Top 777 Songs: 150 – 141

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The Keys
From Tense To Loose To Slack

The KeysTaken From: The Keys – The Keys (2003)

“Had to leave this place, find some saving grace, before I turn to crack”

This was my favourite song by (The) Keys for years. There’s now one other song of theirs that I love even more, but this one’s still awesome. I slightly prefer the single version to the album version, though any version’s good.



The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Alarm Clock

At Breakfast, Dinner, TeaTaken From: The Voluntary Butler Scheme – At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea (2009)

“I’d buy my dinner from a dream take-away”

The music… The lyrics… Just a perfectly wonderful song. My third favourite song by The Voluntary Butler Scheme.



Cerys Matthews

Don't Look DownTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Don’t Look Down (2009)

“You like electric guitar playing wherever you are”

I first heard this song live during the February 2008 tour. Along with Take Courage, it was my favourite of the new songs played on that tour. Since it was released on Don’t Look Down, my love for it’s only grown. The album version’s on the Mixcloud mix, though there’s also a live recording below from the Solus gig on the Paul Heaton tour, which I have very fond memories of. In fact I’m wondering if it was filmed by someone stood near me, as I’m sure I can hear myself laughing during the intro to it! Unless it’s just someone with a similar laugh. Anyway, this live version’s got a very different feel to it, so I recommend listening to both!!



Super Furry Animals
The Man Don’t Give A Fuck

The Man Don't Give A FuckTaken From: Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck (single) (1996)

“Keep the masses from majority”

You can’t be an SFAs fan and not love The Man Don’t Give A Fuck, right? I mean, I guess you could, though you’d always be a bit disappointed at the end of their gigs… As it is such an awesome live track, I have to post this video:



Bohemian Rhapsody

A Night At The OperaTaken From: Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)

“Life had just begun. But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”

I find it incredibly difficult to rank this song – it’s like it should almost be its own separate category.

Ha ha ha, I just looked up what I said about this song last time, so I didn’t repeat myself, but I started the post in almost exactly the same way…

I found this song incredibly difficult to rank. It’s *so* well known and I’ve heard it so many times that it’s really in a category of its own. I rarely listen to it now, but it’s the song that introduced me to Queen and one that I listened to *a lot*. The whole changes-in-style thing throughout the song is something I still look out for in bands now – other prime examples being Mansun and The Fiery Furnaces. It was also one of the first things I loved about Ooberman, as Tears From A Willow reminded me quite a bit of Queen for some reason. But anyway, in the end I settled for number 11 as being the home of Bohemian Rhapsody.

My choice of a number 11 chart position last time was largely because I tried to incorporate some degree of objectivity, which I didn’t bother with this time around. I did wonder whether to include it at all, as I hardly ever listen to it, but it was such a musically formative song for me, it had to stay in somewhere. It takes me back to my teenage bedroom, where I’d theatrically act out the lyrics, like it was some kind of performance piece I was rehearsing. It’s the song my music taste sprung from, so a top 200 placing is only right.



Harvey Danger
Flagpole Sitta

Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?Taken From: Harvey Danger – Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? (1997)

“Hear the voices in my head, I swear to God it sounds like they’re snoring.”

Last time I said this:

This song came up on my LaunchCast a few years ago and it was one of those songs I recognised and loved but hadn’t known who it was by or what it was called. I soon downloaded it though and have listened to it lots since.

I still listen to it lots. Plus it’s the theme tune to Peep Show (series 2 onward, anyway)!



Cathy Davey
Come Over

Something IlkTaken From: Cathy Davey – Something Ilk (2004)

“You got a hoop you won’t need to jump through

The drums! That high note!! Oh my. So good.



When The Sun Went Out

LemmingTaken From: Melys – Lemming (single) (1998)

“When you packed your things and left me. Swore you still loved me. But you don’t. You lied.”

Most of my love for this song is in the lyrics – it just feels so real and close to home – and not just physically in the sense of it mentioning Cathedral Road!! 😉 Unsurprisingly for a Melys b-side, it’s not on YouTube, but please have a listen via the Mixcloud widget.



