"Reelin' in the Years" (1972)
Leave it to Steely Dan to sound nonplussed about the song they're maybe best known for. "It's dumb but effective," Donald Fagen told Rolling Stone in 2009 of the Can't Buy a Thrill Single. "It's no fun," Walter Becker added, compounding the chill in the room. Still the track is a prime early example of what would become the Dan's trademark vibe, marrying a sardonic kiss-off to an ex ("The weekend at the college didn't turn out like you planned") to a bouncy shuffle groove and adding on some white-hot guitar dazzlement courtesy of Elliott Randall to bring the whole thing home.