Cribbed from amiable Adam's Jam singles thread - and also here you can choose eight.
And if you want to talk about how much more exciting they were than the Jam - well, I'm all ears!
I bought their singles from 'Hand in Glove' on and was a major fan, but it must be obvious to most that their run, good as it is, has nothing like the diversity, imaginative leaps or sheer power of The Jam's run.
Exactly. The Jam surprised constantly, and even got better towards the end. The Smiths after the first two albums had essentially done what they had to do. The first album is what they're all about, for me. I think Suffer Little Children is an absolutely amazing thing in the way the Moz vocal meanders through the Marr guitar. It's magic. "Yes, you could say we're a team."