Music Your top 20 all time music tracks


Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
A challenge going around on a popular social media site. Lets have a go here.

Name your own top 20 music tracks.

Here is mine. (whittled down from 33)

  1. Lana Del Rey - Gods and Monsters
  2. Betty Blowtorch - I'm ugly and I don't know why
  3. Eminem - Lose Yourself
  4. Fleetwood Mac- Rhiannon
  5. L7 - Pretend we're dead
  6. Glasvegas - Geraldine
  7. Liz Phair - Extraordinary
  8. Adele - Chasing pavements
  9. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion - Natascia
  10. Lana Del Rey - Carmen
  11. Metallica - Enter Sandman
  12. Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sweet Gene Vincent
  13. Dusty Springfield - Son of a preacher man
  14. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
  15. Blondie - I want that man
  16. CocoRosie - Japan
  17. Cyndi Lauper - Sally's Pigeons
  18. Lords of Acid - Gimme Gimme
  19. The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
  20. Duffy - Warwick Avenue
Lana Del Rey - Born to die
The Bloodhound Gang - I hope you die
The carpenters - Rainy days and Mondays
Deborah Harry - Kiss it better
Dire Straits - Money for nothing
Eels - My beloved monster
M people - proud
No Doubt - Hella Good
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the name
Sleeper - Atomic
UB40 - Red Red Wine
The Jam - Town Called Malice
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Last edited:
Well, in no particular order:

U2 - Where the streets have no name - Live, if you have not seen this song performed live, you do not know what you are missing.
Dire Straits - Telegraph Road
Jimi Hendrix- Killing floor - the live version that he played at Monterrey - what a way to start a concert
The Doors - LA Woman - one of the best driving songs ever?
AhA - I've been losing you - yes, seriously
the Jam - going underground
Icicle Works - Understanding Jane - 6th form band anthem!
John Parr - St elmos fire, of an era, what can I say!!
Foxes - Let go for tonight
U2 - With or without you
Meat Loaf - I would do anything for love
Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell
Bon Jovi - Always - wifes fave
Guns N Roses - Sweet Child o mine
Ben E King - Stand by me
Duran Duran - Rio
Spandau Ballet - Through the barricades
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over troubled water
Paul Simon - Boy in the Bubble
U2 - Angel of Harlem

If I only had 20 songs to listen to for the rest of my life, I would be happy with these. There may be many which I have forgotten, but that alone says to me that these are the ones which hold the memories, mostly good!!
As much as I will enjoy reading peoples lists here, I could sadly never respond with my own.

I'm a classically trained violinist first and pianist (other spellings are available) second, the drummer in two very different and opposing bands - one all original and one all cover, sporadic engineer for various events during the festival season and I immerse myself in all things music at every opportunity. I'm a music junkie lol, but the above is in no way related to what keeps me fed and watered! Work/pleasure all that...

So, with that explanation out of the way, I could not even begin to assemble a favourites list, not even 20 favourite artists!

I can say with absolute certainty, however, that Goffin (RIP) and King are my favourite composers/writers and Led Zeppelin are the best 20th century artists to ever walk this earth.:)
Mine change from week to week depending on what mood I'm in but bands would be in no particular order.
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Dire Straits
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • The Verve
  • The Who
  • Eric Clapton
  • The Stranglers
  • Supertramp
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The BeeGees
And many others as long as they write and develop their own music not like todays canned hits that take no risk or just rehash other peoples work, total ****ing garbage...
Last edited:
1. The Tubes, White Punks On Dope
2. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
3. Japan, All Tomorrow's Parties
4. Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi's Dead
5. The Cure, In Between Days
6. The Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil
7. The Psychedelic Furs, All Of This And Nothing
8. Led Zeppelin, Tangerine
9. Crass, Do They Owe Us A Living?
10. The Dead Kennedys, Kill The Poor
11. The Who, The Kids Are Alright
12. The Stranglers, Strange Little Girl
13. Whigfield, Saturday Night
14. Fleetwood Mac, Albert Ross
15. Pink Floyd, Pigs On The Wing
16. Stone Roses, Waterfall
17. Bob Marley, Redemption Song
18. Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit
19. Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
20. Prince, Sign O' The Times
1. Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen
2. Layla - Eric Clapton
3. Something - Beatles
4. Piano Man - Billy Joel
5. Iron Sky - Paulo Nutini
6. Racing in the Street - Bruce Springsteen
7. High Hopes - Kodaline
8. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
9. Run - Snow Patrol
10. Back in Your Arms - Bruce Springsteen (This song was never released on a studio album and is fantastic!!!!!)
11. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
12. Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
13. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
14. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
15. Uprising - Muse
16. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
17. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns n Roses
18. Flathead - The Fratellis
19. Walk - Foo Fighters
20. House of Wax - Paul McCartney

