Someone transcribed all 500 songs featured in P4K’s modern music guide. They’re broken down in two and three year chunks starting from 1977 so sorry list fiends, there is no #1. (Though it would have been Deerhunter.) Check out the full list here. You’re on your own with the torrent.

Comments (90)
  1. …Kelly Clarkson? They couldn’t maybe sneak in “All My Friends” instead?

  2. Fact Checking Cuz  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    2003-2006 would exclude a song from 2007, right?

  3. Didn’t realise Kate Nash was about in the 80′s…

  4. g-ray  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    wow. surprisingly good list. cant argue with a lot of those.

  5. AJackson  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    I’m the one that originally posted this list on the Acclaimed Music Forum (acclaimedmusic.net) since for some reason my copy of the book arrived 2 weeks early from Amazon. I just noticed for some reason I put Kate Nash instead of Kate Bush. I’m sure there are a few more errors since I typed the list up really quick.

    Anyway as many of you might have already noticed, no artist has more than 4 songs included in the list ,and no album contains more than 1 song. If anyone has any other questions let me know. The book also contains a list of 2007 songs that might have been included if they had been released 1 year earlier. If anyone is interested I can post that too.

  6. Wow, that list is about 80% great (having “Longview” and “Closer” on there is a bit of a joke, though). I wish there were more Wu-related tracks, but otherwise pretty solid.

  7. AJackson  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    Here is the list of 2007 songs. The book says that most of these would have been included if released one year earlier-

    Animal Collective – FIreworks
    Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
    Battles – Atlas
    Burial – Archangel
    Chromatics – In The City
    Dan Deacon – Wham City
    Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
    Feist – 1 2 3 4
    Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
    LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
    M.I.A. – Paper Planes
    of Montreal – The Past Is a Grotesque Animal
    Rihanna – Umbrella
    Spoon – The Underdog
    UGK – Int’l Players Anthem

  8. AJackson  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    There are few other interesting lists in the book such as – Top Indie Songs in Commercials, Career Killer Songs (Liz Phair, Weezer, Oasis, Blur, Smashing Pumpkins, Guns N’ Roses are all included in this list if anyone wants to guess the song). I’ll posts some of these lists later.

  9. phil  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    boring. generally the right cross-section of bands, but oftentimes the tracks listed are the 4th or 5th best song on the album that contains them. others are completely unjustifiable – there’s too much emphasis on balance and variety which sacrifices the focus on picking, you know, actual good songs.

    way to miss everything off “the chronic.”

  10. Andy R.  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    WTF? Where’s WHAM! or George Michael?

    Careless Whisper and Faith..

  11. Carina  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    Thumbs up for the would-have-been-included Animal Collective track. I love that song.

  12. JoeyT  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    No Wilbury’s Handle With Care…booooo

  13. i lol’d at “it would have been deerhunter”

  14. Greg  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    “there is no #1. (Though it would have been Deerhunter.)”

    Ha, or Animal Collective’s next album.

    Either way.

  15. What’s the purpose of this list? Is this just lazy journalism?

  16. Kevin  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    The big weakness of this list…very shitty selection of R&B. No Mary J. Blige, no TLC, no Janet Jackson, no Luther Vandross, etc.

    Black people actually make music other than rap, which is lost on Pitchfork.

  17. pretty much skips all of the LA/OC punk and hardcore of the 70s and 80s outside of one black flag song and one minutemen song.

    no germs, x, descendents, fear, circle jerks, adolescents, nerves, weridos, dils, screamers etc.

  18. mccain  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    what no torrent

  19. .ZIP!!

  20. also, the inclusion of “distortions” makes me very very happy

  21. WallabyJoe  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    Is anyone planning on picking up this book? I am, I was just wondering. It will be good to have around I guess.

    Do they have torrents for books yet? Maybe the audio book read by Bradford Cox?

  22. Mikey  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    I’m surprised TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” didn’t get a nod.

  23. Tawriffic  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2008 0

    How could they not find room for Pearl Jam on this list?

  24. Artie  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    What’s with Pitchfork’s obsession with sorry-ass Top 40 hip-hop and R&B?

  25. I can’t really argue with anything on this list. Except Slayer. I mean really…? Slayer.

    • aaronmosh  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

      and yet you have no prob w/ the inclusion of Mastodon or Ministry?
      Reign in Blood, whether or not you enjoy the music, was a groundbreaking album

  26. Where is the zip? someone?

  27. oOo  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    U2′s “One” absolutely deserves to be on there — if we’re going to be honest with ourselves.

  28. Joe  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    “Needle in the Hay” and “The State I Am In” aren’t the best songs from those respective artists, imo. I’d probably go with “Pitseleh/The Biggest Lie” and “Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying”

  29. matt  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    yeah a torrent of this would be nice…

  30. iv  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    i stopped reading when i saw that richard hell & the voidoids
    didn’t make the 77-79 list.
    f that s.

  31. Solid list I guess. But great songs in a typical sense.

    Would’ve preferred a different Madvillain track.

    And I haven’t kept up with my Stereogum reading as of late, but do people really like Deerhunter a lot? Seriously, do they? Not to impressed over here. That Bradford dude could fart on tape and Pitchfork would be down.

  32. sheena  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    i picked up the book earlier today and i’m fairly disappointed. it’s much smaller than i would’ve expected (i was really hoping for a larger stocking stuffer coffee table book), and content-wise, it’s nothing more than a list of songs with two paragraph blurbs by pitchfork writers.

