Posted by: Ryan Allen on August 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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The Smiths, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (Sire, 1986)

The YouTube description for the Smiths’ video for “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” says it all: “Arguably one of the best songs ever written.” Hackum1, whoever you are, we couldn’t agree more. The video though? Well, maybe not so much. You’d think Morrissey, Marr and those other guys would want the clip for The Queen Is Dead’s shining moment to be a bit more interesting than some slow-motion shots of a shirtless boy (or is it a girl? Oh the androgyny!), a flaming car, and some spliced in snippets from some lost British tourism flick from the early 60s. But, when you’ve written a song this amazing, sometimes it’s best to step out of the way, deliver a few murky visuals, and let the music do the talking. Or moaning. Or whatever it is Morrissey does with his voice. — Ryan Allen

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