20 Essential Krautrock Songs

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Essential-Krautrock-PlaylistThis week, Stereogum are media partners at Berlin’s intimate psych-rock festival Synästhesie. To celebrate, we’re looking back on a pivotal, deeply influential genre from Germany. For a corner of popular music that revolutionized multiple genres at once from the late 1960s onward, it really bears noting first and foremost that “krautrock” is a … More »

40 Disco Songs That Definitely Don’t Suck

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Disco Demolition Night, which happened 40 years ago today, is the day two genres were marked for death. Disco itself was one of them, of course: Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl, infuriated that his still-young shock-jock career was derailed when WDAI changed format from rock to disco and shitcanned him in the process, waged war … More »

Chillwave At 10: The Essential Tracks

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Chillwave Ultimate PlaylistI honestly thought “glo-fi” was gonna stick, y’all. More »

17 Essential Songs In 7/4

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Time SignaturesThere’s a reason why all those Ramones songs start with “1-2-3-4!” — and also a reason why Captain Beefheart raged against the “big mama heartbeat.” For anyone growing up in America in the last century, 4/4 meter has been the core of popular music — rock, pop, rap, blues, gospel, all the way back to … More »

30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

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Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn’t fare much better. Before noise rock had a name, rock critics such as Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau came up with their own suitably unpleasant ways of describing the tortured sounds of music oozing … More »

28 Essential Reggaeton Songs From The Early 2000s To Now

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I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. Once we were old enough to hold instruments, my sister and I expressed some reticence about performing with our parents, but due in part to the closeness of the Mexican family unit and … More »

31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs

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It makes sense that we’re experiencing a horror renaissance. The genre took off during the Great Depression and has been there for us in difficult times to accentuate and provide some semblance of shelter from our biggest fears. Since the dawn of the medium, music has proven just as important to film as visuals are; … More »

19 Essential Hold Steady B-Sides

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The Hold SteadyOne of the first things we hear Craig Finn snarl on his band’s 2004 debut album is a simple declaration of intent: “We gotta start it off with a positive jam!” This — and Finn’s decade-by-decade American history barrage that precedes it — is where the legend of the Hold Steady, America’s premier bookish, beerish, … More »

30 Essential Grunge Songs

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Essential-Grunge-PlaylistYou can choose all sorts of genesis points when you look back at a moment as era-defining and yet difficult to clarify as grunge. One route might be to focus on the movement’s mainstream insurgence in the early ’90s, to locate the true beginning of grunge as when it arrived and subsequently stormed the charts … More »

A Beginner’s Guide To Peter Gabriel: 27 Essential Tracks

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Peter-GabrielIn the history of classic rock, few big names have had a career quite like Peter Gabriel’s. After all, it’s hard to even make sense of his arc: This is a guy who went from ’70s prog to an art-rock tinged with ’80s new wave and post-punk to experimental pop auteurism to becoming an elder … More »