Lists

The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

By Claire Lobenfeld / November 6, 2013
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. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or those goddamn truffle fries, she was a neon prism at the end of a long… More »


The 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards

By Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013
After an ambitious and awkward 90-minute production, the inaugural YouTube Music Awards have disappeared into a cloud of blue chalk dust. The ceremony, streamed live from a warehouse in New York, attempted to capture the madcap spirit of early MTV and only occasionally succeeded -- and if success means a lot of eyeballs o… More »


Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 29, 2013
It's easy to forget that the Smashing Pumpkins were outsiders. Not in the sense that many bands are — the weird, artsy, pained kids who find an outlet by playing loud rock music. The Smashing Pumpkins were outsiders from a wave of outsiders, often regarded by a sneer from their contemporaries as '90s alternative took… More »


20 Great Lou Reed Moments

By Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013
When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn't seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch's career. Similarly, it's impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of… More »


NME‘s Top 500 Albums Of All Time

By Michael Nelson / October 25, 2013
Doing a list of the best albums "of all time" is bound to be a disaster -- EW tried it this past summer and not surprisingly the thing was a shitshow. But ranking the Top 500 Albums Of All Time is exactly the type of feature NME runs out there every few years, and… More »


Joni Mitchell Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / October 22, 2013
It might seem ludicrous to use the word "underappreciated" when discussing an artist with as many accomplishments and accolades as Joni Mitchell. In addition to having sold millions of albums, Mitchell is the recipient of eight Grammy awards among many nominations (as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002); she is also a Rock… More »


The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs

By Ryan Leas / October 17, 2013
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 world, and after a few years vanished from the mainstream audience radar, even though they continued, and still continue, to be an absolutely monolithic touring entity. Every fan knows the… More »


Metallica Albums From Worst To Best

By Doug Moore / October 14, 2013
"This album and what we're doing with it — that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, just sit down and fucking die." — Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer, 1996 Ulrich uttered those words during the press cycle for Load, Metallica's sixth album. Though Load was a… More »


The 10 Best New Pornographers Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / October 11, 2013
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 underrated Sloan to the majestic lo-fi fuzz rock folk of Eric's Trip, the Northern Invasion that now buffets our borders was already well on course. Still practically no one wa… More »


Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Reed / October 7, 2013
You know you've transcended to "legend" status when critics use your name as an adjective. These days, "Kate Bush-ian" is a shortcut descriptor (usually a lazy one — and one I've overused myself) thrown at any authoritative female singer-songwriter (Natasha Khan, Florence Welch) whose music harnesses an ethereal grandeur. And nobody deserves to be a… More »


The 10 Best St. Vincent Songs

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2013
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 woman behind St. Vincent, seems to have that effect on people. Specifically men, specifically indie rock dudes. This, inescapably, has often boiled down to the fact that Clark is a woman. More »


12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival

By Chris DeVille / October 1, 2013
Emo has been a dirty word for as long as I can remember, at least since some wimps from this nation's cold northern fringes snagged the descriptor from our capital city's emotive hardcore bands and deflated it of machismo. In the popular consciousness, emo is known as the sound of sniveling weakness and self-obsession, of… More »


David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books

By Tom Breihan / October 1, 2013
Right now, the Art Gallery Of Ontario is hosting an exhibit called David Bowie Is, which collects artifacts from Bowie's entire career. And to celebrate the exhibit's opening, Bowie has shared a list of 100 of his favorite books. As someone whose many incarnations have pulled inspiration from across the cultural landscape, it's not exactly… More »


U2 Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 1, 2013
People hate U2. OK, people hate a lot of bands. Out of the other Great Artists we've covered in this feature, though, U2 elicit ire more than others. Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and the Stones? Maybe they're not your thing, but nobody hates those guys, right? And maybe you dislike Springsteen, maybe eve… More »


The Drakeography: The 100 Best Drake Songs

By Chris DeVille / September 25, 2013
Immersing yourself in Drake's catalog is more than a little like jumping into bed with the guy for one of those torrid affairs he likes to emote about in the endless tear-stained diary that is his discography. His charms are hard to resist -- a man of many talents, a man for all seasons, a… More »


Okkervil River Albums From Worst To Best

By John Everhart / September 24, 2013
Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff told me in an interview for an R.E.M. retrospective piece a few years back that when his band was initially conceived, "What was shocking, and quite funny to me, was that when I started Okkervil River and we incorporated some of the same stuff — bringing in mandolins and accordio… More »


The 7 Best Things At Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013

By Miles Bowe / September 23, 2013
Virgin Mobile Freefest is understandably something that a lot of music fans look forward to every year. The organizers have always curated a line-up that is a hell of a lot better than you would expect from a free music festival, and with everything else going on during the day -- from food to vendor… More »


The 10 Best Frightened Rabbit Songs

By Ryan Leas / September 19, 2013
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 in February, and finally last Tuesday with the Late March, Death March EP, the band has given us a succession of great releases in just under twelve months, consistently operating… More »


Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013

By Stereogum / September 19, 2013
It's that time of year again: Time to take stock of the vast armies of new musicians making music in the past year, and to pick out a few dozen of the best and brightest. In the three previous annual versions of this column, we've hailed the arrivals of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky,… More »


Trent Reznor Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / September 16, 2013
The first time I heard Nine Inch Nails, I was barely fourteen, hanging, unsupervised, with my friend at the time and his older brother — a "bad kid" judging by his pierced ear and Grateful Dead T-shirt. We sat on his dingy floor while he sparked a joint and asked us if we wanted to… More »


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