Adrien, I agree with your assessment of the first seven albums as all individually flawed in their own ways, but in my opinion, Seventh Son has the worst song on any of those albums. Can I Play With Madness is absolutely embarrasing to listen to.
I contend that Somewhere in Time is the most consistently good of their first seven.
Oh man, I’ve been thinking a lot lately that you should start doing some metal in these lists and that Iron Maiden was a great place to start. Metal was the first type of music that I ever fell i love with, and it kicked off my lifelong passion. The first Maiden album that I heard was Somewhere in Time, so naturally it is my favorite, but I can’t really argue with your top 5. Brave New World could be a lot higher though…I think that’s the best of their later albums and rates pretty well alongside their early stuff.
So since you’ve been reading my mind lately, I can only assume that lists by Priest, Slayer and Mercyful Fate/King Diamond will soon be following…
Oh, if only that were true…
“Time after time is my least favorite song!”
What is the purpose of this list exactly? You’ve never done a top 100 songs of an artist before, and you start with Drake?!? Drake might have 100 songs to his credit, but he doesn’t have 100 good songs. Like every hip-hop artist, his albums are all too long and are full of filler. So this list was bound to be a list of 10 or 20 good songs and then an arbitrary list of everything else in his catalog. Why would you do that?
Denis Leary wasn’t a gang leader, he was a bank robber or something like that. And I saw the movie recently, it really wasn’t that bad. It’s worth watching if you have nothing better to do. It’s got Stephen Dorff and Jeremy Piven in it too.
And you’re right, Fallin’ is the best song on the album.
And which of the three unimpeachable classics currently in the top three would you leave out?
I bought this album on itunes, like 5 years ago, on the recommendation of an article that I don’t remember and basically never listened to it. I knew almost nothing about this band before reading this. I’ve been listening to it since starting this article, and already I can feel something brewing between us. It kind of feels like the time I discovered the first two Belle and Sebastian albums in a bin and realized this was something not many other people knew about. In other words, I don’t think this has happened to me since the days of actual music stores outside of metro areas.
What a great article.
‘Gum has long surpassed Pitchfork as the place to come for serious music fans, and the Bracy’s have become their secret weapon. Thanks for introducing me to this!
Wait…people are complaining because it sounds too much like a Pixies song?
Screw that, I think that this song is fuckin’ great!
Plus, it’s got the line “you put the cock in cocktail”!!
If Paul and Tommy record something that sounds even remotely like a Replacements song, then I will be a very happy music geek.
That’s hilarious. Neil Young must hate those guys.
Seems I completely missed the existence of Fork In The Road. (Where was I in 2009?)
But only Neil Young would write a song called “Cough Up The Bucks”
Whoa! I haven’t started reading the list yet, but this is not an enviable task. His career is more daunting than Dylan’s to evaluate.
That being said, On The Beach had better be pretty close to number 1.
Thanks for not being that guy who has to put a pre- His n Hers song on here. You were smart in thinking that a mere 10 songs is too precious to waste on anything other than their great 3 album run.
I could argue for my ten favorite from those three, but let’s face it, their all pretty great.
Next you guys should do a Top 10 songs of Jessie Ware.
She’s a Classic!
I scrolled down here with the sole purpose of expressing my love for Villa Rosie. It never seems to get mentioned in any article about Blur. Truly one of their greatest songs.
Great article. I loved both this and To Bring You My Love. I remember at the time thinking this woman was the female version of Greg Dulli. She could have been his counterpoint on the Gentlemen album.
The Band are one of my all-ttime favorites, and Levon was a particular hero of mine. If anyone’s interested in the controversial back story behind the Band, you should read Levons book This Wheel’s On Fire. It’s a classic.
Love this list, and love the article.
Stereogum, Timothy and Elizabeth should write every one of these lists for you.
I’m going, but here are the top ten artists that Coachella missed out on…
Dude, you are the wind beneath my wings.
agreed. Pleased to meet me #1! C’mon!
The order should be as follows..
best to worst
1.let it be
4.all shook down
7. pleased to meet me
8. don’t tell a soul