3. Ghosts (Japan)

The release of the landmark 1981 album Tin drum marked the artistic peak as well as the untimely end of the British band Japan (image credit). They managed to finally create a soundscape totally their own, with no distinguishable influences from other artists. The most important song on the album is Ghosts, a superb ballad and a strong contender for the title of best single ever. Right from the first out-of-this-world sounds, this song weaves a spell like no other. A surprise UK top 10 hit, it is notable for its utterly minimal arrangement, almost entirely eschewing beats for Barbieri's textures and Jansens work on marimba. David Sylvian has never sounded better in his life - and that is quite a statement giving my admiration for his work.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Nightporter, Visions of China.


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