Top 777 Songs: 10 – 01

You can listen to all of these songs by clicking play on this Mixcloud widget:

I can’t quite believe this is the last of these posts. Thank you to anyone who’s read them and posted comments (whether here, on Facebook, or on Twitter) – I don’t think I’d have made it to the end without that interaction. Extra thanks also to anyone who’s listened to any of the Mixcloud mixes. As I can see the stats for them, I know a lot of them haven’t been listened to (other than by me!), but they’re also not going anywhere (unless Mixcloud shuts down, I guess), so should you ever be at a loose end for something to listen to, they’ll be there. If you only listen to one of them, I suppose it should be this one, as it’s my 10 favourite songs, but it’s also probably the least instantly-accessible collection of songs – the majority of them being over 5 minutes long and a couple of them being over 8 minutes long! So the Mixcloud mix is almost twice the length of most previous ones! Still, I promise it doesn’t seem that long and is well worth listening to. What’s on it? Well, let’s see…

10

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Mansun
Six

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“And my life, it’s a series of compromises anyway”

Last time I just said this:

Quite surprised this isn’t higher but there ya go. Brilliant brilliant song.

I’m pleased it’s now got a far more deserving high entry. It’s a brilliant opening track, so I’m really pleased it’s specifically ended up in tenth place, as it also gets to be the opening track on the Mixcloud mix. I could have used the much shorter single version, of course, which I also love and probably listen to more often, but it’s the album version that’s particularly impressive and makes it worthy of its top 10 placing. Six is my favourite Mansun album and one of my favourite albums in general, and this song perfectly showcases why. The video below is of the single version, so if you’re short on time, have a listen to that instead.

09

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Pulp
Common People

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“You’ll never watch your life slide out of view, and dance and drink and screw, because there’s nothing else to do”

I see this song as the epitome of Britpop – in the good sense (not that I’d ever personally mean that in a bad sense). The lyrics, the music… Jarvis! It’s just perfect really. I have lots of fond memories of dancing to it at various indie nights, plus also, most recently, at my cousin’s wedding. On the wedding invite, it asked guests to nominate a song that would get them dancing, so I requested this. I think there were only 3 or 4 of us who actually danced to it, including me and my cousin Paul (the brother of the groom), but hey, we had a good time! I also have fond memories of it being played at a ’90s night’ in Toronto that I went to, even though most Canadians didn’t seem to be familiar with it – kudos to the DJ.

08

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Suede
The 2 Of Us

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

“Two silhouettes by the cash machine make a lovers dance. It’s a tango for the lonely wives of the business class”

I’ll often mention how the best way to listen to the second half of Dog Man Star is on headphones, lying in bed, in the dark. I did this quite a lot during the period of time when I was living in Stourport, so this album and the last few songs on it always transport me back there. It’s an incredibly beautiful and emotional song. And I do love me some piano.

07

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Pulp
This Is Hardcore

This Is HardcoreTaken From: Pulp – This Is Hardcore (1998)

“What exactly do you do for the encore?”

Last time I said this:

My favourite Pulp song. A lot of my top 20 songs seem to be of the grand and epic variety. Either that or very high energy, bouncy and anthemic. This song’s more epic – but in a kinda sleazy way! Brilliant.

It’s still my favourite Pulp song, plus that’s still an accurate way of describing my top 20 and particularly my top 10. I really love the video to this too – I think it’s partly what helped me fall in love with the song (‘hey, I went to college once, but all they found were rats in my head’):

06

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Suede
Animal Nitrate

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“What does it take to turn you on?”

Suede have the most songs in the top 10 – possibly unsurprisingly, even though Catatonia are my favourite band. Animal Nitrate is my most-listened-to Suede song, plus currently my 2nd-most-listened-to song in general (as evidenced here). I’m not sure I can add to what I said about it last time, which is still very much true:

I find it impossible to listen to this song without needing to gyrate my hips and generally shake my bum about – which proves interesting when trying to walk down the street at the same time! So so brilliant to dance to, I’m always happy when it comes up on my MP3 player. Brilliant live as well.

05

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Queen
The Show Must Go On

InnuendoTaken From: Queen – Innuendo (1991)

“Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance. Another heartache, another failed romance.”

Although I knew that ‘It’s Late’ was no longer my favourite Queen song, I wasn’t actually sure what I now considered my favourite Queen song until I did this chart and started comparing all the songs of theirs I considered favourites. This was the winner. Considering my love of epic and emotional songs, it’s probably not that much of a surprise really. Only surprising that it was as low as it was last time.

04

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Catatonia
Mulder And Scully

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“And as for some happy ending? I’d rather stay single and thin.

Being their two highest-charting singles, it’s quite natural to compare this song to Road Rage. A lot of people will proclaim Road Rage to be the better song, which is a fine opinion to have, and one that you’re well entitled to, but I’m now going to tell you why you’re wrong… Yes, I’m sure that Road Rage is more musically clever – I know I’ve read things along those lines – plus some people might dismiss Mulder and Scully as being too gimmicky, with the reference to Sci-Fi characters, though Road Rage has an equally-zeitgeisty reference point, so unless you’re being snobby about TV/Sci-Fi references (which could be a whole separate rant), I don’t see how that’s a valid argument. For me, the main comparison that makes all the difference, is the emotion of the song, which Mulder And Scully wins hands-down. If you don’t see it as an emotional song then you’ve clearly never listened to it properly. I tend to describe it as my theme tune, which it is for so many reasons. I mean, it’s a song about being torn between finding love and just staying single and thin. Hello, my life! ‘If my bed is made for two, is there nothing I can do? Must we all march in two by two by two?’ Yes, ok, maybe referencing Mulder and Scully is a little bit gimmicky, but for me personally, a massive X-Files fan, who’ll genuinely look to Mulder and Scully for a bit of comfort and clarity, it still manages to pack an emotional punch, whether intentionally or not. Plus that takes me to the additional significance of this song to me, which I described decently well last time, so will just quote that:

It’s also a very sentimental song to me as it’s the song that got me into Catatonia, which has become quite a significant thing in my life. Getting into Catatonia also got me into the indie scene generally and also introduced me to the Welsh music scene. I seriously can’t imagine how completely different my life would be now if I hadn’t gotten into Catatonia. The experiences I’ve had, the friends I’ve made, my personality and outlook on things…it’s quite a scary thought. I still listen to this song a lot and I can’t imagine ever tiring of it.

