100 songs of the decade: Love It If We Made It – The 1975

 100 songs of the decade: Love It If We Made It – The 1975

Written by: Adam Hann, George Daniel, Ross MacDonald and Matty Healy
Produced by: George Daniel and Matty Healy
Album: A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
UK release: July 2018
UK chart peak: 33

The 1975 very stealthily became one of the best bands in the world over the course of the decade; going from the sheer honour of being NME’s Worst Band in 2014 to, er, winning NME’s Best Live Band and being nominated for Best British Band, Best Album and Best Track a few years later.

I’ve loved loads of of the I Love It When You Sleep… and A Brief Inquiry… eras – Somebody Else, The Sound and It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) among the personal faves – but the way Love It If We Made It takes a look at our dumpster fire planet and says “Christ, what a crock of shit… but wouldn’t it be great if we came out the other side” is gorgeous, and makes it stand out as their finest song to date.

To be honest, it’s not even a track I appreciated fully at the time (it wasn’t on my best-of-the-year 2018 list at all); and it’s a testament to some of the amazing music writers I’ve been reading – who have articulated its beauty so… well, beautifully – that I fell in love with it so much. Read Grace of @oneofthosefaces fame’s write-up at the bottom of this page in particular.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.