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DJ Rob in the Sanctuary Radio Newsroom
27th June 2017, 10:34 AM
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[tweetmeme]And now for Round 2 of our Slicing Up Eyeballs readers’ ranking: After tackling the much larger, and decades-spanning, catalog of The Cure (http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2017/05/22/best-cure-songs-ranked/), we’ve turned to The Smiths (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smiths) in an effort to sort the 70 original songs released during that band’s comparatively brief lifespan.
A quick refresher: We asked readers to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs written by Morrissey/Marr (http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2017/06/02/vote-for-your-favorite-smiths-songs/), choosing from a ballot that listed 70 singles, B-sides and album tracks. Not included: live recordings and covers, of which there were two (“Golden Lights” and “Work is a Four-Letter Word”).
With a total 70,192 votes cast, the full results are presented below, a list that ranks The Smiths’ complete original output from 1983 to 1987. As you’ll see, the No. 1 song, with a 234-vote margin, was a more definitive winner than in our Cure poll, where Nos. 1 and 2 were separated by a single vote. And, for the first time in any poll we’ve conducted, there were no ties anywhere on the list.
As always, thank you all so much for participating.
And now, the results:

THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF THE SMITHS: ALL 70 SONGS, RANKED
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1. “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” Single; appears on The Queen is Dead (1986) | 2,687 votes
2. “How Soon Is Now?” B-side of “William, It Was Really Nothing” (1984) | 2,453 votes
3. “This Charming Man” Single; appears on The Smiths (1983/1984) | 2,321 votes
4. “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” B-side of “William, It Was Really Nothing” (1984) | 2,240 votes
5. “Bigmouth Strikes Again” Single; appears on The Queen is Dead (1986) | 2,229 votes
6. “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” Non-album single (1984) | 1,988 votes
7. “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” Single; appears on The Queen is Dead (1985/1986) | 1,913 votes
8. “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” Single; appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 1,853 votes
9. “Panic” Non-album single (1986) | 1,783 votes
10. “What Difference Does It Make?” Single; appears on The Smiths (1984) | 1,713 votes

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11. “William, It Was Really Nothing” Non-album single (1984) | 1,708 votes
12. “Ask” Non-album single (1986) | 1,674 votes
13. “The Queen Is Dead” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 1,666 votes
14. “Cemetry Gates” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 1,657 votes
15. “Hand In Glove” Non-album single (1983) | 1,612 votes
16. “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” Single; appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 1,607 votes
17. “Girlfriend In A Coma” Single; appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 1,597 votes
18. “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” Non-album single (1987) | 1,578 votes
19. “I Know It’s Over” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 1,558 votes
20. “The Headmaster Ritual” Single; appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 1,434 votes

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21. “Still Ill” Single; appears on The Smiths (1984) | 1,311 votes
22. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” Single; appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 1,264 votes
23. “Sheila Take A Bow” Non-album single (1987) | 1,238 votes
24. “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” Single; appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 1,220 votes
25. “Reel Around The Fountain” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 1,188 votes
26. “Asleep” B-side of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (1985) | 1,085 votes
27. “Frankly, Mr. Shankly” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 1,069 votes
28. “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby” Appears on The World Won’t Listen (1987) | 1,051 votes
29. “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 1,006 votes
30. “Is It Really So Strange?” B-side of “Sheila Take A Bow” (1987) | 992 votes

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31. “Half A Person” B-side of “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” (1987) | 954 votes
32. “Handsome Devil” Appears on Hatful of Hollow (1984) | 916 votes
33. “I Want The One I Can’t Have” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 890 votes
34. “Girl Afraid” B-side of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (1984) | 852 votes
35. “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” Single; appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 846 votes
36. “Well I Wonder” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 784 votes
37. “Sweet And Tender Hooligan” B-side of “Sheila Take A Bow” (1987) | 754 votes
38. “Death Of A Disco Dancer” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 751 votes
39. “Barbarism Begins At Home” Single; appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 737 votes
40. “What She Said” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 689 votes

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41. “Unloveable” B-side of “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (1986) | 686 votes
42. “Rubber Ring” B-side of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (1985) | 671 votes
43. “Back To The Old House” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 670 votes
44. “London” B-side of “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” (1987) | 654 votes
45. “Unhappy Birthday” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 642 votes
46. “Rusholme Ruffians” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 634 votes
47. “Oscillate Wildly” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 618 votes
48. “Stretch Out And Wait” B-side of “Shakespeare’s Sister” (1985) | 598 votes
49. “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” Appears on Hatful of Hollow (1984) | 591 votes
50. “I Won’t Share You” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 580 votes

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51. “Nowhere Fast” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 578 votes
52. “Pretty Girls Make Graves” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 574 votes
53. “Paint A Vulgar Picture” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)) | 548 votes
54. “Meat Is Murder” Appears on Meat Is Murder (1985) | 524 votes
55. “Vicar In A Tutu” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 494 votes
56. “Never Had No One Ever” Appears on The Queen Is Dead (1986) | 481 votes
57. “These Things Take Time” B-side of “What Difference Does It Make? (1984) | 468 votes
58. “You’ve Got Everything Now” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 438 votes
59. “Suffer Little Children” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 396 votes
60. “Shakespeare’s Sister” Non-album single (1985) | 384 votes

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61. “Hand That Rocks The Cradle” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 362 votes
62. “Jeane” B-side of “This Charming Man” (1983) | 355 votes
63. “Miserable Lie” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 332 votes
64. “I Don’t Owe You Anything” Appears on The Smiths (1984) | 281 votes
65. “Accept Yourself” B-side of “This Charming Man” (1983) | 270 votes
66. “Wonderful Woman” B-side of “This Charming Man” (1983) | 142 votes
67. “The Draize Train” B-side of “Panic” (1986) | 127 votes
68. “Money Changes Everything” B-side of “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (1986) | 78 votes
69. “Death At One’s Elbow” Appears on Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) | 74 votes
70. “I Keep Mine Hidden” B-side of “Girlfriend In A Coma” (1987) | 64 votes


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