My Melancholy Blues

News Of The WorldTaken From: Queen – News Of The World (1977)

“Wanna be intoxicated with that special brew”

I always picture Freddie in some kind of deserted jazz lounge, singing this round a white baby grand piano, with a cocktail in his hand. I realise that’s quite a specific mental image, but it’s just what the song evokes.



Bright Eyes
Devil In The Details

Digital Ash In A Digital UrnTaken From: Bright Eyes – Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2005)

“I am the first one I deceive. If I can make myself believe, the rest is easy.”

Of all the ways I might potentially have developed a love of this song, you probably wouldn’t guess that it was via a fan video for the TV show Tru Calling. If you would guess that, I’m slightly scared. I think I already had the song, but I hadn’t listened to it much prior to someone sharing that video on LiveJournal. I’ve actually still got a copy of the video, though it’s sadly not on YouTube. I’m still gutted they cancelled Tru Calling… Anyway, the darkness of this song fit the themes of the show really well. It fairly quickly became (and has stayed) my favourite Bright Eyes song. You can listen to the song below, though will have to do your own imagining of Eliza Dushku and Jason Priestley 😉

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

149. Bree Sharp – Fool’s Gold

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Top 777 Songs: 160 – 151

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The Bluetones
Carnt Be Trusted

Expecting To FlyTaken From: The Bluetones – Expecting To Fly (1996)

“Everything she had, she handed to you. And what she didn’t give you, you stole.”

Last time I said “I’ve gotten into this song more and more as time’s gone by.” Clearly that’s still continued to be the case as it’s charted even higher. Another of those songs I’ll very rarely skip as it just makes me happy to hear.



Me And You Vs The World

SpidersTaken From: Space – Spiders (1996)

“I hit him on the head with the only thing that was anywhere near me. A tin of baked beans and a Woman’s Weekly.”

I love that The Bluetones are followed by Space here, as I’m seeing both of them in Manchester in a week and a half’s time. Yay!! This is currently my favourite Space song, so it should probably be higher really, though I mentioned before how Space missed out a bit in this chart as I hadn’t been listening to them much at the time I decided on the rankings. I’d definitely include more of their songs again now, plus put them higher, but hey, these things are just a snapshot of my tastes at the time they’re done. It’s still a decent placing for an awesome song. Especially great live.



Crazy Little Thing Called Love

The GameTaken From: Queen – The Game (1980)

“She gives me hot and cold fever, then she leaves me in a cool, cool sweat”

I love the style of this song. And the bassline. It does indeed make you want to swing and jive.



The Broken Family Band
St. Albans

Please And Thank YouTaken From: The Broken Family Band – Please And Thank You (2009)

“You’re only in St. Albans ’cause you thought you were having sex”

My favourite song by The Broken Family Band and a definite instant favourite on this album. I love everything about it – the lyrics are great, the music’s great, plus I love the choice of St. Albans as a place to sing about – largely because I grew up in Hemel Hempstead, which isn’t far away, so I know it relatively well.



The Hot Puppies
The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful

Under The Crooked MoonTaken From: The Hot Puppies – Under The Crooked Moon (2006)

“‘Cause he wants her and I just want somebody there”

Written like an agony aunt letter to Mariella Frostrup; I love the story to this song. It’s about someone trying to compete with their boyfriend’s dead ex and basically becoming that person. It’s also a song that makes me aware of how quickly time has passed, as the first line mentions how the person in the song is 25, which was the age that I happened to be at the time this song was released. As I’m now a tad older *ahem* (you can do the maths), the start of this song always comes with an element of ‘oh my god, how has it been that many years since this was released? Where has that time gone?? Aghhhhh!!!’ Yet, I still love it. Plus the video has a pleasing little dance routine in it.




We Are The PigsTaken From: Suede – We Are The Pigs (single) (1994)

“And we’ll move like Nureyev that night”

Another song where I love the style and the bassline – especially towards the end of the song. It’s charted pretty consistently too. Plus Whipsnade itself is another location not far from Hemel – the zoo being the obvious attraction, which I most recently went to last summer.



