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


Pitchfork 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]