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Annual Best Songs

This is (*will be*) a list of the 50 best songs from every year dating back to the ’60s.

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2019

  1. Lana Del Rey – “The greatest”
  2. FKA Twigs – “Cellophane”
  3. Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”
  4. Clairo – “Bags”
  5. DaBaby – “Suge”
  6. Big Thief – “Not”
  7. Charli XCX (ft. Christine and the Queens) – “Gone”
  8. Helado Negro – “Running”
  9. Jai Paul – “He”
  10. Purple Mountains – “Snow Is Falling in Manhattan”
  11. Rosalía (ft. J Balvin & El Guincho) – “Con Al Altura”
  12. Lil Uzi Vert – “Free Uzi”
  13. Solange – “Almeda”
  14. Angel Olsen – “Lark”
  15. Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
  16. Thom Yorke – “Dawn Chorus”
  17. Big Thief – “Cattails”
  18. Lana Del Rey – “Norman fucking Rockwell”
  19. Angel Olsen – “All Mirrors”
  20. Megan Thee Stallion (ft. DaBaby) – “Cash Shit”
  21. Weyes Blood – “Andromeda”
  22. Mannequin Pussy – “Drunk II”
  23. Vampire Weekend – “This Life”
  24. Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”
  25. (Sandy) Alex G – “Gretel”
  26. Solange – “Binz”
  27. Megan Thee Stallion/Ty Dolla $ign/Nicki Minaj – “Hot Girl Summer”
  28. Rico Nasty / Kenny Beats – “Hatin'”
  29. Big Thief – “U.F.O.F.”
  30. Jenny Hval – “Ashes to Ashes”
  31. Nilüfer Yanya – “In Your Head”
  32. Denzel Curry – “RICKY”
  33. Polo G (ft. Lil Tjay) – “Pop Out”
  34. Taylor Swift – “Cruel Summer”
  35. Danny Brown – “Dirty Laundry”
  36. Jenny Lewis – “Wasted Youth”
  37. KH / Four Tet – “Only Human”
  38. Pop Smoke – “Welcome to the Party”
  39. Tyler, the Creator – “EARFQUAKE”
  40. Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
  41. Cate le Bon – “Daylight Matters”
  42. Mark Ronson (ft. Angel Olsen) – “True Blue”
  43. Fontaines D.C. – “Big”
  44. Peggy Gou – “Starry Night”
  45. CHAI – “I’m Me”
  46. Empath – “Roses That Cry”
  47. Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”
  48. Lizzo – “Juice”
  49. Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”
  50. Charly Bliss – “Capacity”

2018

  1. Robyn – “Honey”
  2. Travis Scott (ft. Drake) – “SICKO MODE”
  3. Kacey Musgraves – “Slow Burn”
  4. Lil Uzi Vert – “New Patek”
  5. Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
  6. Drake – “Nice for What”
  7. The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
  8. Rosalía – “MALAMENTE – Cap.1: Augurio”
  9. Snail Mail – “Pristine”
  10. Mitski – “Nobody”
  11. Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
  12. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
  13. Amen Dunes – “Miki Dora”
  14. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Middle America”
  15. Vince Staples – “FUN!”
  16. A.A.L. (Against All Logic) – “I Never Dream”
  17. DJ Koze – “Pick Up”
  18. Troye Sivan – “My My My!”
  19. boygenius – “Me & My Dog”
  20. The 1975 – “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”
  21. Cardi B (ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin) – “I Like It”
  22. Robyn – “Missing U”
  23. Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”
  24. Amen Dunes – “Believe”
  25. Valee (ft. Jeremih) – “Womp Womp”
  26. Lana Del Rey – “Venice Bitch”
  27. Peggy Gou – “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)”
  28. Let’s Eat Grandma – “Falling into Me”
  29. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
  30. Kacey Musgraves – “Butterflies”
  31. Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”
  32. Christine and the Queens – “5 Dollars”
  33. U.S. Girls – “Rosebud”
  34. Post Malone – “Rich & Sad”
  35. SOPHIE – “Is It Cold in the Water?”
  36. Rico Nasty – “Smack a Bitch”
  37. MorMor – “Heaven’s Only Wishful”
  38. Rae Sremmurd (ft. Juicy J) – “Powerglide”
  39. Kali Uchis (ft. Bootsy Collins & Tyler, the Creator) – “After the Storm”
  40. Yves Tumor – “Lifetime”
  41. Westerman – “Confirmation”
  42. JPEGMAFIA – “1539 N. Calvert”
  43. Tierra Whack – “Hungry Hippo”
  44. Julia Holter – “I Shall Love 2”
  45. The Voidz – “Leave It in My Dreams”
  46. Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog”
  47. Empress Of – “When I’m With Him”
  48. Mac Miller – “Self Care”
  49. Pusha T – “If You Know You Know”
  50. BlocBoy JB (ft. Drake) – “Look Alive”

2017

  1. Lil Uzi Vert – “XO TOUR Llif3”
  2. Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.”
  3. SZA (ft. Travis Scott) – “Love Galore”
  4. Drake – “Passionfruit”
  5. Playboi Carti – “Magnolia”
  6. King Krule – “Dum Surfer”
  7. Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty”
  8. Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
  9. Charli XCX – “Boys”
  10. Migos – “T-Shirt”
  11. St. Vincent – “New York”
  12. The War on Drugs – “Thinking of a Place”
  13. Yaeji – “raingurl”
  14. SZA – “The Weekend”
  15. Mount Eerie – “Real Death”
  16. Nilüfer Yanya – “Baby Luv”
  17. Charli XCX – “Track 10”
  18. Future – “Mask Off”
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling”
  20. Calvin Harris (ft. Frank Ocean & Migos) – “Slide”
  21. Fever Ray – “IDK About You”
  22. Big Thief – “Mary”
  23. Frank Ocean – “Chanel”
  24. Jay-Z – “The Story of O.J.”
  25. Lana Del Rey – “Love”
  26. Sampha – “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”
  27. The War on Drugs – “Holding On”
  28. Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
  29. Lorde – “Green Light”
  30. Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
  31. Arca – “Desafío”
  32. Fever Ray – “To the Moon and Back”
  33. Jay Som – “Baybee”
  34. King Krule – “Czech One”
  35. LCD Soundsystem – “tonite”
  36. Kelela – “Frontline”
  37. Moses Sumney – “Doomed”
  38. Perfume Genius – “Slip Away”
  39. Kamasi Washington – “Truth”
  40. Playboi Carti (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) – “wokeuplikethis*”
  41. GoldLink (ft. Shy Glizzy & Brent Faiyaz) – “Crew”
  42. Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Pa’lante”
  43. Slowdive – “Star Roving”
  44. Selena Gomez – “Bad Liar”
  45. Paramore – “Hard Times”
  46. Kelly Lee Owens (ft. Jenny Hval) – “Anxi.”
  47. Jlin – “Nyakinyua Rise”
  48. DaVido – “Fall”
  49. Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Deadly Valentine”
  50. Phoebe Bridgers – “Motion Sickness”

2016

  1. Frank Ocean – “Nikes”
  2. Kanye West (ft. The-Dream, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & Chance the Rapper) – “Ultralight Beam”
  3. Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”
  4. Beyoncé – “Formation”
  5. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me”
  6. Frank Ocean – “Ivy”
  7. Rae Sremmurd (ft. Gucci Mane) – “Black Beatles”
  8. ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me”
  9. Rihanna (ft. Drake) – “Work”
  10. Bon Iver – “33 “GOD””
  11. Blood Orange (ft. Empress Of) – “Best to You”
  12. Mitski – “Your Best American Girl”
  13. Radiohead – “True Love Waits”
  14. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People…”
  15. Radiohead – “Daydreaming”
  16. Anderson .Paak (ft. ScHoolboy Q) – “Am I Wrong”
  17. Frank Ocean – “Pink + White”
  18. Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance”
  19. Chance the Rapper (ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne) – “No Problem”
  20. David Bowie – “I Can’t Give Everything Away”
  21. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
  22. Lil Peep – “OMFG”
  23. Moses Sumney – “Lonely World”
  24. Frank Ocean – “Nights”
  25. The 1975 – “Somebody Else”
  26. Kanye West – “Real Friends”
  27. Young M.A. – “OOOUUU”
  28. A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
  29. Danny Brown (ft. Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, & Earl Sweatshirt) – “Really Doe”
  30. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
  31. Solange (ft. Sampha) – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
  32. DRAM (ft. Lil Yachty) – “Broccoli”
  33. Parquet Courts – “Human Performance”
  34. Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
  35. Sheer Mag – “Can’t Stop Fighting”
  36. Blood Orange (ft. Debbie Harry) – “E.V.P.”
  37. Kaytranada (ft. Anderson .Paak) – “Glowed Up”
  38. Weyes Blood – “Do You Need My Love”
  39. Noname – “Yesterday”
  40. Jessy Lanza – “It Means I Love You”
  41. 21 Savage – “No Heart”
  42. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – “A 1000 Times”
  43. Whitney – “No Woman”
  44. Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank”
  45. French Montana & Kodak Black – “Lockjaw”
  46. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “I Need You”
  47. Run the Jewels – “Legend Has It”
  48. KING – “The Greatest”
  49. dvsn – “Hallucinations”
  50. Japanese Breakfast – “Everybody Wants to Love You”

