40 – It’s Yer Money I’m After Baby – Wonder Stuff (September 1988)
I struggled a bit with the No.40 song, but this one’s just about the best of all of them. There was another one that got to No.40 and no higher, but the original version is a) much better and b) much higher up the list, so the Wonder Stuff win this round.
39 – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. (December 1991)
Seems topical. To be honest though, it almost always does.
38 – Probably A Robbery – Renegade Soundwave (February 1990)
You show me another song that rhymes “robbery” with “skullduggery”, I dare you.
37 – Eurodisco – Bis (November 1998)
This should have been absolutely MASSIVE. Honestly, what’s wrong with you people?
36 – Eve Of The War – Jeff Wayne (September 1978)
To be honest with you, if you’re going to have invaders from Mars turn up in your back garden with global conquest on their minds then you really should insist on them bringing a thumping disco soundtrack with them otherwise they can sod off back home and come back when they’re prepared to invade properly.
35 – Sin – Nine Inch Nails (November 1991)
This isn’t the best Nine Inch Nails single ever (that’s The Hand That Feeds, of course), but loads of songs I like got to No.7 and not that many got to No.35, so Sin gets in because it’s my second favourite single of theirs. Mind you, as debut albums go, Pretty Hate Machine is fantastic so its place on the list is well earned.
34 – Atmosphere – Joy Division (June 1988)
A thing of beauty. Enough said.
33 – Anarchy In The U.K. – Sex Pistols (October 1992)
It originally got to No.38 in 1976, but went a little higher thanks to a re-issue. The first album I ever bought was The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle so OF COURSE I had to find room for a Pistols single.
32 – Popscene – Blur (April 1992)
There was only ever one choice for No.32.
31 – Love Is The Slug – We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It (November 1986)
A band consisting of three 17-year-olds should not be capable of a tune as utterly brilliant as this, and yet here we are. What’s more, the video does the song justice, so how come it wasn’t a huge hit? Look at when it was in the chart. Bloody Skye Boat Song.