10 Best Songs

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…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | May 13, 2014 - 11:42 am

The 10 Best Jens Lekman Songs

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…
Brad Sanders | April 29, 2014 - 10:12 am

The 10 Best Verve Songs

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,…
Ryan Leas | April 24, 2014 - 12:09 pm

The 10 Best Galaxie 500 Songs

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 member…
James Jackson Toth | April 15, 2014 - 10:56 am

The 10 Best Nirvana Songs

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…
James Jackson Toth | April 4, 2014 - 12:10 pm

The 10 Best Joy Division Songs

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…
Jonathan Dick | April 1, 2014 - 10:53 am

The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

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 thi…
Brad Sanders | March 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm

The 10 Best White Stripes Songs

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…
Carl Williott | February 26, 2014 - 1:09 pm

The 10 Best Dirty Projectors Songs

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…
Elliah Heifetz | February 19, 2014 - 3:31 pm

The 10 Best Beta Band Songs

When Rolling Stone released their best albums of the '90s list, Nirvana's Nevermind stood predictably at the top. I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve…
Miles Bowe | February 6, 2014 - 3:18 pm

The 10 Best Grateful Dead Songs

To certain elitists, the name "Grateful Dead" represents an impasse; like the phrase "slap bass," it is a combination of words whose very invocation ca…
James Jackson Toth | January 21, 2014 - 12:23 pm

The 10 Best Killers Songs

2004 was, more or less, the Year Of The Pretty Boy. Or, if not that, the Year Of The Not That Masculine Dude. The Guy…
Elliah Heifetz | January 14, 2014 - 11:37 am

The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

So, here we've finally arrived: "Bob Dylan's 10 Best Songs," the Iraq Invasion of long-form rock journalism. Uncalled for and utterly unwinnable, contending with a…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | December 17, 2013 - 12:29 pm

The 10 Best Eminem Songs

At this point, I propose the music-loving community respectfully consider The Marshall Mathers LP II to be hip-hop's version of the film Prometheus -- both…
Joseph Schafer | December 3, 2013 - 12:58 pm

The 10 Best Sunny Day Real Estate Songs

Earlier this season, South Park aired an episode titled "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers." Within, the animated town's resident outcasts are brainwashed into…
Ryan Reed | November 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics' and listeners' schismatic view of her work.
Claire Lobenfeld | November 6, 2013 - 4:01 pm

The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs

Pearl Jam's status as an artist can be a hard one to quantify. They entered the scene as one of the biggest bands in the…
Ryan Leas | October 17, 2013 - 1:17 pm

The 10 Best New Pornographers Songs

By 2000, American fans of indie music had become well accustomed to great acts bussed in from Canada. From the emphatic brilliance of the criminally…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | October 11, 2013 - 1:03 pm

The 10 Best St. Vincent Songs

She is not of this world. That sentence was all my friend used to describe a St. Vincent show I'd missed. Annie Clark, the woma…
Ryan Leas | October 3, 2013 - 12:49 pm

The 10 Best Frightened Rabbit Songs

Frightened Rabbit is on a hot streak. Starting with September of last year and the State Hospital EP, then through the release of Pedestrian Verse
Ryan Leas | September 19, 2013 - 2:39 pm