Pretty surprised by this list. Shocked actually to find Oasis topping it. Amazed that the demographic voting on this would elect Wonderwall as their number 1 song – most of them would have been pre-teen when the song hit the charts.
It was a big hit at the time, and I remember it well. I might have tapped along to it for a couple of weeks until creeping doubt on the lyrics killed it for me. I mean, really, how romantic is it to call someone a ‘wonderwall’? It’s a dumb lyric that I think even Noel has admitted.
I doubt it would make my list of the top 100 of the last 20 years, but if it did, it’d just scrape in.
Otherwise I’m actually surprised just how good a list it is. There’s a lot of cracking songs on this list that would be in mine, though not necessarily rated in the same order. I scratch my head at some selections, and downright disagree with others, but given this is a conglomeration of picks from thousands of people, it’s better than I would have expected.
Bit curious that Smells Like Teen Spirit isn’t on the list – it must just fall outside the qualifying period. I presume U2 with One is the same. And there’s nothing by Green Day. Odd.
Other notable songs missing in my book are Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Closer, by NIN; Fell On Black Days, by Soundgarden; Pretender, by the Foo Fighters; and doubtless heaps others I’ll recall in the next 24 hours.
These things are personal, and so some of my favourites I’d put on the list are I Need Love, by Luka Bloom; Miss World, by Hole; Strange Currencies, by REM; Cake’s version of I Will Survive, and Neneh Cherry covering Woman; My Hero, by the Foos; Passenger, by Powderfinger (My Happiness wouldn’t get close to my list, let alone top 10, but These Days is a great song); Better Off Alone, by Grinspoon (an Aussie classic). I’d have Harpoon on my list, another great song, but unusually I prefer the cover by Something For Kate.
Who doesn’t like a list?