The ENYA Discography Rate

What is your favourite Enya album?

  • Enya / The Celts (1987 / 1991)

  • Watermark (1988)

  • Shepherd Moons (1991)

  • The Memory of Trees (1995)

  • A Day without Rain (2000)

  • Amarantine (2005)

  • And Winter Came... (2008)

  • Dark Sky Island (2015)

  • Best Of / Soundtracks / EPs (1984 - 2009)


Results are only viewable after voting.


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Ireland's bestselling solo artist



Winner of 4 Grammys nobody cares about



Owner of a castle and a few cats



Hero of all the alt-gays, sad boys and stressed mothers




The Invisible Star





A thousand One voice





ONE WOMAN



The first pop girl I've ever stanned for




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Just as winter is getting closer, I can finally open this little labour of love. I've planned this rate for so long and I've been thinking so much about how to introduce it, that I will probably edit this post in the coming days or make a new one just to say what her music means to me and WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THIS RATE. In the meantime, enjoy these iconic BuzzFeed lines from 2015

"It is as if a woman of the 18th century, renowned for her beauty and voice, was transplanted to the present, where she would sell as many albums as Beyoncé and baffle all industry experts."

"Enya does not tour, and never has toured. She submits to minimal press. She takes up to seven years between albums. Yet she has sold a total of 80 million records. Her success so deeply contradicts accepted industry wisdom that it’s inspired a term — “Enya-nomics” — to describe it."

"In her real life, she checks her email once every few weeks, and even then, very quickly. “It feels so cold,” she says, making a face like she’d bitten into a lemon. “The energy is no good. I’d rather go for a walk."

ICONIC.


- ALBUMS & SONGS -

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- RULES -
  • Give to every song a score between 1 (lowest) and 10 (highest). Decimals (x,1 to x,9) are allowed as they help to break ties. You’re also allowed (but not forced) to give ONE 11 to your favourite song and ONE 0 to the track you absolutely cannot stand.
  • Commentary is greatly encouraged and appreciated but it's not mandatory. If you’re not really the commentary kind of gurl, please consider writing something at least for your 11 and 0.
  • For songs with multiple versions/remixes/languages which are grouped together in the PM-able list rate whichever version you prefer. This means, for example, that you must choose one single score to represent Exile / As Baile but when it comes to Only Time and Only Time (Remix) I will expect two separate scores.
  • Don't troll. This might be my only rate in here, but I’ve participated in quite a few of them by now and I know what a troll move looks like. If your average for And Winter Came crosses the 9.00 mark, I’ll consider it a personal attack. Same goes if you tank A Day Without Rain for no apparent reason. Ok I might be joking here am I?
  • Please use the PM list I've provided, and send your ballots in that exact order. If you can, please format it as “Song – Score – Commentary”. It makes things easier for me when inputting your scores into the spreadsheet!
  • PM your finished scores, alongside any commentary you've written, to me by: December 15th @ 11:59 pm EST. PS. It will be extended to date TBC
  • NEW DEADLINE - DECEMBER 29th @ 11:59 pm EST.
PS. There are 123 songs in this rate, with some of them having more than one version. Even if most of her songs don’t ever cross the 3 minutes mark, allow yourself to familiarize with them in case you’re not already a stan. There are a few gems here that completely flourish midway through the running time so even if the tempo slows down a bitsy sometimes (read: quite often), be patient thank you ilysm. You know our girl is not somebody they play at the gay club while doing poppers, but there are quite a lot of gently up-tempo songs to be found here.​


- LISTEN -

Spotify Playlist

Songs not available on streaming:
Ebudæ (Toys Remix)
Wild Child (Vocal Up Version)
Midnight Blue
Someone Said Goodbye (Remix)
An Ghaoth ón Ghrian (The Solar Wind)
The Frog Prince
Dreams
Only If You Want To (early version of "Only If..." without the French portion)

EDIT: additional (short) Spotify playlist for those needing an introduction to the catalogue.​

