Top 100 Songs of All Time

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A Note on Methodology

100. Sultans Of Ping FC – “Where’s Me Jumper” (1992)
99. Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach”
98. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
97. The Beat – “Save It For Later”
96. Belle And Sebastian – “Sleep The Clock Around”
95. Gladys Knight – “License To Kill”
94. Al Green – “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?”
93. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers – “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”
92. Girls Aloud – “Love Machine”
91. Ike And Tina Turner – “River Deep, Mountain High”

90. The Only Ones – “Another Girl Another Planet”
89.5 Skeletal Family – “Promised Land”
89. REEL 2 REEL feat THE MAD STUNTMAN – “I Like To Move It”
88. Subway Sect – “Ambition”
87. Roxy Music – “Virginia Plain”
86. Janet Kay – “Silly Games”
85. Teddybears STHLM ft Mad Cobra – “Cobrastyle”
84. Pulp – “Babies”
83. Orange Juice – “Rip It Up”
82. Jimmy Cliff – “Many Rivers To Cross”
81. The JAMMS – It’s Grim Up North

80. Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”
79. Kim Wilde – “Cambodia”
78. Culture Beat – “Mr. Vain”
77. Depeche Mode – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
76. Shystie – “Woman’s World”
75. Art Garfunkel – “Bright Eyes”
74. Urban Cookie Collective – “The Key, The Secret”<
73. Smiley Culture – “Police Officer”
72. Wee Papa Girl Rappers – “Wee Rule”
71. Jay-Z – “The Takeover”

70. Aqua – “Lollipop (Candyman)”
69. Anthrax and Public Enemy – Bring The Noise
68. The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
67. The Velvelettes – “Needle In A Haystack”
66. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
65. TEARS FOR FEARS – Pale Shelter
64. CHRISTINA AGUILERA – Dirrrty
63. TAKE THAT – Back For Good
62. GLEN CAMPBELL – Wichita Lineman
61. CARL DOUGLAS – Kung Fu Fighting

60. DIANA ROSS – “Upside Down”
59. C+C MUSIC FACTORY – “Things That Make You Go Hmmm”
58. SHANGRI LAS – “Leader Of The Pack”
57. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS – “Oliver’s Army”
56. MARVIN GAYE – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
55. DAVID BOWIE – “Suffragette City”
54. WILL YOUNG – “Leave Right Now”
53. Wham! – Wham Rap
52. Joe Jackson – It’s Different For Girls
51. WHIGFIELD- “Think Of You”

50. Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For
49. SPICE GIRLS – WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
48. Glenn Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy
47. DOOP – DOOP
46. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
45. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
44. The Selecter – On My Radio
43. Stina Nordenstam – Little Star
42. Abba – The Winner Takes It All
41. t.a.T.u. – Not Gonna Get Us

40. Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song”
39. Awesome Toys – Do The Fury Boogie
38. Kenickie – Punka
38. BALTIMORA – Tarzan Boy
37. T-REX – Metal Guru
36. KLF – Justified And Ancient
35. Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
34. Shanice – I Love Your Smile
33. Echo and the Bunnymen – The Cutter
32. Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood
31. Prince – “I Would Die 4 U”

30. White Town- “Your Woman”
29. PJ & Duncan AKA – Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble
28. The Jam – Going Underground
27. Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
26. The Human League – Open Your Heart
25. MADONNA – “Into The Groove”
24. RACHEL STEVENS – Some Girls
23. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
22. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
21. Scooter – Ramp! (The Logical Song)

20. Chic – Good Times
19. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
18. The AlkoholiKs Only When I’m Drunk
17. The Ronettes – Be My Baby
16. EAST 17 – “House Of Love”
15. THE FUTUREHEADS – “The Hounds Of Love”
14. SHIRLEY BASSEY “Goldfinger”
13. Busted- Air Hostess
12. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
11. MR OIZO – “Flat Beat”

10. West Side Story OBC – “America”
9. Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
8. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – There, There, My Dear
7. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb
6. Eartha Kitt’s “Just an Old Fashioned Girl”
5. Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
4. Madonna -”Like A Prayer”
3. Shaggy – Boombastic
2. THE TRAMMPS – “Disco Inferno”
1. PET SHOP BOYS – “Always On My Mind/In My House”

Comments

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  1. 31
    Alan on 7 Jul 2007 #

    what a wonderful list! i can see christina aguilera and jay z in there. but 127 and 128! madonna at 164. but WAIT Jewel even higher at 64 – THE WHOLE THING IS A SHAM AND MUST BE DESTROYED. start again from scratch plz. with sultans of ping.

    “National Association of Recording Merchandisers” – NARM, surely that should read “THE MAN”. let’s go stick it to THE MAN/NARM.

    i say we head over to NARM/THE MAN’s site and repeatedly post about the sand in recording merchandisers’s vaginas (i am crying with laughter as i write this) until they change the list to something WE like.

