Top 100 Songs of All Time

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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. 61
    Marcello Carlin on 24 Jul 2007 #

    Iconoclams? Sounds like an Elvis movie title!

  2. 62
    daavid on 24 Jul 2007 #

    People, this is a great list precisely BECAUSE it includes Aqua and Whigfield unlike 99.99% of all the other boring lists out there with only Led Zep, Bob Dylan. For once a list that fortunately doesn’t give a shit about the artist’s “integrity”, whether the people who sing/perform write their own songs and all the other decrepit rockist prejudices. Haters go and read Rolling Stone’s list, or any other that features the songs/artists that “deserve” to be there.

  3. 63
    Marcello Carlin on 25 Jul 2007 #

    Sadly you have not yet seen the upper half of this list which consists only of tracks by Led Zep and Bob Dylan.

  4. 64
    Drucius on 25 Jul 2007 #

    Daavid listing the icons, there.

  5. 65
    Tom on 25 Jul 2007 #

    I think if someone had nominated “Immigrant Song” it would have made the list easily (maybe it did! I have forgotten what’s in the top 50).

  6. 66
    Pete on 25 Jul 2007 #

    This was before my triumphant Immigrant Song Karaoke Debacle in New York, so I may not have brought it up. But then this was only the definitive list as per 2004 or so…

  7. 67
    Tom on 25 Jul 2007 #

    Anyway the point is that we all love us our icons. Do we (collectively) love them more than the stuff on the list? Not always.

  8. 68
    Marcello Carlin on 25 Jul 2007 #

    Truthfully it’s a choice between the schoolteacher and the cheese sandwich.

  9. 69

    [edit to remove double post]

  10. 70

    yes it only takes one to veto — ONE GUTLESS CHUMP

    (to be fair my most aggravating veto wz bcz i was six months ahead of the world for once, and no one else yet had a view pro or con)

  11. 71
    Tom on 25 Jul 2007 #

    A pedant writes: it actually takes 2/3 to veto.

    What was your aggravating veto? I ph0rget.

  12. 72

    NO SPOILERS

  13. 73
    mike3 on 27 Jul 2007 #

    you suck
    u do

  14. 74
    New world order on 11 Sep 2007 #

    What absolute bullshit that it the worst list I’ve seen yet.

    Gee I’ve wonder if you know who the beatles are?

    Dont forget the rolling stones, U2, the doors, the police, nirvana, Hendrix, Springsteen I could go on forever i hadnt heard of half those people

    you do really suck

    oh and what’ll number one be … probably operator please – just a song about ping pong

  15. 75
    Tom on 11 Sep 2007 #

    We’ll take it under consideration!!

  16. 76
    Marcello Carlin on 11 Sep 2007 #

    “Ping Pong” by Stereolab? Hmm, I wouldn’t mind seeing that at the number one spot! “It was a bit unusual…but we all loved it!”

  17. 77
    Lena on 11 Sep 2007 #

    It’s the best upbeat song about the military-capitalistic cycle of wars and depressions ever!

    “Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels)” on the other hand, is a touching song and directly inspired Pavement’s “Trigger Cut,” which may be the only song with “fruit-covered nails” in it which has to count for something!

  18. 78
    Alan on 11 Sep 2007 #

    “the beatles”?? what a corny name. is there a “dis-chord-ants” band too???!?!11eleven

  19. 79
    Marcello Carlin on 11 Sep 2007 #

    There was discordant Adam and the Ants.

  20. 80
    CarsmileSteve on 20 Sep 2007 #

    for those of you on the comments feed, HI DERE, 50-41 now added to the Top 100 songs (not the articles, obv, that’ll take til xmas at this rate (NB no guarantee of which xmas))

  21. 81
    jeff w on 21 Sep 2007 #

    Out of curiousity, why are some songs listed in shouty text and some not?

  22. 82

    cz THE MAD STUNTMAN d00d! he’s like TOTALLY MAD

    and will young is TOTALLY YOUNG and marvin gaye is TOTALLY etc

  23. 83
    CarsmileSteve on 21 Sep 2007 #

    there is a certain characteristic that the songs ALL IN CAPS share (although, at the moment, some of the ones not all in caps share it too!).

  24. 84
    AJ on 9 Nov 2007 #

    spice girls 49 says it all utter crap

  25. 85
    Pete on 9 Nov 2007 #

    I bet Ally wouldn’t agree AJ.

  26. 86
    Tom on 9 Nov 2007 #

    ISTR I am meant to write #50 so will get to work on that.

  27. 87
    Ronny on 11 Nov 2007 #

    You need more hip hop in there, too many cheesy pop songs, you need stuff like 2pac, Wu Tang Clan, Dr Dre, Biggy Smalls, NWA ect.

  28. 88
    CarsmileSteve on 12 Nov 2007 #

    without wishing to SPOILER the whole thing, there is rapping rly quite high up the chart…

  29. 89
    Steve on 13 Nov 2007 #

    yeah, Rat-Rapping

  30. 90
    Marcello Carlin on 13 Nov 2007 #

    Good job I remembered to ring a rang a dong for my holiday, really.

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