This will be a work in progress. It is my list for the JJJ Hottest 100 of All Time. Changed, refined and added to over time until I get it right. So here we go, mind the step:
1. The Cure - A Forest
I particularly like the Tree remix from Mixed Up. A hands-down winner.
2. Massive Attack - Teardrop
A close second and on some days it is a nose in front for sheer beauty and wonder.
3. ColdPlay - Fix You
Loved the video clip and that amazing light ball that Chris Martin spins around on stage. Makes me emotional (not just because I want to look like Chris!).
4. Filter - Take a Picture
Brilliant rock. Amazing composition. Fantastic CD album cover too.
5. Aimee Mann - Deathly
The song that inspired one of the best movies of all time: Magnolia. She is a brilliant song-writer and has a seductive voice and an uncanny ability to use guitar riffs.
6. The Beatles - Blackbird
Are you allowed to pick the whole White Album?
7. New Order - True Faith
I was living in England when this first came out and was mesmerized by the video clip. It is impossible to listen to and stay still.
8. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - She's Gone
With songs like this you don't need shopping.
9. MGMT - Kids
Not sure it will stand the test of time, but I LOVE it now. Reminds me of another age.
10. Other contenders:
Neil Young - Four Strong Winds (he has to be represented)
Van Morrison - Wonderful Remark (one of the greatest entertainers)
Yes - I've Seen All Good People (I think even Mozart would approve of this)
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony (a true classic)
Utah Saints - Something Good (this may not make it, but it is so much fun)
Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining (truly beautiful)
Falling Joys - Lock It (another that may not make the final 10, but it is a contender)
Snow Patrol - Run (the best that they've done)
Sting - Ghost Story (at his best)
Goldfrapp - Train (maybe, maybe not?)
Joni Mitchell - Coyote (she has to be mentioned)
Ella Fitzgerald - Mack the Knife (live version)
Jeff Buckley - Grace (because he has to fit in somewhere!) and
Peter Broderick - Below It (very new, but instantly recognizable as stunning).
They are probably all of the real contenders. It would be nice to fit in some Moody Blues, Simon & Garfunkle and even some Nina Simone, but I'm already having to prune out heaps. More thinking and then some pruning back to maybe a 120% list tomorrow. (Last updated 9.50 pm on 1 June 2009.)