Analysis of Top 25 Duran Duran Songs

A couple of weeks ago, we revealed the Top 25 Duran Duran songs that were compiled from the top 25 lists that many fans submitted to us.  You can find the results here.  Then, last week, we posted our choices for the Top 25 Duran Duran songs.  While you might have thought we were done with this task, you were wrong.  I promised to go through the selections and provide some information about the songs chosen as well as what the choices might say about Duran Duran fans.

The number of songs to appear on people’s lists: 159 different songs were listed.  I couldn’t believe how the list of songs kept growing!  Clearly, this shows that Duran’s catalog is very large, at this point!

The albums represented in order by the points they received.  The songs are listed in order of preference.

Rio-2865 (New Religion, The Chauffeur, Save a Prayer, Hold Back the Rain, Rio, Lonely in Your Nightmare, Last Chance on the Stairway, Hungry Like the Wolf,  My Own Way).  All songs from the album were listed.

Self-titled-2547 points (Careless Memories, Planet Earth, Friends of Mine, Girls on Film, Sound of Thunder, Nightboat, Is There Something I Should Know, Anyone Out There, Tel Aviv, To the Shore).  All songs from the album were listed.  I included both Is There Something I Should Know and To the Shore.

All You Need is Now-1903 (All You Need Is Now, Before the Rain, The Man Who Stole a Leopard, Girl Panic, Mediterranea, Leave a Light On, Being Followed, Safe, Too Bad You’re So Beautiful, Runway Runaway, Blame the Machines, Networker Nation).  71% of the songs were listed from the album.  I used the 17 track Best Buy exclusive.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger-1493 (The Seventh Stranger, New Moon on Monday, The Reflex, Tiger Tiger, Shadows on Your Side, Union of the Snake, Of Crime and Passion, Cracks in the Pavement, I Take the Dice).  All songs from the album were listed.

Astronaut-1152 (Sunrise, Nice, What Happens Tomorrow, Bedroom Toys, Want You More, Virus, Still Breathing, Astronaut, Finest Hour, Chains, Point of No Return, Taste the Summer, One of Those Days).  All songs were listed.  I included Virus as it appeared on the Japanese version.

The Wedding Album-1062 (Ordinary World, Come Undone, None of the Above, Too Much Information, Love Voodoo, Breath After Breath, Sin of the City, Shelter, Femme Fatale, UMF, Drowning Man).  85% of the songs from the album were listed.

Big Thing-744(Do You Believe in Shame, I Don’t Want Your Love,  Palomino, The Edge of America, Land, All She Wants Is, Lake Shore Driving, Drug, Too Late Marlene, Big Thing).  83% of songs listed.

Notorious-666 (Vertigo, Notorious, Skin Trade, A Matter of Feeling, American Science, Hold Me, Winter Marches On, Proposition, So Misled, Meet el Presidente).  All songs from the album were listed.

Red Carpet Massacre-469(Falling Down, Box Full O Honey, The Valley, Night Runner, Skin Divers, Cry Baby Cry, She’s Too Much, Tempted, Last Man Standing, Red Carpet Massacre, Zoom In, Tricked Out).  92% of songs from the album were listed.  I included Cry Baby Cry for the same reason as Virus.

Liberty-439 (Serious, My Antarctica, Violence of Summer, All Along the Water, First Impression, Liberty, Read My Lips, Hothead, Downtown, Venice Drowning).  91% of songs listed.

Medazzaland- 313(Out of my Mind, Big Bang Generation, Electric Barbarella, Midnight Sun, Be My Icon, Buried in the Sand, Michael You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For, Medazzaland, Who Do You Think You Are, So Long Suicide).  83% of songs listed.

Thank You-284 (White Lines, Perfect Day, Lay Lady Lay, Drive By, I Wanna Take You Higher, Watching the Detectives, Success, Thank You).  67% of songs listed.

Pop Trash-204 (Playing with Uranium, Someone Else Not Me, Pop Trash Movie, Starting to Remember, The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever, Last Day on Earth, Lava Lamp, Mars Meets Venus).  67% of songs listed.

Obviously, all albums were represented.  I was not surprised that the top 3 albums were Rio, Self-Titled, and All You Need Is Now.  I was also not surprised that the bottom 3 were Medazzaland, Thank You and Pop Trash.  I was a little surprised that Thank You did better than Pop Trash.  There were a few surprises to about the songs within the albums.  For example, Falling Down was the favorite from Red Carpet Massacre, collectively, as opposed to Night Runner or Skin Divers.  Likewise, I was surprised that Electric Barbarella wasn’t the favorite in Medazzaland.  Lastly, I was surprised that My Antarctica is as loved as it is off of Liberty.

