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  • JSparksFan
    "Life's About to Get Good" is actually one of my least-favourite Shania songs. I'm actually not a big fan of any of your top tunes from her.

    I really need to explore Sheryl's music more. I just played "Good Is Good" and I really like it!

    "I Could Be the One" is catchy. It's been ages since I last played it, but I just gave it a spin and it's as good as I remember.

    Interesting selection for Nelly! I don't think I like any of those either.

    Ah, we've long been on a similar wavelength with Anastacia! "One Day in Your Life" is absolutely her finest stunner, and I also love "Welcome to My Truth", "Left Outside Alone", and "Oncoming Train" from her. "Stupid Little Things" has some great lyrics, but the melody never really stuck me. I'll always live for that Stuck on the wrong side of heaven line, though.

    "Queen A" is my fave Amy Studt song from your list. "Under the Thumb" is my most-played song from her since 1/1/2012, though.

    "Winter Wine" is lovely. It's lengthy, but doesn't feel long. I liked it!

    Originally posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    JSparksFan - Glad you're a fan of those ones Akini (is it just me who wishes you changed your username to 'Akini' already...? ) ...well regarding Mr Young, I love lots of Will tracks, many that haven't even appeared in my overall list, I think the holes in my records are the reason for many songs either missing out entirely or being a lot lower than they should be, one positive thing about doing these recaps is that it reminds you to play those underplayed artists/songs.
    I'm positive you're not the only one.

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  • Blondini
    Did you like Amy Studt's recent album? I charted it - some quite dark and personal things on it. The Water (the single i charted) is like PJ Harvey.

    Jamiroquai, Annie and Devin stand out from the top 20.

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  • trebor
    Thanks for this very interesting countdown! Always nice to see some diversity.

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  • LastDreamer
    Unpredictable # 1. I thought it will be between Anastacia, Amy Studt and maybe Kate Bush (because you was a host of her Ultimate Chart).

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  • CrazyCrazy
    Let's finish this, now my top 10!

    I love Gorillaz and how they just like to experiment with all types of sounds, this is probably one of their most catchy songs ever, I have to dance whenever I hear this song, brill!

    Gorillaz's all-time hits:
    - 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) (#15)
    - Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.) (#165)
    - We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth) (#331)
    - Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan) (#479)
    - Ascension (feat. Vince Staples) (#593)
    - Busted and Blue (#795)
    - Broken (#826)
    - On Melancholy Hill (#831)
    - Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed) (#1216)
    - To Binge (feat. Little Dragon) (#1408)

    +7 more all-time hits.

    Mr cool himself! J.J. had such a smooth style, never pushing too hard and always so chill, his tunes are perfect for the summer, this song in particular is a forlorn affair and my favourite from him, beautiful track, he sadly passed away in 2013.

    J.J. Cale's all-time hits:
    - Crying Eyes (#14)
    - Hey Baby (#45)
    - Cocaine (#123)
    - Travelin' Light (#150)
    - Let Me Do It To You (#403)
    - After Midnight (#553)
    - Super Blue (#814)
    - Hold On (#912)
    - You Got Something (#1039)
    - Ride Me High (#1227)

    I love the pulsing electro beat with the melancholic undertones running through this song, this is another one I love to listen to in the sun or anytime really. Annie is so underrated in my opinion, so many cool songs. This song and Heartbeat kept switching for my Annie fave, this is another euphoric masterpiece and is a must listen!

    Annie's all-time hits:
    - Hold On (#13)
    - Heartbeat (#35)
    - Me Plus One (#76)
    - Tube Stops and Lonely Hearts (#113)
    - WorkX2 (#143)
    - Ralph Macchio (#560)
    - My Best Friend (#572)
    - The Greatest Hit (#659)
    - Mixed Emotions (#928)
    - Invisible (#963)

    +4 more all-time hits.

    I can't describe how much I love Glen, his voice and songs just comfort me somehow, his voice is perfect with sad songs as there is this natural yearning quality I hear in his voice. The man is just great and I was so sad to hear of his death after his battle with Alzheimer's.

    Glen Campbell's all-time hits:
    - Hey, Little One (#8)
    - Wichita Lineman (#27)
    - Rhinestone Cowboy (#37)
    - Elusive Butterfly (#49)
    - By the Time I Get to Phoenix (#68)
    - Southern Nights (#70)
    - Turn Around, Look at Me (#117)
    - Here I Am (#178)
    - Funny How Time Slips Away (feat. Willie Nelson) (#207)
    - True Grit (#227)

    +15 more all-time hits.

    The boys are a joy to listen to with their crazy harmonies and melodic splendour. There's more to them than I think most people know about, they have some masterpiece compositions 'Surf's Up' (Smile Sessions version in particular) being one of them and aren't just about the surf pop most people know them for. This album/song is so full of innocence, I just love listening to Pet Sounds, there's a wistful and melancholic quality to it all.

    The Beach Boy's all-time hits:
    - That's Not Me (#6)
    - Surf's Up (SS version) (#9)
    - Good Vibrations (#26)
    - God Only Knows (#41)
    - I'm Waiting for the Day (#67)
    - Here Today (#87)
    - Long Promised Road (#208)
    - Child is Father of the Man (#243)
    - Take a Load off Your Feet (#335)
    - A Day in the Life of a Tree (#456)

    +13 more all-time hits.

    Melodic metal? Not sure how you'd describe this song, but it's a blistering and powerful song which will give you goosebumps, I love the urgency of the music and the versatility of his voice, I also love this live version of the song. His music is very very eclectic overall, drawing influence from all kinds of artists.

