Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher gave Jon Wilde in The Guardian 60 seconds to tell them his all-time top 10.
Being given a mere 60 seconds to name one’s 10 Favourite Songs Of All Time would be a daunting enough task at the best of times. Being invited to do so by no-nonsense arbiters of taste Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller is extremely intimidating. Weller’s knowledge of music is zealously encyclopaedic. If Oasis hadn’t worked out, Gallagher could easily have carved out a career as an astute and funny music journalist.
– Jon Wilde (The Guardian, 2007)
I have used the same method on my Paul Weller list with a few differences; first, I decided that I would include equally many songs from his different bands, and , second, I picked two more songs and gave myself two minutes to complete the task.
Two minutes to make up my mind. Imagining Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller over my shoulders. It was fun!
Here is my Top 12 (4 solo, 4 by The Jam and 4 by The Style Council).
I think I like his solo stuff best, but I believe the guy’s range is incredible and I wanted the list to reflect that:
You do something to me – Paul Weller:
Outtake from the Live Wood DVD
Wild Wood (live 2006) – Paul Weller:
Changing Man (Live at Abbey Road Studio) – Paul Weller:
Invisible (Live at BBC) – Paul Weller:
Down in the tube station at midnight – The Jam:
A Town Called Malice (official video) – The Jam:
Going Underground (official video) – The Jam:
Start! (official video) – The Jam:
Long Hot Summer (official video) – The Style Council:
You’re the best thing (official video) – The Style Council:
Shout to the top (official video) – The Style Council:
Headstart for happiness (live) – The Style Council: