Pitchfork 500 Guide To the Greatest Songs from Punk To the Present


o David Bowie – ‘Heroes’
o Iggy Pop – The Passenger
o Lou Reed – Street Hassle
o Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
o Brian Eno – 1/1
o Ramones – Rockaway Beach
o Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
o Television – Marquee Moon
o Patti Smith – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger
o Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
o Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
o Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love? (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
o Vic Godard & the Subway Sect – Parallel Lines
o X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
o Adverts – One Chord Wonders
o Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
o Donna Summer – I Feel Love
o Giorgia Moroder – The Chase
o Chic – Good Times
o Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
o Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
o Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
o Parliament – Flashlight
o Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
o Public Image Ltd – Public Image
o Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
o Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
o Cramps – Human Fly
o Misfits – Night of the Living Dead
o Wire – Outdoor Miner
o Joy Division – Disorder
o Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
o Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Roast Fish & Cornbread
o Congos – Fisherman
o Willi Williams – Armagideon Time
o This Heat – 24 Track Loop
o Slits – Typical Girls
o Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good & Evil
o Clash – Guns of Brixton
o James Chance & the Contortions – Contort Yourself
o Suicide – Dream, Baby Dream
o Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
o Throbbing Gristle – Hot On the Heels of Love
o Devo – Mongoloid
o Candido – Jingo
o Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again
o Machine (NYC) – There But for the Grace of God Go I
o Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
o Goblin – Suspiria
o Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) the Reaper
o AC/DC – Highway To Hell
o Van Halen – Runnin’ with the Devil
o Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
o Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
o Electric Light Orchestra – Mr Blue Sky
o Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
o Undertones – Teenage Kicks
o Plastic Bertrand – Ça Plane pour Moi
o Records – Starry Eyes
o Cheap Trick – Surrender
o Cars – Just What I Needed
o Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Radio Radio
o Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
o XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
o Blondie – Atomic
o Talking Heads – Memories Can’t Wait


o Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
o Spoonie Gee meets the Sequence – Monster Jam
o Sugar Hill Gang – 8th Wonder
o Treacherous Three – New Rap Language
o Clash – Magnificent Seven
o Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (Heat Goes On)
o Yoko Ono – Walking On This Ice
o Klein & MBO – Dirty Talk
o ESG – Moody
o Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – Adventures On the Wheels of Steel
o Funky 4 + 1 – That’s the Joint
o Kraftwerk – Numbers / Computer World (Part 2)
o Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock
o Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – The Message
o Glenn Branca – Lesson No 1 for Electric Guitar
o Laurie Anderson – O Superman (For Massenet)
o Joy Division – Atmosphere
o Fall – Totally Wired
o Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Beyond Belief
o Pretenders – Back On the Chain Gang
o B-52’s – Private Idaho
o Dexys Midnight Runners – There There, My Dear
o Young Marble Giants – Final Day
o Altered Images – Happy Birthday
o Specials – Ghost Town
o Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
o Bauhaus – Third Uncle
o Adam & the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
o Scritti Politti – Sweetest Girl
o Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
o Soft Cell – Tainted Love
o Associates – Party Fears Two
o ABC – All of My Heart
o New Order – Temptation
o Jam – Town Called Malice
o Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
o Beat (UK) – Save It for Later
o Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
o Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
o Prince – Dirty Mind
o Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
o Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
o ABBA – Day Before You Came
o Roxy Music – More Than This
o Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
o Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City
o Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
o Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
o Minor Threat – Minor Threat
o Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
o Black Flag – Rise Above
o Wipers – Youth of America
o Flipper – Sex Bomb
o Motörhead – Ace of Spades
o Iron Maiden – Run To the Hills
o Orange Juice – Blue Boy
o Television Personalities – This Angry Silence
o Fall – The Classical
o The Clean – Tally Ho!
o Feelies – Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness
o REM – Radio Free Europe
o Violent Femmes – Blister In the Sun
o Mission of Burma – That’s When I Reach for My Revolver