And two guilty pleasures:
Bat out of Hell - Meat Loaf
Single Ladies - Beyonce

Honourable mentions to:
Foxes: Let's go for tonight
Stevie Wonder: Living for the city
Black Keys: Tighten Up
Arcade Fire: Wake Up, Keep the Car Running & Neighbourhood 1

A couple of points:
As you can probably tell from this list: I am a massive Springsteen nut; and also while there is great music to be found today, for truly great songs you have to look back. Unfortunately songs are only really popular today if they are safe. I can't see the nearly 10-minute long Jungleland selling well today!!
Last edited:
1. Pavarotti and James Brown - It' a Man's World (I win)
2; The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
3. Dave Brubeck - Take 5
4. The Impossible Dream - Andy Williams
5. Pick up the Pieces - Average White Band
6. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
7. Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong
8. Road to Knowhere - Talking Heads
9. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
10. The Blowers Daughter - Damon Rice

This is my 3 minute answer. If I spent four on it I would spend another and then a lifetime. I would never finish.

[Edit] Ah. Hang on.. 20 not 10

11. It must be true love - Toots and the Maytals
12. My baby just cares for me - Nina Simone
13. Proud Mary - Tina Turner
14. The Girl from Impanema - Frank Sinatra
15. Rudy, A Message to You - David Livingstone
16. Different Sides - Leonard Cohen
17. Emily's Heart - Jamie-T
18. Where is My Mind - Pixies
19. The Hand that Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
20. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club

Again, another 2 minute entry... ditto ditto ditto as above.

Damn. Bonus track (if I may indulge)...

Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin
Last edited:
In an attempt to feel young again, I watched V festival on 5 HD tonight and it was shit. Hadn't heard of most of them and the music was simply poor (maybe even shit). I am starting to wonder if it's me. Am I an old fart and out of touch or do I just appreciate good music? I rather hope it is the later. I still love to find new tunes. I listen to 6 music every day and trawl you tube as well.

I just can't fathom how a whole field of thousands of people can be enjoying V festival when I am sitting here, in my living room, drinking on my own, ....... hang on...I might of just got it.

Aaannyway can we kick start this thread again. TUNES people. What are your Favorites???????
Last edited:
Sunce i wrote my list, i have discovered acdc, yes i know, and rediscovered Delta Goodrem.

So i will add Thunderstruck (acdc obvs) and lost without you by Delta.
OK then I'll have a go at this. Bloody impossible task though. How can I possibly pick just the twenty? I'm bound to leave loads of stuff out just because it doesn't occur to me at the time of writing this. Here goes anyway, in no particular order:

The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
We... are... Time - The Pop Group
Four Women - Nina Simone
Tupelo - John Lee Hooker
Quizas Quizas Quizas - Buena Vista Social Club
Maps - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground
Tommy Gun - The Clash
Salut A La Compagnie - The Chieftains
Poptones - Public Image Ltd
Entre Dos Aguas - Paco De Lucia
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
That Was My Veil - PJ Harvey & John Parish
Chase The Devil - Max Romeo
Holidays In The Sun - Sex Pistols
Freak Scene - Dinausor Jr
I Will Never Forget You - Husker Du
Castles Made Of Sand - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Roast Fish And Corn Bread - Lee Perry
A Pair Of Brown Eyes - The Pogues
Last edited:
Almost anything by Queen would be in my top 20. Other than that There are so many others I wouldn't know where to start.
In no particular order and only this morning...
1 Glorious Fool John Martyn
2 Volunteers Jefferson Airplane
3 World Shut Your Mouth Julian Cope
4 Love on a Farm Boys Wages XTC
5 Yo Mama Frank Zappa
6 Seven Seas of Rye Queen
7 Tusk Fleetwood Mac
8 Burning Down the House Talking Heads
9 Reverend Black Grape Black Grape
10 Tear off Your Own Head The Bangles
11 Time Passes Slowly Bob Dylan
12 Love Removal Machine The Cult
13 Praise You Fatboy Slim
14 Turn out the Light Joan Armatrading
15 Sleepless King Crimson
16 Ambitious Jeff Beck
17 Africa Madness
18 Boom Scritti Politi
19 One Man Band Loudan Wainwright III
20 Shoot Out the Lights Richard Thompson
Top Bottom