Football and music.
Manchester is synonymous with both, and rightly so. The output in both creative fields has consistently been world-class and as part of our Manchester week on ManUtd.com we're giving fans the chance to help select the pre-match playlist for Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday 3 November.
We've selected 20 songs with Manchester connections and grouped them into four groups of five. Each group contains two songs from the 1980s, one from the 1990s, one from 2000 onwards and one from a non-Mancunian band with Manchester connections.
Between Tuesday and Friday we're presenting one group a day and giving you the chance to vote for your favourite tune. At the end of the week we'll collate all the votes and reveal the final pre-match playlist. Here's part one...
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
The last single Joy Division released before Ian Curtis’ death. Lyrically dark and brooding and delivered in Curtis’ trademark monotone drawl, the song, propelled by an almost euphoric synthesizer line, could well be the most depressing song you can dance to. A true Manchester anthem.
Electronic – Getting Away With It (1989)
A catchy piece of synth-pop by an 80s supergroup boasting two Mancunians (New Order’s Bernard Sumner and The Smiths’ Johnny Marr) and a Pet Shop Boy, Getting Away With It charted as high as no.12.
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
Featuring a sample from an Andrew Loog Oldham adaptation of a Rolling Stones tune, Bittersweet Symphony was a global smash... probably as much for the way United fan Richard Ashcroft swaggers through the video, stopping for nobody, as the song’s uplifting melody.
Russell Watson/ Shaun Ryder – Barcelona (2000)
The NME summed up this tune perfectly at the time. “What a stunningly stupid idea. What a shockingly great record.” The voice of an angel paired with one of the maddest men of the Madchester movement. And yet somehow it works. Watson sung the song (not this version!) before United’s last-day league win