2. The Ronettes - Baby, I Love You
Fiona Apple - Criminal
Oh, Fiona, for a second there, I thought you might actually beat my twentieth favorite song of all time. That opening line, "I've been a bad, bad girl," and the way you delivered it was so masterful. Then you went into "blah blah blah" territory.
The Ronettes, I've always felt were a forgotten girl group. Sure, their song, "Be My Baby", is deservedly hailed as one of the greatest pop songs of all time, but people tend to forget the rest of their category. Now I'm not a huge love song fan, as in I don't cry over them, but the pure joy of loving is heard here, the same joy of love that is sorely lacking from most. It's a beautiful song backed with beautiful production from the maestro, Phil Spector.
The Horrors - Still Life
6. The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" really showed the world what Michael Jackson was capable of. There are better songs made by him, including an earlier one called "I Want You Back", but the thing about him was that almost every song was memorable as hell which is something "Still Life" cannot say.
7. Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Missy Elliott - Pass That Dutch
This actually kind of hurt. I voted for "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" because the production was INSANE! Just great. Of course, "Pass That Dutch" featured some fabulous production, too, and a very heartfelt Missy Elliott. I like that in a rapper. It was a nice song that really touched on a lot of subjects.
5. The Roots featuring Erykah Badu - You Got Me
Souls of Mischef - '93 til Infinity
I'm thinking it's about time an "Underrated Artist: Erykah Badu" thread was created. That stunning chorus!
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege
Super Furry Animals - Juxtaposed With U
Holy shit. "Sacrilege" is a phenomenal song. Maybe "Maps" will click with me this time!
Les Savy Fav - The Sweat Descends
4. Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty
"The Sweat Descends" is a bit catchy, but Mos Def spat out some of the best lines in "Ms. Fat Booty".
10. Kanye West - Bound 2
Sonic Youth - Death Valley '69
"Bound 2" is the weakest song on Yeezus and, sadly, the precursor to The Life of Pablo, but there are things going for it. The fact that I never cared much for Sonic Youth definitely helped it, too.
1. Janis Joplin - Summertime
Mercury Rev - Holes
I remember the first time I heard "Summertime". I had already associated "Summertime" as the best thing Gershwin has ever written, but, damn, this strange cover was like seeing God. Joplin's rough vocals and wild interpretation of the lyrics lend such a beauty to it. Oh, but then, the climax! Those acid guitars then you hear her break in with a haunting "One of these mornings, you're gonna rise up to the sky". I love this song too much.
Oh, and after five listens, "Holes" finally clicked for me!