Top 10 White Stripes Songs To Get You Through Their Breakup

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So the White Stripes officially announced their breakup today. You are understandably depressed. Not shocked or devastated, probably -- they hadn't put out a record in four years, nor toured in about as long, nor generally much resembled an active band. And yet it's now time to regard the staggering back catalog they left behind, and lament that they won't be adding to it anytime soon. Here are 10 songs to get you started.


"Ball and Biscuit"
As previously mentioned, this is absolutely as vicious as it gets, guitar-solo-wise, in the Internet age. For some reason when I listen to this song I imagine the members of Maroon 5 assembled on the side of the stage, weeping and chastened.


"Jolene"
The '90s had their own iconic Dolly Parton cover; this was the 'aughts' worthy follow-up, every bit as histrionic, melodramatic, heartbreaking, unstoppable. The inevitable Jack White/Dolly Parton album (spring 2015) will be super intense.


"I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman"
One of their better song titles, riff-as-chorus monstrosities, and kiss-off anthems: "Have a doctor come and visit us/And tell us which one is sane" should be crocheted and hung in every family room. Also: "Maybe it's whatever's in my hand/That's distracting me."


"Little Bird"
It was fun to listen to this sing-song bit of slide-guitar nonsense in 2000 ("When I get you home/This is how it goes/I wanna preach the word/I wanna preach to birds"), before anyone realized this was about to take over the world. Start playing this in a Sam Ashe and they are legally obligated to give you the guitar for free.


"We're Going to Be Friends"
They could be awfully, awfully sweet, when they wanted to be. Shout-out to Napoleon Dynamite.



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9 comments
jacob peco
jacob peco

what do u think about consolers of the lonely... i think its one of the best rock albums ever, but i dont know if that band is also done

Brent
Brent

Hotel Yorba!

DDK
DDK

I didn't know they covered Jolene...my favorite song ever, covered by one of my favorite (former, sob) bands. Great list!

Scuba
Scuba

Good list, but where's "I Don't Know What to do With Myself"? It only says, "and now that we're through, I just don't know what to do."

a_fan
a_fan

White Orchid....

Kls
Kls

This is a sublime collection of their brilliance!

Joe
Joe

Good choices, especially Jolene and The Big Three Killed My Baby (I was at that show! It was at 11 A.M.).

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