“Pitchfork” Thinks LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” Is Something Great

Dec 17th, 2007 // 21 Comments

allmyfriendz.jpgThis summer I was already convinced that LCD Soundsystem would top Pitchfork’s list of the best singles of the year, even if I wasn’t sure if the spot would go to “All My Friends” or “Someone Great.” But my former colleagues solved the issue by putting both songs into the Top 10 of the site’s Top 100 singles of 2007, to which (in the interest of full blah de blah) I should note that I did not contribute my two cents. (Albums list neither.) The full 100 is after the jump, but first our thoughts on the list you’ve all been (admit it) patiently waiting to pick apart more than any other.

THE GOOD: The Top 10 belongs to what are by now the usual suspects (try to guess the precise order before clicking!), but this is probably the only year-end wrap-up where Sun City Girls guitar magus Sir Richard Bishop shares space with the handbag R&B of T2′s bassline house anthem “Heartbroken,” a soppy memory from the heyday of U.K. garage that grows on me with each listen. And unlike the bulk of 2007′s best-of lists, most every entry comes with an MP3 or audio stream (or at least a video clip) so that you can decide in real time just how much you disagree with it.
THE BAD: Pretty light on dance/electronic music for a site with a monthly techno column by one of the best critics covering the beat and hip-hop’s been more or less whittled down to the handful of expected/accepted 2007 Inter-faves (Kanye, Jay-Z, Wayne, etc.) in favor of Pitchfork’s indie wheelhouse (which had a better-than-average year). Plus they didn’t even have the balls to rank the Black Kids higher than No. 68.
THE WHAAAA? Pitchfork’s (institutional) embrace of the pop charts is still so odd. (That it was one of the weakest years for American pop in my living memory notwithstanding.) For instance, nothing by Lloyd, Ne-Yo, Amerie (who they favorably reviewed, even if she scored no American hits this year), Keyshia Cole, Timbaland, Bobby Valentino, Beyonce, Chris Brown, etc. makes the list, which would be fine if there was a blanket ban on non-”Umbrella” R&B. Except why did a negligible soundtrack inclusion from one-hit ex-model Cassie (a song the entry even acknowledges is initially “devoid of any distinctive qualities”) make it in?

