The man who injured a brick
While flipping through the channels, I caught a programme on 4Music called the Top 10 Greatest UK No. 1s. The only two songs I saw on it were by Black Eye Peas and Bruno Mars. Now, I’m not sure how they are measuring greatness but I wouldn’t put them in the top 10 of anything. Then I took a deep breath and realised I was being a little harsh. After all, most of the really great No. 1s wouldn’t even have a music video and so couldn’t be shown. It’s generally thought that the music video didn’t exist before Bohemian Rhapsody but that ignores some excellent videos including Dead End Street by The Kinks, Happy Jack by The Who, Arnold Layne by Pink Floyd and even Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. However, music videos didn’t start getting really big until MTV came along (yes kids, there was a time when Music Television actually showed music rather than just rubbish reality programmes) So, beginning with an arbitrary start point of 1985, I started thinking about what the greatest top 10 UK No. 1s would be. Then I thought that would be a bit egotistical and decided to call it my top 10 favourite UK No. 1s…
I set myself a couple of rules – no re-releases so Reet Petite, Stand By Me, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother and Should I Stay Or Should I Go all miss out. I uhmed and ahed about a couple of novelty tracks but ultimately Doctorin’ The Tardis, Star Trekkin’ and Gangam Style all just missed out. Also since this is my list, a couple of Pete’s favourite songs miss out – Doop and Baby Come Back as does one of Anthony’s favourites – Rock Me Amadeus (although he actually prefers Vienna Calling)
So, without further ado, here they are, in chronological order:
1) David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
Amazing song and truly amazing video. This is how Ant and I are going dressed to my wedding reception…
2) Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
This was the first single that I bought that subsequently went to No. 1 so, in some small way, I like to think that I contributed to its success.
3) Blur – Beetlebum
This just sounded so different to everything else that was out in ’97. Of course, as well as being different from, it also sounded the death knell to britpop.
4) Manic Street Preachers – The Masses Against The Classes
A brilliant return to form after the so-so This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
5) Eminem – Stan
Despite the presence of Dido this is a lyrical masterpiece
6) Oasis – The Hindu Times
One of the few times the Gallagher brothers managed to hit the heights after those first two albums and, just like with those older songs you can tell what Noel is ripping off – All Right Now and Street Fighting Man
7) t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said
Brilliant pop song, beloved by Steven Wells. Plus they did a cover of How Soon Is Now?
8) The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
The mark of a great concept albums is when the songs work independently of it and this one does
9) Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Do believe t’hype
10) Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Erm, yes, “forget”…