SOURCE: Pitchfork


August 27, 2010 13:40 ET

The 1990s Take Over Pitchfork Next Week

Greatest Tracks of the Decade Named

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 27, 2010) -  Next week Pitchfork gets totally retrospective with a 1990s take over. Starting Monday, the online music magazine will set aside its hallmark album reviews and features, and will instead devote the entire week to counting down the top 200 songs of the 1990s. Monday's edition will start with songs number 200-151, leading up to Friday's edition of the top 20 songs.

In years past Pitchfork has done lists of albums from the '70s, '80s, and '90s and songs from the '60s. "This list is different from any big list," said Mark Richardson, managing editor of Pitchfork. "For the first time, the age of the Pitchfork writers seems to have a huge impact on how he or she understood the music of the '90s. When Nirvana hit in late 1991, a couple of us were in our early 20s, while more than a few others were still in early grade school. That gap proved to be an interesting puzzle. The further we got into the voting and selecting songs to be considered for the list, the more it became apparent that there were so many sides to the '90s story, it made sense to tell as many of them as possible. So unlike any big list we've ever done, we haven't included multiple songs per band so we can take in as much in as possible."

Starting Monday Pitchfork will count down its favorite 200 songs by 200 artists, each offering a small piece of the weird '90s puzzle. "We've also included a collection of 'See also' tracks to go deeper into the specific bands, sounds, and scenes," said Richardson. All song titles of the top 200 selections and the additional tracks will link to YouTube searches so you can listen as you go.

"Decades of music get more interesting over time," Richardson noted. "It's not always clear what music will be carried forward, what will later seem embarrassing, what might vanish and re-emerge as an overlooked classic, and what might disappear completely. Over time, all of those things are happening simultaneously, continuously shaping what a decade of music might mean. One track or album or artist can move fluidly between these categories, and people are going to disagree about what goes where."

If nothing else, Pitchfork continues to open the dialogue and foster debate over what is one of the most subjective things in our lives -- music.

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