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The 10 Best Missy Elliott Songs

By Nate Patrin / March 3, 2015
The mid-late '90s felt like a crisis point for hip-hop: the deepening rift between mainstream and underground rap, along with the lyrical focus on high-budget conspicuous consumption from platinum-selling artists, felt like breaking points that supposedly compromised what hip-hop was supposed to remain true to. Whether hip-hop needed to look back to its party-music root… More »


The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs

By Ryan Leas / January 20, 2015
So, the Black Crowes broke up. Again, that is, sort of. Since the band broke through with their 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, it's been a twisting and tumultuous path through a few hiatuses and constant lineup changes with members coming and going and returning, the kind of narrative most of us probably… More »


The 10 Best A Tribe Called Quest Songs

By Nate Patrin / January 9, 2015
Imagine a band that faces the kind of trajectory usually posited as a hard-luck story, a series of events that goes a little something like this: First, they drop a name-making debut that winds up becoming both one of the most acclaimed, hardest-to-follow first efforts by any group of an entire decade, and the last… More »


The 10 Best Kool & The Gang Songs

By Brad Shoup / November 24, 2014
If you're prone to checking out AcclaimedMusic.net, you may have noticed that Kool & The Gang have but one song in the top 6000: 1980's "Celebration," nestled at #3383, between Fuck Buttons' "Olympians" and Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." The Gap Band have three songs on the list; the O'Jays have four. Chic's absence… More »


The 10 Best Mekons Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / October 15, 2014
"The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll." -- Lester Bangs Years before the term "collective" became a convenient and gradually more irritating shorthand for bands seeking a novel descriptor, there was the Mekons: a genuinely anarchic co-mingling of multi-media artists rampantly talented in the disciplines of music, visual… More »


The 10 Best KISS Songs

By Jonathan Dick / October 2, 2014
Take a brief moment and thank the year 1974 for its existence. Aside from being the year that saw the Ramones and Van Halen play their first gigs, Queen tour North America for the first time, Stevie and Lindsey join Fleetwood Mac, and Rush release their self-titled debut, 1974 introduced the world to the band… More »


The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs

By Sam Behrens / August 21, 2014
Way back in 2004, when the internet was still a new-ish thing and CD-Rs were still relevant, a specific CD-R filled with loud music spurred from shitty amps was making its way across England. That collection of 18 demos, recorded at the 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, would come to be known as Beneath The Boardwalk,… More »


The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs

By Ryan Leas / July 29, 2014
Earlier today, TV On The Radio announced the fall 2014 release of their fifth album, Seeds. It will be the band's first LP since 2011's Nine Types Of Light, a strong collection that somehow never quite got its due. Why, though? Have we taken the band for granted? It certainly seems that way. After… More »


The 10 Best Gorillaz Songs

By Ryan Leas / July 2, 2014
Over the course of the last three months, I've seen Damon Albarn perform four times, and a certain quality of his career was boldly underlined: there are great disparities between who knows him, where they know him from, and where they know him from without realizing it. One of the obvious divides is nationality, but… More »


The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs

By Jonathan Dick / June 18, 2014
The early '90s brought a wealth of change to pop music, and while the spoils of the dynamic shifts may have gone to the flannel-clad misanthropes of Seattle, the longevity and distinction of Tori Amos' influence is a story almost as unique as her lyrics. Much of the criticism directed at Amos has concerned the… More »


The 10 Best Fucked Up Songs

By Brad Sanders / June 3, 2014
When you look at Fucked Up's discography, it's easy to force a certain narrative onto their career arc: they started as a hard-charging hardcore band terrorizing tiny Toronto shows and became genre-agnostic critical darlings, capable of comfortably sharing a bill with either Foo Fighters or Final Conflict and selling out venues with "Ballroom" in the… More »


The 10 Best John Lennon Songs

John Winston Lennon was famously shot to death at age 40, midway through his tumultuous life and storied career, robbing the world of a towering talent and profoundly ambiguous personality. During the four-plus decades following his unimaginably tragic and senseless demise, much of Lennon's legacy has become reduced and calcified. For many of the insufferable,… More »


The 10 Best Jens Lekman Songs

By Brad Sanders / April 29, 2014
The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished, and his arrangements borrow recklessly from 20th century pop -- both canonized and disreputable. In any given Jens Lekman song, you're as likely to hear… More »


The 10 Best Verve Songs

By Ryan Leas / April 24, 2014
Few British bands from the 1990s, Britpop or otherwise, have been pushed to the sidelines more forcefully than the Verve. I can think of, well, quite a few reasons for this. You've got their singer, Richard Ashcroft, a perfectly arrogant British rock star who continues to play that role even as his solo output ha… More »


The 10 Best Galaxie 500 Songs

By James Jackson Toth / April 15, 2014
If rock-critic clichés never existed, Galaxie 500 would have had to invent them. Named after a classic model Ford that none of the band members had ever actually driven, Galaxie 500 -- vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham, bassist/vocalist Naomi Yang, and drummer Damon Krukowski -- began like many eighties bands reared on rock and roll radio and… More »


The 10 Best Nirvana Songs

By James Jackson Toth / April 4, 2014
The story goes something like this: Sheriff Kurt moseys into town just long enough to purge the spandex-clad outlaws before riding off into the sunset forever, leaving behind the Clinton Administration, Lollapalooza, and lucrative major label deals for flannel-flyin' underdogs everywhere. More »


The 10 Best Joy Division Songs

By Jonathan Dick / April 1, 2014
In the seemingly infinite discussion of influence, Joy Division's place in the halls of music's most revered is just as sure as the band's equally esteemed mythos. Generations of fans old enough to have remembered the band's breakthrough in 1979, and the countless more born well after the 1980 suicide of Ian Curtis, hold the… More »


The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

By Brad Sanders / March 11, 2014
Rumors of rock and roll's demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there's been rock and roll, so it's not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today's most popular rock acts cease to be rock acts -- Mumford And Sons' pop-folk, Eric Church's country-fried wallop,… More »


The 10 Best White Stripes Songs

By Carl Williott / February 26, 2014
The White Stripes were Occam's razor manifested as rock. Underneath the misdirection and mythology, it was just two people, wearing three colors, obsessed with one musical concept: the beauty of simplicity. More »


The 10 Best Dirty Projectors Songs

By Elliah Heifetz / February 19, 2014
When Dirty Projectors mastermind and bandleader Dave Longstreth sings about being "in the gray mesh shorts" of his alma mater, honestly, I freak out a little bit. When he croons, "I boogied down gargoyle streets, searching in every face for something I can believe," my stomach burns. Every time I hear about how his "college… More »


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