Top of The Pops Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Top 50 Readers’ Chart

by George_East on December 26, 2014

Back on 15 November 2014 Allthastleft reached its 4th anniversary. As is traditional, it is an occasion which is marked by wild celebrations, or if not, at least the publication of this blog’s readers’ all time Top 50 songs to appear in our Songs To Learn and Sing Feature, which is edging its way now to 1000 songs. The chart has been published every 6 months since we launched (click the links for the 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 and 42 month charts).

Workload and the fact that as times go on this post takes longer and longer to put together (and it was not a quick exercise even the first time I pulled a chart together for our 6 months anniversary in May 2011) has meant that it has been a month or more since our anniversary. However   the chart below reflects the position as at 15 November 2014 at which time a total of 956 songs had been posted. The long dominance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama (the number 1 song for the first 3 years of this blog) has now long gone. Not only is it now way behind the top 2 songs, but it has slipped from third in the last chart to fourth, as the surprising rise and rise of Hawaiian curiosity Kanui & Lula’s Tomi Tomi from Bobby West’s inherited collection of 78s continues ever higher. The number one spot is unlikely to be taken by another song as a result of a Robbie Williams’ fan club link by Charlie East-West (and there is no bigger fan) to his post of Go Gentle, deluging the site with the fat one’s fans. It is miles ahead.

Elsewhere in the top 50 there is not much movement.   Three new entries and a couple of re-entries led by Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting posted by me following her triumphant return to live music in the summer and her Before the Dawn shows at Hammersmith Apollo. There has also been a pleasing but late surge by Malian master Ali Farka Toure’s Diaraby posted way back in international week in January 2013.

Out of interest I’ve also posted below the current bottom 10 songs.   A couple of these are very recent and will probably raise themselves out of the depths. Some of them are a real surprise – Public Image Limited?  Come on people get listening.

1. #798: 2013, Robbie Williams, Go Gentle (1)
2. #854: 1988, The Proclaimers, Cap in Hand (2)
3. #674: 1933, Kanui & Lula, Tomi Tomi (5)
4. #111: 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama (3)
5. #254: 1980, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Burn It Down (4)
6. #80: 1978, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, What a Waste (7)
7. #344: 1985, Prefab Sprout, Faron Young (11)
8. #659: 1958, Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes, Tom Hark (17)
9. #790: 2013, Prefab Sprout, The Old Magician (6)
10. #810: 1973, The Rolling Stones, Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (15)
11. #163: 1977, The Stranglers, No More Heroes (9)
12. #238: 1979, The Clash, London Calling (10)
13. #1: 1956, Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel. (8)
14. #153: 1981, The Teardrop Explodes, Reward (12)
15. #191: 1986, The Woodentops, Well Well Well (13)
16. #434: 2010, Villagers, That Day (14)
17. #834: 2004, Beastie Boys, Hey Fuck You! (16)
18. #940: 1985, Kate Bush, Cloudbusting (NE)
19. #318: 1935, Paul Robeson, Summertime (23)
20. #135: 1969, The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter (21)
21. #174: 1984, Sandie Shaw, Hand in Glove (18)
22. #611: 1994, Ali Farka Toure, Diaraby (NE)
23. #649: 1984, The Smiths, Suffer Little Children (19)
24. #833: 1985, The Pogues, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (43)
25. #666: 2011, Olly Murs, Dance With Me Tonight (26)
26. #37: 1980, The Clash, The Sound of the Sinners (22)
27. #550: 2012, The Killers, Runaways (20)
28. #4: 1982, Robert Wyatt, Shipbuilding (29)
29. #206: 1974, Jeanette, Porque Te Vas (24)
30. #450: 2008, Seth Lakeman, Race To Be King (30)
31. #818: 1970, Elvis Presley, Tiger Man (31)
32. #846: 1982, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Message (35)
33. #462: 2010, Kurran & The Wolfnotes, Hit The Bottle (25)
34. #173: 1979, The Members, Sound Of The Suburbs (27)
35. #579: 2002, Robbie Williams, Feel (28)
36. #167: 1979, The Jam, The Eton Rifles (33)
37. #46: 2010, John Grant, Jesus Hates Faggots (32)
38. #937: 1991, The Wedding Present, Dalliance (NE)
39. #130: 2004, The Czars, Little Pink House (34)
40. #131: 1989, Happy Mondays, WFL (RE)
41. #349: 1978, The Clash, Stay Free (39)
42. #786: 1979, The Clash, Clampdown (40)
43. #152: 2006, Midlake, Roscoe (38)
44. #225: 1978, The Jam, News Of The World (37)
45. #615: 1997, Shonen Knife, It’s A New Find (42)
46. #237: 2007, Amy Winehouse, You Know I’m No Good (RE)
47. #82: 1956, Howlin’ Wolf, Smoke Stack Lightning (41)
48. #160: 2006, Amy Winehouse, Back To Black (36)
49. #7: 1978, Sham 69, If The Kids Are United (RE)
50. #76: 1982, The Clash, Rock The Casbah (44)

 

And the bottom 10:

 

948. #942: 1979, Public Image Ltd, Poptones
949. #680: 1959, George Jones, White Lightning
950. #946: 1963, The Kingsmen, Louie Louie
951. #904: 1982, Romeo Void, Never Say Never
952. #509: 2011, Wooden Shjips, Lazy Bones
953. #400: 1999, David Gray, Babylon
954. #330: 1992, Daisy Chainsaw, Love Your Money
955. #924. 2013, Arc & Stones, Silence
956. #627. 1999, Faithless, God Is A DJ
957. #947. 1967, Prince Buster, This Is A Hold Up

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