  33. ethan  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    whaaaat? “life in a glasshouse” instead of “pyramid song”? absurd, i say!

  34. gaby  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    no torrent this year? LAME.
    i remember i got the 2007 one last year and it was full of beautiful music.
    :)

  35. Kevin  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    Whats completely unacceptable is Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart not making the list. Are you kidding me?

    • t-geir  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

      I agree with the insanity of not including Love Will Tear Us Apart. I also think it’s weird Debaser isn’t on there. Another song I think they should have included is Robyns Be Mine.

    • onceler  |   Posted on Nov 10th, 2008 0

      ‘love will tear us apart’ is a good song, but I can’t help but think that Joy Division have several tracks that are much more innovative and interesting. ‘transmission’, ‘isolation’ – were groundbreaking, nothing quite like them in rock before JD. ughh, the most egregious thing i see on the list is PIL’s ‘greatest song’ is ‘public image’, which is like, trash compared to every track on ‘metal box’…anyhoooo

  36. WTK  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    Agreed, but I’m surprised they couldn’t find room for a Mould-penned song such as “Celebrated Summer” or “Divide and Conquer.”

  37. I’m half surprised that Pitchfork’s top Evri connections don’t include snark or Neutral Milk Hotel – http://www.evri.com/organization/pitchfork-media-0x8eeb3.html

  38. NMH  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    I think if there’s any group PF disrespects the most its Pearl Jam. They could have found room for at least one of their tracks, considering that their catalog spans a major section of that list. At very least, they could have added one track from their first album, just to better represent the “grunge scene.” Smells like teen spirit was the obvious choice, but not the most representative.

  39. Jack  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2008 0

    Can someone put this on Megaupload?

  40. Fuck Pitchfork.

  41. The fact that “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is not included on this list is the moment when Pitchfork jumps the shark.

    Seriously, guys? “Since U Been Gone” is better than “Love Will Tear Us Apart”?

    • James  |   Posted on Nov 7th, 2008 0

      Aagh! I thought we had a NO JUMP THE SHARK rule here! Aaagh! And I think the whole point of not including numbers by each of the songs is to avoid the ridiculous comparisons that result from all of the other numbers they put next to things on their site. No, “Since U Been Gone” is not better than “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” But they’re both great songs, and they chose another Joy Division song–isn’t that okay?

      And honestly, do you really think that in ten years’ time, we’ll all look back and think, “Yeah, things really started going south with Pitchfork when they chose ‘Atmosphere’ rather than ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’?”

  42. James  |   Posted on Nov 7th, 2008 0

    I’m shocked that all of my favorite artists and songs weren’t listed in precisely the order that I would have listed them. I’m starting to feel like maybe my tastes in things aren’t empirically correct. Thanks a lot, Pitchfork! You guys are all jerks!

  43. JB  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2008 0

    I’m very surprised that ‘I Am Trying To Break Your Heart’ wasn’t the selection from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

  44. You know, half the fun of lists like these is figuring out WHY they chose each song. It’s pretty silly to argue with song selection before you read the book’s arguments.

  45. AJackson  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2008 0

    Here is another interesting list included in the book- Career Killers: The Songs That Ended It All

    Travis Morrison – What’s Your Fantasy?
    Liz Phair – Why Can’t I?
    Weezer – Dope Nose
    Oasis – All Around the World
    Guns N’ Roses – Look at Your Game Girl
    Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore
    Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
    Blur – Crazy Beat
    Dexys Midnight Runners – This Is What She’s Like
    Sinead O’Conner – War (Live on SNL)
    Happy Mondays – Stinkin Thinkin

  46. The hot chip song shouldn’t be on there imo. Also, the ciara song. Doesn’t seem like very much rap in the last two years as well. I still think Gnarles Barkley-Crazy will go down as a song to last another 25 years.

  47. Sean Massich  |   Posted on Nov 9th, 2008 0

    I refuse to believe that not one Janet Jackson song would make this list. Miss You Much? If? Love Will Never Do Without You? Anytime Anyplace? I’m a Ciara fan but Oh doesn’t stand up to any of these songs.

    And there should easily have been more Michael.

  48. oceanRain  |   Posted on Nov 10th, 2008 0

    PF is always inclined to add mediocre r’n b and hip hop on their lists, spreading the wealth amongst various bands. Fair enough, I guess. Nobody wants to read every track on “Heroes” is better than the rest of ’77 – ’79 period combined.

    But if there’s no heavy-handed purple prose to go along with the list then what’s the point? PF does this shit for free every year, plus have all those old best of decade lists with cool little blurbs. My coffee table deserves better!

    That said, I like PF lists because Ryan and (stereogum) friends generally have great taste and there’s almost always something for me to investigate.

  49. no tears for fears? wtf. pathetic.

  50. fido  |   Posted on Nov 10th, 2008 0

    I just skimmed over it. Is “Born Under Punches” really better than “Once In a Lifetime”? Every song on that album is great though, and they got it right with “This Must Be the Place”. I think that “Looking for the Perfect Beat” is better than “Planet Rock.” “I’ll Believe In Anything” is a really great song from its era and I was glad to see it, but I was upset with the exclusion of the Futureheads’ version of “Hounds of Love”. They needed better picks for the Minutemen, Big Black, and Neutral Milk Hotel, but it’s a good list overall.

    Also, I like that “Don’t Stop Believing” is right before “Pay to Cum.”

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