30. Massive Attack, "Angel"
The Bristol crew that invented trip-hop – Daddy 3,
Mushroom and 3-D – got even heavier on Mezzanine. While everybody else
was still racing to catch up with what Massive Attack were doing in 1994 on Protection,
these guys swerved into the unknown – anyone who could turn the Cocteau Twins'
Elizabeth Fraser into a soul singer (as in "Teardrop") was definitely
on some new shit. "Angel" remains their most enormous track ever, a
six-minute descent into the abyss, with reggae stalwart Horace Andy pleading
for mercy over ominous bass, an "Apache" beat that rumbles like John
Bonham getting crushed under broken levees, cinematic strings and blasts of