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Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.

That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...

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Thurston Moore's 38 Favorite Songs of All Time
Tapper Zukie - 'Man Ah Warrior'
Patti Smith - 'Godspeed'
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks - 'Orphans'
Mars - '3E'
Public Image LTD - 'Public Image'
The Slits - 'Love Und Romance'
The Raincoats - 'In Love'
Captain Beefheart - 'Electricity'
Alice Cooper - 'Is It My Body?'
T. Rex - 'Children Of The Revolution'
Archie Shepp - 'Blasé'
Billie Holiday - 'Gloomy Sunday'
Nirvana - 'Dive'
Mudhoney - 'In 'N Out of Grace'
Dinosaur Jr. - 'Little Fury Things'
Jackson C. Frank - 'Blues Run The Game'
Bush Tetras - 'Too Many Creeps'
The Germs - 'Caught In My Eye'
Boredoms - 'Born To Anal'
Lou Reed - 'Satellite Of Love'
Beach Boys - 'Hang On To Your Ego'
David Bowie - 'Five Years'
Sparks - 'Equator'
Siouxsie & The Banshees - 'Hong Kong Garden'
The Damned - 'New Rose'
The Mentally Ill - 'Gacy's Place'
Minor Threat - 'Out Of Step'
Black Flag - 'I've Got To Run'
The Untouchables - 'Nic Fit'
Iron Cross - 'Fight Em All'
The Faith - 'It's Time'
Void - 'My Rules'
Negative Approach - 'Nothing'
Youth Brigade - 'It's About Time We Had A Change'
State Of Alert - 'Gonna Haveta Fight'
Anne Briggs - 'Go Your Way'
The Fugs - 'Crystal Liaison'
Jimi Hendrix - 'Freedom'

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Comments (80)

no Outkast? nothing from the "Ladder 2" LP?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:59 AM

I really care about this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:59 AM

good pick on the nirvana song

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:07 PM

nothing from Speakerboxx/love below?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:13 PM

Who is Outkast??

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:16 PM

not to be rude, but couldn't he have put this in a Spotify playlist and send us the link?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:18 PM

Dave, In N Out of Grace, and Little Fury Things are all great calls.

Oh my gods. For 25 years I thought it was "Furry".

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:22 PM

Not Dave, but Dive.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:22 PM

he's spot on with Tapper Zukie - 'Man Ah Warrior' being his #1 song. he also should have mentioned yabby you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:36 PM

Nirvana "Diiv" is a classic!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:37 PM

No Grimes??

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:49 PM

A seriously great list. Lots of gems on there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:49 PM

Who are the Modern Weepers?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:51 PM

When will a prominent Brooklyn based artist list their favorite hummus platters? That's a list us regular BV readers really want to see!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:52 PM

everything i could find on rdio is in one playlist here: http://rd.io/x/QV5SkjMo9GA/

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:55 PM

No iPods?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 12:56 PM

12:18 - most people don't even have/give a shit about Spotify.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:10 PM

thanks 12:55!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:12 PM

No one born after 1991 is allowed to speak about music. Artists included.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:15 PM

Thurston more should give us a list of his 38 favorite women that he cheated on Kim Gordon with.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:29 PM

Kim Gordon deserved to be cheated on because she got too damn old!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:31 PM

what about the top 38 women he fucked after getting a divorce.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:38 PM

There honestly should be something by Glenn Branca on that list.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:42 PM

"Satellite" by Lou Reed ? Lou has about 100 songs better than that. How about Dirt, Coney Island Baby, All Through The Night, Temporary Thing, or Street Hassle ? Too many to name.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:44 PM

Nice list cheater. Go divorce Kim again and stop wasting our time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:59 PM

oh man so many heads are googling these names now

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 2:07 PM

No Cold Caves ? Very very sad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 2:26 PM

HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE!!! This list is INVALID!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 3:23 PM

No OutKast. He Racisss...

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 3:27 PM

What's Kim's list like?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 3:55 PM

good choice with the Jackson C. Frank song, but no Television-SY/Thurston owe their existence to them.

Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:05 PM

no wave was all about style not substance... how can someone honestly pick out a mars or teenage jesus song and call it a 'favorite'. god FUCK you, man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:12 PM

DIIV's second record is gonna be their best yet

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:36 PM

4:05 - they owe more to Glenn Branca. Sonic Youth would not sound like Sonic Youth if Lee and Thurston hadn't played with Branca.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:38 PM

who is Thurston boning?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:44 PM

Cher Lloyd.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 4:53 PM

Every, emphasis EVERY best of song list of any value to mankind contains at least one Hendrix song, one Dylan song and one Beatles song. Thurston got his list 1/3 right which is a he'll of a lot better than your garden-variety BV reader's

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 5:02 PM

Dob Bylan, Himi Jendrix, and Bhe Teatles

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 5:43 PM

4:12 - Easy. Of all the songs by those artists, he pick out the one he likes best.
Now listen to some Washed Out, have some hummus, and chill the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 6:09 PM

My favorite song of all time is Sweet Caroline by Neil Damond, followed by Looks Like We Made It by Barry Manilow, followed by Piano Man by Billy Joel.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 6:35 PM

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 6:52 PM

music has pretty much SUCKED since the early 90s

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 7:03 PM

Fully Nude - Le Claroset

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 7:16 PM

Siouxsie? I didn't see that coming!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 7:42 PM

5:35 just relax Skippy. When you have calmed down a bit do yourself a favor and write down the year that each of Thurston's songs was released, and count how many of his songs were from before the early 90s - that's many times you should stick the steak knife into your temple. Do try to have a nice night now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 7:43 PM

Thurston is like a no-wave hippie, so nostalgic so ossified

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 7:51 PM

This is neither pig nor pork- it's beef

Posted by Dr. Acula Alucard | January 12, 2014 8:23 PM

IIIIINNNNNHHHHIUUUUUMMMMMAAAAANNNNNN

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 8:29 PM

playola

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 8:40 PM

"guitar visionary"? What a joke

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 8:42 PM

Hang onto Your Ego is one of the weaker songs on Pet Sounds, much better pics to be had there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 9:21 PM

you know he really spends half his days listening to billy corgan

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 10:20 PM

that's MY list

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 10:38 PM

Thurston has been a big Madonna fan forever. Where is Madge's song?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 10:55 PM

Funny, no surf guitar. I'da thought fer sure there'd be some Duane Eddie or Dick Dale or at least some Ventures on there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:00 PM

I want All of the actresses to win, but especially Cate Blanchett

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:02 PM

Where is the Zeep man???

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:08 PM

"In 'N Ou

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:17 PM

for such an intellectual this list is pretty banal…no john cage or harry partch? so much for prepared guitar credit

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:17 AM

^ Funny, I also observed the lack there as well, but I never mistook Thurston's innovation for intellectual. Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf helped to electrify the blues (an amazing accomplishment at the time, now taken wholly for granted) but that was not intellectual either.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 6:26 AM

great list, esp The Raincoats' "In Love."

surprising Lou Reed pick--not "Sister Ray."

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 7:17 AM

4:38- yes agree, Branca mixed w/ Television equals good start for SY; as SY get more into their career, became better songwriters and I think 'The Eternal' was one of their most cohesive, though sure it didn't satisfy their noise fans. Still, showed growth in songwriting, consistency. Saved their best for last although don't think they thought it'd be their last (at least for now)....

Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2014 8:50 AM

Most of this shit I don't even know

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 12:58 PM

I can't find any of this music on Spotify or in my local music store in des moines.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 1:23 PM

DC Youth Brigade; nice

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:32 PM

12:22 (1/12) I think Death Cab for Cutie have a song called 'little furry things' as an homage to the Dinosaur Jr. song

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:36 PM

^nm, it's called 'little fury bugs' - I don't know if there's a connection but I always thought there was

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:38 PM

Never forget:

"Sucking Avant Pop Cock" by the Warhol Wannabies

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 9:44 PM

Negative Approach - 'Nothing'

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 9:46 PM

The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:02 PM

"Cars" Gary Newman

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:17 PM

What, no Hector Lavoe? ANYONE actually in NYC during the late 70s would have at least some Fania All Stars on that list. This bitch is an impostor.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:20 PM

Somebody wake up Obama by the pool and tell him Thurston's best of list is up on BV

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:26 PM

I really thought Thurstun Moore would have had Hermins Hermits song on his list.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:37 PM

white people suck

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

No dub?

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 6:37 PM

How long did this dips hit live in NYC? No Melle Mel? No Rakim? No Public Enemy? No Biggie? Not fucking ** one ** of them?

Of course, Thurston is still a great "poet" himself and an even better "jazz" "improvisor."

also hardcore sucks, and Chelsea Light Moving are worse.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 12:07 AM

What, no black metal? Not even a Mayhem or Burzum song.

Posted by HoganSavage | January 16, 2014 12:20 PM

thruston is one of those very rare artists that have a never ending creative teen spirit. I hope time passes by me without touching my mind, though by body will certainly fade. What a song...

Posted by Lune | November 1, 2014 9:58 AM

Amazing song

Posted by Maria Pia2 | November 21, 2014 2:50 AM

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