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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. Listen.to.this.song.now.


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
Monday:100-76
Tuesday: 75-51
Wednesday: 50-26
Thursday:25-11
Friday: 10 -1

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kas said...

"Maps" is the best thing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have done or ever will do.

also, i would have put "Do You Realize??" in at least my top 20.

September 1, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

oh man i love Top Loader's version of dancing in the moonlight

September 1, 2009 at 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samee Adam!!

It's sooo happy and makes everyone feel so good!

Even now, people are still breaking in out on the dancefloor ;) x

February 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

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