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Fanning’s Fab 50 (2017)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 26, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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Here it is folks, the Fab 50 as broadcast by Dave Fanning on December 23rd and 24th 2017. Still one or two missing track names, please send us any corrections and we will update. We hope to publish our own #altfab50 before year’s end featuring the fave 2017 tracks from readers and friends of the site so stay tuned..

Listen back to the Fab 50 via the RTE Player: part 1 and part 2.

50. rag’n’bone man – human
49. mic christopher – heyday
48. red hot chilli peppers – scar tissue
47. flaming lips – do you realise?
46. david bowie – where are we now?
45. bon iver – holocene?
44. johnny cash – hurt
43. the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
42. lcd soundsystem – someone great
41. war on drugs – red eyes
40. gorillaz – feel good inc
39. mgmt – electric feel
38. raconteurs – steady as she goes
37. coldplay – fix you
36. bellx1 – the great defector
35. kasabian – fire
34. kings of leon – use somebody
33. arcade fire – intervention
32. the national – bloodbuzz ohio
31. daft punk – get lucky
30. amy winehouse – rehab
29. the temper trap – sweet disposition
28. mgmt – kids
27. arcade fire – everything now
26. u2 – every breaking wave
25. yeah yeah yeahs – maps
24. kurt vile – pretty pimpin
23. the national – fake empire
22. coldplay – yellow
21. radiohead – everything in its right place
20. florence & the machine – dog days are over
19. eminem – lose yourself
18. arctic monkeys – fluorescent adolescent
17. bon iver – skinny love
16. franz ferdinand – take me out
15. mgmt – time to pretend
14. hozier – take me to church
13. future islands – seasons waiting on you
12. foster the people – pumped up kicks
11. london grammar – strong
10. arctic monkeys – do i wanna know?
09. arcade fire – rebellion
08. elbow – one day like this
07. arcade fire – wake up
06. the white stripes – seven nation army
05. the strokes – last night
04. arctic monkeys – i bet you look good on the dancefloor
03. kings of leon – sex on fire
02. lcd soundsystem – all my friends
01. the killers – mr brightside

Fab 50 vs Festive 50 – 2017 Readers Poll?

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, Peel with tags , , on November 28, 2017 by Fanning Sessions

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It’s that time of the year again, where we moan about how Fanning’s Fab 50 isn’t what it used to be. John Peel had the right idea with the Festive 50 – choose 3 favourite tracks released in the past year. We’d love to hear Dave play a show of his favourite tracks of the year. Anyway if the readers of a certain blog were to email, tweet or facebook their top 3 we could come up with our own Festive 50 to be published round about when Dave breaks out the eggnog. Anyone up for it?

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2016)

Posted in Fab50, Music with tags on December 22, 2016 by Fanning Sessions

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It’s a Christmas tradition and who are we to argue. It was missed last year but in 2016 Dave Fanning’s Fab 50 is back with a vengeance and a new spin to keep us all on our toes (songs from 2000 on only). The votes have been counted and Dave will run down the millenium Fab 50 on RTÉ 2fm Friday 23rd 10pm – midnight and Saturday 24th December from 8-11pm.

In case you haven’t already, now might be a good time to check out the excellent Blackpool Sentinel essay on the Fab 50 which sheds some light on Dave Fanning and Ian Wilson’s contribution to the Irish music scene over the last 40 years.

We are looking forward to a radio documentary ‘The Studio 8 Sessions’ which is due to air on RTÉ 2FM Thursday December 29th at 6pm and will feature contributions from Gavin Friday, Christy Dignam, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin.

