Tuesday, January 04, 2005

BEST. SONG. EVER.: The Brits are going to offer a special best song of the quarter century prize to celebrate 25 years of themselves, and the shortlist is kind of interesting:

1. Heroes - David Bowie
2. We Are The Champions - Queen
3. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
4. Night Fever - Bee Gees
5. London Calling - The Clash
6. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
7. That's Entertainment - The Jam
8. I Don't Want To Talk About It - Rod Stewart
9. Look of Love - ABC
10. Golden Brown - The Stranglers
11. True - Spandau Ballet
12. Careless Whisper - George Michael
13. Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
14. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
15. Sacrifice - Elton John
16. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
17. Why - Annie Lennox
18. Fields of Gold - Sting
19. Kiss From A Rose - Seal
20. Wonderwall - Oasis
21. Angels - Robbie Williams
22. Yellow - Coldplay
23. Babylon - David Gray
24. Leave Right Now - Will Young
25. Dry Your Eyes - The Streets

First of all, if the idea is to celebrate 25 years of the Brits, shouldn't this longlist have been the Best Single from each year of the awards? Or is this merely a tacit acceptance that the Brit awards seldom reward the best single of the year?

Secondly: does anyone actually know how Annie Lennox's Why goes? We assume the panel who drew up this list at Radio 2 stuck Annie on as a joke, to take the piss out of the way the Brits would make her Best Female Singer even in years when she didn't leave the house other than to pick up a Sporting Life and a bottle of gold top on a Saturday.

Even Will Young must be wondering what he's doing there, and it's puzzling that the Elton and Rod songs on the list aren't their best singles. Having said that, it's nice to see a couple of actually memorable songs you might not have expected appearing: Love Will..., Wuthering, and most unexpected of all, The Look of Love - thankfully untainted by its long period being used as Gary Davies' lunchtime show bed.

We fear, though, it's going to be Williams, isn't it?


Anonymous said...

Which 25 years are we supposed to be celebrating here anyway?

If it's 1979-2004, or even 1980 - 2005, that puts at least the first four songs in the list outside the zone, as they're all from 1977-78.

Or were there several "fallow" years with no Brits?

Either way, it's another crock of shit, and yes, you're right, "Angels" will probably win. Milky milky for the Robbie.

Funny, first time I glanced at it, I thought, why is Simon printing a Radio 2 playlist?

Things have gone full circle again folks.

The only solution? Another revolution.


Fact Checkin' Cuz

Anonymous said...

It's blatantly a joke award and yes Robbie Willimas will probably win it, more the pity, he got into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, this country has no shame nor taste.

Why by Lennox just repeats the title (why) alot. An okay song but certainly not the best of the last 25 years, but then again what on the list is.

Phil - http://www.bloodshotdawn.com/

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