So it took five weeks, 300,000 votes and numerous office bust-ups but we eventually did it and worked out the final, definitive Ultimate Manchester Anthems of all time. Ever. Over the course of last month YOU had YOUR say on the best tunes from they city and these are the public’s winners.
While it’s bound to provoke as much outrage as the next poll (and it would have been nice to see Magazine/The Fall/insert-favourite-band higher up), you can’t argue with the pedigree on display here. And for once it’s nice to see Oasis fans fail to steamroll their band to the top spot.
From ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ to ‘I Am The Resurrection’, the list encompasses the whole spectrum of emotions and sentiments associated with the city and expressed by its musicians over the past few decades. Paranoia, panic, regret, jubilation, unshakeable swagger, depression and celebration swill around in the collective minds of arguably our most creative city and resonate in millions more.
NME Radio revealed the results during a live broadcast in Manchester last week as part of the month-long license in city, and invited The Smiths’ Johnny Marr to talk about the top 30.
You can download podcasts of the show from number 20 to numero uno below, and behold the highest placed right here before letting rip in the comments section below.
20 Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.
19 Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
18 Oasis – Half The World Away
17 The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
16 The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
15 Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
14 The Smiths – Panic
13 New Order – Blue Monday
12 The Stone Roses – Made Of Stone
11 Oasis – Morning Glory
10 Joy Division – Atmosphere
9 Oasis – Rock And Roll Star
8 The Stone Roses – Waterfall
7 Oasis – Slide Away
6 The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
5 The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
4 The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
3 Oasis – Live Forever
2 Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
1 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Tune in to NME TV on Sky Channel 382 this Saturday June 6th at 7pm and Sunday June 7th at 5pm for a special show featuring ten of the best Ultimate Manchester Anthems.