50. Kasabian ‘Fire’
49. Fionn Regan ‘Be Good Or Be Gone’
48. The Black Keys ‘Everlasting Light’
47. Villagers ‘Courage’
46. London Grammar ‘Strong’
45. U2 ‘Ordinary Love’
44. Ash ‘Shining Light’
43. Alt J ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
42. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Scar Tissue’
41. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘By The Way’
40. Mic Christopher ‘Heyday’
39. Arctic Monkeys ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
38. Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’
37. Radiohead ‘Idioteque’
36. Bon Iver ‘Holocene’
35. Flaming Lips ‘Do You Realise’
34. Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
33. Kodaline ‘High Hopes’
32. Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’
31. David Bowie ‘Where Are We Now?’
30. Kings Of Leon ‘The Bucket’
29. Adele ‘Someone Like You’
28. Outcast ‘Hey Ya’
27. MGMT ‘Time To Pretend’
26. Johnny Cash ‘Hurt’
25. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams ‘Get Lucky’
24. Radiohead ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’
23. The Killers ‘Human’
22. The National ‘Fake Empire’
21. Bellx1 ‘The Great Defector’
20. Hozier ‘Take Me To Church’
19. Sigur Ros ‘Hoppípolla’
18. U2 ‘Every Breaking Wave’
17. Arctic Monkeys ‘Do I Wanna Know’
16. U2 ‘Beautiful Day’
15. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘No-one Knows’
14. David Bowie ‘Lazarus’
13. The National ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’
12. Beyonce ‘Crazy In Love’
11. Coldplay ‘Fix You’
10. The Arcade Fire ‘Rebellion (Lies)’
09. Elbow ‘One Day Like This’
08. The Strokes ‘Last Night’
07. LCD Soundsystem ‘All My Friends
06. Amy Winehouse ‘Rehab’
05. Arctic Monkeys ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
04. Kings Of Leon ‘Sex On Fire’
03. White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’
02. The Killers ‘Mr Brightside’
01. The Arcade Fire ‘Wake Up’

For those counting that’s 11 Irish entries 3 of those from U2 and one song from 2016.

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2013)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music, radio with tags on December 24, 2013 by Fanning Sessions

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50 black keys – gold on the ceiling (2011)
49 o emperor – contact (2013)
48 beth orton – call me the breeze (2012)
47 little green cars – harper lee (2013)
46 pixies – debaser (1989)
45 villagers – becoming a jackal (2010)
44 killers – smile like you mean it (2004)
43 the national – afraid of everyone (2010)
42 the frames – revelate (1995)
41 pearl jam – black (1991)
40 u2 – beautiful day (2000)
39 massive attack – unfinished symphony (1991)
38 artic monkeys – do i wanna know (2013)
37 lcd soundsystem – all my friends (2007)
36 hozier – take me to church (2013)
35 arcade fire – reflektor (2013)
34 led zeppelin – stairway to heaven (1971)
33 new order – blue monday (1983)
32 midlake – roscoe (2006)
31 pink floyd – comfortably numb (1979)
30 the national – demons (2013)
29 bruce springsteen – thunder road (1975)
28 depeche mode – personal jesus (1990)
27 rolling stones – sympathy for the devil (1968)
26 lou reed – walk on the wild side (1972)
25 hot chip – boy from school (2006)
24 my bloody valentine – sometimes (1991)
23 david bowie – life on mars? (1971)
22 stone roses – i am the resurrection (1989)
21 smashing pumpkins – 1979 (1995)
20 bruce springsteen – born to run (1975)
19 arcade fire – wake up (2004)
18 the white stripes – seven nation army (2003)
17 nirvana – smells like teen spirit (1991)
16 rolling stones – gimme shelter (1969)
15 radiohead – paranoid android (1997)
14 the smiths – how soon is now (1984)
13 smashing pumpkins – bullet with butterfly wings (1995)
12 pink floyd – wish you were here (1975)
11 u2 – with or without you (1987)
10 the beatles – a day in the life (1967)
9 the smiths – there is a light that never goes out (1986)
8 elbow – one day like this (2008)
7 the national – fake empire (2007)
6 jeff buckley – hallelujah (1994)
5 daft punk – get lucky (2013)
4 joy division – love will tear us apart (1990)
3 u2 – one (1997)
2 u2 – bad (live) (1985)
1 radiohead – creep (1993)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2012)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, radio with tags on December 21, 2012 by Fanning Sessions

I know the suspense is killing you all so here goes. Christmas has finally arrived when Dave starts running down the Fanning Fab 50. There were a few hitches but hopefully someone at RTE is listening. The rundown concludes on Monday so I will update the post then.

