16. Prince – GoldQuite grand and pompous, but it’s completely mesmerizing, a soft-rock renewal awash with pristine pop shimmers. It’s no surprise he covered Joan Osborne’s One of Us – they sort of (lyrically at least) burn from the same candle. That was NOT a waxing lyrical pun I promise.
17. Eurythmics – Beethoven (I Love To Listen)Pyscho meets Donna Summer. From its violent throbbing intro, to the unhinged rapture of it all, lyrics splatter like blood and Annie’s razor-blade delirium would almost be upsetting if it weren’t so mind-blowing. The home-wrecker/home-maker violations and schizophrenia is rooted in glamour, angst and desperation: the manic, seething turbulence of Beethoven is such a dizzying height the album threatens to implode in itself on the very first track.
18. Billie Ray Martin – Hearts / Where Fools Rush InAmbient and lush, Billie’s song is shy to be heard and ripples like the reflection of moonlight. Hushing “calm down” has to be the softest emotion I’ve ever heard from anyone’s voice.
19. Smashing Pumpkins – PerfectSerene and pensive, Billy’s voice tenderly bristles and we even get to hear D’arcy. It’s hook is not as obvious as 1979, but their ink is leaking from the same pen.
20. Alexia – Uh La La La (Almighty UK Radio Edit)Hearing this on the Pepsi Chart, and then changing channel to Radio 1’s own top 40 coundown straight away (there was always a 1 song delay between both), I was sure Alexia was Jocelyn Brown's 55 stone sister having the time of her life before having cardiac arrest. I wanted in on the fun. It actually came BEFORE Spice Up Your Life, a stampede of piano keys and a voice that sounded like she was bound to have lipstick on her teeth – loud, brassy and just fabulous.