OutKast's 'B.O.B.': Is it the best song of the decade?
The brain trust at Pitchfork.com has spent the past week rolling out its picks for the 500 best songs of the 2000s. Yes, our present remarkable decade is mere months from ending, and that means it’s time for us music nerds of the world to get busy assembling arbitrary lists and/or arguing about said lists. Pitchfork unveiled their choice for the No. 1 most excellent song of the past 10 years yesterday: OutKast’s “B.O.B.” (a.k.a. “Bombs Over Baghdad”). Did they make the right call?
I say, sure! The wildly innovative sound of “B.O.B.” blew my mind when I first heard it back in 2000, and I’m not close to tired of it yet. Even if that song showed up at the top of every list ever, I still wouldn’t think it was overpraised. That psychedelic wash of organ chords, that relentless drum-machine stutter, that ripping guitar solo, those dueling rhymes from two of the illest lyricists of all time… Man, do I miss OutKast.
Other Top 10 contenders in Pitchfork’s list came from Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Beyonce, M.I.A., and more. Click over to read the full list of 500, then let us know: Do you agree with Pitchfork’s rankings? Any startling omissions or egregiously off-base inclusions? In the meantime, you can listen to all 500 Pitchfork picks at Lala.com — or just bask in the glory that is “B.O.B.” again and again after the jump (some NSFW lyrics). Go on, you know you want to.
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