Pitchfork has a cool feature that's been going for a while now, but I just learned about it today. Artists share their favorite songs from when they were 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. The lists are shorter or longer depending on the age of the artist. Like Scott Miller's new book, which I've also commented upon recently, it provides a list of great songs as well as some personal perspective on what made them great at that point in their lives. Sometimes they go on a bit longer than I'd prefer about each song, but it's still quite interesting. It's definitely better than the non-contextual artist top 10s in the Rolling Stones best 500 songs issue.
For example, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek liked Free to Be You and Me when he was 5, Blondie when he was 10, Bad Brains when he was 15, Pharoah Sanders at 20, and Aphex Twins at 25. TV On The Radio makes a lot more sense now, doesn't it?