The Prodigy: their 10 best songs
30 June 2021, 10:00
The Prodigy's epic album The Fat Of The Land was released on 30 June 1997, but there are many more classic tracks in the band's back catalogue...
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Perhaps the greatest Prodigy tune of all, released as a single over a year before the accompanying album The Fat Of The Land dropped. Featuring a sample of The Art Of Noise’s 1980s classic Close (To The Edit), the video features the late, great Keith Flint giving a legendary performance at the deserted Aldwych Underground station.
The Prodigy - Voodoo People
Phenomenally BIG tune from Music For The Jilted Generation, this bass-heavy techno classic was given an early remix by The Chemical Brothers back when they were still known as “The Dust Brothers”.
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
Based around a supercharged sample from a 1987 by Kelly Charles, this 1994 single made Number 4 in the UK charts, heralding The Prodigy’s most successful period.
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
It was controversial then, and it’s aged pretty badly in the current climate, but this combination of driving big beats (complete with dubious sample of Ultramagnetic MCs) and an outrageous video directed by Jonas Åkerlund made this a guilty pleasure. And the twist in the video subverts the whole idea. Never mind that, though - here's the tune going off at various festivals in 2009.
The Prodigy - Charly
Keith Flint didn’t actually appear on The Prodigy’s debut single - its star was a sample of the 1970s children’s character Charly, the cat who warned kids of the dangers of talking to strangers, playing with matches and a multitude of other everyday hazards.
The Prodigy - Out Of Space
Utterly bonkers early single from The Prodigy, which taps into the breaking genre of drum and bass. The sample “I’ll take your brain to another dimension, pay close attention” is another clip of Liam Howlett’s favourite act Ultramagnetic MCs.
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
A storming latter-day entry from The Prodigy and the title track for their fifth studio album in 2009. Still nose-bleed-inducing, still relentless, still brilliant.
The Prodigy - Breathe
Possibly their most accessible track, Breathe made Number 1 in 1996 and showcases the merciless vocal duo of Keith Flint and Maxim.
The Prodigy - Poison
Released in March 1995, Poison wasn't your usual 1,000bpm Prodigy banger and was all the better for it.
The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
Beautifully no-nonsense early track from the team - the cover of the single features a photo of the old Corkscrew ride from Alton Towers, which kind of sums up what you can expect.