As part of NME‘s 60th anniversary celebrations, last week the mag published the 100 best tracks of its lifetime. You can help shape the readers’ list here – we’ll be announcing the result of that poll next month. But what about the best song of your lifetime?
Here are some of the best responses we received to that question, first via Facebook (mouse over the faces to reveal the quotes) and then, below that, on Twitter.
Friendly Fires – ‘Paris’. Doesn’t really need an explanation, but this song is applicable to any situation, place or mood. It makes everyone get up and dance and leaves people in a state of euphoria. What else do you need from a song?
Oasis – ‘Live Forever’. It’s just a perfect rock ‘n’ roll anthem, by the best band ever. And to make it even better, it came out on the same year that I was born.
The Libertines – ‘What A Waster’. Just quite simply changed my life.
Bon Iver – ‘Holocene’. Humbles me, brings me to back to places I’d forgotten and last but not least I can listen to this over and over and over.
David Bowie – ‘Life On Mars’. The one song that stays constant in my life, I’ve grown up with it. It transports me to wherever I need to be. It was genius at the time, it still is genius. It is closely followed by Manic Street Preachers ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, this song tugs at my heart like no other.
‘Live Forever’ by Oasis, it’s just genius. I first heard it when I was 12 or 13 when I first started getting into music and (not to sound pretentious) it changed my life. I’m not sure what moved me more though, the lyrics or that haunting guitar solo at the end.
‘Sail To The Moon’ by Radiohead. Pure bliss with the beautiful piano chords and Thom’s falsetto at its swooning best. Perfection.
‘Sea Within A Sea’ – The Horrors, I fell alseep to this song as I was listebning to it late at night and woke up with it still playing. It’s fucking amazing – I forced my dad to listen and now he loves it too. It’s longer then 7 minutes and yet when it gets near the end you wish there was more.
‘It’s Alive’ from Daft Punk’s ‘Homework’ album. The amazing thing about the track is that it fits as a soundtrack for different moments. Never too exciting, never too dull, just enough.
‘You And Whose Army’ – Radiohead. It just takes me where very few songs can take me. I feel like it takes me out of this world and through the universe in its entirety. Sometimes I make it back, sometimes I dont. It’s always a voyage when I hear this song.
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‘No Surprises’. When I was younger my parents used to play Radiohead to put me to sleep. I’ve basically grown up with them, and they are by far, one of my most favourite bands, and I have recently started to appreciate their more recent songs, which are different, but still exceptionally great.
Manic Street Preachers, ‘Faster’. Changed my life and influenced who I am today. I remember being on a mission to find out about what it was about. I remember asking my dad about what, “I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer I spat out Plath and Pinter” actually meant. This song is also the reason why I read 1984.
‘505’ – Arctic Monkeys. Alex turner’s lyrics are amazingly beautiful and its one of those songs that will NEVER get old. Definitely a timeless track.
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. How many songs can genuinely say they changed popular culture all over the world? That one did. It took outsider culture to the top of the charts and taught a generation of kids that it was ok to be different. We could do with a band like that now.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Under The Bridge’. I grew up listening to the Chili Peppers and they’re such an awesome band and each song is so different, and they really don’t get enough credit. Finally went to go see them last year and it was the best night of my life!
‘The 59’ sound by The Gaslight Anthem. First time I heard the first few chords played I had goosebumps. Brian Fallon is a modern day bard, the whole record is pure brilliance and after hearing which artists influenced the songs I started listening to more soul records of the 50’s/60’s and gained a wider palette of music and newfound respect for many genres of music I had never given a chance before.
Muse – ‘Starlight’: a song which brings memories from best days of my life so far. And of course seeing them live in Positivus Festival 2010 was fantastic moment.”But I’ll never let you go, if you promised not to fade away, never fade away”. It’s the song for people who have played a big part in my life.
‘Friday I’m In Love’ by The Cure. My husband and I were married on a Friday, sixteen years ago and it’s still one of our favourite songs. It was played at our wedding reception several times!!
Everything But The Girl – ‘Walking Wounded’. I was 13 and just started listening/buying music I bought the album on cassette and carried my walkman around everywhere. It reminds me of holidays in Britain travelling round on long boring coach journeys, still an incredible album!
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’. This song is what made everything click musically and paved the way for me discovering all the alternative greats, like The Strokes etc. As a fifteen year old American girl at the time of release, I was surrounded by horrible sleazy rap that was all the rage. I heard Fake Tales and it literally became my anthem, differentiating me from my peers. It may not be their best song, even on the album but it holds such a special place in my heart for helping me see the light that was British rock.