The worst album closers

The criteria isn’t whether a last song wouldn’t have made more sense leading the album or appearing elsewhere in its sequence — I question its inclusion, period, from Pearl Jam’s failed experiment in noise and Sonic Youth’s momentary loss of their ability to jam.

It was hard thinking of bad final tracks on hip-hop albums, so I’m glad this list looks overwhelmingly white.

As ever, don’t take the ranking seriously.

1. The Cure – “Fight” (Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me)
2. The Beatles – “Run For Your Life” (Rubber Soul)
3. Vampire Weekend – “I Think Ur a Contra” (Contra)
4. David Bowie – “Shake It” (Let’s Dance)
5. Pearl Jam – “Foxymophandlemama” (Vitalogy)
6. R.E.M. – “Wendell Gee” (Fables of the Reconstruction)
7. The Smiths – “Meat is Murder” (Meat is Murder)
8. Led Zeppelin – “Hats Off To Roy Harper” (III)
9. Talking Heads – “Cool Water” (Naked)
10. Guns ‘N Roses – “My World” (Use Your Illusion II)
11. Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea” (Washing Mashine)
12. New Order – “Working Overtime” (Waiting for the Sirens Call)
13. Dire Straits – “Les Boys” (Making Movies)
14. Stereolab – “Mars Audiac Quintet” (Fiery Yellow)
15. U2 – “Grace” (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
16. Pulp – “The Day After the Revolution” (This is Hardcore)
17. Prince & the Revolution – “The Ladder” (Around the World in a Day)

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