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Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Round 1: Robin Thicke f. Pharell “Blurred Lines” vs. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Sacrilege”

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Posted by teibs On December - 13 - 2013

@AndyShore I have been tasked with introducing this matchup, as both of these are tracks I brought on Zack. “Blurred Lines” was the song of the summer and beyond. It’s been played and covered to death (including this one time by Queens of the Stone Age). “Sacrilege” was the first single off the Yeah Yeah Yeahs most recent offering. It wasn’t the song of anything, but it still found itself on this list at the end of the year. We all love some Karen O, but I don’t know if anyone is gonna call it sacrilege if you vote for the alternative.

@ZackTeibloom OK, “Blurred Lines” isn’t the “worst song of this or any year” like Rob Sheffield will have you think. It’s overplayed, sure. And lines can’t be blurred by definition, but it’s hard to argue against it being an infectiously catchy and fun song. Are you sick of it? Probably. But at least there’s Pharell making everything better. And I really like the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, but this song is OK at best. I’m sad one of these songs gets to win, honestly. Insert Andy joke about sacrilege here.

@AndyShore Yes (yes yes), this song is called “Sacrilege.” However, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take it to church. I love the way this track builds. It starts quiet, but is quickly jarred to life through Karen O’s megaphone. Then the drums drop in and it gets bigger and bigger until the gospel choir is lifting “Sacrilege” to it’s peak. I wish more modern bands gravitated towards a gospel element, but I’ll settle for this one song at least making one appearance in this year’s bracket.

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