Every year industry experts predict the major trends coming our way in food and drink, and the latest list of consumer products we are going to see more of at the supermarket includes plant-based everything, according to a new report released by Whole Foods called Food Trends Predictions for 2021. This is further proof that the plant-based food movement, which exploded this past year, is here to stay. The worldwide pandemic has increased consumer awareness about the importance of eating healthy foods that help strengthen immunity and overall wellbeing, and the new wave of plant-based foods reflects that everyone, not just plant-based or vegan consumers, is leaning into plant-baed eating.

More than 50 Whole Foods Market team members ranging from local foragers to regional and global buyers and culinary experts contributed to the sixth annual report that is an early forecast of the top 10 food trends for 2021. All ten of the trends pertain to plant-based foods (fruit and veggie jerky, chickpea everything, the rise in culinary cooking oils) or are inclusive of vegan products (for instance, breakfasts products like JUST Egg’s Folded (a precooked omelette-style sandwich filling).

Here are the top 10 food trends for 2021 from Whole Foods

  1. Well-Being Is Served Foods like sauerkraut and broth infused with vitamin C, mushrooms, adaptogens, and more to up foods health-promoting properties. “Suppliers are incorporating functional ingredients like vitamin C, mushrooms and adaptogens to foster a calm headspace and support the immune system. For obvious reasons, people want this pronto,” the report finds.
  2. Epic Breakfast Every Day: Jazzed up breakfasts as we all continue to hunker down at-home. Think of a plant-based sausage-and-egg sandwich. “There’s a whole new lineup of innovative products tailored to people paying more attention to what they eat in the morning. Think pancakes on weekdays, sous vide egg bites and even “eggs” made from mung beans,” the authors say.
  3. Basics on Fire: Innovative pantry items like hearts of palm linguini and tomato sauce made with organic vegetables to fancify home cooking. “Pasta, sauces, spices — the basics will never be boring again,” the report says. “Get ready for reimagined classics like hearts of palm pasta, applewood-smoked salt, and “meaty” vegan soup.”
  4. Coffee Beyond the Mug: Coffee leaps into foods like bars, granola, smoothie boosters, and alcohol, to give us a jolt of java whenever and however we want. “You can now get your coffee fix in the form of coffee-flavoured bars and granolas, smoothie boosters and booze, even coffee yoghurt for those looking to crank up that breakfast parfait,” says the trend predictor.
  5. Baby Food, All Grown Up: Treat your tots to elevated food made with ingredients like rhubarb, rosemary, and flaxseeds. The authors are seeing “portable, on-the-go squeeze pouches full of rhubarb, rosemary, purple carrots and omega-3-rich flaxseeds.” these are for kids! Yes, says the Whole Foods report: “Little eaters, big flavours.”
  6. Upcycled Foods: Packaged foods made from ingredients headed for the trash like chips made from pulp or chewy snacks made from imperfect bananas. “Upcycled foods, made from ingredients that would have otherwise been food waste, help to maximize the energy used to produce, transport, and prepare that ingredient,” says the report, adding, “Dig in, do good.”
  7. Oil Change: Walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil, and sunflower seed oil get thrust into the spotlight, adding to your usual olive oil collection. “At-home chefs are branching out with oils that each add their own unique flavour and properties,” the report finds.  “Walnut and pumpkin seed oils lend a delicious nutty flavour, while sunflower seed oil is hitting the shelves in a bunch of new products and is versatile enough to use at high temps or in salad dressing.”
  8. Boozed-Up Booch: Kombucha enjoys an adult makeover thanks to the addition of alcohol in the bottle.  “Hard kombucha checks all the boxes: It’s gluten-free, it’s super bubbly and can be filled with live probiotic cultures,” notes the trend-spotting source.
  9. The Mighty Chickpea: Chickpea flour, chickpea cereal, chickpea crusts, and more. “Rich in fiber and plant-based protein, chickpeas are the new cauliflower — popping up in products like chickpea tofu, chickpea flour and even chickpea cereal,” according to the prediction.
  10. Fruit and Veggie Jerky: Dried fruits and veggies mixed with spices and flavourings to make a nutrient-dense snack. “The produce is dried at the peak freshness to preserve nutrients and yumminess. If that’s not enough, suppliers are literally spicing things up with finishes of chilli, salt, ginger, and cacao drizzle,” making it easy to be healthy, the report notes.

Read Whole Foods’ full report on the top food trends for 2021 here. Shop the trends at Whole Foods Market on Amazon.

