It crossed my mind that it might be interesting to divide up The 143 as I went along, into decades, as a way of plotting, at a glance, any epochal weighting. Within the span of 1944-2015, the 80s are dominant, but it’s nice to be able to see the way it ebbs and flows like a tide. (All entries are clickable links.)


40s [1]
Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land 1944

50s [2]
Dave Brubeck Quartet Take Five 1959
Miles Davis So What 1959

60s [19]
Patsy Cline Crazy 1961
The Shirelles Baby It’s You 1961
The Kingsmen Louie Louie 1963
The Ronettes Be My Baby 1963
The Temptations It’s Growing 1965
Frank Wilson Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) 1965
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations 1966
The Byrds Eight Miles High 1966
The Elgins Put Yourself In My Place 1966
Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ 1966
The Doors The End 1967
The Velvet Underground Venus In Furs 1967
Scott Walker Montague Terrace (In Blue) 1967
The Beatles Blackbird 1968
Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds 1968
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 1968
Crosby, Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express 1969
Bob Dylan Tell Me That It Isn’t True 1969
Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love 1969

70s [35]
Free All Right Now 1970
James Brown Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine Part 1 1970
George Harrison Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) 1970
The Spinners It’s A Shame 1970
The Supremes Stoned Love 1970
America A Horse With No Name 1971
The Rolling Stones Wild Horses 1971
Sly & The Family Stone Family Affair 1971
Faces Ooh La La 1973
The Jackson Sisters I Believe In Miracles 1973
The Sweet Blockbuster! 1973
Bobby Womack Across 110th Street 1973
Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman, No Cry (Live) 1975
Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V 1975
10cc I’m Not In Love 1975
The Eagles Hotel California 1976
Althea & Donna Uptown Top Ranking 1977
David Bowie Be My Wife 1977
Buzzcocks Boredom 1977
Electric Light Orchestra Mr Blue Sky 1977
Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant 1977
Blondie Heart Of Glass 1978
Chic Le Freak 1978
Kevin Coyne Dynamite Daze 1978
Squeeze Up The Junction 1978
The Clash Groovy Times 1979
Joy Division She’s Lost Control 1979
Gang Of Four 5.45 1979
Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark Electricity 1979
Sparks The Number One Song In Heaven 1979
The Specials Gangsters 1979
Tubeway Army Are ‘Friends’ Electric? 1979
The Undertones You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It!) 1979
XTC Making Plans For Nigel 1979

80s [50]
Bauhaus In The Flat Field 1980
A Certain Ratio Shack Up 1980
The Human League Being Boiled 1980
The Psychedelic Furs Fall 1980
Diana Ross Upside Down 1980
Talking Heads Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 1980
Clock DVA 4 Hours 1981
The Fire Engines Candy Skin 1981
Kraftwerk The Model 1981
Pigbag Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag 1981
Simple Minds Theme for Great Cities 1981
Elvis Costello and the Attractions Beyond Belief 1982
The Cure One Hundred Years 1982
Indeep Last Night a DJ Saved My Life 1982
The Jam Beat Surrender 1982
Wah! The Story of the Blues Part 1 1982
Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding 1982
ABC Unzip 1983
The Chameleons Don’t Fall 1983
Herbie Hancock Rockit 1983
The Lotus Eaters The First Picture Of You 1983
The The Uncertain Smile 1983
Cocteau Twins Ivo 1984
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Rattlesnakes 1984
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon 1984
Everything But The Girl Each And Every One 1984
Prefab Sprout When Love Breaks Down 1984
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. 1984
Colourbox Just Give ’Em Whiskey 1985
The Fall L.A. 1985
The Jesus & Mary Chain Never Understand 1985
Killing Joke Love Like Blood 1985
The Smiths Rusholme Ruffians 1985
The Triffids Wide Open Road 1985
Tom Waits Jockey Full Of Bourbon 1985
The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon 1985
The Housemartins Happy Hour 1986
DJ Scott La Rock, Blastmaster KRS One & D-Nice South Bronx 1986
Eric B & Rakim Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness – The Coldcut Remix) 1987
The House Of Love Christine 1987
Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind 1987
Public Enemy Rebel Without A Pause 1987
Sonic Youth (I Got A) Catholic Block 1987
The Wedding Present My Favourite Dress 1987
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds City Of Refuge 1988
Happy Mondays Mad Cyril 1988
Morrissey Everyday Is Like Sunday 1988
The Sisters Of Mercy Lucretia My Reflection 1988
Nine Inch Nails Something I Can Never Have 1989
Pixies Debaser 1989
The Stone Roses Fools Gold 1989

90s [18]
The Farm All Together Now 1990
My Bloody Valentine Soon 1990
The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (7″ Edit) 1990
Billy Bragg Tank Park Salute 1991
Massive Attack Unfinished Sympathy 1991
The Source featuring Candi Staton You Got The Love (Now Voyager Radio Edit) 1991
Teenage Fanclub The Concept 1991
Carter USM The Only Living Boy In New Cross 1992
Cud Rich And Strange 1992
Manic Street Preachers Motorcycle Emptiness 1992
James Sometimes 1993
New Order Regret 1993
Killah Priest B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) 1995
Lionrock Fire Up The Shoesaw 1996
Blur Song 2 1997
Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) 1998
Asian Dub Foundation Free Satpal Ram 1998
Dr Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) Still D.R.E. 1999

2000s [14]
Radiohead Idioteque 2000
Wu-Tang Clan Let My Niggas Live 2000
Blind Boys Of Alabama Way Down In The Hole 2001
Elbow Any Day Now 2001
Johnny Cash Hurt 2002
Beyoncé (Featuring Jay-Z) Crazy In Love 2003
OutKast Hey Ya! 2003
Arcade Fire Rebellion (Lies) 2004
Beastie Boys An Open Letter To NYC 2004
Kanye West Jesus Walks 2004
The Rakes We Are All Animals 2005
Arctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes Down 2006
Burial Archangel 2007
Jim Bob Cartoon Dad 2007

2010s [4]
Adele Rolling In The Deep 2011
Metronomy The Look 2011
Lana Del Rey Radio 2012
Sleaford Mods Face to Faces 2015


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