Pitchfork ranks top 200 songs of the 1970s

davidbowie3Pitchfork revealed their top 200 songs of the 1970s in a feature published on Monday.

Without further ado, here’s their top 20:

20. Patti Smith – “Gloria”
19. Kraftwerk – “Trans Europe Express”
18. Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
17. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
16. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”
15. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
14. Stevie Wonder – “Living for the City”
13. Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
12. Joni Mitchell – “A Case of You”
11. Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
10. Joy Division – “Transmission”
9. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”
8. Television – “Marquee Moon”
7. Prince – “I Wanna Be Your Lover”
6. David Bowie – “Heroes”
5. Kate Bush – “Wuthering Heights”
4. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”
3. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
2. Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
1. David Bowie – “Life on Mars?”

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Of their No. 1 choice, Pitchfork wrote: “The song erected a glimmering bridge in the sky between early British dancehall and rock’n’roll, Judy Garland and the Beatles, the innocence of the past and the utopianism of the future. Like Paul McCartney, who snuck hokey Tin Pan Alley-isms into rock’n’roll, Bowie instinctively grasped that divisions between eras—and between genres—were artificial; there was only a grand unifying gesture yet to be made, a synthesis no one else was canny enough to have spotted yet.

“Bowie was canny enough to spot dozens of these moments over his career, enough to bend reality at his touch: “Life on Mars?” was his first such gesture, and his grandest. No one—not Jimi Hendrix treading the ether of LSD on “Are You Experienced,” not John Lennon cutting and looping drums and gazing into his third eye on “Tomorrow Never Knows”—was operating at this celestial a plane.”

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2 comments to “Pitchfork ranks top 200 songs of the 1970s”
  1. Wow, fun list, some surprises, some brilliant obscurities, some obvious choices, and some elitist wanking. And some great writing, too, I’m greenish with envy.

  2. I’ve seen Life on Mars at the top of at least 1 list of the greatest songs of all time. It really is remarkable.

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