- PM LIST -
The Celts
Aldebaran
I Want Tomorrow
March of the Celts
Deireadh an Tuath / Dan Y Dŵr
The Sun in the Stream
Fairytale
Epona
Triad: St. Patrick, Cú Chulainn, Oisín
Portrait (Out of the Blue)
Boadicea
Bard Dance
To Go Beyond (II) / To Go Beyond (I)
Eclipse
The Spaghetti Western Theme from The Celts

Watermark
Cursum Perficio
On Your Shore
Storms in Africa
Exile / As Baile
Miss Clare Remembers
Orinoco Flow
Evening Falls...
River
The Longships
Na Laetha Geal M'Óige
Storms in Africa (Part II)
Morning Glory
Oíche Chiún (Silent Night)

Shepherd Moons
Caribbean Blue
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Ebudæ [Original / "Toys" Remix]
Angeles
No Holly for Miss Quinn
Book of Days [Original 1991 Gaelic Version / "Far and Away" 1992 English Version]
Evacuee
Lothlórien
Marble Halls
Afer Ventus
Smaointe...
Oriel Window
S Fagaim mo Bhaile

The Memory of Trees
Anywhere Is
Pax Deorum
Athair ar Neamh
From Where I Am
China Roses
Hope Has a Place
Tea-House Moon
Once You Had Gold
La Soñadora
On My Way Home [Original / Remix]
I May Not Awaken

A Day without Rain
Wild Child [Original / Vocal Up Version]
Only Time [Original Version]
Tempus Vernum
Deora ar mo Chroí
Flora's Secret
Fallen Embers
Silver Inches
Pilgrim
One by One
The First of Autumn
Lazy Days
The Promise
Midnight Blue
Song of the Sandman (Lullaby)
Isobella
Only Time [Remix]

Less Than a Pearl
Amarantine
It's in the Rain
If I Could Be Where You Are
The River Sings
Long Long Journey
Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)
Someone Said Goodbye [Original / Remix]
A Moment Lost
Drifting
Amid the Falling Snow
Water Shows the Hidden Heart
The Comb of the Winds

And Winter Came...
Journey of the Angels
White Is in the Winter Night
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Trains and Winter Rains
Dreams Are More Precious
Last Time by Moonlight
One Toy Soldier / Miraculum
Stars and Midnight Blue
The Spirit of Christmas Past
My! My! Time Flies!
Oíche Chiúin (Chorale)

The Humming
So I Could Find My Way
Even in the Shadows
The Forge of the Angels
Echoes in Rain
I Could Never Say Goodbye
Dark Sky Island
Sancta Maria
Astra et Luna
The Loxian Gate
Diamonds on the Water
Solace
Pale Grass Blue
Remember Your Smile

An Ghaoth ón Ghrian (The Solar Wind)
The Frog Prince
Dreams
Only If… / Only If You Want To
Paint the Sky with Stars
Willows on the Water
Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen) [Original "LOTR" Version / I Desire 2009 Version]
May It Be [LOTR Edit / Single Edit]
Adeste, Fideles
The Magic of the Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Christmas Secrets
 
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- THE DISCOGRAPHY -
Click on the hot pink numbers!

0. BEFORE THE DEBUT ALBUM
0+ HOW TO APPROACH HER DISCOGRAPHY

1. ENYA / THE CELTS
2. WATERMARK
3. SHEPHERD MOONS

3+ THE TWIN ALBUMS
4. THE MEMORY OF TREES
4+ PAINT THE SKY WITH STARS & A BOX OF DREAMS
5. A DAY WITHOUT RAIN
5+ THE IMPERIAL PHASE & THE LORD OF THE RINGS

6. AMARANTINE
6+ CHRISTMAS SECRETS EP
7. AND WINTER CAME...
7+ THE VERY BEST OF ENYA
8. DARK SKY ISLAND
8+ LOXIAN

8++ what if... PAINT THE SKY WITH STARS & A BOX OF DREAMS pt.II

 
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- A kii and a cackle -
Enya fans for communism
Magazine profile from 1988
Clannad: fashion icons
Debbie hates Enya
Enya's Dirty Pub Songs
Enya receives fanart

... more to come!