100: Ost & Kjex “Milano Mugolian (A Thrilling Mungophony in Two Parts)”
99: Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew “Backed Out on the…”
98: Old Time Relijun “Indestructible Life!”
97: Sir Richard Bishop “Ecstasies in the Open Air”
96: Times New Viking “Teenage Lust!”
95: Groove Armada [ft. Mutya Buena] “Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)”
94: MGMT “Time to Pretend”
93: Antibalas “Beaten Metal”
92: Air “Mer du Japon (Kris Menace Remix)”
91: Menomena “The Pelican”
90: Miranda Lambert “Gunpowder & Lead”
89: Air France “Beach Party”
88: The New Pornographers “Myriad Harbour”
87: Sophie Ellis-Bextor “Me and My Imagination”
86: Rekid “Next Stop Chicago”
85: BARR “The Song Is the Single”
84: 50 Cent “I Get Money”
83: Sonic Youth “I’m Not There”
82: Tinariwen “Matadjem Yinmixan”
81: Modest Mouse “Dashboard”
80: Grizzly Bear “Little Brother (Electric)”
79: Magik Markers “Taste”
78: Amy Winehouse “Tears Dry on Their Own”
77: The National “Mistaken for Strangers”
76: Klaxons “Golden Skans”
75: Escort “All Through the Night”
74: Black Lips “Katrina”
73: The Twilight Sad “Cold Days From the Birdhouse”
72: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists “La Costa Brava”
71: The Shins “Turn on Me”
70: Cassie “Is It You?”
69: Roísín Murphy “Overpowered”
68: Black Kids “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You”
67: Devin the Dude [ft. Andre 3000 and Snoop Dogg] “What a Job”
66: King Khan & the Shrines “Welfare Bread”
65: DJ Khaled [ft. T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman & Lil Wayne] “We Takin’ Over”
64: No Age “Neck Escaper”
63: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “I’m Not Gonna Cry”
62: Cool Kids “I Rock”
61: !!! “Heart of Hearts”
60: The White Stripes “Rag and Bone”
59: Lil Wayne “Upgrade U”
58: Shellac “The End of Radio”
57: Electrelane “To the East”
56: Aesop Rock “None Shall Pass”
55: Studio “No Comply”
54: Joanna Newsom “Colleen”
53: Bat for Lashes “What’s a Girl to Do?”
52: The Clientele “Bookshop Casanova”
51: Kanye West [ft. T-Pain] “Good Life”
50: Dude ‘N Nem “Watch My Feet”
49: Yeasayer “2080″
48: Liars “Plaster Casts of Everything”
47: T2 “Heartbroken”
46: Deerhunter “Wash Off”
45: The Honeydrips “Fall From a Height”
44: Pantha du Prince “Saturn Strobe”
43: Deerhoof “The Perfect Me”
42: Spoon “Black Like Me”
41: Los Campesinos! “You! Me! Dancing!”
40: Beirut “Elephant Gun”
39: Sally Shapiro “He Keeps Me Alive”
38: Matthew Dear “Deserter”
37: Blonde Redhead “23″
36: Okkervil River “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe”
35: Dirty Projectors “Rise Above”
34: The Tough Alliance “Silly Crimes”
33: Dinosaur Jr. “Almost Ready”
32: R. Kelly [ft. T.I. and T-Pain] “I’m a Flirt (remix)”
31: Cortney Tidwell “Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan’s Objects in Space Remix)”
30: Dan Deacon “Wham City”
29: Arcade Fire “Keep the Car Running”
28: Dizzee Rascal “Pussy’ole (Old Skool)”
27: Lil Mama “Lip Gloss”
26: Jay-Z “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…)”
25: Kanye West “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
24: Gui Boratto “Beautiful Life”
23: Simian Mobile Disco “I Believe”
22: Animal Collective “Peacebone”
21: M.I.A. “Boyz”
20: Radiohead “All I Need”
19: The Field “A Paw in My Face”
18: Chromatics “In the City”
17: Burial “Archangel”
16: Feist “1 2 3 4″
15: Jens Lekman “A Postcard to Nina”
14: Caribou “Melody Day”
13: Of Montreal “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal”
12: Spoon “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”
11: Grinderman “No Pussy Blues”
10: Jay-Z [ft. Beanie Sigel] “Ignorant Shit”
9: Animal Collective “Fireworks”
8: Justice “D.A.N.C.E.”
7: LCD Soundsystem “Someone Great”
6: UGK [ft. Outkast] “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)”
5: Rihanna [ft. Jay-Z] “Umbrella”
4: M.I.A. [ft. Bun B and Rich Boy] “Paper Planes (Remix)”
3: Panda Bear “Bros”
2: Battles “Atlas”
1: LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends”

Top 100 Tracks Of 2007 [Pitchfork]

  1. Nicolars

    This list is less objectionable than I thought it would be.

  2. SomeSound-MostlyFury

    This looks like they just cut and pasted randomly from the “Forkcast” and shuffled the list randomly until they found something that stuck. Not to say that this decision-making process is any worse than other music publications….

  3. SuperUnison

    The National should have owned the top ten. “Brainy” “Apartment Story” and “Mistaken For Strangers” are all classic. I don’t want to bitch at length about the rest of the list, which seems to consist mostly of lame, thinly justified poptimist jive.

  4. Mordy

    @SuperUnison: YEAH! Like that made-for-radio Panda Bear album! Or those Z100 darlings LCD Soundsystem. Or Electrelane! Or Justice! Or Battles!

    A real poptimist list would have Fall Out Boy. In the Top 10.

