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this is colin larkin's personal 100 favorite singles. It was in the book All-Time Top 1000 Albums from 1999. The list was called 'An All-Time Top 100 Singles'.
1.mr. tambourine man(the byrds,1965)
2.gimme some lovin'(spencer davis group,1966)
3.like a rolling stone(bob dylan,1965)
4.101 dam-nations(scarlet party,1982)
5.green onions(booker t. and the mgs,1962)
6.louie louie(the kingsmen,1963)
7.a hard day's night(the beatles,1964)
8.waterloo sunset(the kinks,1967)
9.concerete jungle(big youth,1973)
10.strawberry fields forever(the beatles,1967)
11.papa's got a brand new bag(james brown,1965)
12.eight miles high(the byrds,1966)
13.for what it's worth(buffalo springfield,1967)
14.the wind cries mary(jimi hendrix,1967)
15.soulful dress(sugar pie DeSanto,1964)
16.you didn't have to be so nice(lovin' spoonful,1965)
17.some of your loving(dusty springfield,1965)
18.she's so high(blur,1990)
19.incence and peppermints(strawberry alarm clock,1967)
20.at last/i just want to make love to you(etta james,1961)
21.good vibrations(the beach boys,1966)
22.hey! baby(bruce channel,1962)
23.mannish boy(muddy waters,1955)
25.hi-heel sneakers(tommy tucker,1964)
26.positively fourth street(bob dylan,1965)
27.baby i love you(aretha franklin,1967)
28.i can't let go(the hollies,1966)
29.i can see for miles(the who,1967)
30.pills and soap(elvis costello,1983)
31.come see me(the pretty things,1966)
32.pretty vacant(the sex pistols,1977)
33.born to run(bruce springsteen,1975)
34.smells like teen spirit(nirvana,1991)
36.because they're young(duane eddy,1960)
37.need you're love so bad(fleetwood mac,1968)
38.ain't too proud to beg(the temptations,1966)
39.cathy's clown(everly brothers,1960)
40.dimples(john lee hooker,1964)
41.let's get it on(marvin gaye,1973)
42.baby please don't go(them,1965)
43.the rockafeller skank(fatboy slim,1998)
45.alone again or(love,1967)
46.every little bit hurts(brenda holloway,1964)
48.sweet nuthin's(brenda lee,1959)
50.walk like a man(the four seasons,1963)
51.hats off to larry(del shannon,1961)
52.my girl(otis redding,1965)
53.i wanna be your man(the rolling stones,1963)
54.let's stay together(al green,1972)
55.reach out i'll be there(the four tops,1966)
56.love will tear us apart(joy division,1980)
57.in the neighbourhoood(tom waits,1986)
59.house of the rising sun(animals,1964)
60.everything i am(plastic penny,1967)
61.every breath you take(the police,1983)
62.just the way you are(barry white,1978)
63.you're no good(the swinging blue jeans,1964)
64.because i love you(georgie fame,1967)
66.shakin' all over(johnny kidd,1960)
67.you get what you give(new radicals,1998)
68.stay with me baby(lorraine ellison,1966)
69.smokestack lightnin'(howlin' wolf,1964)
70.theme for young lovers(the shadows,1964)
71.i should've known(aimee mann,1993)
72.nathan jones(the supremes,1971)
73.overnight sensation(hit record)(the raspberries,1974)
74.good timin'(jimmy jones,1960)
75.she's the one(robbie williams,1999)
76.poor me(adam faith,1960)
77.time of the season(the zombies,1968)
78.day after day(julian lennon,1998)
79.tutti frutti(little richard,1957)
80.you must be prepared to dream(ian McNabb,1994)
81.stranger in moscow(michael jackson,1995)
83.i don't want control of you(teenage fanclub,1997)
84.a mess of blues(elvis presely,1960)
85.the ballad of peter pumpkinhead(xtc,1992)
86.go now(moody blues,1964)
87.wow and flutter(stereolab,1994)
88.very personal(ian dury,1984)
89.not if you were the last junkie on earth(the dandy warhols,1998)
90.behind the wall of sleep(the smithereens,1986)
91.if i ever lose my faith in you(sting,1993)
92.hey dude(kula shaker,1996)
93.i wanna be adored(the stone roses,1989)
95.007(shanty town)(desmond dekker and the aces,1967)
96.living in the past(jethro tull,1969)
98.one of us(joan osborne,1996)
99.baby's coming back(jellyfish,1991)
100.the life of riley(lightning seeds,1992)
Henrik, are you going to add this to your critic's lists? Or is anyone going to comment on Colin Larkins list?
Crap list. I mean he's included Kula Shaka, Robbie Williams & Sting for goodness sake. It's also too stuck in the 60's & 70's. This is what you inevitably get when just one critic compiles an all-time list.
Well, one critic's opinion is exactly what it is, and it pretends to be nothing else. If the "truth" is out there, Larkin sure doesn't claim to know it. He's opinionated and fun to read. You don't have to agree with him.
Actually The Byrd's 'Mr. Tambourine Man' is a great choice for # 1, 'Eight Miles High' at 12 too & good he put 'Like A Rolling Stone' at 3. But there's only 2 songs from after 1979 in the top 20, 8 in the top 50.
Also, btw, Colin's criteria for inclusion was that each song had to have been officially issued as a single in the UK & only one choice per artist - except the Beatles, Dylan & the Byrds ("because it's my list & i'm in charge"). So a dodgy criteria if ever i saw one.
I had no idea that Colin had ever compiled a list using his own preference alone. Certainly I will include this list "because it's my site & I'm in charge".
OK fine, but i think you should therefore only include the highest placed Beatles, Dylan & Byrds songs - get's rid of the obvious bias.
Why? He obviously prefer these artists...
"Why? He obviously prefer these artists..."
Exactly. This list is obviously far too subjective.
I made a mistake; Colin's list was from 2000, not 1999. I'm just saying in case it affects the result when you factor the list in, Henrik.
Charlie, all critics lists are subjective. Lists from single critics are obviously more subjective/personal, but if I didn't include single critics' lists then there would always be the usual Beatles, Dylan and Byrds songs. Yes, there would be more of these particular artists.
In my opinion, single critics lists are important, it's only from them that we get to know about the lesser known but equally good albums/songs.
Certainly I will include this list "because it's my site & I'm in charge.
The free folk of this forum will never bear such tyranny. We will revolt against the despot Henrik and establish The People's Website of Acclaimed Music.
Kula Shaker, Sting and Robbie Williams are hardly 60s or 70s music....
Btw. I miss those books. I think there hasn't been an edition since 1999 by now, and the Muze site is long since gone off the Net. About time, Mr. Larkin?