26. Elliott Smith, "Bled White"
Smith never sounded so beautifully fragile as on "Bled White,"
overdubbing his breathy harmonies over the urgent acoustic guitar, turning
himself into a full-blown rock & roll band. He sings about sinking deeper
into addiction, yet you can hear him fighting to escape the downward pull, even
if the closest he comes is "I'm not fucked/Not quite." "Bled
White" seemed to promise that Smith was going to stick around and remain
part of our lives for years to come – although thanks to songs like this, he