2015

  1. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
  2. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  3. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  4. Vince Staples – “Lift Me Up”
  5. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
  6. Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan) – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
  7. David Bowie – “Blackstar”
  8. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
  9. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
  10. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
  11. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
  12. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
  13. Jamie xx – “Gosh”
  14. Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood”
  15. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
  16. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
  17. Future – “March Madness”
  18. Grimes – “REALiTi (Demo)”
  19. Jack Ü (ft. Justin Bieber) – “Where Are Ü Now”
  20. Missy Elliott (ft. Pharell Williams) – “WTF (Where They From)”
  21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
  22. Grimes – “Kill v. Maim”
  23. Young Thug (ft. Birdman) – “Constantly Hating”
  24. Thundercat – “Them Changes”
  25. Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
  26. Tame Impala – “Eventually”
  27. Erykah Badu (ft. André 3000) – “Hello”
  28. Miguel – “coffee”
  29. Julia Holter – “Feel You”
  30. Kelela – “Rewind”
  31. Drake – “Know Yourself”
  32. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
  33. G.L.O.S.S. – “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From the Future)”
  34. Kamasi Washinton – “The Rhythm Changes”
  35. Beach House – “Space Song”
  36. Jenny Hval – “That Battle Is Over”
  37. Girlpool – “Before the World Was Big”
  38. Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep”
  39. Tame Impala – “Reality in Motion”
  40. Deerhunter – “Living My Life”
  41. Carly Rae Jepsen – “All That”
  42. Chromatics – “Shadow”
  43. St. Vincent – “Teenage Talk”
  44. Jamie xx (ft. Romy) – “Loud Places”
  45. Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”
  46. Jazmine Sullivan – “Let It Burn”
  47. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Sticky Drama”
  48. ILoveMakonnen (ft. Migos & Rich the Kid) – “Whip It (remix)”
  49. Björk – “Stonemilker”
  50. ANOHNI – “4 Degrees”

2014

  1. FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”
  2. Taylor Swift – “Style”
  3. ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake) – “Tuesday”
  4. Perfume Genius – “Queen”
  5. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
  6. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
  7. Run the Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”
  8. Lil B – “No Black Person Is Ugly”
  9. D’Angelo – “Really Love”
  10. Drake – “0 to 100 (The Catch Up)”
  11. Todd Terje (ft. Bryan Ferry) – “Johnny & Mary”
  12. DeJ Loaf – “Try Me”
  13. D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy”
  14. Spoon – “Inside Out”
  15. The War on Drugs – “An Ocean in Between the Waves”
  16. A.G. Cook – “Beautiful”
  17. Bobby Shmurda – “Hot N*gga”
  18. QT – “Hey QT”
  19. Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me”
  20. Angel Olsen – “Lights Out”
  21. Grouper – “Holding”
  22. Rich Gang – “Lifestyle”
  23. Ariana Grande (ft. The Weeknd) – “Love Me Harder”
  24. Owen Pallett – “I Am Not Afraid”
  25. Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite”
  26. Future (ft. Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, & Casino) – “Move That Dope”
  27. Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
  28. Tinashe (ft. ScHoolboy Q) – “2 On”
  29. Swans – “Oxygen”
  30. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  31. Migos – “Fight Night”
  32. Vic Mensa – “Down on My Luck”
  33. Shamir – “On the Regular”
  34. Ex Hex – “Don’t Wanna Lose”
  35. YG  – “Left, Right”
  36. Mr. Twin Sister – “In the House of Yes”
  37. Aphex Twin – “minipops 67 [120.2]“
  38. Vince Staples – “Blue Suede”
  39. Against Me! – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
  40. Mac DeMarco – “Passing Out Pieces”
  41. Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good (original version)”
  42. Ty Segall – “The Singer”
  43. Sun Kil Moon – “Jim Wise”
  44. Inga Copeland (ft. Actress) – “Advice to Young Girls”
  45. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
  46. Flying Lotus (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – “Never Catch Me”
  47. Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number in My Phone”
  48. Spoon – “Do You”
  49. Ought – “Habit”
  50. Jessica Pratt – “Back, Baby”

2013

  1. Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
  2. Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) – “Get Lucky”
  3. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
  4. SOPHIE – “BIPP”
  5. The War on Drugs – “Red Eyes”
  6. Kanye West – “Bound 2”
  7. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
  8. HAIM – “Falling”
  9. Lorde – “Royals”
  10. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
  11. Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) – “***Flawless”
  12. Drake – “Worst Behavior”
  13. Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
  14. The Knife – “Full of Fire”
  15. Bill Callahan – “Small Plane”
  16. Sky Ferreira – “I Blame Myself”
  17. DJ Rashad – “I Don’t Give a Fuck”
  18. A$AP Ferg (ft. A$AP Rocky) – “Shabba”
  19. HAIM – “The Wire”
  20. Blood Orange (ft. Samantha Urbani) – “You’re Not Good Enough”
  21. Beyoncé – “Partition”
  22. Courtney Barnett – “Avant Gardener”
  23. Vampire Weekend – “Step”
  24. Deafheaven – “Dream House”
  25. Kelela (ft. Kingdom) – “Bank Head”
  26. Ciara – “Body Party”
  27. Disclosure (ft. London Grammar) – “Help Me Lose My Mind”
  28. Lorde – “Tennis Court”
  29. Jai Paul – “Str8 Outta Mumbai”
  30. A$AP Rocky (ft. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, & Drake) – “F**kin’ Problems”
  31. Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
  32. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
  33. Chance the Rapper – “Chain Smoker”
  34. Majical Cloudz – “Childhood’s End”
  35. Rich Homie Quan – “Type of Way”
  36. My Bloody Valentine – “Only Tomorrow”
  37. Todd Terje – “Strandbar — Disko”
  38. Pusha T – “Numbers on the Boards”
  39. Phosphorescent – “Song for Zula”
  40. Yo La Tengo – “Ohm”
  41. Perfect Pussy – “I”
  42. Waxahatchee – “Swan Dive”
  43. Cage the Elephant – “Cigarette Daydreams”
  44. Classixx (ft. Nancy Whang) – “All You’re Waiting For”
  45. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
  46. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
  47. The National – “Pink Rabbits”
  48. Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu) – “Q.U.E.E.N.”
  49. Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
  50. Savages – “She Will”

2012

  1. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  2. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  3. Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  4. Solange – “Losing You”
  5. Miguel – “Adorn”
  6. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  7. Chief Keef (ft. Lil Reese) – “I Don’t Like”
  8. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  10. Tame Impala – “Apocalypse Dreams”
  11. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  12. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
  13. Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) – “Latch”
  14. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  15. Meek Mill – “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)”
  16. Grimes – “Genesis”
  17. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  18. Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  19. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  20. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  21. Mac DeMarco – “Ode to Viceroy”
  22. Taylor Swift – “Red”
  23. Blawan – “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”
  24. Future – “Turn on the Lights”
  25. Jessie Ware – “If You’re Never Gonna Move”
  26. Usher – “Climax”
  27. Chromatics – “Kill for Love”
  28. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  29. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  30. Killer Mike (ft. Bun B, T.I., & Trouble) – “Big Beast”
  31. Rich Kidz (ft. Waka Flocka Flame) – “My Life”
  32. Taylor Swift – “22”
  33. Beach House – “Myth”
  34. Jeremih – “773 Love”
  35. Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
  36. Fiona Apple – “Werewolf”
  37. Nicki Minaj – “Come on a Cone”
  38. Ab-Soul – “The Book of Soul”
  39. Andrés – “New For U”
  40. Chairlift – “I Belong in Your Arms”
  41. Rhye – “The Fall”
  42. ScHoolboy Q – “There He Go”
  43. Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX) – “I Love It”
  44. Jessie Ware – “Running — Disclosure Remix”
  45. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  46. Nicki Minaj (ft. 2 Chainz) – “Beez in the Trap”
  47. Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”
  48. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”
  49. CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
  50. Andy Stott – “Numb”

