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428. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (2006)


If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?


This has spent 166 weeks in the singles chart. I think only 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers has exceeded that total. So what kept it in the chart for so long? I suppose lots of radio airplay and being used on TV programmes has helped its longevity. I like the way it gradually builds up as it goes along. It has the distinction of being the last song to be performed in the studio on Top Of The Pops before it was cancelled in 2006.


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427. I Pity Inanimate Objects - Godley & Crème (1979)


Is a tree as a rocking horse
An ambition fulfilled
And is the sawdust jealous?
I worry about these things


This is an extraordinary song,whether it's the sound or the lyrics. They used a harmoniser which was an early version of an auto tuner. Kevin Godley sang it in one note and his vocal was then put through the harmoniser to create the strange vocal effects. Added to this you've got the same three notes on an acoustic guitar throughout the song and the amazing electric guitar work by Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music.


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426. Atomic - Blondie (1979)


Oh,your hair is beautiful
Oh,tonight
Atomic


This is basically a jam session with meaningless lyrics added as they played the music but somehow it works. It's a combination of new wave and disco. There is a two minute instrumental break which is quite unusual for a number 1 single but I think part of it was cut out for 7" version. Blondie were huge for a couple of years with five number 1s in 1979 and 1980. This is my favourite song from them.

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425. If You Don't Love Me - Prefab Sprout (1992)


Shame the truth with lies
Say the sun won't rise
Only realize


This has much more of a pop sound to it compared to most of Prefab Sprout's music. It was produced by Stephen Lipson and was one of the two new songs on 'A Life Of Surprises : The Best Of Prefab Sprout'.



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424. Undertow - Genesis (1978)


So the days they turn into years
And still no tomorrow appears


From '...And Then There Were Three...' the first Genesis album released after the departure of Steve Hackett. Mike Rutherford added the lead guitar to his bass guitar but there's barely any guitar on this track,it's mainly keyboards and drums. Written by Tony Banks,it's a fairly short song with a soaring chorus sung very well by Phil Collins.

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423. An Innocent Man - Billy Joel (1983)


Some people see through the eyes of the old
Before they ever get a look at the young


The second and final song on my chart by Billy Joel. It was the third top 10 hit from the album of the same name in which all the songs were influenced by the music of the late 50s and early 60s that he grew up with.

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422. Grace Under Pressure - Elbow (2003)


This is basically the same melody repeated all the way through the song but what makes it standout is the gradual addition of drums,piano and the London Community Gospel Choir. It's a great feel-good anthem. Part of it was recorded at the previous year's Glastonbury Festival with the crown joining in. Anyone in the audience who then registered their names on Elbow's website were given a credit on the album sleeve,which is why the album is called 'Cast Of Thousands'.

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421. It Began In Afrika - The Chemical Brothers (2001)


A top 10 single from the 'Come With Us' album. I like the combination of bongo drums with all the electronic sounds. The vocal is sampled from 'Drumbeat' by Jim Ingram.


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Chasing Cars is stunning, I think I kind of went off it for a while because it was of course absolutely everywhere but its a stellar example of it genre that builds so well!
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Yes,it was played to death for a long time.
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