Top of The Pops Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Top 50 – Skynyrd Toppled

by George_East on May 18, 2014

Thursday marked the three and a half year anniversary of this blog, which also means the three and half year anniversary of our Songs to Learn and Sing feature.   It is therefore also time for our 6 monthly readers’ chart of the most popular songs we have featured, as chosen by you.  As of Thursday there had been 896 songs posted, a mere 98 since the last 6 monthly chart in November 2013 (come on chaps let’s get the posting frequency up – there are plenty of good songs  out there).    If you are interested follow the links for the earlier charts at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months and 30 months.

And it has finally happened! The moment we have all been waiting for.   After dominating the chart for the first 3 years of this blog’s existence, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s southern rock anthem, Sweet Home Alabama, has finally been knocked off its perch at the top of the chart.   Not only is it no longer the No 1 song, but it has plummeted to No 3, having been overtaken by both Robbie Williams’ Go Gentle and The Proclaimers‘ Scottish nationalist anthem, Cap In Hand.

Now whether it is more embarrassing for Allthatsleft to have Skynyrd or Fat Robbie at number 1 is a moot point.  I had expected (or at least hoped) that when Skynyrd were finally toppled that it would be by a generation defining song that we could adopt at the blog as our theme tune.  Alas no.  As a result of Charlie East-West cross-posting the link to his Songs To Learn and Sing post on a Robbie Williams’ fan site, the blog was overrun by Williams’ fans  (also resulting in Robbie’s Feel, the only other Robbie song to have appeared (courtesy again of Charlie East-West who has an inexplicable weakness for the pudgy one), entering the top 50 for the first time at No 28).      I also have to warn our readers of a more sensitive aural disposition that Go Gentle’s lead at the moment is such that it is unlikely to be overtaken in the realistically foreseeable future.

Go Gentle and Cap In Hand are only two of nine new entries in the top 50.  Prefab Sprout’s great The Old Magician is the second new entry in the top 10 after The Proclaimers (now if only that had taken the top spot, we really could hold our heads up high).     The highest climber is from Bobby West’s ever popular inherited collection of 78s with Kanui & Lula’s Tomi Tomi up 27 places to number 5.   The second highest climber is Prefab Sprout’s Faron Young up 26 places from 37 to 11.  There’s a lot of love being shown to Paddy McAloon out there at the moment, it would seem.

The Clash still have 5 songs in the top 50 – Clampdown has entered at no 40, just as Bankrobber has fallen just outside the chart, at 59.   No other artist has more than 2 with Prefab Sprout, Robbie Williams, The Jam, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones all doubling up.   And yes we still have the embarrassment of Olly Murs too – that post was a joke people, a joke.

For completeness I have also posted the bottom ten songs of all the ones we have posted.  Most of these are very recent posts and so can be expected to pull themselves out of the mire over time.   There was, of course, never any excuse for David Gray (even if was a very special moment for Ray).

Without further ado (position in Top 50 6 months ago in brackets).

 

  1. #798: 2013, Robbie Williams, Go Gentle (17);
  2. #854: 1988, The Proclaimers, Cap In Hand (NE);
  3. #111: 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama (1);
  4. #254: 1980, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Burn It Down (2);
  5. #674: 1933, Kanui & Lula, Tomi Tomi (32);
  6. #790: 2013, Prefab Sprout, The Old Magician (NE);
  7. #80: 1978, Ian Dury and The Blockheads (9);
  8. #1: 1956, Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel (7);
  9. #163: 1977, The Stranglers, No More Heroes (5);
  10. #238: 1979, The Clash, London Calling (6);
  11. #344: 1985, Prefab Sprout, Faron Young (37);
  12. #153: 1981, The Teardrop Explodes, Reward (3);
  13. #191: 1986, The Woodentops, Well Well Well (4);
  14. #434: 2010, Villagers, That Day (8);
  15. #810: 1973, The Rolling Stones, Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (NE);
  16. #834: 2004, Beastie Boys, Hey Fuck You! (NE);
  17. #659: 1958, Elias and His Zig Zag Jive Flutes, Tom Hark (27);
  18. #174: 1984, Sandie Shaw, Hand In Glove (10);
  19. #649: 1984, The Smiths, Suffer Little Children (15);
  20. #550: 2012, The Killers, Runaways (11);
  21. #135, 1969, The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter (12);
  22. #37: 1980, The Clash, Sound of The Sinners (13);
  23. #318: 1935, Paul Robeson, Summertime (20);
  24. #206: 1974, Jeanette, Porque Te Vas (14);
  25. #462: 2010, Kurran & The Wolfnotes, Hit The Bottle (21);
  26. #666: 2011, Olly Murs, Dance With Me Tonight (24);
  27. #173: 1979, The Members, Sound of the Suburbs (16);
  28. #579: 2002, Robbie Williams, Feel (NE);
  29. #4: 1982, Robert Wyatt, Shipbuilding (18);
  30. #450: 2008, Seth Lakeman, Race To Be King (28);
  31. #818: 1970, Elvis Presley, Tiger Man (NE);
  32. #46: 2010, John Grant, Jesus Hates Faggots (23);
  33. #167: 1979, The Jam, The Eton Rifles (19);
  34. #130: 2004, The Czars, Little Pink House (22);
  35. #846: 1982, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Message (NE);
  36. #160: 2006, Amy Winehouse, Back To Black (25);
  37. #225: 1978, The Jam, News of The World (26);
  38. #152: 2006, Midlake, Roscoe (30);
  39. #349: 1978, The Clash, Stay Free (33);
  40. #786: 1979, The Clash, Clampdown (NE);
  41. #82: 1956, Howlin’ Wolf, Some Stack Lightning (29);
  42. #615: 1997, Shonen Knife, It’s A New Find (31);
  43. #833: 1985, The Pogues, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (NE);
  44. #76: 1982, The Clash, Rock The Casbah (34);
  45. #88: 1951, Jackie Brentson and His Delta Cats, Rocket 88 (35);
  46. #446: 2011, Metronomy, The Bay (43);
  47. #100: 1967, Aretha Franklin, Respect (47);
  48. #482: 2009, Wild Beasts, All The King’s Men (49);
  49. #239: 1958, Vince Taylor & His Playboys, Brand New Cadillac (36);
  50. #524: 2012, Houndmouth, Krampus (44).

And that bottom 10….

887. #849: 2009, Tinariwen, Lulla

888. #891: 2014, Lux Lisbon, The Bullingdon Club;

889. #894: 1990, Aztec Camera and Mick Jones, Good Morning Britain;

890. #632: 2004, Nouvelle Vague, This Is Not A Love Song;

891. #733: 1931, Skip James, Devil Got My Woman;

892. #330: 1992, Daisy Chainsaw, Love Your Money;

893. #400: 1999, David Gray, Babylon;

894. #893: 2013, Cortney Barnett, History Eraser;

895. #642: 1999, Faithless, God Is A DJ;

896. #896: 1954, Elvis Presley, Good Rockin’ Tonight.

 

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