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Aug 31, 2009

The Top Songs Of The 2000s: 75-51

Here continues our journey through the top 150 songs of the past decade: 2000-2009.

75. Dancin' In The Moonlight (King Harvest Cover) - Toploader
This is a modern version of a classic soul song and it's done with the equal amount of danceability. That is impressive. Everything about this song makes me want to boogie.

74. Flashing Lights [ft. Dwele] - Kanye West
Kanye is one of the most conceited musicians of all time. He and John Mayer should battle. Anyways, this is by far the best track off of Kanye's Graduation which, despite being my least favorite by him (since I don't view 808s & The Heartbreaks as a real album or real musik), it has my favorite song by him. This song is all about him and while that is the very essence of his existence, this song does it with tact. Kanye knows he's writing about himself here and he takes every liberty in making that known: example, changing the chorus from "you" to "I" at the end of the song and referring to himself as a caesar. This song is Kanye. This song is great. Wait... that's impossible.

73. The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living - The Streets
Leaps.and.bounds.better.than.America. This song describes the "tough" life of a musician. Awww, poor baby.

72. 1 2 3 4 - Feist
A pop song with heavy folk roots that makes everyone in the crowd want to sing back up vocals and clap along. Feist brings together all lovers of good musik with this song, simply by counting. That's impressive.

71. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O is pretty much out of her mind but she couldn't have been more in tune with the musikal universe when she wrote this song. The tremolo guitar is easily recognizable, the bass is driving and surrounding and the drums are complex yet accessible. I love it when a drummer takes his beat to the next level and doesn't just follow the standard 4/4 rock beat. The added reverb on the vocals just puts it over the top. Beautiful song.

70. The Scientist - Coldplay
The first Coldplay song I ever heard. It's simple both lyrically and melodically but that's the thing about pop musik: sure, maybe you could have written that song... but you didn't. Coldplay did it first. Coldplay did it right.

69. Such Great Heights (The Postal Service Cover) - Iron & Wine
This is one of my favorite songs of all time and the fact that it's a cover of an electronic song just makes it all the more respectable. Also, Sam Beam's beard is lovely.

68. Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season)
If you haven't seen Once then you don't understand the full capacity at which this song can touch you.

67. Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
This is the first time The Flaming Lips were accessible to the public. They had a strong cult following but before "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" it was all pretty out there. This song was the first The Flaming Lips song I heard and it blew me away. It's distorted love with lyrics that are romantic and tragic. That's pop musik in the form of Art Rock.

66. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
Danceability - 10. Groove - 9. Lyrics - can't understand but, melody of lyrics - 10. Tone - 9. Love for this song - 10. Love for all things Passion Pit - 9.

65. Back To The Sea - The Futureheads
This post-punk rock band has a British singer. Grunge and the UK, what else do you want?

64. Breathe Me - Sia
Starts out as a simple piano expression of existence, introduces the rest of the band to back up her search, it all drops out and then, in a powerful flash: the answer. One of, if not the best constructed pop breakdowns of the decade.

63. Jolene - Ray LaMontagne
Dolly Parton wrote this song. Ray LaMontagne decided to make it great. "How does he just open his mouth and make that noise of a voice? Unbelievable." - Seth

62. I'd Rather Dance With You - Kings Of Convenience
A great representation of Riot On An Empty Streets and what Kings Of Convenience is capable of. A song with a heavy string melody that makes you want to dance with someone. Can't say you hear that too often.

61. Faithful [ft. John Legend & Bilal] - Common
Common raps about respecting women. Common raps about respecting women. Common raps about respecting women. Common raps about respecting women and he does it well.

60. Blood Clots And Black Holes - Thrice
The best NuMetal song ever written. Begin moshing..... now. Then stop and singalong. Then mosh. Then headbang. Then sing. METAL! \m/

59. Time Flies - Lykke Li
Lykke Li is amazing but she is a little peculiar at times. This song makes the most musikal sense over anything else on the album. Hence it's place here.

58. The Dull Flame Of Desire [ft. Antony Hegarty] - Björk
Björk and Antony. Doing an epic song. That lasts 7 minutes. With horns. And a drum outro. Oh. My. Gosh.

57. Babylon Is Falling - Slightly Stoopid
Reggae died with Bob Marly. Slightly Stoopid is the best current homage and tribute to the beauty of reggae. The beat is classic reggae, the guitar is picked which makes it more modern but there is your typical reggae-whatever drum in between beats to remind you of its intentions. I know that nothing will ever do what The Wailers did but if you are looking for what reggae is now-a-days, this is your best song to chillax to.

