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as usual some of the ordering is a bit weird, and often goes for the most "obvious" of the token choices, but after a good read through it is pretty decent actually. I am struggling to think of any glaring omissions. None that I care about anyway.
is a decade that they straddled like a Colossus?
loads of good stuff in there and then gets boringly canonical towards the end.
but then surf's up & the electrician are both weirdly low
no surprises, nothing to discover; re-inforcing The Canon, as if we don't have Mojo/Uncut to do that for us
but this seems especially redundant, at least Pitchfork can kind of lay claim to influencing the modern canon (whatever that may be)
So according to Pitchfork Bowie had both the best album (Low) and best song (Life On Mars?) in the 70s. Don't think so.
Where do people go instead?
Sure, but I've found that to be true too though. Would love to find somewhere else that can fill the sort of role that Pitchfork used to for me.
I'm not interested in their modern pop / R&B / hip hop suggestions (and in this case 70s Dad rock), but filtering that out would still leave the good stuff I reckon.
And ignore the rest?
until bumping into hall & oates at #110. hmm...
but i barely even know a lot of these artists, which is a nice feeling as it means there's still a lot of music for me to discover (embarrassingly a lot of music i've discovered is through pitchfork's 'best albums of the decade' lists).
*barely even know a lot of these artists from 200-100
And not many surprises or original choices.
That said, they've done a pretty good job in truth (apart from the loathsome Bohemian Rhapsody the top 40 is pretty good).
It's a reflex to be sniffy about these sort of things and moan about the 'canon' but I loved these sort of lists when I was learning about music in my teens. Everyone's got to start somewhere and anyone approaching this list from there will find some great music and then can move on in some more adventurous directions as per this list for instance:
there's anyone who hasn't heard of the top 20/40 artists there but maybe i'm seeing things from a music nut perspective, idk
was already listening to Patti Smith, Al Green, Kraftwerk, Television, Suicide, X Ray Spex, Gil Scott Heron, Funkadelic, Iggy Pop and Big Star (all in the top 40) but a little optimistic, I think.
there wasn't anywhere near 200 good songs released in the 70s
good song but not an obvious choice.
Transmission by Joy Division at #10... nah. should be something from Unknown Pleasures (Disorder, Day of the Lords, Candidate, Insight, New Dawn Fades Shadowplay and I Remember Nothing are all candidates for the top 10 imo).