Monday, 21 January 2013

BBC 6 Music's 100 greatest hits

BBC radio 6 Music is celebrating 10 years (actually nearly 11 by now) as a radio station by asking people to choose their favourite song from a list compiled by staff and presenters from March 2002 to the end of 2012. Interesting idea. You can vote here.

My own shortlist (from the shortlist) is....
  • Coldplay - Clocks (from the best Coldplay album, back when they knew how to write songs)
  • Elbow - One Day Like This (as long as it's the album version and not the shorter single)
  • Fleet Foxes - Mykonos
  • Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (the best song they've made and still wonderful)
  • Johnny Cash - Hurt (a heartfelt rendition of the Trent Reznor masterpiece by a timeless genius)
  • The Killers - Mr Brightside (one of my favourite mood-lifting songs)
  • Kings Of Leon - Molly's Chambers (the only KOL song I like - and a great pop song)
  • Laura Marling - Sophia
  • LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (not as great as Losing My Edge or the Pretentious version of Yeah but still great)
  • Midnight City - M83
  • Mumford & Sons - The Cave (between this and Little Lion Man)
  • The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio (as close to perfect as it gets)
  • Noah & The Whale - Five Years Time (for Laura - and because it's more perfect pop)
  • Richard Hawley - Tonight The Streets Are Ours (sublime)
  • Sigur Ros - Hoppipola (uplifting, mesmerising and beautiful - one of my Desert Island Discs)
  • The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (awesome)
There is no Bat For Lashes as Daniel is better than the more recent Laura. No Black Keys as I Got Mine is better than Lonely Boy. Later Florence & The Machine is better than anything from Lungs, i.e. What The Water Gave Me. Likewise Goldfrapp has to be A&E over Strict Machine. Kasabian should be from the début or Empire instead of Fire and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds should be Breathless or I Call Upon The Author or Hiding All Away and Gold Lion is the quintessential Yeah Yeah Yeah's song.

And too many bands and artists missing to mention. Death Cab For Cutie,  to mention one.

I voted for Sigur Ros but could have gone for The Killers, The National or Laura Marling.

Voting closes on Friday 25th February 2013.

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