  5. Anonymous

    I’m confused – isn’t the Pitchfork list simply every writer giving their Top 25 and then the lowest number is number 1, second lowest is number 2, and so forth? It seems strange to criticize Pitchfork as an institution when the editors of the site don’t have that much to do with the results. For example, Radiohead’s “All I Need” is number 20 but only because two writers voted for it (one of the writers gave it number 1, and another gave it number 15). Likewise, had ONE other writer put “Hey” by Home Blitz in their top 25 it would have made the list (because Matt LeMay had it as his number 1). Had Home Blitz made the list I’d be jumping for joy of course, but my joy would only be a result of two writers including it in their Top 25. Right? Had one other writer ranked the Black Kids in their Top 10 “INGTYBHTDWY” would have been at least in the Top 20, which I also would be thrilled about. I don’t know exactly how it works, but it seems strange to me. On the other hand, I can’t think of any better way to compile a year end list. I guess what I’m saying is it makes sense to hate the *system* Pitchfork uses if you want to, but don’t hate on Pitchfork. For any of their lists, at least. Instead, hate the individual contributors.

  6. Anonymous

    Finally “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” makes a list!

  7. Lucas Jensen

    @SuperUnison: If the National had hooks it would help.

  8. Nunya B

    Eh, stuff it. “Is It You?” is A+.

    I was so glad to see Róisín, the Groove Armada/Mutya collab, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor somewhere in the lower reaches of the list, though. It excited me.

  9. Nunya B

    Eh, stuff it. I think the Cassie track is really quite good.

    I was so excited to see Róisín Murphy, Groove Armada’s Mutya collab, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the lower reaches of the list. A little pandering to a pop fan like me goes a long way, apparently.

  10. Anonymous

    People will complain about P4K’s lists no matter what they put in them, but I think they are almost always relatively solid (including this one).

  11. bcapirigi

    i’m glad somebody finally acknowledged the tough alliance, sally shapiro and sophie ellis-bextor on their lists. also, bookshop casanova! although two kanye songs is two more reasons for me to want to shoot him in his stupid fat head.

  12. Swankster

    I share #1′s with P4k. “All My Friends” is the song all you suckers will cry to when your 70 (or 28).

  13. Anonymous

    @Swankster: I’m more likely to cry to “Old Friends” by Roger Miller.

  14. The Dewd

    @Lucas Jensen: Regardless, I’m still calling Boxer as Pitchfork’s album of the year.

  15. westartedthis

    i wish they still did “singles” rather than “tracks”. and i wish they still limited it to 50. their “top singles” lists were always surprising, infuriating, enjoyable, interesting or some combination of all that. these last two years under the “tracks not singles” system has produced two nebulous shmears of “huh?” from artists who almost invariably had better songs on their records than the ones they chose.

  16. G3K

    Animal Collective/Panda Bear is the worst thing to hit indie music criticism this year. And the National didn’t place because they’re absurdly boring, sorry.

  17. Anonymous

    This list was great. A lot of my personal faves – “Black Like Me,” “To the East,” “Our Life Is Not a Movie…,” “Peacebone,” “Someone Great.” The only odd absence seemed to be Blitzen Trapper’s “Wild Mountain Nation.”

    I predict Deerhunter’s Cryptograms makes P4k’s surprise #1 album. And I hope the Electrelane album cracks the top 10, even if it does have to be helped along by the nostalgia factor.

  18. Anonymous

    @JZ13: I think the Deerhunter album just misses the top 10. A couple months ago I thought it was probably top 5, but I wonder if burnout has started to kick in a little. The fact that the album was shut out of the singles list (though the EP placed a song) bodes ill, I think, though it could earn bonus points for “album-yness.”

  19. Mordy

    @capnbecki: Or “Old Friends” by Simon and Garfunkel.

  20. Anonymous

    The albums list was fairly easy to predict last year (I nailed 6 out of the top 7, though my order was all wrong), but quite a bit tougher this year. The singles list reinforced my suspicion that LCD is a lock for #1, though it’s possible the voters will view it more as a singles collection than a real “album” (not to mention I thought TVotR was a lock last year).

    Prediction:
    #1: LCD
    #2: MIA
    #3: Battles
    #4: Animal Collective
    #5: Radiohead

    (Early IP07/P&J pred.: MIA, Arcade Fire, LCD, Radiohead, and Kanye in differing orders.)

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