Every album mentioned in Mystery Jets’ ‘Greatest Hits’

Let’s talk about Mystery Jets.

They’re a four- (and sometimes five-)piece indie band from London, and they’ve made it hard for them to enjoy future success because one of their most popular songs is called “Greatest Hits.”

With the kind of clever, catchy nod to the past that I always think is cool, the lyrics are full of references to some of the greatest albums in pop music history, as a couple’s massive record collection is cleaved in two during a breakup.

Here are the lyrics. I’ve linked every album to Spotify for your enjoyment and edification.

You can take The Lexicon of Love away
But I’m keeping Remain in Light
You can take away It’s A Shame About Ray
But I’m holding on to Country Life
Well you can keep No Need To Argue and I’ll keep The Aeroplane Over The Sea
But hold on to The Boy With The Arab Strap
‘Cause I’m holding on to Village Green

I don’t know if the knot just needs untangling
Cassette tapes get stuck all the time
But either way I’m keeping Double Nickels On The Dime

These were our greatest hits
The best of me and you

I still remember buying you Band On The Run
On the first day that we kissed
But you always did prefer McCartney One
‘Cause it reminded you of being a kid
No way you’re having This Nation’s Saving Grace
You only listen to it when you’re pissed
But when you sober up, it’s always why the fuck
Are you still listening to Mark E. Smith?

I don’t know if the knot just needs untangling
Or if we forgot which way’s up and which way is down
But still the tape keeps going round and round…

These were our greatest hits
The desert island discs
The best of me and you

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