Year-End Analysis, Part II: Pitchfork Was Over “Crazy” Before You Even Heard It

Dec 18th, 2006 // 13 Comments

pitchfork.jpgPitchfork released its Top 100 Tracks of 2006 list today; it’s led by Justin Timberlake’s “My Love,” and its top ten actually features two hip-hop songs, a stat that’s no doubt making Stereogum’s comment section scratch its indie-shaped noggin. Pitchfork also was quick to let people know that Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” is, to them, totally 2005. Adorable, right? But wait, there’s more:

THE GOOD: A pretty inarguable top 5 (Timberlake, The Knife, T.I., TV On The Radio, and Peter, Bjorn & John); multimedia supplements, in case you need help parsing the writers’ overheated blurbs.
THE BAD:: The top 20 is littered with picks that seem to be surrogates for best-album nods–Joanna Newsom at No. 9, double-dips for Clipse, The Knife, and Hot Chip. Ah, well, at least there wasn’t a groundswell of support for “Chillout Tent.”
THE WHAAA?: We were going to save this for Pick Of The ‘Fork, but it was just too good: “‘One More Try’ embraces its own superficiality with restraint and simplicity, and in doing so becomes a powerful prophylactic against all things anguished and complicated.” Congratulations, My Robot Friend: You’ve officially written a Magnum opus.

Pitchfork Feature: The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 [Pitchfork]

  1. Major Tom

    I was hoping to click through to a Jeff Mangum opus. Oops!

  2. brasstax

    Yeah, the rationale for bumping “Crazy” is a little suspect. It’s not like the single had been banging around in another country last year or anything, just getting released here this year. It’s totally in and of 2006. Whodotheywhodotheywhodotheywhodothey think they are?

  3. brasstax

    Oh right, I guess they did give it big ups in ’05 (link). Still, it was only a white label single back then and had next to no impact at all until early this year. So whatevs.

  4. relaxing

    No tracks from Thom Yorke’s album made the list?

  5. The Mozfather

    In terms of picks, it’s a pretty good list. Comprehensive, with a good match of popular and obscure; nothing too glaring missing; and nothing too nuts charting too high. As you say, the top 5 is pretty uncontroversial.

    The Stereogum commenters were going nuts with “Where’s Regina Spektor?!?!” and “JT sux!!” but for most of them, their default setting is “whine”.

  6. MJ

    I don’t understand these cool indie guys. Is it because everybody agrees that “Crazy” was one of the best songs of the year? Is it the consensus, the popularity? Do they get overprotective with their tiny wee song that they’ve seen grow up so much since it was a baby single? Do they have to automatically get nitpicky about its real release date if it gets to be widely enjoyed by the masses at large?

    I’m waiting for the time when they cross their arms and threaten to stop breathing if everybody keeps putting “Crazy” on their “Best of 2006″ lists.

  7. MJ

    Also: “Ain’t No Other Man”?!! The “And Now I Turn Into Barbie Soul Singer” project?! That ain’t right.

  8. brasstax

    It didn’t stop them last year from making Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” #4 on their list, even though it was released commercially as a single at the end of 2004. Something’s rotten.

  9. Michaelangelo Matos

    They already had it on their list last year (at no. 35, I think) and didn’t want to repeat it. I think it’s kind of silly but it’s not an irrational position to take.

  10. Chris Molanphy

    Matos is basically right, but if anything I would have repeated it to make the point that the song was so field-clearingly massive it made a dent in two years’ charts. It’s like “Crazy” had two lives: as a leaked online, Danger Mousey phenomenon in late ’05; and as a pop-radio, covered-by-everybody, infiltrating-the-culture phenomenon in ’06.

    FWIW – and I realize this is an apples-and-oranges comparison – Billboard repeats singles in consecutive years’ lists all the time. For example, Kanye’s “Gold Digger” was so massive, it made both the Top 10 for ’05 (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/yearend/2005/charts/hot100.jsp) and the Top 40 for ’06 (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/yearend/2006/charts/hot100_2.jsp).

  11. lizzygannon

    i guess i’m the only person in america who thinks “crazy” is totally overrated and annoying.

  12. Hamm Beerger

    Naww, lizzy, there are lots and lots of stupid people in America.

  13. Hamm Beerger

    Oh, and I love the consistency: Pitchfork gets reamed for leaving a song off 2006 because they put it on 2005 and Rolling Stone got reamed for doing exactly the opposite with “Shipping Up to Boston” (released in 2005 yet on the 2006 list).

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