The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present

By Scott Plagenhoef, Ryan Schreiber

FROM THE mind belief in the back of PITCHFORKMEDIA.COM -- the web site THE la TIMES DECLARED "AN crucial a part of THE IPO D GENERATION'S LEXICON, A MUST-READ" -- A clean advisor TO the five hundred most sensible SONGS OF THE earlier THIRTY YEARS.

Named the "best web site for tune feedback on the net" by way of The manhattan instances Magazine, has develop into the best autonomous source for track journalism, where humans flip to determine what is occurring in new song. based in 1995, Pitchfork has constructed one of many web's so much dedicated followings, with greater than 1.6 million readers per month who track in for day-by-day experiences, information, positive factors, movies, and interviews.

In The Pitchfork 500: Our advisor to the best Songs from Punk to the Present, Pitchfork bargains up their tackle the five hundred most sensible songs of the earlier 3 a long time. targeting indie rock (Arcade hearth, the Shins), hiphop (Public Enemy, Jay-Z), digital (Daft Punk, forums of Canada), pop (Madonna, Justin Timberlake), steel (Metallica, Boris), and experimental underground track (Suicide, Boredoms), it good points all-new essays and reports written with the pointy wit and perception for which the positioning is understood.

Kicking it off in 1977 with the start of punk and autonomous song, The Pitchfork 500 runs chronologically, with each one bankruptcy representing a different interval and providing a story of ways the musical panorama of the day inspired its artists. The e-book opens with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno, the "art-rock godfathers" who set the tone and tenor for the following thirty years, and wraps up within the current, whilst bands hook up with new audiences via social networking websites and prime-time television placements -- and while a unmarried mp3 can flip a distinct segment indie artist right into a worldwide sensation. Sidebars like "Yacht Rock," "Runaway Trainwrecks," "Nanofads," and "Career Killers" name out a few far-from-classic musical developments and establish the guiltiest offenders.

Modernizing the music-guide layout, The Pitchfork 500 displays the best way listeners are more and more processing song -- by way of track instead of by means of album. those 500 tracks condense thirty years of crucial song into the last word chronological playlist, each one music advancing the narrative and, by way of extension, the tune itself.

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