Anonymous said: New Order

I might be doing some coin flipping here to see what makes #4, because there are a lot of things I could put in a top four here (and no, I’m not going to make any jokes about putting Joy division songs on the list, though I guess that sort of a meta-joke about same).

1. "Temptation" Seven of the most perfect minutes put to tape during the 1980s. Stephen Morris’ drumming on this song is outstanding—his staccato snare hits on the chorus are a hook unto themselves. This is also one of the best places to hear Peter Hook’s singular bass style. Bernard Sumner is always best as a vocalist for me when he sounds completely swept up by the rest of the band.

2. "Regret" Speaking of Sumner sounding swept up by the rest of the band, listen to him here. They can take him anywhere they want to, and it happens that they really want to take him to an unforgettable, effervescent chorus. This is a beautiful song.

3. "Bizarre Love Triangle" A couple years ago, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International did a great highlife cover of this that demonstrated what a sturdy piece of songwriting it is. It’s another one with a spectacular chorus, and it has probably the best vocal melody Sumner ever sang.

4. "All the Way" Technique was my first New Order album, and I still have a lot of affection for it, though it’s been passed by at least Power, Corruption & Lies on my New Order list. A lot of this album is pretty heavily acid house-tinged, but “All the Way” is just a speedy little pop tune, and it was the first song by this band that I ever truly loved.

Rounding out the top ten: “Primitive Notion,” “Age of Consent,” “Blue Monday,” “Everything’s Gone Green,” “Mr. Disco,” “Crystal”