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(ABC News)   Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" voted best song of last 20 years, beating out "Hey Ya" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" for the top honor   ( divider line
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2006-11-27 10:12:37 PM  
Cobain's cowardly death
ok, I couldn't care less about Nirvana, haven't listened to them since high school, but how is killing yourself cowardly? it's many things, but cowardly isn't one of them.
2006-11-27 10:12:46 PM  
2006-11-27 09:32:15 PM tararose

If you're coming in late to this thread, lemme break it down for ya:

"I like red!"

"Well, I like blue!"

"Blue sucks and is totally overrated!"

"So is red!"

Don't even get me started on green...
2006-11-27 10:13:09 PM  
fark...Have they even heard snoop dogg!?!?!? Pick any song off the doggy style album...

/just kidding but I still loved this album...
2006-11-27 10:13:23 PM  

I'll accept the add. New Order was very good and crossed over into the the mainstream in ways that Joy Division couldn't pull off.
2006-11-27 10:14:15 PM  
brandent: "turn around biatch i got a use for you. besides you ain't got nothin better to do and i'm bored."


You're kidding, right?
2006-11-27 10:14:23 PM  
Some one let the dogs out.
They'll show where the truth is.
The grass is always greener,
Where the dogs are shiatting.
Oh yeah!
2006-11-27 10:14:38 PM  
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perry bible fellowship rules
2006-11-27 10:15:10 PM  
Three Days by Jane's Addiction.

That's my vote.
2006-11-27 10:15:40 PM  
this is the biggest joke ever. i work at a record store and all of us think this is one of the gayest things we have ever seen.
2006-11-27 10:15:51 PM  
What about Alive? Pearl Jam forgotten, but not gone.
2006-11-27 10:15:58 PM  
Thanks Red.
2006-11-27 10:17:27 PM  
No Radiohead?

There must be another list with creative, tasteful artists.
2006-11-27 10:17:41 PM  
2 Live Crew I mean.

Oh, well. Bedtime.
2006-11-27 10:18:05 PM  
kizmet005: 4. "Unfinished Symphony" Massive Attack, 1991

This list is so bad, a nonexistent song makes number 4. Yeah, real credible, guys.

Uh, Unfinished Symphony is a song by Massive Attack.
2006-11-27 10:18:09 PM  
Airbag. Radiohead.

/You're welcome.
2006-11-27 10:18:57 PM  
What you gon' do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I'ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps.
2006-11-27 10:18:57 PM  
The fact that they put "Unfinished Sympathy" (a song I only discovered 5 years ago) as Number 3 gave me a great deal of respect for the list.

The fact that they wrote it as "Unfinished Symphony" immediately took that respect away.
2006-11-27 10:19:40 PM  

Can I hear you say "yeah" final judgment? Can I hear you say "yeah" for the tribunal?

Do you remember when Moses parted the Red Sea so that we could be free? If you do, say "yeah"!

Do you remember in 1917, when the Bolsheviks toppled the Czarist regime? If you do, say "yeah"!

/sorry, I know I'm not getting exact quotes
//You also need to get After Dark if you haven't gotten that yet. Or any other live albums/bootlegs you can get your hands on.
2006-11-27 10:19:46 PM  
Best song ever?

Champion of the World - Nuclear Rabbit.
2006-11-27 10:19:57 PM  
and Curt rolls over yet again.
2006-11-27 10:19:58 PM  
fark the pixies. fark nirvana.

what about husker du?
2006-11-27 10:20:00 PM  

My bad, you were right.
2006-11-27 10:20:22 PM  
wat the hell?
No Weezer, Van Halen, Metallica, G&R, STP, or Rage Against The Machine? Whoever made this list needs to lay off the smack. Whoever put Madonna the slut on there was snorting too much coke. ABC knows nothing. they're a second rate news network and all their shows suck. MTV should be making up the list, not some news network that doesn't know jack sh*t about music.
2006-11-27 10:20:42 PM  
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2006-11-27 10:21:28 PM  

I think you have to put 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in context. It was the early 90's...nothing had rocked for several years. Heavy metal had degenerated into crossdressing posturing, punk was pretty much dead, and power pop ruled the airwaves.

Whew! Thank you so much, Kurt Cobain, for showing rock music how to rock again, and for wresting it from the grip of the crossdressing posers:

Metallica - ...And Justice For All (1988)
Slayer - South of Heaven (1988), Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power (1992), Cowboys from Hell (1990), Far Beyond Driven (1994)
Megadeth - So Far, So Good (1988), Rust In Peace (1990)
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (1988)
Sepultura - Arise (1991), Chaos AD (1993)

Yes, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kurt Cobain, who singlehandedly showed those ornamented nancies how to rock. I mean, come on - the video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" had cheerleaders "headbanging!" That was totally aggressive! That's what all those weird kids I used to shun in high school did!

Funny, the first time I saw Alice in Chains was in 1990 with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax on the Clash of the Titans tour - and nobody else in the world gave a tight shiat about them then. But lo! A couple of years later, and now we'll call them grunge and suddenly everyone "gets them" and struts around in torn jeans and flannel shirts. That's so cute.

Oh well, I guess I'm done playing the injured heavy metal fan now! :D

/Most influential song? For me?
//"South of Heaven"
2006-11-27 10:21:37 PM  
2006-11-27 09:10:21 PM eldezod

Rebirth of Slick

You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar for bringing this song up. I've never heard it and turned the radio off. Most of the time, the windows go down and the volume cranks.

