Ranking The Manics Songs – The Holy Bible

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Well now, what the balls am I meant to do with this. It would be like trying to rank the songs of… no, there is no comparison – this is the greatest album of all time, ranking is futile. There’s really only one song I don’t think is on par with the rest, but it has the quintessential sound and tone of the album so it’s not one I can really drop. I’m going to do that in my own version of how the album should look, but I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. Here is the album ranked in terms of my personal favourites – at least 7 of these could be my number 1 on a different day, three others aren’t far behind, and the last three are still better than anything most bands could dream up:

  1. Faster
  2. PCP
  3. 4st 7lbs
  4. This Is Yesterday
  5. Archives Of Pain
  6. Mausoleum
  7. Yes
  8. Die In The Summertime
  9. Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
  10. The Intense Humming Of Evil
  11. Of Walking Abortion
  12. Revol
  13. She Is Suffering

As I said above replacing any of these is pointless, and no other songs from the era really fit musically. However, I think they could replace She Is Suffering with Too Cold Here – a version specifically recorded for the album (I don’t believe any such version exists) as it is a much stronger song. Judge Yrself could work better musically, though it’s not great lyrically, some might opt for Sculpture Of Man. I’d nominate Love Torn Us Under over those two, but under Too Cold Here. In any case, it’s perfect as it is.

Let us know your ranking in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Ranking The Manics Songs – The Holy Bible

  1. Matt July 30, 2019 / 11:19 am

    I like She is Suffering and Revol a lot better than you, it seems! =P

    • carlosnightman July 30, 2019 / 11:23 am

      I’ve never been able to pinpoint what it is exactly – I still like them, they’re still great songs, but for me they lack some ingredient which makes the rest of the album so good. Still one of my favourite three or four albums ever 🙂

      • Matt July 30, 2019 / 3:56 pm

        Yeah, regarding music it is always a bit hard to pinpoint why some tracks don’t move us as much as others.

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