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What Was The Best Track Of 1997?

By Priya Elan

Posted on 12 Oct 11

 
 

Yesterday we took a look at the Best Tracks of 1996, as part of the site's 15th birthday celebrations (which also included a mammoth list of the 150 greatest tracks of the last 15 years). Today, we’re leaping forward a year to 1997.

Our original Top 10 from '97 is pretty full of classic indie fare (The Verve, Blur, Primal Scream, Radiohead), as you can see below:

1. The Verve – 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'
2. Blur – 'Song 2'
3. The Verve – 'The Drugs Don’t Work'
4. Embrace – 'All You Good Good People'
5. Primal Scream – 'Kowalski'
6. Radiohead – 'Paranoid Android'
7. The Blueboy – 'Remember Me'
8. Spiritualized – 'Electricity'
9. Massive Attack – 'Risingson'
10. The Chemical Brothers – 'Block Rockin’ Beats'

Verve



As always with these lists, there are things that seem like big omissions in the cold light of 2011.
Lower down in the Top 50, there lurks should-have-been-where-Embrace-is placings for Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Nick Cave, Cornership, Missy Elliot and Pulp.

Interestingly, our current favourite track of the last 15 years 'Paranoid Android' was only placed at Number 6 the year it came out. And why are there tracks by Six By Seven, Travis and Bentley Rhythm Ace in the list and no space for corkers by Yo La Tengo, Janet Jackson’s ace ‘Got ‘Til It’s Gone’ or anything from Bjork’s absolutely classic ‘Homogenic’?



What would you put in the list as the best of ’97? Let us know.

NME's Albums and Tracks Of The Year - 1997

Our original Top 50:

1. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
2. Blur – Song 2
3. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
4. Embrace – All You Good Good People
5. Primal Scream – Kowalski
6. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
7. The Blueboy – Remember Me
8. Spiritualized – Electricity
9. Massive Attack – Risingson
10. The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
11. Daft Punk – Da Funk
12. Echo And The Bunnyman – Nothing Lasts Forever
13. Arab Strap – The Girls Of Summer E.P.
14. Mogwai – New Paths To Helicon
15. Pavement – Stereo
16. Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
17. Teenage Fanclub – Ain’t That Enough
18. Daft Punk – Around The World
19. The Beta Band – Champion Versions EP
20. Goldie Featuring Krs-One - Digital
21. Embrace – Fireworks EP
22. Belle & Sebastian – The Lazy Line Painter Jane
23. Blur – Beetlebum
24. DJ Shadow – High Noon
25. The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedlic Reel
26. Black Grape – Get Higher
27. Primal Scream – Star
28. Six By Seven – European Me
29. Oasis – D’you Know What I Mean
30. Lo-Fidelelity Allstars – Kool Rock Bass
31. Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out
32. Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag
33. Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph
34. Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
35. Belle And Sebastian – 3.. 6.. 9.. Seconds Of Light
36. The Charlatans – North Country Boy
37. The Wannadies – Hit
38. Add N To X – King Wasp
39. Beck – Deadweight
40. Fatboy Slim – Everybody Needs
41. Pulp – Help The Aged
42. Orbital – Satan
43. Missy ‘ Misdemeanoe’ Elliott – The Rain
44. Eels – Novocain For The Soul
45. Death In Vegas – Rocco
46. Dinosaur Jr – Take A Run At The Sun
47. Travis – All I Wanna Do Is Rock
48. Kirk Lake – Five Finger Discount
49. Nick Cave – Into My Arms
50. Supergrass – Late In The Day

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