Category Archives: 2010s

The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Hurt You”

Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Love, Marriage and Divorce, as we get closer to decade’s end, increasingly sounds the decade’s best album, the R&B cousin of Shoot Out the Lights. Between ‘Face’s pen and that stunning ache in Braxton’s voice, “Hurt You” … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Late Nights and Early Mornings”

This song is the single greatest Prince rip of all time — yes, even moreso than “Oh Sheila” — and it’s not just due to the highly effective way that Marsha Ambrosius uses the Linn drum here. No, it’s also the … Continue reading

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The unbearable somethingness of year-end polls: the ’10s

Every year, when I put together my ballots for year-end music critics polls (Village Voice‘s Pazz & Jop, and Nashville Scene‘s Country Music Critics Poll), it gets me thinking: do my top 10s from previous years still hold up, years later? … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Where Is It Going? (Paralympics Mix)/Spasticus Autisticus”

This is a big one for me. In the summer of 2012, many of the world’s eyes were fixed on London for their triumphant Olympic games. But what you may not realize is that, a couple weeks after the Summer … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Good Kisser”

What I said upon the release of “Good Kisser” in Spring 2014: “Coming out of anyone else’s mouth, let alone JT’s, these oversexed come-ons (really, they’re come-afters) would sound gross. But Usher, uniquely, has the panache to get them over. 20 … Continue reading

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Kate Bush, ’50 Words for Snow’ (Fish People/EMI, 2011)

A couple of years ago I discovered The Essential Winter’s Solstice, two discs of Windham Hill wintertime music at its best, and quietest; it coincided with my attending a Windham Hill holiday concert, which was a beautiful, contemplative evening. That’s where … Continue reading

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