The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing: #443 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing

So why is The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

We Started Nothing is an album packed wall-to-wall with fun, up tempo songs that leverage a mix of electronic and indie pop styles that consistently keep things exciting and interesting.

I’m always a sucker for a song that features a great guitar hook with minimal production behind it, allowing the guitar sound to stand out, loud and proud. “We Started Nothing” does this to perfection, flavoring the hook with a light electronic accompaniment to create what might be the catchiest song on the album. And Katie White’s breathy, Britpop-y vocals give it a really unique feel.

“Shut Up And Let Me Go” is my favorite song on the album, and I think it’s because I love when a disco-y guitar part can be translated into a hot modern-sounding dance track.

And this one absolutely cooks.

“Great DJ” leans into the duo’s (that’d be drummer Jules De Martino alongside White, who handles vocals and guitars) electronic music sensibilities to fantastic effect.

The guitar part on “Keep Your Head” could almost be lifted from Fables of the Reconstruction-era R.E.M. (#638 of best 1,000 albums ever) before segueing into a fast-paced, poppy 1980s-influenced number.

Some stats & info about The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Dance Music, Pop Music, Indie Electronic, British Bands, Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating – 3 out of 5 stars
  • When was We Started Nothing released? 2008
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #443 out of 1,000

The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

I ain’t freaking, I ain’t faking this – shut up and let me go.

What’s something interesting thing about The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing that most people don’t know?

White and De Martino produced We Started Nothing in their home studio, which was essentially a bedroom in a rented house in Manchester, England. They used basic recording equipment and produced the album themselves, giving it a raw and DIY aesthetic.

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.