“Bitter Sweet Symphony“ by The Verve is my all time favorite song. The song is off the The Verve’s third studio album, Urban Hymns, and it is based on an Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral version of The Rolling Stones‘ song, “The Last Time.”
It reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, was nominated for Best British Single, at the 1998 Brit Awards, and at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, the song was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video. In 1999, the song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
The song was number one on Paste Magazine‘s list of the 25 Awesome One-Hit-Wonders of the 1990’s. BBC Radio 1 listeners voted it the third Best Track Ever. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it number 392 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“. In 2007, NME magazine placed the song at number 18 in its list of the “50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever“. In September 2007, a poll of 50 songwriters in Q magazine placed it in a list of the “Top 10 Greatest Tracks“. In the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, 2009, the track was voted the 5th best song of all time. Pitchfork Media included the song at number 29 on their “Top 200 Tracks of the 90s” list. In 2011, NME placed it at number 9 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.”