There are hundreds of great songs about being alone. So I had to narrow down the running.
Here's ten that begin with the word 'Alone'... do play by the rules now.
10. The Strokes - Alone, Together
The Strokes are OK. I still kinda prefer their dad. (See last week's Top Ten.)
9. The Morning After Girls - Alone
One of the reasons I do this blog is because it forces me to listen to songs that exist in my record collection that I've never listened to before. This was ripped from one of those free magazine CDs a few years back... and it's pretty cool.
8. The Bee Gees - Alone
Because we don't get enough Bee Gees round these parts.
7. Spearmint - Alone In A Town
According to google, this song does not exist. Which is a crying shame because it's a tragic story of Shirley Lee's loneliest student Christmas. Track it down and share his misery.
6. King - Alone Without You
Do not watch the video. Remember this song without sullying your eyeballs with the worst excesses of 80s pop nonsense. No wonder Paul King ended up working for MTV.
Na-na Na nana5. The Beautiful South - Alone
Nana Naa Na na nana!
Half an hour is seven hoursHeato at his most heartbreaking.
One day is several months... alone.
He knows 'hello' in 18 languages4. The Broken Family Band - Alone In The Make-Out Room
'I love you' in only one
By the time he's got his phrasebook
His chance is usually gone
A song about being feeling terribly alone in a "happy" relationship... gone very bad.
I wanna watch you drown in a lake3. Heart - Alone
Or get stamped by a bull or bit by a snake
And there is not a single doctor who will come and help you
I want you to move to Australia
With me a success and you facing failure
And all of the friends you had ignoring your calls
All I need is to hear the opening line and suddenly I'm 15 again and no one will ever love me...
2. Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again, Naturally
First Gilbert gets dumped at the altar, then his mum and dad pop their clogs. No wonder he wants to top himself...
In a little while from now,Pure suicide anthem joy. No wonder Morrissey was a fan.
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promised myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower,
And climbing to the top,
Will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it's like when your shattered
Left standing in the lurch, at a church
where people 're saying,
"My God that's tough, she stood him up!
No point in us remaining.
We may as well go home."
As I did on my own,
Alone again, naturally
1. Love - Alone Again, Or
One of the greatest songs of the sixties, just mesmerising. Love that Spanish guitar.
Pretty damned fine 80s cover by The Damned too. (Although the video features possibly the worst moustache ever seen in show business.)
Please don't leave me all alone without a comment...