o Smiths – This Charming Man
o Sonic Youth with Lydia Lunch – Death Valley ‘69
o Hüsker Dü – Pink Turns To Blue
o Meat Puppets – Plateau
o Replacements – I Will Dare
o Minutemen – History Lesson: Part II
o REM – So Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
o Echo & the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
o Cure – Close To Me
o Siouxsie & the Banshees – Cities In Dust
o Run DMC – It’s Like That
o Crash Crew – On the Radio
o Rammelzee vs K-Rob – Beat Bop
o Boogie Down Productions – South Bronx
o New Order – Blue Monday
o Prince & the Revolution – When Doves Cry
o Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
o Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
o U2 – New Year’s Day
o Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
o Replacements – Bastards of Young
o Mekons – Last Dance
o Big Black – Kerosene
o Scratch Acid – Greatest Gift
o Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
o Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
o Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
o New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
o Billy Bragg – A New England
o Metallica – Battery
o Slayer – Angel of Death
o Saint Vitus – Clear Windowpane
o Einstürzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch
o Art of Noise – Beat Box (Diversion One)
o Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
o Liquid Liquid – Optimo
o Alexander Robotnick – Problemes d’Amour
o Shannon – Let the Music Play
o Section 25 – Looking from a Hilltop (Restructure)
o Madonna – Holiday
o Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
o Prince & the Revolution – Kiss
o Run DMC – Rock Box
o LL Cool J – I Can’t Live Without My Radio
o Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
o Mantronix – Needle To the Groove
o Go-Betweens – Cattle & Cane
o Chills – Pink Frost
o Felt – Primitive Painters
o Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
o Tom Waits – Jockey Full of Bourbon
o Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
o Scott Walker – Rawhide
o U2 – Bad
o Don Henley – Boys of Summer
o Paul Simon – Graceland
o Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
o Anthony ‘Red’ Rose – Tempo
o Model 500 – No UFOs


o Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It?
o Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings of Life
o A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
o M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up the Volume
o My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise
o Spacemen 3 – Walking with Jesus
o Ride – Dreams Burn Down
o Galaxie 500 – Blue Thunder
o Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
o Stone Roses – She Bangs the Drums
o Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
o Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
o Butthole Surfers – Human Cannonball
o Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
o Fugazi – Waiting Room
o Audio Two – Top Billin’
o Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
o Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause
o NWA – Straight Outta Compton
o Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Mercy Seat
o Ministry – Stigmata
o Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
o Sugarcubes – Birthday
o Cure – Just Like Heaven
o Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
o Pogues with Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
o Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress
o Field Mice – Emma’s House
o Another Sunny Day – You Should All Be Murdered
o Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
o Primitives – Crash
o La’s – There She Goes
o They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
o Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
o Fugazi – Merchandise
o Jesus Lizard – Mouth Breather
o Slick Rick – Children’s Story
o Gang Starr – Just To Get a Rep
o Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
o Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
o Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
o De La Soul – Me Myself & I
o Biz Markie – Just a Friend
o Public Enemy – Fight the Power
o Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To the Jungle
o Swans – Beautiful Child
o John Zorn – Sicilian Clan
o Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
o Madonna – Like a Prayer
o Deee-Lite – Groove Is In the Heart
o Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring
o Sinéad O’Conner – Nothing Compares 2 U
o Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
o KLF – Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard
o 808 State – Pacific State
o Orbital – Chime
o Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
o My Blood Valentine – Soon
o Vaselines – Son of a Gun
o Beat Happening – Indian Summer
o Daniel Johnston – Some Things Last a Long Time
o Mudhoney – Touch Me, I’m Sick
o Pixies – Wave of Mutilation


o Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
o Pavement – Summer Babe
o Archers of Loaf – Web In Front
o Yo La Tengo – From a Motel 6
o Sebadoh – Freed Pig
o A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
o De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’
o Black Sheep – Choice Is Yours
o Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
o Tricky – Aftermath [Version 1]
o Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun
o Spiritualized – Step into the Breeze
o Slowdive – Alison
o Aphex Twin – Xtal
o Talk Talk – Ascension Day
o Slint – Good Morning, Captain
o Disco Inferno – Last Dance
o Stereolab – French Disko
o Acen – Trip II the Moon (Parts 1 & 2)
o Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea
o Human Resource – Dominator [Joey Beltram Mix]
o Rufige Kru – Terminator
o Omni Trio – Renegade Snares
o Red House Painters – New Jersey
o Teenage Fanclub – The Concept
o Heavenly – C Is the Heavenly Option
o Tindersticks – City Sickness
o Unrest – Make Out Club
o Tenor Saw with Buju Banton – Ring the Alarm Quick
o Dr Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang
o Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day
o 2Pac featuring Digital Underground – I Get Around
o Souls of Mischief – ‘93 ‘Til Infinity
o Suede – Drowners
o Blur – For Tomorrow
o Elastica – Stutter
o Ween – Doctor Rock
o Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
o Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks On Me
o Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (TROY)
o Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
o Melvins – Hooch
o Dinosaur Jr – Start Choppin’
o Pixies – U-Mass
o Liz Phair – Divorce Song
o PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
o Afghan Whigs – Debonair
o Rage Against the Machine – Killing In the Name
o Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
o Beck – Loser
o Breeders – Cannonball
o Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice


