4. "The New Pollution"
Album: Odelay Year: 1996
Listeners have often struggled to understand Beck's lyrics, and there's no stronger example of his opaqueness than "The New Pollution," a track that opens with poetry so nonsensical that we're left scratching our heads from the start. "She's got cigarettes on each arm/She's got the lily-white cavity crazes/She's got a carburetor tied to the moon/Pink eyes looking to the food of the ages," Beck sings.
It was Dadaist lyricism, spoken with little regard or purpose, a perfect summation of his slacker malaise and ironic intention. Fans have struggled to make something out of "The New Pollution," and have only been left with wild theories, but it shows us that we don't always need to get caught up in meaning and content. Sometimes, it's better to just sit back and listen.