 

Fancy a masterclass in home baking from the Stylish Baker herself, Faaiza Omar? The self-taught baker and owner of The Stylish Baker has curated her favourite cakes and bakes in her debut book, My Sweet Life.

Inspired by flavours from Paris to Peru, My Sweet Life aims to bridge the gap between baking enthusiasts and pastry chefs with both easy and advanced recipes, simplifying some of the more complicated techniques and making it accessible to all.

Bursting with beautiful bakes, from delicate Petit Fours and celebration cakes to everyday cheesecakes, brioche, ice-creams and delectable desserts, My Sweet Life is the only baker’s book you’ll ever need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Passion for patisserie

Passionate about all things sweet, Omar is a trained skincare therapist with 20 years of baking experience, which was sparked by her love for French-style baking. “I’ve been consumed by the sweet life for over 20 years. My passion was sparked by perfecting the art of macaron making and has since flourished into a part-time career.”

But it seems what started as a side-hustle has blossomed into something so much more, with the launch of her book and the success of her online pastry supply store, The Stylish Baker. In 2018, she baked her way to the Big Apple by winning the Lancewood Cake-off challenge with her rose, pistachio and raspberry gateau, and it’s been all systems go from there.

Omar, who is also a content creator with an impressive 49 000 followers on social media, says she is constantly keeping up with the latest food and baking trends and trying out new techniques and ingredients to share with her fans. “I regularly keep myself in the know by attending pastry master classes with world-renowned chefs locally and abroad.”

She continues, “When I am not in my kitchen working my magic with a whisk in my hand, I’m planning my next adventure or trying out a new patisserie. With this book, I invite my readers to explore the style and confectionary delights from around the world.” Omar also loves collaborating with brands and sharing her creativity.

Faaiza shared the recipe to her famous biscuits, with us:

Flake biscuits

250g butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
5 Tblsp cocoa
3 Tblsp corn flour
1/3 cup roasted almonds crushed
1 1/2 flake crumbled
2 cups cake flour (enough to make a soft dough)

Cream butter and icing sugar. Add the cocoa, cake flour, cornflour flour, crushed almonds, and flake, mix to make a soft biscuit dough, flatten to half a cm thick, roughen up the surface using a fork. Cut into 1cm by 5cm bars.

Bake for 15min on 180. Drizzle generously with melted chocolate, top with flake and drizzle with chocolate again.

Win with The Stylish Baker

In addition to the launch of this highly anticipated book, novice bakers can also get a chance to gain free entry to one of Omar’s masterclasses, which will take place via Zoom and hosted by The Stylish Baker herself. To be a part of this exciting opportunity, simply purchase My Sweet Life during the month of October via the My Sweet Life website (currently available for pre-order). If you’re one of the first 300 to purchase, you could be joining this insightful and inspiring baking masterclass. There will also be a Golden Ticket up for grabs, where one lucky person will find a ticket hidden in their book. Prizes include a KitchenAid mixer and a one-on-one Zoom Masterclass with Faaiza. So make sure you get your hands on that golden ticket.

My Sweet Life launched yesterday, on 21 October 2020 and retail at R450. Get your copy at book stores nationwide or pre-order on the My Sweet Life website. For more information, follow Faaiza on Instagram or Youtube.

 

Legend Runner, Africa’s biggest obstacle course, is coming to Paarl, from the 6th to the 8th of November and it’s fully Covid-19 compliant!

 

Everyone’s invited to take part, dress up, and get dirty in the 6km or 12km obstacle race on the banks of the beautiful Berg River! Come join in the fun, and do your bit to reignite the local economy.

 

Health and Safety are extremely important, the event will feature multiple batch options when entering for the event to ensure social distancing on race day.

 

Once a Hero, Now a Legend!

 

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We all have that one or two songs that take us back to our favourite moments on the big screen…brace yourself for the Top 200 songs from the movies this weekend! We bring you a glorious selection of hits taken straight out of the flicks Saturday + Sunday 9am – 4pm!

