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Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:47 am

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of Biggest Fan. Let me explain for those who only join now. It's about those songs that only got one vote in our recent All-Time Best Song Poll. There were over 13.000 of them! That's too much to get collectively into, but through this series we are going to introduce you to one of them every day. A randomly selected song, so you never know what you're gonna get.

There is also a game element, to make things more interactive. You can give a grade to each song, from 1 (for the worst of them) to 10 (the masterpieces). A 0 will be counted as a 1. Every 100 days I will calculate the average grades and post the current top 100. At the end of each year I'll post the whole list as is.

Some points of note:
- A topic for each song would be a little much, but all songs in one topic too. That's why I make monthly new topics for the entries of that month.
- There will be links to old topics in each new one, so you can easily go back. Once we have collected a decent amount of songs, I will also post a topic with all the songs listed and a link to their initial appearance.
- There is gonna be a Spotify playlist (see below). Each new song will be put atop of the playlist! If songs aren't on Spotify there will be a link to YouTube or any platform it's available on. I will contact the biggest fan through a message if I can't find the song anywhere.
- You can always still vote for each song, even months later. Just go to the right topic.
- You can always change your grade. Again, place it in the right topic.
- You don't have to vote for each song if you don't want to.
- I think this goes without saying but still: always name the artist and title of the song you vote for. I'm not going to guess for which song you vote.
- Comments on the song are more than welcome. Nobody is probably going to review them all, but if you have something to say, please do.
- I know some wanted to go faster. Two songs a day, 10 songs a week, something like that. I'm decided against this, because I wanted to keep it small. We can't deal with over 13.000 songs, so I'm not trying. I just want to give you all one small discovery (or re-discovery) for the day. We'll never get all these songs done before the next All Time Song poll rolls along, but we can have fun getting there.
- I'll try to get each new song up soon after awakening, so in most cases it should be here relatively early.
- Feel free to ask questions or make general comments about this poll if you think it could be better.

You can still vote for the songs of earlier months, but please so do that in it's own topic.

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020
March

The playlist:

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:48 am

A bubbler today and the second appearance by Wayne Shorter:

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju
Year: 1965
Album: Juju
Biggest Fan: Fred (#26)

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Wisnu Tirta Aji » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:21 am

Wayne Shorter - Juju - 9
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Hymie » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:10 pm

Rob wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:48 am
447. Wayne Shorter - Juju
4

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:14 pm

Wayne Shorter - Juju: 6

Engaging jazz that I might rate higher on a day I was in the mood for improvisational music.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:34 pm

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju: 9/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:19 am

448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona
Year: 1987
Album: Barcelona
Biggest Fan: Profeta (#109)

The song is on Spotify only in a shortened single version and in a version with newly recorded instrumentation (who does that, some twenty years after the artist died?). For the full album cut in it's original make-up, go here:
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Wezzo » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:48 am

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju - 6
448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona - 8 - Once upon a time this would've made my top 1000 but it's fallen out of my favour ever so slightly over the years. Still a big fan, and would likely make an expanded top 2000 list for me.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Safetycat » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:43 am

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju - 5
448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona - 7

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Hymie » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:22 pm

Rob wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:19 am
448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona
2

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Wisnu Tirta Aji » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:39 pm

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona - 4
This singer reminds me of Queen.
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Romain » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:43 pm

Is it a joke?

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:52 pm

448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona: 5/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:06 pm

Romain wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:43 pm
Is it a joke?
If we broke the truth it might go up to an 8

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:01 pm

Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona: 4

I never liked this. I'm already not big on opera, but this faux-opera that combines the voices of a real opera star with a rock star whose approach to opera is to yell harder, just comes across as silly kitsch.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by spiritualized » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:05 pm

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju - 5. Compared to the next song, it is a delight.
448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona: 1. I absolutely hate this with a vengeance. It is horrible.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by mileswide » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:08 pm

Wayne Shorter - Juju 7
Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona 4
Don't you make it my dying...cough

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by StevieFan13 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:21 pm

Wisnu Tirta Aji wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona - 4
This singer reminds me of Queen.
Yeah, Freddie Mercury does kinda remind me of that guy from Queen. What was his name? On the tip of my tongue...
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:28 pm

Adam Lambert?

