Top 777 Songs: 340 – 331

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Beautiful Small Machines
Counting Back To 1

Robots In LoveTaken From: Beautiful Small Machines – Robots In Love EP (2009)

“I’m just another blister in the mouth of shame”

3/5s of the songs on the Robots In Love EP have made it into this chart – that’s how good it is. The first to chart was Superconducter and this is the 2nd. I often struggle to choose which I prefer, plus change my mind a lot as well, though I’m currently still in agreement with the ordering I went with here. I particularly love the end section of this song.

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Bright Eyes
First Day Of My Life

I'm Wide Awake...Taken From: Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)

“I think I was blind before I met you”

This is an interesting song in that on first listen it sounds incredibly romantic, as it has some really beautifully romantic lines and sentiments in it, but it’s not quite as straightforward as that – there’s also a sense of something having gone wrong in the relationship and not being totally sure about it, but leaning towards giving it another go as they’d ‘probably be happy’ and it’s better to keep working at something than to hold out for something better that might never happen (‘waiting to win the lottery’). When I first noticed those lyrics I was a bit disappointed, as I liked the notion of it being really romantic, but actually I quite like the realistic honesty of them now. It also amuses me that lots of people have used it as a wedding song – have they just not listened to it properly?? I’m guessing probably not.

338

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Ash
Envy

Intergalactic Sonic 7"sTaken From: Ash – Intergalactic Sonic 7″s (2002)

“I can’t even think with you still in my head”

The last time around this charted after a lot of slow, introspective songs, which is why my comments on it started like this:

Ah, hoorah, an upbeat song! My fave Ash song in fact. It’s just so catchy!! It always reminds me of being at V2002 as they kept playing the video on the big screens. I love Charlotte’s dress in that video – she looks amazing.

It’s still my favourite Ash song (which I’m aware is probably unusual, but I don’t care). And Charlotte Hatherley still looks amazing in the video. The video’s awesome in general, actually – I’d forgotten about all the references to other bands.

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The Beatles
Across The Universe

Let It BeTaken From: The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)

“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”

I think the first version of this song that I had was the Suede cover. This largely explains why it became a favourite. I’ve also got versions of it by Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie and Fiona Apple. Plus the version of it in the film Across The Universe. So yeah, probably not surprising that I quite like it!! I felt like I had to include The Beatles’ version here though really. I mean, it’s The Beatles!

336

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Mansun
I’ve Seen The Top Of The Mountain

FoolTaken From: Mansun – Fool (single) (2001)

“Downhill could be my best direction”

Wow, this has climbed a lot since last time. All of the b-sides to Fool are actually really strong – I probably prefer them to a lot of Little Kix! This is the only one that’s charted though – it’s so good!

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Easyworld
Demons

This Is Where I StandTaken From: Easyworld – This Is Where I Stand (2002)

“Give me all your demons. They don’t scare me now.”

This has always been a favourite on This Is Where I Stand. I don’t listen to it quite so much these days, which is why it’s dropped in the chart, but it’s still a great song.

334

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Buzzcocks
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?

Love BitesTaken From: Buzzcocks – Love Bites (1978)

“I’ll only end up losing you and that’s worse”

I struggled in knowing where to put this song in the chart as it’s not one that I’ve played a huge amount myself over the years (I’ve actually scrobbled the Nouvelle Vague version a few more times!) but it’s one of those songs that will come on at an indie night, or such like, and it’s always a joy. I tend to forget just how much I like it until I happen to listen to it. After listening to it for this chart I decided that it needed a decent placing, so here it is.

333

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Cathy Davey
Army Of Tears

The NamelessTaken From: Cathy Davey – The Nameless (2010)

“One by one, they formed a line, and pledged allegiance to this salty heart of mine”

By far my instant favourite on The Nameless – it kinda blew me away. I possibly over-played it a bit at the time, which is why it isn’t as high up as it possibly deserves to be, but it’s such a powerful song. This live version’s brilliant too:

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Cerys Matthews
Open Roads

Never Said GoodbyeTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Never Said Goodbye (2006)

“Hold on to dreams and to memories, they’re the only things that really exist”

I know some people weren’t totally sure about the mixing on this album and the prominence of the vocals, but I’ve always totally loved it – maybe it just suits my ear and the way I hear things, I don’t know. This song in particular stands out for that – especially if you listen on headphones – it kinda sounds like Cerys is singing from inside your own head. I mean that as a good thing (though realise it sounds a bit creepy). I find that it helps the song to resonate and makes it more emotional, though I find it quite an emotional song anyway. The end bit in particular really hits me right in the heart. Here’s a wonderful live performance of it with Mason, Teel and Wal:

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Suede
The Drowners

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“We kiss in his room to a popular tune”

My wordy description of this last time was ‘brilliant song’. Y’know, I sometimes feel like I’ve gotten more lazy as I’ve gotten older, but I definitely haven’t in relation to doing this chart! Not that I’ve really got a huge amount extra to add to that description, to be honest, but last time I didn’t provide the info on where the song was taken from, there wasn’t an embedded YouTube video and I didn’t put together a mix of all the songs for people to listen to. So I’m giving myself props for being less lazy this time around – go me! My favourite version of the video (as there are 2) is the foamy fan club one (largely for the beautifulness of Brett in it, I’m not going to lie), so here you go:

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

339. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train

337. The Divine Comedy – Life On Mars (the song itself might possibly still have charted, though this version hasn’t)

334. Amy Wadge – Valley Boy (though it was shortlisted)

332. No Doubt – Don’t Speak

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