    Devin Townsend's all-time hits:
    - Kingdom (#5)
    - Grace (#74)
    - Divine (#297)
    - More! (#342)
    - Hold On (#353)
    - Disruptr (#734)
    - Lessons (#741)
    - Angel (#746)
    - Trainfire (#775)
    - Ziltoida Attaxx!!! (#870)

    + 8 more all-time hits.

    Paul Simon is my favourite artist and this song was #1 last time I did an overall countdown, it's simply beautiful. I've always been a big fan of his songwriting style, so intimate, introspective and just so cleverly written. This song along with the whole album is a masterpiece and the instrumentation is just so rich and fascinating, this album is a contender for my #1 favourite of all-time. He also has 100 songs in my all-time list, nobody even comes close to this beast of a man.

    Paul Simon's all-time hits:
    - The Cool, Cool River (#4)
    - She Moves On (#7)
    - Can't Run But (#11)
    - The Obvious Child (#12)
    - Train in the Distance (#17)
    - The Coast (#18)
    - Thelma (#19)
    - Proof (#20)
    - That's Why God Made the Movies (#21)
    - How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns (#38)

    + 90 more all-time hits.

    Now everyone who knows me, knows that I've been a fan of Anastacia since I was 12 years old, I am 32 now and I still listen to her regularly, not as obsessed as I was back then but she has plenty of great tracks and that lioness voice is always a joy to listen to and always pumps me with the necessary energy I need for the day. This song always reminds me of summer, I used to hear it a lot around summer of 2001/2002 on the radio, it's a great slice of power pop from the biggest pair of lungs in pop. Sick and Tired was my most played song last year so I expect that to enter my top 10 soon.

    Anastacia's all-time hits:
    - One Day In Your Life (#3)
    - Welcome to My Truth (#16)
    - Stupid Little Things (#31)
    - Left Outside Alone (#61)
    - Beautiful Messed Up World (#72)
    - Pieces of a Dream (#82)
    - Take This Chance (#90)
    - Oncoming Train (#95)
    - Caught In the Middle (#124)
    - I'm Outta Love (#128)

    +50 more all-time hits.

    By the time her 2nd album was released I was already a big fan of her dulcet tones and introspective style of songwriting. I remember waiting up refreshing iTunes at 12:00 to download this album I was obsessed with this album for a good 2-3 years straight. I had heard this song on one of the producers Myspace page a year or so before but I was immediately captivated by it's kooky and catchy lyrics/melody, I real ear-worm for me, the more I heard it, the more it got under my skin.

    Amy Studt's all-time hits:
    - Paper Made Man (#2)
    - Nobody (#10)
    - Chasing the Light (#24)
    - Different Colour Pills (#25)
    - Nice Boys (#56)
    - Queen A (#81)
    - Sad, Sad World (#91)
    - One Last Cigarette (#138)
    - Here Lies Love (#160)
    - Ladder In My Tights (#168)

    +34 more all-time hits.

    Anyone who's been following my year-end lists knows this song always makes a high appearance and I just simply cannot ever tire of it, it's a little drop of magic, I love the lyrics and how they conger up images of being in a mythical world with dragons and fairy tale creatures, the richness of the music and the wonderful musical transitions within the song just result in an unforgettable piece of music. One lyric I love from this song is..."remember it pays to pay the sandman well, make no fuss, for you must - in stardust, he puts all the colours in your dreams".

    Caravan's all-time hits:
    - Winter Wine (#1)
    - Policeman (#249)
    - Golf Girl (#250)
    - Can You Hear Me? (#282)
    - Behind You (#461)
    - Nightmare (#691)
    - Ride (#712)
    - Nine Feet Underground (#832)
    - Love to Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly) (#1006)
    - In the Land of Grey and Pink (#1016)
    - Surprise, Surprise (#1692)

    Thanks to anyone who had a look and commented, see ya!
    Last edited by CrazyCrazy; Tue July 7, 2020, 18:04.

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  • CrazyCrazy

    I lied when I said Jamiroquai were the highest 2010s song, there are actually a few left. This was somewhat of a departure for Melody into a more worldly and exotic sound and less jazz than her usual music, her lush breathy voice paired with this new musical style is bliss, one for the summer.

    Melody Gardot's all-time hits:
    - Mira (#32)
    - Don't Misunderstand (#803)
    - Preacherman (#997)
    - It Gonna Come (#1038)

    Can't seem to find the video on Youtube for some reason, shame as it's great and very colourful from what I can remember. I like the powerful lyrics to the song and the beautiful rich instrumentation especially for something in the charts at the time.

    Nelly Furtado's all-time hits:
    - Powerless (#30)
    - Pipe Dreams (#60)
    - Turn Off the Lights (#314)
    - Carnival Games (#471)
    - Flat-line (#688)
    - Live (#846)
    - Cold Hard Truth (#958)

    This was a moment when she combined her usual avant-garde sensibilities to pop music and it worked wonderfully, fresh and catchy sound, with intriguing lyrics. I still can't get over the fact that her song 'O Superman' charted at #2 in the charts, charts seemed more eclectic back then.

    Laurie Anderson's all-time hits:
    - Language Is a Virus (#29)
    - From the Air (#69)
    - O Superman (#111)
    - Sharkey's Night (#236)
    - The Puppet Motel (#350)
    - World Without End (#470)
    - Let X = X (#522)
    - Bright Red (feat. Lou Reed) (#618)
    - Beautiful Red Dress (#621)
    - Sharkey's Day (#625)

    +20 more all-time hits.

    Joe delivers a delicious country rock gem with this.

    Joe Bonamassa's all-time hits:
    - Black Lung Heartache (#23)
    - Give It Everything You Got (feat. Beth Hart) (#1330)

    This is a freaky folk gem, her lyrics are funny, grotesque, whimsical, provocative, all at the same time (there is an excerpt from this song in my signature)...she is a delight to listen to, this has a rich instrumentation.

