By Mumford & Sons
Instigating 2009's great folk-pop takeover is Mumford & Sons with their riotous, exhilarating single 'Little Lion Man.'
Following in the footsteps of Noah and the Whale and the exquisite Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons have shown that modern folk music can be as relevant to pop culture as Jay-Z, and consequently this has fought its way onto the Radio 1 playlist where it continues to gain popularity. This is no surprise as 'Little Lion Man' has all the ingredients for a great crossover record. The chorus "it was not your fault but mine / and it was your heart on the line / I really fucked it up this time, didn't I my dear?" is gloriously chanted with even comedic bleeping out of the 'f' word for radio play.
A risky choice indeed for single release, but the sheer epic, brothers-in-arms feel and the rapid momentum that this record gains is contagious and you can't help hollering out the lines with the rest of the band by the end of the song. The folk elements are still firmly in place, which is what makes the song so communal and warm despite its poptastic catchiness: banjos and acoustic guitars reign supreme and marvellously kooky and otherworldly storytelling is at the heart of this brilliant single.