8. "Gouge Away"
Album: Doolittle Year: 1989
With many Pixies' songs, that loud chorus comes out of nowhere, ripping through in a violent explosion, but "Gouge Away" feels more calculated. Right from the beginning you can see the wave coming, but it makes it no less dramatic when it crashes into one of the Pixies' biggest and best choruses. The song caps off Doolittle in a big way. Says Black Francis to Blogcritics on the meaning behind it: "'Gouge Away' is a telling of Samson and Delilah. It's a story that has anger. Do I purge via a song? I don't know. I suppose it's possible."