1. Kimya Dawson
2. Notorious B.I.G.
3. Modest Mouse
4. Wu-Tang Clan
6. The Smiths
7. Explosions in the Sky (they're actually tied for 6th place but for the purposes of this...)
8. The Mountain Goats
9. Frank Zappa
10. Big Black
Questions based on those artists' numbers:
What was the first song you heard by #6?
It was either "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" or "The Headmaster Ritual", I can't remember for sure. It's been a couple of years. I heard the Mozzer's solo stuff first.
What is your favorite album from #2?
Ready to Die. It's second only to Enter the 36 Chambers as my favorite hip-hop album. I still haven't heard Life After Death in its entirety but despite some killers songs it's nowhere near as solid.
What are your favorite lyrics from #5?
"Her interests are classical at best, best at modern times, modern minds."
How many times have you seen #4 live?