Three-and-a-half years ago I "decided to embark on an ambitious project to bring myself up-to-speed with music. I thought it would be a delightful idea to compile a DVD (the one with the highest capacity, 9GBish I think) with the world's greatest music of all-time." That's what I wrote here then
and today I'm proud to report back to you the fruits of that labour. Before I do, a major round of thanks to everybody who contributed their feedback with tracks and artists I couldn't leave out from a "greatest-ever" list. I think you'll each find something to your liking, even if several other inclusions raise an odd eyebrow or few. In a project like this it's impossible to please everybody. Ultimately, this is my compilation and it caters to my tastes.
The playlist encompasses over seven decades of English (pop) music. The oldest songs are from the 1930s, the most recent is from 2009. I haven't included anything since then because frankly, the majority of them haven't stood the (arbitrary) test of time yet. The playlist is also incomplete so don't be surprised to find tracks missing in it. It's a work-in-progress and will remain so, as long as time doesn't stand still. But there's enough to bring back memories and create new ones. I just happened to have reached the 1000 song milestone.
Unfortunately, I cannot make a DVD of this compilation because quite simply, I do not own CDs or records of most tracks. At the time of making the original post, I intended to download all the MP3s and burn them onto a DVD. I've since realised the importance of copyright infringement and decided to keep the whole thing legal. To my good fortune, I was introduced to Spotify less than a year after making the original post. It's fair to say Spotify is the only reason this project came to fruition. Less than two months of using it for free, I recognised the benefits of a premium subscription. For just £10 a month, I had unlimited access to every Spotify track available in the UK. I can't stress enough how amazing this was for a music lover.
Spotify has its limitations but that's the price you pay for staying on the right side of the law. Artists like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica and Oasis are not available due to lack of licensing agreements. But hopefully that will change in the future. Even so, there's still so much else to choose from. I've even managed to compile a 1000 greatest-ever tracks!
So without further ado, I present you The Best English Songs of All-Time. You can view and play it in Spotify
. Or you can view the playlist in a Word document
, with links to Spotify.
Please continue leaving your feedback about tracks and artists that I've left out. In the meantime, enjoy!