15. "Mr. Grieves"
Album: Doolittle Year: 1989
When they wanted to, the Pixies knew how to slice through a song in two minutes. It didn't take long, and just as fast as they could explode into a flash of reds and yellows, they could cut to complete black. "Mr. Grieves" is, lyrically, a dark number with imagery that hints at death and destruction, but in sound it's pure fun, and this is perhaps what Pixies did best—not balance, but contrast.