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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.

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Ranking the Greats: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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21 Aug 2013 // 6:00 AM

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.

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24 Jul 2013 // 12:00 AM

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.

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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.

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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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Ranking the Greats: The Films of Terry Gilliam

Ten terrific examples of how movies are magic from the only American member of Monty Python and a director worthy of the title "auteur".

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The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.

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The Top 5 ‘Girly Sound’ Tracks from Liz Phair

In anticipation and celebration of Exile in Guyville’s 20th anniversary, Sound Affects shares its picks for the top five Girly Sound tracks, the record that formed the blueprint for Exile and later portions of Liz Phair's output.

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The Top Eight Songs About Other Famous People

You're so vain but this song is about you.

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A Festival, a Parade: The National’s Best Lyrics

To celebrate the National's new record, Trouble Will Find Me, we count down frontman Matt Berninger's best lyrics.

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Five Reasons to Mourn: RIP Cathedral

Some fans may prefer the slow-baked emotional trouncing of the band's early years, while others may prefer the fuzz and buzz of its rockier mid-era riots. Either way, Cathedral was a hugely influential band then, and will remain so long into the future. Here are five formidable (and ear-splitting) reasons to mourn Cathedral's passing.

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The 10 Best Early Billy Bragg Songs

As a young man, Billy Bragg reinvented punk rock with songs as fiercely political as they were emotional. Three decades after he released his first album, PopMatters counts down his ten best outings from those early years.

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The 10 Best Productions by… Guy Sigsworth

On the eve of his next major project release, Alison Moyet's the minutes, here's a countdown of this UK songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer's best productions.

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The 5 Best Moments on the New Paramore Album

For its fourth studio album and first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro, Paramore have made its most ambitious album to date. The self-titled album is more eclectic and more pop-centric than the first three, and it also might be the group's best.

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Top 12 Most Likely Songs to Be on Your Stalker’s Playlist

From classic stalker hits to contemporary indie, PopMatters presents stalker hits that will make you laugh, shiver, and lock your doors. Maroon 5, get away from that beauty queen of only 18.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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