Blog: Songs’ best bits

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FFS asked you for your #bestbits of songs on twitter today — your favourite couple of seconds of music, one that makes you swoon, cry or nigh-on burst with joy. You came up with so many good suggestions that we couldn’t stop ourselves from sharing them with the world at large. Here they are on a Spotify playlist: FFS #bestbits

  1. Mumford & Sons – I Gave You All “And you rip it from my hands, and you swear it’s all gone”.I bloody love that bit – matthewkingdon
  2. Clint Mansell – Death Is The Road To Awe the big, dramatic pause – ardvarc
  3. The Mountain Goats – Going To Georgia where John’s voice cracks as he sings “The world shiiiines…” – roastfacedkilla
  4. Band – The Weight “To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she’s the only one” a gutsy line – carol_crawford
  5. The Mountain Goats – Dilaudid “And take your foot off of the brake, for christs sake!” 1:46. I got Goosebumps. – jonoganz
  6. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy when the sound goes a bit weird cause he sings “catching signals” so loud. 1:09 :’) – jonoganz
  7. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Heart Like A Wheel the harmony bit from 1:48- 2:10ish – francopopfille
  8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps the spine-tingly intro – ardvarc
  9. Rilo Kiley – Spectacular Views When Jenny Lewis shouts “It’s so f–king beautiful” – arteeeee
  10. Neko Case – Star Witness there is a moment when she holds a note on the word “Clean” that is so crystal clear It’s unreal – PeskyRattigan
  11. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Open All Night “I remember Wanda up on scrap metal hill and them big brown eyes make your heart stand still” – Alicemcsage
  12. Tom Waits – Martha 2:04 to 2:34. Beautiful. Could make me cry any time. – Rob_Hurst
  13. She & Him – Home Zooey singing “…and i can be sweeter” – dan_corfield
  14. Kirsty MacColl – They Don’t Know The “Ba-aaaaay-bee” bit – Duchamps_Brides
  15. Blue Roses — Greatest Thoughts ‘I know you’d never change a thing, not for anyone or anything’  WoodlandBear
  16. Tom McRae – I Ain’t Scared Of Lightning “I was born in a summer storm…I live there still”. Amazing. – rory1070
  17. The Mountain Goats – No Children “You are coming down with me HAND IN UNLOVABLE HAND” – forfolkssake
  18. Belle and Sebastian – Don’t Leave The Light On Baby the key change – helentrue
  19. Stars – Your Ex Lover Is Dead When Amy Millan comes in singing “This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin” – forfolkssake

And it’s not on Spotify, but we’ll leave you with this rather excellent double name drop by our very own Stephen (WoodlandBear): “Once I was with Stephen Fretwell and Guy Garvey texted him: ‘I love the way Dylan sings ‘the silent type’ in Tangled Up In Blue.'”

Guy Garvey said it’s good. So it’s good.

7 comments for “Blog: Songs’ best bits

  1. 11 June 2010 at 7:05 pm

    What an ace list! Plus cheers for correcting my lyrical mishearing!

    • Lynn
      Lynn Roberts
      11 June 2010 at 7:09 pm

      hehe no worries! x

  2. 11 June 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I am very sad that Starlings is not on Spotify. Very sad INDEED :(

  3. 12 June 2010 at 2:48 am

    love love love this blog! mainly cos i’m so into that bit in “i gave you all”

    this site is long overdue a massive re-affirmation of the greatness of mumford & sons now they are so huge and have managed to pick up a lot of haters along the way somehow…….. the problem is the haters only know the happy songs – they NEED TO HEAR – I GAVE YOU ALL/THISTLE AND WEEDS/DUST BOWL DANCE (first half of Awake My Soul – not that the 2nd half isn’t incredible, just it’s more like the happy radio stuff) – THE REAL MUMFORD DEAL!!!!!!!


  4. Markef
    12 June 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Martha Tilston- The chorus of Songs That Make Sophie Fizz: ‘HERE it comes, HERE it is, this is the best bit of the tune!’

  5. 12 June 2010 at 7:13 pm

    My fave bit in any music is a Mumford moment and an accidental one. It’s on Thistle & Weeds live @itunes last year (available on itunes) just when the Mumford machine is getting ready to hit the masses. Just towards the end of the massive massive intense post-rock like instrumental climax, it gets really quiet, then they slip in the most powerful line they’ve written “take the spade from my hands and fill in the holes you’ve made” – it’s a simply out-loud wow-inducing lyric. By that point in the song, it’s just marcus’s voice and a tiny tiny bit of electric guitar strumming. So he delivers the line, there’s a 2 second pause and you hear someone in the crowd shout “oh” in the distance. It’s clearly someone making a noise who’s not really there to love the band and probably was just hanging around after Stephen Fry who gave a comedy performance before, as the Mumford fan crowd back then was small and very hardcore into the band. However, if you forget that it’s just some idiot, and focus your mind in a such way that he’s actually saying “whoa!” as a response to the huge depth of emotion and genius in the lyric, it is seriously the best moment in any piece of music. Buy that version instantly now, or it will slip out of your mind into the ether!!

    • mel
      8 October 2010 at 3:21 am

      Steve! I genuinely thought I was the only one who loved that exact moment. How strangely wonderful that you do as well.

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