10 songs that ask questions

13 April 2024, 13:25

Brandon Flowers with the biggest question of 2008
Brandon Flowers with the biggest question of 2008. Picture: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Who? Why? How? What? Rock ’n’ roll is full of questions - some more stupid than others.

Radio X counts down some of the great music unanswerables from How Was It For You? to What Difference Does It Make?

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  1. The Killers - "Are we human? Or are we dancer?"

    We still don’t understand what Brandon Flowers means, all these years later.

    The Killers - Human (Official Music Video)

  2. The Smiths - "What difference does it make?"

    “It makes none” - Morrissey answers himself in this classic song. Fine.

    The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make? (Official Music Video)

  3. The Clash - "Should I stay or should I go?"

    “If I go, there will be trouble / And if I stay it will be double.” Well, you’ve had it either way, haven’t you?

    The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go (Official Video)

  4. Travis - "Why does it always rain on me?"

    “Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?” More likely because you live in Scotland, Fran.

    Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me? (Official Video)

  5. Moby - "Why does my heart feel so bad?"

    Dunno Moby - maybe go and see a doctor?

    Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

  6. David Bowie - "Is there life on Mars?"

    Well, we’ve sent Curiosity Rover up there to find out, so let’s see what happens.

    David Bowie – Life On Mars? (Official Video)

  7. The Zutons - "Why won't you give me your love?"

    Another needy lot - this time, from Liverpool.

    The Zutons - Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?

  8. R.E.M. - "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

    Michael Stipe based this 1994 track on an incident in which US TV newsreader was appaerently attacked by two men who cried, "Kenneth, what's the frequency?"

    R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Official Music Video)

  9. James - "How was it for you?"

    A post-coital query (we think) from Tim Booth. “Well that's the best it's ever been” - ooh, cheers!

    James - How Was It For You?

  10. Oasis - "What's the story, morning glory?"

    Liam asks: “What’s the story?” About that “morning glory”. Go and look it up. Actually - DON’T.

    Oasis - Morning Glory (Official Video)