About a month ago, I assigned some homework. This assignment asked Duran Duran fans to give us a list of what they think are the 40 best Duran songs. Thankfully, we got a number of responses. Many felt that this assignment was a challenge, which I agree with! It took me awhile to get it done, too! I offered the opportunity to put the songs in order from best to least best and some took me up on that. Many did not, claiming that it was too tough. Therefore, I just simply recorded which songs were chosen rather than where in the list the songs were. If people want to redo their lists in order, that’s cool. I would be happy to compile the results once again.
Before I share the results, there are a few other comments I need to make. Some fans chose to include which versions they liked best. I totally admire that but since only a few did that, I opted to just put those under the album version of the song. By the time I was done listing all of the songs mentioned, I had 147 different songs listed. What this tells me is that Duran Duran’s catalog and quality of songs is huge! It isn’t just that they have 5 or 10 songs that people think are awesome but literally hundreds. That is impressive, in and of itself! Now, on to the results:
Top 40 Duran Duran Songs:
- I Don’t Want Your Love / The Universe Alone / What Happens Tomorrow / All She Wants Is / Tiger Tiger / Tel Aviv / Finest Hour / Someone Else Not Me / Vertigo
Night Boat / Union of the Snake / Winter Marches On / Last Chance on the Stairway / My Own Way / Anyone Out There / My Antarctica / Hungry Like the Wolf
Pressure Off / Late Bar / Girls on Film
Notorious / Sunrise / Lonely in Your Nightmare / Serious / Before the Rain / The Edge of America / The Man Who Stole a Leopard
Is There Something I Should Know / The Reflex / Wild Boys / All You Need Is Now / Hold Back the Rain / Ordinary World
A View to a Kill / Do You Believe in Shame / Out of my Mind / Friends of Mine / Save a Prayer / Sound of Thunder
Secret Oktober / The Seventh Stranger / Come Undone
Careless Memories / New Moon on Monday
Planet Earth / Rio / New Religion
- The Chauffeur
Obviously, there were a number of ties in terms of how many times the songs were included in people’s lists. I also noticed that a lot of the songs were singles and ones that are often played live. Interestingly enough, the only album not represented in this list is Red Carpet Massacre. Many people listed songs from that album but just not enough to be included in the top 40.
What do you all think of the list? Anything surprise you? Are there songs that you thought for sure would be there that weren’t or vice versa? I enjoyed “grading” this homework even though it took me longer than I expected. I have an idea for another Duranie homework assignment, if people are interested. Just let me know!