Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of The Smiths: Vote for your favorite songs by Morrissey & Marr

After re-inaugurating the Slicing Up Eyeballs readers poll last month with a 1-to-225 ranking of 40 years worth of songs by The Cure, we continue that theme with a new poll to determine just how you’d all sort the oeuvre of another giant act of the era: The Smiths.

The iconic Manchester band released a total of 70 original songs between 1983 and 1988, and with your help in the coming weeks, we’re going to rank them from best to worst.

VOTING: Below you’ll find a ballot listing all 70 officially released songs written and recorded by The Smiths. This list includes all of the band’s Morrissey/Marr-penned singles, B-sides and album cuts — but not any live recordings, remixes, alternate Peel Session versions or covers (namely “Golden Lights” and “Work is a Four-Letter Word”). You’re welcome to vote for up to 25 of your favorite Smiths songs. (Certainly you can vote for fewer — as few as just one, if that’s your thing.)

A couple notes on all this:

  • We’re more certain this time around that this list of 70 songs is definitive, so there is no write-in option. But you can email info@slicingupeyeballs.com if you’ve got any questions about song eligibility beyond the rules described above.
  • While you can vote for up to 25 songs, they all will be weighed equally when the results are tallied. But if you’d like to share your ranked Top 25 (or fewer) lists with the rest of the Slicing Up Eyeballs readers, feel free to drop them in the comments below, and make your case for what you believe are The Smiths’ absolute best songs.

DEADLINE: Voting ends 5 p.m. EST Friday, June 16, and results will be posted later in the month.

Sound good? Then vote away.

(If you have any difficulty using the webform below, go directly to Polldaddy to vote: poll.fm/5t4ic)

 


 

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112 Comments

  • Brett James

    Panic is just classic!

     
  • These are the greatest songs the smiths have recorded.

     
  • so many better songs than the ubiquitous How Soon is Now? and There is a Light. The opening bass on Well I Wonder takes me instantly back to being a teenager in the 80s

     
  • This was difficult, too many great songs…

     
  • Tonio

    Not easy as most of songs were worth voting for x

     
  • Kevin Lingle

    My favorite album is Meat is Murder!!

     
  • Kristine

    My all-time favorite band, tough choices to make. Favorite song is “Half A Person.”

     
  • Being that they are my all time favorite group this list was the quintessential Sophie’s choice for me.

     
  • Fraser

    Sublime musical genius

     
  • Lesley Johnson

    Favourite band of all time.

     
  • +1 to Brett. Panic for the win.

     
  • Alexander Glansholm

    Tough choice.

     
  • What a playlist that 25 makes!

     
  • Elizabeth

    I hate trying to decide. At least I didn’t have to rank my choices!

     
  • Robert Logie

    Thanks for doing this!

     
  • Debbie Burgess

    Great band!!

     
  • DJ Sparkles

    An impossible task as the list changes more than the tide on the sea.

     
  • Best band ever? Certainly the most nostalgic for me.

     
  • Desmond Egan

    Best. Band. Ever.

     
  • Outstanding band

     
  • mario

    Great

     
  • Juan Manuel

    Well I wonder is my favourite

     
  • John Kearns

    I would have voted for Golden Lights but it wasn’t on the list.

     
    • Sébastien

      I like that song too. Strange that it wasn’t there!…

       
    • Geoffrey

      It’s a cover song, which is why it doesn’t appear, but it’s also a really interesting choice as your favourite song.

       
  • anton

    Still fresh after all these years … love.

     
  • Well, that wasn’t easy. Already regretting certain omissions.

     
  • Daniel Turek

    This is brutal. Like asking “who’s your favorite child?”

     
  • How soon is now? is not only the best Smiths song. It’s one of the best songs of all time. Period.

     
  • Xtina

    So much to choose!

     
  • Love The Smiths

     
  • Stephanie

    To be able to vote for 25 songs out of 70 isn’t so difficult. The Cure poll was much harder since wenhad to choose from a much larger pool of songs.

     
  • Spencer

    There is no better song than “There is a Light that Never Goes Out”. My favorite song from any band. Still haven’t heard it live yet.

     
  • Scott Stalcup

    That was actually really simple. Just went with my car mix CD’s tracklisting for the most part.

     
  • I like to vote for 30 songs

     
  • I like to vote with 30 songs

     
  • Marcelo

    I miss “Work is a tour letter word”.

     
  • Raul Boris Briceno

    Echo and the Bunnymen next?

