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The Top 100 Songs Of All Time: 1. Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind/In My House
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The intro: 00’00 – 00’39
In December 1987 the Pet Shop Boys released “Always On My Mind”, a cover of the song made famous by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. It became the Christmas Number One that year. Almost a year later, they released I[…]

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The FT Top 100 Songs Of All Time #2: THE TRAMMPS – “Disco Inferno”
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A disco track is second on this list because – Rock Hall of Fame shenanigans notwithstanding – disco is almost universally beloved. If you’re a wedding DJ in a tricky spot, the late 70s will not let you down. Perhaps that was truer in 2004, whe[…]

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #3: Shaggy – Boombastic
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Its usage in the pinnacle of BBC light entertainment aside – what a record this is! The drum intro is played on the side of a rusty water tank. The noisy brass squawks like Pingu angrily trying to shoo geese off his lawn. The piano is straight […]

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #4: Madonna -“Like A Prayer”
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Tom wrote about this on Popular here: so here is a project ending couple of thoughts.
“Life is a mystery”. But Madonna doesn’t mean a mystery like the kind Sherlock solves three times a year, or even the kind they solve using CSI in Las Vegas, […]

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THE FT TOP 100 TRACKS OF ALL TIME No.6: Eartha Kitt’s “Just an Old Fashioned Girl”
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Some time in the mid-70s, I went on a school trip to the Ludlow Festival, to see (I think) Cymbeline: six kids crammed in the back of a teacher’s little van, five in their late teens actually studying it for A-level, and me, experimenting and s[…]

The Top 100 Songs of All Time: 7. The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
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“What were the skies like when you were young?”
I think everyone hears a record in their youth which suddenly reveals a whole new world of possibilities. It could be a three minute punk song, where simplicity and lyrical fervour suddenly make the[…]

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #8: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – There, There, My Dear
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It feels a bit wrong, me being the one to write about Dexy’s. I have friends who are much much bigger fans, I have already written about the other Dexy’s track on this list – Come On Eileen. And for a very long time, until I picked […]

The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #9: Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
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What to say about this reggae supersmash not already said by Tom, and the army of comment crew enthusiast over on Popular. Ever angle of this amazing one hit wonder has been touched up, a worthy ten and a record that still sounds fresh as light as th[…]

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #10: West Side Story OBC – “America”
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West Side Story’s message to homesick teenage Latinas: YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED in a really catchy and foot-tapping way

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