"Sowing the Seeds of Love" by Tears for Fears, from The Seeds of Love (1989)
Rich orchestration and synth delight from this oft-underrated duo. Anyone who thinks of Tears for Fears as a one-hit novelty is sorrily mistaken. The title track to their follow-up to the wildly succesful Songs from the Big Chair weaves a sonic tapestry of trumpets, keys and those familar vocals from Manchester's synth-pop masters. Seeds drew some lofty comparisons upon its release, most notably to The Beatles (think 'Penny Lane'). Of course, what post-60s Britpop artists haven't, at one time, been compared to the Beatles? Nevertheless, this track is a joy to listen to even if it does reach a bit over the top.
"Salt of the Earth" by The Rolling Stones, from the Concert for New York City (2001)
This is the Rolling Stones contribution to the post-9/11 concert put on at Madison Square Garden. I can't help but remember how uninspired I was when I watched that concert, still cowering in my Brooklyn apartment, my view altered forever. This is an emotional outpouring, a toast to the common man. I think there were firemen on stage. I don't really remember.
WINNER: Can't seem to shake the brits from my jukebox. In this battle, I just have to go with Tears for Fears. The band, not the actual tears and fears that come along with the other track.