Thursday, August 18th, 2011

'Exile On Main Street,' In Order

18. Turd on the Run
17. Let It Loose
16. Casino Boogie
15. Sweet Virginia
14. Stop Breaking Down
13. Shake Your Hips
12. Rip This Joint
11. Sweet Black Angel
10. Loving Cup
9. All Down The Line
8. Ventilator Blues
7. Soul Survivor
6. Tumbling Dice
5. Torn And Frayed
4. Happy
3. I Just Want To See His Face
2. Shine a Light
1. Rocks Off

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freetzy (#7,018)

Call me an antiquarian, but you really should just clear you schedule and hit "PLAY."

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@freetzy: You call yourself an antiquarian? I have to clear my schedule, play side 1, get up and flip to side 2, get up and change to side 3, and then it's a toss-up between side 4 and brunch.

Debussy Fields (#9,962)

Giant hands, giant feet, throw you to the shark!

dep (#24,108)

It doesn't get much better than this, does it?

Matt (#26)

And Dubliners is the novel version of the Great American Novel.

cruiskeen lawn (#1,794)

"Happy": It does exactly what it says on the tin.

LondonLee (#922)

Is this the right room for an argument?

Actually I'd have a different #1 and put 'Soul Survivor' higher but that's it.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Not a bad song on there, but All Down the Line #1 and Sweet Virginia needs to be higher.

Phil Koesterer (#2,708)

@SidAndFinancy Sweet Virginia at #15 is my only beef with this list.

@SidAndFinancy : Precisely!

Johnnie R (#23,844)

I am VERY HAPPY to be having this argument, because all 18 songs bring me joy. That being said, "Shine a Light" is way too high and "Shake Your Hips" is much too low. Rocks Off is #1 with a bullet.

VTBen (#4,892)

Let it Loose deserves to be much higher than #17

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Gets it.

En Vague (#82)

18. Girls, Girls, Girls
17. Stratford-on-Guy
16. Strange Loop
15. Mesmerizing
14. Dance of the Seven Veils
13. Glory
12. Flower
11. Shatter
10. Explain It to Me
9. Gunshy
8. Fuck and Run
7. Never Said
6. Johnny Sunshine
5. Divorce Song
4. Soap Star Joe
3. 6'1"
2. Canary
1. Help Me Mary

@En Vague: I see what you did here. Now get your ya yas out.

Decca (#22,846)

@En Vague

18. Girls! Girls! Girls!
17. Shatter
16. Gunshy
15. Flower
14. Canary
13. Never Said
12. Dance of the Seven Veils
11. Strange Loop
10. Glory
9. Johnny Sunshine
8. Explain It To Me
7. Stratford-on-Guy
6. Help Me Mary
5. 6'1"
4. Soap Star Joe
3. Fuck and Run
2. Mesmerizing
1. Divorce Song

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

"1. Rocks Off" You fucking sellout.

roboloki (#1,724)

ACK!!! this list make me SO ANGRY.¹

¹this list does not actually make me angry but i thought to indicate otherwise would be bad form.

ericdeamer (#945)

Everything here appears to be in order to me.

Well, at least this one has an order.

Also … was this like last-minute linkbait by someone who overestimated the aggressiveness of Awl commenters? Because, uh, I want to see some vitriol here.

LondonLee (#922)

You need to do this for 'Sign O' The Times'

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

16. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
15. Sign 'O' the Times
14. Strange Relationship
13. Slow Love
12. Forever in My Life
11. Hot Thing
10. Housequake
9. Play in the Sunshine
8. Starfish and Coffee
7. U Got the Look
6. The Cross
5. Adore
4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
3. If I Was Your Girlfriend
2. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
1. It

LondonLee (#922)

It? Are you shitting me. I literally would put that one last.

See, you've started a fight already.

LondonLee (#922)

You made me do it…

16. It
15. Strange Relationship
14. Forever in My Life
13. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
12. Adore
11. The Cross
10. Slow Love
9. Hot Thing
8. U Got the Look
7. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
6. Play in the Sunshine
5. Housequake
4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
3. Starfish and Coffee
2. Sign 'O' the Times
1. If I Was Your Girlfriend

Decca (#22,846)


The Ballad of Dorothy Parker for first, always and forever!

KristaJulieva (#588)

I was all set to object, looking at the lowest few rankings, but I realized it's just because every song is so good…as others have suggested Let it Loose is too low.

VTBen (#4,892)

Well if we're ranking other classic double albums:

21. If It's Magic
20. Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing
19. Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)
18. Joy Inside My Tears
17. Knocks Me Off My Feet
16. Love's in Need of Love Today
15. Village Ghetto Land
14. Saturn
13. Summer Soft
12. Ebony Eyes
11. Another Star
10. Have a Talk With God
9. All Day Sucker
8. Isn't She Lovely
7. Ordinary Pain
6. I Wish
5. Black Man
4. Sir Duke
3. Pastime Paradise
2. Contusion
1. As

23abraxas (#16,293)

Hello! Longtime reader, only recent commenter here.

I would just like to say: please stop it with the "Listicles without Commentary"! They have long ceased to be fun.

LondonLee (#922)

I know, someone putting 'Knocks Me Off My Feet' at #17 made me sad too.

"Diamond Rings, Vaseline,
You give me disease"

If the worst song on your record is THAT rawkstarry, you got no problems.

Adam St. Patrick (#2,362)

Just Want to See His Face and Let It Loose are one entity, and at #8. Ventilator Blues goes lower.

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