37. Los Campesinos! – ‘Miserabilia’
“Miserabilia to show the kids” is the central idea of LC!’s second-album highlight. Boy-girl vocals and a shoutalong chorus combine with catchy hooks in a song shot through with retrospective bitterness attached to the material memories of relationships past.
38. Kate Bush – ‘π’
Kate Bush’s 2005 comeback record seemed more domesticated than the whimsical offerings of her 1980s heyday. Away from songs about household chores and raising her son, ‘π’ drifts along as a curious character piece about a pi-obsessed mathematician.
39. Miles Davis – ‘Spanish Key’ (single version)
1970’s forward thinking Bitches Brew was revered by some but reviled by traditionalists on its release. Public opinion has unsurprisingly softened towards its revolutionary fusion of jazz improv with a relaxed rock rhythmic structure, and this short cut is lifted from a well-received special edition.
40. Gil Scott-Heron – ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’
Scott-Heron’s new album deserves all the plaudits it gets for joining his performance-poetic style to a trip-hop backing. With a 70s soul accompaniment (on this recording, anyhow), ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ is still his most famous composition, railing against an increasingly consumerist society.
41. Cibo Matto – ‘Sugar Water’
The Japanese-born, NYC-based duo transcend simple genre boundaries, taking influence from all over. The atmospheric and lyrically abstract ‘Sugar Water’ is best known in conjunction with its back to front split-screen video (one of Michel Gondry’s best).
42. Gene Wilder – ‘Pure Imagination’
The iconic song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory serves any mixtape well (perhaps explaining the sheer number of times it’s been sampled and covered). In the guise of the confectioner, Wilder introduces his visitors to the magical factory.
43. Eels – ‘Saw a UFO’
Mark Everett has a history of looking skyward and pondering his own little place in the world, and this rarity’s no exception. His simple words and the gentle arrangement of brass and strings produce a sense of awe and wonder, especially during the falsetto chorus.
*tracks missing on we7.