British magazine names the greatest songs of all time08 february 2014, 14:08
Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit has been named the greatest song of all time by a popular British music magazine, NME.
New Musical Express, widely known as NME, created by Theodore Ingham, is a UK weekly pop/rock music magazine published since March 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart in its November 14, 1952 edition.
The magazine's past and present journalists have worked together to compile a massive Top 500 list soon to be made available online in full.
Smells Like Teen Spirit is number one in the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Smells Like Teen Spirit is the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Nevermind (1991), released on DGC Records. Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig, the song uses averse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and the chorus to create an alternating loud and quiet dynamic.
The song Love Will Tear Us Apart by British rock band Joy Division is in the second place of the rating.
Love Will Tear Us Apart was written in August 1979, and debuted when the band supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September and October 1979. It is one of the few songs in which singer Ian Curtis plays a guitar (albeit somewhat minimally). The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis's marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. The title is an ironic reference to Love Will Keep Us Together. Deborah Curtis had the phrase "Love Will Tear Us Apart" inscribed on Ian Curtis's memorial stone. The song was first released in June 1980 and became the band's first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.
I Feel Love performed by American singer Donna Summer is in the third line.
I Feel Love is a song by Donna Summer, taken from her 1977 concept album I Remember Yesterday. The song constituted the "future" segment of the album, which represented a stylistic progress through time. I Feel Love peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Billboard Hot Soul Chart. It quickly became popular in gay dance clubs and was adopted as a gay anthem.
NME has put the song How Soon Is Now? by British rock band The Smiths in the fourth place.
How Soon Is Now? was written by Smiths singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, it was originally a B-side of the 1984 single William, It Was Really Nothing. How Soon Is Now? was subsequently featured on the compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on U.S., Canadian, Australian and Warner UK editions of the group's second album Meat Is Murder (1985). It was belatedly released as a single in the UK in 1985, where it reached number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.
Last Nite by American indie-rock band The Strokes got the fifth place in the rating.
Last Nite was released as the second single from The Strokes debut album Is This It and written by The Stroke's frontman Julian Casablancas. The track was the first song to enter on the American charts, it reached the Top Five on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks in late 2001. Meanwhile, the single obtained a moderate success in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.