50 Blur – Under The Westway
49 Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others
48 White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
47 Massive Attack – Unfinished Symphony
46 Arcade Fire – Wake Up
45 Bob Dylan – Visions Of Johanna
44 Lana Del Ray – Video Games
43 Bruce Springsteen – The River
42 U2 – The Fly
41 Pogues – A Rainy Night In Soho
40 Radiohead – Street Spirit Fade Out
39 The Doors – Riders On The Storm
38 Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
37 Joy Division – Atmosphere
36 Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
35 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
34 Johnny Cash – Hurt
33 Metallica – Enter Sandman
32 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
31 U2 – Beautiful Day
30 Bon Iver – Calgary
29 U2 – All I Want Is You
28 The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
27 Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
26 Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
25 Pearl Jam – Black
24 Radiohead – Creep
23 Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
22 Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
21 Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
20 Elbow – One Day Like This
19 U2 – With Or Without You
18 The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
17 Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
16 The Pixies – Debaser
15 Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
14 The Beatles – A Day In The Life
13 Radiohead – Paranoid Android
12 The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
11 Smashing Pumkpins – 1979
10 The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
09 The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
08 Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
07 Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
06 The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
05 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
04 Love Will Tear Us Aoart
03 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
02 U2 – Bad (Live)
01 U2 – One

‘In Dublin’ 1984 Ad

Posted in Fab50, Fanning with tags on November 4, 2011 by Fanning Sessions

Thank you to the folks at Brand New Retro for sending this one our way, an ‘In Dublin’ magazine ad from December 1984: “Christmas Week: Fanning’s Fab Fifty Top Singles of the Year Voted by Listeners. New Years Eve Dave’s Review of 1984. The Dave Fanning Show, 7.30pm Monday – Friday Radio 2 AM & Stereo FM Nationwide”. If anyone has a listing or recording of the 1984 Fab Fifty or the Review show we’d love to hear from you..

Fab 50 (1986) Part 6

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 22, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Today’s episode is the last, I have no further tapes from the 1986 Fab 50. Previous episode here and (almost) complete listing here. I hope you enjoyed this series, I think it holds up very well and especially like the strong showing of irish acts. I have no further Fab 50 recordings as I found John Peel’s Festive 50 more interesting musically and those were the shows that marked my Christmases from then on.

17. Tuesday Blue – Tunnel Vision (1986)
16. The Doors – An American Prayer (1978)
15. The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (1985)
14. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (1986)
{ 13. U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984) }
12. New Order – State Of The Nation (1986)
11. The Waterboys – Death Is Not The End (Live On Fanning Show) (1986)

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Fab 50 (1986) Part 5

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 21, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

The penultimate installment of the 1986 Fanning Fab 50..

24. U2 – An Cat Dubh (1980)
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22. Cactus World News – The Bridge (1985)
21. Paul Cleary – Some People Smile (1983)
20. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
[ Andy White – Religious Persuasion (1985) ]
19. Joy Division – Atmosphere (1980)
18. New Order – Blue Monday (1983)

Fab 50 (1986) Part 5

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2010)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning with tags on December 20, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

Well folks it that time of the year again. Dave is at this minute running down the 30th edition of his annual listeners poll. Lets hope lots of imagination and new irish music will be in evidence.. For those of you unable to tune in here’s a live blog of the results as they come in. The show is available online here just hit the ‘Listen Back’ link. For those of you visiting this site for the first time here’s what the Fab 50 looked like way back in 1986 before the internet changed everything. The 2008 and 2009 editions can be found here.

