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Wednesday, April 2 2014

Loud Quiet Loud: The Top 15 Pixies Songs

A quarter century after the release of Doolittle and with a new record on the way, PopMatters looks at the 15 best songs from the Pixies' original go-round.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Ranking the Greats 10: Lars Von Trier’s 10 Best Films

He's both beloved and berated by film fans around the world. Yet, for us, these 10 examples explain why Lars Von Trier is one of the artform's best.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

The Top 10 Beyoncé Singles of All Time

After the surprise release of quite possibly her best album to date, it's time to have a look at the tracks that propelled this R&B darling into super-stardom.


Tuesday, October 1 2013

The 10 Most Intriguing Origin Stories in Horror

Every horrific fright fiend or salacious serial killer had to get their start somewhere. Here are our favorite origin stories for some of the greatest ghouls ever to grace a scary movie or TV series.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

This Is Not Your Bloody Valentine: 10 Essential Non-‘Loveless’ Shoegaze Albums

Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole movement people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith.


Wednesday, August 28 2013

Make a New Cult Everyday: The 10 Best Belle and Sebastian Non-Album Songs

It's hard to think of any current band that's gotten as much mileage out of non-album releases as Belle and Sebastian has.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Not So Incidental Music: A Dozen Essential Superchunk Songs

Debunking the popular opinion that all Superchunk songs sound the same, PopMatters picks a dozen essential tracks from the Chapel Hill band's catalog that proves there's a lot more variety and craft to it than it's given credit for.


Wednesday, July 24 2013

All Hail the Mountain Goats: 20 Essential Songs

The 2002 release All Hail West Texas marked a turning point for the Mountain Goats, as John Darnielle went from underground home recording cult hero to wider acclaim. With this week's reissue of All Hail West Texas, we review essential tracks from the Mountain Goats' back catalog.


Friday, July 12 2013

A Record (Un)Clean: The Ten Best Warren Zevon Lyrics

Ten years have passed since the death of Warren Zevon, undoubtedly the most underrated of the great American songwriters. With his acerbic, graceful, and macabre wit still lingering long after his death, PopMatters looks back on his most lasting lyrical contributions.


Tuesday, July 9 2013

10 Films That Completely Defy Expectations

Think you've got a film figured out before you enter the theater? Here's 10 examples of how, on occasion, you can be completely wrong. Completely wrong.


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Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles (Sound Affects) [13.Mar.13]
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