Songs you HAVE to hear.

In the current edition of Word magazine, 110 musicians and writers are asked to name one song which, in their opinion, should be heard by absolutely everyone. Ranging from the popular (Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Take That) to the obscure (Pink Grease, Walter Pardon, Alberta Hunter), the results make fascinating reading. (Particularly if you have a couple of hours to spare and a broadband connection to hand.)

This morning, I was wondering which song I would have selected. This afternoon, I discovered it was available on the web as a free, legitimate download.

So, here you are. The one song which I think should be listened to by absolutely everyone: The Only Way Is Up, by Otis Clay. If this doesn’t set you up for the weekend, then nothing will.

This is particularly dedicated to anyone who’s going through a bit of a tough patch at present. (Gazes meaningfully in the direction of Belgium.). They don’t call me an irrepressibly chirpy little f***ing Pollyanna for nothing, you know.

So. Which one song do you think should be listened to by absolutely everyone? Please share your recommendations with the group. If I get enough, then I’ll compile a little list.

As for the final results of this year’s Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? project: they will hopefully appear this evening, but will definitely appear by tomorrow. they’ll be here tomorrow. Apologies for the delay.

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