2011

  1. M83 – “Midnight City”
  2. Azealia Banks (ft. Lazy Jay) – “212”
  3. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  4. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  5. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  6. Bill Callahan – “Riding for the Feeling”
  7. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Ni**as in Paris”
  8. Tyler, the Creator – “Yonkers”
  9. Rihanna (ft. Calvin Harris) – “We Found Love”
  10. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  11. Destroyer – “Kaputt”
  12. Cass McCombs – “County Line”
  13. A$AP Rocky – “Peso”
  14. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  15. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  16. Drake – “Marvins Room”
  17. EMA – “California”
  18. Jai Paul – “BTSTU”
  19. Zoo Kid – “Out Getting Ribs”
  20. Destroyer – “Chinatown”
  21. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
  22. The Weeknd – “The Morning”
  23. John Maus – “Believer”
  24. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  25. Kendrick Lamar – “A.D.H.D.”
  26. Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
  27. Macintosh Plus – “Lisa Frank 420/Modern Computing”
  28. Danny Brown – “30”
  29. Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”
  30. Jacques Greene – “Another Girl”
  31. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  32. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  33. Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  34. Gang Gang Dance – “Glass Jar”
  35. tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
  36. Gayngs – “The Gaudy Side of Town”
  37. Jamie xx – “Far Nearer”
  38. Soulja Boy – “Zan With That Lean”
  39. Blawan – “Getting Me Down”
  40. Fucked Up – “Queen of Hearts”
  41. DJ Khaled (ft. Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne) – “I’m On One”
  42. M83 – “Claudia Lewis”
  43. Girls – “Vomit”
  44. Burial – “Street Halo”
  45. PJ Harvey – “The Words That Maketh Murder”
  46. Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”
  47. Eleanor Friedberger – “My Mistakes”
  48. Yuck – “Get Away”
  49. Nicolas Jaar – “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See”
  50. The Men – “Bataille”

2010

  1. Kanye West (ft. Pusha T) – “Runaway”
  2. Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
  3. Robyn – “Dancing On My Own”
  4. LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”
  5. Deerhunter – “Helicopter”
  6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round”
  7. Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
  8. The-Dream – “Yamaha”
  9. Kanye West (ft. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, & Bon Iver) – “Monster”
  10. Beach House – “Zebra”
  11. Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company”
  12. Waka Flocka Flame – “Hard in Da Paint”
  13. Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains beyond Mountains)”
  14. Deerhunter – “Desire Lines”
  15. Crystal Castles (ft. Robert Smith) – “Not in Love”
  16. LCD Soundsystem – “All I Want”
  17. Gorillaz – “On Melancholy Hill”
  18. Earl Sweatshirt – “Earl”
  19. Japandroids – “Younger Us”
  20. The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
  21. Beach House – “Silver Soul”
  22. Four Tet – “Angel Echoes”
  23. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
  24. Flying Lotus – “Do the Astral Plane”
  25. Skrillex – “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
  26. Lil B – “Wonton Soup”
  27. Waka Flocka Flame (ft. Wale & Roscoe Dash) – “No Hands”
  28. Caribou – “Odessa”
  29. Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill”
  30. Joanna Newsom – “Baby Birch”
  31. Arcade Fire – “Ready to Start”
  32. Rick Ross – “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”
  33. Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”
  34. Addison Groove – “Footcrab”
  35. Big Boi (ft. Cutty) – “Shutterbugg”
  36. Kanye West (ft. Rick Ross) – “Devil in a New Dress”
  37. Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union”
  38. Girl Unit – “Wut”
  39. James Blake – “CMYK”
  40. Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
  41. Lindstrøm & Christabelle – “Lovesick”
  42. Crystal Castles – “Celestica”
  43. Toro y Moi – “Blessa”
  44. Janelle Monáe (ft. Big Boi) – “Tightrope”
  45. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “Bottled in Cork”
  46. Kavinsky – “Nightcall”
  47. Azari III – “Reckless (With Your Love) (Tensnake Remix)”
  48. Here We Go Magic – “Collector”
  49. The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s on Fire”
  50. Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World)”

2009

  1. Phoenix – “Lisztomania”
  2. Animal Collective – “My Girls”
  3. Bat for Lashes – “Daniel”
  4. Bill Callahan – “Jim Cain”
  5. Phoenix – “1901”
  6. Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”
  7. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is the Move”
  8. The xx – “Intro”
  9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”

2008

  1. Lil Wayne – “A Milli”
  2. Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
  3. Deerhunter – “Nothing Ever Happened”
  4. Hercules & Love Affair (ft. Antony) – “Blind”
  5. Estelle (ft. Kanye West) – “American Boy”
  6. Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”
  7. Amadou & Sabali – “Sabali”
  8. Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”
  9. Empire of the Sun – “Walking on a Dream”
  10. Santigold – “L.E.S. Artistes”
  11. Vampire Weekend – “Oxford Comma”
  12. Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”
  13. Portishead – “The Rip”
  14. Fever Ray – “If I Had a Heart”
  15. Byne & Eno – “Strange Overtones”
  16. Air France – “Collapsing at Your Doorstep”
  17. Florence + the Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”
  18. No Age – “Teen Creeps”
  19. The-Dream – “Rockin’ That Shit”

2007

  1. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
  2. UGK (ft. OutKast) – “Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)”
  3. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
  4. Robyn (ft. Kleerup) – “With Every Heartbeat”
  5. Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
  6. Rihanna (ft. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella”
  7. Burial – “Archangel”
  8. MGMT – “Time to Pretend”
  9. Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
  10. LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”
  11. Paramore – “That’s What You Get”
  12. Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
  13. Cut Copy – “Hearts on Fire”
  14. Battles – “Atlas”
  15. Kanye West (ft. Dwele) – “Flashing Lights”
  16. Los Campesinos! – “You! Me! Dancing!”
  17. Lil Mama – “Lip Gloss”
  18. MGMT – “Electric Feel”

2006

  1. T.I. – “What You Know”
  2. Hot Chip – “Boy from School”
  3. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
  4. Panda Bear – “Bros”
  5. Justin Timberlake (ft. T.I.) – “My Love”
  6. The Knife – “Silent Shout”
  7. The Hold Steady – “Stuck Between Stations”
  8. Ghostface Killah – “Shakey Dog”
  9. Phoenix – “Long Distance Call”
  10. TV on the Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
  11. Beyoncé – “Irreplaceable”
  12. Liars – “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack”
  13. Justice vs. Simian – “We Are Your Friends”
  14. Camera Obscura – “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken”
  15. Clipse – “Trill”
  16. Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folks”
  17. The Pipettes – “Pull Shapes”
  18. Robyn/Christian Falk – “Dream On”
  19. Destroyer – “Painter in Your Pocket”
  20. Cassie – “Me & U”
  21. J Dilla – “Workinonit”
  22. Beirut – “Postcards from Italy”
  23. Hot Chip – “Over and Over”
  24. Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry on Their Own”
  25. Cat Power – “Lived in Bars”
  26. Band of Horses – “The Funeral”
  27. Girl Talk – “Smash Your Head”
  28. Justin Timberlake (ft. Timbaland) – “SexyBack”
  29. Gossip – “Standing in the Way of Control”
  30. Nelly Furtado – “Maneater”
  31. Sonic Youth – “Incinerate”
  32. Love Is All – “Make Out. Fall Out. Make Up.”
  33. Lily Allen – “Smile”
  34. Junior Boys – “In the Morning”
  35. Clipse (ft. Pharrell) – “Mr. Me Too”
  36. Arctic Monkeys – “A Certain Romance”
  37. Jarvis Cocker – “Running the World”
  38. Killer Mike – “That’s Life”
  39. Califone – “The Orchids”
  40. Lil Wayne – “Cannon (AMG Remix)”
  41. Grizzly Bear – “Knife”
  42. Kelis (ft. Too $hort) – “Bossy”
  43. The Killers – “When You Were Young”
  44. Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push”
  45. The Thermals – “Pillar of Salt”
  46. The Field – “Over the Ice”
  47. Man Man – “Van Helsing Boombox”
  48. Neko Case – “Star Witness”
  49. The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
  50. Burial – “Southern Comfort”