Jeff Buckley
Lilac Wine

GraceTaken From: Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

“I think more than I want to think. I do things I never should do.

My favourite Jeff Buckley song. Another cover, though I haven’t actually listened to the original. It’s just incredibly beautiful and haunting. For some reason I was sure that it featured in the film The Edukators, but I just checked and that’s Hallelujah. I’m sure I got excited about hearing this song pop up in a film once though… *googles*… Ooh, it was possibly the French film Tell No One. I’m fairly sure I watched both those films around a similar time, so am blaming that for having mixed up the Jeff Buckley songs!




Get InTaken From: Kenickie – Get In (1998)

“We didn’t drink on weeknights when we were young”

Previously my favourite Kenickie song, though now my 2nd favourite. Not an obvious choice, I’d imagine, though it was one of the first songs of theirs that I downloaded and I just fell in love with it.



Hawksley Workman
Dirty And True

Last Night We Were...Taken From: Hawksley Workman – (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)

“Basic human needs are just below the surface”

The first song to chart from this album, though it definitely won’t be the last! I’m pretty sure I’ve put this on a fair few mix CDs over the years as it’s such an impressive song. Quite theatrical really, which I love. It also features awesome use of a megaphone.



The Bluetones
Cut Some Rug

Expecting To FlyTaken From: The Bluetones – Expecting To Fly (1996)

“It’s easy living in a bubble. No complication or trouble. But it’s hard to have responsibility. And judging by you, a personality.”

Why was this so low last time?? Madness. It’s a song that does indeed make you want to cut some rug. Here it is on TFI Friday:

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

159. Suede – Weight Of The World

157. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

153. Razorlight – Golden Touch

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Top 777 Songs: 170 – 161

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Spanish Dance Troupe

Spanish Dance TroupeTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe (1999)

“I was playing a tree trunk in a forest of fools.”

The first Gorky’s single I bought. Summery and wonderful.



The Earth
Baby Bones

Keltic Voodoo BoogalooTaken From: The Earth – Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo (2014)

“Give in to love and let the earth decide.”

My favourite song by The Earth – a band that includes Mark Roberts (of Catatonia fame) and Dafydd Ieuan (of Super Furries fame, though he was also briefly in Catatonia), plus the impressive vocals of Dionne Bennett (who wasn’t ever in Catatonia, but is still awesome). I think I first heard this song on Adam Walton’s show and just fell in love with it. It’s so good!! I really hope they do some more live gigs at some point soon too, as I’ve only gotten to see them live once so far, which just isn’t enough.



Super Furry Animals
The Piccolo Snare

Phantom PowerTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (2003)

“We can go home again, to our old haunts again.”

My favourite song on Phantom Power, which is my favourite Super Furries album. I really love the style of it – you almost feel like you’re part of it – the echoes and the harmonies… It’s kind of magical.



Special / Blown It (Delete As Appropriate)

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“I’ve fucked it up, shot my load, spewed onto the motorway shoulder. I could have been somebody special.”

This was ridiculously low last time, but at least I’ve remedied that. It possibly works best in the context of the album, though I do listen to it a lot on its own too. I feel like it epitomises Six in a lot of ways – if it’s a song you enjoy then it’s an album you’ll enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy it, why not?? It’s awesome!! ;-P



Who Needs You

News Of The WorldTaken From: Queen – News Of The World (1977)

“You were oh so so sophisticated.”

This is one of those songs that I’ve always really liked, but it’s only in recent years that it’s crept up into being one of my absolute favourites. I really love the whole Spanish guitar type feel to it. I also got freaked out by it one time in my teens, when I was listening to the cassette version of the album (as I didn’t get the CD version until years later) – my cassette player had seen better days and didn’t always play things brilliantly in stereo. As the lead vocals for this song come almost entirely out of one speaker, I played the album once and could only hear the backing music. How I’d somehow stumbled across an instrumental version, on an album that I’d played many many times before, was completely baffling to me, but in a wonderful way.