50 Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (2010)
49 Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (1989)
48 Elbow – Grounds For Divorce (2008)
47 Pogues – Fairytale Of New York (1987)
46 Foo Fighters – Everlong (1997)
45 Beatles – Come Together (1969)
44 New Order – Blue Monday (1982)
43 The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio (2010)
42 The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
41 Joy Division – Atmosphere (1980)
40 Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fadeout) (1995)
39 Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (2010)
38 Snow Patrol – Run (2004)
37 U2 – Magnificent (2009)
36 Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone (1965)
35 Thin Lizzy – Dancing In The Moonlight (1973)
34 Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love (2009)
33 AC-DC – Thunderstruck (1990)
32 Radiohead – Paranoid Android (1997)
31 Guns N’ Roses – November Rain (1992)
30 Johnny Cash – Hurt (2002)
29 Arcade Fire – Intervention (2007)
28 Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (1975)
27 Kings Of Leon – The Bucket (2004)
26 The Pixies – Where Is My Mind (1988)
25 Arcade Fire – Wake Up (2004)
24 Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road (1975)
23 The Pixies – Debaser (1987)
22 Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (1979)
21 The Beatles – A Day In The Life (1967)
20 The Killers – Mr Brightside (2003)
19 Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (1994)
18 Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (2006)
17 Pearl Jam – Black (1991)
16 The Smiths – How Soon Is Now (1984)
15 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (2010)
14 U2 – With Or Without You (1987)
13 Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (1986)
12 Elbow – One Day Like This (2008)
11 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
10 Radiohead – Creep (1992)
9 Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (1996)
8 Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven (1971)
7 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (1979)
6 Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection (1989)
5 Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (1969)
4 U2 – Bad (Live) (1985)
3 Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire (2008)
2 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
1 U2 – One (1991)

Fab 50 Part 4 (1986)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 18, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

The fourth installment of the 1986 Fab 50. Don’t forget the 2010 edition kicks off on Dave’s show this Monday. Also tune into Dave Heffernan‘s show on 4FM for some quality tunes..

31. Tuesday Blue – I’m So Scared (Demo) (1986)
30. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars (1985)
29. PiL – Rise (1986)
28. Something Happens – Forget Georgia (Demo) (1986)
27. Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere In Summertime (1982)
26. Half Man Half Biscuit – Dickie Davies Eyes (1986)

Fab 50 Part 4 (1986)

Fab 50 Part 3 (1986)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 17, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

fanningsfab50I don’t know if anyone is following our rundown of the Fab 50 from 1986 (if you are, leave a comment we’d love to hear from you). Today’s installment features what we presume are bubblers, tracks that didn’t quite make the top 50 but which were just outside the chart. Unfortunately most of Dave’s between song banter has been edited out, these were after all mixtapes being created on the fly. Anyway without further ado Side A of the second cassette:

[The Fountainhead – Rhythm Method (1986)]
[The Smiths – This Charming Man (1983)]
[The Babysnakes – Johnny (1986)]
[Joy Division – Decades (1980)]
[The Fall – Mr Pharmacist (1986)]
[U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (1980)]
33. The The – Heartland (1986)
32. Joy Division – New Dawn Fades (1979)

Fab 50 Part 3 (1986)

Fab 50 Part 2 (1986)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 3, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

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Second side of first cassette..

42. Blue In Heaven – I Just Wanna (1986)
[ 54. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)]
41. The Subterraneans – Maxi Joy (Demo) (1986)
40. The Waterboys – This Is The Sea (1985)
39. Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit (1986)
38. Paul Brady – The Island (1985)
37. The Cocteau Twins – Pearly Dew Drops Drop (1984)
36. U2 – ? [tape ends! “song was 13 last year”]

Fab 50 Part 2 (1986)

Fab 50 Part 1 (1986)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on December 1, 2010 by Fanning Sessions

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Long promised and finally here, in anticipation of the imminent broadcast of the 2010 edition here is the first installment of the Fanning Fab 50 from 1986.

