The “The 30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time” is a topic that was always bound to stir the pot, and Spin Magazine has ably taken on the challenge with a list that’s equal parts agreeably informed and cheekily controversial – with one of the most surprising namechecks being Kanye and Jay Z’s unstoppable cut from Watch The Throne last year, “N!**@S In Paris.”
It’s a banging anthem indeed, but is it dubstep? “The best beat on the lush Watch the Throne wasn’t necessarily dubstep — just incomprehensible without it… putting a funhouse mirror to dubstep’s defining rhythmic move.” And there’s doubt it was a little heavier and noisier than what hip-hop fans are used to, influenced by the adventurous nature of bass music.
Elsewhere, the #1 spot was awarded to Skream’s 2005 prototype classic “Midnight Request Line”, singled out as a “game changer”, and the first anthem to shrug off the sound’s stubborn prior refusal to be pigeonholed and instead, “wear the genre badge proudly. While its gurgling bass is a cauldron brewing under the dark, clean kicks of ’90s garage, the real star of the show is the melody… It was dubstep acting like pop years before pop noticed.”
Other seminal classics from dubstep mainstays like Benga, Burial, Rusko and Caspa are also spotlighted, while American wonderkind Skrillex of course gets a special mention at #5 with “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” “At 82 million YouTube plays and counting, dubstep’s Godzilla stomp doesn’t get any bigger than this yowling chainsaw rocker from former emocore-scene kid Sonny Moore turned EDM ‘It Boy’ Skrillex.”
We’re just baffled that there can be an “It-Person” in dubstep.