First of all, did you know that Tori was originally in a pop-synth 80s band called Y Can’t Tori Read? To appreciate how amazing they were, HERE is a video of theirs. I think you’ll agree, they were pretty special. Oh and here’s an even more special photo of Tori from those days:
Tori seems to be an artist that divides opinion. She’s marmite. You either love her or hate her. I think it’s safe to say, that I indeed love her. I first discovered her as a 15 year old in my bedroom getting ready for school one morning, engulfing myself in Exclamation! perfume and cleansing with Anne French cleanser when Simon Mayo played Silent All These Years on his radio breakfast show. It was love at first…listen. Tori has supported many a teenager during the 90s through any difficult times. So many people of a certain age, will have that Tori album that helped them survived. Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink and Scarlet’s Walk all did that for me. Tori has built a fiercely loyal fan base and for good reason. She connects with her listeners, she tells her stories candidly and wears her heart on her sleeve. She has also consistently released new material throughout her career, rarely taking a break. She is undoubtedly an album artist rather than a singles artist, as you’ll be able to tell from this list, many of the songs listed are album tracks rather than singles. And which is my favourite of her albums?
Favourite Tori Amos album: Little Earthquakes (1992, no.14)
And, here are my top 15 Tori Amos tunes.
15. Jackie’s Strength (1998, did not chart, From the Choirgirl Hotel)
14. Icicle (1994, album track, Under the Pink)
13. Happy Phantom (1992, album track, Little Earthquakes)
12. A Sorta Fairytale (2002, no.41, Scarlet’s Walk)
11. I Can’t See New York (2002, album track, Scarlet’s Walk)
10. Putting the Damage On (1996, album track, Boys for Pele)
9. Precious Things (1992, album track, Little Earthquakes)
8. Yes, Anastasia (1994, album track, Under the Pink)
7. Spark (1998, no.16, From the Choirgirl Hotel)
6. Taxi Ride (2003, did not chart, Scarlet’s Walk)
5. Professional Widow- Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix (1996, no.1, Boys for Pele)
4. Me and a Gun (1991, did not chart, Little Earthquakes)
3. Silent All These Years (1991, re-released in 1992, no.26, Little Earthquakes)
2. Cornflake Girl (1994, no.4, Under the Pink)
And my all time favourite Tori song is…
1. Winter (1992, no.25, Little Earthquakes)
The one that almost made it: Smells Like Teen Spirit (1992, B-side to Silent All These Years in the UK)
Don’t forget to tell me which is your favourite Tori Amos track below.
See you next week for Just Another Monthly #2 and the following week will be top tunes from The Cure!
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