No, not the songs you would hear on the marches and matches but the best of Ulster from the charts.
Stiff Little Fingers (Alternative Ulster): And first up is the pride of Ulster punk.
Belfast boys SLF used the backdrop of The Troubles for material and recorded the first single Suspect Device disguised as a suspect bomb.
The producer thought it was real and contacted the band for a real one. Instead we give you the brilliant Alternative Ulster.
Get your kicks
The Undertones accused SLF of sensationalising The Troubles and the violence.
Teenage Kicks famously initially had the line: ‘I wanna hold it, hold it tight’.
An Ode to Derry
Phil, of course, had musical pedigree before this, his signature song, having written Eurovision classics Congratulations and Puppet On A String.
The Divine Comedy (National Express): And you’ve got to love a band with a lyric: ‘And it’s hard to get by/when your arse is the size of a small country.
Derry’s Neil Harmon also penned an album The Duckworth Lewis Method. Geinius.
Van the Belfast Man
Van Morrison (Madame George): The poet laureate of Belfast, Van may be a grumpy old sod but he’s never forgotten his roots.
You can still see him at one of his legendary cabarets at the Europa Hotel although, alas, characters like Madame George are long gone,
And a special mention too to the three Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland…
The Republic Counties
Raff, you handsome prince
But the last word goes to the North’s finest… my pal Michael Rafferty who has been playing covers of our favourites every night through lockdown.
And Michael is locking it down, deservedly at 500.
Check out his Handsome Princes and Michael tells me he’s the handsomest of them all.
It’s my Rainy Days and Songdays Song for Ulster.