Outkast Top Pitchfork List
2009-08-21 by David James Young | 46 Comments

Hip-hop duo Outkast have topped Pitchfork's Top 500 Songs of the Decade list. Shockingly, the #1 song by Outkast was not the 2003 smash hit 'Hey Ya!,' or even 2001's 'Ms. Jackson.' Stanktonia's 'B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)' tops the list, as it did the webzine's 2000-2004 list five years ago.

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elephantREVOLUTION
August 22nd 2009

2730 Comments


hollaback girl is ranked 180

Tulannical
August 22nd 2009

2051 Comments


wow nice call on #47, Archangel by Burial.

scyther
August 22nd 2009

1606 Comments


Thats like the worst Outkast song ever.

elephantREVOLUTION
August 22nd 2009

2730 Comments


21. kelly clarkson - since u been gone

illmitch
August 22nd 2009

5429 Comments


pitchfork acknowledges good pop music

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2009

7305 Comments


Some really odd choices. I don't know plenty of these songs.

Digging: Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2009

17920 Comments


the thermals at 250 : D

The Sludge
August 22nd 2009

2169 Comments


I am completely disappointed in the lack of pop-punk on the entire list. Not even Green Day, which should have been a shoe in at least somewhere on a list like this.

But it was well put together.

thebhoy
Emeritus
August 22nd 2009

4459 Comments


^ Kinda agree. List was actually surprisingly, consistently well put together. I forgot how much I liked B.O.B. *downloads Stanktonia*

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2009

17920 Comments


pitchfork wouldn't put post-2000 stuff like that on this list are you kidding me

thebbqshrimp
August 22nd 2009

1207 Comments


OutKast/"B.O.B." rule, so I'm not outrageously upset 'bout the choice.

shade
August 22nd 2009

1198 Comments


more like Bitchfork

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2009

7305 Comments


Yeah. They basically focused on indie/alt, pop, hip hop and nothing more.

I'm glad that at least McLusky and Shellac made the cut.

Prophet178
August 22nd 2009

6397 Comments


That list was such bullshit. It was just them trying to mix pop acts in with their pretentious list of elite indie bands. The end of the list had better tracks than the top 20.

I can't wait to see how hard they fuck up the top albums of the decade.

TheGreatD17
August 22nd 2009

1141 Comments


I only ran through it quickly but I think "Blood and Thunder" in the 290s is the only metal song on the list. I didn't expect metal to be extremely prevalent on the list, but only one song? That's kind of ridiculous.

elephantREVOLUTION
August 22nd 2009

2730 Comments


sleeping giant by mastodon is also on the list

deadinholywood
August 22nd 2009

238 Comments


Needs more Indie and Jay Z.



Tits McGee
August 22nd 2009

1876 Comments


song is incredible tbh

Teddy Picker
August 22nd 2009

280 Comments


Nice to see they included Smog, I'm a big fan.

Douchebag
August 22nd 2009

3624 Comments


I've never seen the big deal about the song, not bagging it, i've just never thought it was that good.

ozzmonkey
August 23rd 2009

33 Comments


I think Outkast deserves it.
That song is way ahead of its time and so energetic.
Stankonia is such a great album.

Captain North
August 23rd 2009

6768 Comments


Hey Ya was a better song.

Titan50
August 23rd 2009

4588 Comments


List reminds me I need to download some Outkast

Teddy Picker
August 23rd 2009

280 Comments


"That list was such bullshit. It was just them trying to mix pop acts in with their pretentious list of elite indie bands. The end of the list had better tracks than the top 20.

I can't wait to see how hard they fuck up the top albums of the decade."

^^Nailed it, although there are a few songs I did agree with (less than 10)

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2009

15727 Comments


loved seeing all my friends at number 2 and my girls at 9

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009

4938 Comments


Stankonia might be Outkast's 4th best record.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2009

15727 Comments


isn't that like the best album ever according to metacritic? I feel like I should get it but the consensus here seems to be that aquemini and atliens are better

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009

4926 Comments


I was disappointed that Your Hand In Mine wasn't on the list, yet the other Explosions in the Sky song, First Breath After Coma was (another incredible song, but still). The Microphones - The Moon was too low (382). Happy to see Mountain Goats had two spots (The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton [230] and No Children [128]). Surprised they included At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor [255]. Bon Iver - Skinny Love was far too low (beat fucking HOLLABACK GIRL by a spot and a Los Campesinos! song was higher, come on.) Props for Shellac - Prayer To God, Animal Collective - 'Grass' and 'Fireworks' was about right. Top ten was decent.

All-in-all, pretty predictable

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

rikkisteve
August 24th 2009

43 Comments


No way Stankonia is better than ATLiens.

fromtheinside
August 24th 2009

17678 Comments


^false.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

essplode
August 24th 2009

92 Comments


i figured the microphone tracks were so low cause the glow pt. 2 was gonna be so high but it didn't even make the list so wtf. ryan and i managed to pretty much map out this list so indy points for all 8)

rikkisteve
August 24th 2009

43 Comments


I'm guessing that false was for me.

Maybe it's a difference in age, but I'd be surprised if anyone that was in high school when ATLiens came out would find Stankonia better. ATLiens was so much memorable, songs like ATLiens, 2 Dope Boys, Wheels of Steel, and Elevators are classics.

fromtheinside
August 24th 2009

17678 Comments


its good that you think those are classics, but stankonia provided that hits that compliment my childhood.

Yotimi
August 24th 2009

6436 Comments


Biggest surprise ommissions on the list were "The Glow Pt. 2" (as others have said) but also "Frontier Psychiatrist" (they raved about that song/album and it's easily the best track on Since I Left You imo. The debate over which Outkast album is kinda pointless since it's a top song list. Oftentimes, the best songs are on weaker albums. Plus B.O.B. topped the list for it representing American politics from the past decade just as much as for being a good song.

Yotimi
August 24th 2009

6436 Comments


Yeah, I wasn't directing that at you chamber. Just meant in general.

Yotimi
August 24th 2009

6436 Comments


That's not what I'm saying at all. Of course it's coincidental, it was released a year before 9/11. Despite that fact, it still summed up the decade pretty well, whether intentionally or not.

fromtheinside
August 24th 2009

17678 Comments


i'm sorry ms jackson
ooooooooooooooo
i am for realllll...

Jawaharal
August 24th 2009

1832 Comments


would've liked to see Roses on the list, as well as International Players Anthem being higher.

Fireworks and My Girls should swap.

KTV
August 24th 2009

760 Comments


ms. jackson is way better than B.O.B. IMO

Jawaharal
August 24th 2009

1832 Comments


nah, B.O.B. is way better

fromtheinside
August 24th 2009

17678 Comments


ms. jackson is the stuff dreams are made of.

illmitch
August 24th 2009

5429 Comments


yeah International Players Anthem should be way higher, that song is amazing

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 25th 2009

4926 Comments


never fuck without a rubbaaaah

illmitch
August 25th 2009

5429 Comments


never on the sheets, like it on top of the cover

bastard
August 25th 2009

3435 Comments


Stankonia might be Outkast's 4th best record.


this and then some. Beats that two disc where Big Boi finally gave up trying to compete with Andre though, by a long shot.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2009

14983 Comments


such a fuckin good song



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