XFM Lists 100 Best British Songs, At Least In Their Opinion

    The good people at London radio station XFM have taken it upon themselves to list the top hundred songs ever to come from the British isles. Prepare to have some opinions!


    For one thing, four of the top ten tracks, including the top three, are all by Oasis, who beat out the Beatles by a solid seventeen positions. (“Hey Jude” clocked in at #18.) You’ll find the Arctic Monkeys and Cruel Intentions soundtrack fixture “Bitter Sweet Symphony” ahead of “London Calling” and “Gimme Shelter.” Someone finally remembered Radiohead and the Sex Pistols at slots 25 and 47, respectively. It all just feels wrong wrong wrong.


    To be fair to XFM, it wasn’t any one person’s opinion—the intro explains that they compiled the list by “taking in votes from you, the listeners and Xfm DJs,” which means it’s likely we actually have British radioheads (ha!) to blame. And a couple of the songs do seem to be in the right places: “There Is a Light that Never Goes Out” would probably be around #11 on our list, too; ditto “Life on Mars” at #22; we’re not going to argue that “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is top five material. But nothing will excuse putting Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” (you may remember it as the song that took you three tries on Guitar Hero) above Pulp, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Beatles. Come on, blokes.


    The top 25, for your consideration:


    1. Oasis – Live Forever
    2. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
    3. Oasis – Wonderwall
    4. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
    5. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
    6. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
    7. The Who – My Generation
    8. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
    9. The Clash – London Calling
    10. Oasis – Champagne Supernova
    11. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    12. Muse – Knights Of Cydonia
    13. Pulp – Common People
    14. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
    15. Blur – Song 2
    16. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
    17. The Jam – A Town Called Malice
    18. The Beatles – Hey Jude
    19. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
    20. The Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold
    21. Blur – Parklife
    22. David Bowie – Life On Mars
    23. The Smiths – This Charming Man
    24. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
    25. Radiohead – Paranoid Android


    [XFM via LHB]