Top 10 Jesus Jones Songs

Jesus Jones Songs

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Our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list looks at the catalog of one of the biggest British alternative rock bands of the ‘90s. Formed in 1988, Jesus Jones was cited to be a revolutionary band thanks to its luscious blend of rock energy with dance, techno, and inspirational sampling techniques. The band’s lead Mike Edwards firmly believed that sample-driven dance-oriented rock music was the next big thing in the music scene (a subjective perspective that was proven “wrong” in just a few years).

As a matter of fact, the singer stated in one of his interviews that he hoped to be the Jimi Hendrix of sampling. After all, Mike felt that sampling in the ‘90s was pretty much like the rise of electric guitar in the ‘60s. Together with contemporaries such as The Shamen, Pop Will Eat Itself, and EMF, Jesus Jones helped shape the ‘90s alternative rock scene tinging their music with techno/indie dance influences.

Of course, there was more to that—the band’s classic songwriting and strong melodies and hooks gave rock aficionados a reason to shower Jesus Jones with huge love. However, Jesus Jones’ success lasted for a few years owing to the fast-fading influence of indie dance. Over its career, the band has issued six studio albums—only three of the band’s albums achieved massive mainstream/commercial success.

A Brief Overview of Jesus Jones’ Album Releases

In 1989, Jesus Jones issued its debut studio album Liquidizer through Food Records. The album was produced by Craig Leon, an American-born producer revered for his prodigious work with Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Mark Owen of Take That, The Fall, and Suicide. Liquidizer saw Jesus Jones compared to bands like Pop Will Eat Itself thanks to the heavy reliance on samples.

The album achieved mild mainstream success rising to position thirty-two on the UK Albums Chart. Liquidizer also climbed the ARIA Albums Chart peaking at number one hundred and eighteen. Jesus Jones saw the album achieve commercial success in the UK where it earned silver certification. “Info Freako,” “Bring It On Down,” “Never Enough,” and “Never Enough” are some of the best Jesus Jones songs from the album.

The band returned in 1991 with its sophomore studio album DoubtDoubt was co-produced by the band’s lead vocalist Mike Edwards, Martyn Phillips, and the influential Britpop figure Andy Ross. The album remains the band’s most successful record to date. The album topped the UK Albums Chart, earning a BPI gold certification.

Doubt also graced the Billboard 200 Chart peaking at position twenty-five. The album rose to the top 40s on the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Albums Chart proving to be a global success. Additionally, Doubt was a commercial success going platinum in New Zealand, Canada, and the US. Some of the most popular songs by Jesus Jones from the album include “Right Here, Right Now,” “Real, Real, Real,” “International Bright Young Thing,” and “Who? Where? Why?”

Perverse, issued in 1993, marked the band’s album to have made it big in the mainstream. The album was produced by Warne Livesey, a record producer best known for his work with Midnight Oil, Matthew Good Band, Deacon Blue, and The ThePerverse made it to the UK Albums Chart rising to the sixth spot.

The album marked Jesus Jones’ final album to ever make it to the Billboard 200 having peaked at the fifty-ninth spot. Perverse also graced the ARIA Albums Chart rising to a peak position of number thirty-two. “Zeroes and Ones,” “The Devil You Know,” and “The Right Decision” are the best Jesus Jones songs from the album.

In 1997, the band issued its fourth studio album Already. The album marked Jesus Jones’ final album to ever grace the UK Albums Chart peaking at position one hundred and sixty-one. Already also marked the band’s final album issued through Food Records. “The Next Big Thing,” “Chemical #1,” “February,” and “Motion” are some of the popular songs by Jesus Jones from Jesus Jones.

The band would later return in 2001 with its fifth studio album London, a record that was deemed uninspired by most critics. Jesus Jones’ attempt to rekindle its way to success hit a snag after the poor reception of its 2018 sixth studio album Passages. Nevertheless, Passages is home to some musical gems including “Suck It Up” and “Where Are All the Dreams?”

Jesus Jones’ Accolades and Legacy

In the early ‘90s, Jesus Jones was among the most promising bands in the alternative rock scene distinguishing its musical pursuits with dance-rock and indie-dance influences. The band went ahead to bag the 1991 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist ahead of Seal, C+C Music Factory, Gerardo, and Deee-Lite.

Jesus Jones’ song “Right Here, Right Now” was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals accolade at the 1992 Grammy Awards. However, the band lost the accolade to the hit “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. The band’s sophomore record Doubt was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Alternative Music Album category. Unfortunately, the album lost the accolade to Out of Time by R.E.M. Here we present our top 10 Jesus Jones songs of all time.

#10- The Next Big Thing

Opening our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list is the exquisite hit “The Next Big Thing.” The song was one of the two singles issued for the band’s fourth studio album Already. “The Next Big Thing” earned some radio airplay in the UK rising to position forty-nine on the UK Singles Chart. The song featured a music video directed by British director Chris Cunningham. Chris Cunningham has also worked with a handful of artists including Björk, Madonna, 12 Rounds, Geneva, Portishead, Life’s Addiction, Aphex Twin, and Lodestar.

