Friday, July 12, 2013

Top 10s Of The Week

Top 10 Songs:

10. MIND YOUR MANNERS, Pearl Jam (2013)
9. BELLBOTTOMS, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1994)
8. LIL WAYNE (feat. Ludacris), Eminem (2013)
7.CAME BACK HAUNTED, Nine Inch Nails (2013)
6. HELL BROKE LUCE, Tom Waits (2011)
5. SACRILEGE, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2013)
4. DOOM AND GLOOM, The Rolling Stones (2012)
3. MAGICAL THINKING, The Guest Bedroom (2012)
2. BROKEN PROMISE (feat. Michael Stipe), Placebo (2006)
1. MAJOR DISTRIBUTION (feat. Snoop Dogg and Young Jeezy), 50 Cent (2013)

With my Video Of The Week being Nine Inch Nails, I was inspired to reflect upon the band's past, and see where the new cut lies in the band's cannon...

Top 10 Nine Inch Nails Songs:

10. ME, I'M NOT, Year Zero (2007)
9. HERESY, The Downward Spiral (1994)
8. ECHOPLEX, The Slip (2008)
7. STARFUCKERS, INC., The Fragile (1999)
6. CLOSER, The Downward Spiral (1994)
4. HURT, The Downward Spiral (1994)
3. MARCH OF THE PIGS, The Downward Spiral (1994)
2. HEAD LIKE A HOLE, Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
1. THE PERFECT DRUG, Lost Highway soundtrack (1997)

 Honorable mention: DEAD SOULS (Joy Division cover, from the The Crow soundtrack, 1993)

Sure, CLOSER was overplayed and is now a staple of strip shows everywhere, spliced between Girls, Girls, Girls (Mötley Crüe) and Crazy (Aerosmith), but the fact remains: it's a superbly-written, great song. Also, if you'd have asked me in 1994, HURT would probably have ranked first, but PERFECT DRUG is a perfect mix of everything I love about NIN, and you can't help but think about Johnny Cash's version and figure in any other list, he'll have rendered it justice, too, so it's okay if it slips a tad. Also, while I can listen to Broken (and Fixed) in their entirety, on repeat, all day, there isn't a stand-out track I'd never skip on my Ipod, though HAPPINESS IN SLAVERY and PINION may come close. Still, I was surprised to see a variety of albums featured, though my preference for Spiral is obvious...

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