What are the 10 best Smiths songs?

4. “This Charming Man”—The single-best showcase for Marr’s guitar?


3. “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”—That heartbreaking melody! Those pleading lyrics! The song’s mix of confidence and insecurity would seem utterly peculiar if the Smiths didn’t make it such a franchise.


2. “Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now”—A song that defines the Smiths' whole ethos, musically and lyrically. Click here for the version you already know, and here for a live version with Marr’s guitar way out of tune (but Morrissey in glasses!).


1. “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”—The greatest, most quotable morbid love song in human history. Swell video, too. All together now: “And if a 10-ton truck kills the both of us / To die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.”


Well, this is good list -- not too many vital tracks missing. I might bring in Sheila Take a Bow, Half A Person and Unlovable in place of Rusholme Ruffians, This Charming Man and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now.


What's your top 10, Smiths fan? Let us know in the comments.

Recognizing the release (and very good reviews) of Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal, out today, Paste has released a list of the 10 best Smiths songs. Let's see if we at CL agree with it:

10. “Bigmouth Strikes Again”—One of three Queen Is Dead songs on this list, “Bigmouth” features a nice anachronistic lyric about Joan of Arc and a Walkman. The song rocks fairly hard by Smiths standards; a colleague recently told me that “Morrissey actually growls on the live version off Rank,” then played me the clip. (Sure enough, he does.)

9. “Ask”—A highlight among highlights on Louder Than Bombs, in which our narrator spends “warm summer days indoors / writing frightening verse to a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg.”

8. “Rusholme Ruffians”—An underrated Meat Is Murder track, which makes our list for three reasons: Johnny Marr’s jangly guitar, Morrissey’s schoolboy angst and the hopelessly romantic lyric, “I might walk home alone / but my faith in love is still devout”

7. “Girlfriend in a Coma”—A vicious two-minute pop song that leaves you reeling.

6. “How Soon Is Now”—Thanks to Marr’s epic riff, this may be the most widely known Smiths song amongst the general public. For a band that specialized in intimacy, “How Soon” works surprisingly well as an ’80s anthem.

5. “Panic”—I’ve always wanted a radio show with this as my theme song. (Bonus points if you can watch the video without vomiting.)

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