” by Danny Kaye (Hans Christian Andersen)     TV Pick: “The Flowerpot Men”

1953     Song: "Songs from the Moulin Rouge" by Percy Faith and his Orchestra     Movie: "The Robe"   Book: "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury        Song from movie played: "Two little girls from little Rock" by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell (Gentleman prefer Blondes)   TV Pick: "Panorama"

1954     Song: “Little Things Mean a Lot” by Kitty Kallen     Movie: “White Christmas”     Book: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding     Song from movie played: “Whale of a Tale” by Kirk Douglas (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)     TV Pick: “Billy Bean and his Funny Machine”

1955     Song: “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” by Perez Prado     Movie: “Lady and the Tramp”     Book: “Margine Morningstar” by Herman Wouk     Song from movie played "Oklahoma!" by Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones (Oklahoma!)     TV Pick: “Dixon of Dock Green”

1956     Song: "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley    Movie: "The Ten Commandments"  Book: "The Last Battle" by C.S. Lewis    Song from movie played "Shall we Dance?" by Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner (The King and I)       TV Pick: "Hancock's Half Hour"

1957     Song: “All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley     Movie: “Bridge on the River Kwai”     Book: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand     Song from movie played: “Island in the Sun” by Harry Belafonte (Island in the Sun)     TV Pick: “The Army Game”

1958     Song: “Volare” by Domenico Modugno     Movie: “South Pacific”     Book: “The Night Trilogy #1” by Elie Wiesel     Song from movie played: “I’m gonna’ wash that man right out of my hair” by Keili O’ Hara (South Pacific)     TV Pick: “Huckleberry Hound Show”

1959     Song: "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton    Movie: "Ben Hur"    Book: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. Song from movie played: "Rio Bravo" by Dean Martin (Rio Bravo)     TV Pick: "The Twilight Zone"

1960     Song: “Theme from a Summer Place” by Percy Faith     Movie: “Spartacus”     Book: “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee     Song from movie played: “Ain’t that a kick in the head?” by Dean Martin (Ocean’s 11)     TV Pick: “Coronation Street”

1961     Song: “Tossin’ and Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis     Movie: “West Side Story”     Book: “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller     Song from movie played: “All I do is dream of you” by Doris Day (Lover come back)     TV Pick: “The Avengers (UK Version)”

1962     Song: “Stranger on the Shore” by Acker Bilk     Movie: “Lawrence of Arabia”     Book: “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” by Ken Kesey     Song from movie played: “Hatari!” by Henry Mancini (Hatari!)     TV Pick: “Steptoe and Son”

1963     Song: “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Colmer and the Fireballs     Movie: “Cleopatra”     Book: “The Bell Jar” by Silvia Plath     Song from movie played: “The James Bond Theme” by the John Barry Orchestra (Dr. No)     TV Pick: “Doctor Who”

1964     Song: “I want to hold your hand” by The Beatles     Movie: “Goldfinger”     Book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein     Song from movie played: “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger)     TV Pick: “The Munsters”

1965     Song: “Woolly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs     Movie: “The Sound of Music"     Book: “Dune” by Frank Herbert     Song from movie played: “Thunderball” by Tom Jones (Thunderball)     TV Pick: “The Magic Roundabout”

1966     Song: “The Ballad of the Green Berets” by Sgt. Barry Sadler     Movie: “The Bible”     Book: “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote     Song from movie played: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” by Hugh Montengro (The Good, the bad and the ugly)     TV Pick: “Batman”

1967     Song: “To Sir with Love” by Lulu     Movie: “The Graduate”     Book: “One hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia     Song from movie played: “You only live twice” by Nancy Sinatra (You only live twice)     TV Pick: “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons”

1968     Song: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles     Movie: “2001: A Space Odyssey”     Book: “Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick     Song from movie played: “Also Sprach Zarathrusta” by Richard Strauss (2001: A Space Odyssey)     TV Pick: “The Banana Splits”

1969     Song: “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies     Movie: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”     Book: “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut     Song from movie played: “Raindrops keep falling on my head” by BJ Thomas (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”)     TV Pick: “Scooby Doo – Where are you?”

1970     Song: “Bridge over troubled water” by Simon and Garfunkel     Movie: “Love Story”     Book: “I know why a caged bird sings” by Mary Angelou     Song from movie played: “Suicide is Painless” by John Bahler, Tom Bahler and Ron Hicklin (M*A*S*H*)     TV Pick: “Catweazle”

1971     Song: “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night     Movie: “Billy Jack”     Book: “Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O. Brien     Song from movie played: “Diamonds are Forever” by Shirley Bassey (Diamonds are forever)     TV Pick: “Upstairs Downstairs”

1972     Song: “The first time ever I saw your face” by Roberta Flack     Movie: “The Godfather”     Book: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams     Song from movie played: “Duelling Banjoes” (Deliverance)     TV Pick: “M*A*S*H*”