2005

  1. Antony and the Johnsons – “Hope There’s Someone”
  2. Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago”
  3. Amerie – “1 Thing”
  4. Three 6 Mafia (ft. Young Buck & 8Ball & MJG) – “Stay Fly”
  5. The Game (ft. 50 Cent) – “Hate It or Love It”
  6. Kanye West (ft. Lupe Fiasco) – “Touch the Sky”
  7. M83 – “Don’t Save Us from the Flames”
  8. Panda Bear – “Comfy in Nautica”
  9. Robyn – “Be Mine!”
  10. Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day”
  11. Sleater-Kinney – “Modern Girl”
  12. Kanye West (ft. Consequence & Cam’ron) – “Gone”
  13. Smog – “Rock Bottom Riser”
  14. Missy Elliott (ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop) – “Lose Control”
  15. Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
  16. Young Jeezy (ft. Jay-Z) – “Go Crazy (Remix)”
  17. Girls Aloud – “Biology”
  18. Animal Collective – “Did You See the Words”
  19. Wolf Parade – “I’ll Believe in Anything”
  20. Jamie Lidell – “Multiply”
  21. M.I.A. – “Bucky Done Gun”
  22. Lil Wayne – “Hustler Musik”
  23. Guillemots – “Trains to Brazil”
  24. Clipse – “Zen”
  25. Kanye West (ft. Adam Levine) – “Heard ‘Em Say”
  26. Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”
  27. Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
  28. The National – “Abel”
  29. Fiona Apple – “Extraordinary Machine”
  30. LCD Soundsystem – “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”
  31. Lindstrøm – “I Feel Space”
  32. Voxtrot – “The Start of Something”
  33. Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To”
  34. Madonna – “Hung Up”
  35. CSS – “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above”
  36. Sigur Rós – “Hoppípolla”
  37. Doves – “Black and White Town”
  38. The Hold Steady – “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”
  39. Four Tet – “smile around the face”
  40. The Mountain Goats – “This Year”
  41. Spoon – “Turn My Camera On”
  42. Röyksopp (ft. Karen Dreijer) – “What Else Is There?”
  43. Coldplay – “Speed of Sound”
  44. Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Follow You into the Dark”
  45. The Decemberists – “The Engine Driver”
  46. Kate Bush – “King of the Mountain”
  47. My Morning Jacket – “Off the Record”
  48. Broadcast – “Tears in the Typing Pool”
  49. The Clientele – “Since K Got Over Me”
  50. The Fiery Furnaces – “Here Comes the Summer”

2004

  1. M.I.A. – “Galang”
  2. Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
  3. Annie – “Heartbeat”
  4. Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
  5. Modest Mouse – “Float On”
  6. Joanna Newsom – “Sprout and the Bean”
  7. Feist – “Mushaboom”
  8. The Walkmen – “The Rat”
  9. Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”
  10. Belle & Sebastian – “Your Cover’s Blown”
  11. Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
  12. Animal Collective – “Leaf House”
  13. Usher (ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris) – “Yeah!”
  14. Arcade Fire – “Rebellion (Lies)”
  15. Crime Mob (ft. Lil Scrappy) – “Knuck If You Buck”
  16. Arthur Russell – “That’s Us/Wild Combination”
  17. The Hold Steady – “The Swish”
  18. Morrissey – “First of the Gang to Die”
  19. Joanna Newsom – “Peach, Plum, Pear”
  20. Mike Jones (ft. Slim Thug & Paul Wall) – “Still Tippin'”
  21. Art Brut – “Formed a Band”
  22. Air – “Cherry Blossom Girl”
  23. Ciara (ft. Ludacris) – “Oh”
  24. Wilco – “Handshake Drugs”
  25. Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone”
  26. Franz Ferdinand – “The Dark of the Matinée”
  27. Phoenix – “Everything Is Everything”
  28. The Futureheads – “Hounds of Love”
  29. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “There She Goes, My Beautiful World”
  30. Antony and the Johnsons – “Fistful of Love”
  31. Loretta Lynn (ft. Jack White) – “Portland, Oregon”
  32. Death From Above 1979 – “Romantic Rights”
  33. Animal Collective – “Who Could Win a Rabbit”
  34. Daddy Yankee – “Gasolina”
  35. Nathan Fake – “The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix)”
  36. The Libertines – “Can’t Stand Me Now”
  37. LCD Soundsystem – “Yeah (Crass Version)”
  38. Fabolous – “Breathe”
  39. Soulwax – “NY Excuse”
  40. Amadou & Mariam – “Senegal Fast Food”
  41. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – “Rubicon”
  42. Bloc Party – “Banquet”
  43. Big & Rich – “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”
  44. Madvillain – “Accordion”
  45. The Game (ft. 50 Cent) – “How We Do”
  46. Fatima Yamaha – “What’s a Girl to Do”
  47. Devendra Banhart – “A Sight to Behold”
  48. Gwen Stefani – “What You Waiting For”
  49. Elliott Smith – “A Fond Farewell”
  50. Stars – “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”

2002

  1. The Knife – “Heartbeats”
  2. Clipse – “Grindin'”
  3. Missy Elliott – “Work It”
  4. LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
  5. Wilco – “Jesus, etc.”
  6. Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”
  7. The Streets – “Weak Become Heroes”
  8. The Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize??”
  9. The Mountain Goats – “No Children”
  10. Coldplay – “Clocks”
  11. Spoon – “The Way We Get By”
  12. Wilco – “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”
  13. Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
  14. The Rapture – “House of Jealous Lovers”
  15. Interpol – “Obstacle 1”
  16. Beck – “Lost Cause”
  17. Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows”
  18. Eminem – “Without Me”
  19. Jürgen Paape – “So Weit Wie Noch Nie”
  20. Cam’ron (ft. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, & Toya) – “Hey Ma”
  21. Mclusky – “To Hell With Good Intentions”
  22. Broken Social Scene – “Cause = Time”
  23. Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around”
  24. Avril Lavigne – “Complicated”
  25. Wilco – “Poor Places”
  26. Junior Senior – “Move Your Feet”
  27. Justin Timberlake – “Rock Your Body”
  28. Missy Elliott (ft. Ludacris) – “Gossip Folks”
  29. Neko Case – “I Wish I Was the Moon”
  30. Nelly – “Hot in Herre”
  31. The Libertines – “Time for Heroes”
  32. Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why”
  33. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (ft. Ying Yang Twins) – “Get Low”
  34. Baby (ft. Clipse) – “What Happened to That Boy”
  35. Iron & Wine – “Upward Over the Mountain”
  36. Freeway (ft. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel) – “What We Do”
  37. The Other People Place – “Sorrow & a Cup of Joe”
  38. The Decemberists – “Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect”
  39. The Flaming Lips – “Fight Test”
  40. The Mountain Goats – “The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton”
  41. Sean Paul – “Get Busy”
  42. Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
  43. Sleater-Kinney – “One Beat”
  44. Electric Six – “Danger! High Voltage!”
  45. Tego Calderon – “Pa’ QueRetozen”
  46. Ms. Dynamite – “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee”
  47. Boards of Canada – “Music Is Math”
  48. Beck – “The Golden Age”
  49. Scarface – “On My Block”
  50. Maroon 5 – “Sunday Morning”

