Squeeze Songs Ranked

The squeeze is a British rock band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the new wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s. In the UK, their singles “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction” and “Labelled with Love” were top-ten chart hits. Though not as commercially successful in the United States, Squeeze had American hits with “Tempted”, “Hourglass” and “853-5937”, and were considered a part of the Second British Invasion. Here are all of the Squeeze songs ranked.

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20. It’s Not Cricket (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“Basically, this is a fun record.  I never get sick of the title track either.  A sort of fun style pop, done in an English fashion.  I suppose there is nothing wrong with that, then.”

19. Revue (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“I know it’s hard to take them seriously but they transpire such a feeling of having fun with what they’re doing that I simply can’t resist their tunes.”

18. Out of Touch (Sweets from a Stranger, 1982)

“Musically the synthesisers of the debut are still the dominant sound but on the sublime,heartbreaking “up the junction” you can hear the beatle-esque sound they are best known for coming through.”

17. Last Time Forever (Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, 1985)

“These guys had the melodic abilities to give it a good go and they knew what to do with a cello.  The earlier, more admired records are a bit snarky for me; these guys have a sugary sweet side that gets full play here – the cover art could hardly have been more appropriate.”

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16. Slap and Tickle (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“Strangely, all the little quirks and sounds that could’ve made this a fashion casualty of the disco/new wave era are what ultimately defines it. Anyway, the band would eventually move away from trendy pub anthems such as “Slap and Tickle”, but for the moment there they were: cocaine, bad skin, bell-bottoms and mullets all exposed.”

15. If I Didn’t Love You (Argybargy, 1980)

“Squeeze slow down the tempo a bit and sound a little less scruffy than usual on this polished piece of pop which was an American-only single release. Describing the intensity of young love in Chris Difford’s usual, pithy way, Glenn Tilbrook gives it a lift firstly with a surprise slide guitar solo and secondly by employing the clever device of the “stuck-in-a-groove” repeats just when the lyric talks about a scratch on a record.”

14. Touching Me Touching You (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“I always enjoyed this song, but even so never really realized how much until diving back in time this past year to put together lists such as this. “

13. Is That Love (East Side Story, 1981)

“Brilliant little Beatles-knock-off from Squeeze. Timed at under two minutes, it’s a mini-masterpiece of concision yet still has time for a better-better-better hook in the verse, deft guitar solo by Tillbrook, a middle-eight worthy of McCartney himself and a neat slowed-down finish.”

12. Hourglass (Babylon and On, 1987)

“Catchy at the core, a little gimmicky, and at times a mite annoying (“little green neon…HA-A-ANDS…”). Not their best work, but at least they finally got a Top Forty single in America.”

11. Labelled With Love (East Side Story, 1981)

“Squeeze was always able to write very strong ballads, and “Labelled with Love” is one of those.  Interestingly, it has a very Americana feel to it from a very English band.”

10. Take Me, I’m Yours (Squeeze, 1978)

“Several nice tracks, especially “Take Me I’m Yours”, but overall, not all that out of the ordinary in the quirky new wave days of 1978.  Who knew where these boys were rapidly heading?”

9. King George Street (Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, 1985)

“This has a pretty good beat to it. The song sounds a little like a Elvis Costello track as well as groups like say Cheap Trick. The hooks or very good, and the piano is very cool too. Like this one a lot.”

8. Goodbye Girl (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“Ever noticed how you can sing the theme from The Muppets to this song? Neither did I, until Glenn Tilbrook pointed it out at a gig I went to. Still a good song though.”

7. Annie Get Your Gun (Sweets from a Stranger, 1982)

“The vocals are extremely British, and the new wave meets some other types of music is awesome too.”

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6. Black Coffee in Bed (Sweets from a Stranger, 1982)

“A surprisingly laid back and poppy song about infidelity. It’s pretty catchy, but the phrase “stain on my notebook” annoys me slightly more every time it is sung. For that reason, I prefer the four-minute edit.”

5. Another Nail In My Heart (Argybargy, 1980)

“My favourite single by Squeeze. So much to like about it, the tiptoeing intro, Jools Holland Johnny and The Hurricanes-style organ runs, Glenn Tilbrook’s glistening guitar-solo and more, but my favourite bit has always been that long note Tilbrook holds on the last word of the verses.”

4. Cool for Cats (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“One of those wonderfully weird singles that’s still very engaging. The verses are somewhat-rap-like, but it almost sounds more like a guy reading the movie listings aloud. Even the “chorus” is just the title phrase sung on some off-note. But it all hangs together somehow.”

3. Tempted (East Side Story, 1981)

“Paul Carrack was brutal. Glad Chris and Tillie gave him the Boot. A very good power pop song, but unfortunately, it’s one of those songs that seems to follow me around. Even in 2014, I can’t recall a week when I haven’t heard it pop up somewhere.”

2. Up the Junction (Cool for Cats, 1979)

“Yeah, it may be a bit overplayed and yeah Jools Holland can be a bit annoying these days, but I’m sorry, this is still absolutely undeniable. Still probably amongst the best and most relatable lyrics in British popular music  and maybe even one of the best examples of idiosyncratic storytelling to have found its place in mainstream British culture within any art/entertainment medium.”

1. Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) (Argybargy, 1980)

“It’s those cheeky chappies Squeeze again with another saucy number dressed up in power-pop finery. The lyric apparently retells some of Chris Difford’s youthful memories about staying at a cheap holiday camp, while in the chorus euphemisms abound where he sounds like he’s enjoying a bit of a knee-trembler round the back as he “makes” Marion.”