50. U2 – A Celebration (1982)
49. New Order – Ceremony (1981)
48. Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots (1986)
47. The Triffids – Wide Open Road (1986)
46. In Tua Nua – Ballad Of Irish Love (1986)
45. The Mission – The Serpent’s Kiss (1986)
44. Aslan – This Is (1986)
43. The Blue Nile – Heatwave (1983)

Fab 50 Part 1 (1986)

Fanning’s Fab 50 (2008 & 2009)

Posted in Fab50, Fanning, Music with tags on November 27, 2009 by Fanning Sessions

I stopped listening about 20 years ago but the Fab Fifty is 29 this year. Looking at last years chart I see only 4 irish acts and those are; U2 (5 entries), Snow Patrol (2), Horslips and The Undertones. I think Dave should revamp the chart and restrict it to music released in the previous 12 months. If you want to see what the Fab Fifty looked like 23 years ago ie in 1986, I tried to piece it together here and count 12 irish bands and 16 irish entries so far. By the way, if anyone would like to listen to those tapes you’ll have to make me an offer!

From Hot Press, 26 Nov 2009:

Listeners have until Sunday 13 December at midnight to vote for their three favourite songs or tracks of all time on RTÉ 2fm’s website.

Now in its 29th year, Fanning’s Fab 50 is RTÉ 2fm’s alternative music poll, mixing new acts with classic rock and indie tunes to give a guide to what people are really listening to out there.

The 2fm website carries the list of the albums up for grabs as well as last year’s Fab 50 to let you know what fans voted for.

FANNING’S FAB 50 (2008)

50. AC/DC – Back in Black
49. The Verve – Love is noise
48. Metallica – Enter Sandman
47. The Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold
46. Guns n Roses – November Rain
45. MGMT – Time to Pretend
44. Kings Of Leon – Fans
43. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
42. Elbow – One Day Like This
41. U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
40. The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
39. Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
38. Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road
37. Radiohead – Creep
36. The Pixies – Debaser
35. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
34. U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
33. Arcade Fire – Intervention
32. The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
31. The Beatles – A day in the life
30. The Killers – Mr Brightside
29. Guns n Roses – Sweet Child o’Mine
28. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
27. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
26. Oasis – Live Forever
25. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
24. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
23. Coldplay – Viva la Vida
22. MGMT – Kids
21. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
20. John Lennon – Imagine
19. The Killers – Human
18. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
17. Johnny Cash – Hurt
16. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
15. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
14. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
13. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
12. Snow Patrol – Run
11. Horslips – Dearg Doom
10. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
09. Pearl Jam – Black
08. The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out
07. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
06. U2 – With or Without You
05. U2 – Bad
04. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
03. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
02. Kings Of Leon – Sex on Fire
01. U2 – One

Well the 2009 results are in so lets have a look. I count 10 irish entries by 4 bands; U2 (5), Snow Patrol (3), Delorentoes and The Frames.

FANNING’S FAB 50 (2009)

50. Radiohead – Karma Police
49. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
48. Elbow – Grounds for Divorce
47. The Coronas – Heroes and Ghosts
46. Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
45. Radiohead – Creep
44. The Frames – Revelate
43. The Pixies – Debaser
42. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
41. Muse – Super Massive Black Hole
40. Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
39. Delorentos – S-E-C-R-E-T
38. Coldplay – Yellow
37. Queens of The Stone Age – No One Knows
36. U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
35. Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
34. The Killers – Human
33. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
32. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
31. U2 – Magnificent
30. Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
29. The Arcade Fire – Intervention
28. Foo Fighters – Everlong
27. Empire of The Sun – Walking On a Dream
26. Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
25. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
24. Johnny Cash – Hurt
23. Pearl Jam – Black
22. Florence and The Machine – Cosmic Love
21. Snow Patrol – Run
20. Oasis – Live Forever
19. The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
18. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
17. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
16. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
15. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
14. Elbow – One Day Like This
13. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
12. Muse – Uprising
11. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
10. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
09. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
08. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
07. U2 – With or Without You
06. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
05. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
04. U2 – Bad
03. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
02. Kings of Leon – Sex on fire
01. U2 – One