20 Singles. The Final Countdown.

No need to cough out your tea. Europe are not about to enter my 20 Singles chart. As with the 20 Albums – I thought it logical to try and order them.

There are many, many more tracks I could mention. Really this is a personal list, but if one person finds a new track via this near pointless exercise then it’s been worth the effort. In truth, I enjoy writing up this blog and the feedback it gets.

Here goes:

1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead.

2. New Order – Blue Monday.

3. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound.

4. Nirvana – Sliver.

5. Hard On’s – Busted / Suck N Swallow.

6. Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia.

7. Specials – Ghost Town.

8. Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier.

9. Gaye Bykers On Acid – Nosedive Karma.

10. Laurie Anderson – O’ Superman.

11. Primal Scream – Loaded.

12. The Damned – Stretcher Case.

13. Portishead – Glory Box.

14. Johnny Foreigner – Salt, Peppa & Spinderella.

15. Radiohead – Just.

16. The Misfits – Bullet.

17. The Exploited – Dead Cities.

18. Godflesh – Slateman.

19. The Jam – Funeral Pyre.

20. Money Mark – Hand In Your Head.

Bauhaus deserve the top slot as it’s the most unique single i’ve ever heard. It really is a wonderful, evocative record. Similarly Blue Monday is a record that really got me deeply into music – it’s a fantastic track by a brilliant band.

Really this 20 is my own experience of great music and not a definitive guide for anyone – but there’s some varied, great stuff in there. I’d have liked to have included Killing Joke’s – Love Like Blood, and oddly a Frankie Goes To Hollywood track – but it’s done now…


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