This feature originally ran in 2014. We’re reposting in anticipation of Spoon’s new album, Hot Thoughts.
Top Songs is a feature in which we definitively handpick the very best songs in an artist or band’s catalog. Sounds simple, right? Oh, if only.
The first thing any Spoon fan recognizes about the band is its remarkable and almost polite sense of consistency. That’s what makes even the relatively short wait between Hot Thoughts and the Austin, Texas, band’s excellent last album, They Want My Soul, sting a bit. Sure, it’s hard to wait on new albums, but it’s harder still to wait on the closest thing indie rock has to a sure thing. That’s also what made it so hard to whittle down the group’s back catalog to 10 essential tracks. Trust us: We spent all weekend bickering over where we got it right and wrong nearly three years ago. The result is a list that saw some personal favorites fall away and some other songs climb aboard. And if our hot take on Hot Thoughts has any staying power, we’ll need to be updating this list all over again in the near future. In brief: This is a band that knows how to write a sharply crafted pop song. This list is the proof. Rock on.