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XFM is an alternative-oriented radio station out of London. Their Top 1000 Songs of All Time List, presented online on 10/14/2010, offered up a list based on an annual listeners’ poll, most requested songs, and suggestions from radio DJs and celebrity guests. However, since the list was unranked, the DMDB has taken the liberty of ranking the list for them.

To try to capture the distinct British flavor of the list (which means mostly, but not all, British-based acts), the DMDB averaged all British-based lists together, weeded out any songs not appearing on the XFM list, and then ranked the songs from most points on down. Here’s the resulting top 100 list:


XFM’s Top 100 Songs


  1. John Lennon…Imagine (1971)
  2. The Beatles…Hey Jude (1968)
  3. Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  4. Oasis…Wonderwall (1995)
  5. The Verve…Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
  6. R.E.M….Losing My Religion (1991)
  7. Oasis…Don’t Look Back in Anger (1996)
  8. The Kinks…Waterloo Sunset (1967)
  9. Pulp…Common People (1995)
  10. U2…One (1992)

  11. Oasis…Live Forever (1994)
  12. The Rolling Stones…(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)
  13. The Beatles…Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
  14. The Beatles…Let It Be (1970)
  15. R.E.M….Everybody Hurts (1993)
  16. Joy Division…Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
  17. The Undertones…Teenage Kicks (1978)
  18. Radiohead…Creep (1993)
  19. David Bowie…Heroes (1977)
  20. The Jimi Hendrix Experience…All Along the Watchtower (1968)

  21. U2…With or Without You (1987)
  22. New Order…Blue Monday (1983)
  23. The Who…My Generation (1965)
  24. David Bowie…Space Oddity (1969)
  25. The Stone Roses…Fools Gold (1989)
  26. The Smiths…How Soon Is Now? (1985)
  27. Massive Attack…Unfinished Sympathy (1991)
  28. The Sex Pistols…Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)
  29. David Bowie…Life on Mars? (1973)
  30. The Verve…The Drugs Don’t Work (1997)

  31. The Jam…Going Underground (1980)
  32. The Smiths…This Charming Man (1983)
  33. Guns N’ Roses…Sweet Child O’ Mine (1988)
  34. The La’s…There She Goes (1989)
  35. The Clash…London Calling (1979)
  36. Blur…Song 2 (1997)
  37. The Jimi Hendrix Experience…Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (1968)
  38. The Stone Roses…I Am the Resurrection (1989)
  39. Oasis…Champagne Supernova (1996)
  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Under the Bridge (1992)

  41. The Rolling Stones…Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968)
  42. Coldplay…Yellow (2000)
  43. The Rolling Stones…Paint It, Black (1966)
  44. The Jam…A Town Called Malice (1982)
  45. The Kinks…Lola (1970)
  46. Pink Floyd…Wish You Were Here (1975)
  47. The Kinks…You Really Got Me (1964)
  48. Radiohead…Paranoid Android (1997)
  49. The Sex Pistols…God Save the Queen (1977)
  50. Radiohead…Fake Plastic Trees (1995)

  51. Manic Street Preachers…Motorcycle Emptiness (1992)
  52. Underworld…Born Slippy (1995)
  53. The Doors…Light My Fire (1967)
  54. U2…Where the Streets Have No Name (1987)
  55. Lou Reed…Walk on the Wild Side (1973)
  56. The Specials…Ghost Town (1981)
  57. The Rolling Stones…Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
  58. The Jam…That’s Entertainment (1981)
  59. The Rolling Stones…Honky Tonk Women (1969)
  60. Manic Street Preachers…A Design for Life (1996)

  61. Paul Weller…Wild Wood (1993)
  62. Green Day…Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
  63. Pink Floyd…Comfortably Numb (1979)
  64. Oasis…Supersonic (1994)
  65. The Killers…Mr. Brightside (2004)
  66. The Buzzcocks…Ever Fallen in Love (1978)
  67. The Who…Won’t Get Fooled Again (1971)
  68. James…Sit Down (1991)
  69. The Strokes…Last Nite (2001)
  70. The Smiths…There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)

  71. Radiohead…Street Spirit (Fade Out) (1996)
  72. Radiohead…Karma Police (1997)
  73. The Who…Substitute (1996)
  74. The Prodigy…Firestarter (1996)
  75. Manic Street Preachers…If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (1998)
  76. The Rolling Stones…Brown Sugar (1971)
  77. The Rolling Stones…Gimme Shelter (1969)
  78. Depeche Mode…Enjoy the Silence (1990)
  79. U2…I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (1987)
  80. Oasis…Some Might Say (1995)

  81. The Jimi Hendrix Experience…Hey Joe (1966)
  82. Primal Scream…Loaded (1990)
  83. Blur…Parklife (1994)
  84. The Clash…White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
  85. Oasis…Whatever (1994)
  86. Green Day…Basket Case (1994)
  87. The Killers…All These Things That I’ve Done (2004)
  88. The Rolling Stones…Get Off of My Cloud (1965)
  89. Oasis…Cigarettes and Alchol (1994)
  90. David Bowie…Starman (1972)

  91. The Beatles…Day Tripper (1965)
  92. Blur…Girls and Boys (1994)
  93. Snow Patrol…Run (2004)
  94. The Beatles…Eleanor Rigby (1966)
  95. Coldplay…The Scientist (2002)
  96. Led Zeppelin…Whole Lotta Love (1969)
  97. The Jam…Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (1978)
  98. New Order…True Faith (1987)
  99. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry…Walk This Way (1986)
  100. John Lennon…Instant Karma (We All Shine On) (1970)

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