10: Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
I recall seeing a rather strange play on TV back in the '80s. Called 'Road', it was set in some sort of dystopian 'alternative' present day, in a deserted council estate left unpopulated and decaying. The one thing I remember about the play was one particular, striking scene, where the cast members congregated in one of the deserted houses. One of the cast (dressed, along with his colleagues, in Reservoir Dogs-esque black suits, white shirts and black ties) produces a ghetto blaster that he places on a nearby table. The cast stand around in a circle, heads bowed, as 'Try a Little Tenderness' plays on the ghetto blaster. The cast then are, individually and collectively, transported to ecstasy by the song. Even in that environment, about as far away from Tennessee as you can get, the song worked perfectly.
9: Belle - Al Green
8: Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
7: Shot by Both Sides - Magazine
Ok, time to get a little bit darker, after all this tenderness and love. This was Magazine's opening blast, based upon a Pete Shelley guitar riff, that started to nudge punk into other, more complex areas. It did that without losing the edgy, exhilarating rush of punk - but it added depth to the mix - lyrically, musically and atmospherically. Magazine continued to add texture and atmosphere to their material over the course of four superb albums, and introduced the great, sadly lamented, John McGeoch to the world. However this initial statement of intent encapsulated all that was great about this band in four minutes flat. And oh, it was so good to see them back on stage last year.
6: Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
Ultimately of course, Peter Green did turn his back on everything, surrendering to his demons. Happily he is now back, still fragile but making music again. I hope he's now at peace with his demons.