Murry The Hump
Colouring Book

Songs Of IgnoranceTaken From: Murry The Hump – Songs Of Ignorance (2001)

“I dance in your room with just my underwear on.”

My favourite version’s actually the single version, as that’s the one I had first, but both are great. It’s another song that I’m surprised was so low last time. I remember Adam Walton once playing it for me on Radio Wales.



Fleming & John
Delusions Of Grandeur

Delusions of GrandeurTaken From: Fleming & John – Delusions Of Grandeur (1995)

“I can do what I want to do, be what I want to be.

My favourite Fleming & John song. Treat yourself and have a listen – I’ll be chuffed if I can introduce more people to the greatness of Fleming & John.



You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For

Way Beyond BlueTaken From: Catatonia – Way Beyond Blue (1996)

“If it turns to blue, what are we gonna do?”

Last time I said this:

The first time I heard this song was when I recorded ‘Long Play’ one night on Sky One. Remember that? They’d show a load of promo videos by a particular band. Anyway, I didn’t actually have Way Beyond Blue at that point, so it was the first time I got to hear YGALTAF, Bleed and Sweet Catatonia. Most exciting! Love this song lots.

I’d kinda forgotten how that was the first time I heard those songs. It seems so strange now that there was once a time when Catatonia weren’t just part of my being. I also have fond (albeit kinda bittersweet now) memories of dancing and singing along to this song with my ex in Wellington whilst he was DJing. Also, there’s the video! Cerys in a wedding dress with boxing gloves!? What’s not to love? Amusingly the video on YouTube is the exact one I mentioned – taken from Long Play on Sky One; which is either a weird coincidence, or it’s been uploaded by someone that I copied the video for!!



Cathy Davey
Save Button

Something IlkTaken From: Cathy Davey – Something Ilk (2004)

“It had this wall of string and a lingering feeling, but it’s gone now, thanks to yours truly.”

Easily the most beautiful song written about computers crashing and losing the songs you’ve written. Not that I can think of another song about that, but even if there is, I doubt it’d be better than this. An instant favourite on the album.




BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“And you love me, more than I deserve to be. The palace of cards you built for me is all just paper now.”

The second half of this album is definitely best enjoyed via headphones – in the same way that Dog Man Star is. This song especially works best when it sounds like Brett’s almost inside your head. It’s an interesting song in that there’s a definite positivity to a lot of the lyrics, but it also feels incredibly emotionally raw. The part that I’ve quoted above is the part that particularly just gets to me – if I don’t well up or cry, I’ll at least get a lump in my throat. It’s painful and it’s beautiful and I love it.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

170. Catatonia – She’s A Millionaire

168. Pulp – Help The Aged

166. The Divine Comedy – Here Comes The Flood

163. Alanis Morissette – Perfect

162. The Divine Comedy – The Happy Goth

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Top 777 Songs: 180 – 171

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We’re Going Out

A Week AwayTaken From: Spearmint – A Week Away (1999)

“Everybody’s got something they’ve had to live through. Yes they do. And sometimes for me, it’s you.”

How did this not chart last time?! I feel like it’s a song I’ve loved for ages… Although it seems my peak listening to it was in 2007, so a bit after I originally did this chart. Anyway, it’s ace. I feel like Spearmint don’t get enough love and appreciation. I’d really love to get to see them live some time.



Big Leaves

Pwy Sy'n Galw?Taken From: Big Leaves – Pwy Sy’n Galw? (2000)

Translating as ‘shamrock’ or ‘clover’, this is my most listened to Big Leaves song. Such a good tune. Also, as I said about it last time:

One of the few Welsh-language Big Leaves songs I can sing along to without needing the lyrics booklet! *lol* Although I’m sure I still get some of the words wrong. Brilliant song though.

I can safely say that I still definitely get some of the words wrong!! This video with the lyrics in it (plus the English translation) definitely helps though:



Drastic Sturgeon

Two EPTaken From: Mansun – Two EP (1996)

“Like the second coming with a much better hairdo.”

