KEXP and KING 5 Pick The 25 Greatest Songs of the Northwest



KING 5’s Evening Magazine and KEXP joined forces on March 2, 2016, to release a Top 25 list of Greatest Northwest Songs. While you may disagree with some of the choices or non-choices, it’s hard to argue with the immense amount of talent that our area has. While we might have thrown in Gruntruck, The Posies, Bikini Kill, or maybe even a more modern act like The Decemberists, it inevitably would’ve been hard figuring out who to bump.

By “Greatest,” they say that they mean songs with more than just a great beat, they say they mean songs that made a difference in the greater music landscape. They don’t expect everyone to agree with their choices, so let them know! Who got left out? Join them in the debate on Facebook or Twitter! Here is who made their final list:


#25  Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts “Angel of the Morning” (1968)  WATCH

#24 Mother Love Bone, “Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns” (1988) WATCH

#23 The Fleetwoods, “Come Softly to Me” (1959) WATCH

#22 Alice in Chains, “Would?” (1992) WATCH

#21 The Wailers, “Out of our Tree” (1965) WATCH

#20 Screaming Trees, “Nearly Lost You” (1992) WATCH

#19 Elliott Smith, “Miss Misery” (1997)  WATCH

#18 Sleater-Kinney, “Jumpers” (2005) WATCH

#17 Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Just Like Me” (1965) WATCH

#16 Death Cab for Cutie, “I Will Follow You into the Dark” (2006) WATCH

#15 Nirvana, “Love Buzz” (1988) WATCH

#14 Mudhoney, “Touch Me I’m Sick” (1988) WATCH

#13 Presidents of the United States of America, “Lump” (1995) WATCH

#12 The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run” (1960) WATCH

#11 Modest Mouse, “Float On” (2004) WATCH

#10 Soundgarden, “Rusty Cage” (1992) WATCH

#9 Sir Mix-a-Lot, “Baby Got Back” (1992) WATCH

#8 Pearl Jam, “Alive” (1991) WATCH

#7 The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “The Wind Cries Mary” (1967) WATCH

#6 Heart, “Barracuda” (1977) WATCH

#5 The Sonics, “Have Love Will Travel” (1965) WATCH

#4 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love” 2012 WATCH

#3 The Kingsman, “Louie, Louie” (1963) WATCH

#2 The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (1967) WATCH

#1 Nirvana, “Smells Like Team Spirit” (1991) WATCH

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