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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Pixies Songs

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The Pixies never had a "hit" song in the traditional sense of the word. A handful of tunes like "Here Comes Your Man" and "Letter to Memphis" climbed the Modern Rock charts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but nothing even went near the Billboard Hot 100. People who listened to nothing but Top 40 music probably never even knew they existed, and the band broke up in 1993 without a lot of fanfare.

However, a funny thing started to happen soon after that. Artists like Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke began citing them as huge influences, and films like Fight Club began featuring their music. The legend of the Pixies was born, and when they reformed in 2004, they played to throngs of young fans who were barely out of diapers when the band broke up. Many of them knew every word to every song.

The Pixies are back now with their first collection of new songs since 1991, so we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Pixies song. Click though to see the results. 


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1. ‘Hey’

It's possible that "Hey" would have won this poll even if two teenage girls hadn't made a goofy video for the song in 2005, but probably not. The clip, one of the first truly viral YouTube videos, has been viewed over 33 million times. Many people who would never have heard Doolittle otherwise became infatuated by the tune. Like many songs on Doolittle, the lyrics to "Hey" are vaguely biblical and repeatedly mention whores. They're also insanely catchy and absolutely brilliant. We have no idea where the "Hey" girls are these days, but they must be in their mid-twenties by now. If the Pixies were smart, they'd hire them to create a video for one of their new songs.

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