I like how I say Catatonia had become ‘quite a significant thing in my life’ – a slight understatement, I’d say, but hey. Plus that was before I was personally in contact with Cerys and helping her out with website/social media type stuff! I really can’t overstate how important this song has been to me. Although it’s only in 4th place, in terms of favourites, it’s easily first in terms of significance. For the video, I’m sharing the TOTP performance, as you get massive pictures of David and Gillian, plus Cerys wearing a tiara – win:

03

3

Ooberman
Moth To A Flame

Tears From A WillowTaken From: Ooberman – Tears From A Willow (single) (1999)

“Kinda hoped that my anxiety would turn to ESP and you would notice”

The first non-mover in the chart. The single of Tears From A Willow was the first Ooberman release that I bought, so this song played a big part in my falling in love with Ooberman and them becoming one of my favourite bands. This has been my favourite Ooberman song for as long as I can remember and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I love the changes in tempo, plus the lyrics – that Andy Flett magic – I hope he’s still making music and will be sharing it with the world (hint hint, on the off-chance you’re reading this, Andy). Ooberman speak to my soul in a way that other bands don’t – I’m fairly sure that one of my dating profiles mentions/mentioned how fellow Ooberman fans will get bonus points, as I feel like they’re a special type of person. In a way that now feels symbolic, my ex wasn’t particularly into Ooberman, but did play this song for me a few times during his DJ sets – back when he was trying to impress/please me (mostly before we were actually dating) – he did also buy an Ooberman t-shirt, which I think he only wore once, but which I now have. Anyway, despite him not being a true Ooberfan, I still love that an Ooberman b-side got played multiple times in The City Arms. Unsurprisingly, as the most obscure song in my top 10, it’s not on YouTube, but treat yourself to the Mixcloud mix (when you’ve got a spare hour!).

02

2

Suede
The Asphalt World

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

“When you’re there in her arms and there in her legs, well I’ll be in her head”

Yes, you can now deduce that the top 3 hasn’t changed. When certain songs are so cemented as your favourites, it becomes hard to imagine that changing. Weirdly, for my 2nd favourite song of all time, I find it really difficult to find anything to say about it – it’s not so much about personal significance as it is about it just being a breathtakingly brilliant song. Last time I just said this:

My favourite Suede song. Just amazing and epic. It’s about 9 minutes long but it never seems it.

Yep, that pretty much covers it.

01

1

Catatonia
That’s All Folks

Strange GlueTaken From: Catatonia – Strange Glue (single) (1998)

“At least you wear your bruises well. At least you have some tale, something about you”

Of course my favourite song is a Catatonia b-side. Peak Chantal. So as not to repeat myself, I’ll share what I said about it last time:

Surely most people won’t be surprised that there’s a Catatonia song at number 1! I’m sure a lot of people also know that my favourite Catatonia song is That’s All Folks. So yeah, maybe not a big surprise here, but I just love this song so much. Like Moth To A Flame is my favourite Ooberman song, That’s All Folks happens to be a b-side on the first Catatonia CD I bought (the Strange Glue single). So part of it probably is sentimentality, but it’s also just a brilliant song. The way in which it starts off as this beautiful piano torch-song and then decends into madness. I find it very cathartic and if I’m in a bad mood I like to blast it out loudly and scream along. There’s nothing quite like shouting ‘fuck all folks’ and then spinning/stumbling round the room while this music flows over you. I highly recommend it! I also love the fact that it basically became a b-side because Warners didn’t want to put it on International Velvet, due to the fact it’s kinda derogatory towards them! It was also notably missed off CD2 of the Greatest Hits, despite the fact it’s blatantly one of their best b-sides (though all their b-sides were fab of course!). I like that though – I’m pleased it’s only available on Strange Glue as it makes it more of a hidden treasure. However, despite saying that, if you haven’t heard it, I would recommend trying to download it! 😉

It did actually later get released on a Best Of type affair (namely this one, which is a bargain by the way), which kinda bugged me (for the above elitist reasons of liking it being obscure!), but hey, that’s just my inner indie-snob escaping. Plus in this day and age, with streaming services (and, er, YouTube *points below*), it’s not like much stays obscure anyway. Which is a good thing. Mostly. I think. Is it? Whatever. Crank this up loud and enjoy:

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

None – they’re all still in.

Well, that’s it, the end! Should you have missed any posts along the way, they can all be found on this blog, of course, though if you just want a run-down of the songs, without my wittering, then #Top777 on Twitter, should sort you out (though annoyingly you have to ignore some tweets from a Dutch radio station that seems to have jumped in on my hashtag! What’s that about?).

That’s all folks.

Reminder: You can listen to all of these songs right here:

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One Response to Top 777 Songs: 10 – 01

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Thank you very much for taking the time, and putting in the effort to do this. Although I failed miserably to keep up with listening to the mixes and commenting on the posts, I have been reading the entries intently. Its been interesting to see how your tastes have changed since the last chart, and I wonder if you were to do it again in another ten years time if the list would alter as much? Job well done Chantal!

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