More strenuous than my final year of university this was. In terms of the type of music here it’s naturally geared towards alternative/rock etc as they’re my preferred genres, albeit there are a fair few diverse ones that make the grade. Upon ranking all the songs I was taking into account how musically intelligent each song was, their effect
on society and culture at the time of release and how well each have stood the test of time.

To consider any song, of any genre, to be phenomenal it has to be timeless. The simplest example is
The Beatles; a considerable amount of mankind still love them now 50 years on! It signifies, to me
at least that their music was genuinely quality and musically intelligent as they were consistently producing masterpieces that have stood the test of time.

By virtue of how stupidly difficult this list was to compose, each artist/band can only have one
song. Controversial maybe, but if I didn’t restrict myself to one tune per band it would probably just be an archive of Smiths and Beatles songs. It’s an interesting concept on how I judge my “favourite” song as they are often
not the best song that particular band released, for example I usually say my favourite Oasis song is The
Importance of Being Idle yet it doesn’t make the cut here.

I have cheated slightly as there are 102 songs present, I’ve spent too long changing my mind with what and where
each song should go. I’ve probably missed loads which will annoy me later on, nevertheless here it is.

100. The Police – Message In A Bottle
99.5. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
99. Kanye West – New Slaves
98.5. Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
98. Gorillaz – Stylo
97. Don McLean – American Pie
96. The Killers – Mr Brightside
95. Shocking Blue – Send Me A Postcard
94. Interpol – Evil
93. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
92. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
91. Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
90. Eminem – Without Me
89. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
88. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
87. Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
86. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
85. The Eagles – Hotel California (Although I prefer Take It Easy)
84. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
83. Iggy Pop – The Passenger
82. Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
81. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death of You And Me
80. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
79. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
78. Rage Against The Machine – Guerilla Radio
77. Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
76. Otis Redding – Sitting On The Dock of the Bay
75. Van Morrison – Moondance
74. James Brown – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
73. Aerosmith – Dream On
72. Guns ‘N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
71. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run
70. Pulp – Disco 2000
69. The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
68. Queens of the Stone Age – I Sat By The Ocean
67. N.W.A – Fuck Tha Police
66. Kate Bush – Moments of Pleasure
65. Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
64. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
63. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten
62. Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M
61. Little Richard – Long Tall Sally
60. Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
59. Pearl Jam – Even Flow
58. T-Rex – Get It On
57. The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
56. The Clash – White Riot
55. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
54. Green Day – When I Come Around
53. Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son
52. Muse – Hysteria
51. Blondie – Maria
50. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze
49. Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation
48. Coldplay – Shiver
47. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
46. R.E.M – Shiny Happy People
45. AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
44. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
43. Patti Smith – Because the Night
42. Prince – Raspberry Beret
41. Metallica – Enter Sandman
40. The Ramones – Rockaway Beach
39. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
38. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
37. Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
36. Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
35. Nirvana – About A Girl
34. The Who – Pinball Wizard
33. Rod Stewart – Maggie May
32. Suede – Animal Nitrate
31. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
30. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
29. Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
28. The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
27. Neil Young – Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
26. Blur – Tender
25. The Cranberries – Linger
24. The Strokes – Under The Cover of Darkness
23. The La’s – There She Goes
22. Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
21. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
20. The Mama’s and The Papa’s – California Dreamin’
19. Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
18. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
17. Derek & The Dominos / Eric Clapton – Layla
16. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
15. The Kinks – You Really Got Me
14. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
13. The Doors – Roadhouse Blues
12. Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
9. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
8. David Bowie – The Jean Genie
7. The Beatles – Blackbird (Taxman, A Day In The Life, We Can Work It Out etc all nearly made it)
6. The Jam – Town Called Malice
5. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
4. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
3. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?

Not always The Smiths song that I refer to as my favourite, but certainly the best. As crazy as it seems the track was initially a B-side, I love it due to many factors but mainly Marr’s complex guitar intro which is layered so many times it was impossible to play live. Marr said he wanted a distinctive beginning where you instantly know what song it is, “just like Layla” as he says.

2. Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Hauntingly powerful, this masterpiece evokes so much emotion which differs depending on how one interprets it. From the unique “whoo” sound that Francis achieved by recording in a bathroom, to how it often resonated with myself lyrically and how it makes me reminisce about Fight Club and how perfect they were together. A phenomenal track
  1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
Somebody To Love cemented it’s place as my all time favourite song a few years ago now, and it has never changed. Initially recorded by Grace Slick before joining Jefferson Airplane her stunning vocals signify why she’s often considered one of the greatest women ever to grace the rock scene. A perfect representation of psychedelic rock in the ’60s it’s so easy to get lost whilst listening, I will forever be infatuated with everything it contains and promotes.

A few that just missed out:

Float On – Modest Mouse / Respect – Aretha Franklin / Blink 182 – Miss You / Biggie Smalls – Juicy / 2Pac – Changes / Incubus – Drive / U2 – Beautiful Day / Bee gees – Stayin’ Alive / Jay Z – No Church In The Wild / Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train / Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA / Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire / Iron Maiden – The Trooper / Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell / Michael Jackson – Beat It / Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69 / Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke / Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee / Republica – Ready To Go / Blind Melon – No Rain / The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 / Miss Alissa – Eagles Of Death Metal / The Monkees – Daydream Believer / The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So / Boston – Peace of Mind / Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack / Stereophonics – Dakota / Primal Scream – Loaded / Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone Is Not Enough