Favorite Depeche Mode songs of all time

dm-250pxDepeche Mode has always been one of my favorite groups, thanks to their awesome songwriting skills and the infectious style that is uniquely their own.

I recently went through the song list on my iPod Touch and compiled a list of my favorite DM tunes of all time. It contains quite a few “old school” songs, but also some very recent ones:

  • Behind the Wheel – One of the first DM songs I ever heard, which I immediately fell in love with.
  • Black Celebration – I first heard this on 101, and fell in love with it even more when I saw the live version in the 101 movie.
  • Things You Said – Another early favorite, which I originally heard in its studio version on a cassette tape that a coworker gave to me. Soon after, I bought 101, and liked the live version even more!
  • Strangelove – How can you not love this song?!
  • Halo – An excellent song off of the amazing Violator album, from 1990. I love the way the vocals and synths punctuate this song!
  • In Your Room – Spooky, moody DM at its best.
  • Never Let Me Down Again – One of the biggest crowd favorites at any live DM performance – and rightly so!
  • Personal Jesus – One of the closest things that DM has ever had a to a pop hit.
  • Sister of Night – Another brooding, classic song off the Ultra album. I love the synth solo at the end of the song. Gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
  • Waiting for the Night – Also from Violator, the lyrics of this song paint a rich word picture. Cool!
  • Higher Love – A great song from Songs of Faith & Devotion.
  • In Chains – One of my favorite songs from DM’s latest release, Sounds of the Universe. It’s got a definite bluesy feel to it.
  • Perfect – Probably my favorite song from Songs of the Universe. It has a real classic DM sound to it.
  • Little Soul – This odd little number from SOTU caught my ear for some reason. I just like it a lot – I can’t explain why, though.
  • Sacred – I first became acquainted with this song on the local alternative radio station in Milwaukee, WMSE. Heard it while driving to Chicago one day, and was amazed by its vocal harmonies and punchy synths. I think this song was what pushed me over the edge to buy 101, which I nearly wore out in my car’s tape player during the next few years!
  • Stripped – I love the live version of this song from the 101 movie (and the live album).
  • World in My Eyes – Another solid hit from Violator with punchy synths and great lyrics.

What are your favorite DM songs?

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  1. Tomás - September 28, 2009 11:23 am

    I really like the “studio sessions” tracks from the Sounds Of The Universe. The alternate versions of Wrong and Come Back got me really excited as they were the first thing I’d heard of the new record but then I was a little disappointed.

    I have a bit of a soft spot for I Feel Loved and the Kruder and Dorfmeister remix of Useless, which was the first time I got into their music.

  2. Johan - November 16, 2009 2:45 pm

    I like (almost) every DM song made between 1981 and 1990. There are some good stuff made after that, but that can not compete with the “golden years”. The first DM album I heard was “Some Great Reward” back in 1985. Still think it is one of the top ten albums of all time.

  3. Ethan - January 10, 2010 9:32 pm

    Hrm…you went with 17, so I’ll go with 17. Fun, fun.

    A Question Of Time
    Black Celebration
    Blasphemous Rumours
    Death’s Door
    It’s No Good
    Little 15
    Never Let Me Down Again
    Personal Jesus
    Policy Of Truth
    Shake The Disease
    The Things You Said

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