According to the new Entertainment Weekly

01. iTunes
02. eMusic
03. Pandora
04. Rhapsody
05. MySpace
06. The Live Music Archive
07. Stereogum
08. Turntablelab
09. KCRW’s and KEXP’s Song Of The Day
10. Fluxblog
11. Smithsonian Global Sound
12. NPR’s ’All Things Considered’ Podcast
13. Soul-Sides
14. I Love Music
15. Mixunit
16. Pitchfork
17. Radio David Byrne
18. Insound
19. Lemon-Red
20. Music For Robots
21. Woxy
22. Little Steven’s Underground Garage
23. BBC Radio
24. AOL Music’s Listening Party and MTV’s The Leak
25. Dusty Groove

I will have to check out this “Pitchfork.” Meanwhile, ILXers discuss the list (“When did iTunes become a Web site?”).

Comments (118)
  1. eli  |   Posted on May 19th, 2006 0

    Someone is loved… you!

    You are loved!

  2. Wait for my flashy retail store on 5th Ave.

  3. Good to see Stereogum is in the top 10. I would’ve put Pandora first though – that is one awesome music site, and if the Music Genome Project (the music database behind Pandora) were better utilitsed by third party companies, then I would have to say that it would be better than Gracenote.

  4. Its nice to see the number of blogs that made it on the list. #7 over a lot of great sites is a real accomplishment.

  5. hah, well ahead of pitchfork
    nice one!

  6. memememe  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Glad to see stereogum in there, but needs to be, too.

  7. justin  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    i think it’s the K-Fed coverage that seperates you guys from the rest of the indie bloggers.

  8. Dave  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Nice work Stereogum.

  9. Alicia  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    So how does it feel to kick Pitchfork’s ass in 13 different ways?

  10. cds  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    i think its funny that your link to pitchfork goes to a “livestock world” webpage…always stickin’ it to ‘em, stereogum.

  11. Axl Foley  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    “i think its funny that your link to pitchfork goes to a “livestock world” webpage…always stickin’ it to ‘em, stereogum.”

    I think it’s funny that you’re checking the validity of all the links, way to go!!!

    congrats Stereogum, but go easy on the Britt/K Fed story and gimmie some stories about Beirut and you stalking Sufjan.

  12. Sarah  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0


  13. nick  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    no hype machine on there? are you fucking joking?

  14. Would love to see The 25 Best Music Websites too.

  15. Would love to see The 25 Best Music blogs too

  16. Well done!

    Why is iTunes #1 though? Its not very informative, the files only work on one mp3 player, it is very restrictive in what it puts on the servers. Heck, I’d even rate Purevolume above it.

  17. Little Steven’s Underground Garage?

    They have to be kidding. Stay away from the irony EW, unintentional or not.

  18. Nadim  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    I came out of this actually feeling sorry for Pitchfork…

    and is Pandora really better than cause i’ve experienced otherwise.

  19. Stereogum is definitely better than Pitchfork! As is, in fact, Fluxblog, and all the other MP3 blogs up there. Yay!

  20. Danielle  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    I think they forgot

  21. brett  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    wooo hoo woxy!

  22. i’m with nick. hype machine is the shit. (they got pub in rolling stone’s 1000th anniversary issue, so i guess that’s cool…)

  23.!  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0!

  24. Amy  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Wow, you did slam pitchfork… good work. You guys are better than them by a mile. But where is, buddyhead’s blog and fluxblog? There’s a few on there I’ve never even heard of! Oh well.

  25. Stereogum for president~!

  26. ana  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    nice job stereogum, congrats

    but what about I love their player, way better than pandora, I can’t believe it’s not even on the list

  27. Way to go, Stereogum. Glad to see eMusic right up there, too.


  28. What’s eventually going to flatten and overhype all the great blogs are lists like these from such well respected magazines. Music media is basically trying to push everyone against Pitchfork which I totally get. I don’t know anyone who truly loves Pitchfork, but I also don’t know a single music fan that could live without it. Anyway, it’s totally fucking cool that someone decided to place Stereogum at #7. Where the hell is GvB?

  29. Anthony  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0 has to be on the list! They are an incredible project for discovering and cataloging music that people like.

    Observer Music Monthly has a better list:,,1729834,00.html

  30. Joe  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Who gives a shit what Entertainment Weekly says? I guess there’s schadenfreude in Pitchfork being rated so low, but this reeks of some kind of inferiority complex by whomever put this list together. Sure, Pitchfork can be unbearably pretentious at times, but there’s not a better resource for music on the web. Or there wasn’t enough pop coverage on the site to justify a high ranking – but then, why is Stereogum so high? Pitchfork has a good relationship with just about every major indie act today – I learned a bit more about Sufjan Stevens from their actual interview with him than Stereogum’s just slinking off behind him at some concert. Pitchfork, if not lovable, is certainly essential.

  31. unfortunately… the observer list works more for me too.

    drownedinsound, resonance, wikipedia and are quite important to me.

  32. Joe  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Am I alone in having never really found a new band I liked on Pandora? The website seems to work a lot better in theory than in practice, at least in my experience.

  33. melina  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Lucky Number Seven! Nice!!! Congrats…and, I too was wondering about

  34. Joe = my hero

  35. While it’s to be awesome #7 on the list, no one seems to have mentioned that stereogum is the the #1 music blog on the list. It’s the highest-rated non corporate site (outside the Live Music Archive)That’s fucking awesome guys. Congratulations Scott and crew!

  36. is not a good music site… i was expecting to hear the newest gossip on radiohead- instead, i found out about adverts and barns.

    DOWN WITH PITCHFORK.COM!!!1!!!eleven!!!

  37. to reiterate what’s already been said a few thousand times, i agree that would’ve been nice

    but it’s even nicer that stereogum made it… well done

  38. jim  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    Congrats on #7! I think should be on too!

  39. Foley  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    where’s that’s the most informative site on the internets.

  40. doug  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0

    needs more

  41. KingHarvest  |   Posted on May 20th, 2006 0 is the only possible #1! Sorry.

  42. chris  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    wait. stereogum is a music site? how about that.

  43. Stephen  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    Maybe I’m ignorant here but is there some reason isn’t on there? It’s to music what is for movies, how can it NOT be considered?

  44. Axl Foley  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    pandora stinks…i put in sunset rubdown and they recommended scott weilands solo cd. wtf?!

  45. Squashed  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    That list is just

    a list of Viacom / Warner Brother / AOL / music industry webpages directory.

    That has nothing to do with “Music website” let alone “Best music website”

    the goal of that list is obviously making people “BUY” stuff from entertainment weekly associates corporations.

    It’s pretty transparent. It’s not informing/entertaining the people. It’s advertisement in guise of informing.

  46. pissed  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    where the heck is popmatter???!

  47. Troy  |   Posted on May 21st, 2006 0

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned my personal favorite, Large Hearted Boy.

  48. congrats!

  49. Hey, congratulations! You’re pretty high up on that list! It’s well deserved.

  50. Congrats Steregoum!

    The title is “The 25 Best Music Websites”, but then in the intro it says “See Entertainment Weekly’s picks for where to pick up on hot new tunes”.

    If it’s a matter of what sites clue readers into the latest music, I’d have Pfork higher. Although people love to hate them they due to write up new bands faster than any other one site consistently.

    If the article were actually about “Best Music Websites”, I’d definitely add Allmusic and Billboard.

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