56. Ignition (Remix) - R. Kelly
This is the most non-remix remix I've ever heard but you can call this whatever you want. These lyrics are awesome, that beat is very classic R. Kelly and the guitar and back up sex guitar riff just backs up lyrics like "take my key and stick it in the ignition" and "fellas to my left, honeys on my right, bring them both together you got jukeing all night." Well play Mr .Kelly.

55. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
Every single teenager knows this song. Every single kid with brains knows its amazing. It's hip hop, it's rap, it's Gorillaz. It's everything you want in an accessible rap song. Also, sunshine in a bag means liquor.

54. Heartbeats - The Knife
Turn your speakers up one volume past maximum and let the bass burst your eardrums. Believe me, it's worth it.

53. The City - Milosh
This song influenced me more than any other song on this list. It was the first time I'd ever heard electronic musik that wasn't dance and/or bass heavy. It was mind blowing. It opened so many doors for me.

52. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
"Continuum" is a flawless album and this was the radio hit. How can this not make the list?

51. Heartbeats (The Knife Cover) - José González
So I hope all of you listened and fell in love with Heartbeats by The Knife because José is about to blow you mind. This is a complex acoustic cover of that "bass heavy" dance song. Doing so makes us examine the lyrics closer, realizing the analogies of sex and the romantic tendencies behind such blatant lyrics. This song is love.

Be sure to continue to come back for more of the list.
Sunday: 150-101
Tuesday: 75-51
Wednesday: 50-26
Friday: 10 -1

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Aug 30, 2009

The Top Songs Of The 2000s: 100-76

Here continues our journey through the top 150 songs of the past decade: 2000-2009.

100. Elephant Gun - Beirut
The best American folk band I've ever heard, Beirut varies from heavy strings to heavy horns to heavy synths. This song is constructed with horns and a strong percussion base. The vocals are in perfect harmony with the feel of the song and we feel as if we're listening to another culture. That's what Beirut does best. This is a great example of it

99. Habeas Corpus - The Agony Scene
A perfect example of what hard core should be like: structure, heavy, pounding double bass, muddy and fast guitar solo, loud screaming which makes even the happiest of people want to murder a puppy. Let's just examine the drums in this song. They are not overpowering in the least bit but have a consistent presence with the driving cymbal work and syncopated and double bass work. You would be safe in saying that the drums are the main instrument in this song. The guitar is, while intense, very basic and the screams are nothing we haven't heard before. Listen to this song and appreciate it for what it is.

98. The Golden Age - Beck
Beck's masterpiece. The most logical stuff he did was off of Sea Change and what better song to represent that album than The Golden Age? It's melodic, relaxing, memorable and a step in the sane direction for Beck. I wish he'd stuck with this work.

97. Feel Good Inc. [ft. De La Soul] - Gorillaz
Gorillaz are phenomenal and anyone who disagrees is flat out wrong (unless you're talking about their Lakita Come Home album. What is that crap?) This is a perfect example of the genius of Gorillaz and with the classic animated musik video to accompany it, what is not to love? Oh, how about we add one of the best legit hip hop bands of all time on a verses or two? Done. De La Soul's appearance on this song just makes the song all the more catchy and all the better. This song is funky. Believe it. Live it. Do it.

96. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
This Pop/Punk Rock songs makes for one of the best popular air band songs of the past decade. The lyrics are constantly mistaken but that never keeps anyone from singing their own version of the chorus. This is a simply catchy song and you should approach it in the sort.

95. I Changed My Mind [ft. Kanye West] - Keyshia Cole
This is what modern Pop/R&B should sound like. Typical lyrics, looped claps, and a beautiful black lady singing her heart about how, once again, she's been hurt; the only way she can deal with it? Write a song and tear my heart out with it.

94. Today - Zero 7
José González, the wondrous guitarist, is in this band. Think of his work, synthesized and poppy-er and you've got Zero 7. This is a great movie song and the off beat percussion just makes you want to shake your hips a little bit. Not too much since this is a rather silent song, but just enough to keep you coming back. And when the chorus comes back with "Today" and the musik picks up a little, backed with harmonious vocalists - it's just hard to beat that.

93, Gotta Have You - The Weepies
Pop/Folk about longing for love. Soft, intimate, beautiful and sing-a-long worthy. This is The Weepies greatest song, hands down. "No amount of coffee, no amount of cryin', no amount of whisky, no amount of wine. No, no, no, no, no, nothing else will do, I gotta have you, I gotta have you." That's awesome.

