the verse features four words, beginning with the letters F, E, A and R) often grab the headlines. But don't ignore the tune: laced with strings and synths it's gloriously uplifting.
The Pogues – Dirty Old Town (1985)
A Ewan MacColl song from 1949 made famous by The Pogues' jaunty mid-80s version, it's a tune written about Salford featuring evocative lines about Manchester's gasworks and canals. Pogues singer Shane MacGowan is a massive Red.