1973     Song: “Tie a yellow ribbon (round the old oak tree)” by Tony Orlando and Dawn     Movie: “The Sting”     Book: “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman     Song from movie played: “Runaway” by Del Shannon (American Graffiti)     TV Pick: “Last of the Summer Wine”

1974     Song: “The way we were” by Barbara Streisand     Movie: “Blazing Saddles”     Book: “Where the sidewalk ends” by Shel Silverstein     Song from movie played: “Blazing Saddles” by Frankie Laine (Blazing Saddles)     TV Pick: “Countdown” (OZ)

1975     Song: “Love will keep us together” by Captain and Tenille     Movie: “Jaws”     Book: “Shogun” by James Clavell     Song from movie played: “The Timewarp” (Rocky Horror Picture Show)     TV Pick: “Fawlty Towers”

1976     Song: “Silly Love Songs” by Paul McCartney and Wings     Movie: “Rocky”     Book: “Interview with a Vampire” by Anne Rice     Song from movie played: “Gonna’ Fly Now” by Bill Conti (Rocky)     TV Pick: The Muppet Show

1977     Song: “Tonight’s the night” by Rod Stewart     Movie: “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”     Book: “The Shining” by Stephen King     Song from movie played: “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever)     TV Pick: “The Amazing Spiderman”

1978     Song: “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb     Movie: “Grease”     Book: “The Stand” by Stephen King     Song from movie played: “Every which way but loose” by Eddie Rabbitt (Every which way but loose)     TV Pick: “Mork and Mindy”

1979     Song: “My Sharona” by The Knack     Movie: “Kramer versus Kramer”     Book: “The Matarese Circle” by Robert Ludlum     Song from movie played: “The Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets (The Muppet Movie)     TV Pick: “Worzel Gummidge”

1980     Song: “Call Me” by Blondie     Movie: “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”     Book: “The Bourne Identity” by Robert Ludlum     Song played from movie: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton (9 to 5)     TV Pick: “Magnum PI”

1981     Song: “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes     Movie: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”     Book: “The unbearable lightness of being” by Milan Kundera     Song played from movie: “The Cannonball Run” by Ray Stevens     TV Pick: “The Fall Guy”

1982     Song: “Physical” by Olivia Newton John     Movie: “ET – The Extra Terrestrial”     Book: “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker     Song played from movie: “Up where we belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes (An Officer and a Gentleman)     TV Pick: “The Young Ones”

1983     Song: “Every breath you take” by The Police     Movie: “Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi”     Book: “The Return of the Jedi” by James Khan     Song played from movie: “Old time Rock n’ Roll” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (Risky Business)     TV Pick: “The A- Team”

1984     Song: “When Doves Cry” by Prince     Movie: “Ghostbusters”     Book: “The Aquitane Progression” by Robert Ludlum     Song played from movie: “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey (Beverly Hills Cop)     TV Pick: “He- Man and the Masters of the Universe”

1985     Song: “Careless Whisper” by Wham     Movie: “Back to the Future”     Book: “Ender’s Game” by Scott Orson Card     Song played from movie: “Spies like Us” by Paul McCartney (Spies like us)     TV Pick: “Neighbours” (OZ)

1986     Song: “That’s what friends are for” by Dionne Warwick     Movie: “Top Gun”     Book: “Watchmen” by Alan Moore     Song played from movie: “Live it up” by Mental as Anything (Crocodile Dundee)     TV Pick: “Blackadder II”

1987     Song: “Walk like an Egyptian” by The Bangles     Movie: “Three Men and a Baby”     Book: “Misery” by Stephen King     Song played from movie: “The Secret of my Success” by Night Ranger (The Secret of my Success)     TV Pick: “Fraggle Rock”

1988     Song: “Faith” by George Michael     Movie: “Rain Man”     Book: “Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe     Song played from movie: “When will I be loved?” by the Everly Brothers (Cocktail)     TV Pick: “Home and Away” (OZ) or “Red Dwarf”

1989     Song: “Look Away” by Chicago     Movie: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”     Book: “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham     Song played from movie: “Partyman” by Prince (Batman)     TV Pick: “”Quantum Leap”

1990     Song: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips     Movie: “Ghost”     Book: “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton     Song played from movie: “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers (Ghost)     TV Pick: “Mr. Bean”

1991     Song: “Everything I do (I do it for you)” by Bryan Adams     Movie: “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”     Book: “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon     Song played from movie: “Beauty and the Beast” by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson (Beauty and the Beast)     TV Pick: “Home Improvement”

1992     Song: “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men     Movie: “Disney’s Aladdin”     Book: “Along came a Spider” by James Patterson     Song played from movie: “It’s Probably me” by Sting and Eric Clapton (Lethal Weapon 3)     TV Pick: “Mulberry”

1993     Song: “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston     Movie: “Jurassic Park”     Book: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry     Song played from movie: “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen (Philadelphia)     TV Pick: “Goodnight Sweetheart”