- Verandi's wunderkammer -
Pt. I | Gallery
Pt. II | Why Enya won't go with the flow, 1997
Pt. III | Around The World In 300 Days, 1989
Pt. IV | Enya and the Big Mac, 1990

Pt. V | Do parsnips scream when you chop them?, 1988
Pt. VI | Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split, 2013
Pt. VII | Enya Is Everywhere, 2020


... more to come!

- Stuff officially released after the start of the rate -
Updated videos in 4k
The Celts
Orinoco Flow
Caribbean Blue
Anywhere Is
Only Time

New videos
Orinoco Flow (Live on Top of The Pops '88)
May It Be (Lyric video)

Rare versions of previously released songs
Orinoco Flow (7’’ single Edit)
Caribbean Blue (7’’ single Edit)
Portrait (Original 1987 short version - Remastered)
On My Way Home (7’’ single Edit - Actual video version)

Other digital releases
Christmas Secrets (New, terrible compilation)
A Box of Dreams (in digital for the first time but ripped from the CDs)


Previously unseen (or LQ) pictures from
Watermark x1
Paint The Sky With Stars (from the Only If... video set) x1
A Day Without Rain x3


 
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- LEADERBOARD-

Colour coded SONG LIST


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It's TEA House Moon TIME! | First 5 voters
It's TEA (House Moon) TIME! | 18 voters
PJ refuses to link this one, but it's after "121 DREAMS"

X

- ELIMINATIONS -
pt. I

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123 WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

5,000 mark

122 THE FROG PRINCE
121 DREAMS
120 SANCTA MARIA
119 BARD DANCE
118 FROM WHERE I AM
117 REMEMBER YOUR SMILE
116 ONLY TIME [REMIX]
115 CHRISTMAS SECRETS
114 EPONA
113 'S FÁGAIM MO BHAILE

6,000 mark

112 PILGRIM
111 A MOMENT LOST
110 DREAMS ARE MORE PRECIOUS
109 ONE TOY SOLDIER / MIRACULUM
108 PORTRAIT (OUT OF THE BLUE)

107 DRIFTING
106 JOURNEY OF THE ANGELS
105 THE PROMISE
104 THE COMB OF THE WINDS
103 MISS CLARE REMEMBERS
102 ADESTE, FIDELES
101 IF I COULD BE WHERE YOU ARE


100 AN GHAOTH ÓN GHRIAN (THE SOLAR WIND)
99 LAST TIME BY MOONLIGHT
98 MIDNIGHT BLUE
97 NO HOLLY FOR MISS QUINN
96 RIVER
95 SOLACE
94 LONG LONG JOURNEY
93 THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST
92 STARS AND MIDNIGHT BLUE
91 TO GO BEYOND (II) / TO GO BEYOND (I)
90 ECLIPSE
89 THE MAGIC OF THE NIGHT

- EXTRAS - TOP 5

88 DEORA AR MO CHROÍ
87 THE SUN IN THE STREAM
86 MORNING GLORY
85 OÍCHE CHIÚIN (CHORALE)

- AND WINTER CAME... - TOP 5

84 WATER SHOWS THE HIDDEN HEART
83 DIAMONDS ON THE WATER


82 TEA-HOUSE MOON
81 THE SPAGHETTI WESTERN THEME FROM THE CELTS
80 I COULD NEVER SAY GOODBYE
79 WHITE IS IN THE WINTER NIGHT
78 SILVER INCHES
77 ASTRA ET LUNA


76 DEIREADH AN TUATH / DAN Y DŴR
75 SOMEONE SAID GOODBYE [ORIGINAL / REMIX]
74 FAIRYTALE

- INSTRUMENTALS - TOP 10

73 AMID THE FALLING SNOW

- AMARANTINE - TOP 5

72 SONG OF THE SANDMAN (LULLABY)
71 LA SOÑADORA
70 ONCE YOU HAD GOLD

7,000 mark

69 AND WINTER CAME...
68 MARCH OF THE CELTS

- ENYA / THE CELTS - TOP 5
67 ORIEL WINDOW
66 TRIAD: ST. PATRICK, CÚ CHULAINN, OISÍN
65 NA LAETHA GEAL M'ÓIGE
64 ANGELES
63 OÍCHE CHIÚIN (SILENT NIGHT)
62 I MAY NOT AWAKEN


