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    I know this isn’t up the alley of most of the music fans on this site, but I figured this list may be of some interest to others.  Pitchfork is beginning their best of the halfway-decade lists today (2010-2014), including the top 200 songs of the decade so far, top 100 albums, and top 50 music videos.  The top songs list came out today, and is a pretty decent / interesting cross-section of the decade, representing a lot of different genres and artists represented.

    1. Grimes – Oblivion
    2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
    3. Kanye West featuring Pusha T – Runaway
    4. M83 – Midnight City
    5. Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
    6. Robyn – Dancing On My Own
    7. Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay – 212
    8. Frank Ocean – Pyramids
    9. Deerhunter – Helicopter
    10. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
    11. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
    12. Beyonce – Countdown
    13. Usher – Climax
    14. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarassing
    15. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
    16. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
    17. LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
    18. Kanye West featuring Nicki Minaj, Justin Vernon, Jay-Z, and Rick Ross – Monster
    19. Beach House – Zebra
    20. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell – Get Lucky
    21. Real Estate – It’s Real
    22. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
    23. Solange – Losing You
    24. Drake – Worst Behavior
    25. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – Latch
    26. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
    27. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
    28. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
    29. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
    30. Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
    31. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
    32. Jai Paul – Jasmine (Demo)
    33. Miguel – Adorn
    34. Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith – Not in Love
    35. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
    36. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Niggas in Paris
    37. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
    38. Bat for Lashes – Laura
    39. Ciara – Body Party
    40. The Dream – Yamaha
    41. Waka Flocka Flame – Hard in Da Paint
    42. Cass McCombs – County Line
    43. Destroyer – Bay of Pigs
    44. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – Drunk in Love
    45. Mac DeMarco – Ode to Viceroy
    46. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
    47. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – We Found Love
    48. Bon Iver – Holocene
    49. Drake – Marvins Room
    50. EMA – California

    I figured “Runaway” would take the top spot, but am glad to see “Oblivion” on top.  Also glad my personal favorite of the decade (“Sprawl II”) made it decently high. 

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    I know they have been towards pop a bit more in recent years, but I still did not expect such a mainstream/pop friendly list. I do love they recognized some more underestimated songs, like “Climax” (huge hit with critics, but only modest with audiences) and “Body Party”, which are cases of excellent mainstream music even if they never became huge hits. The most suprising inclusion is probably Katy Perry. I thought Pitchfork hated her, so it’s weird to see Teenage Dream so high.

    Timing probably hurt LCD Soundsystem’s chance at a top 10 slot even though it’s worthy, but at least it ranked high. And Grimes is an excellent option for #1, even if I think Kanye or Kendrick should’ve been #1. Also,nice to see their love of Robyn has not yet faded. It largely conradicts their year-end lists of the decade, but this has come to be expected (and maybe inevitable).

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    james14
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    I know they have been towards pop a bit more in recent years, but I still did not expect such a mainstream/pop friendly list. I do love they recognized some more underestimated songs, like “Climax” (huge hit with critics, but only modest with audiences) and “Body Party”, which are cases of excellent mainstream music even if they never became huge hits. The most suprising inclusion is probably Katy Perry. I thought Pitchfork hated her, so it’s weird to see Teenage Dream so high.

    Timing probably hurt LCD Soundsystem’s chance at a top 10 slot even though it’s worthy, but at least it ranked high. And Grimes is an excellent option for #1, even if I think Kanye or Kendrick should’ve been #1. Also,nice to see their love of Robyn has not yet faded. It largely conradicts their year-end lists of the decade, but this has come to be expected (and maybe inevitable).

    ^ Agreed, the site has skewed pop / hip-hop heavy over the past few years, but I was still shocked to see “Teenage Dream” and a couple others on the list that never seemed on the Pitchfork / Stereogum radar at all.  “Oblivion”‘s write-up was good, so it’s easy to see why they picked it as the #1 song of the decade, but it definitely doesn’t seem to have the impact critically or influentially of “Runaway”, “Midnight City”, or “Pyramids”, which all would have made worthy #1 choices as well.  Still, I can’t be mad at Grimes topping any best-of-decade list at all.