1999

  1. Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”
  2. Jay-Z (ft. UGK) – “Big Pimpin'”
  3. TLC – “No Scrubs”
  4. Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”
  5. The Flaming Lips – “Race for the Prize”
  6. Wilco – “Via Chicago”
  7. Smog – “Teenage Spaceship”
  8. Built to Spill – “Carry the Zero”
  9. Eminem – “My Name Is”
  10. Sigur Rós – “Svefn-g-englar”
  11. Dismemberment Plan – “The City”
  12. The Magnetic Fields – “The Book of Love”
  13. Dr. Dre (ft. Eminem) – “Forgot About Dre”
  14. Sleater-Kinney – “Get Up”
  15. Basement Jaxx – “Red Alert”
  16. Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
  17. Christina Aguilera – “Genie in a Bottle”
  18. Kelis – “Caught Out There”
  19. Fiona Apple – “Paper Bag”
  20. Jim O’Rourke – “Halfway to a Threeway”
  21. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ft. Kelis) – “Got Your Money”
  22. Destiny’s Child – “Bills, Bills, Bills”
  23. Dr. Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg) – “Still D.R.E.”
  24. Beck – “Mixed Bizness”
  25. Mos Def – “Ms. Fat Booty”
  26. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “I See a Darkness”
  27. Dead Prez – “Hip Hop”
  28. The Flaming Lips – “Waitin’ for a Superman”
  29. Broadcast – “Echo’s Answer”
  30. Blur – “Coffee and TV”
  31. B.G. (ft. Big Tymers & Hot Boyz) – “Bling Bling”
  32. Pavement – “Major Leagues”
  33. Le Tigre – “Deceptacon”
  34. Lil Wayne (ft. Juvenile & B.G.) – “Tha Block Is Hot”
  35. The Roots (ft. Erykah Badu & Eve) – “You Got Me”
  36. Annie – “The Greatest Hit”
  37. Built to Spill – “The Plan”
  38. Wilco – “A Shot in the Arm”
  39. Pete Heller – “Big Love”
  40. Destiny’s Child – “Jumpin’, Jumpin'”
  41. Aimee Mann – “Save Me”
  42. Smog – “Cold Blooded Old Times”
  43. Primal Scream – “Swastika Eyes”
  44. Pharoahe Monch – “Simon Says”
  45. Beck – “Debra”
  46. Mariah Carey (ft. Jay-Z) – “Heartbreaker”
  47. MF DOOM (ft. Pebbles the Invisible Girl) – “Doomsday”
  48. Mary J. Blige (ft. Lauryn Hill) – “All That I Can Say”
  49. Drexciya – “Andreaen Sand Dunes”
  50. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Moya”

1998

  1. Aaliyah – “Are You That Somebody?”
  2. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  3. OutKast – “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”
  4. Elliott Smith – “Waltz #2 (XO)”
  5. Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”
  6. Neutral Milk Hotel – “Holland, 1945”
  7. OutKast – “Rosa Parks”
  8. New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”
  9. Silver Jews – “Random Rules”
  10. Air (ft. Beth Hirsch) – “All I Need”
  11. Fatboy Slim – “Praise You”
  12. Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
  13. Stardust – “Music Sounds Better With You”
  14. Neutral Milk Hotel – “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
  15. Beastie Boys – “Intergalactic”
  16. Cat Power – “Cross Bones Style”
  17. Juvenile – “Ha”
  18. The Olivia Tremor Control – “Hideaway”
  19. Boards of Canada – “Happy Cycling”
  20. Massive Attack – “Angel”
  21. Madonna – “Ray of Light”
  22. Lauryn Hill – “Ex-Factor”
  23. N.O.R.E. – “Superthug”
  24. DMX – “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”
  25. Hole – “Celebrity Skin”
  26. Big Pun (ft. Joe) – “Still Not a Player”
  27. Black Star (ft. Common) – “Respiration”
  28. Pulp – “This Is Hardcore”
  29. Refused – “New Noise”
  30. Jay-Z – “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”
  31. Brandy & Monica – “The Boy Is Mine”
  32. Herbert – “So Now…”
  33. Juvenile (ft. Lil Wayne & Mannie Fresh) – “Back That Azz Up”
  34. Belle & Sebastian – “The Boy With the Arab Strap”
  35. Placebo – “Pure Morning”
  36. Mercury Rev – “Holes”
  37. D’Angelo – “Devil’s Pie”
  38. Massive Attack – “Teardrop”
  39. Lucinda Williams – “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”
  40. Jeff Buckley – “Everybody Here Wants You”
  41. PJ Harvey – “The Wind”
  42. Jay-Z (ft. AMil & Ja Rule) – “Can I Get A…”
  43. Air – “Sexy Boy”
  44. Super Furry Animals – “Ice Hockey Hair”
  45. Antony and the Johnsons – “Cripple and the Starfish”
  46. Cornershop – “Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)”
  47. Goodie Mob (ft. OutKast) – “Black Ice (Sky High)”
  48. Deep Dish (ft. Everything But the Girl) – “The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)”
  49. Sparklehorse – “Pig”
  50. The Beta Band – “Needles in My Eyes”

1997

  1. Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”
  2. The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
  3. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  4. Spiritualized – “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space”
  5. Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
  6. Björk – “Joga”
  7. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
  8. Elliott Smith – “Between the Bars”
  9. Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater”
  10. Radiohead – “Let Down”
  11. The Notorious B.I.G. (ft. Puff Daddy & Mase) – “Mo Money Mo Problems”
  12. Sleater-Kinney – “Dig Me Out”
  13. Modest Mouse – “Trailer Trash”
  14. The Beta Band – “Dry the Rain”
  15. Elliott Smith – “Ballad of Big Nothing”
  16. Janet Jackson – “Together Again”
  17. Pavement – “Shady Lane”
  18. Björk – “Hunter”
  19. Lambchop – “Your Fucking Sunny Day”
  20. Aphex Twin – “Come to Daddy”
  21. Daft Punk – “Around the World”
  22. Bob Dylan – “Not Dark Yet”
  23. White Town – “Your Woman”
  24. Radiohead – “Karma Police”
  25. Mase – “Feel So Good”
  26. Massive Attack – “Risingson”
  27. Pavement – “Stereo”
  28. Beenie Man – “Who Am I”
  29. Björk – “Unravel”
  30. Sleater-Kinney – “One More Hour”
  31. Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
  32. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”
  33. Belle & Sebastian – “Lazy Line Painter Jane”
  34. Mogwai – “Magwai Fear Satan”
  35. Wu-Tang Clan – “Triumph”
  36. Next – “Too Close”
  37. Built to Spill – “I Would Hurt a Fly”
  38. Pulp – “Help the Aged”
  39. Erykah Badu – “Tyrone – Live”
  40. Gang Starr – “You Know My Steez”
  41. Blur – “Beetlebum”
  42. Wyclef Jean – “Gone Till November”
  43. Master P (ft. Fiend, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X & Mystikal) – “Make ‘Em Say Uhhh!”
  44. Cornelius – “Star Fruits Surf Rider”
  45. Stereolab – “Miss Modular”
  46. Roy Davis Jr. (ft. Peven Everett) – “Gabriel”
  47. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”
  48. Usher – “You Make Me Wanna…”
  49. Moodymann – “I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits”
  50. Smash Mouth – “Walkin’ on the Sun”

1996

  1. Belle & Sebastian – “The State I Am In”
  2. Fiona Apple – “Criminal”
  3. 2Pac – “Ambitionz Az a Ridah”
  4. DJ Shadow – “Midnight in a Perfect World”
  5. Aaliyah – “One in a Million”
  6. Erykah Badu – “On & On”
  7. Ghostface Killah (ft. Raekwon & Cappadonna) – “Daytona 500”
  8. Beck – “Devils Haircut”
  9. Blackstreet (ft. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen) – “No Diggity”
  10. Jay-Z – “Dead Presidents II”
  11. Ginuwine – “Pony”
  12. Boards of Canada – “Roygbiv”
  13. The Cardigans – “Lovefool”
  14. Weezer – “El Scorcho”
  15. UGK – “One Day”
  16. OutKast – “Elevators (Me & You)”
  17. Belle & Sebastian – “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”
  18. DJ Shadow – “Building Steam From a Grain of Salt”
  19. 2Pac – “How Do You Want It”
  20. The Chemical Brothers – “Setting Sun”
  21. Tricky – “Christiansands”
  22. Aphex Twin – “Fingerbib”
  23. Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
  24. Sleater-Kinney – “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone”
  25. Wilco – “Misunderstood”
  26. Beck – “Where It’s At”
  27. Maxwell – “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wanna)”
  28. Stereolab – “Cybele’s Reverie”
  29. Weezer – “The Good Life”
  30. Tortoise – “Djed”
  31. Belle & Sebastian – “The Stars of Track and Field”
  32. Modest Mouse – “Broke”
  33. 2Pac – “All Eyez on Me”
  34. Fugees – “Ready or Not”
  35. Fiona Apple – “Sleep to Dream”
  36. OutKast – “ATLiens”
  37. Mack Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
  38. Aaliyah – “Hot Like Fire”
  39. Mobb Deep – “Hell on Earth (Front Lines)”
  40. Arab Strap – “The First Big Weekend”
  41. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Stagger Lee”
  42. Rage Against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
  43. Nas (ft. Lauryn Hill) – “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)”
  44. Placebo – “Nancy Boy”
  45. Elliott Smith – “Speed Trials”
  46. Everything But the Girl – “Wrong”
  47. George Michael – “Fastlove”
  48. Dr. Octagon – “Blue Flowers”
  49. MC Lyte – “Cold Rock a Party”
  50. Busta Rhymes – “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”

