Fanning’s Fab 50 (2011)

The 1986 Fanning’s Fab 50 was surely much more interesting but we’re a sucker for lists so here goes. PS If you have any old Fanning tapes in the attic we’ll give them a good home..

Update: Well the final result is in and we’ll let you judge for yourselves. One entry in the Fab 50 from 2011 is pretty telling. Can’t really see us going to the trouble next year.

Listen back on the RTE radio player: part 1,part 2, part 3.

50. R.E.M ‘Nightswimming’
49. Bob Dylan ‘Hurricane’
48. Neil Young ‘Heart Of Gold’
47. Elbow ‘Grounds For Divorce’ (48)
46. Florence & The Machine ‘Cosmic Love’ (34)
45. Lykke Li ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’
44. Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’
43. Joy Division ‘Atmosphere’ (41)
42. The Beatles ‘I Am The Walrus’
41. Thin Lizzy ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
40. The National ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’
39. The Verve ‘Bittersweet Symphony’
38. The Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’
37. The Doors ‘Riders On The Storm’
36. Radiohead ‘Fake Plastic Trees’
35. U2 ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
34. Jimi Hendrix ‘Purple Haze’
33. The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’
32. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl ‘Fairytale of New York’
31. The Stone Roses ‘I Wanna Be Adored’
30. The Beatles ‘A Day In The Life’
29. New Order ‘Blue Monday’
28. Arcade Fire ‘Wake Up’
27. Oasis ‘Live Forever’
26. Bob Dylan ‘Like A Rolling Stone’
25. Arcade Fire ‘Intervention’
24. Kings Of Leon ‘Sex On Fire’
23. Radiohead ‘Paranoid Android’
22. Bruce Springsteen ‘Thunder Road’
21. Johnny Cash ‘Hurt’
20. Pink Floyd ‘Comfortably Numb’
19. Elbow ‘One Day Like This’
18. Jeff Buckley ‘Hallelujah’
17. Foo Fighters ‘Everlong’
16. Radiohead ‘Creep’
15. Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’
14. Bruce Springsteen ‘Born To Run’
13. The Pixies ‘Debaser’
12. Pearl Jam ‘Black’
11. Pink Floyd ‘Wish You Were Here’
10. Smashing Pumpkins ‘1979’
9. The Smiths ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
8. The Rolling Stones ‘Gimme Shelter’
7. The Stone Roses ‘I Am The Resurrection’
6. Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’
5. U2 ‘With Or Without You’
4. Joy Division ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
3. U2 ‘Bad’
2. U2 ‘One’
1. Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

And some of the ones that got away.. Yes these numbers don’t all add up I need to go back and double check. Dave seemed a bit all over the place, maybe he’s lost interest as well?

100. Derek & The Dominoes ‘Layla’
99. Avi Buffalo ‘Remember Last Time’ (2010)
98. Wilco ‘One Sunday Morning’
97. Metronomy ‘She Wants’ (2011)
96. The Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy In The UK’
94. The Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen In Love?’
93. Led Zeppelin ‘Kashmir’
92. The Smashing Pumpkins ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’
91. PJ Harvey ‘Let England Shake’ (2011)
90. Blur ‘Tender’
89. The Jesus & Mary Chain ‘April Skies’
86. Bon Iver ‘Skinny Love’
85. The Avalanches ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’
84. The Jam ‘That’s Entertainment’
83. Jape ‘Lying On A Deathbed’
82. TV On The Radio’Family Tree’
81. ? The Beta Band ‘Dry The Rain’
81. Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’
80. The Pixies ‘Here Comes Your Man’
80. The Only Ones ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’
78. The Frames ‘Fitzcarraldo’
77. Bon Iver ‘Holocene’
76. Bob Marley ‘Jammin’
75. The Waterboys ‘Glastonbury Song’
74. Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’
73. Nick Cave ‘Into Your Arms’
67. Bon Iver ‘For Emma’
62. Rage Against The Machine ‘Killing In The Name’
57. The White Stripes ‘The Hardest Button to Button’
58. Manic Street Preachers ‘A Design For Life’
??. Sigur Ros ‘Svefn-g-englar’

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One Response to “Fanning’s Fab 50 (2011)”

  1. Is this the first time One was also two and twenty simulaneously?! Nice to see Black hold its own at 12. 1991 was a vintage year. Very few new songs amde the cut. Sad but true.

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