     
  • Hey Smiths fans – I’ve created a Spotify playlist based on musical references from Marr’s autobiography. Feel free to give it a listen if you’re so inclined.

    https://open.spotify.com/user/erinsic/playlist/6Fo9rUQF39zwjonl1rLOla

    Thanks for creating this poll, slicing eyeballs!

     
  • David X

    Headmaster Ritual is the best song in my world

     
    • I agree, and it’s grown on me over the years. So intense right from the get go through to the end.

       
  • Rubber Ring is the best Smiths song period.

     
  • I Know It’s Over, end the debate now

     
  • Man, that was hard!

     
  • “London”. The intensity. So, so, so, so, SO glad I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s

     
  • Frankie

    Narrowing it down to twenty five is so difficult! Such a brilliant ban! One of my all-time favorites.

     
  • Hyperion

    “I know it’s Over” – I was 18 when it came out and I’m not ashamed to admit it made me cry. No other song had the same impact on me when I first heard it.

     
  • There’s 25 that never goes out

     
  • YgroDam

    Thought picking 25 would be straight forward but when every song is a classic its virtually impossible to pick the 25 ‘best’

     
  • Christopher

    Who’s up next: New Order? Siouxsie? Echo? Bauhaus?

     
    • Nortley

      R.E.M. Talking Heads, The Police, The Pogues, Shrieckback, Depeche Mode, Midnight Oil…..the list of possabilities goes on!

       
  • Keith G. Byrne

    The Songs That Saved Your Life…..

     
  • gonzax

    I would definitely have voted for “Work is a four letter word”, I totally love that cover, that and Golden Lights should have been included, in my opinion. Great poll again anyway.
    And of course, everybody knows “There is a light…” is the best song ever created in the history of popular music, here on earth, on the rest of the milky way and probably also beyond that. Incidentally, listening to “Well I wonder” right now which is equally wonderful and sublime. No one makes songs like this anymore.

     
  • Chris in Philly

    I’m upset this poll doesn’t rank the 70 songs from best to least best

     
  • Victor Camarggio

    I need more than 25 songs…

     
  • Alfie sherwood

    Do a pixies one x x

     
  • UE405

    As a graduate in English literature, I have to vote for “Cemetry Gates.”

     
  • I have always felt that I had to defend my love for The Smiths to those who didn’t like / get them. Anyone else? Also, PANIC for the win – how can you not sing along?

     
  • Dominic Angelone

    Please, please, please let me get what I want, this time….. Great band… Johnny Marr great guitarist

     
  • Thomas Carter

    Nowhere fast!

     
  • Tony P

    Ask gets my vote.

     
  • David

    Not only do I know all the above songs, I know them all well. It’s hard not to love The Smiths.

     
  • Wonderful Woman is tops for me.

     
  • Haukur Ástvaldsson

    Really hard.

     
  • please, please let me get what i want is a beauty. play it loud….

     
  • Reel Around the Fountain ❤️ And everything in that vein

     
  • GHOST

    God that was hard !

     
  • jim vandegrift

    Death of a disco Dancer Classic!

     
  • Amazing output in such a short time, everything they recorded was quality.

     
  • Louise

    This night has opened my eyes and I will never sleep again … I think this is possibly my favourite Smiths song but it’s hard to say for sure, so many to choose from.

     
  • I love them all but “How Soon Is Now” is my ALL TIME favorite.

     
  • Asleep

     
  • Assume we know what the top two or three will be, curious whether done of my faves are yours also.

     
  • ‘The Boy With the Thorn In His Side’ live from Rank should be on here as it is vastly superior to the studio version,

     
    • Scott Stalcup

      If we can go for specific versions like Lol has, then mine would have to include:
      “There’s a Light That Never Goes Out” (original lyrics on the closing “There’s a light in your eyes and it never goes out…”)
      “Sheila Take a Bow” (demo version without the honking 70s Christmas Glam horns on it, as much as I love it (First video I remember seeing on MTV, or maybe the second. Can’t remember which was first: The Smiths or Modern English.)
      “Frankly, Mr. Shankly (demo version with the piccolo trumpet)

      and last but by all means first…
      “Handsome Devil” (Live at the Hacienda)

       
  • Johnny42

    Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. I can relate to that song.

     
  • That Joke just isn’t funny anymore!

    Hard, but I love the Smiths.
    Don’t forget the songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life.

     
  • Umberto Pisu

    My all time favourite is I Know It’s Over.

     
  • Nortley

    Hilarious cover of “Girlfriend In a Coma” by Mojo Nixon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlknIjyipFg

     
  • inlovewithplaid

    This Charming Man.