1995

  1. Pulp – “Common People”
  2. The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”
  3. Björk – “Hyperballad”
  4. Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones, Pt. II”
  5. Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”
  6. Daft Punk – “Da Funk”
  7. Underworld – “Born Slippy (Nuxx)”
  8. Elliott Smith – “Needle in the Hay”
  9. D’Angelo – “Brown Sugar”
  10. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “Tha Crossroads”
  11. 2Pac (ft. Dr. Dre & Roger) – “California Love”
  12. Luniz (ft. Michael Marshall) – “I Got 5 on It”
  13. Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”
  14. Ghost Town DJs – “My Boo”
  15. Guided By Voices – “Game of Pricks”
  16. Raekwon (ft. Ghostface Killah) – “Ice Cream”
  17. Oasis – “Champagne Supernova”
  18. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
  19. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
  20. Goodie Mob – “Cell Therapy”
  21. 2Pac – “Dear Mama”
  22. Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”
  23. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”
  24. Blur – “The Universal”
  25. Fugees – “Fu-Gee-La”
  26. Pavement – “Rattled By the Rush”
  27. Fugazi – “Bed for the Scraping”
  28. Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea”
  29. Oasis – “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
  30. Palace Music – “New Partner”
  31. D’Angelo – “Lady”
  32. Björk – “Army of Me”
  33. The Auteurs – “Unsolved Child Murder”
  34. Foo Fighters – “This Is a Call”
  35. GZA/Genius (ft. RZA & Ghostface Killah) – “4th Chamber”
  36. Pulp – “Mis-Shapes”
  37. Supergrass – “Alright”
  38. Three 6 Mafia – “Tear Da Club Up”
  39. Montell Jordan (ft. Wino) – “This Is How We Do It”
  40. Buju Banton – “Champion”
  41. Alanis Morissette – “Hand in My Pocket”
  42. Helium – “Pat’s Trick”
  43. Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
  44. Radiohead – “Planet Telex”
  45. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
  46. The Cardigans – “Carnival”
  47. Junior M.A.F.I.A. (ft. The Notorious B.I.G.) – “Player’s Anthem”
  48. The Flaming Lips – “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles”
  49. The Pharcyde – “Drop”
  50. Autechre – “Clipper”

1994

  1. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”
  2. Nas – “N.Y. State of Mind”
  3. Pavement – “Gold Soundz”
  4. Built to Spill – “Car”
  5. Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
  6. Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”
  7. Beastie Boys – “Sabatoge”
  8. Warren G (ft. Nate Dogg) – “Regulate”
  9. TLC – “Waterfalls”
  10. Blur – “Girls and Boys”
  11. Jeff Buckley – “Last Goodbye”
  12. Nas – “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”
  13. Oasis – “Live Forever”
  14. Hole – “Violet”
  15. Pavement – “Cut Your Hair”
  16. Aaliyah – “At Your Best (You Are Love)”
  17. Arthur Russell – “This Is How We Walk on the Moon”
  18. Portishead – “Glory Box”
  19. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Things Done Changed”
  20. Gang Starr – “Mass Appeal”
  21. Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
  22. TLC – “Creep”
  23. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Red Right Hand”
  24. Green Day – “Longview”
  25. Common – “I Used to Love H.E.R.”
  26. Shudder to Think – “X-French Tee Shirt”
  27. Jawbox – “Savory”
  28. OutKast – “Southernplayalisticaddilacmuzik”
  29. Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
  30. Jeff Buckley – “Grace”
  31. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
  32. Guided By Voices – “I Am a Scientist”
  33. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”
  34. Stereolab – “Ping Pong”
  35. Warren G (ft. O.G.L.B.) – “This D.J.”
  36. Dawn Penn – “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”
  37. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Bellbottoms”
  38. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
  39. Tori Amos – “Cornflake Girl”
  40. Arthur Russell – “A Little Lost”
  41. Dinosaur Jr. – “Feel the Pain”
  42. Pavement – “Range Life”
  43. UGK – “Front, Back, & Side to Side”
  44. Mary J. Blige – “My Life”
  45. Nas – “The World Is Yours”
  46. Suede – “We Are the Pigs”
  47. Scarface – “I Seen a Man Die”
  48. Pearl Jam – “Better Man”
  49. Massive Attack (ft. Tracey Thorn) – “Protection”
  50. Craig Mack (ft. The Notorious B.I.G. LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, & Rampage) – “Flava in Your Ear (Remix)”

1993

  1. Wu-Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
  2. Mazzy Star – “Fade into You”
  3. Beck – “Loser”
  4. The Breeders – “Cannonball”
  5. Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”
  6. Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
  7. Nirvana – “Scentless Apprentice”
  8. PJ Harvey – “Rid of Me”
  9. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  10. Stereolab – “French Disko”
  11. New Order – “Regret”
  12. Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice”
  13. Souls of Mischief – “’93 Til Infinity”
  14. The Cranberries – “Linger”
  15. Nirvana – “All Apologies”
  16. Cutty Ranks – “Limb By Limb”
  17. Dinosaur Jr. – “Start Choppin'”
  18. James – “Laid”
  19. Liz Phair – “Fuck and Run”
  20. R. Kelly – “Bump n’ Grind”
  21. Salt-N-Pepa (ft. En Vogue) – “Whatta Man”
  22. Unrest – “Make Out Club”
  23. 2Pac (ft. Digital Underground) – “I Get Around”
  24. Huggy Bear – “Her Jazz”
  25. Björk – “Big Time Sensuality”
  26. The House Crew – “Euphoria (Nino’s Dream)”
  27. Archers of Loaf – “Web in Front”
  28. A Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour”
  29. Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
  30. Snoop Dogg – “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
  31. Wu-Tang Clan – “Shame on a Nigga”
  32. Underworld – “Cowgirl”
  33. Yo La Tengo – “Nowhere Near”
  34. Bruce Springsteen – “Streets of Philadelphia”
  35. Kate Bush – “Moments of Pleasure”
  36. Slowdive – “Alison”
  37. Fugazi – “Smallpox Champion”
  38. Cocteau Twins – “Bluebeard”
  39. Apollo Two – “Atlantis (I Need You)”
  40. De La Soul – “Breakadawn”
  41. A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”
  42. KRS-One – “Sound of da Police”
  43. Aphex Twin – “On”
  44. The Afghan Whigs – “Gentlemen”
  45. Red House Painters – “Katy Song”
  46. Disco Inferno – “The Last Dance”
  47. OutKast – “Player’s Ball”
  48. Plastikman – “Spastik”
  49. Onyx – “Slam”
  50. Belly – “Feed the Tree”

1992

  1. Dr. Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg) – “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”
  2. The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”
  3. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
  4. Ice Cube – “It Was a Good Day”
  5. Dr. Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg) – “Deep Cover”
  6. En Vogue – “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
  7. Mary J. Blige – “Real Love”
  8. Aphex Twin – “Xtal”
  9. Sonic Youth – “100%”
  10. Sade – “No Ordinary Love”
  11. Dr. Dre (ft. Snoop Dogg) – “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”
  12. Ice Cube – “Wicked”
  13. Pulp – “Babies”
  14. The Cure – “A Letter to Elise”
  15. Geto Boys – “Damn It Feels to Be a Gangsta”
  16. Stereo MC’s – “Connected”
  17. Pavement – “Here”
  18. Digable Planets – “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”
  19. Disco Inferno – “Love Stepping Out”
  20. House of Pain – “Jump Around”
  21. Beastie Boys – “So What’Cha Want”
  22. Positive K – “I Got a Man”
  23. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – “On the Run”
  24. Jonathan Richman – “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar”
  25. Alice in Chains – “Would?”
  26. UGK – “Pocket Full of Stones”
  27. L7 – “Pretend We’re Dead”
  28. Tom Waits – “Goin’ Out West”
  29. Boyz II Men – “Motownphilly”
  30. Naughty by Nature – “Hip Hop Hooray”
  31. INXS – “Beautiful Girl”
  32. Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”
  33. Pearl Jam – “Yellow Ledbetter”
  34. R.E.M. – “Drive”
  35. PJ Harvey – “Sheela-Na-Gig”
  36. Opus III – “It’s a Fine Day”
  37. Eric B. & Rakim – “Don’t Sweat the Technique”
  38. Brice Springsteen – “Human Touch”
  39. SWV – “Right Here”
  40. Orbital – “Halcyon”
  41. Gang Starr (ft. Nice & Smooth) – “DWYCK”
  42. Madonna – “Erotica”
  43. Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
  44. Screaming Trees – “Nearly Lost You”
  45. Ride – “Leave Them All Behind”
  46. Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name”
  47. The Breeders – “Safari”
  48. Kris Kross – “Jump”
  49. Acen – “Trip to the Moon, Pt. 2”
  50. Pavement – “Trigger Cut”

