I’m bored, so here are 20 songs that everyone in the world should listen to, at least once in their lives.
They’re not necessarily my favourite songs (although most of them are), and some of them have been overplayed to death. But imagine that you heard them for the first time, brand new. Take “Angels” for instance, ok the song itself has become a cliche, but they’ll be playing it in 40 years time still I bet you! It was a legendary song when it came out, and still is, even though it’s played far too much for every occasion from weddings and funerals to circumcisions and vasectomies.
It isn’t one of my favourites however. Well…since you asked, Comfortably Numb is world class. Anyone who didn’t get shivers down the spine when Pink Floyd performed it at Live 8 is a terrorist. Most U2 songs are great – ‘With or without you’ will live forever. And Mr. Brightside? Well, it just fucking rocks! And despite it’s fast upbeat theme it’s kinda sad too. I’m not going to comment on all of them, except for “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die”. This is in my top three of all time. Unfortunately, despite being on the soundtrack for American Psycho II, it will never be famous! The world’s loss.
As for “The Promise”…this is a song for a world that doesn’t have enough love to deserve it. 80s? Yup. Bit cheesy-sounding? Perhaps. Does it piss on all modern manufactured contrived poppy love-song efforts? By a country mile…and with enough piss left over to bottle and sell on eBay.
In no particular order:
U2 – With or Without You
When in Rome – The Promise
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Robbie Williams – Angels
Evanescence – My Immortal
Coldplay – The Scientist
The Beatles – Let it Be
John Lennon – Imagine
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
REM – Find the River
U2 – One
U2 – Pride
Madonna – The Power of Goodbye
All Saints – Pure Shores
Oasis – Don’t look back in anger
Oasis – Whatever
Snow Patrol – Run
Embrace – Fireworks
Tsar – The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die
There are far too many magnificent songs to squeeze into a top 20, but I felt like making a start somewhere, and considering I probably have the best taste in music of anyone, anywhere, at any time, I think I’m there or there abouts.
Got a suggestion? Let me know. I’ll ignore it but hey, knock yourself out.