    Larkin Grimm's all-time hits:
    - Dominican Rum (#22)
    - Ride That Cyclone (#36)
    - Paradise and So Many Colors (#98)
    - Mina Minou (#101)
    - Don't Come Down Darkness (#142)
    - Blond and Golden Johns (#218)
    - Parplar (#245)
    - Be a Great Burglar (#279)
    - My Justine (#316)
    - Without a Body or a Numb and Useless Mind (#377)

    +22 more all-time hits.
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  • CrazyCrazy
    Thanks for the comment mate, yes all great I agree I think Ray was something I found on your charts too actually!

    I can embarrassingly relate to the lyrics in this song and often wonder what life would be like if I was a different type of person, it's a loser anthem! So catchy, if this doesn't bury itself into your head then the wiring in your brain must be faulty.

    Nerina Pallot's all-time hits:
    - Real Late Starter (#43)
    - Rousseau (#106)
    - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (#193)
    - It Starts (#195)
    - Bring Him Fire (#242)
    - I Don't Want to Go Out (#290)
    - Everybody's Gone to War (#483)
    - Mr. King (#506)
    - Boy On the Bus (#623)
    - Learning to Breathe (#648)

    + 16 more all-time hits.

    I discovered him through a song that the Carpenters had covered, in fact it was this very song! This smooth jazzy original swept me away immediately and I preferred this one, his soft voice really compliments this funky song. I think the song is about wanting to stay at home and be left alone, anti-social anthem! Seems to be a running theme here.

    Michael Frank's all-time hits:
    - B'wana He No Home (#42)
    - Eggplant (#152)
    - Sanpaku (#385)
    - Jive (#824)
    - I Really Hope It's You (#1041)
    - Popsicle Toes (#1264)
    - Don't Be Blue (#1628)

    Teenage love, this song really captures that feeling and the video too, never realised it had religious undertones but after knowing it makes alot of sense now lyrically, it's a sugary sweet pop gem, very catchy!

    Stacie Orrico's all-time hits:
    - I Could Be the One (#40)
    - (There's Gotta Be) More to Life (#1484)

    I highest song of the 2010s and the most recent I think...this song was an instant smash with me and has charted high every year since, it was a funky return for them, I love the melody and all of it's transitions, I love to sing along to this gem!

    Jamiroquai's all-time hits:
    - Automaton (#39)
    - Dr Buzz (#105)
    - Vitamin (#184)
    - Love Foolosophy (#215)
    - Stop Don't Panic (#335)
    - Too Young to Die (#382)
    - Seven Days in Sunny June (#413)
    - Cloud 9 (#482)
    - Superfresh (#533)
    - Canned Heat (#707)

    A beautiful piece of ambient music from one of my favourite games from the 90s, to think this was made to fit onto a SNES cartridge is amazing.

    David Wise's all-time hits:
    - Aquatic Ambiance (#33)
    - Cave Dweller Concert (#376)
    - Bad Boss Boogie (#1205)
    - Stickerbush Symphony (#1302)
    - Forest Interlude (#1434)
    - Fear Factory (#1535)
    - Welcome to Crocodile Isle (#1577)
    - Mine Cart Madness (#1588)

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  • Blondini
    Clare, Kate, Suzanne, Kirsty - all legends!

    Judee and Ray Lamontagne great albums.

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  • CrazyCrazy
    Kate and the boys would be higher if this was an artist chart but this is just their current peak song. I like all of those Kirsty songs, she has lots of good songs, she's great!

    This is a lovely sing-a-long song from Sheryl, it has some twangy guitars and a really infectious chorus, I really like this album as it shows a more reflective and sad side to her music.

    Sheryl Crow's all-time hits:
    - Good Is Good (#51)
    - Everyday Is a Winding Road (#235)
    - Chances Are (#732)
    - Home (#862)
    - Hard to Make a Stand (#1154)
    - Ordinary Morning (#1445)
    - A Change Would Do You Good (#1601)
    - Letter to God (#1626)
    - Sad Sad World (#1654)
    - Rise Up (#1745)

    This is such a beautiful song, her music has a spiritual quality, well actually a lot of her music is flat out religious but this song isn't so obvious, I think the song is about the kiss from an angel, that's just my interpretation of it though, the vocal layering and grand composition is gold for the ears.

    Judee Sill's all-time hits:
    - The Kiss (#48)
    - There's a Rugged Road (#50)
    - The Pearl (#55)
    - The Lamb Ran Away With the Crown (#134)
    - My Man on Love (#136)
    - Soldier of the Heart (#383)
    - The Donor (#679)
    - Ridge Rider (#835)
    - The Vigilante (#930)
    - Emerald River Dance (#953)

    + 6 more all-time hits.

    I'm sure I read somewhere this was the first song to have been written and produced by a female to hit #1, not sure if that's true but it's a cool bit of info, great meandering classic country song, has a strong nostalgic vibe.

    Bobbie Gentry's all-time hits:
    - Ode to Billie Joe (#47)
    - You've Made Me So Very Happy (#348)

    I love the stressful and paranoid energy this song oozes, I think it's about sorting through all of the thoughts in your head and figuring out which ones are your own and which ones have been planted there by others. Great track, my fave from the album.

    Alanis Morissette's all-time hits:
    - Tapes (#46)
    - Out Is Through (#146)
    - Excuses (#161)
    - Everything (#222)
    - Giggling Again For No Reason (#293)
    - Not All Me (#378)
    - Orchid (#421)
    - Doth I Protest Too Much (#525)
    - 20/20 (#559)
    - Madness (#583)

    + 14 more all-time hits.