1991

  1. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario”
  3. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  4. My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow”
  5. Massive Attack – “Unfinished Sympathy”
  6. Pavement – “Summer Babe”
  7. U2 – “One”
  8. Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
  9. Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”
  10. De La Soul (ft. Q-Tip) – “A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays'”
  11. A Tribe Called Quest – “Check the Rhime”
  12. Primal Scream – “Higher Than the Sun”
  13. Nirvana – “Lithium”
  14. Black Sheep – “The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)”
  15. Slint – “Good Morning, Captain”
  16. PJ Harvey – “Dress”
  17. AFX/Aphex Twin – “Analogue Bubblebath”
  18. Mariah Carey – “Emotions”
  19. Ice Cube – “Good Cop Bad Cop”
  20. Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.”
  21. Massive Attack – “Safe From Harm”
  22. Michael Jackson – “Remember the Time”
  23. A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out”
  24. U2 – “Even Better Than the Real Thing”
  25. Hole – “Teenage Whore”
  26. Talk Talk – “Ascension Day”
  27. Nirvana – “Polly”
  28. Primal Scream – “Movin’ on Up”
  29. Main Source (ft. Nas) – “Live at the Barbeque”
  30. Prince – “Cream”
  31. My Bloody Valentine – “Sometimes”
  32. Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Kiss Them for Me”
  33. The Future Sound of London – “Papua New Guinea”
  34. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Rhinoceros”
  35. Lenny Kravitz – “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”
  36. CeCe Peniston – “Finally”
  37. De La Soul – “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)”
  38. Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
  39. Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”
  40. Bizarre Inc – “Playing With Knives”
  41. 2Pac – “Brenda’s Got a Baby”
  42. The Field Mice – “Missing the Moon”
  43. Sebadoh – “The Freed Pig”
  44. Teenage Fanclub – “The Concept”
  45. Public Enemy – “Can’t Truss It”
  46. Slint – “Breadcrumb Trail”
  47. Catherine Wheel – “Black Metallic”
  48. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Learning to Fly”
  49. Mercury Rev – “Car Wash Hair”
  50. Cypress Kill – “How I Could Just Kill a Man”

1990

  1. Sinéad O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
  2. The Orb – “Little Fluffy Clouds”
  3. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
  4. Cocteau Twins – “Cherry-Coloured Funk”
  5. George Michael – “Freedom! ’90”
  6. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is in the Heart”
  7. My Bloody Valentine – “Soon”
  8. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
  9. Bell Biv DeVoe – “Poison”
  10. Angelo Badalamenti – “Twin Peaks Theme”
  11. Public Enemy – “Brothers Gonna Work It Out”
  12. Fugazi – “Repeater”
  13. Madonna – “Vogue”
  14. Digital Underground – “The Humpty Dance”
  15. Pet Shop Boys – “Being Boring”
  16. Daniel Johnston – “Some Things Last a Long Time”
  17. Sonic Youth – “Kool Thing”
  18. Depeche Mode – “Policy of Truth”
  19. A Tribe Called Quest – “Bonita Applebum”
  20. The KLF – “Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard”
  21. Jane’s Addiction – “Stop!”
  22. Moby – “Go”
  23. Public Enemy – “Welcome to the Terrordome”
  24. Black Box – “Everybody Everybody”
  25. Ice Cube – “The Nigga You Love to Hate”
  26. Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”
  27. Mariah Carey – “Vision of Love”
  28. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
  29. Guns N’ Roses – “Civil War”
  30. Brian Eno / John Cale – “Lay My Love”
  31. Primal Scream – “Loaded”
  32. Mazzy Star – “Halah”
  33. En Vogue – “Hold On”
  34. Superchunk – “Slack Motherfucker”
  35. Nirvana – “Sliver”
  36. Sinéad O’Connor – “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
  37. Fugazi – “Merchandise”
  38. Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro”
  39. Slayer – “Seasons in the Abyss”
  40. The Jesus Lizard – “Mouth Breather”
  41. Monie Love (ft. True Image) – “It’s a Shame (My Sister)”
  42. Nightmares on Wax – “Aftermath”
  43. Ride – “Vapour Trail”
  44. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – “Streets of New York”
  45. The Sundays – “Here’s Where the Story Ends”
  46. Galaxie 500 – “Fourth of July”
  47. Salt-N-Pepa – “Let’s Talk About Sex”
  48. Brand Nubian – “Slow Down”
  49. Megadeth – “Holy Wars — The Punishment Is Due”
  50. Pixies – “Velouria”

1988

  1. N.W.A. – “Straight Outta Compton”
  2. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”
  3. Sonic Youth – “Teen Age Riot”
  4. N.W.A. – “Fuck tha Police”
  5. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
  6. Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?”
  7. Slick Rick – “Children’s Story”
  8. Eric B. & Rakim – “Follow the Leader”
  9. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “The Mercy Seat”
  10. Dinosaur Jr. – “Freak Scene”
  11. Galaxie 500 – “Tugboat”
  12. The Church – “Under the Milky Way”
  13. Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”
  14. Jungle Brothers – “Straight Out the Jungle”
  15. Sade – “Love Is Stronger Than Pride”
  16. My Bloody Valentine – “You Made Me Realise”
  17. Beat Happening – “Indian Summer”
  18. Public Enemy – “Don’t Believe the Hype”
  19. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – “It Takes Two”
  20. Al B. Sure – “Nite & Day”
  21. Pixies – “Gigantic”
  22. Womack & Womack – “Teardrops”
  23. Leonard Cohen – “Tower of Song”
  24. Eric B. & Rakim – “Microphone Fiend”
  25. Big Daddy Kane – “Ain’t No Half Steppin'”
  26. A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”
  27. The La’s – “There She Goes”
  28. Morrissey – “Suedehead”
  29. EPMD – “You Gots to Chill”
  30. Cocteau Twins – “Carolyn’s Fingers”
  31. Mudhoney – “Touch Me I’m Sick”
  32. Kate Bush – “This Woman’s Work”
  33. Guns N’ Roses – “Patience”
  34. Sonic Youth – “Silver Rocket”
  35. Jane’s Addiction – “Jane Says”
  36. Danzig – “Mother”
  37. Boogie Down Productions – “My Philosophy”
  38. Ministry – “Stigmata”
  39. N.W.A. – “Gangsta Gangsta”
  40. Sade – “Keep Looking”
  41. Run-D.M.C. – “Run’s House”
  42. Talk Talk – “Eden”
  43. Public Enemy – “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”
  44. De La Soul – “Plug Tunin'”
  45. Spacemen 3 – “Revolution”
  46. Nirvana – “Love Buzz”
  47. Slayer – “South of Heaven”
  48. Leonard Cohen – “Everybody Knows”
  49. Too $hort – “Don’t Fight the Feeling”
  50. Metallica – “One”

1977

  1. David Bowie – “Heroes”
  2. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”
  3. Television – “Marquee Moon”
  4. Kraftwerk – “Trans Europe Express”
  5. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”
  6. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
  7. X-Ray Spex – “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”
  8. Parliament – “Flash Light”
  9. Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Waiting in Vain”
  10. Althea and Donna – “Uptown Top Ranking”
  11. Steely Dan – “Peg”
  12. Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
  13. Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
  14. Fleetwood Mac – “The Chain”
  15. Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
  16. Steely Dan – “Deacon Blues”
  17. Elvis Costello – “Alison”
  18. The Congos – “Fisherman”
  19. David Bowie – “Sound and Vision”
  20. Ramones – “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”
  21. Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give It Up”
  22. Suicide – “Ghost Rider”
  23. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day”
  24. The Damned – “Neat Neat Neat”
  25. The Brothers Johnson – “Strawberry Letter 23”
  26. Plastic Bertrand – “Ca plane pour moi”
  27. Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Disco Devil”
  28. Cerrone – “Supernature”
  29. Richard Hell & the Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
  30. Evelyn “Champagne” King – “Shame”
  31. Television – “Venus”
  32. David Bowie – “Always Crashing in the Same Car”
  33. Wire – “Ex Lion Tamer”
  34. Idris Muhammad – “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This”
  35. The Isley Brothers – “Footsteps in the Dark”
  36. Randy Newman – “Short People”
  37. Bee Gees – “How Deep Is Your Love”
  38. The Clash – “Complete Control”
  39. The Adverts – “One Chord Wonders”
  40. Brian Eno – “Backwater”
  41. Cerrone – “Give Me Love”
  42. Suicide – “Cheree”
  43. Fela Kuti – “Sorrow Tears and Blood”
  44. Trinity – “Three Piece Suit”
  45. Peter Gabriel – “Solsbury Hill”
  46. Giorgio Moroder – “From Here to Eternity”
  47. The Emotions – “Best of My Love”
  48. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – “We Almost Lost Detroit”
  49. João Gilberto – “‘S Wonderful”
  50. Dead Boys – “Sonic Reducer”

