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Napalm Death Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / February 4, 2015 - 10:38 am
Napalm Death are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK metal scene, period. Like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, they hail from Birmingham, one of the ugliest, most crushed-under cities in the country's post-industrial West Midlands. Though they started out as a hardcore punk duo, they were calling themselves Napalm… More »


Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

By Nate Patrin / January 29, 2015 - 12:35 pm
Steely Dan are playing this year's Coachella, they've been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic lyrical brilliance in indie rockers ranging from the Dismemberment Plan to Destroyer to Father John Misty. But for a band that made its name puncturing the remnants of the flower-child… More »


The Ramones Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / January 22, 2015 - 1:06 pm
If everyone who ever bought a Ramones shirt bought a Ramones album, they'd be as big as fucking Aerosmith by now. But then, how many Aerosmith shirts do you see at shows? The glamour of cultdom was lost on the Ramones; they didn't care about the margins. They wanted to be your Beatles. And i… More »


The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs

By Ryan Leas / January 20, 2015 - 2:12 pm
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 don't… More »


Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

By Jonathan Dick / January 15, 2015 - 10:59 am
How appropriate that Pink Floyd would find their beginnings in the same year that saw the first person walk in space. It's a fitting foreword to the band's story which, over the last fifty years of their existence, has seen them embrace the rarity and mythos that is rock and roll legend with a disarming… More »


The 10 Best A Tribe Called Quest Songs

By Nate Patrin / January 9, 2015 - 10:16 am
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 »


30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

By Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm
Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the '90s? The '80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »


The 50 Best Stereogum Comments Of 2014

By Scott Lapatine / December 31, 2014 - 4:29 pm
Stereogum turns 13 years old tomorrow. 13! This corner of the internet is largely unrecognizable from the music blog I started on a lark that New Year's Day, but in some important ways Stereogum in 2014 was more true to its original ethos than any year in recent memory. All of us here strive to… More »


The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014

By Ryan Leas / December 31, 2014 - 1:51 pm
When we first did a Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013 last December, it was initially thought up as a one-off. But, hey, then we decided to turn it into a column! So the approach this year is a bit different. Last December, I spent a lot of time digging back through TV and movies I… More »


6 Breakout Indie Labels Of 2014

By Gabriela Tully Claymore & James Rettig / December 31, 2014 - 1:08 pm
To start, let's clarify something: This is not a definitive list of the best record labels of 2014, nor is it necessarily a list of our favorite record labels of 2014. This is a breakout list, a means to pay tribute to a collection of small labels that surprised us with their ability to consistently… More »


The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014

By Scott Lapatine / December 30, 2014 - 12:40 pm
For the 10th year, we asked you to tell us the best music of the past twelve months. It's a hallowed family tradition we call The Gummy Awards and by holding it a little later than usual this year, you guys were able to vote for albums like Black Messiah and The Pinkprint that came… More »


The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

By Stereogum / December 22, 2014 - 1:31 pm
Surprise album releases now seem to come in a crazy rapid-fire at the end of the year, so there's always a chance that a huge album could appear out of nowhere on our collective hard drives. But for the most part, 2014 is done, and we're nearly finished reflecting on all the music, great and… More »


The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

By Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm
Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »


The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

By Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am
In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »


The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014

By Michael Nelson / December 15, 2014 - 11:36 am
In last month's Black Market, while wrapping up a short commentary on Decibel Magazine's list of the 40 best albums of 2014, I wrote: "[T]his was a very good year for metal. Every year, though, it seems like the genre expands -- to the point that, today, the thing we talk about when we talk… More »


The 5 Best Tom Petty Albums Of 2014

By Ryan Leas / December 11, 2014 - 3:17 pm
As you might've heard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first #1 album this year, with Hypnotic Eye. Thing is, it's merely pretty good in the grand scheme of the Petty canon. It garnered a lot of positive of reviews, but when it comes down to it, the fact that Petty just now got… More »


Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014

By Stereogum / December 11, 2014 - 9:45 am
Picking a list of favorite songs can be an intensely personal thing, and sometimes it makes more sense to throw any idea of objectivity out the window. When we, your Stereogum staff, ranked our favorite albums of 2014, we did so as a unit, voting and arguing and finally coming up with a list that… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

By Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am
Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »


20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

By Ryan Leas / November 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm
In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there -- beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they're off The Bends or even something like "No Surprises." First and foremost of those, of course, is "Creep," from their… More »


The 10 Best Kool & The Gang Songs

By Brad Shoup / November 24, 2014 - 1:31 pm
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 from… More »


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