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by StevieFan13 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:40 pm

Brad wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:28 pm
Adam Lambert?
Nah, I think it was Paul Rodgers. That other guy could be a dead ringer, though.
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by madzong » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:39 pm

447. Wayne Shorter - Juju: 4
"On a mountain range, I'm Dr. Strange"

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Post by madzong » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:51 pm

448. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona: 7
"On a mountain range, I'm Dr. Strange"

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:56 am

Sorry for the delay.

449. The Waterboys – The Return of Pan
Year: 1993
Album: Dream Harder
Biggest Fan: Akhenaten (#Unranked)

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449. The Waterboys – The Return of Pan - 7

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The Waterboys - The Return of Pan - 6
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Hymie » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:09 pm

Rob wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:56 am
449. The Waterboys – The Return of Pan
3

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:44 pm

The Waterboys – The Return of Pan: 7
I love The Waterboys' Fisherman Blues, but never went beyond that album. This sounds like a song that could come from that one and if more of their later work is like this it might be worth a listen.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Schüttelbirne » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:42 pm

449. The Waterboys - The Return of Pan: 6/10

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Post by StevieFan13 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:45 pm

Barcelona gets a 6 from me
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:19 am

Today’s selection can be found on AM at #3167:

450. Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck
Year: 2015
Album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Biggest Fan: Andy1010 (#66)

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by PlasticRam » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:01 am

Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 6.5
I feel like that

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Post by Wisnu Tirta Aji » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:03 am

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Post by Schüttelbirne » Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:29 pm

450. Florence + the Machine - Ship to Wreck: 8/10

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Post by andyd1010 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:01 pm

Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 10

My first 10/10, and a rare one where I think the chorus is the worst part of the song. It's still good, but the melodies in every other part of the song are magnificent.

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Avenged Sevenfold - Fiction: 9.5
Nick Drake – Saturday Sun: 9.5
Middle Kids - Edge of Town: 9.5
TV on the Radio – Golden Age: 9
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know: 9
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See: 9
Blink-182 - Stay Together for the Kids: 9
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream: 8.5
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now: 8.5
Ray Charles - (The Night Time) Is the Right Time: 8.5
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue: 8.5
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty: 8.5
Prince - Free: 8.5
Lorde - Team: 8.5
LCD Soundsystem - Great Release: 8
Big Thief – Shark Smile: 8
Wilco - Radio Cure: 8
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar: 8
Elvis Costello – Hand in Hand: 8
Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7.5
Radiohead - The Numbers: 7.5
Jackie Wilson – Doggin’ Around: 7.5
Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back: 7.5
The Libertines – Up the Bracket: 7.5
The Coral – In the Morning: 7.5
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain: 7.5
Beyoncé – Pray You Catch Me: 7.5
The Band – King Harvest (Has Surely Come): 7
The National - Ada: 7
The Mills Brothers - Paper Doll: 7
Peter and Gordon - A World Without Love: 7
Sarah McLachlan - Adia: 7
The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling: 7
Blurry - Puddle of Mudd: 7
Rush - YYZ: 7
The Rolling Stones – Soul Survivor: 7
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s in Love: 6.5
Bob Dylan – To Ramona: 6.5
Orelsan – Suicide social: 6.5
Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 6.5
Eminem - Drug Ballad: 6.5
Belle and Sebastian – The Act of the Apostle (I): 6.5
My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words: 6.5
Sturgill Simpson - Keep it Between the Lines: 6.5
Elliott Smith – Christian Brothers: 6
Green Day – In the End: 6
The Notorious B.I.G. – Suicidal Thoughts: 6
Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love: 6
Adele – Hometown Glory: 6
Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance: 6
U2 - Red Light: 6
Otis Redding – Rock Me Baby: 6
Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra: 5.5
Muddy Waters - Good News: 5.5
JJ Cale - Magnolia: 5.5
Fiona Apple - Limp: 5
David Axelrod - Holy Thursday: 5
Moby - Flower - 5
John Lennon - Nobody Told Me: 5
Peter Gabriel – Red Rain: 5
Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: 4.5
Fleet Foxes - Kept Woman: 4.5
Eagles - Best of My Love: 4.5
Simple Plan – Welcome to My Life: 4.5
The Jam – English Rose: 4.5
Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 4.5
Elton John - Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll): 4
The Spaniels - Baby It's You: 4
AC/DC – Who Made Who: 4
Daniel Ceasar, featuring Kali Uchis – Get You: 4
Slick Rick – Hey Young World: 4
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Hardware Store: 3.5
Los Saicos - Demolición: 3.5
R.E.M. – Little America: 3.5
Janet Jackson - If: 3.5
Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This: 3
Queen - Good Company: 3
The Stooges - Fun House: 3
Fergie, featuring Ludacris - Glamorous: 3
Aphex Twin - On: 2

