I simply don't get how this one ended up so low. Oh, and one of the voters is losing their favourite song from a certain album... Water the music, plant the seeds in the pot, Music is life flowing through, is it not? 97. Move On Average score: 5.648 Highest scores: 9 x 1 (@Remorque), 8 x 1 (@SlowGinFizzzz) Lowest score: 3 x 1 (@An Insider) My score: 7.5 High peak: #96 (7 voters, 8 voters) Low peak: #98 (7-8 voters, 11-14 voters, 19-20 voters) After a rather predictable bottom three, comes by far the most surprising elimination so far. What's even more baffling is that "Move On" never left bottom 5 throughout the voting period. I... don't know what happened, because this song is pretty great. The lack of higher scores is probably what caused it to plummet, though one thing remains - it definitely didn't deserve this treatment. "Move On" is one of the only two or three No Doubt songs that was written by all five members (at this time Eric, Gwen, Tom, Tony and Adrian). Though Adrian has called his writing credit on the song a "mistake", so what do I know. It seems that it's one of the songs made specifically for the album, since I couldn't find any live outings of this before 1990. It was originally written about Earth’s history, but Tony had re-written the lyrics to reflect the history of No Doubt. That was a wise decision, since it totally sets the song apart and is partly the reason I like it as much. And there's quite a bit to unpack when it comes to the lyrics. The opening line: "Some chickens crossed the road, straying far from the hen" is a possible reference to the time period when the band was still independent. The following line: "Five reached the side one step below Zen" is a direct link to John Spence's death, while "One was a female, four were mad men" is self-explanatory. The lyric "We moved on... / To our house in the middle of the street" is an homage/shoutout to Madness’ "Our House". The outro is basically about not giving up and continuing to go with your intentions, which is exactly what No Doubt did, putting in some serious effort into the songs, lyrics, musicianship and arrangements. And the chorus is such a great self-portrayal example: You have to understand that when it comes to making music We meshed the styles of five alive and intertwined and fused it Life comes from life and through our strife we strove to make the sound true Compelled to spell it out (no doubt!) in search of what we must do Really goes on to show how "Move On" greatly outshines nearly the entirety of debut in terms of lyrical content. The song was obviously performed during their live shows, starting with 1990 and continued during the promotion of their debut. But it didn't end there. I'm sure band loved the song a lot, since it's the only song from their first album that they performed during Tragic Kingdom World Tour, where it was put in a medley with The Specials’ "Ghost Town" - an absolutely fantastic performance that you just have to see (linked below). Because of that, I guess the song won in the end, especially considering No Doubt sure have more taste than you do. As mentioned, "Move On" is very autobiographical and therefore can be considered their theme song or even as the centerpiece of this album (especially since they shout "No Doubt!" at one point). Even putting the extremely clever lyrics aside, the sonic aspect of the song remains really good. Yeah, the constant switches it may come across as hyperactive, disorganized and a bit messy (admittedly, it took me a while to get into that part), but they still match the lyrics because each member of the band put their own sound into it. It also explains why it sounds edgier and a bit darker compared to nearly all of the songs from the album, since Tom comes from a punkier background. Gwen seamlessly goes from one genre delivery to another, accompanied by a variety of instruments. But that outro is the highlight of the song for me - the way it provides a massive switch with some incredibly slick guitar work, along with Gwen's chanting. Feels like it's a completely different song. Even though my score isn't really that high and I don't consider this a career highlight by any means, because of its lyrical wittiness and the massive glimpse of band's potential, it's in my top 5 from their debut album. But, sure, you lot think that "Monkey Man" is better than this. Mess... Let's move on to the commentary: Despite not being sold on the song, @Sprockrooster (6) highlights one of the many great lines: "’Don’t Forget Your Roots, But Also Don’t Rot’ is brilliant quite frankly." Speaking of rotting, @berserkboi (4.5) is here with his complaints: "More ear-piercingly quirky than fun in those affectations - soz Gwen!" and @bonnieetclyde (5) should've actually listened to the full song: "Very chaotic and would probably give me a headache if I listened to it the whole way through." Luckily, @Remorque (9) totally gets it: "Best song on the album by a mile! It's autobiographical nature meshed with the musical style is what makes it for me." While I wouldn't call it the best song on the album, it certainly does not belong to the bottom three of it. Oh well, I guess we should just listen to what the song says and... move on. (A must-watch performance!) Next up: The debut album takes a break, meaning that another section is losing a song.