 

Top 200 Songs From The Movies

200 TWO HEARTS PHIL COLLINS BUSTER
199 I’M COMING OUT AMERIE MAID IN MANHATTAN
198 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER LADY IN RED
197 LITTLE L JAMIROQUAI THE SWEETEST THING
196 SPECIAL STAR MANGO GROOVE JUNGLE BEAT – THE MOVIE
195 EXHALE(SHOOP SHOOP) WHITNEY HOUSTON WAITING TO EXHALE
194 MY SHARONA THE KNACK REALITY BITES
193 CUPS (PITCH PERFECT’S WHEN I’M GONE) ANNA KENDRICK PITCH PERFECT
192 YOU’RE SO VAIN CARLY SIMON HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
191 ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) LIONEL RICHIE 5TH ELEMENT
190 DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA MADONNA EVITA
189 DANGER ZONE KENNY LOGGINS TOP GUN
188 HERE I AM BRYAN ADAMS SPIRIT – STALLION OF THE CIMARRON
187 NEVER ENDING STORY LIMAHL NEVER ENDING STORY
186 FAME IRENE CARA FAME
185 FLASHLIGHT JESSIE J PITCH PERFECT 2
184 SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA SAVUKA RAIN MAN
183 DOESN’T REALLY MATTER JANET JACKSON NUTTY PROFESSOR
182 TAKE ON ME A-HA DEADPOOL
181 WRITING’S ON THE WALL SAM SMITH SPECTRE
180 A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION (JXL RADIO … ELVIS PRESLEY OCEAN’S 11
179 VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR BUGGLES GRAND THEFT AUTO, THE MOVIE
178 EARNED IT THE WEEKND 50 SHADES OF GREY
177 DANCING QUEEN ABBA MURIEL’S WEDDING
176 THE HEAT IS ON GLENN FREY BEVERLY HILLS COP
175 BEAUTY & THE BEAST CELINE DION & PEABO BRYSON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
174 HUNGRY EYES ERIC CARMEN DIRTY DANCING
173 STAY (I MISSED YOU) LISA LOEB REALITY BITES
172 WHEN DOVES CRY PRINCE PURPLE RAIN
171 IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE DANIEL BEDINGFIELD MAID IN MANHATTAN
170 CAR WASH (SHARK TALE) CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT. MISSY ELLIOT SHARK TALE
169 HAKUNA MATATA LEBO M LION KING
168 WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS QUEEN BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
167 VOGUE MADONNA THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
166 GREASE FRANKIE VALLI GREASE
165 THE CLIMB MILEY CYRUS HANNAH MONTANA
164 THE POWER OF LOVE HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS BACK TO THE FUTURE
163 ROCKET MAN ELTON JOHN ROCKET MAN
162 ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) JOHN PARR ST ELMO’S FIRE
161 SKYFALL ADELE SKYFALL
160 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME CULTURE CLUB THE WEDDING SINGER
159 LISTEN BEYONCE DREAMGIRLS
158 DON’T STOP BELIEVING JOURNEY ROCK OF AGES
157 WORLD IN UNION PJ POWERS WITH LADYSMITH BLA… INVICTUS
156 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON THRILLER
155 WATERFALLS TLC WE’RE THE MILLERS
154 MOVING ON UP M PEOPLE FULL MONTY
153 ENDLESS LOVE LIONEL RICHIE & DIANA ROSS HAPPY GILMORE
152 ONE IN A MILLION BOSSON MISS CONGENIALITY
151 EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR ROCKY
150 POKER FACE LADY GAGA PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTNING THIEF
149 HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN BRYAN ADAMS DON JUAN DEMARCO
148 LOW FLO RIDA STEP UP
147 UP WHERE WE BELONG JOE COCKER & JENNIFER WARNES AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
146 BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY THE VERVE CRUEL INTENTIONS
145 RITMO BLACK EYED PEAS FT J BALVIN BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
144 UNDER PRESSURE QUEEN GROSSE POINTE BLANK
143 IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE ROXETTE PRETTY WOMAN
142 I’M EVERY WOMAN WHITNEY HOUSTON THE BODYGUARD
141 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE PITCH PERFECT 3
140 AGAIN JANET JACKSON POETIC JUSTICE
139 FIREWORK KATY PERRY MADAGASCAR 3
138 SEXY AND I KNOW IT LMFAO HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 1
137 GOLDENEYE TINA TURNER GOLDENEYE
136 THE REAL ME LOYISO KHUMBA
135 SHY GUY DIANA KING BAD BOYS
134 IN THE AIR TONIGHT PHIL COLLINS MIAMI VICE
133 24K MAGIC BRUNO MARS HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
132 BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME CELINE DION UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