1994     Song: “The Sign” by Ace of Base     Movie: “The Lion King”     Book: “The Chamber” by John Grisham     Song played from movie: “Love is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet (Four Weddings and a Funeral)     TV Pick: “Knowing me, Knowing you with Alan Partridge”

1995     Song: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio     Movie: “Die Hard with a Vengeance”     Book: “The Golden Compass” by Phillip Pulman     Song played from movie: “Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me” by U2 (Batman Forever)     TV Pick: “American Gothic”

1996     Song: “Macarena” by Los Del Rio     Movie: “ID4 – Independence Day”     Book: “A song of Ice and Fire #1” by George R R Martin     Song played from movie: “Mission Impossible Theme” by Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton (Mission Impossible)     TV Pick: “Ballykissangel”

1997     Song: “Candle in the Wind ‘97” by Elton John     Movie: “Titanic”     Book: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling     Song played from movie: “My Heart will go on” by Celine Dion (Titanic)     TV Pick: “Jonathan Creek”

1998     Song: “Too Close” by Next     Movie: “Armageddon”     Book: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by JK Rowling     Song played from movie: “I don’t want to miss a thing” by Aerosmith (Armegeddon)     TV Pick: “Seachange” (OZ)

1999     Song: “Believe” by Cher     Movie: “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”     Book: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by JK Rowling     Song played from movie: “When you say nothing at all” by Ronan Keating (Notting Hill)     TV Pick: “The League of Gentleman”

2000     Song: “Breathe” by Faith Hill     Movie: “Mission Impossible 2 MI:2"     Book: “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown     Song played from movie: “My kinda’ Scene” by Powderfinger (Mission Impossible 2)     TV Pick: “At home with the Braithwaites”

2001     Song: “Hanging by a moment” by Lifehouse     Movie: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”     Book: “A Painted House” by John Grisham     Song played from movie: “I’m a Believer” by Smashmouth (Shrek)     TV Pick: “The Office (UK Version)”

2002    Song: "How you remind me" by Nickelback      Movie: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"  Book: "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold   Song played from movie: "Spiderman Theme" by Michael Buble (Spiderman)    TV Pick: "Wire in the Blood (UK Version)"

2003     Song: “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera     Movie: “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”     Book: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by JK Rowling     Song played from movie: “One of us” by Joan Osborne (Bruce Almighty)     TV Pick: “Little Britain”

2004     Song: “Yeah!” by Usher     Movie: “Shrek 2”     Book: “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult     Song played from movie: “Ordinary” by Train (Spiderman 2)     TV Pick: “Blackpool”

2005     Song: "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey     Movie: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"    Book: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" by JK Rowling     Song played from movie: "You can get it if you really want" by Jimmy Cliff (Hitch)   TV Pick: "Doctor Who" and "Distant Shores"

2006     Song: “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter     Movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”     Book: “Orphelia” by Lisa M. Klein     Song played from movie: “You know my name” by Chris Cornell (Casino Royale)     TV Pick: “The IT Crowd”

2007     Song: "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé     Movie: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"    Book: "The Bond that Ties Us" by Christine D'Abo   Song played from movie: "The Simpsons Theme" by Green Day (Simpson's Movie)     TV Pick: "Shaun the Sheep"

2008     Song: "Low" by Flo Rida and T-Pain    Movie: "The Dark Knight"  Book: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins   Song played from movie: "Mamma Mia" by Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia)   TV Pick: "Being Human"

2009     Song: “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas     Movie: “Avatar”     Book: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown     Song played from movie: “I get excited” (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)     TV Picks: “All the Small Things”/ “Heart and Soul” (OZ)

2010     Song: "Tik Tok" by Ke$sha    Movie: "Toy Story 3"    Book: "Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3" by Suzanne Collins    Song played from movie: "Thunderstruck" by ACDC (Iron Man 2)   TV Pick: "Sherlock"

2011     Song: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele     Movie: “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2"     Book: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson     Song played from movie: “Collision of Worlds” by Brad Paisley and Robbie Williams (Cars 2)     TV Pick: “Death in Paradise”

2012     Song: “Someone that I used to know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra     Movie: “Marvel’s The Avengers”     Book: “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth     Song played from movie: “Skyfall” by Adele     TV Picks: “Wedding Band”

2013     Song: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz     Movie: “Frozen”     Book: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn     Song played from movie: “Let it Go” by Demi Lovato (Frozen)     TV Pick: “Orphan Black”

2014     Song: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams     Movie: “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”     Book: “The Young Elites” by Marie Lui     Song played from movie: “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede (Guardians of the Galaxy)     TV Pick: “Outlander”

2015     Song: "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (Featuring Bruno Mars)     Movie: "Jurassic World"   Book: "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins    Song played from movie: "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan (Minions)   TV Pick: "Humans"

2016    Song: "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber    Movie: "Captain America 3: The Civil War"   Book: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by JK Rowling   TV Pick: "Lucifer"