I miss the days of going to the record store and eagerly snapping up every version of a single released so that I could collect all the non-album tracks of my favorite artists. While I like the remixes, covers and live versions of album tracks  that often show up on singles these days (if a proper single is released), nothing beats a true B-side — a great new song that, for one reason or another, got cut from an album’s tracklisting.

Here are some of my favorite B-sides for your enjoyment. And if you have a favorite B-side, make sure to tell me about it in the comments!

Beck – Salt in the Wound from Sexx Laws [Single] (2000)
Duran Duran – Late Bar from Planet Earth [Single] (1981)
Prince & the Revolution – Erotic City from Let’s Go Crazy [Single] (1984)
Deee-Lite – Riding on Through from Good Beat/E.S.P. [Single] (1992)
Gorillaz – Bill Murray from Feel Good Inc. [Single] (2005)
Wendy & Lisa – To Trip is To Fall from Waterfall [Single] (1987)
Frente! – Paper, Bullets, Walls from Labour of Love [EP] (1994)
Aimee Mann – Backfire from Humpty Dumpty [Single] (2002)
The Flaming Lips – Thank You Jack White (For the Fiberoptic Jesus That You Gave Me) from Fight Test [EP] (2003)
Belle & Sebastian – Stop, Look & Listen from I’m a Cuckoo [Single] (2004)
Fleetwood Mac – You and I, Part I from Big Love [Single] (1987)
Camera Obscura – Roman Holiday from Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken [Single] (2006)
Elliott Smith – A Living Will from Son of Sam [Single] (1998)
Rilo Kiley – Patiently from It’s a Hit [Single] (2004)
Pixies – Into the White from Here Comes Your Man [Single] (1989)
PJ Harvey – Bows & Arrows from B-Sides (2004)
Arcade Fire – Broken Window from Keep The Car Running [Single] (2007)
BjÁ¶rk – Sod Off from JÁ³ga [Single] (1998)
Garbage – Afterglow from I Think I’m Paranoid [Single] (1998)
Madonna – Has to Be from Ray of Light [Single] (1998)
Portishead – Theme from “To Kill a Dead Man” from Glory Times [EP] (1995)
St. Vincent – Bicycle from Actor Out of Work [Single] (2009)
Ane Brun – Stop (feat. Liv Widell) from My Lover Will Go [Single] (2005)
Kate Bush – Under the Ivy from Running Up That Hill [Single] (1985)
Damien Rice – The Professor from The Blower’s Daughter [Single] (2003)
Tori Amos – Alamo from Talula [Single] (1996)

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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.

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