It's Alright Ma, (They're Only Contrarian)
As many of you already know, Pitchfork is in the midst of its 200 Best Songs of 60's list. Now as much as everyone bitches about Pitchfork, their lists have been among the best things they've ever done. Sure, you can point out how absurd it was when they named "Low," album of the 70's or put "Daydream Nation," ahead of "The Queen is Dead," on their 80s list. But for the most part, Pitchfork's lists have been relatively on-point.
But on this one, I'm going to have to take a stand. If you go over to their website today, you'll see Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) ranked at #150. How in God's name is it possible that a song this brilliant could be ranked behind The Monkees' "I'm a Believer?" Are the Pitchfork writers taking music advice from Lloyd "The Monkees Were a Big Influence on the Beatles" Christmas? Egregious.
About 9 months ago when I started this blog, I had the bright idea of running a feature every week where I'd write about a different album that meant a lot to me. Well, that thought only got as far as "Bringing It all Back Home," and "The Queen Is Dead." However, I discuss "It's Alright Ma," the greatest song ever written, at length in that post."
The fact that this didn't crack the top 10 of the Pitchfork list is pathetic and generally illustrates why I find most music critics of the Pitchfork ilk so irritating. Just because "It's Alright Ma," is a well-regarded song, they didn't have to knock it down a few places, they did it just to be contrarian. At any rate, the list is certainly worth checking out. It's a good read even if they completely snubbed the full scope of Dylan's lyrical brilliance. I'm sure he'll have some other songs pop up a bit higher on the list, but there's just no excuse for ranking this one so low.
Listen for yourself.
Bob Dylan--"It's Alright Ma, (I'm Only Bleeding)
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