Morrissey and the story of The Smiths is once again on everyone’s lips following the singer publishing his book. The Official Charts Company have put together the list of the most downloaded Smiths and Morrissey tracks ever, starting at number 10 with Morrissey’s 1988 solo hit ‘Suedehead’.
‘What Difference Does It Make?’, The Smiths’ third single released in 1984, comes in at number nine. It ended up being the title after ‘Pretty Girls Make Graves’ was said to be too controversial. This single was not a Mozza favourite but it did give The Smiths a peak position at number 12 in the UK’s singles chart.
The eighth most downloaded track is ‘Panic’, which originally hit shelves in 1986. Morrissey expected this track to make number one but it didn’t make the top ten on it’s original release.
‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ became the band’s first ever Top 10 in the Official Singles Chart, giving the band something to celebrate in 1984. However, this title continually haunted the frontman with headlines like ‘Heaven Knows He’s Miserable Now’.
At number six in the countdown is Morrissey’s second solo single ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ which featured on ‘Viva Hate’, which reached number one in the official albums chart. As a solo artist Morrissey had truly arrived.
So, we ‘re at the halfway mark in the countdown of the most downloaded Morrissey and Smiths songs. Mozza’s ‘First Of The Gang To Die’ was the second in four consecutive Top 10 hits for Mozza in 2004, he was enjoying chart success once again with comeback album ‘You Are The Quarry’.
The fourth most downloaded track was never actually released as a single. ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ was the B- side to ‘William It Was Really Nothing’. However, this popular fan favourite was featured in major Hollywood movies like Pretty In Pink bringing with it wide acclaim.
Reaching number three is ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. This track from The Smiths album ‘The Queen Is Dead’ was never a single while the group was together, but was released after they split to promote the bands Greatest Hits. Rerecording this single with Redondo Beach, Morrissey made it to Number 11 in 2005.
At number two it’s ‘How Soon Is Now?’. Originally another b-side, it was officially released in 1985. Again, this single was another re-release in 1992 when the band were promoting their Greatest Hits. It was later covered by controversial duo t.a.T.u and sampled by Soho, helping them reach number 8 in 1991.
And at number one in the countdown of the most downloaded tracks from The Smiths and Morrissey ever is ‘This Charming Man’. To date it’s sold 139,000 downloads. On it’s release this week 30 years ago it reached number 55 in the official chart. Today it remains a stone-cold classic.