The singles chosen in order of preference: Careless Memories, Ordinary World, Planet Earth, Save a Prayer, All You Need Is Now, Come Undone, Rio, New Moon on Monday, The Reflex, Girls on Film, Sunrise, Wild Boys, Nice, Girl Panic, Serious, Do You Believe in Shame, A View to a Kill, Leave a Light On, Is There Something I Should Know, Out of my Mind, I Don’t Want Your Love, What Happens Tomorrow, Notorious, Hungry Like the Wolf, Union of the Snake, White Lines, Perfect Day, Falling Down, My Own Way, Skin Trade, Playing with Uranium, All She Wants Is, Too Much Information, Someone Else Not Me, Violence of Summer, Electric Barbarella, Meet el Presidente, Last Day on Earth, and Burning the Ground.  Every single made it to the list.  Did the biggest hits do better than the rest of the singles?  Not necessarily.  Careless Memories was not a huge hit on the charts but is with the fans.

The songs that had videos to go with in order of preference:  Careless Memories, Ordinary World, Planet Earth, The Chauffeur, Friends of Mine, Save a Prayer, All You Need Is Now, Come Undone, Rio, Lonely in Your Nightmare, New Moon on Monday, The Reflex, Girls on Film, Sunrise, Wild Boys, Girl Panic, Serious, Nightboat, Do You Believe in Shame, A View to a Kill, Is There Something I Should Know, Out of my Mind, I Don’t Want Your Love, What Happens Tomorrow, Notorious, Hungry Like the Wolf, Union of the Snake, White Lines, Perfect Day, Falling Down, My Own Way, Skin Trade, All She Wants Is, Too Much Information, Someone Else Not Me, Violence of Summer, Breath After Breath, Electric Barbarella, Meet el Presidente, and Burning the Ground.  I can’t think of a single video that was not listed.  Again, their most well-known videos were not necessarily at the top of the list.

Cover songs in order of preference:  White Lines, Perfect Day, Make Me Smile, Lay Lady Lay, Instant Karma, I Wanna Take You Higher, Needle and the Damage Done, House of the Rising Sun, Watching the Detectives, Success, Thank You, Boys Keep Swinging.

B-sides in order of preference:  Secret Oktober, Late Bar, Like an Angel, Khanada, I Believe All / I Need to Know, Fallen Angel, Faith in This Colour, We Need You, Sinner or Saint, Faster Than Light, Yo Bad Azizi, Waterbabies, Decadance.

Demos/Unreleased tracks in order of preference:  Beautiful Colours, Salt in the Rainbow,  Lonely Business, Matter of Fact, Pretty Ones.  Clearly, there are many demos from Astronaut that people really like.

There were a number of songs only chosen once, which are listed here in order of preference on that person’s list:  Lay Lady Lay, Zoom In, Instant Karma, Lonely Business, Burning the Ground, Femme Fatale, Lava Lamp, Waterbabies, House of the Rising Sun, Watching the Detectives, Hothead, Michael You’ve Got a Lot to Answer For, Networker Nation, UMF, A Matter of Fact, Medazzaland, One of Those Days, Success, Thank You, Pretty Ones, Tricked Out, Who Do You Think You Are, Boys Keep Swinging, Decadance, Too Late Marlene, Venice Drowning, Big Thing, Drowning Man, So Long Suicide and Mars Meets Venus.

What does all this prove?  I think the biggest take away here is one we already knew.  Duran Duran fans are diverse in their opinions and preferences.  While most seem to love songs off of Rio, the first album, and All You Need Is Now, there are many songs that people love off the other albums.  What did you learn?  What surprised you or confirmed what you already knew?

-A

P.S.  I have to admit that I really enjoyed doing this.  I loved getting people’s responses, organizing them, and analyzing the results.  I had so much fun that I want to do something like this again and I don’t want to wait until next year.  I plan on doing something similar for videos.  Any other suggestions?  Thanks!!!

10 thoughts on “Analysis of Top 25 Duran Duran Songs”

  1. This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Could I just correct what seems to me to be 2 common misconceptions about one particular song which I often see repeated across the fandom? I am happy to be corrected but I’ve just checked the discography on DD.com and can’t find that Falling Angel (not Fallen Angel!) was a b-side, not in the Wedding Album era anyway. It’s actually on the limited edition cd of the album, on cd2. The lyric booklet, lyrics and album cover all name it as Falling Angel but the sticker on the front of the cd says it’s called Fallen Angel, which could be how the misconception arose. Don’t seem to be able to post a pic but I will tweet it @bryonyevens because I am that sad! 😀

    1. I always like when people give information. Obviously, both names were given by people. I listed the one that was listed the most. Thanks for adding that information. 🙂 -A

    2. I actually have both songs in my collection. One is listed as Falling Angel and the other is Fallen Angel – and I am told they really ARE slightly different, although to my ears – I can’t hear the difference. Anyone??? -R

        1. Here is what I know and I certainly don’t know everything (by a LONG shot!). Falling Angel and Fallen Angel have the same lyrics. When you look up Fallen Angel, the only information that comes up is about Falling Angel, which according to Duran Duran Wiki, was featured on a UK release of the Wedding Album and as a b-side to Come Undone in the States. According to Ask Katy (and Simon!), the correct title is Falling Angel. -A

  2. I wasn’t surprised for the votes gotten for the albums, both the most and the least voted and the part of your analysis on the votes you received for the clips read interesting.
    I think clips do influence our preference. I mean I heard myself and other peeps saying “I love Rio because it is related to a memorable clip”.
    Can’t wait to send in my votes for the clips, then…

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