...is harder than doing albums, by a long, long way.
How to select such a small number from tens of thousands of songs, most of which (on their day) will have meant something to me at some stage? Apart from the Coldplay ones, obviously?
Ah, sod it, I'm having 25. And please bear in mind that on another day, it could be a completely different 25.
The ground rules are pretty much as for the top ten albums - no artists twice and to avoid further duplication, I have ignored the songs I highlighted in discussing those albums. Which does mean that Tangled Up In Blue, Thunder Road, Rain, Stuck Between Stations etc should be thought of as 'bubbling under', at least.
Oh, and other songs that would be bubbling under would include:
When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease - Roy Harper
Sour Times - Portishead
Hurt - Johnny Cash
Drive-in Saturday - David Bowie
(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais - The Clash
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Motorcycle Emptiness - Manic Street Preachers
Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
I'm Your Puppet - James and Bobby Purify
Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
By the way, this is Simon's fault, he made me do it. And for comparison, his top twenty songs are here.
Let's break this down into blocks of five, albeit in no particular order.
Here we go, 2-3-4....