Sunday, 8 June 2008

100 Pop Songs (91 to 100)

The home straight - again roughly chronological ...

(91) Supergrass – Moving

This is another great song by Supergrass; at the time the band could so nothing wrong in my eyes. Great song!

(92) A-ha – Minor Earth Major Sky

I was amazed when I heard that one of my favourite bands of the eighties had reformed in 2000. I discovered by accident really when I saw the video for “Minor Earth Major Sky” on MTV Russia whilst sitting in a boring hotel room on the outskirts of Moscow in the middle of winter. I had nothing to do but watch music all night – but if I hadn’t done that I would never have discovered this masterpiece. Beautiful.

(93) Moby - Rushing

Moby is another artist I would never have admitted to liking. At a dinner party, our host put on the album “Play” by Moby as background music and I found myself drawn to it and away from the conversation. It is a superb chill out album of which “Rushing” is a cool and wonderful example of how brilliant it is. I bought the album the next day.

(94) Moby - Porcelain

“Porcelain” is the best song on “Play” – it is a real spine tingler. Perfect for chilling out to.

(95) Gary Numan – RIP

How Gary Numan has changed over the years. This song is a magnificently dark song is more reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails than the early eighties stuff. He has certainly improved with age.

(96) Coldplay – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

I always thought that Coldplay were a flash in the pan, loved by pseudo intellectuals and those who claimed to like “intelligent” music with pretentious lyrics and boring tunes. And I stood by that until I heard two songs by the band. The first, “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” is a wonderful song with a great thought-provoking video …

(97) Coldplay – Clocks

… and the second is the beautiful “Clocks”. Such was the appeal of the opening piano on the song that I immediately made it my mobile phone ring tone – at least for a while. It is a truly beautiful song.

(98) Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot

I loved this song the very second I heard it. It a great piece of pop music with a fantastic chorus that sticks like glue into the depths of your subconscious mind. I was so impressed that I bought the album.

(99) Kaiser Chiefs – Caroline, Yes

And from that album, full of great songs, comes “Caroline, Yes”. This was not a single but there is something I love about the song. Like the previous song, it stays in your head – but not in bad way. Brilliant

(100) Kasabian – Empire

Kasabian are a great band and their singles have been superb. “Empire” is the opening epic track from their second album and the accompanying video is as epic as the song. Impressive.

And that’s it for “pop” songs – I think I’ll struggle to cut down my favourite “rock” songs to a mere 100 but I think I’ll have a go …

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