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Favorite Song of 2013 Contest: Round 1: Kanye West “Black Skinhead” vs. Paul McCartney “New”

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Posted by teibs On December - 16 - 2013

@ZackTeibloom Now here’s two songs I can get behind. I’m ecstatic that Paul put out his best song in 25 years and can’t wait for him to tour on it again. Kanye put out something radically different that might not be catchy or easily lovable, but is as daring as any release this year. So who do you reward? The best living songwriter doing his best work in a quarter century or the self appointed best rapper alive doing stripped down, raw, honest work. Not an easy choice. I’ll be defending Kanye’s abrasive track while Andy will argue that not even ‘Ye can beat Macca at his best. And he knows as well as anyone, having seen Sir Paul play the “New” track on Kimmel live. 

@AndyShore Holy cow, you guys. Seriously. When was the last time you thought a new track from the Rollings Stones or The Who qualified as the best song of any of the last twenty+ years? You could even go to bands from the 90s like Pearl Jam and not be able to say that about any of their past few albums. Paul McCartney churned out a song that sounds so familiar, it’s like your favorite sweatshirt. It comforts you and keeps you warm. You know the feeling before it even begins and it delivers. Every. time. Mark Ronson expertly produced “New.” He showed a deep understanding of what makes Macca the Greatest Of All Time. At 71, Macca is still going strong. Suddenly 3o doesn’t seem so intimidating. Zack can say whatever he wants about how “Black Skinhead” fires him up, but no part of me believes that the feelings “New” generates can be matched.

@ZackTeibloom Look. Macca is, by far, my favorite concert ever. But that Kanye “Black Skinhead” performance blows Macca away. Macca sits sweetly behind the piano pounding out a sweet melody, but Kanye’s doing 500, he’s out of control. Damn. Andy wanted us to use “Bound II” but picking Kanye’s one catchy, easy to digest song would miss the point. “Black Skinhead” may be harder to get into, but it’s the most rewarding once you do. It’s a great pump-up song, and the Tame Impala mash-up is my go-to running song. I wouldn’t be disappointed if Macca’s best work in ages gets the nod, but I think Kanye did the more impressive work this year.

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