1996 was a transformative year for British music, with Britpop in full flow and old-fashioned pop pop making a counter play. So while Oasis dominated the singles chart, a group called the Spice Girls stormed in and stomped all over their guitars. Amid the resurgence of British music and sport (England’s football team reaching the semi-finals in the European Championships), a British film captured the zeitgeist at the cinema too: 1996 was the year music-mad director called Danny Boyle turned Irvine Welsh’s salacious novel Trainspotting into a hit movie. The film, which followed the lives of a group of heroin addicts living in Edinburgh, was accompanied by two volumes of carefully curated songs in which the music served the film perfectly, bringing scenes to life in the most heart-stoppingly visceral way. The hit soundtracks championed the UK’s alternative music legacy and became a clever sonic snapshot of 1996.