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Pitchfork's Top 500 Songs Leaked



We got caught up in all the hype around this Barack guy, we lost sight of the really important stuff on Tuesday. Like the fact that somebody leaked the entire list of Pitchfork's top 500 songs.


Leaving plenty of room for discussion, the list is broken down into three year intervals spanning the thirty years from 1977 to 2006. While we appreciate Pitchfork's importance as a music media outlet, we do not envy the responsibility of trying to pick just one song per classic album or band. Not to mention the hundreds they left off the list -- as kids of the 90s, they seem to get more "indie" during this section. Still, it's quite an impressive list, and nothing says hours of excited reading like five hundred snarky reviews. Released just in time for the holidays, now you know what to get that cynical music friend of yours who's got the "best music taste" but hates on everything you like.

Below is their most recent selections of "best songs," and you can see the entire list here.

2003-2006:

Outkast – Hey Ya
Kanye West – Through The Wire
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
!!! – Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)
TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
The Walkmen – The Rat
Devendra Banhart – A Sight to Behold
Joanna Newsom – Peach, Plum, Pear
Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day
Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There's Someone
Animal Collective – Leaf House
The Books – Take Time
M83 – Don't Save Us from the Flames
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Annie – Heartbeat
M.I.A. – Galang
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
The Fiery Furnaces – Here Comes the Summer
The Mountain Goats – No Children
The Wrens – She Sends Kisses
Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descends
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
The Exploding Hearts – Modern Kicks
Art Brut – Formed a Band
Boris – Farewell
Mastodon – Sleeping Giant
Madvillain – America's Most Blunted
T.I. – What You Know
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
Amerie – 1 Thing
Ciara – Oh
The Go! Team – The Power Is On
Feist – Mushaboom
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Wolf Parade – I'll Believe in Anything
Band of Horses – The Funeral
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
Beirut – Postcards from Italy
Johnny Boy – You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
Love Is All – Busy Doing Nothing
Jens Lekman – Black Cab
Christian Falk – Dream On
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends
Hot Chip – Boy from School
Animal Collective – Grass
Black Dice – Cone Toaster
Liars – The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack
Panda Bear – Bros

The Pitchfork 500

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Pitchfork's Top 500 Songs Leaked