It’s May 23, meaning that it’s also Title Track Day today (really!). So, we thought we’d pick out 10 great ones that we reckon have stood the test of time for various reasons. Here goes something!

 

Heroes – David Bowie (1977)

“We could steal time, just for one day.”
It may have only been 1977, but this was the prolific Dave’s 12th album. The only one of ‘the Berlin trilogy’ that was fully recorded in Berlin, this title track is one of those rare beasties that still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Masterpiece.

 

The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths (1986)

“Take me back to dear old Blighty…”
Having gone past the difficult second album with Meat Is Murder, The Smiths slapped everybody about the chops with this killer third long-player. It was so full off top tunes that this one, arguably the highlight, remained an album track. Top Derek Jarman visuals, too.

 

Infected – The The (1986)

“I can’t give you up, till I’ve got more than enough…”
The second album from Matt Johnson, who had such a good band name in ‘The The’ that it didn’t matter that he was basically a solo act. Infected very much sets the album’s tone, and sits perfectly just two tracks away from the sublime Heartland.

 

Black Celebration – Depeche Mode (1986)

“I want to take you in my arms, forgetting all I couldn’t do today.”
Depeche Mode’s first and only foray into album titling via song name, this one couldn’t have set the tone better for their further descent into darker electronic sounds – and the themes were getting more full-on, too. We’d say we just can’t get enough of this album, but that would be naff.

 

(I’m) Stranded – The Saints (1976)

“I’m riding on a midnight train and everybody looks just the same.”
As debut singles go, this ground-shaking aural explosion has to be right up there (“there” being the top of the pile, of course). It also beat other punks such as the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Damned to the singular release punch and changed the life of at least one kid that we know…

 

This Is Hardcore – Pulp (1998)

“I like your get-up, if you know what I mean.”
Having waited over a decade for “overnight” success, Pulp should have won an award for patience. Instead they scooped the shiny thing pool for the forerunner to this, Different Class. We think Jarvis and friends freaked out a bit at the attention, but when that reaction produced this incredible track we’re certainly not going to complain.

 

Parklife – Blur (1994)

“It’s got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know.”
Ground zero for what became ‘Britpop’, the last minute roping in of mod hero Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) to chatter away the verse lyrics was a masterstroke. Interestingly, Blur’s album before this, Modern Life Is Rubbish, was probably even more Britpop than Parklife.

 

Vienna – Ultravox (1980)

“The warmth of your hand and a cold grey sky, it fades to the distance.”
The lyrics may arguably have been utter twaddle, but this instantly recognisable tune from Ultravox’s first album with ex-Visage mo-toter Midge Ure basically defined “new wave” as it was at the time – musically AND visually.

 

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics (1983)

“Some of them want to use you. Some of them want to get used by you.”
The entire new wave thing – as vastly wide-ranging as it was – spawned many a surprise. Annie Lennox pushed similar gender-messing boundaries to Boy George and, along with beardie buddy Dave, delivered this crazy-good tune as well. Plus the video has cows! We like cows.

 

The Bends – Radiohead (1995)

“Where do we go from here? The words are coming out all weird.”
No video, so here it is live. It was the album that nobody saw coming from the assumed one hit wonders. Still, if you’d caught them live before release or 1994’s My Iron Lung EP – it wasn’t such a surprise. We reckon this album is their finest moment. Sure, OK Computer was cool and all, but then along came the jazz and being wilfully obscure.

 

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