131 SWEET DREAMS EURYTHMICS X MEN
130 A THOUSAND MILES VANESSA CARLTON WHITE CHICKS
129 WAMKELEKILE HOT WATER BLENDED
128 GANGSTA’S PARADISE COOLIO FT. L.V DANGEROUS MINDS
127 MANIAC MICHAEL SEMBELLO FLASHDANCE
126 IT’S PROBABLY ME STING FEATURING ERIC CLAPTON LETHAL WEAPON 3
125 SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS HITCH
124 AR RAHMAN & THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS JAI HO (YOU ARE MY DESTINY) SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
123 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE THE POLICE RUSH HOUR 2
122 TRUE SPANDAU BALLET 16 CANDLES
121 I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
120 SUNFLOWER POST MALONE & SWAE LEE SPIDERMAN – INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
119 WOULDN’T IT BE NICE THE BEACH BOYS 50 FIRST DATES
118 LET THE RIVER RUN CARLY SIMON WORKING GIRL
117 PAD NA JOU HART JOE FOSTER PAD NA JOU HART
116 END OF THE ROAD BOYZ II MEN BOOMERANG
115 CANNED HEAT JAMIROQUAI NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
114 I FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE BARBRA STREISAND & BRYAN ADA… THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
113 A VIEW TO A KILL DURAN DURAN A VIEW TO A KILL
112 AT LAST BEYONCE CADILLAC RECORDS
111 WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO WHAM! TALLADEGA NIGHTS
110 LADY MARMALADE CHRISTINA AGUILERA, LIL KIM, MYA… MOULIN ROUGE
109 NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS COYOTE UGLY
108 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME LYLE LOVETT & RANDY NEWMAN TOY STORY
107 OUT OF REACH GABRIELLE BRIDGET JONE’S DIARY
106 ALL STAR SMASH MOUTH SHREK
105 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DEBARGE THE LAST DRAGON
104 KISS FROM A ROSE SEAL BATMAN
103 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GREASE
102 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO ELLIE GOULDING 50 SHADES OF GREY
101 WHITE WEDDING BILLY IDOL THE WEDDING SINGER
100 FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING IRENE CARA FLASHDANCE
99 DON’T LET GO (LOVE) EN VOGUE SET IT UP
98 STAND BY ME BEN E KING STAND BY ME
97 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD… TEARS FOR FEARS CLICK/ ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
96 HOW DO I LIVE LEANNE RIMES CON AIR
95 BE MY BABY THE RONETTES DIRTY DANCING
94 WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO TINA TURNER MAD MAX BEYOND THE THUNDERDOME
93 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND PART II ALICIA KEYS SEX IN THE CITY
92 I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) JAMES BROWN BIG CHILL
91 GET INTO THE GROOVE MADONNA DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
90 NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS PAUL MCCARTNEY GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET
89 KISS ME SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER SHE’S ALL THAT
88 SEPARATE LIVES PHIL COLLINS & MARILYN MARTIN WHITE NIGHTS
87 DREAMS FLEETWOOD MAC EAT, PRAY, LOVE
86 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER DIANA KING MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING
85 SAY YOU, SAY ME LIONEL RICHIE WHITE NIGHTS
84 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU STEALERS WHEEL RESERVOIR DOGS
83 PASS THE DUTCHIE MUSICAL YOUTH SCOOBIE DOO
82 NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE NOTTING HILL
81 WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING BILLY OCEAN THE JEWEL OF THE NILE
80 YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON JOE COCKER 9 1/2 WEEKS
79 SHE’S LIKE THE WIND PATRIC SWAYZE FEATURING WENdY FRASER DIRTY DANCING
78 (YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY BRITNEY SPEARS YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY
77 HOOKED ON A FEELING BLUE SWEDE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
76 SOMEWHERE OUT THERE LINDA RONSTADT AND JAMES INGRAM AN AMERICAN TAIL
75 CALL ME BLONDIE AMERICAN GIGOLO
74 KOKOMO THE BEACH BOYS COCKTAIL
73 WHEN YOU BELIEVE WHITNEY HOUSTON FT MARIAH CAREY PRINCE OF EGYPT
72 SWAY PUSSYCAT DOLLS SHALL WE DANCE
71 LIVE AND LET DIE PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS LIVE AND LET DIE
