Top 777 Songs: 50 – 41

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Queen
Keep Yourself Alive

QueenTaken From: Queen – Queen (1973)

“Do you think you’re better every day? No, I just think I’m two steps nearer to my grave.”

We’re into the top 50!! And what a way to kick it off. I’ve definitely appreciated this album more and more as time’s gone on and this song’s just brilliant.

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Ooberman
Bluebell Morning

Hey PetrunkoTaken From: Ooberman – Hey Petrunko (2003)

“I feel like I slept ’til midday, but it still feels like I set the clock too soon”

I’m not sure I’ve got anything to add to what I said last time:

I first heard this song when taping Reading footage on ITV At The Festivals! I think it was Reading, anyway. It took a while to grow on me for some reason, but by the time it was actually released (which was quite a bit later!!) I really loved it. It’s another one of those songs that really gets inside of you.

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Pulp
The Fear

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

“When you can’t even define what it is that you are frightened of, this song will be here.”

Last time I said this about it:

Brilliant song. It gained added significance last year when it came on my MP3 player the morning after I first had the panic attack trouble, and of course there’s the lyric in it ‘and here comes another panic attack’. I’ll always associate it with that now, which in a lot of ways is kinda a bad thing, but it kinda makes me feel better too.

I still very much associate it with that, but have just gained more and more affection for it. I was still having quite a bit of trouble with panic attacks and anxiety in general when I last did this chart and although that hasn’t completely gone away (does it ever?), I’m a lot better now and can generally keep on top of any panic symptoms. I still find this song quite comforting – just knowing that it’s not that unusual to feel scared of nothing in particular.

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Kenickie
Punka

At The ClubTaken From: Kenickie – At The Club (1997)

“Lo-fi songs are great”

For some reason it took me quite a while to properly appreciate the aceness of this song, which I feel like I should make some kind of apology to the indie gods for. I mean, it’s Punka! It brings back fond memories of me, Jamie, Rich and Sheryl singing it as we were walking around Glastonbury in 2010.

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Frida Hyvönen
Dirty Dancing

Silence Is WildTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – Silence Is Wild (2008)

“We used to dance the afternoons away with Kylie, back when the nineties were dawning.”

My favourite Frida song and the one that made me properly fall in love with her music. It’s also another that I’ve put on a decent number of mix CDs, as it’s just brilliant and should be heard by more people. If you’re curious about the title, it does make reference to the film, though you don’t need to be a fan of the film to enjoy it!

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Ooberman
Roll Me In Cotton

The Magic TreehouseTaken From: Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse (1999)

“She preferred coffee to the rhythm”

Last time I said this:

Just a really beautiful song. Most songs on The Magic Treehouse are pretty instant, but this one particularly became an instant favourite. It hasn’t *quite* made it as my favourite song on The Magic Treehouse, but it was close.

Although it’s dropped a bit and is now only my 3rd favourite song on The Magic Treehouse, it’s still just as beautiful.

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Cerys Matthews
Streets Of New York

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

“You’re worth more than I could ever be, but I looked up and you had disappeared and left your crying to the rain

My favourite song on Never Said Goodbye. I love how encompassing the sound is (particularly on headphones) – it’s like you’re sucked into the song. I really feel like I’m lost in a big city, but don’t want to leave. No YouTube video to share, but you can listen on the Mixcloud mix, or you should just buy the album, because it’s awesome.

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Queen
Flick Of The Wrist

Sheer Heart AttackTaken From: Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

“Reduce you to a muzak fake machine”

Last time I said this:

Ah I love this song. The memory it always brings to mind is of when I was in year 11 and on the plastic cover of my science book I wrote (amongst other things) ‘prostitute yourself he says. Castrate your human pride’. He he. I remember Lorna reading it over my shoulder and thinking I was completely mad!

I don’t think I really appreciated how weird a thing that was to write on the front of a school book! Ha ha. I think a lot of my love for this song comes from the words in it though – it has some great words – mesmerise, synchronise, cross-collateralise… The lyrics feel good in your mouth.

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The Bluetones
If…

Return To The Last Chance SaloonTaken From: The Bluetones – Return To The Last Chance Saloon (1998)

“It’s all that I can do to sing these stupid songs to you”

The classic ending to a Bluetones live set. And for good reason, it’s a great song with an ace singalong outro. I’m just surprised it was so low down last time.

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Barenaked Ladies
Upside Down

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

“Nothing’s good enough for me, to shake me from complacency”

One of those songs I’m always happy to hear. As I said about it last time, it’s ‘unlike anything else I can think of’. That’s a huge compliment, of course. Seriously, have a listen – I challenge you to listen to it and not feel happier than you did beforehand.

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

None – they’re all still in.

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