    I love Jonathan Brigg's energetic and distinctive voice, the song's lyrics have a touch of sadness and speaks of not wanting to get older. This band should be more popular, they have so many great pop tracks!

    Everything Everything's all-time hits:
    - Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread (#44)
    - Distant Past (#197)
    - Night of the Long Knives (#357)
    - Torso of the Week (#528)
    - Good Shot, Good Soldier (#610)
    - Run the Numbers (#849)
    - Big Game (#946)
    - Two For Nero (#1008)
    - Leave the Engine Room (#1176)
    - Come Alive Diana (#1496)

    + 4 more all-time hits.

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  • LastDreamer
    Kate Bush, Simon and Garfunkel - both are unpredictably low. I was sure for top 10 for these acts here.

    Kirsty MacColl - for me it's the most saddest death of music celebrity, with Heidi Bruhl at # 2 in that awful list.

    She had some # 1s in my retro charts, include such wonderful songs like "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis", "Terry", "New England" and very underrated duet with Evan Dando "Perfect Day". Don't know why but I don't like her biggest hit "Fairytale of New York".

    "Walking Down Madison" was stopped at # 2 by my favourite single from 1991 year and British Eurovision entry (Samantha Janus - A Message To Your Heart).

    Goldfrapp is good, when she is more pop than dance.
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  • CrazyCrazy

    This is one of her industrial pop era songs, I think it's about HIV but it's very catchy and with Suzanne's soft voice it's an ear-worm for sure. It has a video but I prefer the album version which is slightly different.

    Suzanne Vega's all-time hits:
    - Blood Makes Noise (#58)
    - As Girls Go (#349)
    - Rusted Pipe (#507)
    - 99.9 F° (#863)
    - In Liverpool (#1022)
    - Bad Wisdom (#1198)
    - Fat Man & Dancing Girl (#1199)
    - I Never Wear White (#1436)

    Probably my fave female artist these days spiritually but this is her highest song so far, the donkey sounds the frantic energy of the song, the eerie male voices, this is crackpot Kate and I adore it, this album is spectacular as is most of her stuff. With nearly all of her top 10 in my top 200 she has the best average score thus far and I think only 2 other artists yet to come can beat her on that front.

    Kate Bush's all-time hits:
    - Get Out of My House (#57)
    - There Goes a Tenner (#59)
    - Sat In Your Lap (#73)
    - Suspended In Gaffa (#93)
    - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (#102)
    - The Dreaming (#114)
    - Pull Out the Pin (#170)
    - Leave It Open (#177)
    - Night of the Swallow (#225)
    - Aerial (#278)

    + 32 more all-time hits

    This is so sad and gentle, old friends reflecting on their shared memories, beautiful. The combination of Paul Simon's masterful songwriting and Art Garfunkel's angelic vocals makes them a match made in musical heaven.

    Simon and Garfunkel's all-time hits:
    - Old Friends (#54)
    - Punky's Dilemma (#94)
    - Save the Life of My Child (#97)
    - Scarborough Fair/Canticle (#270)
    - Dream Alone (#384)
    - America (#480)
    - So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright (#669)
    - Keep the Customer Satisfied (#1067)
    - Bookends Theme (#1566)
    - Overs (#1640)
    - Beat Love (#1686)

    My favourite duo, their sound is so diverse and you never know what you will get with them, Alison's breathy sultry vocals and sometimes alien squeals always make for a tantalising listen, this is one of their more folky/pop type songs and the last time they made the top 10 official chart in the UK too. Their album 'Felt Mountain' seems particularly underplayed by me, the song 'Deer Stop' is an eerie masterpiece.

    Goldfrapp's all-time hits:
    - A&E (#53)
    - Clowns (#118)
    - Ride a White Horse (#171)
    - Ooh La La (#211)
    - Rocket (#287)
    - Fly Me Away (#327)
    - Anymore (#388)
    - Head First (#393)
    - Pilots (#411)
    - Alive (#464)

    + 17 more all-time hits.

    Apparently he is some actor, I randomly stumbled upon him on and I'm glad I did because this album is a hidden gem and his deep expressive voice is gorgeous and sets this magical song soaring. I know Sonia is a big fan of this song too.

    Rex Holman's all-time hits:
    - Listen to the Footsteps (#52)
    - Come On Down (#465)
    - Copper Kettles (#823)
    - Today Is Almost Here (#847)
    - Red Is the Apple (#873)

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  • CrazyCrazy
    LastDreamer - Interesting, good to know, the 70s has some amazing music too great choice! Yes I am that way when it comes to discovering music, I see it as open ended love affair, there is so much out there to hear and it's always exciting for me to discover something new.

    I suck at write ups for songs, all you need to know is if it's here I think it's a good song, so have a listen! I will say this is nothing like what's on her 'Blue' album though so expect something a bit different in texture.

    Joni Mitchell's all-time hits:
    - Don't Interrupt the Sorrow (#78)
    - Sex Kills (#380)
    - Last Chance Lost (#484)
    - The Magdalene Laundries (#489)
    - God Must Be a Boogie Man (#597)
    - Turbulent Indigo (#856)
    - How Do You Stop? (#926)
    - Edith and the Kingpin (#1393)
    - Blue Motel Room (#1414)
    - The Jungle Line (#1430)

    Blondini introduced me to her years ago, her big brassy voice attracted me to her straight away, this is a great and uplifting sing-a-long power ballad.

    Clare Maguire's all-time hits:
    - You're Electric (#77)
    - Ain't Nobody (#275)
    - Happiest Pretenders (#539)
    - Lucky (#593)
    - Black Coffee (#789)
    - Bullet (#803)
    - Burn (#818)
    - Tears Run Dry (#897)
    - Strangest Thing (#951)
    - The Shield and the Sword (#1054)
    - Freedom (#1565)

    Whimsical folk from the 60s, very melodic and with intriguing lyrics and vocals, yum. This definitely satisfied my itch for something a bit different when I discovered it.