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    Top Albums of the Decade List

    1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    2. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city
    3. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
    4. Frank Ocean, Channel ORANGE
    5. Beach House, Teen Dream
    6. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
    7. Tame Impala, Lonerism
    8. Kanye West, Yeezus
    9. Sun Kil Moon, Benji
    10. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…
    11. LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening
    12. Drake, Take Care
    13. Real Estate, Days
    14. Beyonce, Beyonce
    15. Grimes, Visions
    16. Destroyer, Kaputt
    17. Swans, The Seer
    18. Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me
    19. Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma
    20. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today
    21. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
    22. M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    23. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
    24. Disclosure, Settle
    25. Bill Callahan, Apocalypse

    Thoughts:

    Looks like Lost in the Dream and Benji are their top two picks for album of 2014 (and probably deservedly).

    I won’t be shocked if “Best of Decade” lists all the way in 2019 come down to a choice between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and good kid, m.A.A.d city.

    All my personal albums of the year so far this decade (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming in 2011, Channel Orange in 2012, Yeezus in 2013, LP1 by FKA Twigs so far for 2014) all made the list, so I am pleased with that. 

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    Grimes? I love that little weird woman so much 

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    Bon Iver, Bon Iver should have at least made the top 20, but I’m content with the list overall. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy would be my choice for #1 as well. 

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    Pitchfork’s 50 Best Music Videos of the Decade So Far

    1. Zebra Katz- Ima Read
    2. Youth Lagoon- Montana
    3. Tyler the Creator- Yonkers
    4. Todd Terje- Inspector Norse
    5. The Weeknd- What You Need
    6. Tame Impala- Mind Mischief
    7. St. Vincent- Cruel
    8. Spiritualized- Hey Jane
    9. Sia- Chandelier
    10. Rihanna- We Found Love
    11. Real Estate- It’s Real
    12. Perfume Genius- Hood
    13. Odd Future- Oldie
    14. No Age- Fever Dreaming
    15. M.I.A.- Bad Girls
    16. Mac DeMarco- My Kind of Woman
    17. M83- Midnight City
    18. Lykke Li- Sadness Is a Blessing
    19. Liars- Scissor
    20. LCD Soundsystem- Drunk Girls
    21. Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce- Telephone
    22. Kreayshawn- Gucci Gucci
    23. Killer Mike- Big Beast
    24. Kanye West- Runaway
    25. Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z- Suit & Tie
    26. Jamie xx- Sleep Sound
    27. James Blake- Limit to Your Love
    28. Iceage- The Lord’s Favorite
    29. How to Dress Well- Repeat Pleasure
    30. Hot Chip- I Feel Better
    31. Grizzly Bear- Yet Again
    32. Grimes- Oblivion
    33. Gesaffelstein- Pursuit
    34. Frank Ocean- Pyramids
    35. FKA twigs- Two Weeks
    36. Father John Misty- Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
    37. Duck Sauce- Barbra Streisand
    38. Drake- Started From the Bottom
    39. Die Antwoord- Zef Side
    40. Destroyer- Kaputt
    41. Das Racist- Who’s That? Brooown!
    42. Danny Brown- Grown Up
    43. Chairlift- I Belong in Your Arms (Japanese Version)
    44. Cat Power- Manhattan
    45. Beyonce- Countdown
    46. Beach House- Wishes
    47. Battles- My Machines
    48. Azealia Banks- 212
    49. A$AP Rocky- Purple Swag
    50. Arcade Fire- Afterlife (YouTube Music Awards)

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    The video list is alphabetical (reversed)

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    GTFO with Yeezus being that high. Don’t get why they chose “Countdown” as Beyonce’s video instead of “Partition”. Otherwise, all the lists are acceptable .

    2012 stands out as the best year for music so far. My top albums:

    1. Good Kid Mad City, Kendrick Lamar 
    2. The Idler Wheel, Fiona Apple
    3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
    4. Let England Shake, PJ Harvey
    5. Lonerism, Tame Impala
    6. Teen Dream, Beach House
    7. BEYONCE, Beyonce
    8. The Seer, Swans
    9.  Bloom, Beach House
    10. The Archandroid, Janelle Monae 

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    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a bloated, overly ambitious album that ultimately falls flat, imho. I wouldn’t rank in my top 25. Glad for the other inclusions like Yeezus, MBDTF, GKMC, The Idler Wheel, Modern Vampires of the City, Channel Orange, Teen Dream and Beyonce.

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