The best EPs

Check my list. If you heard not another note of these acts, these extended play releases would represent their best. Unfortunately, Americans, suspicious of singles because they lack the gravity of full albums, don’t dominate. Yet if you remain wedded to the version of an act with which you were besotted in your youth, 1981/1982 and Poguetry in Motion and Ghost Town retain their power to charm. The line between mixtape and EP, of course, has blurred in recent years. But You Cain’t Use My Phone has the emotional tug of an EP, though.

1. New Order – 1981/1982
2. Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
3. Suede – Stay Together
4. Pavement – Pacific Trim
5. The Specials – Ghost Town
6. The B-52’s – Party Mix
7. Pere Ubu – Datapanik in the Year Zero
8. Erykah Badu – But You Cain’t Use My Phone
9. Miguel – Art Dealer Chic series
10. Nick Lowe – Bowi
11. Gang of Four – Another Man, Another Dollar
12. Pogues – Poguetry in Motion
13. Mission of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches
14. U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky
15. R.E.M. – Chronic Town
16. My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise
17. Arctic Monkeys – Who the Fuck are Arctic Monkeys
18. N.W.A. – 100 Miles and Runnin’
19. Azealia Banks – 1991
20. Buzzcocks – Spiral Scratch

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