    The Incredible String Band's all-time hits:
    - Koeeoaddi There (#76)
    - The Minotaur Song (#1107)
    - No Sleep Blues (#1348)
    - A Very Cellular Song (#1593)
    - Witches Hat (#1618)

    Gemma's sound is generally pretty moody with a hint of the eerie, this is a great number from one of her most recent albums. I first discovered her through the British horror flick 'Mum and Dad' with the brilliant '900 Miles'. She has a gorgeous sultry voice. 5 of her songs are in my all-time top 200, only the second artist to do that after Donovan thus far.

    Gemma Ray's all-time hits:
    - The Original One (#71)
    - Everyday (#151)
    - Touch Me, I'm Sick (#162)
    - S.U.D. (#196)
    - We Do War (#200)
    - How Do I Get to Carnegie Hall? (#269)
    - 900 Miles (#641)
    - Come Caldera (#670)
    - There Must Be More Than This (#819)
    - Caldera, Caldera! (#842)

    + 7 more all-time hits.

    Even when singing about hard hitting topics like she does here, she still manages a sweetness, this is a great tune with some interesting lyrics, a bit of rap and dance. Her death was one of the most gruesome and sad I heard about in music, RIP.

    Kirsty MacColl's all-time hits:
    - Walking Down Madison (#63)
    - Autumngirlsoup (#66)
    - Us Amazonians (#277)
    - Can't Stop Killing You (#609)
    - A New England (#1055)
    - Here Comes That Man Again (#1060)
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  • LastDreamer
    Originally posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    LastDreamer - hmm because I'm constantly discovering new stuff I haven't really got a clear-cut fave decade as yet but I'd say the 60s is where I'm most spiritually connected. Glad you liked 'Over the Border'! Try out that album and the song 'I've Got Your Music' which is another great track.
    My favourite decade is probably 70s. Your way in discovering new music in the past is very similar with mine. I always like the enthusiasm of music fans, who have the interest in a history of music and digging in retro stuff for hiding brilliants, especially when they even weren't born in 60s and 70s like you and me.

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  • CrazyCrazy
    LastDreamer - hmm because I'm constantly discovering new stuff I haven't really got a clear-cut fave decade as yet but I'd say the 60s is where I'm most spiritually connected. Glad you liked 'Over the Border'! Try out that album and the song 'I've Got Your Music' which is another great track.

    Hmm let's see about the Amy Studt prediction ;)

    JSparksFan - Glad you're a fan of those ones Akini (is it just me who wishes you changed your username to 'Akini' already...? ) ...well regarding Mr Young, I love lots of Will tracks, many that haven't even appeared in my overall list, I think the holes in my records are the reason for many songs either missing out entirely or being a lot lower than they should be, one positive thing about doing these recaps is that it reminds you to play those underplayed artists/songs.

    Was surprised to see this so high but then remembered how much I have enjoyed it and that in fact it has appeared in all of my year ends since it's release, this was such a good return for Shania, so bouncy and uplifting, classic her, love me a bit of Ms Twain.

    Shania Twain's all-time hits:
    - Life's About to Get Good (#86)
    - Nah! (#792)
    - I'm Gonna Getcha Good (#828)
    - I'm Jealous (#1410)
    - Ka-Ching! (#1668)

    I love Darren's voice and think this is a such a great pop gem, the production is grand and euphoric, the romanticism and longing in the lyrics of wanting to be taken away from a place where you feel you will never belong really captured me, the album version has an extended electronic part. Take a listen! Can imagine this sounding great with the roof down on my car driving in the sunshine, even though I don't have a car!

    Darren Hayes' all-time hits:
    - Casey (#85)
    - Bloodstained Heart (#163)
    - Setting Sun (#180)
    - The Siren's Call (#309)
    - Don't Give Up (#450)
    - Light (#475)
    - Black Out the Sun (#698)
    - Talk Talk Talk (#758)
    - Cruel Cruel World (#1209)
    - I Like the Way (#1465)

    I was watching a very random interview of Natalie Cole... and she mentioned this album and poof I fell for Nyro on the first listen, this is a beautiful soulful song. Not really sure what the song is about but the white dove lyrics at the end gives the song a hopeful feeling.

    Laura Nyro's all-time hits:
    - Brown Earth (#84)
    - When I Was a Freeport and You Were the Main Drag (#332)

    This song is crazy and fun, a #1 song when it was released, weird thinking of such a song being number 1 today! I guess he was the aesthetic inspiration behind artists like KISS, Alice Cooper...

    Arthur Brown's all-time hits:
    - Fire (#80)
    - Love Is the Spirit (#276)
    - I Put a Spell On You (#1208)
    - Come and Buy (#1469)
    - (Intro) (#1561)
    - Planet of the Universe (#1731)

    A Randy Newman cover, both versions are wonderful but I seem to have listened to this one more, it's a very emotional song, I think it's about saying goodbye to his elderly father on his death bed but there is some bad feeling between them. Art's rendition adds a softness to the song which makes it easier to listen to it.

    Art Garfunkel's all-time hits:
    - Old Man (#79)
    - Disney Girls (#454)
    - All I Know (#1313)
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  • JSparksFan
    "Hard Out Here" is one of my top Lily songs, too! I also love "The Fear" from your Lily list.

    "Ain't Nobody" has grown on me so much over the last few years. It's my Chaka fave as well!

    I think you were the one that sold me on Will's "You Don't Know" and it's not in your Will list? Yay that "All the Songs" made it, though.