  2. 32
    Al Ewing on 7 Jul 2007 #

    Sidestepping the inevitable sandy-vagina explosion: if that’s your 100 Albums, what are your 100 Singles? I’m genuinely curious as to whether your Number 1 is Bohemian Rhapsody or Imagine by John Lennon.

  3. 33
    uknown on 16 Jul 2007 #

    sorry but this list is so so so bad think about it

  4. 34
    Gary on 19 Jul 2007 #

    You all suck so much dong that you all think good dong tastes like bad dong

  5. 35
    Gary on 19 Jul 2007 #

    WHERE THE FUCK IS THE N.W.A AND THE EAZY E, AND THE KINGS OF LEON, YOU ALL SUCK SOO MUCH DONG

  6. 36
    Gary on 19 Jul 2007 #

    CHIPPA PUTS OUT

  7. 37
    Drucius on 22 Jul 2007 #

    Peculiar taste you lot have. Bit limited, innit?

  8. 38
    Alan on 22 Jul 2007 #

    It’s limited to 100 tracks, popular music, the ones we really like… how else? Obviously not limited to a particular canon of artists or songs

  9. 39
    Tom on 22 Jul 2007 #

    FEED BABIES NOT TROLLS!

  10. 40
    Drucius on 23 Jul 2007 #

    Limited by the number of songs you’ve heard, I presume.

  11. 41
    mmmbop on 23 Jul 2007 #

    oh my god i love this wheres the rest

  12. 42
    Drucius on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Would certainly make for an excellent student disco, absolutely.

  13. 43
    Tom on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Actually Dru’s RIGHT in that the methodology (see “A note on methodology”) means that the list privileges shared experience among the listmakers rather than obscure tidbits – assuming people might veto tracks they don’t know, which isn’t always the case. I have heard lots of songs I like, not as many as Drucius I’m sure but enough to get by – but I’m only going to nominate a certain proportion of those.

    But this is a good thing! Shared experience is an important part of pop.

  14. 44
    Marcello Carlin on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Beware the avalanche of random angry trolls you’re going to get when they discover that Angles by Robbie William has not come top.

  15. 45
    Tom on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Or the avalanche of non-random angry regulars when they discover that it HAS!

  16. 46
    aimz on 24 Jul 2007 #

    AQUA???LOLLIPOP??? Need i say more.

    Who compiled this list? 8 years olds?

  17. 47
    Marcello Carlin on 24 Jul 2007 #

    scathing

  18. 48
    Lena on 24 Jul 2007 #

    I may cry.

  19. 49
    Drucius on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Actually, as a “Bunch of Mates Down the Pub Top 100” it’s excellent, so long as it’s not meant to be anything close to definitive.

    Some of the “look at meeeee!!” post-ironic iconoclasm is pretty ghastly, mind.

  20. 50
    Al Ewing on 24 Jul 2007 #

    And this is still only the bottom 50!

  21. 51
    Al Ewing on 24 Jul 2007 #

    The trouble with ‘look at meeeeee’ as criticism is that everyone on the interweb is usually guilty of it – there’s no real difference between “Look at meeee, I’m so ironic” and “No look at meeeee I’m so NOT ironic UNLIKE YOU”, apart from a gradual climbing of the ladder of superiority. (I’m as guilty of this as anyone else obv.)

    The other thing I’d disagree with is that a ‘Top 100’ list can be definitive at all – I’d say this is as ‘definitive’ as any other list you’d find anywhere.

  22. 52
    Marcello Carlin on 24 Jul 2007 #

    I would say that it is as definitive a list as you would find in the field of lists compiled by the compilers who compiled this list.

  23. 53
    Drucius on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Well, quite.

  24. 54

    oh no! iconoclasm! no wonder you felt so uncomfy

  25. 55
    Drucius on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Oh lordy, here comes Captain Iconoclast with his cloak of irony and his trusty staff of self-regard.

  26. 56
    Marcello Carlin on 24 Jul 2007 #

    In this morning’s edition of hip n’ happening free newspaper METRO top music commentator Dermot O’Leary says that he’d rather listen to good pop than bad indie any day.

    Had I contributed to this list there would certainly have been some welcome improv input – AMM’s Live At The Roundhouse Parts 1 & 2 would have been there for a start (and possibly a finish).

  27. 57
    Tim on 24 Jul 2007 #

    I believe that this is, or at least was, the single definitive list of the best 100 songs of all time.

  28. 58
    Tom on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Sadly I think the veto system might have accounted for these noble warriors of improv Marcello.

  29. 59
    Tom on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Iconoclasm is a great word (though I just typed ICONOCLAMS!! – surely a better one!) but I don’t think it’s apt here – this isn’t a list of the Top 100 Worst Songs after all. Which icons are p^nk s and crew trying to clasm?

  30. 60
    Drucius on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Which ones have you got?

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