Top 10 Songs to Celebrate Bonfire Night
With Halloween out of the way, the attention now turns to Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes, rockets, catherine wheels and sparklers are what people think of. But loads of you throw parties on 5 November, to celebrate the world’s most famous terrorist. Yes, its odd when you say it like that, but those fireworks are great fun. So what Bonfire Night tunes would help you pass the night away? Read on and find our top 10.
10. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
‘Ring of Fire’ was Johnny Cash‘s biggest hit in the UK reaching number one in the charts. The slightly depressing sound boasts about entering a ‘Ring of Fire’. Not entirely sure if it is the result of an unfortunate relationship or fire based, but it makes our Top 10.
9. Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn) by The Trammps
Disco Inferno is one of the biggest disco tunes of all time, created by the little known Trammpa. The track which was originally recorded in the 70s has been covered by Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. “Burn Baby Burn, Disco Inferno..”
8. Light my Fire by The Doors
‘Light my Fires’ is one of the most recognised tracks from The Doors. “Come on baby light my fire” is a line covered by so many artists, making this one of the most covered tracks of all time. The covers have been to varying degrees of quality and success think the full spectrum from UB40 through to Beastie Boys to Will Young.
7. Burning Love by Elvis Presley
‘Burning Love’ is an unusual one for The King of Rock n Roll. As much as anything the sound was different and even made its way in to the US Country and Western charts. It was also the last US Top 10 hit for Elvis Presley. Despite its success, Elvis himself said that he “didn’t care for the song”. Others did and among its many accolades it was used as a wakeup track for a US space mission.
6. Fireworks by Siouxsie & the Banshees
Whilst ‘Fireworks’ didn’t have the mass appeal and chart success of some previous recordings (not even reaching top 20), it marked a change of direction for Siouxsie & the Banshees. The track also contained a big orchestral string section.
5. Rocket by Smashing Pumpkins
‘Rocket’ is not one of the least well-known tracks in the list. However it is an amazing track from Smashing Pumpkins second album. With references to Kurt Cobain and a video that is a little odd, we feel this deserves a place in our top 10.
4. Indoor Fireworks by Elvis Costello
This is perhaps one of the most specific and definite bonfire night songs. The song compares the not so spectacular performance of indoor fireworks to that of love. Thankfully, unlike ‘Indoor Fireworks’ this Elvis Costello song isn’t a let down.
3. Relight my Fire by Take That
OK, so this isn’t the original. The original was released in 1979 by Dan Hartman. We included the Take That version (which also features Lulu) because they made the track their own. They turned the 70s dance number in to a hugely contemporary pop number. ‘Relight my Fire’ by Take That is an exceptional song. Ed – always remember to be careful when attempting to relight fires – safety first 🙂
2. Rocket Man by Elton John
Elton John is well recognised as a legend in pop music. His upbeat, happy and infectious pop tunes are tunes that people love, even if they sometimes don’t admit it. ‘Rocket Man’ released in 1972 is one of his most well-known numbers and a karaoke favourite across the globe. The stuff of legends.
1. Firework by Katy Perry
Katy Perry gets to number one, purely because the track is the most relevant in terms of title but also because it is the most current. Released in 2010, ‘Firework’ is one of Katy Perry‘s finest moments and received huge volumes of critical acclaim and plaudits. The song also featured in one of our favourite movies of the year – Madagascar 3.