Listen to his top 10 tracks

Listening to Mitski, it feels like every choice she makes is deliberate. His words are sharp and specific; when she expresses her feelings, she does so in ways that are both universal and deeply personal. His melodies play by their own rules, often elongated and deliciously piercing. And whether it’s on guitar, piano or above a cascade of synths and strings, there’s always a trace of the unexpected.

Mitski rose to prominence on the New York DIY scene in the early 2010s, releasing his third album. Bury me at Makeout Creek on independent label Double Double Whammy before moving to Dead Oceans for 2016 Puberty 2. And though his later records began to feature a more polished sound, Mitski always sought to describe the indescribable, to articulate what gnaws at you and sets you free.

Much of his music revolves around desire and desire – even now, with the release of his sixth studio album Laurel HellMitski always delivers lines that can encapsulate a generation of artists’ existential angst, as well as the strained and complicated demands of relationships.

In each of his significant studio albums are tracks that go straight to the heart, and they consistently demonstrate musical acumen and artistry with unparalleled skill and vision. It’s a big statement about any artist, but Mitski’s outstanding discography puts her in an entirely different class.

We do a lot of Top 10 lists here at Result, and believe us when we say that ranking Mitski’s top ten songs was an incredibly difficult task. Nonetheless, we’re here to celebrate Mitski, and these are ten songs that sum up exactly who she is.

Check out the rankings below and scroll to the end for a playlist of all 10 tracks.

Paolo Ragusa

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