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Readers’ Poll: The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs

Your picks include ‘Starla,’ ‘Today,’ ‘1979’ and ‘Soma’

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The Smashing Pumpkins release Oceania, their first full-length album since 2007, next week. The record is the latest entry in the band's sprawling discography, which includes everything from double-disc epics and rarities box sets to concept albums, EPs and assorted free MP3s. We asked you to name your favorite Pumpkins songs, and the response was so overwhelming and varied that instead of the usual Top 10 list for readers' poll results, we're expanding this week's results to a Top 20. Click through to see your picks, and listen to our Spotify playlist below.

– By Matthew Perpetua

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2. ‘1979’

"1979" is Corgan's most wistful pop hit, a mid-tempo tune that looks back on the aimless fun of adolescence with a touch of melancholy and longing. Funny enough, many of the teens who obsessed over this song upon its release in 1995 were born in 1979.

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1. ‘Mayonaise’

"Mayonaise" – yes, it is officially spelled incorrectly, deal with it – won this poll by a significant margin. It's easy to understand why. The melody is straight-up lovely, and Billy Corgan achieves a balance of distinct noise and traditionally beautiful guitar playing in this song unmatched by anything else in his catalog. In some ways, it's the ultimate Smashing Pumpkins song.

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