61 SMAOINTE...


60 AMARANTINE
59 WILLOWS ON THE WATER
58 PAINT THE SKY WITH STARS

57 EVACUEE
56 SUMIREGUSA (WILD VIOLET)
55 HOPE HAS A PLACE
54 HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

53 A DAY WITHOUT RAIN
52 ATHAIR AR NEAMH

- THE MEMORY OF TREES - TOP 5
51 I WANT TOMORROW


Poster - ENYA / THE CELTS - TOP 3
Poster - AMARANTINE - TOP 3


to be continued on the next post
 
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- ELIMINATIONS -
pt. II
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Poster - AND WINTER CAME... - TOP 3
Poster - EXTRAS - TOP 3
50 ALDEBARAN
49 THE FORGE OF THE ANGELS
48 THE FIRST OF AUTUMN

- INSTRUMENTALS - TOP 5

47 FALLEN EMBERS
46 TEMPUS VERNUM
45 O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL
44 FLORA'S SECRET

- A DAY WITHOUT RAIN - TOP 5

43 ON YOUR SHORE
42 ISOBELLA

THE B-SIDES - RECAP

41 THE LOXIAN GATE


40 EVENING FALLS...
39 DARK SKY ISLAND

- DARK SKY ISLAND - TOP 5

38 EXILE / AS BAILE
37 IT'S IN THE RAIN
36 EBUDÆ
35 LESS THAN A PEARL
34 THE LONGSHIPS

- WATERMARK - TOP 5

33 ONE BY ONE

Poster - A DAY WITHOUT RAIN - TOP 3

32 MARBLE HALLS

- SHEPHERD MOONS - TOP 5

8,000 mark

31 SO I COULD FIND MY WAY


30 WILD CHILD
29 SHEPHERD MOONS
28 PALE GRASS BLUE


Poster - DARK SKY ISLAND - TOP 3

27 MY! MY! TIME FLIES!
26 TRAINS AND WINTER RAINS

- AND WINTER CAME... - RECAP

25 LAZY DAYS
24 AFER VENTUS

Poster - SHEPHERD MOONS - TOP 3

23 LOTHLÓRIEN
22 ANÍRON (I DESIRE) (THEME FOR ARAGORN AND ARWEN)
21 CHINA ROSES

TOP 20
Poster - TOP 20

20 CURSUM PERFICIO
19 PAX DEORUM

Poster - THE MEMORY OF TREES - TOP 3

18 MAY IT BE
17 BOADICEA
16 THE MEMORY OF TREES

Poster - TOP 15

15 THE RIVER SINGS

- AMARANTINE - RECAP

14 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS
13 WATERMARK

INSTRUMENTAL, FICTIONAL & LATIN SONGS - RECAP
Poster - WATERMARK - TOP 3

12 STORMS IN AFRICA (PART I)

9,000 mark

11 ECHOES IN RAIN

Poster - TOP 10

10 Why spoil the surprise?

I mean come on - RECAP

9 After all this content?

Exactly - RECAP

8 So why not click on every link of this Top 10?
7 You might be near the end!
6 You'll be given one moment from heaven!

Oh another album is gone - RECAP
Poster - TOP 5

5 Who can say which one?


4 Don't call it a comeback!

Almost there! - RECAP
Poster - TOP 3

3 BRONZE MEDAL

Runner-up album - RECAP
Poster - TOP 2

2 RUNNER-UP
1 WINNER

Winning album - RECAP

ALBUMS & EXTRAS - RECAP
VOTERS & 11s - RECAP
ME! - RECAP
THE TOP 10 - RECAP


Thank you <3




- 0s & 11s -
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Zeroes given: 7 / 18

