The bell has now rung on the “Is there a song that no one dislikes” thread.
We appear to have rounded up a surprisingly long and varied list of tunes against which nobody here is willing to speak out. So, we know they’re not disliked: but are they truly loved?
We now shift into the second and final phase of our mission to find the song most likely to unite the Afterword. The rules are simple. Select from the list below the one song you love the most, and post its name.
At 5pm on Wednesday 22 Feb, voting will close, voting will be collated, and we will identify, once and forever more, The One True Tune To Rule Them All.
One vote per person, please, all multiples will be discounted (tigger). In the event of multiple votes in a single post, the first named song will be counted.
If you’re struggling to decide, I recommend this mental exercise: imagine you’re in a vast room, with all the other inhabitants of the Afterword, drinks in hand. Suddenly, the tannoy sputters into life, and begins to play a song. What song would you most want it to be?
Looking at the list, it’s clear that Motown is the sound around which the Afterword can most gladly congregate. Indeed, this may be the least white list in the entire history of the blog. But will the effect of all that soul music be to effectively split the vote? Or will clear Afterword favourite Sam Cooke (a record setting 4 nominations here) romp to victory? We leave that, and other, questions to democracy, that great and noble process which has never failed us in recent times.
Some further rules:
1. No additional vetoes will be considered from this point. We all had our chance, and besides: NO-ONE dislikes these songs. That’s just a fact.
2. If you spent round one outside shouting at pigeons, feel free to come indoors into the warm and cast your vote.
I’d also like to say hats off to Declan, who played the system like a fiddle by nominating Heartbreak Hotel as the clock struck midnight (so to speak). Well done, that man!
Up The Junction – Squeeze
Get Ready – The Temptations
Just For You – Sam Cooke
A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
Today I Met The Boy I’m Gonna Marry – Darlene Love
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Aretha
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman – Aretha
Robin Hood and Little John, Running Through The Forrest – Robin Hood
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack
King of Rome – The Unthanks
Northern Sky – Nick Drake
Every Time We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald
These Boots Were Made For Walkin – Nancy Sinatra
Sinnerman – Nina Simone
What A Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It) – En Vogue
Be My Wife – David Bowie
An Ending (Ascent) – Brian Eno
Pop Muzik – M
Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna
When You Walk In The Room – Jackie DeShannon
Pick Up The Pieces – The Average White Band
I Feel Love – Donna Summer
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
Heroes – David Bowie
Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley
That Lucky Old Sun – Ray Charles
Wonderful Remark – Van Morrison
Kiss – Prince
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
I Want Your Love – Chic
This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush
September – Earth, Wind and Fire
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Woolly Bully – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Rumble – Link Wray
Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
Ghost Town – The Specials
Loaded – Primal Scream
Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground