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    Usher on His Most Enduring and Misunderstood Music“It’s a sore spot for me. I ain’t even lying.”
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    Jack White on the Most Stubborn and Prophetic Music of His Career“I’m always starting from scratch. And wow, I’m here again.”
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    Marc Maron on the Most Awkward and Cathartic Episodes of WTF“There’s very few where I don’t have a prolonged period of genuine engagement, and I think that’s rare.”
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    The Most Joyous and Romantic of Journey, According to Neal Schon“We show our dexterity and diversity on all of our albums. We’ve traveled the spectrum musically from A to Z.”
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    The Most Ambitious and Cinematic of Duran Duran, According to John and Nick“We were part of a vanguard that really changed people’s lives.”
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    Mandy Moore on Her Best and Most Cringeworthy Music“I mean, I wish I had the money to refund people, but of course, that was the one that sold more than anything else. So sorry about that!”
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    The Most Nostalgic and Political of the Drive-By Truckers“I just remember night after night, people shooting us birds and yelling s- - - at us when we’d play that song.”
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    The Loudest and Wittiest of Def Leppard, According to Joe Elliott“We were young enough to enjoy it without killing ourselves.”
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    The Best and Hardest of Florence and the Machine, According to Florence Welch“When you’re 25 and you’re hung-over all the time, you never think that your career is going to go on as long.”
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    Pusha T on His Best, Realest, and Most Influential Work“I am trying to be the Martin Scorsese of street rap.”
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    The Most Progressive and Perverse of Devo, According to Mark Mothersbaugh“What we were doing was art. It was sound and vision in a way that talked about what humans are and why we are here.”
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    Jon Batiste on His Best, Funniest, and Most Prophetic MusicPlus, his most meaningful Grammy nomination.
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    Charli XCX on Her Best, Hardest, and Most Mainstream Music“That song — not to sound arrogant, but it’s a f—ing masterpiece.”
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    The Most Underrated and Spontaneous of the Police, According to Stewart Copeland“But you’re assuming that I listen to the words. I don’t. I’m just banging s—t at the back of the stage.”
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    The Greatest and Earwormiest of Franz Ferdinand, According to Alex Kapranos“I think, ‘F-ck. These lyrics are dark, but it sounds so optimistic.’”
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    Judy Collins on the Best and Most Personal Moments of Her Career“I remember hearing something about Joni not liking my version of the song, but I couldn’t care less.”
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    Sharleen Spiteri on the Best of Texas and Worst of the Music Industry“It’s easy to be famous. It’s not easy to leave a legacy.”
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    The Most Existential and Therapeutic of Tears for Fears, According to Curt Smith“Being able to admit that you need someone else is actually a very valuable lesson for people who are as single-minded as we are.”
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    Johnny Marr on the Best of the Smiths and His Solo Career“Sure, there was drama, but what you hear was a result of stone-cold love.”
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    Carl Barât on the Most Anthemic and Agonizing Music of His Career“Well, from my view, I thought everyone would be dead.”
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    Cat Power’s Best Covers and Biggest Changes, According to Chan MarshallPlus, “the only song” of hers that her son likes.
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    The Most Endearing and Psychedelic of the Bangles, According to Susanna Hoffs“I’m grateful that we were born out of that time period, but it was bound to be fraught.”
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    Lindsey Buckingham on the Most Fulfilling and Dysfunctional Music of His Career“It was my intention all along to try to remain an artist who kept growing and evolving in the long term.”
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    John Linnell on They Might Be Giants’ Best, Latest, and Flansburghiest StuffOne out of two Johns talks their new album, BOOK; using a giant stick; and free doughnuts.
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    Ben Gibbard on the Legacy of Death Cab for Cutie’s Photo Album, 20 Years Later“It’s a perfect snapshot of where we were at that time.”
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    The Geekiest and Most Philly of the War on Drugs, According to Adam Granduciel“It’s using the technology that inspires you or reminds you of a certain song.”
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    The Best and Unforgettable of the Fugees, According to Pras“We’re Caribbean, Haitian, Brooklyn. That rice and beans, plantains, machetes. We’re coming with that vibe.”
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    The Greatest and Trippiest of the Doors, According to Robby Krieger“Jim always told me that when you write a song, you want each person that hears it to get something different out of it.”
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    The Best and Most Existential of Switchfoot, According to Jon Foreman“That crisis of meaning, purpose, faith — it absolutely keeps me up at night.”
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    The Best and Worst of Hall & Oates, According to Daryl Hall“There are a lot of songs I would redo.”
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    The Best of R&B History, As Told By Its Architects Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisFrom Janet and Michael Jackson’s sibling rivalry, to Prince’s genius, to Bobby Brown rushing takes to head to the strip club, and so much more.
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    The Best and Most Evolved of Modest Mouse, According to Isaac Brock“I’m not trying to be evasive at all, man — or am I?”
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    Sheryl Crow on the Defining Songs and Favorite Mistakes of Her Career“One of the things that keeps me going is that I feel like I have not written my best song yet.”
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    Jessie Ware on Her Best, Most Classically Disco, and Melancholy Songs“I wouldn’t have been able to write ‘Please’ when I was 28.”
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    The Weirdest, Gayest, and Most Unconventional Pop of MARINA“If [I wanted to be more commercial], I would have been by now; I would have specifically chosen to go that way.”
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    Liz Phair on Her Best Songs and Humbly Defining Generations of Indie Rock“I’ve always bristled when they say I’m responsible for people’s sounds. I don’t like that. I don’t feel like I spawned people.”
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    Jason Isbell on His Best and Most John Prine–Borrowing Work“Back then I was thinking, Man, I’m about to blow these old fuckers away.”
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    The Most Underrated and Satisfying of the Black Keys, As Told by Patrick Carney“When we started, we never even intended to be a type of band that sold a couple thousand records.”
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    The Most Virtuosic of St. Vincent, According to Annie Clark“With my guitar, I did what I always do, which is just kind of humbly make shit that I think is cool.”
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    The Greatest and Ballsiest of Heart, According to Nancy Wilson“We were there for the art. We weren’t there for the salacious slimeball mentality of the industry.”
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    Ghostface Killah on the Most Memorable Moments of His Incomparable Career“I’d rather take the movie route or paint-the-picture route before I give you a bunch of street raps.”
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    Billie Joe Armstrong on the Best and Most Misunderstood of Green Day“To say you’re a pop-punker … it never sat well with me.”
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    The Most Irreverent and Joyous of the Go-Go’s, According to Belinda Carlisle“We just didn’t give a shit, really. It’s part of the magic of the band.”
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    Peter Frampton on the Thunderous Legacy of Frampton Comes Alive!, 45 Years Later“Oh gosh, is there any part of the album that didn’t get attention?”
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    The Greatest and Yacht-iest of the Doobie Brothers, As Told by Michael McDonald“It’s funny how yacht rock has become almost popular again when at first it was discouraged.”
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    The Best, Loudest, and Filthiest of AC/DC, According to Angus Young“What we did was rock and roll and we weren’t going to change anything.”
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    The Best, Worst, and Pumpkin Chord-iest of Smashing PumpkinsBilly Corgan on his new double LP, CYR, Mellon Collie’s unexpected legacy, and what the hipsters still get wrong about his band.
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    The Best and Worst of the Heartbreakers, According to Mike Campbell“Tom and I were tighter than brothers. We shared a dream and a bond that will never go away.”
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    Black Thought on His Solo Work, the Roots’ Things Fall Apart, and 2020“This is the new normal for now, and we have to carry on and figure out how to roll with the punches.”
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    The Best, Worst, and Exceptionally French of Phoenix, According to Thomas MarsOn Bill Murray, not being able to escape “1901,” and over 30 years of his band.
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