6: Leaps and Bounds – Paul Kelly

NeilTop 30 - Never Made It Songs

Year Released: 1987
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We reach number 6 and the second last Aussie track in this countdown.

We have waxed lyrical about Paul Kelly on and off throughout the ten years that Radio Ga Ga has been on air – undoubtedly Australia’s resident musical storyteller. This one, though, was always going to struggle to make it onto the national charts given that it is basically a tribute to Melbourne. You can’t imagine the good folk of Sydney warming to a song that sings Melbourne’s praises!

The skill that Kelly has in bringing Australian images to life in song is peerless – if you know Melbourne, trying listeing to this song without imagining an autumnal day in Melbourne, driving down Punt Road next to the silos. Bet you can’t.

One of his best, peaking at number 17 in Melbourne and yet failing to even register on the national charts. A travesty in the extreme.