Gorillaz, the virtual band created by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn, has had unexpected success in its 14 year career.
Credited as the Most Successful Virtual Band by Guinness World Records, Gorillaz have produced countless hits numerous muscians.
The virtual lineup of the band consists of singer and keyboardist, 2D, drummer, Russel Hobbs, guitarist, Noodle, and bassist, Murdoc Niccals. The four are an international group, representing the United States, England, and Japan and through their songs and music videos, we are able to witness their adventures.
Following four incredibly successful albums, Damon Albarn revealed to The Guardian in 2012 that future Gorrilaz projects were unlikely after a falling out with the band’s co-creator, Jamie Hewlett.
During their active time, Gorillaz collaborated with an array of musical powerhouses, including Ike Turner, Neneh Cherry, Snoop Dogg, De la Soul, Little Dragon, Mos Def, Bobby Womack, and Dennis Hopper, who was better known for his acting prowess.
Below we have some the greatest hits from the Gorillaz limited career. Did your favorite not make the list? Comment below and let us know what is it.
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From their fourth albums, The Fall, “Amarillo” features instrumentals from Mick Jones of The Clash. A song a few words, “Amarillo” is hauntingly slow and sad, but creeps into your consciousness and shakes you to the core with Damon Albarn’s hypnotizing vocals.
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9. Feel Good Inc.
Perhaps their best-known song, “Feel Good Inc.” comes from the band’s second album and features rap verses provided by De la Soul. This particular song is about doing what feels good to you personally, no matter what that is and this is punctuated by the accompanying music video.
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8. Rock the House
“Rock the House” is a song performed entirely by Del the Funky Homosapien via Russel Hobbs’s body. The song speaks about just letting go and enjoying life, which is interesting considering Del the Funky Homosapien is forming as Del, the ghost of Russel Hobbs’s best friend.
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7. Dirty Harry
“Dirty Harry” comes from Gorillaz second album, Demon Days and is a particularly deep song. With a portion of the lyrics sung by children about needing guns to stay safe, the song is thought to be a reference to the war in the Middle East.
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6. On Melancholy Hill
From their third album, Plastic Beach, “On Melancholy Hill” is a rather sad song. Band member Murdoc Niccals has described the song in the following way, “The Melancholy Hill – it’s that feeling, that place, that you get in your soul sometimes, like someone’s let your tyres down. It’s nice to break up the album with something a little lighter. It’s good to have something that’s a genuine pop moment on every album. And this is one of those.”
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“Dare” is a song performed entirely by Noodle and Shaun Ryder, singer of Happy Mondays. Ryder is shown as a giant, disembodied head who lives in Noodle’s closet and is sustained by an array of machinery kept there.
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“Doncamatic” is a song that differs from many others of the Gorillaz’s. The song is performed with minimal vocals from 2D and sung with primary vocals from the accompanying artist, British vocalist, Daley.
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From their debut album, Gorillaz, “19-2000” is a song about changing times and getting accustomed to what lies before you. Perhaps one of their more straightforward songs, “19-2000” states its meaning through the lyrics.
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2. Revolving Doors
“Revolving Doors” is a song that differs musically from many of the Gorillaz’s. Featuring a ukulele, interesting musical arrangement, and almost hypnotizing vocals from 2D, “Revolving Doors” is a surprise standout from The Fall.
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1. Clint Eastwood
Released as first single from their debut album, “Clint Eastwood” is a song that continued to set the bar for tracks released by Gorillaz. The song is named for actor, Clint Eastwood as it frequently uses the line, “I got sunshine in a bag,” which comes from Eastwood’s 1966 western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.