     
  • Scott Stalcup

    Gonna get the ball rolling at Nortley’s suggestion. We seem to play well together, so here ’tis: Top 25 R.E.M. Songs (in no particular order after the first few)
    1. Ages of You
    2. Voice of Harold (Has to be this version. It’s a “muh-hust.”)
    3. Begin the Begin
    4. It’s the End of the World As We Know It
    5. Disturbance at the Heron House
    6. All the Right Friends
    7. Driver 8
    8. Pretty Persuasion
    9. Can’t Get There From Here
    10. Gardening at Night
    11. Radio Free Europe (Hib Tone Single)
    12. Talk About the Passion
    13. Fall on Me
    14. Perfect Circle
    15. Exhuming McCarthy
    16. These Days
    17. Finest Worksong
    18. Time After Time (AnnElise)
    19. The One I Love
    20. Burning Down
    21. (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville
    22. Turn You Inside Out
    23. Get Up
    24. Pop Song ’89
    25. World Leader Pretend

     
  • SALVADOR

    1-HOW SOON IS NOW?
    2-THIS CHARMING MAN
    3-I KNOW IT S OVER
    4-BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN
    5-THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
    6-THE HEADMASTER RITUAL
    7-WELL I WONDER
    8.HEAVEN KNOWS I M MISERABLE NOW
    9-ACCEPT YOURSELF
    10-YOU HAVEN T EARNED YET,BABY
    11-BARBARISM BEGINS AT HOME
    12-REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN
    13-PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE
    14-WILLIAM,IT WAS REALLY NOTHING
    15-LAST NIGHT HAS OPENED MY EYES
    16-I WANT THE ONE I CAN T HAVE
    17-THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE
    18-SOME GIRLS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS
    19-THAT JOKE ISN T FUNNY ANYMORE
    20-MEAT IS MURDER
    21-LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBOBY LOVES ME
    22-GIRLFRIEND IN COMA
    23-SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITED
    24-PANIC
    25-ASK

     
  • SALVADOR

    REM TOP 15

    1-THE ONE I LOVE
    2-ORANGE CRUSH
    3-LEADER WORLD PRETEND
    4-DISTURBANCE AT THE HERON HOUSE
    5-IT S THE END OF THE WORLD
    6-POPSONG 89
    7-EXHUMING MAC CARTHY
    8-FINEST WORKSONG
    9-AGES OF YOU
    10-FALL ON ME
    11-SHAKING THROUGH
    12-SITTING STILL
    13-TALK ABOUT THE PASSION
    14-GARDENING AT NIGHT
    15-TURN INSIDE OUT

     
  • Mateo

    Marr was so innovative in his arrangements that not counting alternate versions like Back to the old house (peel) is a bit of nut. That version is top 5 for me. However, the original didn’t make my list

     
  • imo the best smiths’ song is You’ve got everything now. great bass line, the track has an energy of its own, plus that ‘killing moon’ guitar at the end.

     
  • Mike Dutter

    Suffer Little Children

     
  • Jesus

    My top three (in no particular order):

    I want the one I can’t have.
    Still ill.
    I know it’s over.

     
  • Sergio Mayorga

    I blame the Smiths for adding to my depression during my younger days. But I wont share you is hitting me in the feels right now

     
  • Chip O

    One Album allowed on an island – Louder Than Bombs

     
  • Melissa

    It’s like being asked to list your 25 favorite children.

     
  • Mort Shuman

    Finally voted…as expected, nearly impossible. I was going to omit How Soon is Now and There is a Light, but I just couldn’t do it. As over played as they may be, they are still both incredible songs. My 25 are listed below – some crazy songs that I left off (Paint a Vulgar Picture and This Charming Man are two I can’t believe I didn’t include)…but with a band this brilliant, it’s nearly impossible to limit it to just 25. Here were my choices in alphabetical order (and I’d love to do a similar poll for REM and the Replacements):

    Ask
    Asleep
    Back to the Old House
    Bigmouth Strikes Again
    Cemetry Gates
    Half a Person
    The Headmaster Ritual
    How Soon Is Now?
    I Know It’s Over
    I Want The One I Can’t Have
    I Won’t Share You
    Is It Really So Strange?
    Jeanne
    Oscillate Wildly
    Panic
    Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
    The Queen Is Dead
    Reel Around the Fountain
    There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
    Unloveable
    Well I Wonder
    What Difference Does It Make?
    William It Was Really Nothing
    Wonderful Woman
    You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby

     
 

 

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