I don’t actually listen to this as much as I used to, yet it’s somehow still climbed in the chart – bizarre. I even acknowledged last time that I’d been listening to it loads and loved it, so not sure why it wasn’t higher. Anyway… it’s a good fun song – it mentions Kwik Save and Sainsbury’s and chips and hairdos. These things please me. Here’s a live version:



Bree Sharp
David Duchovny

A Cheap And Evil GirlTaken From: Bree Sharp – A Cheap And Evil Girl (1999)

“My friends all tell me ‘girl, you know it’s just a show?'”

This song was surprisingly low last time too. I mean, it’s a song about David Duchovny and The X-Files!! What’s more Chantal-like than that? Unsurprisingly it’s the song that made me aware of Bree’s music in general, for which I’m very grateful, as I’m still a big fan of hers now – I’m hoping there’ll be a second Beautiful Small Machines album at some point. Anyway, if you haven’t experienced the joy of this song, please treat yourself. The video below is ’90s-celebrity-cameo-tastic! Where else will you see Buffy saying that she’s going to kill Scully? Not that I condone killing Scully. Very much not. Bree also recorded an updated version last year, in celebration of The X-Files’ return, which you can listen to and watch here.



P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association)

Mis-shapesTaken From: Pulp – Mis-shapes / Sorted For E’s & Wizz (single) (1995)

“I don’t know what it’s like to be young, ’cause all my life I’ve been knocking on forty.”

Such a dodgy, sleazy song, which is kinda why I love it! I think it was my friend Emma who introduced me to its brilliance. I definitely associate it with her anyway… In a good way, I hasten to add! I realise it mightn’t obviously be seen as a compliment to remind someone of a song about pervy teachers.



Sinaptic Gap

Taken From: Sinaptic Gap – Some Wear Else (1998)

“Cut the internet, let us out”

This has been my favourite song of my Dad’s ever since he recorded it, which was seemingly about 20 years ago now. He then also re-recorded it, about 10 years ago, as a Subaphotic song – largely because I loved it so much. Although I have to confess that the original recording is still my favourite. It’s not anywhere online currently (I still need to remedy this), but please, please, please have a listen via the Mixcloud player. His music never got the level of attention and appreciation he’d have liked, and which I think it deserved, so anything I can do to help it (and him) live on in some form is worth doing.



Super Furry Animals
Do Or Die

GuerrillaTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Guerrilla (1999)

“We could ride the camel. One hump or two.

Last time I said this:

Short, punchy, catchy and fantabulous! It always makes me think of the video for it, which in turn makes me think of the A-Z Of Welsh Pop programme I first saw it on. Hee, I love that programme!

I’d forgotten that I first saw the video on that programme – pretty sure I’ve still got it on VHS somewhere. I’m also fairly sure that this song’s one of the ones I included on my hour of TV on MTV2 (which I’ve also got on VHS somewhere). Ah, the days of recording music videos off the TV. Now you can just go on YouTube! Not the same, is it?



Goodnight Moon

I Oughtta Give You...Taken From: Shivaree – I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head For Making Me Live In This Dump (1999)

“I hear something scratching through the wall”

I’d say this was the best known Shivaree song even prior to it being used in Kill Bill. It’s definitely the song that introduced me to them – I think via someone on the Catatonia mailing digest who recommended them. It’s also my favourite Shivaree song. So stylish and atmospheric.



Space with Cerys Matthews
The Ballad Of Tom Jones

Tin PlanetTaken From: Space – Tin Planet (1998)

“And I don’t come from Wales…”

I don’t think I need to add anything to what I said last time:

The song that got me into Space and also cemented my love of Cerys’ voice. Which other band could possibly have written and released a song like this? It’s slightly mad, but that’s what makes it brilliant! We desperately need more quirky and strange bands.




Dog Man StarTaken From: Suede – Dog Man Star (1994)

“Pornographic and tragic in black and white”

The first of 6 songs to chart from Dog Man Star. Yes, half the album is in the chart and they’re all top 200! Probably unsurprising as it’s one of my favourite albums. Lyrically this song’s probably a tad pretentious (taking lines from Byron an’ all), but I kinda love it for that. Plus the mixing of glamour and squalor in lyrics, is soooo Suede.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

179. Relaxed Muscle – Mary

178. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You

174. Suede – She

172. Suede – Simon

171. The Tears – The Ghost Of You

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Top 777 Songs: 190 – 181

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Jill Sobule
I Kissed A Girl

Jill SobuleTaken From: Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule (1995)

“We had a drink, we had a smoke, she took off her overcoat…”

No it’s not a cover of the Katy Perry song (what with it being released more than 10 years earlier an’ all), plus the Katy Perry one isn’t a cover of this – they just happen to have the same name. Now that’s out of the way… I have bad MP3-tagging to thank for discovering this song, plus Jill’s music in general. It must have been about 2003 – I’d recently discovered Juliana Hatfield (I think via Yahoo Launchcast! Remember that?) and was downloading some songs of hers, which included a badly-tagged MP3 for this song. As it clearly wasn’t Juliana Hatfield, I googled the lyrics and discovered it was by Jill. Much downloading of Jill songs then followed and she’s since become one of my favourite artists (and in my top 10 most listened to on



The Chad Who Loved Me

Attack Of The Grey LanternTaken From: Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern (1997)

“Do I feel holy or nothing at all?”

In case it’s not obvious from the title – it does deliberately sound like a James Bond theme! Great opening track. Last time I did this chart I mentioned how it often gets used on TV trailers and stuff, so a lot of people would probably recognise it but not be sure why and not realise that it’s Mansun.




Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of – that’s our minds.”

Surprised this charted so low last time, though I have been rediscovered the brilliance of it recently. If anything it feels even more relevant these days, sadly. Such an empowering song though. An anthem for misfits everywhere!



The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Trading Things In

At Breakfast, Dinner, TeaTaken From: The Voluntary Butler Scheme – At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea (2009)

“‘Cause just like coffee and tea, I need you regularly”

One of the first songs by The Voluntary Butler Scheme that I had, as Jamie put it on a mix CD for me, prior to when we started dating. So I guess I was kinda wooed with this song… He he, ‘wooed’. To be fair, it worked – it’s a pretty great song! My searching for the video on YouTube has also led me to discover that it was apparently used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy! Random. But hey, someone with good taste clearly responsible for that. Maybe they were trying to woo someone…



Simple Kid
Staring At The Sun

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“We spend our days just smoking pot and wondering how we got so fucked up”

5 of the 10 songs on this entry are ones that have climbed up in the chart – including this one, as you can see. This is actually my favourite Simple Kid song now. It’s so good. Plus, as I said about it last time:

I think this is probably the Simple Kid song I’m most likely to put on a mix CD. It is fab.

I love the video too – I’m pleased it’s back up on YouTube, as I’m sure it got taken down a while back.




Suburban singleTaken From: Space – Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll (single) (2004)

“‘Why do you do it?’ ‘I do it ’cause I can'”

I still agree with what I said about this last time:

Love this song so much. First heard it at the Unity gig and it was my favourite of the new songs they did. I was so pleased when it *finally* got released as a b-side.

For context – the Unity gig was in early 2002, so it was quite a wait, but worth it! I keep suggesting they play it live again, but as of yet they haven’t obliged, as far as I’m aware… I’d be gutted if they played it at a gig I wasn’t at!



Strange Glue

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“When faced with my demons, I clothe them and feed them

Last time I said this:

I feel kinda bad having this song as low down as it is as I know it’s a brilliant song! How did Mark describe it? Like a Bryan Adams ballad but fucked up the arse with a huge log?! Anyway, it’s actually the first Catatonia single I bought. I loved Mulder And Scully and Road Rage and got them on compilation CDs, but didn’t buy the singles until later. I loved Strange Glue and listened to it loads (along with the b-sides), but for some reason it’s one of those songs I don’t listen to much any more and I don’t really know why.

