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40 Disco Songs That Definitely Don’t Suck

Disco Demolition Night, which happened 40 years ago today, is the day two genres were marked for death. Disco itself was one of them, of…
Nate Patrin | July 12, 2019 - 9:48 am

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Chillwave At 10: The Essential Tracks

I honestly thought "glo-fi" was gonna stick, y'all.
Ian Cohen | June 25, 2019 - 11:37 am

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17 Essential Songs In 7/4

There's a reason why all those Ramones songs start with "1-2-3-4!" -- and also a reason why Captain Beefheart raged against the "big mama heartbeat."
Christopher R. Weingarten | March 8, 2019 - 12:49 pm

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30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn't fare much better. Before…
Jeff Terich | November 28, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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28 Essential Reggaeton Songs From The Early 2000s To Now

I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. Once we were…
Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea | November 14, 2018 - 11:00 am

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31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs

It makes sense that we’re experiencing a horror renaissance. The genre took off during the Great Depression and has been there for us in difficult…
Miles Bowe | October 30, 2018 - 12:01 pm

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19 Essential Hold Steady B-Sides

One of the first things we hear Craig Finn snarl on his band's 2004 debut album is a simple declaration of intent: "We gotta start…
Patrick Hosken | August 27, 2018 - 2:13 pm

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30 Essential Grunge Songs

You can choose all sorts of genesis points when you look back at a moment as era-defining and yet difficult to clarify as grunge. One…
Ryan Leas | August 1, 2018 - 2:36 pm

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A Beginner’s Guide To Peter Gabriel: 27 Essential Tracks

In the history of classic rock, few big names have had a career quite like Peter Gabriel's. After all, it's hard to even make sense…
Ryan Leas | May 18, 2018 - 12:04 pm

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38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety

We talk about the ‘80s a lot. Nostalgia for that decade and its pop culture has both seemed to move in cycles and be ever-present…
Ryan Leas | January 23, 2018 - 11:06 am

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14 Essential Paisley Underground Songs

Although it's identified with Los Angeles, the Paisley Underground has roots that extend about 400 miles to the north. Specifically, to Davis, California, a small…
Stephen Deusner | August 24, 2017 - 2:00 pm

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31 Essential Shoegaze Tracks

"Shoegaze" was not initially meant as a compliment. Like "impressionists" (used dismissively by an art critic in 1874), "Krautrock," or more recently "deplorable(s)," the phrase…
Zach Schonfeld | June 14, 2017 - 12:17 pm

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36 Essential ’80s Pop Metal Tracks

The biggest difference between the heavy metal of today and heavy metal during the glory days of the 1980s is that today it is rife…
Adrien Begrand | April 5, 2017 - 11:55 am

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The 36 Best Odd Future Songs Not By Frank Ocean

The earliest iteration of Odd Future was formed in 2007 although the collective didn't release their first mixtape, The Odd Future Tape, until 2008. Ten…
Collin Robinson | February 21, 2017 - 10:30 am

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34 Essential Glam Songs

When Marc Bolan appeared on the BBC show Top Of The Pops in March 1971 to perform his smash hit "Hot Love," he launched a…
Stephen Deusner | January 5, 2017 - 1:19 pm
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