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The 20 Best Bonus Tracks

February 29, 2012  |  3:46pm
10. The National-“Santa Clara”
This melodic song was included as an iTunes bonus song on the Brooklyn band’s 2007 album, The Boxer. It later appeared on The National’s compilation entitled The Virginia EP the following year.

9. Punch Brothers-”Packt Like Sardines In a Crush’d Tin Box”
Bluegrass darlings the Punch Brothers have been recently commended for their cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” on their acclaimed Who’s Feeling Young Now?. But the homages to Britain’s’ wonderband began earlier, notably with the iTunes exclusive version of “Packt Like Sardines In a Crush’d Tin Box” that appeared on 2010’s Antifogmatic.

8. TV on the Radio-“Things You Can Do”
TV on the Radio’s 2006 breakthrough album, Return to Cookie Mountain spawned hits like the “Wolf Like Me” and the David Bowie-assisted “Province,” but after 15 tracks of silence, random noises, and “ambient audio,” a few bonus tracks and remixes suddenly present themselves. The last of which, the horn-laden “Things You Can Do” is the ultimate closer for one of the year’s best albums.

7. Pete Yorn-“A Girl Like You”
Closing Pete Yorn’s 2001 album,Musicforthemorningafter is “A Girl Like You.” The hidden love song comes after “Simonize,” rounding out the songwriter’s critically acclaimed debut album.

6. Dr. Dre-”Bitches Ain’t Shit”
While non-hip-hop fans probably discovered this song from Ben Folds’ 2005 chart-cracking piano cover, the original “Bitches Ain’t Shit” wasn’t actually listed on Dr. Dre’s 1992 hip-hop album, The Chronic. When the LP was re-released in the 21st century, however, the newly popularized song (which had also birthed covers and references from Funkdoobiest, Trina and Cam’Ron) was clearly denoted on the back cover.

5. Beck-“Diamond Bollocks”
In the U.K. release of Beck’s 1998 album, Mutations, this six-minute jam is allotted its own track number and listing. On the more widespread American version, though, “Diamond Bollocks” comes in more than a full minute after the end of “Static.”

4. Cracker-”Eurotrash Girl”
What is now considered one of Cracker’s best singles was first released on their 1993 EP, Tuscon. Later, the song appeared as an unlisted track (number 69, to be specific) on their 1994 album, Kerosene Hat.

3. Wilco-”Candyfloss”
Appearing 23 seconds after the last track on Wilco’s 1999 album, Summerteeth, “Candyfloss” has all the makings of a typical Tweedy song-it’s jangly, slightly unnerving and totally addicting.

2. Nirvana – “Endless, Nameless”
This hidden track appears 10 minutes after “Something in the Way,” the closing track on the grunge group’s seminal 1991 LP, Nevermind. We’re quite fond of the whole album, really.

1. The Clash-”Train in Vain (Stand By Me)”
The Clash’s London Calling made the top five of our Best of the 80s list, but “Train in Vain (Stand By Me)” almost didn’t make the album. While “Train in Vain” was eventually added at the last minute and later became the third single from the record, it’s considered a secret track because its information originally did not on the back of the LP or in the liner notes.

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