Top 100 Singles of All Time (50-26)

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It’s a great feeling to listen to some of these again, sometimes after a few years since I last heard them. Even the cheesy ones like The Lebanon – it might have the seventh-worst lyrics of all time, but it’s still a superb song.

A lot of these are tracks my parents used to play when I was little, hence the bias towards 60s rock and Motown, but the most striking thing to me is that the music I came to love when I reached my teens has clear roots in those earlier sounds.

50. Try a Little Tenderness, Commitments

49. Face To Face, Siouxsie and the Banshees

48. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N’ Roses

47. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

46. Master of Puppets, Metallica

45. Close To You, Carpenters

44. Rock Lobster, The B-52’s

43. Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush

42. Light My Fire, The Doors

41. Reach Out (I’ll Be There), The Four Tops

40. Walk This Way, Aerosmith + Run DMC

39. Temple of Love, Sisters of Mercy + Ofra Haza

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