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People often say that Neil and Chris could have stopped years ago and left a monument to their greatness, but imagine what we'd have missed out on? Indeed, if they'd called it a day after the Brit award in 2009 and the release of Yes, we'd have been denied so many classic songs. Trying to compile a top 10 of songs this decade alone is genuinely difficult because there are so many contenders. Conversely, I find it easier to come up with a top 5 and a pool of contenders that could fall in any position from 6 to 15.

In terms of singles, I think their choices have, generally, been very good indeed, with Say it to me and Thursday among the highlights.

Two b-sides stand out for me since 2010. I cried for us is harrowingly beautiful, while A certain je ne sais quoi is exuberantly playful. Brick England is my favourite "side project" moment of this decade.

As for album tracks, standouts include the evocative Invisible, the semi-mystical A face like that, the coruscating Axis, and its self-conscious twin Inner Sanctum, and the pulsing Fluorescent, radiating energy and voyeuristic longing. Undertow and Burn lit up Super. However, in the end, I think I can settle on a top 5 that just about edge out the rest.

Number 5. Together (2010)

If Elysium is the afterlife, the underrated Together is the journey there. "Everything's easy in this state of mind, the world starts to fade as we leave it behind" is almost autobiographical in its mind-made-up determination.

There's something disturbingly assured about Together. If it's a suicide pact, it's as sinister as Fugitive. If anything, it's even more mysterious. There is a fundamentalist certainty about it, an almost blind sense of righteousness. It segues into Elysium almost seamlessly, a dance of self-immolation before the resurrection.

Number 4. The Pop Kids (2016)

The Pop Kids takes us back to our former selves poring over Being Boring, quoting Zelda Fitzgerald and bolting through our closing doors. It's all the more poignant now for those of us sitting with different faces, in rented rooms, and foreign places remembering those who we thought, in spite of dreams, would be sitting somewhere near...

Number 3. Love is a bourgeois construct (2013)

Ludicrously preposterous but joyous, this is the kind of playful jaunt that only they are capable of. It sounded tremendous in Berlin last week, seamlessly fitting in to a setlist replete with imperial classics. Apparently the most "difficult" track to complete on Electric, it was clearly worth the effort.

Number 2. Vocal (2013)

A celebration of the symbiosis of artist and fan, Vocal could be said to share something with The Pop Kids in its characterisation of what it is to be a music lover among other music lovers. Arguably the most euphoric moment in their catalogue, there is a fondness and subtlety here that is genuinely heart warming.

Number 1. Leaving (2012)

Ethereal, haunting, yet warm, Leaving, like its precursor Together, has a supernatural quality that suggests an impending rebirth. Above all, it radiates life-affirming hope and a reason to go on. Magnificent.

All things considered, this has been a thoroughly rewarding decade for the diehard loyalist. I'm sure we'll all disagree on the top 5, but I think that's testament to the wealth of material over the last seven years more than the fact that we all hate each other, which, of course, we do. What does your list look like?

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Leaving, In his imagination, Love is a bourgeois construct, Fluorescent, Into thin air - in any order.

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#3 Post by stussyboy »

I can't do the eloquent commentary, but, in no particular order:

Memory of the future
Vocal
Inside a dream
Wiedershen
Requiem in denim and leopardskin
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#4 Post by Tom Angel »

Fantastic post.

Together seems to be finding a new lease of life - and it is actually rather fabulous, but unsure it deserves the top 5.

I love your choices, other than Love is a.. I find it a pastiche, and totally overrated.

I'd like to add In his Imagination, but might have a think about this myself.
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#5 Post by Debussy »

Axis
Bolshy
Invisible
The way through the woods (long version)
Into Thin Air

Plus close runners-up:
Breathing Space
Brick England.

But my most played song this year is King of Rome.
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#6 Post by tottenhammattspurs »

Totally agree with Leaving. It's achingly beautiful, and coupled with the lyric video, it's has a late summer of life beauty...
is is and isnt isnt

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#7 Post by Bulldog »

Inside a dream
Woods
Requiem
Leaving
Vocal

Nothing from the current era, I'm afraid.

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#8 Post by Gary1962 »

:D

Leaving
Love is a bourgeois construct
In His Imagination
The Dictator Decides
I Started A Joke
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Leaving
Vocal
Pop Kids
Burn
not sure about the other one, there are lots of contenders.

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Vocal
In His Imagination
Burn
Fluorescent
Inside A Dream
Just for the sake of it, make sure you're always frowning. :|
It shows the world that you've got substance and depth.

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#11 Post by MikeyC »

A Face Like That
Bolshy
Vocal
The Dictator Decides
Burn

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#12 Post by glennjridge »

those were great years. dictator decides, sad robot world, inside a dream, bolshy, requiem

but personally I would prefer a return to the more orchestral period of Nightlife/Fundamental

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Leaving
Invisible
Everything Means Something
A Face Like That
Inside a Dream
I sincerely *love* Disco 2 and listen to it straight through regularly.

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#14 Post by retrofuturist »

1. Listening
2. Axis
3. Undertow
4. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
5. Invisible

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#15 Post by rashomon »

Leaving
The Dictator Decides
Fluorescent
The way through the woods (long version)
Inside a dream

And very much looking forward to whatever gems come in the remaining years ...
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional

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