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The Ultimate Definitive Essential Anthology of Greatest Best Of Hits

It has come to my attention through the very subtle means of TV advertising that two of my favourite bands have released compilations. ELO and Joy Division/New Order have released “The Very Best Of” and “Total” respectively. But it’s made me think to create my own compilation. A 5CD compilation that you would find in Tesco for about £3.00.

So, whilst my baby boy is settled and sound asleep and the wife is also catching forty winks I shall attempt this 100 song compendium. Yes, you’re about to witness something utterly boring. This is “Now That’s What I Call Paul’s Essential 100 Ultimate Songs Definitive Anthology As Seen Not On TV Collection In The World… Ever!”

Now the rules for this are only one song per artist. I have to do that otherwise I’d put countless Beatles, ZZ Top, Iron Maiden, Lightning Seeds et al and to hell with it.

1. Electric Light Orchestra – Dont Bring Me Down (Best rocker ELO ever did)
2. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (Really hard to choose, but this clinched it)
3. ZZ Top – I Need You Tonight (Not one of their well-known hits, but a superb track from the “Eliminator” LP)
4. Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
5. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
6. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Awesomeness in a song, but you MUST have the full length version. The single edit cut out the entire guitar solo)
7. Rainbow – Since You Been Gone (Brilliant vocals by Graham Bonnet)
8. Boston – More Than A Feeling
9. Saxon – Wheels of Steel (How these guys aren’t as popular as they should be is beyond me). saxon – wheels of steel
10. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the Fields
11. Queen – I Want It All
12. Volbeat – Heaven Nor Hell (Stomping song from their latest LP)
13. Motorhead – The One To Sing The Blues
14. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (Especialy in its full 8 minute glory)
15. The Offspring – Gone Away (Just brilliant)
16. Thin Lizzy – Dancing In The Moonlight (No, not that godawful Toploader song, this is bloody marvellous)
17. Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
18. Chris Rea – Looking for the Summer
19. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (The hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I hear this)
20. Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
21. Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
22. The Allman Brothers – Jessica (Yes, it’s the Top Gear theme tune, but before it was used for that it was a staple in their live shows)
23. 10cc – Rubber Bullets
24. Talking Heads – And She Was
25. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Fantastic. And I can play it)
26. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
27. Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
28. The Lightning Seeds – Change (Yes, my favourite band and one of the best singles)
29. The Stranglers – Golden Brown
30. The Jam – A Town Called Malice
31. Supertramp – Logical Song
32. Supergrass – Moving
33. America – A Horse With No Name
34. John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom Boom
35. Bo Diddley – Mona
36. Deep Purple – Black Night (Tell me this isn’t a great riff and I’ll slap you silly)
37. Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
38. The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?
39. Blondie – Heart of Glass (Debbie Harry…. oh Debbie, my first pin-up. And I love the song. Obviously)
40. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Today The Sun’s On Us (Sophie… oh Sophie… my favourite pin-up. And again, I love the song. Obviously)
41. Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone
42. New Order – True Faith (In my mind the best single and music promo video ever released)
43. Paul McCartney – Pretty Little Head (An obscure one, no one has heard of it. Experimental and fucking brilliant, end of)
44. OMD – Enola Gay
45. The Cure – Lullaby
46. Crowded House – Recurring Dream (Live favourite and B-side, never formally released until bits and bobs album “Afterglow”)
47. Electronic – Getting Away With It
48. Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy
49. Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
50. Split Enz – The Devil You Know
51. Terry Hall – Grief Disguised As Joy (You really should check out the album this came off, Home. Produced by Ian Broudie)
52. The Korgis – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime
53. Blur – The Universal
54. Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema
55. Peggy Lee – Fever
56. Imelda May – Johnny Got a Boom Boom (If you haven’t got into Imelda May yet, then why not?)
57. Tim Finn – Persuasion (Seeing this live is one of those goose-bump moments)
58. Suzanne Vega – Luka
59. Johnny Cash – One
60. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
61. The Corrs – Only When I Sleep
62. Queensryche – Silent Lucidity
63. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee
64. Neil Finn – King Tide
65. Lindsey Buckingham – Trouble
66. World Party – Is It Like Today?
67. Ian Broudie – Song For No One
68. George Michael – Waiting For That Day
69. Stereophonics – Dakota
70. Goldfrapp – Rocket
71. The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Reel
72. Faithless – Insomnia
73. The Prodigy – Climbatise
74. The Specials – Ghost Town
75. Space – Female of the Species
76. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – Canyons of your Mind (Youtube this today, it’s wonderful)
77. Stevie wonder – Boogie on Reggae Woman
78. Michael Jackson – Beat It
79. Lady GaGa – Again, Again (I cannot stop playing this)
80. Guns n’ Roses – Paradise City
81. Rolling Stones – Miss You
82. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
83. Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
84. Small Faces – All or Nothing
85. Paul Weller – Out of the sinking
86. George Harrison – That’s What it Takes
87. David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
88. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
89. Monaco – What Do You Want From Me
90. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule the World
91. Ultravox – Vienna
92. Outkast – Hey Ya!
93. Greenday – Longview
94. Therapy? – Screamager
95. Rammstein – Sehnsucht
96. Slipknot – Psychosocial
97. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
98. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower (So much better than Bob Dylan’s original it’s embarrassing)
99. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven (‘Nuff said)
100. The Beatles – Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End (Medley) (Just about the best way to end an album ever)

Phew, finished. And it was a lot harder than anticipated. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need to get out more. And on the flip side of that, get more sleep.
However, if you’ve got a top 100 CD compilation you’ve made like that, I’d like to see it. Send it across!

Night night for now.

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June 11, 2011 - Posted by | Music

3 Comments »

  1. Yoy have far yoo much time on your hands Paul. I thunk you need to go back to work, you are going a bit crazy at home!

    Comment by Homicidal Frog Stompa | June 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yoy have far yoo much time on your hands Paul. I think you need to go back to work, you are going a bit crazy at home!

    Comment by Homicidal Frog Stompa | June 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. Yes I realise I have too much time going on here. Still, at least it’s a good cure for my insomnia 😀

    Comment by andrexblogroll | June 11, 2011 | Reply


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