"Wish That You Were Here" is a song composed for Tim Burton's movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that was released on August 26, 2016 via digital download. Florence had been a big-time fan of Burton's work and was interested in teaming up with him long before "Wish That You Were Here", calling Burton a "kindred spirit" who shared in her themes of dark romance and fantasy. To prepare to compose a song that complimented the film, Florence read the novel version of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The song managed to reach number 128 on the UK Singles Chart.
This song was moderately well-received throughout the rankings as it was not ranked too harshly or too high – except Az Paynter does lose his #7.
"Sky Full of Song" is a song from the fourth studio album, High as Hope. The song was released on April 12, 2018 as the album's lead single and also as a 7" single for Record Store Day, April 21, which featured a poem titled “New York Poem (for Polly)” by Florence. The poem will be included in Florence’s upcoming first book, Useless Magic, releasing July 5, 2018. The book will feature Florence’s lyrics, poetry and artwork culled from her own sketchbooks. “Sky Full of Song” peaked at #9 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart and #81 on the UK Singles chart while also charting in Australia, Belgium, Scotland and New Zealand.
Appropriate that it should follow “Wish That You Were Here” as it’s the first original track released since then. This song features our fourth highest standard deviation and, as always, pits former Pulse fave (?) snarks against Leo ✔ , who ranked the song #6 and #45, respectively.
The third and final of the tracks recorded for the Songs from Final Fantasy XV EP, “Too Much Is Never Enough” is also the second-last soundtrack song remaining in the rankdown. The song peaked at #29 on the US Hot Rock songs chart and #135 on the UK Singles chart while also charting in France.
We go back to Lungs on this one as “Swimming” is an album track that was featured on the Lungs – The B Sides release. Florence loves the subject of drowning. Mentioned by description in Ceremonials liner notes, she's fond of the jumping off the edge and "enveloping" feeling which drowning is often described as being. She once said that as a child, she dived to the bottom of a swimming pool and, for a moment, felt like she could breathe, and she's been trying to recreate the feeling ever since. This is said to be similar to her relationship to music. “Swimming” is one of the many tracks in which this reoccurring theme turns up.
No top 10 rankings for this one and it had a pretty steady response from most participants. Az Paynter is not a huge fan though, and he clears his bottom 5 with this one.
Back to back Lungs tracks once again, but this time from the standard edition with “Blinding”. This is another album track and on it, Florence uses fairytale flights of fantasy to tell her listeners about the love and pain in our vulnerable youth.
Two people lose a top 10 here while one person gets rid of another bottom 5 ranking.
Exactly 10 spots later, we return to a song from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in “St. Jude”. Also not a single, “St. Jude” receives a video as part of The Odyssey. The video was released on March 23, 2015 as part 3 of The Odyssey and is a continuation of the “What Kind of Man” video though it technically follows “How Big How Blue How Beautiful”, or part 2, chronologically. “St. Jude” relates both the patron saint of lost causes and the 2013 British storm of the same name as Florence contemplates her failing relationship.
The band debuted it live in London’s Tufnell Park Dome on March 4 and that was followed later on that month by the studio version via music video. The song peaked at #36 on the US Hot Rock songs chart, #156 on the UK Singles chart and #90 in Australia.
“St. Jude” is the song with the third highest standard deviation as it has rankings pretty much all over the place. Three people say goodbye to a bottom 5 ranking while only one person loses a top 10.
"Addicted to Love" - I probably ranked this a bit higher if only because of my familiarity with Robert Palmer's version...Florence does a great cover of it though.
"Tiny Dancer" - A good cover but there's been so many of them...not surprised to see it out so soon.
"Over the Love" - Another song that I might have ranked a bit higher if only because I love, love the movie! Not at all surprised to see it out so soon either.
"Hardest of Hearts" - This has never been a favorite of mine and isn't a song I want to come back around to listen to again.
"You've Got the Dirtee Love" - Easily my least favorite song...I don't even like Dizzee Rascal. This matchup just should've never ever happened.
"Stand By Me" - Another classic cover that Florence's just nails...I really enjoyed this.
"My Boy Builds Coffins" - It's been a while since I've listened to this and do enjoy it for what it is...but there's little replay value in this song.
"Strangeness and Charm" - One of my highest ranked songs to leave so far...I've always enjoyed the production of this and the overall vocal arrangement. I also didn't know the story behind the song so thanks Albie!
"Swimming" - Another great song from Lungs that has a wonderful production.
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"Howl" - This is probably my all time favorite album track...
“Kiss with a Fist" is the debut single by Florence and the Machine, taken from their debut studio album Lungs. The single was released through Moshi Moshi Records on June 9, 2008 in the UK and was then released four months later on October 6, 2008 through IAMSOUND Records in the US. “Kiss with a Fist" first appeared with the same lyrics under the name "Happy Slap" on Ashok's (Florence’s previous band) first, and only, album Plans. It was originally released as a non-album single and was later included as track number five on Lungs. The violence she sings about is not a case of domestic abuse – it’s a metaphor for the strength of her and her lover’s passion.
