Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears
In 2010, we ran down one thousand of the finest tracks ever recorded, as chosen by listeners, presenters and a team of experts.
"I will be chasing the starlight, until the end of my life…" Muse thought that Starlight was the toughest track from the Black Holes And Revelations album to complete – but their patience paid off with this absolute classic.
"Yesterday I got so old, I felt like I could die."
"I've been looking so long at these pictures of you."
"I watch the TV, forget what I'm told / Well, I am too young, and they are too old."
"I know Saint Peter won't call my name, never an honest word… But that was when I ruled the world."
"Tonight there'll be a ruckuss regardless of what's gone before."
"Do you realise - that everyone you know someday will die?"
"I wish I could be like David Watts and have all the money that he's got."
"I'm running away with you, that's all I ever do."
"Heard codes in the melody, you heeded the call, / You were born with ten fingers and you're gonna use them all."
"The blood aint on my face, just wanted you near me."
"I never thought this day would end."
"Out of the darkness, our love shines on."
"Helter Skelter, she coming down fast…"
"This is my final fit, my final bellyache."
"There's plenty more fish in the sea."
"Chelsea Chelsea I believe that when your dancing…" The Fratellis second single from 2006, Chelsea Dagger was written about Jon Fratelli’s wife, who was a burlesque dancer.
"The killer in you is the killer in me."
"This fear's got a hold on me…" West London’s White Lies made it big when they ditched their previous incarnation as Fear Of Flying. They began work on darkly romantic pop songs, such as the exhilarating Death.
"My baby's got the bends." A live favourite for Radiohead fans long before it was recorded. Producer John Leckie claims it was this song that finally gave Jonny Greenwood his signature guitar sound.
"We want to be free, to do what we want to do..." Initially sceptical of dance music, by the time producer Andrew Weatherall had finished with their track I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have, Primal Scream were definitely converts. The result was the classic Loaded.
In this Monkeys classic, Alex Turner pokes fun at a young Yorkshire band who are trying to pose as a hipper American version of themselves
"You'll never be alone again…" An awesome soundclash of the French dance duo Justice remixing brit indie Dj collective Simian’s track Never Be Alone.
"Come back stronger than a powered-up Pac Man."
"It’s a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me and I'm feeling good…" An assured cover of the Nina Simone classic. Matt Bellamy makes this stirring ballad very much his own.
"Little Mona Lisa laying by my side…"
"Take my shoes off and I will throw them in the lake." Sunderland’s Futureheads were reluctant to release their cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love, but after recording it for a session, they changed their minds…and became a Top 10 hit.
"Sup up your beer and collect your fags - there's a row going on down near Slough." Taken from the classic album Setting Sons, Eton Rifles is vintage Paul Weller, being a vicious attack on the class war.
"She said there's ants in the carpet… dirty little monsters."
Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as…" Originally recorded with Damon Albarn performing all the parts, this song became a Brit Pop classic when Quadrophenia actor Phil Daniels was enlisted.
"So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists…"
"Now I know how Joan of Arc felt."
"As they took his soul they stole his pride…" Amazingly never released as a single, Cast No Shadow was dedicated to the troubled Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft.
"I would like to leave this city, this old town don't smell too pretty."
"Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmond Dekker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barrett in vain."
"I know a girl with the golden touch… She's got enough, she's got too much." Apparently inspired by Mairead Nash, one of the Queens Of Noize DJ team, Golden Touch established Johnny Borrell as a song writing talent to be reckoned with.
"Here comes Johnny Yen again…"
"Do you remember the time I knew a Girl From Mars?" A classic punk-fuelled love song from the Northern Irish power trio, and the band’s breakthrough single.
"I've been walking in the rain, just to get wet on purpose."
"Take me away from this big bad world and agree to marry me…"
"Burn my sweet effigy, I’m a road runner." Worked up from an idea for a b-side by guitarist Serge Pizzorno, Fire became one of Kasabian’s biggest hits.
"You're not nineteen forever, pull yourself together." Liam Fray’s call for listeners to seize the day was taken from the Courteeners’ acclaimed debut album St Jude and made number 19 in the singles charts
"I would say I'm sorry if I thought that it would change your mind."
"Space travel's in my blood."
"It only takes one tree to make a thousand matches, it only takes one match to burn a thousand trees."
"Don't you know you've got your Daddy's eyes?"