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Ten Top Tens

As 2013 was the year I got my hearing back and rediscovered the joys of music, here are ten top ten lists covering the various categories of stuff that I listen to regularly as well as clips of my number one choices so you can hear for yourself if they are worthy of the top spot 🙂 …

1. Classical music 

Piano Concerto No.3 – Rachmaninov

Orpheus and Eurydice – Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Gluck

Brandenburg Concerto No 3 – Bach

Water Music – Handel

Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera – Vivaldi

Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky

Fireworks Music – Handel

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Minuet from Symphony No 40 – Mozart

Mass in B Minor – Bach

This is a recording of the BBC Proms
performance I attended at the Royal Albert Hall in August 2013

2. Classic prog rock 

Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

In The Cage – Genesis

Us and Them – Pink Floyd

Digging in the Dirt – Peter Gabriel

Song of Swords – Hawkwind

Son of Alerik – Deep Purple

Brighton Rock – Queen

Xanadu – Rush

Follow You, Follow Me – Genesis

This is the fantastic O2 performance
of The Wall I attended in 2011 a few days
after David Gilmour made his surprise and
well received appearance on top of the wall.

3. Classic hard rock 

The Song Remains the Same –
Led Zeppelin

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin

Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath

Back in Black – AC/DC

Young Lust – Aerosmith

Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Enter Sandman – Metallica

Pride (In the name of love) – U2

Awesome track from a band that’s almost
50 years old now and influenced the majority
of bands
elsewhere on my lists

4. Classic punk 

Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols

Gotta Getaway – Stiff Little Fingers

Complete Control – The Clash

West One (Shine on me) – The Ruts

Johnny Was – Stiff Little Fingers

Requiem – Killing Joke

Something That I Said – The Ruts

California Uber Alles – Dead Kennedys

Totally Wired – The Fall

Rise – Public Image Limited

The band I loved as a teenager and my parents hated
is now regarded as the most influential in the
history of popular music

5. Classic electropop 

Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

You Take Me Up – Thompson Twins

See You – Depeche Mode

Only You – Yazoo

Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics

Sometimes – Erasure

Vienna – Ultravox

Love Action – The Human League

All of My Heart – ABC

I Second That Emotion – Japan

Pleased to see my favourite ‘alternative’ band
from the 80’s is still going strong after 30 years

6. Classic and contemporary blues rock

Sloe Gin – Joe Bonamassa

Shooting Star – Bad Company

Wishing Well – Free

Feel like Makin’ Love – Bad Company

Empty Rooms – Gary Moore

Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

Still Got The Blues – Gary Moore

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits

La Grange – ZZ Top

Superb performance at the Royal Albert Hall
from the “best living guitarist you’ve never heard of”

7. Contemporary rock 

Starlight – Muse

Notion – Kings of Leon

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence

Killing In The Name – Rage Against the Machine

Plug in Baby – Muse

How You Remind Me – Nickelback

Another Man’s Cause – The Levellers

If You Tolerate This – Manic Street Preachers

Vertigo – U2

Dani California – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Voted the most exciting live act of all
 this is the band top of my list for the
next outing of my hearing aids

8. Contemporary hard rock

Fall to Pieces –
Velvet Revolver

Lithium – Nirvana

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

Slither – Velvet Revolver

Save Me – Black Country Communion

Papercut – Linkin Park

Before I Forget – Slipknot

Show Me How To Live – Audioslave

Tears Don’t Fall – Bullet For My Valentine

Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold 

This great combination of hard rockers
and punks
 has produced some of my favourite tracks

9. Contemporary punk/emo 

21 Guns – Green Day

Fat Lip – Sum 41

I’m Not OK – My Chemical Romance

American Idiot – Green Day

All the Small Things – Blink-182

This Ain’t a Scene – Fall Out Boy

Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

Misery Business – Paramore

Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit

Last Resort – Papa Roach

Green Day have been voted the best punk
band of all time
 in some polls. They are
good but not as good as most of the
bands on my classic punk list …

10. Guilty pleasures

Justify My Love – Madonna

Love is all around – Wet, Wet, Wet

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters

Flowers In The Window – Travis

Baby Can I Hold You Tonight – Tracy Chapman

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

Crash and Burn – Savage Garden

Frozen – Madonna

Open Up – Leftfield (ft. John Lydon)

I Want Your Body – Nymphomania


Each of my ‘guilty pleasures’ touches
an emotion and/or reminds me clearly
of a point in time. I’ll say no more …

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