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:23 pm

Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 3

I feel like have attacked this song multiple times already on this forum and that I should stop. The only thing I can think to add is that I find the chorus one of the most annoying of recent years. I'm surprised this one only got a single vote during the poll, as it feels to me as one of the most overrated songs of last decade.

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Rob wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:19 am
450. Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck
3

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Rob wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 3

I feel like have attacked this song multiple times already on this forum and that I should stop. The only thing I can think to add is that I find the chorus one of the most annoying of recent years. I'm surprised this one only got a single vote during the poll, as it feels to me as one of the most overrated songs of last decade.
Lol. And I think it’s one of the most underrated... you probably just think it’s overrated because I keep talking it up. But I haven’t heard anyone else say they think the verses and bridge are as great as I think they are, both in the writing and the performance. They’re among my favorites of the decade.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:11 pm

andyd1010 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Rob wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 3

I feel like have attacked this song multiple times already on this forum and that I should stop. The only thing I can think to add is that I find the chorus one of the most annoying of recent years. I'm surprised this one only got a single vote during the poll, as it feels to me as one of the most overrated songs of last decade.
Lol. And I think it’s one of the most underrated... you probably just think it’s overrated because I keep talking it up.
Maybe, but it also got a lot of radio play around here when it came out and at least in my personal social circles Florence + the Machine were extremely popular. It's one of those songs I disliked from the first listen, but was then forced to hear over and over again.

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Post by StevieFan13 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:18 pm

Ship to Wreck is a 9 for me
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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Safetycat » Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:25 pm

449. The Waterboys – The Return of Pan - 6
450. Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck - 10

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Post by andyd1010 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:11 pm

Rob wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:11 pm
andyd1010 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Rob wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 3

I feel like have attacked this song multiple times already on this forum and that I should stop. The only thing I can think to add is that I find the chorus one of the most annoying of recent years. I'm surprised this one only got a single vote during the poll, as it feels to me as one of the most overrated songs of last decade.
Lol. And I think it’s one of the most underrated... you probably just think it’s overrated because I keep talking it up.
Maybe, but it also got a lot of radio play around here when it came out and at least in my personal social circles Florence + the Machine were extremely popular. It's one of those songs I disliked from the first listen, but was then forced to hear over and over again.
Fair enough, and then it just got a 9 and a 10 here, so maybe it’s thought of more highly than I realized.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:43 am

An AM bubbler today. It’s the second appearance by Talking Heads:

451. Talking Heads – I Zimbra
Year: 1979
Album: Fear of Music
Biggest Fan: Safetycat (#Unranked)

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

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Talking Heads - I Zimbra - 6
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Post by Rob » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:31 pm

Talking Heads - I Zimbra: 8

An earlier attempt of Talking Heads to 'go Africa'. Very catchy, funky and fun.