70 TRUE COLOURS CYNDI LAUPER TROLLS
69 PURE SHORES ALL SAINTS THE BEACH
68 BOOGIE WONDERLAND EARTH,WIND & FIRE HAPPY FEET
67 IT HAD TO BE YOU HARRY CONNICK JR WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
66 ANGEL SARAH MCLACHLAN CITY OF ANGELS
65 IF YOU LEAVE ORCHESTRAL MANOEVRES IN THE … PRETTY IN PINK
64 SOMEBODY TO LOVE QUEEN ELLA ENCHANTED
63 ACCIDENTLY IN LOVE COUNTING CROWS SHREK 2
62 CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT LEANNE RIMES COYOTE UGLY
61 MAMMA MIA ABBA MAMMA MIA
60 GOO GOO DOLLS IRIS CITY OF ANGELS
59 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT TOPLOADER GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
58 HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO BONNIE TYLER FOOTLOOSE
57 WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL RONAN KEATING NOTTING HILL
56 NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW STARSHIP MANNEQUIN
55 LADY IN RED CHRIS DE BURGH WOMAN IN RED
54 TRY AGAIN AALIYAH ROMEO MUST DIE
53 THREE LITTLE BIRDS BOB MARLEY SURF’S UP
52 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH BELINDA CARLISLE AMERICAN PIE 3 (AMERICAN WEDDING)
51 SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO ‘OLE 50 FIRST DATES
50 NOBODY DOES IT BETTER CARLY SIMON THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
49 YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART PHIL COLLINS TARZAN
48 SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GREASE
47 PURPLE RAIN PRINCE PURPLE RAIN
46 TEARS IN HEAVEN (UNPLUGGED) ERIC CLAPTON RUSH
45 THE GREAT HEART SAVUKA OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
44 9 TO 5 DOLLY PARTON DEADPOOL 2/ 9 TO 5
43 ALL FOR LOVE BRYAN ADAMS, ROD STEWARD & STING THE THREE MUSKETEERS
42 BEAUTIFUL STRANGER MADONNA AUSTIN POWERS
41 UNINVITED ALANIS MORRISSETTE CITY OF ANGELS
40 STAYIN’ ALIVE BEE GEES SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
39 THERE YOU’LL BE FAITH HILL PEARL HARBOUR
38 LA BAMBA LOS LOBOS LA BAMBA
37 ARTHUR’S THEME CHRISTOPHER CROSS ARTHUR
36 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ZOOLANDER
35 STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PHILADELPHIA
34 RIGHT ROUND FLO RIDA FEATURING KESHA THE HANGOVER
33 GLORY OF LOVE PETER CETERA KARATE KID
32 LET’S DANCE DAVID BOWIE ZOOLANDER
31 WIND BENEATH MY WINGS BETTE MIDLER BEACHES
30 GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON URGE OVERKILL PULP FICTION
29 HOT STUFF DONNA SUMMER THE FULL MONTY
28 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) RUPERT HOLMES DEADPOOL
27 TOMORROW NEVER DIES SHERYL CROW TOMORROW NEVER DIES
26 PRETTY WOMAN ROY ORBISON PRETTY WOMAN
25 INDEPENDENT WOMEN PART 1 DESTINY’S CHILD CHARLIE’S ANGELS
24 A THOUSAND YEARS CHRISTINA PERRI THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN
23 LOVEFOOL CARDIGANS ROMEO AND JULIET
22 DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME SIMPLE MINDS BREAKFAST CLUB
21 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT LEBO M THE LION KING
20 THIS IS ME KEALA SETTLE & THE GREATEST S… THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
19 I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH ARMAGEDDON
18 I LIKE TO MOVE IT REEL 2 REEL MADAGASCAR
17 SHALLOW LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER A STAR IS BORN
16 FOOTLOOSE KENNY LOGGINS FOOTLOOSE
15 YOU SEXY THING HOT CHOCOLATE FULL MONTY
14 UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS GHOST
13 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TROLLS
12 GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR. GHOSTBUSTERS
11 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES
10 MEN IN BLACK WILL SMITH MEN IN BLACK
9 LET IT GO IDINA MENZEL FROZEN
8 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN WAYNE’S WORLD
7 TAKE MY BREATHE AWAY BERLIN TOP GUN
6 HAPPY PHARRELL WILLIAMS DESPICABLE ME
5 SEE YOU AGAIN CHARLIE PUTH FT WIZ KALIFA FAST AND FURIOUS 7
4 CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT ELTON JOHN LION KING
3 I’VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES DIRTY DANCING
2 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON THE BODYGUARD
1 MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION TITANIC