It was featured on soundtrack to the film's Jennifer's Body and Wild Child, as well as TV shows such as Community, Cougar Town, Saving Grace and United States of Tara. The song was also used to advertise the Channel 4 music channel. The B-side to "Kiss with a Fist" is a cover version of the Cold War Kids song "Hospital Beds". "Kiss with a Fist" debuted at #58 on the UK Singles Chart on 16 August 2008. The following week it rose seven places to #51 and in total spending two weeks within the top 100. It peaked at #10 on Australia’s ARIA Hitseeker Singles chart.
While not a top 10 for highest standard deviation, this song was on the more divisive side as evidenced by the two #44 rankings and the two top 10 rankings. It spent a chunk of time below #30 but picked up a bit towards the end. Every song from here on our has at least one top 5 ranking.
Florence and the Machine embarked on several live performances to promote Ceremonials. The band premiered four tracks from the album— "Only If for a Night", "Never Let Me Go", "Spectrum", and "Heartlines" — at The Creators Project, a partnership between Vice magazine and Intel, in Brooklyn on October 15, 2011 – two weeks before the release of Ceremonials.
Speaking to Q magazine, Florence said despite her own natural conflicted and irreverent mindset, she attempted to put some positive messages on Ceremonials, “because I knew there would be kids listening.”
"Like putting something in there that wasn’t just for me, like ‘Heartlines’ and ‘Spectrum,’ they’re really earnest, saying don’t be afraid of who you are and follow your heart. I get scared of being earnest. Like a lot of British people, I prefer sarcasm and irreverence. So those grand statements were hard for me. Wearing my heart on my sleeve. Very frightening."
“Heartlines” is part of the only tie of the entire rankdown. Despite a lower SD than the song at #23, both songs got a peak #5 ranking but “Heartlines” loses out for having only two top 10 rankings. I struggled not to put this in my top 10. I love the opening drums on it. This song clears the bottom 5 for Pale Shelter .
A promotional single from Ceremonials, a music video for “Breaking Down” was officially released on July 2, 2012; just in time for the US Holiday of 4th of July, with a red, white and blue-nodding video. "Breaking Down" takes us through a series of Instagram-inspired vignettes—Florence gazes out the window as her tour bus takes her across America, and she lounges in a retro swimsuit poolside under palm trees, for example. The upbeat piano melody of “Breaking Down” is a juxtaposition against the sorrowful whispered vocals, which speak of Florence’s depression as a friend greeting her in the dead of night. The song was released as a promotional single but failed to chart.
This song tied in points with “Heartlines” but because it received 4 top 10 rankings, it lands ahead of it at #23. Congratulations to Zach for clearing his bottom 5.
My bottom 5 still isn't cleared yet? What's taking so long? Let me check what I have left... ...oh, it's not even the song I thought would be down there. People really like my 43 that much, huh? EDIT: and it's not coming next since it's not from Lungs
“Third Eye” is an album track off How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful which the band debuted at London’s Tufnell Park Dome on March 4, 2015. Before performing, Florence mentions that she wrote the song for someone else, before realizing it might be for her. In “Third Eye”, Florence encourages a fellow friend to come out of their shell and learn to love again, only to reveal that she’s going through the same problems also.
Florence has said to NME:
"When you reach a level of fame and attention, it can make you feel quite unworthy. To be compelled, to need that catharsis and exorcism, there’s obviously going to be an underlying dissatisfaction… it was trying to learn to be just happier in my own skin."
“Third Eye” receives a video as the final chapter in The Odyssey. On June 20, 2015, it peaked at #42 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart. As expected, singingrulebritannia clears his bottom 5 with this one, while four others lose a top 5.
"Lover to Lover" was released on November 30, 2012, as a digital download on iTunes as the fifth and final single from Ceremonials. The Ceremonials Tour version of "Lover to Lover" is an edited version of the original with further production by Chris Hayden. This song finds Florence singing of hopping from “room to room, bed to bed.” It was inspired by ‘60s Soul numbers such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” It’s about forgetting about your inevitable fate and who’s judging you and focusing on the now. The song was the band's first single to miss the top 200 on the UK Singles Chart while peaking at #44 on the US Hot Rock Songs chart and #25 in Belgium.
The soul-infused composition and vocal is stellar to me. And the build up to the second chorus is so emotive with powerful vocals that I can never ignore it – same with the conclusion to the song. Florence just goes on to wail and jam after this and I absolutely love every second of it. I had to put it at #1 for this reason but ultimately, every song from here on our was a contender, for me. Bless you recordyear and snarks for putting this in your top 10s. Linnethia Monique I'm tagging you because I thought this might make you happy.
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