Top Ten Best The Smiths Songs

The Top Ten

1 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

How could one rate this song below number one? It is the fines example of what Morrissey's lyrics are about: tragic love. The chorus is truly haunting and I do hope you can find it in yourselves to vote this song as the best of The Smith's career. - drRobert7777

Oscillating guitar. Very unique. Demonstrates the originality of The Smiths.

The best music of the smiths.

The greatest song ever written. To die by your side? Well, the pleasure - the privilege - is mine.

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2 How Soon is Now?

Honestly, Johnny Marr killed it on this song and you will never convince me otherwise. Not only that, but the lyrics are very poignant - I wonder whether I would ever be able to forget them... Not that I'd want to.

This song is ace even if your not the keenest on his voice, its 'groovay! ' :'D

This song has the most universal message of the portfolio, really meaningful.

Still reverbing

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3 This Charming Man

Easily the best song the smiths have produced!

Oscar wilde would be proud to have written this little gem pure class mike luke.

My absolute favourite. Apart from "Ask". However, "it's gruesome that someone so handsome should care".

Hands-down, the most brilliant of their works.

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4 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

I'm glad this is moving up since I was the one who nominated it! This was also my first Smiths song.

This is my favorite The smiths song! Should definitely be in top 10 come on!

Top 10 songs of my life... Amazing song

For once in my life, let me get what I want

Great song. First heard in 500 days of summer n loving it since

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5 The Boy with the Thorn in His Side

Great song though I can't see why they released this as a single. It's just not very commercial in my opinion. It took many listens for me to finally understand its greatness.

Can't get enough of this one...

Touch in the soul...

A musical masterpiece.

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6 Bigmouth Strikes Again

Words for how much I love this song haven't been invented yet.

Best opening lyrics to a song ever Morrissey is a legend the pope of mope

This my jam laugh out loud

#1 without a doubt.

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7 I Know It's Over

A song for all the teenagers going through break ups and life turmoil. Morrissey's lyrics always bring you back home in a melancholic way

I love this song because of how the lyrics are so heartfelt but also because they can be interpreted in many ways.

God, this song should be in the top ten.

This song is very underrated. The disregard for any linear lyrics make this song very interesting. The lyrics rhyme in unexpected places, and manage to hit many insecurities among listeners, depending on how they interpret the lyrics. The guitars and basses while important to the gentleness of the song are not loud, giving way to Morriseys voice that oozes out his heart. The recurring “oh Mother” part really evokes hard emotions and you can feel the pain in Morriseys voice. The vagueness of the lyrics create an aura of mystery that is only amplified by the vocals and backing instruments. Overall, an emotionally amazingly produced song. - ElNano7

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8 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

Don't really like the singing on this one, but it does have the greatest lyric ever written "I was looking for a job and then...and heaven knows I'm miserable now"

Beautiful song with a great guitar riff, and as always Morrissey's vocals are as awesome as ever.

11th? Seriously have you heard this song?

"In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or die? "

A beautiful observation!

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9 The Queen is Dead

One of morrissey's first over political/social songs. He has no agenda but his own and this song exemplifies such, the abrasive nature of the guitar contrasts against the twee pop of the boy with the thorn etc...

A very powerful song, I love the drumming and Morrissey's powerful vocals. This should be considered their best. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out being second. - IronSabbathPriest

I love this song and have always loved it. Usually doesn't get in lists of the best smiths songs. It's hard for me to see why.

How can one guy write such amazing lyrics Charles in a dress haha. mike luke.

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10 Panic

'The music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life'
Awesome lyric- that still speaks volumes, and it summed up what I feel like as an Indie kid against the corporate pop of the modern world.

Catchy as hell and just such a good song

Just the best

Hang the dj tony Blackburn bravo smiths mike luke.

The Contenders

11 Asleep

Despite the fact that prepubescent girls and wannabe hipsters now flock around this song, it still resonates with me. I never grow tired of hearing it, no matter how many times it gets played now. Yes, Perks was a good movie. Charlie, however, is not someone to emulate. Choose to like the song because it's a good song, not because Charlie liked the song.

The smiths sing this song

I think that this song is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

Amazing song.

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12 What Difference Does It Make?

This is definitely one of the best, if not, the best song The Smiths have done. It's amazing rhythmically, melodically, lyrically, and Morrissey's vocals are unlike I've ever heard before. It's such and intense and captivating song. One of the best ever.

This should be in the top three with There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now. The riff that flows all the way through is just so memorable, I would be able to identify it anywhere just from the guitar.

This is their best song and maybe even the best song ever. The lyrics are captivating, the riff is memorable, and his voice is mysterious.

Marr's best riff ever?

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13 Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

This song should be number 2 not number 4 please vote this song up its in rock band 3 amazing guitar singing bass and drums

Love this song please vote it up should be number 2 good guitar bass drums and singing

This song is really good please vote this one up this PBS should be number 2 not 4 great singing guitar bass and drums

Actually the best song

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14 The Headmaster Ritual

Honestly can't believe how low this is. For me, no Smiths playlist would be complete without this song. The opening punches you in the face with some genius guitar and bass and the great musicianship continues throughout the whole song. The lyrics are simple yet some of the best Morrissey has ever written. Everything about this song is great.

Reminds us all of how cruel people can be to children for no reason Morrissey is a genius without question. mike luke.

Best combination of unique catchy riffs, dissonance, master guitar, and lyrics. perfectly captures the artistry of Marr and the pain and insight of a sad English boy being Morrissey.

15 Cemetry Gates

One of the greatest songs ever written.

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16 Still Ill

This is such a masterpiece. It tells the story of the whole world against the unrelenting bass and drum lines and then at the forefront, guitar and vocals, bitterly sweet and clever, masterful, and oh so honest. With such enthusiastic agreement, I've followed the words quite literally and yes, the world is mine and owes me a living, so mostly after that I didn't bother, kissed and got sore lips, and yes, I saw the brighter sides of life, but not very often.

"For there are brighter sides to life, and I should know because I've seen them, but not very often." Something about that line stabs me in the heart every time.

No idea why this isn't in the top ten!
'Under the iron bridge we kissed, and although I ended up with sore lips. It just wasn't like the old days"
'Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body- I don't know'
'I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving. '

"For there are brighter sides to life and I should know because I've seen them but not very often"

That's all.

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17 Shoplifters of the World Unite

An absolute masterpiece... The Smiths is one of these few bands which almost all their songs are really good, but Shoplifters Of The World Unite is probably the one that, in my opinion, stands out above the rest.

Reagan and thatcher great lyrics again how do you do it mozza mike luke.

18 Hand in Glove

The greatest love song ever written.

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19 Handsome Devil

Johnny's riff is so unique and amazing. Only he could have written it.

20 Half a Person

I do love this song. With a passion. "Call me morbid, call me pale... I've spent six years on your trail. So if you have five seconds to spare, I'll tell you the story of my life"... - IronSabbathPriest

I always thought this was such a great classic pop song, so so catchy, I never understood why it wasn't a major single.

Sad and funny at the same time. Mike luke

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