The White Stripes call it quits and I make a Top 5 playlist (with video!)

Meg and Jack want to thank every one of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given throughout the 13 plus years of the White Stripes’ intense and incredible career.

Third Man Records will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from The White Stripes in their Vault Subscription record club, as well as through regular channels.

Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created. It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly.

With that in mind the band have this to say:

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is

that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”


Meg and Jack White

The White Stripes

Since cancelling the Icky Thump tour due to Meg White's anxiety problems in 2007, her ex-husband/pretend-brother Jack White has kept very busy as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. He's also collaborated with many musicians, produced some albums, released other people's music under his Third Man Records imprint, and opened a Third Man Records store at home in Nashville.

In 2009, reported Meg was over her anxiety issues and they were working on new material. Later that year they released the tour doc Under Great White Northern Lights chronicling their 2007 Canadian tour. Now it seems that's the last we'll hear from them.

While I loved this band from the first time I heard "Fell In Love With a Girl," many buzzkillers derided the band for a varitey of reasons - the sibling facade, their image, Meg's elementary drumming style, or Jack's reappropriation of obscure blues. The White Stripes left a lot of quality music in their wake. Here are my absolute favorite White Stripes songs.

5) "Death Letter" - Jack & Meg put their lo-fi stamp on Son House back on De Stijl. It's the best song from my favorite White Stripes album.


4) "Fell In Love With A Girl" - The White Stripes' unabashedly catchy breakthrough track.


3) "Rag And Bone" - This deep cut off Icky Thump perfectly exemplifies the band's youthful exuberance. The steady escalation in each verse until the post-chorus eruption has me rocking out every time.


2) "Black Math" - The track following "Seven Nation Army" that let you know Elephant was for real. It also became a live staple.


1) "Jolene" - Slower and punchier, but with all the pathos and longing of Dolly Parton's original. Jack's studio performance is much more reserved than the way he caterwauls it live.


Comment with your top 5 White Stripes songs! Or how overrated you think they were. Either way.

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After several years of inactivity (at least as far as this band goes. Jack White has been very active), The White Stripes have officially called it quits. Here's the statement from

The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.

The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health.

It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.

The rest of the band's farewell statement and my Top 5 White Stripes songs after the jump.

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