When Mike Skinner erupted into mainstream British consciousness with Original Pirate Material, no one quite knew what to make of the cockney-accented Brummie. His almost spoken word-style of delivery was a little too much for some to wrap their heads around. Meanwhile, grime and UKG fans on the ground were much more in-tune with The Streets' pirate radio-influenced sound; grime, garage, hip-hop and bass music all came together in the most British way possible. It didn't take long, however, for his inimitable style to catch on and for people to accept someone talking about playing PlayStation and going to McDonald's.

Over the years, Mike Skinner has been assisted by vocalists Leo The Lion and Kevin Mark Trail, and musician Johnny Drum Machine, though he's always remained at the centre. Whether it was tough grime/garage crossovers like "The Irony Of It All" and the "Get Out My House" remix or chart-troubling smoother tracks like "Blinded By The Lights" and "Don't Mug Yourself", Mike Skinner and The Streets have dominated UK popular culture for well over a decade now.

By now, you'll all know "Fit But You Know It" and "Dry Your Eyes", but The Streets have a wealth of material you need to get to grips with. To that end, here's our selection of everything that made this act so great, from smash hits to underground gems.

Posted on December 08, 2017