The Cure's Top 20 Songs

18. Push (From 'The Head On The Door') One of the best straight-up rock songs The Cure has produced, Push is typically 80s with big drums with a slightly dramatic feel however The Cure avoid falling into cliche by allowing the song to have space. Push certainly has a sense of euphoria about it but it also avoids becoming overblown or over-dramatic. Probably one of the best Cure songs that you can turn up full and have a good jump around to, Push is also on of Mark Hoppus' (of Blink-182 fame) favourite songs, but that may not be a glowing endorsement. The 2 and a half minute introduction is fantastic on its own but don't let that put you off as the song runs at unrelenting pace. This certainly won't be the last song on this list with a long introduction.

17. Burn (Movie Soundtrack To 'The Crow') Now it is time to get dark. Burn is quite a unique song as it was written as the Movie Soundtrack for 1994's The Crow featuring Brandon Lee. The song features thumping tribal drums, echo vocals and typical cure phased guitar. None of these elements were particularly new for Cure songs as they were heavily featured on their early-1980s dark trilogy of albums, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. By 1994 The Cure had gone far away from their dark roots and had become one of the biggest bands in the world. Of course, they still made great music that was alternative from the mainstream but it was very different from their early beginnings. Burn brought them back to those early years in one isolated song, which is what makes it so powerful. It is a replication of how the band had once been and it seemed so effortless.

16. How Beautiful You Are (From 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me') Is Robert Smith a poet? Or does he just steal his lyrics from other sources? How Beautiful You Are certainly sounds like poetry but it is actually majorly influenced by the works of the 19th Century poet Charles Baudelaire. The truth of the matter is that the song adapts lines from a Baudelaire story to fit a great song. The excellent melody and tune is all produced by the band and most of the lyrics are original too. How Beautiful You Are is a simple song about loving someone that you find beautiful but finding that their beauty is only skin deep. A romantic song about the city of Paris with a twist. The song-writing here is superb and features some of the best verse and chorus combinations The Cure has constructed.
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