10 songs that ask questions

16 January 2020, 09:00 | Updated: 16 January 2020, 10:17

The Smiths in 1983: Johnny Marr and Morrissey
The Smiths in 1983: Johnny Marr and Morrissey. Picture: Clare Muller/Redferns/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?

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

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

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

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

  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?

  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.

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

    Dunno Moby - maybe go and see a doctor?

  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.

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

    Another needy lot - this time, from Liverpool.

  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?"

  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!

  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.


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