Pulling Rank: B-Sides from Tori Amos’s “Little Earthquakes”

Pulling Rank is a weekly column in which Kelly Stitzel ranks a variety of pop culture-related things with little to no commentary, but sometimes with audio or visual accompaniment. There’s no scientific method to the rankings — these are just Kelly’s opinions. You’ll probably disagree with her — just don’t be a dick about it.

Tori Amos’s Little Earthquakes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. An entire album’s worth of songs — originals and covers — were released as B-sides to various singles. And now I shall rank them in order of best to worst (although, they’re all pretty great).

1. “Upside Down”

2. “Here. In My Head”

3. “Flying Dutchman”

4. “Sugar”

5. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

6. “Take to the Sky”

7. “Thank You”
8. “Sweet Dreams”
9. “Angie”
10. “Song for Eric”

11. “Mary”

12. “Ode to the Banana King (Part One)”
13. “Thoughts
14. “Humpty Dumpty”
15. “The Pool”

Kelly Stitzel
After shutting down her own blog, Looking at Them, in mid-2008, Kelly migrated over to Popdose, bringing with her Soundtrack Saturday, the most popular column from her old site. Kelly makes a living as a fashion and marketing copywriter, which takes up a lot of her time. However, when she is able to write about things that have nothing to do with her day job, she contributes reviews and musings on music, film and a variety of other topics. In addition to Soundtrack Saturday, columns she's written include Filminism and Pulling Rank.