Friday, June 11, 2021

Marillion and Fish: The Top 100 Songs/Top 20 Albums


Fish-era Marillion


Steve Hogarth-era Marillion

Marillion & Fish

Top 100 Songs/
Top 20 Albums

This list was originally posted on 4/25/2015 in honor of Fish’s birthday. He was born Derek Dick on April 25, 1958. From 1981 to 1988, he was the lead singer of British neo-progressive-rock group Marillion. They had their greatest success with 1985’s Misplaced Childhood, a #1 album in the UK. After the follow-up album, 1987’s Clutching at Straws and the live album The Thieving Magpie in 1988, Fish left the band for a solo career.

Fish released 11 studio albums as a solo act from 1990 to 2020. He claimed that his 2020 album, Weltschmerz, would be his last solo effort. Meanwhile, Marillion replaced Fish with Steve Hogarth. From 1989 to 2016, they released thirteen studio albums. The first three, Seasons End (1989), Holidays in Eden (1991), and Brave (1994) were all top-10 albums in the UK. Both acts have built devoted fanbases by asking fans to pre-order releases as a means of financing studio albums. They’ve also both released multiple live albums through their websites that are not always available through convential retail outlets.

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Awards for Marillion:

Awards for Fish:


Top 100 Songs by Marillion and Fish


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs are by Marillion unless noted otherwise.

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Kayleigh (1985)

DMDB Top 20%:

2. Incommunicado (1987)
3. Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
4. Warm Wet Circles (1987)
5. He Knows You Know (1983)
6. Sugar Mice (1987)
7. Garden Party (1983)
8. Lavender (1985)
9. Heart of Lothian (1985)
10. Lady Nina (1985)

11. Shortcut to Somewhere (Fish with Tony Banks, 1986)
12. Freaks (1985)
13. A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (Fish, 1990)
14. Estonia (1997)
15. Market Square Heroes (1982)
16. Hooks in You (1989)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

17. Sympathy (1992)
18. The Hollow Man (1994)
19. Punch and Judy (1984)
20. Assassing (1984)

21. Childhood’s End? (1985)
22. Fugazi (1984)
23. Beautiful (1995)
24. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury (1994)
25. Easter (1989)
26. The Uninvited Guest (1989)
27. She Chameleon (1984)
28. Forgotten Sons (1983)
29. Solo (Fish, 1993)
30. No One Can (1991)

31. After Me (1989)
32. Cliché (Fish, 1990)
33. Blind Curve (1985)
34. Cover My Eyes (1991)
35. Pseudo Silk Kimono (1985)
36. Big Wedge (Fish, 1989)
37. Chelsea Monday (1983)
38. Tux On (1987)
39. Bitter Suite (1985)
40. Credo (Fish, 1991)

41. That Time of the Night (1987)
42. Lords of the Backstage (1985)
43. A Collection (1991)
44. Another Murder of a Day (Fish with Tony Banks, 1991)
45. Cinderella Search (1984)
46. Just Good Friends (Fish, 1991)
47. Going Under (1987)
48. Hold Your Head Up (Fish, 1992)
49. The Web (1983)
50. Fortunes of War (Fish, 1994)

51. The Party (1991)
52. Incubus (1984)
53. Dry Land (1991)
54. The Last Straw (1987)
55. Internal Exile (Fish, 1991)
56. You’re Gone (2004)
57. This Party’s Over (Fish, 2020)
58. Don’t Hurt Yourself (2004)
59. Jigsaw (1984)
60. Slainte Mhath (1987)

61. Angel Face (Fish with Tony Banks, 1991)
62. Most Toys (2007)
63. White Russian (1987)
64. Just for the Record (1987)
65. White Feather (1985)
66. The King of Sunset Town (1989)
67. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (1985)
68. Living with the Big Lie (1994)
69. Torch Song (1987)
70. Hotel Hobbies (1987)

71. Question (Fish, 1992)
72. Made Again (1994)
73. Lady Let It Lie (Fish, 1994)
74. Something in the Air (Fish, 1991)
75. Man of a Thousand Faces (1997)
76. Grendel (1982)
77. State of Mind (Fish, 1989)
78. Half-Full Jam (2008)
79. The Voyeur (I Like to Watch) (Fish, 1989)
80. Vigil (Fish, 1990)

81. The Great Escape (1994)
82. Incomplete (Fish, 1999)
83. See It Like a Baby (2007)
84. The Company (Fish, 1990)
85. Lucky (Fish, 1991)
86. Margaret (1983) 87. Dear Friend (Fish, 1991)
88. Whatever Is Wrong with You? (2008)
89. Boston Tea Party (Fish, 1993)
90. Runaway (1994)

91. Cannibal Surf Babe (1995)
92. Apeman (Fish, 1993)
93. Berlin (1989)
94. Garden of Remembrance (Fish, 2020)
95. Family Business (Fish, 1990)
96. Emerald Lies (1984)
97. Thank You Whoever You Are (2007)
98. Three Boats Down from the Candy (1982)
99. Power (2012)
100. I Will Walk on Water (1992)


Top 20 Studio Albums by Marillion and Fish


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Albums are by Marillion unless noted otherwise.

1. Misplaced Childhood (1985)
2. Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
3. Clutching at Straws (1987)
4. Brave (1994)
5. Seasons End (1989)
6. Fugazi (1984)
7. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (Fish, 1990)
8. Marbles (2004)
9. Holidays in Eden (1991)
10. Internal Exile (Fish, 1991)

11. Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
12. Anoraknophobia (2001)
13. Raingods with Zippos (Fish, 1999)
14. Weltschmerz (Fish, 2020)
15. Songs from the Mirror (Fish, 1993)
16. This Strange Engine (1997)
17. Sunsets on Empire (Fish, 1997)
18. Field of Crows (Fish, 2004)
19. 13th Star (2007)
20. Happiness Is the Road (2008)


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First posted 4/25/2015; last updated 6/11/2021.

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