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These are Manchester’s top 32 tunes as voted for by the public – do you agree?


Manchester’s musical history is renowned – with a host of the most influential bands of the last century hailing from our fair city.

But what would you say is Manchester’s top tune?

That was the question posed by radio station XS Manchester over the past four weeks – with their listeners casting thousands of votes for their favourite tunes from their favourite Manc bands.

The result was a shortlist of the most popular 32 tunes – and then the station drew the songs in to a series of “heats” to determine which of those were the most popular.

The final 32 was revealed in a countdown on Bank Holiday Monday hosted by Manc music legends, Happy Mondays’ Bez and Rowetta.

The Mondays themselves featured twice in the list, while Manc titans Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths had the most entries with three each.

Here’s the full list in reverse order. Be sure to let us know if you agree with the selection.

Black Grape – Reverend Black Grape

The Chameleons – Swamp Thing

Puressence – This Feeling

Blossoms – Charlemagne

The Charlatans – Only One I Know

Slow Readers Club – Lunatic

Doves – Pounding

Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck

Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels

The Verve – Lucky Man

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now

Happy Mondays – Step On

Credit: Karin Albinsson

Elbow – One Day Like This

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love

Ian Brown – F.E.A.R

New Order – Temptation

The Smiths – This Charming Man

The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make

The Courteeners – Not 19 Forever

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Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

James – Sit Down

The Stone Roses – Waterfall

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

New Order – Blue Monday

The Smiths – There Is A Light

James – Sometimes

The Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon

Joy Division – Love will Tear Us Apart

James – Laid

Oasis – Slide Away

Oasis – Live Forever

The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

To listen again to the Manc top tunes countdown, hosted by Bez and Rowetta, see

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