#9- The Right Decision

“The Right Decision” is one of the most sought-after songs by Jesus Jones from the band’s third studio album Perverse. The song is best defined by its pulsating rhythm and reflective lyrical content, especially in its chorus. “The Right Decision” is an anthem to bold and assertive decision-making processes. This uplifting alternative rock hit was a mainstream success rising to the twelfth spot on the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart.

“The Right Decision” also made it to the UK Singles Chart peaking at number thirty-six. The song also marked the band’s final single to make it to the Canadian Singles Chart—the song rose to position eighty-eight on this chart.

#8- Never Enough

Number eight on our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list is the energetic hit “Never Enough.” The song was issued as the second single to the band’s debut studio album Liquidizer. “Never Enough” has its lyrical context based on the first scene of the 1980 comedy-drama film Stardust Memories.

In a nutshell, the lyrics to this uptempo track allude to the dissatisfactions of a human soul despite earning a desired level of success. “Never Enough” was a mainstream success rising to position forty-two on the UK Singles Chart.

#7- Zeroes and Ones

“Zeroes and Ones” is among the ambitious songs by Jesus Jones to have prominently featured techno and electronic elements. The song was issued as the third single to the band’s third studio album Perverse. “Zeroes and One” also serves as the album-opening track to the album Perverse. The song’s lyrics find the band exploring the impact of technology on society—the title is metaphoric for the building blocks of binary code.

“Zeroes and Ones” earned a great reception thanks to its pensive lyrical content. The song’s guitar-driven rock influences, infectious hooks, and catchy rhythm give it a catchy feel. “Zeroes and Ones” climbed to the thirtieth spot on the UK Singles Chart.

#6- Who? Where? Why?

Number six on our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list is the captivating hit “Who? Where? Why?” The song was issued as the fourth and last single to the band’s sophomore and most successful album Doubt. This fast-paced hit features Mike Edwards’ introspective lyrics that arouse the consciousness of the self. This lyrically powerful track was a mainstream success rising to position twenty-one on the UK Singles Chart. Unfortunately, the song never made it big in the US.

#5- The Devil You Know

Perverse, the band’s third studio album, is home to the fifth pick on our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list “The Devil You Know.” The was issued in December 1992 as the first single of the album Perverse. “The Devil You Know” finds the band’s lead vocalist Mike Edwards crooning about sticking with what he is familiar with as revealed by the lyrics ‘I’ll take my chances with the devil I know.”

The song is the archetypical release on Perverse to Jesus Jones’ signature incorporation of electronic elements in its guitar-driven rock sound. “The Devil You Know” made it to the tenth spot on the UK Singles Chart. The song became Jesus Jones’ second single to rise atop the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart after “Right Here, Right Now.” “The Devil You Know” was among the band’s concert staples in the ‘90s.

#4- International Bright Young Thing

“International Bright Young Thing” is among the songs by Jesus Jones that solidified the band’s appeal in the global music platform. The song was issued as the third single of the band’s sophomore studio album Doubt. “International Bright Young Thing” features a distinct blend of Jesus Jones’ rock, dance, and pop influences.

Mike Edwards’ spirited vocal performance in this song combines with its melodic nature yielding a radio-ready sound. The band cited through the social media that the lyrics to this hit allude to the feeling that the world was a big interconnected place with so much tying everyone together. “International Bright Young Thing” is the band’s highest-charting hit on the UK Singles Chart peaking at the seventh spot. The song also graced the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart rising to position six.

#3- Info Freako

The third pick on our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list is the energetic hit “Info Freako.” “Info Freako” is a grungy guitar-driven track off the band’s debut studio album Liquidizer—the song was the band’s career debut single. The song features memorable hooks with its blend of rock, dance, and pop elements adding to its allure. “Info Freako” serves as the introduction to Jesus Jones’ signature fusion of rock sensibilities and electronic elements.

The song also introduced the world to Mike Edwards’ pensive songwriting skills. “Info Freako” was an instant hit rising to position forty-two on the UK Singles Chart. The song featured a music video directed by Andy Lee (who also directed the band’s music video to the song “Never Enough.”

#2- Real, Real, Real

“Real, Real, Real” is yet another masterpiece from the band’s sophomore studio album Doubt. This pensive song brings us to the band’s signature amalgam of alternative rock and electronic music elements. “Real, Real, Real” remains the band’s highest-charting track on the Canadian Singles Chart peaking at the tenth spot.

The song also made it to the UK Singles Chart where it climbed to the nineteenth spot. “Real, Real, Real” graced the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart peaking at number twenty-six. The song is among the only two tracks by Jesus Jones to ever grace the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four.

#1- Right Here, Right Now

Number one on our top 10 Jesus Jones songs list is the alluring hit “Right Here, Right Now.” The song is the band’s most sought-after track off the album Doubt. Lead vocalist Mike Edwards cited “Right Here, Right Now” to have been inspired by the hit “Sign o’ the Times” by Prince and a guitar solo from one of Jimi Hendrix’s songs.

“Right Here, Right Now” achieved fair reception in the UK rising to position thirty-one on the Singles Chart. The song was a massive success in the US where it rose atop the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart. “Right Here, Right Now” also made it to the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100 making it Jesus Jones’ highest-charting song on the chart. The song has been covered by Steelers Wheel and The Feelers.

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