Singles of the year: #11

11. Through The Wire – Kanye West

1999: Once Around The Block – Badly Drawn Boy
1994: The Most Beautiful Girl In The World – Prince
1989: Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
1984: Let The Music Play – Shannon

Kanye West? It’s rap music for people who don’t like rap music“, they say. Well, that can’t possibly apply; I’ve been enjoying rap music for the past quarter of a century, and I’ve got the Kool Moe Dee 12-inchers to prove it.

Then looking down the rest of this year’s list, I realise that – Kanye West aside – there’s scarcely a scrap of rap to be found. So what changed there then?

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