92. Mushaboom - Feist
A prime example of the pop sensibility of Feist. So basic, Leslie Feist's voice is the predominate factor in this song until the chorus picks up and the claps take over, making the listeners want to clap as well. I love that. I love it when a song makes me want to clap along with it. Do I feel silly doing it? Yes. Does that stop me? Never. Also, this song has one of my favorite lines of all time. No, not the made up chorus word "mushaboom", but when she says, "I got a man to stick it out, And make a home from a rented house oh, And we'll collect the moments one by one, I guess that's how the future's done oh." That's beautiful.

91. 54 Cymru Beats - Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin is the most complex electronic artist of all time. Hands down. What is he doing? Granted, his beats are heavily distorted and he uses sick breaks to throw us off but I've never heard anything like this. At least nothing else that I liked. It's hard to listen to but I always want more. That's talent.

90. Cute Without The "E" (Cut From The Team) - Taking Back Sunday
The song that defined a posing scene. This is pop/punk, this is middle school, this is every insecurity I ever felt. Taking Back Sunday, along with Thursday and Brand New, were the only bands I listened to for a long time. This song exemplifies everything I want; death, love, acceptance, rebellion, and a sweet break down.

89. Without Me - Eminem
I don't care if you guys don't like Eminem - I do. He's good. He made rap musik for white people. It's poppy yet still offensive. His lyrics torture the minds of school principals while inspire the rebellious white kid and that's the way he wants it. Eminem knows exactly what he's doing. That's genius. Effing genius.

88. Sleeper 1972 - Manchester Orchestra
Manchester Orchestra's best song is also the song that worst example of their musik. This song is very soft, very delicate. You will feel something listening to this song. Sometimes, we just need to put on a long, slow song and examine ourselves. This is a great song to practice that.

87. At Your Funeral - Saves The Day
Shock lyrics. Terrifying. Basic rock. Done right. Back up, repeated vocals. "You and I." Sing-a-long. Loudly.

86. Last Night - The Strokes
The Strokes are the garage band you wanted to be in all of high school. You can imagine your best rocker friends being The Strokes and I'm sure that the band would totally be okay with that. They are just here to make musik and present a good time. That's exactly what this song does. The lyrics are all things we've thought before and the solo is so basic: it's a great rock song.

85. Son Of Sam - Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith is one of the saddest musicians I've ever heard. He is also one of the best. His musik is the antithesis of modern pop musik but presents some of the catchiest and memorable songs I've ever heard. His lyrics are about death, nonacceptance and fear. His melodies are great.

84. To Build A Home [ft. Patrick Watson] - The Cinematic Orchestra
Slowly built, well played, epic chorus within the confounds of the song. Twice.

83. Sowing Season - Brand New
I dare you to find a song that makes you want to yell more than this one. Brand New has still got it, and what they got. Brother, it's a boomin.

82. Brothers On A Hotel Bed - Death Cab For Cutie
Complex for Ben Gibbard, intimate, about a new kind of love and the best song off of Death Cab's most popular album. Another song driven by the drums and voice, this really makes you appreciate the soft notes played.

81. Sun & Ice - The Field
The only trance band you ever need to listen to. Hands down. Get this album and appreciate it now.

80. California - Phantom Planet
Maybe it's because I love The O.C. (even the 4th season, so sue me), maybe it's because this is just a down right awesome pop/rock song that everyone can enjoy. This is a song that brings scenes together in a joyous, welt built chorus.

79. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys Beastie Boys have done it again. Props, dog.

78. Good To Sea - Pinback
"It's good to sea you, it's good to sea you go." The way the bass and the guitar work together on this song is well worthy of respect. This is one of the best indie rock songs I've ever heard and it's also one of the softest.

77. So Far To Go [ft. Common & D'Angelo] - J Dilla
If you don't respect J Dilla then we got a problem.

76. Kick, Push - Lupe Fiasco
In my top three all time favorite rappers, Lupe Fiasco hardly ever raps about "bitches and hoes, money fo' show". He's real. He's for all ethnicities. He made a rap song that my dad likes - Kick, Push. The use of horns basically make this song for me. The groove of this song coinciding with the lyrics about coasting is just perfect. One of the best matches I've ever heard.

Be sure to continue to come back for more of the list.
Sunday: 150-101
Tuesday: 75-51
Wednesday: 50-26
Friday: 10 -1

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