Ha ha ha, I’d forgotten about that Mark quote. Anyway, the song’s happily moved up the chart into a much more deserving position. For years I didn’t really listen to it much, but then when Cerys started playing it live, mixed in with Galway Shawl, I rediscovered my love for it. It is a wonderfully emotional and beautiful song. Hats off to Owen for this one.



The Flaming Lips
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

At War With The MysticsTaken From: The Flaming Lips – At War With The Mystics (2006)

“It’s a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want”

Another song that feels more relevant than ever in the current political climate. The message behind it is great, though it’s also so incredibly catchy!!



Barenaked Ladies
War On Drugs

Everything To EveryoneTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (2003)

“The very fear that makes you wanna die, is just the same as what keeps you alive.”

Wow, I’d forgotten just how high this charted last time! As you can potentially guess, it was my favourite Barenaked Ladies song at the time. I still really love it, just not quite as much as I did – plus it’s now only my 3rd favourite Barenaked Ladies song. If you’re not that familiar with Barenaked Ladies, it’s maybe not the kind of song you’d expect from them, as they’re best known for their more upbeat and humorous songs. This song’s the opposite of that – I find it incredibly moving.



Then There Was One

KamikazeTaken From: Melys – Kamikaze (2000)

“Looking back he didn’t give a toss about me or anything I had to say”

Last time I sad this:

I always associate this song with a mix tape I made at uni called I Thought You Gave A Damn.

I’d forgotten what that mix tape was called (so nice to be reminded), but I still always think of it when I hear this song. Sadly I don’t think I have it any more, as I had a bit of a cassette cull a few years back, though I’m going to have a quick check… aw, no, it’s gone. I know there used to be a website where you could record tracklistings of mix tapes, which I put it on, though I can’t now remember what that site was called (plus it’s probably long gone). Anyway, it’s a wonderful, raw, introspective song, but one that’s not on YouTube. It is on my Mixcloud mix though, along with the 9 other songs that have charted today, so treat yourself to some awesomeness.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

190. Sarah McLachlan – Angel

186. The Fiery Furnaces – Single Again

182. Suede – Attitude

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Top 777 Songs: 200 – 191

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Manic Street Preachers
Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky

Everything Must GoTaken From: Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (1996)

“Once you roared now you just grunt lame”

Last time I said this:

I’m amazed this isn’t higher too, as it’s actually my favourite Manics song. Beautiful. The memory I most associate with it is when I was playing it in my bedroom in Hemel, after not having had the album that long, and my Mum heard it and remarked that she really liked it. :-).

It’s still my favourite Manics song and it still always makes me think of how my Mum once said she liked it. I’m not so surprised it’s dropped down in the chart now though as I don’t really listen to the Manics that much these days.



Slow Club
I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream

Yeah SoTaken From: Slow Club – Yeah So (2009)

“I’ll ask you to stop picking faults ’cause you’ll miss me when I’m gone”

Such a good song – the lyrics, the harmonies… the way it’s musically quite stripped back for most of the song, then suddenly kicks in unexpectedly, then ends just as unexpectedly fairly soon after… so good.



Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
The Killing Type

Theatre Is EvilTaken From: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil (2012)

“I’d kill to move your face an inch”

One of the songs that was made available to the Kickstarter backers prior to the whole album being made available. Those songs were generally the ones that quickly became and remained my favourites. A lot of my love for this song is in the lyrics, though I also love how it musically jumps around as well.



Sweet Baboo
If I Died…

ShipsTaken From: Sweet Baboo – Ships (2013)

“And Daniel Johnston has written hundreds of great tunes, and I’ve got six.”

This song was initially on ‘I’m A Dancer / Songs About Sleepin” under the title ‘If I Died Would You Remember That You Loved Me’, but the version on ‘Ships’ just took it to a whole new level of aceness. It’s really catchy and the lyrics are great – 2 of my favourite things in a song!



Los Campesinos!
My Year In Lists

Hold On Now...Taken From: Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster… (2008)

“Decorating envelopes for foreplay. Damn extended metaphors, I get carried away.”

