Why have a Top 10 when you can have one more? Here are our 11 favourite Paolo Nutini songs, ranked.
Hailing from the Scottish town of Paisley, Paolo Nutini was catapulted to fame in 2006 with the release of his debut album ‘These Streets’. Since then he’s gone to have three number 1 albums, amassed 8 million global album sales, 8 million UK single sales, and 1.5 billion global streams. He’s also won an Ivor Novello and collected a remarkable 18 Platinum certifications in the UK alone.
Following the release of his number 1 album ‘Last Night In The Bittersweet’ and ahead of his Irish dates, we’ve ranked 11 of our personal favourite Paolo Nutini tracks.
11. Iron Sky
Kicking off our list is ‘Iron Sky’, taken from Paolo’s third album ‘Caustic Love’ released in 2014. On it’s release The Independent described the single as being “like Percy Sledge singing Curtis Mayfield.” The official video for the track, filmed in Kyiv, went on to win the best music video award at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and has become even more poignant with recent events.
10. Someone Like You
No, it’s not a cover of Adele covering Dylan, this ‘Someone Like You’ is a Nutini original. Tender and romantic, a short and sweet song that’s gone on to be a wedding favourite for first dances and it’s easy to see why.
9. Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Possibly one of his more mainstream songs but with an edge, ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ is a song you definitely know if you listened to radio even once in 2014. Showcasing a different sound to previous releases, the track has strong R&B and funk influences.
8. No Other Way
It’s impossible not to feel something when you hear Paolo pouring his heart out on ‘No Other Way’. This boy loses girl, boy wants girl back track is a perfect example of why Nutini’s emotive vocals are spoken so highly of.
7. Jenny Don’t Be Hasty
One of his catchiest songs, the lyrics are based on a personal experience where Nutini lied about his age to pursue an older woman who then ended things on finding out his true age. We’re sure Jenny is kicking herself now.
6. Lose It
One of the first tracks released from his latest album ‘Last Night In The Bittersweet’, ‘Lose It’ explores brand new territory for Nutini with distorted vocals and shades of early ‘70s German bands like Can and Neu!.
The lead single from second album, ‘Sunny Side Up’, the song has multiple interpretations with Nutini reportedly to have said it was about losing the spark or candy, in a relationship and trying to find it again.
4. Through The Echoes
A mellow, soulful track, ‘Through The Echoes’ has an air of Otis Redding to it. The vocals are simply divine, and described as “effortlessly great” by The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins. Just timeless.
Things are getting closer as we edge into the top 3 with ‘Rewind’, a criminally overlooked track from first album ‘These Streets’. The song featured on the soundtrack to ‘P.S. I Love You’ but we won’t hold that against it.
2. Acid Eyes
The bass heavy ‘Acid Eyes’ is completely unlike any previous release from Nutini. A love song of regret, the song was originally written as a duet with Haim in mind. However, fearful of rejection, he never asked them. Hopefully one day we’ll get a live version.
1. Last Request
No.1 could only be ‘Last Request’ really, it is THE song everyone thinks of when they think Paolo Nutini. It was the world’s introduction to the Scottish singer, and what an introduction. Released when he was only 18, the song showcases the vocals and songwriting skills far beyond his years.
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