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  • LastDreamer
    Which decade is your favourite in music ?

    Great track from Saint Etienne, which I didn't know before.

    I predict Amy Studt's win.

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  • CrazyCrazy
    Hey Tony, I knew you'd like those ones, yeah I'm glad you liked Annette, her version of that song is amazing imo. Keep trying out the links and letting me know what you think!

    She's been described as a modern version of Karen Carpenter, not sure I'd agree as I think her tone is quite different but she has a warm and soothing voice which compliments this song so well. I can relate to this song, the way I interpret the song is of a young child feeling anxious about going to school because perhaps they are being picked on and they throw themselves into music to help them cope with the pressures the day will bring and the lyrics also talk about showing those who made you feel bad that you made it and are doing well. So it's kinda reflective and sad but also uplifting and positive all at the same time. Oh and she is talking about listening to Aretha Franklin on her morning walk to school which is great. Weird how 'Slow' is not in my all-time as I love that one, will need to spin that one.

    Rumer's all-time hits:
    - Aretha (#103)
    - Reach Out (#1168)
    - Saving Grace (#1316)
    - Dangerous (#1689)

    This song makes me feel so nostalgic for the 70s even though I wasn't born until 1988! She talks about all of her music experiences as a teenager (i.e. buying her first single in Woolies and how her boyfriend gave her a tape, so that's how she knew he loved her ) and it really is a trip down memory lane, the song also is about the passage of time and how things change as we age, I love songs with a sentimental touch, plus it's really catchy which is a plus.

    Saint Etienne's all-time hits:
    - Over the Border (#100)
    - I've Got Your Music (#135)
    - Last Days of Disco (#778)
    - Something New (#932)
    - Carnt Sleep (#1075)
    - Heading For the Fair (#1307)
    - Out of My Mind (#1458)
    - Tonight (#1669)

    This song is from the film 'The Point' and this song is from when the little boy is stuck down a hole when he is cast out of his village and gets lost in the surrounding forest and his feelings of despair and loneliness come flowing out of him like a tidal wave, the film is charming and I feel this song sounds even better in the context of the movie but I love it regardless. 'Good Old Desk' , 'Jump Into The Fire', 'Think About Your Troubles' are just a few off the top of my head that aren't even in my top 10 which should be, this man has so many good songs!

    Harry Nilsson's all-time hits:
    - Life Line (#96)
    - Everybody's Talkin' (#116)
    - The Moonbeam Song (#395)
    - River Deep - Mountain High (#406)
    - Coconut (#689)
    - Without You (#970)
    - Ten Little Indians (#1010)
    - Poli High (#1081)
    - Open Your Window (#1135)
    - Little Cowboy (#1151)

    + another 6 all-time hits.

    This song is so groovy and has this flamenco-tinged gypsy folk sound, I love Howe's gruff vocals and just think the melody and instrumentation is interesting and infectious, this song is one I play when I'm in the sun.

    Howe Gelb's all-time hits:
    - Uneven Light of Day (#92)
    - The Ballad of Lole Y Manuel (#1058)
    - Cowboy Boots on Cobble Stone (#1095)

    This 8 minute epic is so gorgeous, sounds like something from 60s band The Zombies or what Simon and Garfunkel would sound like if they dipped their toes into a more atmospheric rock style.

    Ray LaMontagne's all-time hits:
    - Homecoming (#89)
    - Hey, No Pressure (#424)
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  • Blondini
    Yay Meg , Blue Nile, MIA. Interesting cover of Elvis at 62.

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  • CrazyCrazy

    This is a live performance, not sure if she has ever recorded in it in the studio but this live performance simply grabbed me, her sweet and emotive style really makes her version of this jazz classic something special.

    Blossom Dearie's all-time hits:
    - Sophisticated Lady (#112)

    An infectious funky track from his dance/electronic pop album 'Echoes', I have always loved Will's voice and his videos are usually so fun and creative and this one is no exception.

    Will Young's all-time hits:
    - Losing Myself (#110)
    - Like a River (#247)
    - Love Revolution (#299)
    - Friday's Child (#386)
    - All the Songs (#394)
    - Sweetest Feeling (#544)
    - Brave Man (#585)
    - Jealousy (#801)
    - U Think I'm Sexy (#900)
    - Switch It On (#976)

    + another 5 all-time hits.

    A pretty obscure singer songwriter I stumbled upon a couple of years ago, he has quite a few great tracks. i found him on lastfm, in fact I tend to find a lot of obscurities on there, his gentle yet gritty style was a hit with me.

    Hamilton Camp's all-time hits:
    - Seven Circles (#108)
    - Lonely Place (#493)
    - For My Loved Ones (#1453)
    - Pride of Man (#1677)

    This one always sends me into a meditative state, so hushed and calming but there is something also a little sinister about this songs tone, his voice is gorgeous too.

    José González's all-time hits:
    - Slow Moves (#107)
    - Remain (#859)

    These guys were one of the most creative pop groups of their time, this song is so much fun, great vocals and funny lyrics, fantastic song!

    10cc's all-time hits:
    - Don't Hang Up (#104)
    - Lifeline (#301)
    - Shock on the Tube (Don't Want Love) (#575)
    - Dreadlock Holiday (#902)
    - Reds In My Bed (#923)
    - Old Mister Time (#934)
    - For You And I (#1108)
    - I'm Not In Love (#1380)
    - Waterfall (#1649)
    - Last Night (#1737)
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    Great mix of sounds from different countries to create something uniquely her, this is infectious magic. Bamboo Banga though I've noticed needs to be higher, think this is one song in particular which has been hurt by the big holes in my chart records in the beginning.