I love a short song that just comes and punches you in the face and then runs away. That’s something that’s only ever good in a metaphorical way, obviously… Plus it starts with the lyric ‘You said ‘send me stationery to make me horny”. Gotta love that. Plus I’m also a fan of ‘I cherish with fondness the day (before) I met you’. Hee.



Everyone Knows

Try Not To ThinkTaken From: Easyworld – Try Not To Think (single) (2002)

“They all smoke crack in the teachers’ lounge and then they beg you not to”

Last time I said this about it:

I remember Kate telling me about this song and how much she loved it before I actually got to hear it. It probably predisposed me towards liking it but I reckon I’d probably have loved it anyway. It makes me want to leap around.

It also always makes me think of the TV show ‘Teachers’ as I remember them using it in an episode and I got quite excited – I mean, it’s a b-side! Although I’ve recently been re-watching Teachers via ‘All 4’ and I haven’t yet gotten to that episode. I hope I didn’t totally imagine it, or that they haven’t had to change some of the songs used. I remember being slightly gutted with the VHS version of series 1 of Cold Feet as they’d replaced the use of Mulder And Scully in the series finale, which I’d loved when I’d seen it on TV. This is probably quite a niche personal gripe…



What Are You Not Telling Me?

BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“The mysteries of love are not for us. It’s the little things that are tearing us up.

On the day that this album became available online (potentially prior to it being officially released – I can’t remember), I got home from work to find that Jamie had already downloaded it (as he got home from work earlier than me). This was when we were living in Toronto. Anyway, he made me aware that he’d already downloaded it by playing one of the songs from it. He then asked me to pick 3 (I think) track numbers at random and he’d then play those songs for me. As Suede are one of my favourite bands and this was the first new album they’d released in 11 years, it was obviously a big thing for me, so ideally I’d rather have decided for myself how to first listen to the songs and the album (which would have been in order and on my own), but I didn’t want to spoil his fun and so I chose 3 track numbers. I can’t remember which the other 2 tracks were now, but I know that this was definitely one of them and it was the one that really stood out. Quite fittingly for the situation and the well-intentioned-but-controlling manner that I was getting to hear the songs in, it’s all about the breakdown of a relationship. This whole album basically soundtracked the end of our relationship, for me, but this song particularly feels personal. The ‘an occasional touch, an occasional word’ part still makes me well up.



Frida Hyvönen

To The SoulTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – To The Soul (2012)

“I never thought that I would marry. What’s gotten into me lately?”

I love the narrative of this song, plus the conversational way that the lyrics are sung. With the beautiful and epic accompanying music, it’s my favourite song on this album.



Super Furry Animals
Slow Life

Phantom PowerTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (2003)

“I see television. Pretty pictures of starvation.”

Not sure why this didn’t chart last time – especially as Phantom Power is my favourite SFAs album. Also, weirdly, for some reason I used to think that the lyrics in it were ‘rocks are still life’, rather than ‘slow life’. I was aware that the song was called Slow Life, so thought it was odd that the lyrics were ‘still life’, but still thought that’s what they sounded like. Listening to it in more recent years, it’s very clearly ‘slow life’ in the lyrics, so I’m not sure what was wrong with my ears. Especially as I had it on CD, with a lyrics booklet!! Maybe I was just listening to too much Suede at the time (not that that’s possible) and was automatically hearing ‘still life’ everywhere. Anyway… misheard lyrics aside, it’s a brilliant song and a great closing track to the album. Plus a great one live.




Paper Scissors StoneTaken From: Catatonia – Paper Scissors Stone (2001)

“I log on for company. My ISP comforts me.”

This song is basically the late ’90s and early ’00s for me – that peak period of time when my internet homes, internet friends and internet identity were like my lifeline. It’s the ‘temporary’ Catatonia message board (CatBoard), it’s RPGs about weddings and festivals, it’s angst, it’s song lyrics, it’s angsty song lyrics, it’s fanfic, it’s pseudonyms and avatars, it’s obsession and devotion, it’s late-teens and early-twenties and trying to find your place in the world.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

200. Gemma Hayes – Let A Good Thing Go (though it was shortlisted)

197. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot (though it was shortlisted)

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