2006-11-27 10:22:37 PM  
2006-11-27 10:09:53 PM redjackle

Do you remember the JAMC?

--Or reading aloud from magazines?
2006-11-27 10:23:10 PM  
I got to #14 on the list and stopped reading. Gimme a break.
2006-11-27 10:23:17 PM  
Arguing about subjective music tastes may be the consistent basis of this thread, but thanks to Kurt he helped get hair metal off the radio and render it irrelevant and for that I thank him.

/"If you were into metal in the '80s, guess what? You're gay!"---Patton Oswalt
2006-11-27 10:25:29 PM  
Rehash or boring offshoot for the past 35 years.
2006-11-27 10:26:39 PM  
20. "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" Arctic Monkeys, 2006

Hun? By next year, nobody will remember that song.
2006-11-27 10:27:10 PM  
Tool, "Sober"
Ahh, of course they were mentioned in this thread, and rightfully so... while not their best song, it's arguably their biggest hit and should be on the list.

Radiohead's "Creep."
(See explanation above)

Red Hot Chili Peppers should have something in their. For better or worse, they, along with Rage Against the Machine, helped usher in the whole rap/metal wave. (Thankfully, that wave rightfully crashed under the weight of the suck that is Limp Bizkit).

Deee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart"
As far as dance pop goes, you couldn't escape this one, and, even if you were too embarrassed to admit it, you probably didn't really want to escape it. Damned infectious. Too infectious. You're hearing that Bootsy bassline in your head right now, aren't you?

Missy Elliot's "Work It"
Just like Outkast's "Hey Ya." (I kinda like this song... I love this song... I'm sick of this song... I hate this song... lather, rinse, repeat)

Smashing Pumpkins, "1979"
No way their best song, but hands down their best pure pop song. Everyone likes it, which is why you probably hate it... unless you're in the car by yourself and it comes on the radio.
2006-11-27 10:27:21 PM  

HUSKER DU PEOPLE! without them, no pixies, and then no nirvana...

hell probably punk woul dbe hit pretty hard by them not existing too...
2006-11-27 10:28:25 PM  
Sacerdotalist: I'll third the mention of Nick Cave, though I wouldn't try to pick a song myself.

I'll go one further...

"Papa won't leave you Henry"

Far better than anything Cobain could ever dream of.
2006-11-27 10:28:28 PM  
bad religion also had some good stuff...
2006-11-27 10:30:52 PM  
It seems the thread has shifted from arguing about music to bringing up personal, under-represented favorites. My vote goes to Cursive:

I don't think I've ever seen another Farker mention them. The Ugly Organ is an incredible album. Newer one, not so much.
2006-11-27 10:31:18 PM  
PJ - yellow ledbetter
tool - eulogy
t of the dog - say hello to heaven
audioslave is pretty good for the 2000's
the killers are decent

now for a lighter side

quality from ben harper
2006-11-27 10:31:45 PM  
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Greatest song in the last 20 years. If you disagree then you are deaf!
2006-11-27 10:33:38 PM  
djgrundel- i work at a record store and all of us think this is one of the gayest things we have ever seen.

Two things: you working at a record store doesn't add validity to your opinion and there is a certain irony to calling yourself djgrundel, while preaching about things being gay.
2006-11-27 10:36:57 PM  
Palmer Eldritch: bobbooty:

Gargle into a microphone while you're doing it, you could be huge.

Well I'm yellin' and we're playin'
But I don't know what I'm sayin'
What's the message I'm conveyin'

/or somethin' like that
2006-11-27 10:36:59 PM  
hey ya?
2006-11-27 10:37:21 PM  
I'm sure this has been said but I don't feel like reading all 200+ entires: that's not even Nirvana's best song, let along the best song of the past 20 years.

I really think this list is pretty invalid. There's a lot of shiat on there. Britney, Whitestripes, Arctic Monkeys, the Verve? And not a single Pumpkins song? BS I tell you.
2006-11-27 10:38:37 PM  
Anyone read the first sentence of that article like I did? From TFA: Nirvana's iconic 1991 single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" beat out hits from Madonna, Britney Spears and U2 to be named the best pop song in 20 years by Britain's Q Magazine.

2006-11-27 10:40:23 PM  

If we're going to mention anything from Saddle Creek, I might as well bring up Azure Ray.
2006-11-27 10:40:25 PM  
PeeWeePangolin: Greatest song in the last 20 years. If you disagree then you are deaf!

Great farking song. The end of it sounds like a schizophrenic R2-D2 having an orgasm.
2006-11-27 10:41:23 PM  
piaddic120: ABC knows nothing. they're a second rate news network and all their shows suck. MTV should be making up the list, not some news network that doesn't know jack sh*t about music.

Thanks for those ten thousand spoons... but what I really needed was a knife.

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2006-11-27 10:41:55 PM  
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2006-11-27 10:41:57 PM  
Probably just a personal fave, but Tool's Sober stuck with me like no other song has.

I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will find the center in you
I will chew it up and leave
Trust me Trust Me TRUST ME

/Why can't we drink forever?
2006-11-27 10:42:35 PM  
Quel: Nirvana's iconic 1991 single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" beat out hits from Madonna, Britney Spears and U2 to be named the best pop Sub Pop song in 20 years by Britain's Q Magazine.
2006-11-27 10:43:02 PM  

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