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33 Joni Mitchell Down to You Court & Spark, 1974 Joni Mitchell is the most accomplished lyricist pop has ever known, and from the end of the Sixties to the mid-Seventies her words, voice and melodic invention were peerless.
Everything’s perfect: the melody, the bizarre lyrical mash up of Aleister Crowley weirdness with cosy domesticity, all delivered with such artless charm: ‘I’ve made some breakfast and coff-ee-ee-eee…’ 19 Led Zeppelin The Battle of Evermore Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 Besides having the best mandolin intro ever, The Battle Of Evermore is quite possibly the finest flowering of Zep’s epic ‘Gandalf waggles his pointy slippers’ folk rock phase. 20 Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile Electric Ladyland, 1968 Fifteen minutes long, this extended version of Voodoo Chile finds Hendrix in devastating form.9 The Clash Jimmy Jazz London Calling, 1979 Delivered with drunken elegance, Joe Strummer proves there’s more to punk than attitude and power chords.10 Franz Ferdinand Jacqueline Franz Ferdinand, 2004 ‘It’s always better on holiday’ runs the Glasgow band’s supremely catchy chorus. 11 Velvet Underground Venus in Furs Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967 Thumping, incessant and threateningly demonic, Venus in Furs is the highlight of the New Yorkers’ Andy Warhol-produced album.14 Genesis Supper’s Ready Foxtrot, 1972 ‘Walking across the sitting room I turned the television o-off…’ You’re not supposed to admit to liking winsome, early Seventies, public-schooly progressive art rock songs lasting more than 20 minutes. Then Young’s winsome, sweet, quavery little-boy-lost voice comes to the rescue ‘Country girl I think you’re purrtyy…’ 16 The Streets Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way A Grand Don’t Come for Free, 2004 Should he stay in with his girlfriend or go out?This dilemma inspires one of The Streets’ finest moments.