Pitchfork has finished off their list of The Top 500 Tracks of the past decade (assuming, of course, they are referring to the cultural decade “the aughts” and not using a calendar decade — their list begins a year early and ends a year early)
#1? An interesting choice: “B.O.B.,” Outkast. It wouldn’t be eligible for my decade list since the song is from 2000, but they make a good case for it, regardless.
We hear a bloodthirsty gospel choir inaugurating a presidential administration of warmongering evangelicals. We hear André 3000 and Big Boi fire off a synapse-bursting stream of ripped-from-the-headlines buzzwords (“Cure for cancer/ Cure for AIDS”), personal anecdotes (“Got a son on the way by the name of Bamboo”) and product placements (“Yo quiero Taco Bell”) that read like the world’s first Twitter feed. We hear four minutes of utter fucking chaos yielding to a joyously optimistic denouement (a point reinforced by the Stankonia cover’s re-imagination of the American flag, which anticipates a White House set to be painted black).