This Sunday Tom Robinson invites you to compile The Ultimate Smiths Playlist to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the most seminal records in indie music history: The Smiths' self-titled debut album. 

The record’s release on 20 February 1984 hailed the triumphant arrival of Manchester foursome Morrissey, Marr, Joyce and Rouke, with tracks such as What Difference Does It Make?, Hand In Glove and Still III showcasing M & M’s powerful (yet all-too-short) songwriting partnership.  

Released on Rough Trade records, with the sleeve designed of course by Moz himself, 'The Smiths’ reached Number 2 in the UK charts. It remained in the charts for 33 weeks, sealing their fate as indie music royalty. Their enigmatic frontman’s penchant for chest-bearing and gladioli-brandishing on stage may also have helped…

So, what to suggest for our collaborative a playlist inspired by a band that was only active for five years, released four albums but whose music, lyrics and sound inspired a new wave and style of music?

You could chose:

So get thinking. And when you’ve thought, get your suggestions and the all-important reasons WHY to us via Twitter using #TheSmiths6Music, the Now Playing Facebook page, email nowplaying@bbc.co.uk or drag tracks onto our collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Greg

    on 16 Feb 2014 19:28

    So, you still haven't found the key to the session cupboard, then?

    I tell you what, just play anything readily available on any regular release.

    [switches off]

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Uncleskinny

    on 16 Feb 2014 18:38

    Good evening. Would love to hear the album-defining Death Of A Disco Dancer, or Wonderful Woman, which rarely gets a outing, or The Headmaster Ritual, an uncommonly-tuned masterpiece. Many thanks.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by mharrison5

    on 16 Feb 2014 18:34

    How about the trumpet version of Frankly Mr Shankly and Rubber Ring?

    Please also consider giving Morrissey's live cover of Cosmic Dancer a play as well, it's very underrated!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Jigsore

    on 16 Feb 2014 18:21

    Stretch Out and Wait by the Smiths. Not one of their big singles but glorious nonetheless

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Keith fitzsimons

    on 16 Feb 2014 15:44

    Reel around the fountain or Well I wonder

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by James OBrien

    on 16 Feb 2014 12:28

    I think that the best song by either The Smiths or Morrissey is "Life Is A Pigsty" by Morrissey from Ringleader of The Tormentors. It's perfect.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Sarah Jane

    on 16 Feb 2014 00:41

    Please, please, please.... play 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' such a beautiful song. I would be eternally grateful!!!
    Thank-you
    SJ x
    Penzance
    Cornwall

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by sonyajayne7

    on 15 Feb 2014 15:42

    So many to choose from.

    Why not play
    The Smiths - Jeane - a long time favourite B side
    Morrissey - The Loop
    The Smiths - Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
    The Smiths - You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby
    Barbarism Begins at Home
    Also any of the bands that have supported Morrissey or The Smiths over the years. For example, James, Kristeen Young, Damien Dempsey, Easterhouse, Phranc etc.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Greg

    on 15 Feb 2014 15:41

    How about playing the unreleased BBC session versions of songs from the debut album?

    'Wonderful Woman' David Jenson session 04/07/83

    'I Don't Owe You Anything' David Jenson session 05/09/83

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Josh Bayliss

    on 15 Feb 2014 14:40

    Wow, so many fantastic songs to pick from. I'll go with one song each from The Smiths, Morrissey Solo and Johnny Marr's latest solo album as it's only fair!

    Please play:
    The Smiths - Rubber Ring (B side to The Boy With The Thorn In His Side)
    Morrissey - Sister I'm A Poet (B side to Everyday Is Like Sunday)
    Johnny Marr - New Town Velocity

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