    M.I.A.'s all-time hits:
    - Jimmy (#127)
    - Only 1 U (#231)
    - Matangi (#304)
    - Borders (#568)
    - Pull Up the People (#584)
    - Big Branch (#652)
    - Bring the Noize (#692)
    - Warriors (#1064)
    - Bamboo Banga (#1318)
    - Jump In (#1421)
    - Come Walk With Me (#1611)
    - Amazon (#1667)

    From his jazz inspired album 'Mellow Yellow', it's a toe tapping gem, great to hear whilst in the sun. Looking at his hits, he seems to have a great average spread, nearly all of the top 10 are captured in my all-time top 300.

    Donovan's all-time hits:
    - Sunny South Kensington (#126)
    - Get Thy Bearings (#131)
    - Where Is She? (#132)
    - Oh Gosh (#153)
    - Guinevere (#159)
    - Preachin' Love (#194)
    - Sun (#210)
    - Mellow Yellow (#264)
    - The Observation (#306)
    - Love Floats (#313)

    + another 27 all-time hits.

    Most people will know him as the voice of the Toy Story soundtracks and perhaps as the original singer songwriter of some of Tom Jones' hits, he has a rich catalogue. I wouldn't actually say this is my favourite song from him but it's a funny and catchy track from him and obviously worth a listen. His original 'Old Man' is a gut wrenching song and is the song which turned me on to him, another artist further up has their version of the song as their peak song.

    Randy Newman's all-time hits:
    - Short People (#122)
    - Ghosts (#158)
    - Sail Away (#300)
    - Old Man (#362)
    - God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) (#608)
    - Last Night I Had a Dream (#918)
    - Mama Told Me Not To Come (#1273)
    - He Gives Us All His Love (#1615)

    Jeff Buckley's dad, another young death, he had a passionate sound and this song has great musicianship!

    Tim Buckley's all-time hits:
    - I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain (#121)
    - Buzzin' Fly (#204)
    - Goodbye and Hello (#752)
    - Song to the Siren (#1131)
    - Once I Was (#1164)
    - Strange Feelin' (#1220)
    - Starsailor (#1552)
    - Phantasmagoria In Two (#1711)

    Soulful pop from Ms Khan, an 80s classic and it's just a total tune to be honest! Love how she blows near the end.

    Chaka Khan's all-time hits:
    - Ain't Nobody (#115)
    - Like Sugar (#226)
    - Like a Lady (#401)
    - Hello Happiness (#425)
    - Isn't That Enough (#514)
    - Ladylike (#543)
    - Too Hot (#633)
    - Don't Cha Know (#660)
    - I Feel For You (#676)
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    In typical The Feeling style, they returned with this incredibly catchy track which has a touch of sadness in it's lyrics.

    The Feeling's all-time hits:
    - Rescue (#140)
    - Sewn (#172)
    - Never Be Lonely (#265)
    - Strange (#637)
    - Set My World On Fire (#1150)
    - Love It When You Call (#1573)
    - Fall Like Rain (#1729)

    Swoon, this song is romantic but not in a cheesy overblown way, I love the way the music slowly escalates and continues to swell until it just bursts with that emotional crescendo, definitely check this song out if you haven't heard it, it's beautiful!

    The Blue Nile's all-time hits:
    - A Walk Across The Rooftops (#139)
    - Over the Hillside (#273)
    - Automobile Noise (#404)
    - Tinseltown In the Rain (#488)
    - The Downtown Lights (#630)
    - Heatwave (#1300)
    - From a Late Night Train (#1478)
    - From Rags to Riches (#1518)
    - Headlights on the Parade (#1662)

    Amazing and so feel good, Franki's voice goes to crazy heights and this song is just a toe tapping delight!

    Frank Valli & The Four Seasons' all-time hits:
    - Sherry (#133)

    This song is so forlorn and sombre, one of her most touching songs.

    Yoko Ono's all-time hits:
    - Mrs. Lennon (#130)
    - Remember Love (#137)
    - Looking Over From My Hotel Window (#169)
    - Spec of Dust (#220)
    - Air Talk (#312)
    - Soul Got Out of the Box feat. Portugal. The Man (#397)
    - It's Time For Action (#432)
    - Mind Train (#455)
    - Give Me Something feat. Sparks (#497)
    - Move on Fast (#508)

    + another 30 all-time hits.

    Punchy, funny and catchy, this was a really fun return for Lily, it seemed to me like it was going to be a big hit, sadly it fizzled out very quickly.

    Lily Allen's all-time hits:
    - Hard Out Here (#129)
    - Lost My Mind (#166)
    - Our Time (#260)
    - Higher (#267)
    - Trigger Bang feat. Giggs (#339)
    - Sheezus (#437)
    - The Fear (#536)
    - Wind Your Neck In (#613)
    - Air Balloon (#638)
    - Why (#672)

    + another 7 all-time hits.

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  • CrazyCrazy
    Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
    I love these songs :
    Avril Lavigne - What The Hell
    Emma Bunton - Maybe
    Blondie - Maria

    Very shocking song choice for Madonna.
    Hey buddy, glad you like those, yes my Madonna top song is random indeed.

    Again not really sure if this is my favourite as I like so many from them, but this is beautiful and Karen's vocals light up a song and transform it into magic. Richard was an important factor to their sound too, feel like he doesn't really get any credit whatsoever which is unfortunate.

    Carpenters' all-time hits:
    - Superstar (#183)
    - Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (#237)
    - Ticket to Ride (#262)
    - B'wana She No Home (#423)
    - We've Only Just Begun (#436)
    - Close to You (#466)
    - Merry Christmas Darling (#517)
    - Sweet Sweet Smile (#694)
    - Top of the World (#724)
    - Silent Night (#1133)
    - Touch Me When We're Dancing (#1355)
    - All You Get From Love Is a Love Song (#1655)

    I love the spiritual element to some of their work and love Justin Hayward's voice, beautiful track, not sure I have an actual favourite from them. They are known for mixing classical music with rock.

