The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 123: NO ONE CAN HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU

How do you rate No One Can Hold A Candle To You?

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Junior Member
Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.
And instead of chronologically, let's do them alphabetically.


Voting should be something along these lines:
10: Perfection
9: Near perfect, brilliant
8: Really good Moz/Smiths song
7: Good Moz/Smiths song
6: Decent, OK, Nothing special
5: Uninspired
4: Poor
3: Bad
2: Should never have been released
1: He/They should be ashamed

The songs so far (voting is still open):

Part 122: Never Had No One Ever
Part 121: My Love Life
Part 120: My Life Is A Succession Of People Goodbye
Part 119: Mute Witness
Part 118: Munich Air Disaster 1958
Part 117: Moonriver
Part 116: Money Changes Everything
Part 115: Miserable Lie
Part 114: Michael's Bones
Part 113: Mexico
Part 112: Meat Is Murder
Part 111: Margaret On The Guillotine
Part 110: Maladjusted
Part 109: Lucky Lisp
Part 108: Lost
Part 107: London
Part 106: Little Man, What Now?
Part 105: Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
Part 103: Let the Right One Slip In
Part 102: Let Me Kiss You
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Part 99: King Leer
Part 98: Journalists Who Lie
Part 97: Jeane
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 95: It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small
Part 94: Is It Really So Strange?
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 92: Interlude
Part 91: Interesting Drug
Part 90: In The Future When All's Well
Part 89: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 87: (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
Part 86: I'm Not Sorry
Part 85: I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
Part 84: I'd Love To
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 82: I Will See You In Far Off Places
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 80: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Part 79: I Like You
Part 78: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 76: I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Part 75: I Knew I Was Next
Part 74: I Keep Mine Hidden
Part 73: I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Part 72: I Have Forgiven Jesus
Part 71: I Don't Owe You Anything
Part 70: I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
Part 69: I Can Have Both
Part 68: I Am Two People
Part 67: I Am Hated For Loving
Part 66: Human Being
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 64: How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Part 63: Hold On To Your Friends
Part 62: Heir Apparent
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 60: He Knows I'd Love To See Him
Part 59: He Cried
Part 58: Have-A-Go Merchant
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 53: Good Looking Man About Town
Part 52: Golden Lights
Part 51: Glamorous Glue
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 49: Girl Least Likely To
Part 48: Girl Afraid
Part 47: Get Off The Stage
Part 46: Ganglord
Part 45: Friday Mourning
Part 44: Frankly Mr Shankly
Part 43: Found Found Found
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Part 40: East West
Part 39: Driving Your Girlfriend Home
Part 38: Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
Part 37: Do Your Best And Don't Worry
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 35: Dial-A-Cliche
Part 34: Death Of A Disco Dancer
Part 33: Death At One's Elbow
Part 32: Dear God Please Help Me
Part 31: Dagenham Dave
Part 30: Cosmic Dancer
Part 29: Come Back To Camden
Part 28: Christian Dior
Part 27: Certain People I Know
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 25: Break Up The Family
Part 24: Boxers
Part 23: Black-Eyed Susan
Part 22: Billy Budd
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 20: Best Friend On The Payroll
Part 19: Bengali In Platforms
Part 18: Barbarism Begins At Home
Part 17: Back To The Old House
Part 16: At Last I Am Born
Part 15: At Amber
Part 14: Asleep
Part 13: Ask
Part 12: Asian Rut
Part 11: Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
Part 10: Ammunition
Part 9: America Is Not The World
Part 8: Ambitious Outsiders
Part 7: Alsatian Cousin
Part 6: Alma Matters
Part 5: All The Lazy Dykes
Part 4: Accept Yourself
Part 3: A Swallow On My Neck
Part 2: A Song From Under The Floorboards
Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours


Starved Of Mirth
Such a majestic song and surely one of the greatest cover versions by The Moz. I think it has even more meaning because it was written by his dear friend James, and you can see that James was either heavily influenced by his friend Steven, or Steven and James have a common style. The music is great, the lyrics are great, and the vocals are great - what more could you possibly want? T.E.N.

Young And Alive

Senior Member
I love it!

I know it's a cover version but I think that if Moz had released this as an A-side then it would have been a hit.

10 from me.


Junior Member
A 10 from me.I love both the studio and live version from Who Put The M...

Does anybody have the original I've looked everywhere but can't find it?


Scorpion Kicker
A 10 from me.I love both the studio and live version from Who Put The M...

Does anybody have the original I've looked everywhere but can't find it?
Yes I do, here you are mate. :)

I gave it a 9. Great song, the best cover he's done. (And a BIG improvement over the original)
just another b side i have, that isn't played very much.

Anais Pin

Wardrobe Mistress
I like it a lot; its a great song and Moz sings it with a definate passion.


Not Dead Yet
Hiroshima...(Come Come Nuclear Bomb!)

Best Morrissey Cover EVER

Just absolutely would think Morrissey wrote it


Doing Very Well
Prolly my favourite cover ever; I would've given it a 10 except that it's not actually a Moz choon. So I gave it a 9.



James Maker sounds similar to an early Smiths era Moz :)

PS What does the "Hiroshima, yes yes yes!" lyric mean??
From :

This song was first performed by the band Raymonde and Morrissey remained relatively faithful to the original lyrics. Besides a few minor preposition changes, he modified the following bits:
-he removed the 'darling' in "And I, darling, dim next to you"
-he turned the original line "I'll be Einstein or Frankenstein" into a question
-he welcomed Hiroshima while in the original version James Maker sang "Hiroshima, no thanks!"


Morrissey, in a Q&A session on True To You in June 2007: "'No One Can Hold a Candle to You' was originally written and sung by James Maker, and we've been good friends now for 30 years. He released 'Born that Way' a couple of years back and that's one of my favorite recordings of all time."


I love it, I'd give a 10 if not a cover but I think an 8 is fair.


Saint Louis' Finest
one of, if not the, best cover(s) he's ever done. the melody is very different for him so it makes me smile. drinking.


Junior Member
Interestingly enough, this song is outperforming every other b-side of the Quarry-era and most of the album tracks as well.
Looks like most of us agree that it should have been on the album then.

The next one then, another song that definitely should have been on the album...
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