Saturday, November 14, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 6. Belfast child (Simple Minds)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #6, we find The Simple Minds with Belfast child (#1 in 1989). Based on the old Irish folksong She moved through the fair, recorded for instance by Loreena McKennit, this is one of a number of awesome songs inspired by the tragic situation in Northern Ireland ("and the war is raging in this Emerald isle"). It does end on a more hopeful note though ("The streets are empty, life goes on - One day we'll return here, when the Belfast Child sings again"). Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).

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