Editor’s note: With the shocking and sudden death of Prince, the best way we know how to mourn is share his songs that we loved the most. With that, here is our list from 2014 of our favorite Prince songs of all time. Let all the doves cry out.
I am sure that if you told Prince that you could order ten of his best all-time songs onto a list of ten, he would make the exact face above and sink it deep into your soul. It is hard to put together a list of such a beloved artist’s songs, especially after releasing thirty-three albums. His thirty-third and thirty-second of which were recently simultaneously released on September 30th. For the occasion (although late), we decided to take on the daunting task of trying to list our favorites anyways. The result is quite a crowd-pleasing list I would say. If you are looking for some serious deep tracks you should probably look elsewhere, but if you can argue the legitimacy of these legendary wonders of pop music, we would love to hear those arguments below. Now onto the list:
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We at LxL have all been long-time fanboys of My Morning Jacket. They are up there with all three of our most-seen live acts, and we have traveled the country to see them in many different venues, and even solo members in different projects. From the red rocks of Denver, to their hometown of Louisville, to the allies and stadiums alike of New York. Hell, we have gone coast-to-coast, Florida to California to see these boys play, and not once have they disappointed. To this day, one of my favorite concerts I have ever seen was 3+ hour set in the latest hours of Bonnaroo, back in 2006. Nearly a decade after the release of their most polished, and arguably finest efforts (Z), they have released their 7th studio album, The Waterfall. So now we salute one of our all-time faves, about the only way we know how. Here are our top ten favorite MMJ tracks:
10. “Victory Dance”
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TV On the Radio is one of our most beloved bands here at LxL, and they just released their fifth studio album which we reviewed here yesterday. With that, comes “the list treatment”. TVOTR has been a staple of independent music for over a decade now. In that time they have released arguably two of the greatest rock albums of all time (Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science). A song from each album (and an EP) aside from 9 Types of Light (which I personally love, but is not loved by many) has made it onto this list. Which really shows the strength of their entire catalog in our eyes. After the sad and early departure of their former bassist Gerard Smith (pictured above smiling brightly in the middle), they have found themselves transforming and adapting into new territories, but never sacrificing quality. Wes wrote more on their new album yesterday which you can find here, and if you are into a bit more reading on the band, NPR wrote another magnificent perspective on them and their new album which you can find here. And if you are still interested in reading more, here is our list:
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Last week, Robert Plant released his tenth solo album since the disbandment of Led Zeppelin. In honor of this we thought we would highlight the man’s career by listing out our favorite songs from our favorite era of his career. This list is probably one of our more controversial list we have ever done. Led Zeppelin is not only universally adored by almost all music lovers, but they also have no bad songs. It is hard to find a single track of theirs that isn’t loved by someone, or that couldn’t make a greatest hits compilation. Nonetheless, we pushed forward and tried our best. So here it is, our favorite songs from one of the greatest bands of all time:
10. “For Your Life”
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We are now past that halfway point of 2014, and thus, it is time to look back at some of of favorite songs of the year so far. Please let us know your qualms, queries, and substitutions:
5. “Your Love Is Killing Me” – Sharon Van Etten
Sharon finds a perfect blend of raw, aggression, and passion in this fine track from her wonderful new album.
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If you follow us at all, you have probably figured by now that this list was inevitable. Our month-long love fest for Daft Punk is now wrapping up, so here we are. We determined this list by all randomly creating our own lists and then normalizing those three lists into one master. We have done this before, and most of the time our lists are drastically different from one another. Not the case for this one. It was a pretty clear cut top ten aside from each of our own misses. One surprising note (or maybe not so surprising depending on how you look at it) is that Discovery was the clear cut album favorite, pulling away with five victories and one miss. Now onto the list:
10. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
Infectious is a word that I could use for each and every song description on this list. So I decided I’d just go ahead and blow it on the first one. One thing that makes this song so great is the way it sporadically breathes. It never totally lets loose instrumentally or lyrically. It’s like the vocals and the instruments go back and forth, battling for their own ground. The victory goes to the robots, for crafting such an infectious and fun dance tune that won’t wear you out.
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After a hiatus of nearly 4 years, (Has it really already been four years?!) Trent Reznor announced this week that he and a new lineup of all stars will be bringing Nine Inch Nails back to life for a 2013-2014 world tour. (Pause for applause.) If there is one thing we love here at LxL it is our NIN, so we were quite excited to hear this news. Reznor has proven to still show value to the music community in his time off from Nine Inch Nails, especially in the cinema soundtrack world – Reznor teamed up with Atticus Ross to create the scores for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, which earned him a Golden Globe. However, we are glad to have him back in full-on NIN form. So to celebrate, we have listed our top ten favorite Nine Inch Nails tracks. This was a difficult one to order, especially because after you have seen some of these songs live, you literally aren’t the same person anymore. And unfortunately nothing from The Slip, slipped it’s way into the list. Which it took a lot to leave tracks like “1,000,000” and “Echoplex” off. Nonetheless, we pushed through the disagreements and landed on a list we are quite happy with. We hope you feel the same, but if not, let us know.
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