With the exception of Kenny Wednesdays, I haven't done a first name Top Ten in quite a while. So...
There are actually very few Emilies in my record collection. The only artists I could find were Emily Robinson from the Dixie Chicks; French singer Emily Loizeau, whose songs appear to have been recorded by everybody from Shelby Lynne to The Mountain Goats; Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo; Emily Kinney (above), who you might recognise as Beth from The Walking Dead, but she writes some pretty cool songs too; and a not-half-bad cover of Asleep by The Smiths by Australian actress Emily Browning, from the soundtracker of Sucker Punch.
But when it came to songs about Emilies... there were LOADS!
10. Pink Floyd - See Emily Play
I feel like I'm contractually obliged to include this. Not being a true muso, I never really got The Floyd. Nothing against them, I just never really saw what all the fuss was about. I probably appreciate the Syd Barrett stuff a bit more... although I prefer the David Bowie and Martha Wainwright versions of this song, if I'm totally honest.
9. Stephen Fretwell - Emily
Something about the name Emily must attract earnest young singer songwriters, since that's what most of this week's chart is made up of...
8. Bowling For Soup - Emily
...with a couple of, ahem, obvious exceptions. Nothing earnest about this lot.
7. Adam Green - Emily
Take one Moldy Peach... add a bunch of dangerous ladies, mix, watch the sparks fly.
6. Esiotrot - Emily Scott
More from that backwards tortoise, about the daughter of a clergyman who will wash your hair when it gets dirty. Lovely brass section on this.
5. The Handsome Family - Emily Shore 1819-1839
Emily Shore was a young English woman who died of consumptiom at the age of 19 in the early 1800s. Her diaries were published over 50 years later, and a century or so after that they inspired Brett and Rennie Sparks.
4. Luke Douchet - Emily, Please
Excellent track from Luke's 2005 album, Broken (And Other Rogue States). Great live version I found on youtube in which Luke duets with his wife, Melissa Mclelland.
3. Simon & Garfunkel - For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Art goes solo on this one: peerless romantic nostalgia from Paul.
I wandered empty streetsJohn Grant did an excellent cover of this with The Czars.
Down past the shop displays.
I heard cathedral bells
Tripping down the alley ways,
As I walked on.
And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night.
We walked on frosted fields of juniper and lamplight,
I held your hand.
2. Louis Eliot - Emily
Second best song I own about a long lost teenage girlfriend called Emily... from the former Rialto frontman.
Took off our ties straight after school1. Art Brut - Emily Kane
For lager and limes and shooting pool
Underhand cigarettes to compilation cassettes...
I miss Eddie Argos. I don't know what he's up to these days, but we need him back.
I don't even know where she lives.
I've not seen her in 10 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, 5 seconds.
Other girls went and other girls came,I can't get over my old flame.
All my friends think I'm insane,I'm still in love with Emily Kane.
There's a beast in my soul that can't be tamed,I'm still in love with Emily Kane.
Those were my ten favourites (well, nine and one contractual obligation), but I easily had enough Emily songs for a Top Twenty-Five. Perhaps I'll do a volume 2... once I've covered every other name in my Big Book of Baby Names. Suggestions are always welcomed...