EXTRAS
123 WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISMAS - (@Eric Generic)
122 THE FROG PRINCE - (@mrp2910)

DARK SKY ISLAND

117 REMEMBER YOUR SMILE - (@Verandi)

A DAY WITHOUT RAIN

116 ONLY TIME [REMIX] - (@Cutlery, @Ray, @smalldivo)

THE MEMORY OF TREES

19 PAX DEORUM - (@burntoutcar)
Elevens given: 18 / 18

AND WINTER CAME...
92 STARS AND MIDNIGHT BLUE - (@burntoutcar)

WATERMARK

40 EVENING FALLS... - (@Iggypig)
38 EXILE / AS BAILE - (@Petit nain des Îles)
20 CURSUM PERFICIO - (@Eric Generic)

THE MEMORY OF TREES

21 CHINA ROSES - (@simes1970, @VeryPSB)
19 PAX DEORUM - (@3Xs)
7 ANYWHERE IS - (@DoggySwami, @mrp2910)

EXTRAS

18 MAY IT BE - (@Sprockrooster)

AMARANTINE
15 THE RIVER SINGS - (@Cutlery, @Verandi)

DARK SKY ISLAND
11 ECHOES IN RAIN - (@ssa)

SHEPHERD MOONS

2 BOOK OF DAYS - (@pop3blow2, @smalldivo)
1 CARIBBEAN BLUE - (@If You Go, @Ray, @Angeleyes)

- ALBUMS' TOP 3 -
Just posters for your pleasure

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TOP 20

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TOP 15

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TOP 10

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TOP 5

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TOP 3

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TOP 2

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Waiting for the scores already!

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Ok y’all free to post now.​
 
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I promised @aux I'd finish the Robyn rate first, but this might be the next rate I venture into, I'm (mostly) bedridden this week with a back injury and some nice easy-listening music (is it ok to call Enya's music that? I hope that doesn't sound dismissive or anything) sounds right up my alley and it'd be great to get acquainted with her music since I only know Orinoco Flow and Only Time. The graphics are lovely btw, but I figured you'd serve up some great visuals following your insta xo
 
I promised @aux I'd finish the Robyn rate first, but this might be the next rate I venture into, I'm (mostly) bedridden this week with a back injury and some nice easy-listening music (is it ok to call Enya's music that? I hope that doesn't sound dismissive or anything) sounds right up my alley and it'd be great to get acquainted with her music since I only know Orinoco Flow and Only Time. The graphics are lovely btw, but I figured you'd serve up some great visuals following your insta xo
Hopefully you'll join then! Don't worry about the categorization of the music, it's always been up to debate. Surely we don't reach Medulla's throat sounds-levels of "difficult" dd. Wait which one are you on insta? x

Only one 0 allowed? That's rich coming from you @Verandi x

Anyway I'll be here for this. I like a lot of Enya's singles, but I've never actually listen to her albums aside from one or two, so it'll be interesting to finally do that.
Dddd DRAG ME! Those spotify-trap songs tricked me. You're free to handle plenty of 1s tho! I just thought it would be interesting to see which song people consider the worst.


For real tho, what I wouldn't give to hear again for the first time Anywhere Is, Caribbean Blue, The River Sings and the Latin songs. Jealous!

I will start my tagging spree this evening. Hopefully I'll get some members who like to fight ddd
 
Would you be able to provide some host-preferred YouTube links for some of the B-sides/bonus tracks @Verandi? I have 19 songs not available on Spotify USA and want to make sure I’m listening to the right songs.
 
Would you be able to provide some host-preferred YouTube links for some of the B-sides/bonus tracks @Verandi? I have 19 songs not available on Spotify USA and want to make sure I’m listening to the right songs.
My first YouTube source would be the official channel where you can find the official album streams ordered in playlists. In Europe they contain most of the b-sides as they were updated after the 2009 digital Remasters. Let me know if you can play them, otherwise I'll hunt some second-hand youtube links or make a cheeky wetranfer if something is impossible to find.
 
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