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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mojo's 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever & Readers' Poll

The latest Mojo includes a list of the 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever... according to Mojo.

The mag. picked songs from 1967 on, allowed one song per artist, and "each track [was] picked for its decidedly British lyrical or musical flavour." So there's nothing about quality per se in the criteria, and this is really more like "The 50 Most British Tracks Ever".

The List (not numbered in the mag... likely #1-50):

The Beatles - Penny Lane
Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (from The Best of Small Faces, etc.)
Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne
Cat Stevens - Matthew & Son
Kaleidoscope - Mr. Small The Watch Repairer Man
Keith West - Excerpt From A Teenage Opera
Van Morrison - Madame George
The Pretty Things - SF Sorrow Is Born
The Bonzo Dog Band - My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe
Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where The Time Goes (from The History Of Fairport Convention, etc.)
Nick Drake - At The Chime Of A City Clock (from Bryter Layter, etc.)
Vashti Bunyan - Diamond Day
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Clifford T Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad
Genesis - I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
The Who - 5:15
Roy Harper - When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
Ian Dury - Plaistow Patricia
Television Personalities - Part-Time Punks
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Sham 69 - Hurry Up Harry
Poet And The Roots - All We Doin' Is Defendin'
Squeeze - Up The Junction
The Clash - Something About England
The Fall - English Scheme
The Jam - That's Entertainment
The Specials - Ghost Town
Madness - Our House
Billy Bragg - A New England
Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding
Yeah Yeah Noh - There's Another Side To Mrs. Quill
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (from Discography, etc.)
The Smiths - Panic
The Pogues - A Rainy Night In Soho
Robert Wyatt - Pigs... (In There)
Morrissey - Every Day Is Like Sunday
XTC - Chalkhills & Children (from Oranges & Lemons, etc.)
Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels (from Life)
The Ruthless Rap Assassins - And It Wasn't A Dream
Blur - For Tomorrow (from Modern Life is Rubbish)
Saint Etienne - Hobart Paving
Suede - The Wild Ones
Pulp - Common People
Roots Manuva - Witness (One Hope)
The Libertines - Time For Heroes
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes (from A Grand Don't Come For Free)
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance

Also in Mojo, the results of their 2005 readers' poll:

Artist Of The Year:

1. Antony and the Johnsons
2. Arcade Fire
3. Bob Dylan
4. Kate Bush
5. U2
6. Franz Ferdinand
7. Paul Weller
8. Bruce Springsteen
9. The Go-Betweens
10. The White Stripes

Newcomer Of The Year:

1. Arcade Fire
2. The Magic Numbers
3. Arctic Monkeys
4. Antony and the Johnsons
5. KT Tunstall
6. Black Mountain
7. Hal
8. Bloc Party
9. Editors (who they foolishly call "The Editors"; they love them, but not well enough to know their name?)
10. Edgar "Jones" Jones

Album Of The Year:

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
4. The Go Betweens - Oceans Apart
5. Kate Bush - Aerial
6. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
7. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
8. Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust
9. My Morning Jacket - Z
10. Paul Weller - As Is Now

Unsung Hero:

1. Richard Hawley
2. Devendra Banhart
3. Mark E. Smith
4. Ryan Adams
5. Kanye West
6. John Hiatt
7. John Martyn
8. Dr. John
9. Billy Bragg
10. John Cale

Book Of The Year:

1. Margrave Of The Marshes - John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft
2. Chronicles Vol. 1 - Bob Dylan
3. John, Paul, George, Ringo And Me - Tony Barrow
4. The Bob Dylan Scrapbook - Robert Santelli
5. Kids In The Riot: The Libertines - Peter Welsh
6. Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages - Edited by Mark Blake
7. Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix - Charles R. Cross
8. Rip It Up And Start Again - Simon Reynolds
9. Paintings Of A Backwater Visionary - Billy Childish
10. Van Morrison: No Surrender - Johnny Rogan

Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home won the Reissue of The Year category and his "No Direction Home" won in the DVD Of The Year category.

The White Stripes were named Live Act of The Year and Pink Floyd re-forming at Live Aid took Event Of The Year.

Readers picked Babyshambles as the Musical Lowpoint of 2005 and Pete Doherty as the Unconscionable Rogue of the year.


Blogger xolondon said...

"As Is Now" is so NOT a Top Ten record of 2005!

4:11 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...


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