Friday, November 18, 2011
The 10 Best Pop Records Of All Time
The more assiduous amongst you may have noticed the germ of this in comments over at Drew's not long since.
Specifically, a Mr 'JC' asked 'wouldn't it be great to get an old-fashioned arguement going....not on the internet but down the pub.....just what are the ten most perfect pop songs????'
Last night I met, for the first time, a fellow blogger - a person who, until now, I have only known through these internets. The very surface of reality did not, it seems, fracture - though judging by how it feels this morning, my skull possibly did.
We have resolved this burning issue for you.
On a crappy piece of notepaper (see above) from Drew's capacious bag (I do not know what else was in there - maybe JC), the two of us fuelled by the elation of meeting and quite a few pints of London Pride, we agreed The List.
Clearly, there were Guidelines:
1. Pop records - not country, or rock, or soul, or swing or dance or easy listening; Pop (we'll save the debate about what 'Pop' is until next time. Though can I just say? I think we all know)
2. Big and famous and, er, Popular. Pop is not 'obscure'. We all know 'lost pop gems'. For the most part these are adored by a few thousand people. They are wonderful, life-enhancing and special. They are probably some of the best records ever made. They are not in this list.
3. We had to agree. Unless both of us approved a record, it could not make the list.
4. Nothing Scottish (this was just to wind up JC. Only kidding.)
Here, then, are the 10 Best Pop Records Of All Time.
1. The Ronettes - 'Be My Baby'
The unassailably positioned, number one best pop record of all time, ever.
The rest are, as they say, In No Particular Order...
2. The Beach Boys - 'God Only Knows'
OK, it is kind of, to do it an injustice, a 'ballad'. But it must be on this list. You may take it for granted you've heard it so much. Just listen to it again. Loud.
3. Blondie - 'Heart Of Glass'
Some debate over whether this was actually 'disco'. Debate short-lived. Clearly this is pop.
4. The Shangri-Las - 'Leader Of The Pack'
Universally acknowledged by everyone we mentioned it to in the pub (well, Harriet and Tom the nice young couple on the next table anyway).
5. Isley Brothers - 'This Old Heart Of Mine'
6. Dionne Warwick - 'Walk On By'
7. Jackson 5 - 'I Want You Back'
8. The Monkees - 'I'm A Believer'
9. ABBA - 'Waterloo'
We agreed ABBA were the greatest pop group of the 1970s. Some debate over which song to go for. Agreed our favourites were all ballads, therefore inappropriate. Couldn't think of a poppier one than this.
10. The La's - 'There She Goes'
10. Madonna - 'Like A Prayer'
I wanted a Beatles song. Or 'Wichita Lineman'. Or Billy Fury. Drew vetoed them. I'm really not sure The La's deserve to be in such illustrious company. Possibly Madonna does. Harriet and Tom on the next table thought we should have 'something more modern'. Maybe number 10 should be left blank 'for your own choices'. Also, by this stage it was Drew's round. Again.
Anyway, I'm sure you're all pleased we've done this because obviously it'll save you ever having to have this discussion again.