The Smiths: Your top ten songs?

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  1. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

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    There have been a few Smiths threads 'n' polls of late but nothing I see to rank your top ten favourite songs.

    In one of those threads @John54 wrote that "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" was in his top six.

    Well I wonder, can we all choose our top tens? It would be like an album in it's own right.

    In my choices set out below, you can see that I do like my Smiths dreary and dirgey!

    1. "I Know It's Over" from The Queen Is Dead
    2. "Well I Wonder" from Meat Is Murder
    3. "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" from Louder Than Bombs
    4. "Back To The Old House" from What Difference Does It Make (single)
    5. "Reel Around The Fountain" from The Smiths
    6. "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" from Hatful Of Hollow
    7. "Wonderful Woman" from This Charming Man (New York) single
    8. "I Don't Owe You Anything" from The Smiths
    9. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" from The Queen Is Dead
    10. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" from Strangeways Here We Come

    * Unloveable, Stretch Out And Wait and The Headmaster Ritual unlucky not to make the cut.
     
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  2. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brisbane,Australia
    I don't generally rank songs but I'll list 10 favourites INPO


    1. William,It Was Really Nothing
    2. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    3. Cemetery Gates
    4. The Queen Is Dead
    5. Stretch Out & Wait
    6. Ask
    7. Bigmouth Strikes Again
    8. Sheila Take A Bow
    9. Hand In Glove
    10.The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
     
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  3. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
    2. This Charming Man
    3. There is a Light That Never Goes Out
    4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
    5. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    6. Panic
    7. Ask
    8. I Know It's Over
    9. Is It Really So Strange
    10. Bigmouth Strikes Again
     
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  4. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

    I've given out a couple of 'likes' already!

    Well would you look at that - "I Know It's Over" in at number eight (see above).

    Usually I am laughed at with disdain (like the kid who had to do PE in his undies because he forgot his kit) for choosing this song.

    But it's my favourite Smiths song overall and I am unanimous in that!

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  5. Pavol Stromcek

    Pavol Stromcek Formerly thoutah

    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    My Smiths top 10, in no particular order:

    1. A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours
    2. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
    3. Girl Afraid
    4. The Headmaster Ritual
    5. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
    6. This Charming Man (BBC/Hatful of Hollow version)
    7. Half a Person
    8. Sheila Take a Bow
    9. Nowhere Fast
    10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes

    (Edit: This is really hard to do, since 10 isn't enough to include "Shoplifters," "Well I Wonder," "There Is a Light...," "The Queen Is Dead," etc.)
     
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  6. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

    That's the whole point! :angel:
     
  7. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

    Location:
    New York
    Not even trying.

    Reel Around The Fountain
    Hand In Glove
    This Charming Man
    Ask
    Some Girls Are Bigger than Others
    Stop Me If You Think
    Last Night...
    Half A Person
    Please Please Please
    A Rush And A Push And The Land

    Yeah I can't answer this...
     
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  8. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    1. This Charming Man
    2. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
    3. Bigmouth Strikes Again
    4. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
    5. I Don’t Owe You Anything
    6. I Know It’s Over
    7. Meat Is Murder
    8. Cemetry Gates
    9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    10. Victor In A Tutu
     
  9. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

  10. Atomic Punk

    Atomic Punk Forum Resident

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    Well .....,I have in my car a cd with some of my favorite tracks , so I’ll post here my 10 choices from it ....,..(in no particulary order)

    - Bigmouth Strikes Again
    - There’s A Light That Never Goes Out
    - Had No One Ever
    - Nowhere Fast
    - Well I Wonder
    - How Soon Is Now ?
    - Panic
    - Oscillate Wildly
    - This Charming Man
    - I Won’t Share You
     
  11. motownmaniac

    motownmaniac Forum Resident

    This Charming Man
    Is It Really So Strange
    The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    Oscillate Wildly
    Cemetry Gates
    William , It Was Really Nothing
    Shoplifters Of The World Unite
    Ask
    Shakespeare's Sister
    Panic
     
  12. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brisbane,Australia
    Two mentions of "Oscillate Wildly" - which I like as well. And just one mention of "How Soon Is Now?" :faint:
     
  13. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

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    Don't you think the Peel version of Reel Around The Fountain is far far better than the version on the debut album? Far more intimate and emotional and natural sounding, and doesn't have the annoying piano backing.
     
  14. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident

    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    The Smiths are very much a singles band to me. (That's also because I can't take Morrissey's persona in the context of an entire album.)

    Anyway, top 10:

    10. This Charming Man
    9. Bigmouth Strikes Again
    8. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    7. Panic
    6. Ask
    5. Girlfriend In A Coma
    4. Half A Person
    3. What Difference Does It Make?
    2. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    1. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
     
  15. noahjld

    noahjld Witchfinder General/ Das Boz Boz

    No particular order:

    How Soon Is Now
    The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
    I Keep Mine Hidden
    The Queen Is Dead
    I Know It's Over
    A Push And A Rush And The Land Is Ours
    Suffer Little Children
    I Want A Boy For My Birthday
    London
    Asleep
     
  16. TexasBuck

    TexasBuck Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    I'm not very good at ranking individual songs but here's my attempt....I"m sure I'm forgetting a couple

    Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
    There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    London
    What Difference Does It Make
    This Charming Man
    Well I Wonder
    How Soon Is Now?
    Sweet and Tender Hooligan
    Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
    Big Mouth Strikes Again
     
  17. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    This Charming Man always lead the pack for me when it comes to songs by The Smiths.

    If I had to pick just 10 maybe:

    This Charming Man
    William, It Was Really Nothing
    How Soon Is Now?
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
    The Boy with the Thorn in His Side
    Ask
    Cemetery Gates
    Hand in Glove
    Rusholme Ruffians
    The Queen Is Dead
     
  18. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

    (He doesn't know me guys!) :agree:

    Anyhow good God no, it's probably one of the worst Smiths alternative versions I have ever heard.

    The studio version is SUBLIME perfection.

    The one on Hatful Of Hollow has about as much intimacy and soul as a dead slug.
     
  19. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    I'll make it simple.

    "How Soon is Now? "
    "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"

    and the 8 best tracks on The Queen is Dead.
     
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  20. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

    Never heard of it, Guv, honest.

    Apparently it is a cover version of a song by The Cookies who I've never heard of either - this really does take the biscuit. :doh:
     
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  21. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy Thread Starter

    I like this idea - it wins nearly everything!
     
  22. musictoad

    musictoad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    In very rough order...

    How Soon is Now?
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
    William, It Was Really Nothing
    Girl Afraid
    The Headmaster Ritual
    The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
    There is a Light that Never Goes Out
    Some Girls are Bigger Than Others
    Bigmouth Strikes Again
    Girlfriend in a Coma
     
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  23. buxetehude

    buxetehude Forum Resident

    Still ill
    The Headmaster Ritual
    This Charming Man
    Asleep
    That Joke isn’t Funny Anymore
    Reel Around the Fountain
    The Queen is Dead
    Well I Wonder
    Girl Afraid
    I Know its Over
     
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  24. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

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    UK
    I would guess you were not around at the time then.

    I'll have to disagree with you 100%.
     
  25. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Location:
    Baltimore, MD
    I find myself singing along with 'Girlfriend In A Coma' and 'Panic' way too much.
    That probably means that they have what one might call "enduring pop melodies".
     
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