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 two...
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
Okay, so we were never going to go for a song entitled Blue Monday, so the New Order song nominated is Bizarre Love Triangle, another classic from one of Manchester’s most-loved bands. First heard on the 1986 album Brotherhood, it failed to trouble the charts but was named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time. Singer Bernard Sumner and original bassist Peter Hook are both Reds.
James – Sit Down (1989)
Originally released at the tail-end of the 1980s, this song’s popularity grew and grew and when it was re-released in March 1991 it reached no.2 in the charts. Thousands of celebrating United fans famously sung this song on the Rotterdam terraces as the Reds beat Barcelona in the 1991 European Cup-Winners' Cup final. Guitarist Larry Gott is a big United fan.
Black Grape – Reverend Black Grape (1995)
Formed in the mid-90s after Happy Mondays split up (first time round), their debut single Reverend Black Grape would go on to become one of the classic "Madchester" anthems. Both Shaun Ryder and Bez have been regulars at Old Trafford for decades – on and off.