o Hole – Violet
o Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
o Green Day – Longview
o Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
o Blur – Girls & Boys
o Oasis – Live Forever
o Pulp – Common People
o Notorious BIG – Juicy
o Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
o Mobb Deep – Shook Ones, Pt II
o Genius/GZA – 4th Chamber
o Pavement – Gold Soundz
o Built To Spill – Car
o Modest Mouse – Broke
o Frank Black – Headache
o Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bellbottoms
o Guided By Voices – I Am a Scientist
o Nine Inch Nails – Closer
o Björk – Hyperballad
o Beck – Devil’s Haircut
o Portishead – Sour Times
o Saint Etienne – Like a Motorway
o Basic Channel – Octagon
o Paperclip People – Throw
o DJ Shadow – Midnight In a Perfect World
o Dr Octagon – Blue Flowers
o Common – I Used To Lover HER
o Jeff Buckley – Grace
o Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
o Arthur Russell – This Is How We Walk On the Moon
o Low – Words
o Auteurs – Unsolved Child Murder
o Jawbox – Savory
o Drive Like Jehu – Luau
o Brainiac – Pussyfootin’
o Napalm Death – Twist the Knife (Slowly)
o Darkthrone – En As i Dype Skogen
o Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
o Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin & Juice
o Luniz – I Got 5 On It
o Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb
o Prodigy – No Good (Start the Dance)
o Underworld – Born Slippy (NUXX)
o Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher – Setting Sun
o Daft Punk – Da Funk
o Belle & Sebastian – State I Am In
o Elliott Smith – Needle In the Hay
o Magnetic Fields – Take Ecstasy with Me
o Palace Music – New Partner
o Arab Strap – First Big Weekend
o Tortoise – Gamera
o Sea & Cake – Parasol
o Pavement – Rattled By the Rush
o Guided By Voices – Game of Pricks
o Weezer – El Scorcho


o Radiohead – Paranoid Android
o Björk – Jóga
o Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
o Elliott Smith – Between the Bars
o Cat Power – Cross Bones Style
o Clientele – Reflections After Jane
o Bonne ‘Prince’ Billy – I See a Darkness
o Smog – Teenage Spaceship
o Silver Jews – Random Rules
o Autechre – Arch Carrier
o Boards of Canada – Happy Cycling
o Herbert – So Now…
o Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
o Uilab – St Elmo’s Fire
o Air – Soleil Est Près de Moi
o Massive Attack – Teardrop
o Black Star – Respiration
o Notorious BIG – Hypnotize
o OutKast – Spottieottiedopaliscious
o Roots – Next Movement
o Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for a Superman
o Beta Band – Dry the Rain
o Olivia Tremor Control – Hideaway
o Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945
o Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair
o Stardust – Music Sounds Better with You
o Basement Jaxx – Jump n’ Shout
o Wilco – Via Chicago
o Pulp – This Is Hardcore
o Belle & Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane
o Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
o Sleater-Kinney – One More Hour
o Refused – New Noise
o Dismemberment Plan – The City
o Boredoms – Super Shine
o Mogwai – Like Herod
o Jim O’Rourke – Halfway To a Threeway
o Sigur Rós – Svefn-G-Englar


o Daft Punk – One More Time
o Radiohead – Idioteque
o Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Storm
o Avalanches – Since I Left You
o Broadcast – Come On, Let’s Go
o Aaliyah – Try Again
o Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
o Luomo – Tessio
o Vitalic – La Rock 01
o Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight
o Jay-Z featuring UGK – Big Pimpin’
o OutKast – BOB
o Eminem – Real Slim Shady
o Ghostface Killah – Nutmeg
o Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
o White Stripes – Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground
o Strokes – Modern Age
o And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Another Morning Stoner
o Interpol – Obstacle 1
o Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
o Golden Boy with Miss Kittin – Rippin’ Kittin’
o Jürgen Paape – So Weit Wie Noch Nie
o Osymyso – Intro-Inspection
o Knife – Heartbeats
o LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
o Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
o Streets – Weak Become Heroes
o Aesop Rock – Daylight
o RJD2 – Good Times Roll (Part 2)
o Bright Eyes – Calendar Hung Itself
o Wilco – Poor Places
o Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
o My Morning Jacket – Way That He Sings
o Modest Mouse – 3rd Planet
o Clinic – Distortions
o Shellac – Prayer To God
o McLusky – To Hell with Good Intentions
o Lightning Bolt – Ride the Sky
o Microphones – The Moon
o New Pornographers – Letter from An Occupant
o Shins – New Slang
o Decemberists – Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
o Radiohead – Life In a Glass House
o Broken Social Scene – Cause = Time
o Deerhoof – This Magnificent Bird Will Rise
o Spoon – Way We Get By
o Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U
o MOP – Ante Up
o Clipse – Grindin’
o Talib Kweli – Get By
o Jay-Z – Takeover


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



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