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

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Rob wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:43 am
Talking Heads – I Zimbra
3

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451. Talking Heads - I Zimbra: 8/10

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Talking Heads - I Zimbra: 6

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Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck: 10
Avenged Sevenfold - Fiction: 9.5
Nick Drake – Saturday Sun: 9.5
Middle Kids - Edge of Town: 9.5
TV on the Radio – Golden Age: 9
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know: 9
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See: 9
Blink-182 - Stay Together for the Kids: 9
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream: 8.5
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now: 8.5
Ray Charles - (The Night Time) Is the Right Time: 8.5
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue: 8.5
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty: 8.5
Prince - Free: 8.5
Lorde - Team: 8.5
LCD Soundsystem - Great Release: 8
Big Thief – Shark Smile: 8
Wilco - Radio Cure: 8
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar: 8
Elvis Costello – Hand in Hand: 8
Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop: 7.5
Radiohead - The Numbers: 7.5
Jackie Wilson – Doggin’ Around: 7.5
Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back: 7.5
The Libertines – Up the Bracket: 7.5
The Coral – In the Morning: 7.5
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain: 7.5
Beyoncé – Pray You Catch Me: 7.5
The Band – King Harvest (Has Surely Come): 7
The National - Ada: 7
The Mills Brothers - Paper Doll: 7
Peter and Gordon - A World Without Love: 7
Sarah McLachlan - Adia: 7
The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling: 7
Blurry - Puddle of Mudd: 7
Rush - YYZ: 7
The Rolling Stones – Soul Survivor: 7
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s in Love: 6.5
Bob Dylan – To Ramona: 6.5
Orelsan – Suicide social: 6.5
Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 6.5
Eminem - Drug Ballad: 6.5
Belle and Sebastian – The Act of the Apostle (I): 6.5
My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words: 6.5
Sturgill Simpson - Keep it Between the Lines: 6.5
Elliott Smith – Christian Brothers: 6
Green Day – In the End: 6
The Notorious B.I.G. – Suicidal Thoughts: 6
Minnie Riperton - Inside My Love: 6
Adele – Hometown Glory: 6
Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance: 6
U2 - Red Light: 6
Otis Redding – Rock Me Baby: 6
Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra: 5.5
Muddy Waters - Good News: 5.5
JJ Cale - Magnolia: 5.5
Fiona Apple - Limp: 5
David Axelrod - Holy Thursday: 5
Moby - Flower - 5
John Lennon - Nobody Told Me: 5
Peter Gabriel – Red Rain: 5
Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys: 4.5
Fleet Foxes - Kept Woman: 4.5
Eagles - Best of My Love: 4.5
Simple Plan – Welcome to My Life: 4.5
The Jam – English Rose: 4.5
Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 4.5
Elton John - Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll): 4
The Spaniels - Baby It's You: 4
AC/DC – Who Made Who: 4
Daniel Ceasar, featuring Kali Uchis – Get You: 4
Slick Rick – Hey Young World: 4
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Hardware Store: 3.5
Los Saicos - Demolición: 3.5
R.E.M. – Little America: 3.5
Janet Jackson - If: 3.5
Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This: 3
Queen - Good Company: 3
The Stooges - Fun House: 3
Fergie, featuring Ludacris - Glamorous: 3
Aphex Twin - On: 2

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Safetycat » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:31 pm

451. Talking Heads – I Zimbra - 10

Do I have to do 2 10's in a row? Perhaps I do. After all, it is my selection.
Fear of Music is a weird album for me, I don't like it as much as the critics. But there's two songs that really stand head and shoulders above the rest for me: I Zimbra and Cities. They've been favourites of mine for a long time, since I started to get into my Dad's music as a teenager.

If you haven't heard it before, the live reindition that got cut from Stop Making Sense is also incredible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYFqdrOMqk4

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Rob » Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:39 am

Another bubbler today. I dedicate it to StevieFan13, who should have been the biggest fan:

452. Loreen - Euphoria
Year: 2012
Album: Heal
Biggest Fan: Henrik (#882)

Don’t forget you can always vote for earlier songs or change your vote!

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Re: Biggest Fan - April 2020

Post by Wezzo » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:24 am

450. Florence + the Machine – Ship to Wreck - 8.5
451. Talking Heads – I Zimbra - 6
452. Loreen - Euphoria - 7

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