1969

  1. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
  2. The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”
  3. The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
  5. David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
  6. The Meters – “Cissy Strut”
  7. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds”
  8. The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
  9. Sly & the Family Stone – “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
  10. The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
  11. The Velvet Underground – “After Hours”
  12. Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”
  13. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Down by the River”
  14. The Beatles – “Something”
  15. King Crimson – “21st Century Schizoid Man”
  16. CAN – “You Doo Right”
  17. The Velvet Underground – “Candy Says”
  18. Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
  19. Miles Davis – “Shhh/Peaceful”
  20. Nick Drake – “River Man”
  21. The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun”
  22. Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin – “Je t’aime moi non plus”
  23. Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides Now”
  24. The Kinks – “Victoria”
  25. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Cinnamon Girl”
  26. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”
  27. Jimmy Cliff – “Many Rivers to Cross”
  28. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
  29. Sly & the Family Stone – “Everybody Is a Star”
  30. Isaac Hayes – “Walk on By”
  31. The Velvet Underground – “Pale Blue Eyes”
  32. Bob Dylan – “Lay, Lady, Lay”
  33. Sly & the Family Stone – “I Want to Take You Higher”
  34. James Brown – “Mother Popcorn”
  35. Dusty Springfield – “Breakfast in Bed”
  36. The Stooges – “1969”
  37. MC5 – “Kick Out the Jams”
  38. Grateful Dead – “Dark Star” (Live/Dead version)
  39. The Isley Brothers – “It’s Your Thing”
  40. The Beach Boys – “Cabinessence”
  41. The Band – “Up on Cripple Creek”
  42. The Beatles – “Come Together”
  43. The Rolling Stones – “Monkey Man”
  44. Roberta Flack – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
  45. Laura Nyro – “Save the Country”
  46. Mulatu Astatke – “Yèkèrmo Sèw”
  47. The Who – “Pinball Wizard”
  48. Simon & Garfunkel – “The Boxer”
  49. Buffy Saint-Marie – “God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot”
  50. Toots and the Maytals – “54-46 Was My Number”

1967

  1. The Beatles – “A Day in the Life”
  2. The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”
  3. Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne”
  4. The Velvet Underground – “I’m Waiting for the Man”
  5. Nico – “These Days”
  6. The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  7. Aretha Franklin – “Respect”
  8. Love – “Alone Again Or”
  9. Jackie Wilson – “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher”
  10. The Velvet Underground – “Heroin”
  11. The Beatles – “I Am the Walrus”
  12. Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”
  13. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”
  14. Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
  15. Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
  16. The Paragons – “The Tide Is High”
  17. Aretha Franklin – “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”
  18. Desmond Dekker & the Aces – “007 (Shanty Town)”
  19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Little Wing”
  20. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – “Some Velvet Morning”
  21. Aretha Franklin – “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”
  22. The Stone Poneys – “Different Drum”
  23. The Who – “I Can See for Miles”
  24. Leonard Cohen – “So Long, Marianne”
  25. Bobbie Gentry – “Ode to Billie Joe”
  26. The Velvet Underground – “Venus in Furs”
  27. The Monkees – “Daydream Believer”
  28. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Manic Depression”
  29. The Beach Boys – “Heroes and Villains”
  30. The Association – “Never My Love”
  31. Stevie Wonder – “I Was Made to Love Her”
  32. Johnny Cash & June Carter – “Jackson”
  33. The Beatles – “Penny Lane”
  34. P.P. Arnold – “The First Cut Is the Deepest”
  35. The Zombies – “Care of Cell 44”
  36. Sam & Dave – “Soul Man”
  37. Pink Floyd – “See Emily Play”
  38. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – “The Tears of a Clown”
  39. Wilson Pickett – “I’m in Love”
  40. Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata”
  41. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
  42. The Doors – “The End”
  43. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – “I’m Glad”
  44. Glen Campbell – “Gentle on My Mind”
  45. Brigitte Bardot – “Harley Davidson”
  46. The Jamaicans – “Ba Ba Boom”
  47. Caetano Veloso – “Alegria, Alegria”
  48. Alton Ellis – “I’m Still in Love With You”
  49. Diana Ross & the Supremes – “Reflections”
  50. Frankie Valli – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”

1964

  1. Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  2. The Beach Boys – “Don’t Worry Baby”
  3. The Shangri-Las – “Leader of the Pack”
  4. The Who – “I Can’t Explain”
  5. The Supremes – “Where Did Our Love Go”
  6. Stan Getz/João Gilberto – “The Girl from Ipanema”
  7. Dionne Warwick – “Walk on By”
  8. The Dixie Cups – “Iko Iko”
  9. The Shangri-Las – “Give Him a Great Big Kiss”
  10. The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
  11. Vince Guaraldi – “Linus and Lucy”
  12. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”
  13. The Beatles – “And I Love Her”
  14. The Supremes – “Baby Love”
  15. Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddam (Live at Carnegie Hall)”
  16. France Gall – “Laisse tomber les filles”
  17. Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are A-Changin'”
  18. Irma Thomas – “Time Is on My Side”
  19. The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”
  20. The Ronettes – “Walking in the Rain”
  21. The Impressions – “Keep on Pushing”
  22. The Shangri-Las – “Remember (Walking in the Sand)”
  23. The Kinks – “All Day and All of the Night”
  24. The Zombies – “She’s Not There”
  25. Nina Simone – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
  26. Eric Dolphy – “Hat and Beard”
  27. The Temptations – “My Girl”
  28. Roy Orbison – “Oh, Pretty Woman”
  29. The Beatles – “If I Fell”
  30. The Supremes – “Come See About Me”
  31. The Beach Boys – “The Warmth of the Sun”
  32. Ennio Morricone – “Per un pugno di dollari – Titoli”
  33. Herbie Hancock – “Cantaloupe Island”
  34. The Ronettes – “Do I Love You?”
  35. Bob Dylan – “Boots of Spanish Leather”
  36. Stan Getz/João Gilberto – “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)”
  37. The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”
  38. The Beatles – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  39. Them – “Gloria”
  40. John Coltrane – “Alabama (Live at Birdland)”
  41. Sam Cooke – “Good Times”
  42. The Beatles – “Things We Said Today”
  43. The Temptations – “The Way You Do the Things You Do”
  44. The Impressions – “Talking About My Baby”
  45. Bob Dylan – “My Back Pages”
  46. Albert Ayler – “Summertime”
  47. Del Shannon – “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun”
  48. The Sonics – “The Witch”
  49. Four Tops – “Baby I Need Your Loving”
  50. The Rolling Stones – “It’s All Over Now”

1961

  1. Roy Orbison – “Crying”
  2. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
  3. Del Shannon – “Runaway”
  4. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
  5. Sam Cooke – “Cupid”
  6. Ben E. King – “Stand by Me”
  7. Patsy Cline – “I Fall to Pieces”
  8. John Coltrane – “My Favorite Things”
  9. The Crystals – “There’s No Other Like My Baby”
  10. James Brown & the Famous Flames – “Lost Someone”
  11. Dion – “The Wanderer”
  12. Dee Clark – “Raindrops”
  13. The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman”
  14. Ray Charles – “Hit the Road Jack”
  15. The Everly Brothers – “Walk Right Back”
  16. Serge Gainsbourg – “Le chanson de Prévert”
  17. Roy Orbison – “Running Scared”
  18. Kyu Sakamoto – “上を向いて歩こう”
  19. Audrey Hepburn/Henry Mancini & Orchestra – “Moon River”
  20. Maysa – “O Barquinho”
  21. The Everly Brothers – “Crying in the Rain”
  22. Chavela Vargas – “La Llorona”
  23. Bobby Parker – “Watch Your Step”
  24. Sandy Nelson – “Let There Be Drums”
  25. The Paris Sisters – “I Love How You Love Me”

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