List 1000 Definitely-Not-Pop Songs


A companion thread for the 1000 pop songs thread, for those songs you couldn’t possible conscion calling “pop” songs.

And I don’t wanna see no pop-music-of-its-time classical nonsense in here.

Let’s get this started!

Current 93 - Falling Back in Fields of Rape


And one more for good measure.

Philip Glass - Knee Play 5


Nick cave, babe Im on fire.


John Zorn, 1989 spy vs spy. Wru.


Reno - The Billy Nayer Show


Nick Drake, pink moon. Perhaps his most successful, but not pop.


Steeleye Span, Gaudete. Been copied, never improved.






i was at this performance. it was his first performance in the states shortly after his first public performance ever.



Miles Davis - So What


I know that someone will put this here eventually, so I’m going to be the one to do it. This composition is obviously the butt of a lot of jokes, but while there are plenty of good jokes to be made, the piece isn’t itself a joke. I would very much have liked to have seen this live at an event like this; to actually sit and listen intently to it with the other people in the room.

One summer after listening to Low’s Songs for a Dead Pilot for a few weeks I proceeded to listen to radio static on my walkman at a loud volume nearly every waking moment for two weeks. When I stopped I think I really understood John Cage when he said:

When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking. And talking about his feelings, or about his ideas of relationships. But when I hear traffic, the sound of traffic—here on Sixth Avenue, for instance—I don’t have the feeling that anyone is talking. I have the feeling that sound is acting. And I love the activity of sound […] I don’t need sound to talk to me.

John Cage - 4:33 (live)



A cover of a creepy old Irish ballad that my Gram loved…



Sun Ra - Outer Spaceways Incorporated


In memory of Prince, and the hulabaloo he caused with his Pop-Song Darling Nikki, we must remember the definitely non-pop remixes of PMRC by Frank Zappa about this so-called Porn Rock.