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Wow, this list is drawing some first rate negativity…
And it really truly deserves it. This list doesn’t even come close. Of all the “10 Best Songs” lists of bands/artists I am very familair with, this is by far the worst.
High Violet is not on par with Alligator or Boxer, let alone “unquestionably their greatest moment” or whatever nonsense the article purported. The quality of the songwriting is well below those other two.
In fact this list includes 3 songs that I think are among the band’s worst: Conversation 16, Lemonworld, and Afraid of Everyone. How are those better choices from HV than Terrible Love?, which suffers from poor production but is clearly a great song.
Here’s mine, thrown together quickly, but focused on their best albums:
Daughters of the Soho Riots
All the Wine
Start A War
album: ty segall – twins/slaugterhouse (2. Woods: Bend Beyond; 3. The Men: Open Yr Heart)
song: king tuff – “wild desire”
new artists – royal headache
TV show: The Walking Dead
Yeah, I liked Fortune a lot when it came out – there’s a big jump in quality on the Shannon McArdle songs. Bracy’s songs are typically pretty great, “Metro Pictures” being one of his very best, but some of the tracks sound a little over produced to me, they lack the rough around the edges sound of their older stuff or the really well-crafted folk rock vibe of the last two
Just noticed from the comment above that Timothy Bracy co-wrote this post….am I correct in assuming it’s Tim formerly of The Mendoza Line? If so:
7. I LIke You When You’re Not Around
5. 30 Year Low
4. Poems to a Pawnshop
3. Full of Light and Full of Fire
2. We’re All In This Alone
1. Lost In Revelry
Nice job with this YLT list. I like Popular Songs better than some you have above it and Ride the Tiger too. Summer Sun ain’t underrated. Fakebook would probably be lower on my list too.
Haven’t heard Local Business yet, and can’t wait to. Liek the article says, The Monitor is one of my favorite rock records of the past few years easy.
That being said, Lonerism is so good they should have called it Bonerism
As a long time Wilco fan (started listening to UT through the No Alternative compilation), this list has several problematic inclusions. Opinions are opinions of course, but “Nothingsevergonna…” and “Hate It Here” are in no way among the Top 10 Wilco songs. As one commentor said earlier, “Nothings..” not even in the Top 10 on Summerteeth. And “Hate it Here” is just seriously the pits – one of the most annoying and pandering songs Tweedy’e ever written.
That being said, bravo for “At Least That’s What You Said”, a personal fave. Also, I appreciate how you try to include something from all eras of the band. I guess “I Must Be High” is a good choice from AM, but “Box Full of Letters” to me is the better song. Also, “Monday”, while a fun, Stonesy-rocker, is not as good as “Far Far Away”, “Outtasite”, “Sunken Treasure”, “Red Eyed and Blue” and a couple of other Being There songs.
A lot of commentors are crying foul over the exclusion of “I Am Trying to Break Yr Heart”, but I’d agree that “Ashes” is a better choice from YHF, as would be “Poor Places”, “War on War”, “Reservations”, or “Kamera”. Maybe a few others too.
In addition to what I’ve already mentioned, off the top of my head their best tracks are:
Can’t Stand It
Shot in the Arm
Hell is Chrome
Pot Kettle Black
I’m Always in Love
Not for the Season (Laminated Cat)
A top 10 is pretty hard for such a great band. Nice try though.
Have any of you people heard King Tuff? That dude should be mentioned