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Topic #239- Top 10 Songs

1. Fortunate Son- Creedence Clearwater Revival

A brilliant riff and fantastic lyrics on the nature of being an outsider. Simply a cracking good song.

2. Hurricane- Bob Dylan

The opening track from one of my all time favourite albums, Dylan’s anger filled chronicle of the Reuben Carter. The lyrics are, as you’d expect from Dylan, fantastic and the brilliant musical arrangement, hinged on a captivating violin riff. Dylan tells the story in an emotionally powerful way that can’t help but cause horror at the injustice.

3. Tracks Of My Tears- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

THE best pop song of all time, a delightful song about trying to hide the hurt of a previous relationship. Smokey’s voice perfectly conveys the hurt and the lyrics are deceptively simple, and for such a sad song it still has a pretty upbeat singalong chorus.

4. Hurt- Johnny Cash

Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails track improves on the original as Cash’s age and world weary voice lend it gravitas absent in the original.

5. Hell’s Bells- AC/DC

From the first tolling bell onwards your in rock classic territory, as the song builds up into my personal favourite track by one of the greatest bands of all time. It serves as a brilliant opening salvo for their Back In Black album.

6. Ace Of Spades- Motörhead

A short, frantic burst of pure rock ‘n’ roll, built around an intense, fast paced riff. Has there ever been a line that captures the spirit of rock ‘n’roll more than “I don’t want to live for ever”?

7. Ghost Town- The Specials

A haunting ska classic about inner city life in Britain in the early 80s. Its a brilliant track which once you’ve heard once you never forget.

8. At Last- Etta James

James’ powerful voice is complimented by the rich, luxurious backing track. It’s a glorious track about finally finding love, and utterly gorgeous.

9. The River- Bruce Springsteen

A beautifully melancholic track from the Boss, about a young couple who are trapped in their small town as reality slowly spoils their dreams and love. Springsteen’s understated, poignant lyrics are marvellously evocative and the opening line

I come from down in the valley, where mister, when you’re young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done

perfectly encapsulates the claustrophobic nature of small towns.

10. White Riot- The Clash

Post uni I really got into The Clash, as a fed up dole scum, the anger spoke to me. This quickly became one of my favourites, the disaffected call to arms totally works when you need to vent some frustration. Also the fact that the Swans use it as a pre-game track adds to what it means to me.


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