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Fleetwood Mac’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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A fantastic curio from the Mystery to Me album. Written by Bob Welch, Keep on Going sets Christine McVie’s voice against an arrangement audibly influenced by the soul music coming out of Philadelphia International Rec...

Music, memory and my dad: how songs define and shape us

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When I think about where music can take us, how music can affect us and shape us, this is where I travel. An open front door on a cold Monday morning. A man is standing just over the threshold, preparing to go. The po...

‘If you want to know about sex, it’s in the songs’: Joan Jett on punk, privacy and almost joining the army

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When Joan Jett was 13 years old, she had her first lesson on the electric guitar her parents had given her for Christmas. “I went in there all excited and said to the teacher: ‘I wanna play rock’n’roll,’” she says. “A...

Knit for victory: the lost songs that gave women a role on the home front

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In one song, a badly knitted mitten is shot through a cannon at the Nazis and somehow ends up in the hands of Adolf Hitler, who finds it such a confusing and intimidating object he decides to stop fighting and surrend...

TLC’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!

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Far sassier than your standard early 90s slow jam, blessed with a laconic Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes rap: let rumour-mongers and spreaders of “crap street yap” beware! Somethin’ You Wanna Know is the sound of a band alread...

The Beach Boys’ 40 greatest songs – ranked!

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You have to tread carefully when it comes to the Beach Boys’ late-70s albums: patchy is putting it mildly. But Baby Blue – a refugee from Dennis Wilson’s unfinished second solo album, Bamboo, parachuted on to the larg...

‘The epitome of joy’: 10 of Lata Mangeshkar’s greatest songs

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Sitting in the back of my parents’ Peugeot 504 as a child, we listened to songs by the likes of Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi and, of course, Lata Mangeshkar. We were too young to understand what they were about – love, loss,...

Pharrell Williams’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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Pharrell Williams’s career has thrown up several curveballs – a homage to XTC’s Andy Partridge on the Despicable Me 3 soundtrack, a Metallica remix that sounds like 90s hardcore rave – but this might be the most intri...

Annie Lennox’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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Amid the marquee-name covers on Medusa – Bob Marley, Al Green, Procul Harum – lurks this gorgeous take on the Blue Nile’s masterpiece of careworn romance. You could argue the source material is so good you can’t go wr...

Songs, tears and reunions: New Zealand welcomes back visitors as border reopens after two years

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Māori songs, tearful embraces and a beloved New Zealand chocolate bar awaited international visitors arriving in New Zealand on Monday – the first foreign guests, other than Australians, to set foot in Aotearoa in mor...

Manic Street Preachers’ 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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Manic Street Preachers were always Guns N’ Roses fans: on A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun, they collaborated with the band’s bassist Duff McKagan. Charmingly perverse as ever, they turned in one of their poppiest l...

Iron Maiden’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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Famously no fan of punk – music he described as “against my religion” – bassist and founding member Steve Harris has always denied its influence on early Iron Maiden. But how else to account for this intriguing, compa...

FKA twigs: Caprisongs review – wild invention let down by weak songs

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FKA twigs recently took to Instagram to depict her mixtape Caprisongs as a soundtrack for preparing to go out: “It’s bronzer in the sink, alcopop on the side … a club pre-game … your bestie who is always late but brin...

My Bloody Valentine criticise Spotify for showing ‘fake’ lyrics to their songs

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My Bloody Valentine have criticised Spotify for showing “fake lyrics” to the shoegaze band’s famously cryptic songs. In November 2021, Spotify launched a feature allowing users to read along to the lyrics while they l...

Lana Del Rey’s greatest songs – ranked!

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Apparently inspired by the suicide of a friend and remixed by Cedric Gervais into that rarest of things – a party-starting Lana Del Rey banger – Summertime Sadness was a hook-laden highlight of her second album Born t...

‘We’re just little country bumpkins!’: 2022’s hottest band Wet Leg on songs, silliness and their surprise success

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How does a song by an unknown band get to be listened to 6.5m times? It was hard enough to determine in the olden days, before streaming existed, when we still said “popular” instead of “viral”; it is absolutely baffl...

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