 

Here are 22 musicians who all found success after 30:

Debbie Harry – 31

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry worked as a secretary and dancer before her breakthrough. She was 31 when Blondie released their first album, and not until a few years later did they see worldwide success.

Bill Withers – 32

Bill Withers

After serving in the US Navy for nine years and working on a factory assembly line, Withers released his debut album with the hit “Ain’t No Sunshine” at age 32.

Sheryl Crow – 32

Sheryl Crow

After being a school teacher, jingle singer and backup vocalist (for Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder) throughout her 20s, she released her debut album at 31 and didn’t get a massive hit until a year later with “All I Wanna Do.”

Christine McVie – 34

Christine McVie

Christine McVie played in a band with Stan Webb and Andy Silvester called Sounds of Blue and then Chicken Shack. She left Chicken Shack after she married Fleetwood Mac’s bassist, John McVie. She was 34 when Rumours was released.

Rachel Platten – 34

Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten had been grinding it out in the NYC singer/songwriter scene for over a decade before she released “Fight Song” which hit #1 at age 34.

Matt Nathanson – 35

Matt Nathanson

Matt Nathanson put out seven albums (and one major-label album) before releasing his chart-topping (indie-label) hit “Come On Get Higher” at 35.

John Ondrasik – 35

John Ondrasik

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting earned a math degree and worked at his family’s business, prior to his music career garnering a breakthrough. John Ondrasik was 35 when their smash hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” took over the airwaves.

2 Chainz – 36

2 Chainz

2 Chainz initially garnered some recognition as ½ of Playaz Circle which he was a part of for 13 years before breaking off as a solo artist. He was 36 when his debut album hit #1.

Amanda Palmer – 36

Amanda Palmer

Cabaret indie rocker, Amanda Palmer, released her debut album with The Dresden Dolls at age 27, but it wasn’t until 2012 did she see mainstream success with her record breaking Kickstarter campaign, raising $1.2 million from nearly 25,000 fans.

Butch Vig – 36

Butch Vig

Butch Vig was 36 when he produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, and it wasn’t until he was 40 that his own band, Garbage, released their debut chart-topping album.

Dan Wilson – 37

Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson was 37 when his first hit, “Closing Time,” was released with his band Semisonic (and he was 46 when he won his first Grammy for cowriting six songs on the Dixie Chicks’ Album of the Year Taking the Long Way).

Chris Stapleton – 37

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton was a behind-the-scenes songwriter in Nashville for over a decade and fronted both a bluegrass band and a Southern rock band before he released his debut, award-winning solo album at age 37.

Andrea Bocelli – 38

Andrea Bocelli

 

One of the best selling singers of all-time, Bocelli was 34 when he released his debut album, but it wasn’t until his third did he reach worldwide success with Sogno which went cracked the top 10 in 10 countries.

Willie Nelson – 40

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson struggled for years as a singer/songwriter in Nashville before moving to Austin, Texas and started the Outlaw Country movement. He was 40 when Shotgun Willie came out – which cracked the Billboard Hot 100.

Bonnie Raitt – 40

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt played around Philadelphia for years before she released her first commercially successful album at age 40.

Michael Fitzpatrick – 40

Michael Fitzpatrick

The French Fitz and the Tantrums founder/singer had been working primarily as a recording engineer for years before forming the group. Fitzpatrick was 40 when they released their debut album with the hit “MoneyGrabber.”

Sia – 41

Sia Furler

Sia worked as a backup singer for various artists including Jamiroquai and lent vocals to the English downtempo group, Zero 7’s records before releasing albums under her own name. It wasn’t until she was 41 did she get her first #1 single.

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Thelonius Monk – 46

Thelonius Monk

Sure, the jazz piano legend played with all the greats (Miles, Sonny Rolins, Coltrane, Art Blakey, Max Roach) over the course of his career, but Monk wasn’t recognized on a massive scale until his Columbia Records release, Monk’s Dream, in 1963. He was 46.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones spent many years working as a corrections officer and an armored car guard along with occasional collaborations with artists like Lee Fields and Bosco Mann. It wasn’t until she was 46 did she gain critical acclaim with the release of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings debut album.

Leonard Cohen – 50

Leonard Cohen

After a failed stint as a fiction writer, Cohen released his debut album at 33, but it wasn’t for another 17 years did he release “Hallelujah” which has been covered (and released) by over 200 artists in various languages.

Charles Bradley – 63

Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley spent most of his life as a James Brown impersonator and it wasn’t until he was 63 that he released his debut (chart-topping) album.

Louis Armstrong – 64

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, although a renowned trumpeter-performer for decades, was 64 when his best-selling album Hello, Dolly!, was released.