    The Moody Blues' all-time hits:
    - Om (#182)
    - Voices In the Sky (#188)
    - Legend of a Mind (#429)
    - Departure/Ride My See-Saw (#434)
    - The Day Begins (#640)
    - So Deep Within You (#687)
    - The Guessing Game (#797)
    - Are You Sitting Comfortably (#995)
    - Thank You Baby (#1012)
    - December Snow (#1123)

    Oooh so bluesy, love his deep voice and the whole vibe of this song, give it a spin if you like blues, it's pretty catchy too.

    Fred Neil's all-time hits:
    - Blues on the Ceiling (#175)​

    More well known as a Monkees' song but I love this version and it always reminds me of when I first saw Shrek.

    Smash Mouth's all-time hits:
    - I'm a Believer (#173)
    - All Star (#1055)

    I never know how to describe Van's music, classical mixed with charming pop sensibilities, like something from an old Disney film. he worked quite a bit with the Beach Boys back in the day and provided the soundtrack to the film 'The Brave Little Toaster' the precursor film to Toy Story. I remember being addicted to his debut album 'Song Cycle' and think it something quite unique!

    Van Dyke Parks' all-time hits:
    - Black Gold (#157)
    - Public Domain (#658)
    - The All Golden (#779)
    - Palm Desert (#904)
    - Aquarium (#908)
    - Many a Mile to Go (#1005)
    - Vine Street (#1142)
    - Widow's Walk (#1234)
    - Van Dyke Parks (#1325)
    - The Attic (#1434)
    - Laurel Canyon Blvd (Part 2) (#1494)
    - Occapella (#1543)

    Gotye has such an uplifting and feel good sound and I really like his voice, this is a catchy one from him, still need to check out more from him at some point too.

    Gotye's all-time hits:
    - In Your Light (#154)
    - Eyes Wide Open (#281)
    - I Feel Better (#1061)
    - Somebody I Used to Know (w/ Kimbra) (#1305)

    This one is from the film 'From Dusk Till Dawn' with George Clooney and it struck me the first time I heard it with it's sleazy twangy guitar.

    The Blasters' all-time hits:
    - Dark Night (#149)

    This one is just so catchy, I like the urgency the song has which fits the lyrics and the little stories of the people depicted in the song. Forgotten pop gem. Oh and Marky is very cute in the video

    Mark Owen's all-time hits:
    - Four Minute Warning (#147)​​

    This is an Elvis Presley cover but it's one of the best I've heard, such a sultry delivery, fab! Should be more well known this lady!

    Annette Peacock's all-time hits:
    - Don't Be Cruel (#144)
    - American Sport (#554)
    - Questions (#711)
    - Solar System (#780)
    - A Loss of Consciousness (#827)
    - Rubber Hunger (#940)
    - The Succubus (#1077)
    - Elect Yourself (#1083)
    - Lost In Your Speed (#1352)
    - I'm the One (#1487)

    Blondini introduced me to her, she has a gritty vocal with polished production, this song has a very catchy hook, have a listen.

    Meg Myers' all-time hits:
    - Motel (#141)
    - Desire (#1701)
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  • LastDreamer
    I love these songs :
    Avril Lavigne - What The Hell
    Emma Bunton - Maybe
    Blondie - Maria

    Very shocking song choice for Madonna.

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  • CrazyCrazy
    Glad you like those tracks buddy and indeed time is a peculiar force.

    This French band have quite a few funky tracks, well worth checking, this track is lots of fun and really catchy!

    Minitel Rose's all-time hits:
    - Magic Powder (#191)
    - Business Woman (#557)
    - Continue (#1598)

    It seemed weird seeing this song so high from them, it's a good one but not my favourite I don't think, I'd say 'Give Me Novacaine' will end up being my fave from them perhaps.

    Green Day's all-time hits:
    - See the Light (#190)
    - Last Night on Earth (#239)
    - Give Me Novacaine (#474)
    - ˇViva la Gloria! (#787)

    It was exciting having David back and this was an artistic return, I love the video too. Didn't think we'd be saying goodbye not too long after. RIP

    David Bowie's all-time hits:
    - Blackstar (#189)
    - Changes (#259)
    - Sue (Or In a Season of Crime) (#409)
    - I'm Afraid of Americans (#416)
    - Ashes to Ashes (#562)
    - Red Sails (#644)
    - Sound and Vision (#647)
    - Aladdin Sane (#657)
    - Don't Look Down (#786)
    - Lazarus (#794)

    +15 more all-time hits, too lazy to list them all.

    Soulful rock band probably best known for their hit 'All Right Now'...but this is my personal fave, it's so emotive, I love his voice too, pretty sexy. Give it a listen!

    Free's all-time hits:
    - Be My Friend (#187)
    - The Stealer (#367)
    - I'm a Mover (#570)
    - Sunny Day (#1456)

    I forgot how much I liked this song, haven't listened in a while, a lovely reflective track, I like the dreamy instrumentals.

    Melanie C's all-time hits:
    - Dear Life (#185)
    - Anymore (#1387)
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  • JSparksFan
    I still adore "Record Collector". "Treasure Island" is probably my fave Azealia Banks song, too.

    "John Wayne" is an interesting Gaga pick. I remember it being the rare Joanne song that actually had remnants of eclectic Gaga.

    "What the Hell" is pure fun.

    Originally posted by CrazyCrazy View Post
    ^ I tend to listen to anything really, doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason with what I listen to, I can even tolerate Taylor these days albeit in very small doses.
    Time and its infinite power!

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