Wednesday, 16 September 2015

My favourite list of Manic Street Preachers songs

(Originally posted on Friday, 7 August 2015; updated most recently on 2 September 2017)

I had to expand my favourite list of Manic Street Preachers songs (the original list featured “only” 75 songs) just because the “B-sides and Rarities” that are in this collection:
Send Away The Tigers 10 Year Collectors’ Edition review
are simply fantastic!

Now the list features 90 songs divided into 5 discs (18 songs per disc). I also replaced two songs from the previous list and changed the order of all the songs according to my current preferences. The first disc is “the best of the best” (from my point of view) and the following discs are ordered in a similar manner. I described the first disc in detail here:
My favourite list of Manic Street Preachers songs (1 CD version)

I'm sure other die-hard fans of Manics would totally disagree with me, but I don't care – it's my list. Obviously any “my favourite list” is totally subjective and personally I prefer lyrics that are not too controversial or rebellious, but I still enjoy some strong and/or thought-provoking ones.

The order of the songs on every disc is atypical – more than half of the songs on each disc are ordered counter-chronologically and the rest are ordered chronologically. Why? Because I enjoy the songs from the most recent albums more, so I want my discs to start and end with them.

The list is a kind of base for my ratings for all Manics' albums that are described here:
Manic Street Preachers albums

Here is my favourite list of MSP songs – album versions of all the songs [with slight modifications]:

Disc 1

1. The View from Stow Hill
2. Builder of Routines
3. Don't Be Evil
4. Marlon J.D.
5. Little Girl Lost
6. Indian Summer
7. Empty Souls
8. There by the Grace of God
9. Epicentre [without the hidden song at the end]
10. Black Dog on My Shoulder
11. Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)
12. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) [with a louder beginning]
13. Little Baby Nothing
14. Autumnsong
15. Ghost of Christmas
16. All We Make Is Entertainment
17. 30-Year War
18. Black Square [without the annoying beginning]

Disc 2

19. Sex, Power, Love and Money
20. Show Me the Wonder
21. A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun
22. Peeled Apples
23. Welcome to the Dead Zone
24. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
25. Solitude Sometimes Is
26. The Convalescent
27. My Little Empire
28. Australia
29. Sleepflower
30. Motorcycle Emptiness
31. Imperial Bodybags
32. Umbrella
33. 1404
34. I Think I Found It
35. (I Miss the) Tokyo Skyline
36. The Next Jet to Leave Moscow

Disc 3

37. Misguided Missile
38. Running Out of Fantasy
39. Postcards from a Young Man
40. Fearless Punk Ballad
41. The Second Great Depression
42. Fragments
43. His Last Painting
44. Ready for Drowning
45. Enola/Alone
46. Roses in the Hospital
47. You Love Us
48. Miss Europa Disco Dancer
49. Rendition
50. Leviathan
51. Anorexic Rodin
52. Golden Platitudes
53. Rewind the Film
54. Futurology

Disc 4

55. Walk Me to the Bridge
56. 4 Lonely Roads
57. (It's Not War) Just the End of Love
58. Foggy Eyes
59. I'm Just a Patsy
60. Glasnost
61. Let Robeson Sing
62. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
63. A Design for Life
64. Stay Beautiful
65. You Stole the Sun from My Heart
66. Royal Correspondent
67. I Live to Fall Asleep
68. Lady Lazarus [without the poem at the beginning]
69. Morning Comrades
70. As Holy as the Soil (That Buries Your Skin)
71. Manorbier
72. Between the Clock and the Bed

Disc 5

73. Dreaming a City (Hughesovka)
74. Anthem for a Lost Cause
75. Auto-Intoxication
76. Boxes and Lists
77. The Long Goodbye
78. Send Away the Tigers
79. To Repel Ghosts
80. Found That Soul
81. Be Natural
82. Everything Must Go
83. Methadone Pretty
84. Condemned to Rock 'N' Roll
85. The Year of Purification
86. Heyday of the Blood
87. Love Letter to the Future
88. This Sullen Welsh Heart [without the too-quiet start]
89. 3 Ways to See Despair
90. Divine Youth

When I look at the above list I think that Manic Street Preachers are one of the best bands in music history. And one of the most underrated.

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