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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 10 (Finale)

10. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Tamacun (2006)

Why: Sometimes you hear music that makes you realize the limitless potential of musical ability. Because these two artists have no limits. They can make the acoustic guitar produce melodies which are unlike anything anyone else is producing.

9. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

Why: Possibly the best title song of an album of all time. It's about revenge, arson, regret and despair. Or it could be an allegory for the state of the world. 'Start as you mean to go on'.

8. The Walkmen - The Rat (2004)

Why: Loud and super-fast. Lyrics that are half angry and half remorseful. A forceful hit of drums , bass and guitar played to a frenzy and dripping with raw emotion.

7. Keane - We Might As Well be Strangers (2004)

Why: Starts off softly and turns into a loud admonish. A topic everyone can relate to. Because everyone has people who just aren't around as much as they used to be.

6. Norah Jones - Don't Know Why (2002)

Why: Is she really jazz? The debate still continues. (I think she's more acoustic soul). But she makes beautiful music, none more so than the Grammy winning track off her debut album. The throaty, whispered lyrics and melancholy lyrics blend perfectly.

5.Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (2003)

Why: The verses are extremely vague.But the chorus, that chorus made this song one of the best love songs of the decade. Sad,pleading and revealing; usually that kind of emotional transparency turns into a sappy pop song so it takes real skill to not fall into that trap. Still noisy and energetic but it's undoubtedly a ballad.

4.Eminem - Lose Yourself (2002)

Why: The most commercially successful rap song of all time.And it isn't junk. Irresistible beat with a smoother flow than we've come to expect from Em. Still dropping the lyrics but slow enough so we hear everything about the struggles of the life of Rabbit. It's as if Eminem channelled 'Born to Run'.

3. Coldplay - The Scientist (2002)

Why: A piano ballad about love and apology. Hopes and regrets, sadness and futility. This song captures it all; softly and beautifully.

2.Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (2002)

Why: When the country needs him, The Boss delivers. A story about a fireman climbing the tower on September 11th; surreal and desperate. Full of religious imagery, it's a song about coming through the hard times and rising above.

1. Outkast - Hey Ya (2004)

Why: A fusion of a whole lotta musical styles - funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock and rap, among others. High energy and completely electrifying. Most original song of the new millennium.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Definitive Reading List (part6) - Postmodern II

20. Haruki Murakami - The Wind-up Bird Chronicle -1995 - Japan

19. Vladmir Nabokov - Pale Fire - 1962 -USA

18. Flann O'Brien - At Swim-Two Birds - 1939 - Ireland

17. Harvey Pekar - American Splendor - 1976-2008 - USA

16. Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis - 1915 - Austria-Hungary

15. Thomas Bernhard - The Loser - 1983 - Austria

14. Phillip K. Dick - The Man in The High Castle - 1962 -USA

13. Julian Barnes - Flaubert's Parrot - 1984 -England

12. Martin Amis - Time's Arrow - 1991 -England

11. David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest -1996 -USA

The Definitive Reading List (part5) - Postmodern

10. Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable (The Trilogy) - Samuel Beckett - 1951-1953 - France
9. Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges -1962 - Argentina

8. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis - 1991 - USA

7. Catch -22 - Joseph Heller- 1961 -USA

6. Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs -1959 -USA

5. The Blind Assassin - Margret Atwood -2000 - Canada

4. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut - 1969 - USA

3. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon - 1973 -USA

2. If on a winter's a traveler - Italo Calvino - 1979 -Italy

1. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer -2002- USA

Monday, October 25, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 9

20. Radiohead - Idioteque (2000)

Why: The entry into electronic beats. Unclear lyrics, possibly apocalyptic and dealing with war, climate change and technology uprising. Weird how it all falls together so perfectly.

19. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (2003)

Why: Proof that you don't have to depart from simplicity to still have a good song. Same guitar riff through most of the song until the solo kicks in. But it's the (much-debated) drumming of Meg White that gives the song its impact.

18. Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels) - 2004

Why: A fantasy world where there are no parents and no adult problems in a town buried under the snow, with a tunnel connecting two people. The song builds slowly until all the instruments and voices enter into a sing-along which is both joyful and melancholy.

17. Outkast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) - (2000)

Why: This track dropped three years before bombs started being dropped on Baghdad. A high tempo drum and bass song that broke down the barriers between dance, hip-hop, electronica and metal. Every hip-hop/dance crossover of the decade started here.

16. Snow Patrol - Run (2004)

Why: One of the best crowd participation songs ever. As with most Snow Patrol songs the lyrics seem to be able to fit in with quite a lot of depressing situations. Crashing drums and heavy guitar are present but it's the vocals that get you.

15. Animal Collective - My Girls (2009)

Why : There is no genre of music for this song. It created its own category. Call it a landscape of sound, it's like if a psychedelic drug was administered via sound instead of pills. Listening to it on headphones will cause drifting away.

14. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance (2006)

Why: Heavy rocks riffs to start with. Some indie style picking, some reggae strumming. Somewhat out of tune drumming. And the most original lyrics anyone has ever written come from this band.

13. Coldplay - Clocks (2002)

Why: The most recognizable piano riff of the decade. Chris Martin singing of comparison, contradiction and running out of time, or he might be, because the lyrics aren't all that clear-cut. Hypnotically frantic and exceedingly gorgeous tune, Coldplay built a lot on this.

12. Lupe Fiasco - Hurt Me Soul (2006)

Why: Three different hooks are in this songs. A ferocious satire about the hypocrisy of the modern rap scene. Lupe continues to show distaste for the violent, negative lyrics of modern rap but questions if the rappers are really 'coming true'. The last verse perfectly captures the overwhelming nature of life in the 21st century.

11. Bruce Springsteen - Long Walk Home (2006)

Why: Bruce goes political better than anyone else. Talking about how he felt during the George Bush presidency in this song, he details the change of the singer's world. People, places and ideals have changed. The world feels strange. The Boss always captures the moment in song perfectly.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 8

30. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (2009)

Why: Usually synthpop is forgettable but every now and again an excellent track turns up. Karen O went from punk idol to glam superstar with this song. Put this on and you can feel the in tune with your adolescence again.

29. Coldplay - Fix You (2005)

Why: Chris Martin thinks it's 'probably the most important we've written'. A sentimental rock ballad which delivers words of encouragement while having sympathy for the downtrodden. Add in the sing-along and it's completely song for the people.

28. Kanye West - Jesus Walks (2005)

Why: Criticize the media for not embracing songs about faith during a massive hit song about the same topic, extensively played by the said media. You can't make that up. Be positive with the lyrics, but have an awesome beat to make it popular- that's the lesson.

27. The Strokes - Last Nite (2001)

Why: One of the best guitar tracks of the decade. The muffled sound of the singing somehow manages to work even though it's hard to pick up the lyrics at first. This is a song that seems to be much too short cause you never want it to end.

26. Radiohead - Everything in It's Right Place (2000)

Why: This was the song that signalled the departure of Radiohead from alt. Electronica and all sorts of effects make the song surreal. The completely abstract lyrics don't help the clarity either. A bit of a caught-up mind-trip.

25. Bombay Vikings ft. Falguni Pathak - Tera Mera Pyaar Sanam (2002)

Why: The English and Hindi merging is what Bombay Vikings do best. They never did it better than in this song. They usually get overly sentimental with the English lyrics but they walk the line perfectly to make it poignant without being cliched.

24. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2005)

Why: If Tom Jones covers your song at Wembley one year after it comes out, then its got to be something. Noisy, punk and full of energy. It's a bit eclectic but it works. "Like a robot from 1984" may possibly be the most original description of a girl looking good while dancing.

23. Beck - Lost Cause (2002)

Why: A candidate for most depressing song ever. The starkly honest portrayal of a relationship that doesn't work.

22. The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love (2003)

Why: Are they serious? Are they joking around? I have no idea but they made a great song. Heavy guitar riffs with interspersed solos and falsetto lyrics; are we channelling Queen?

21. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize (2002)

Why: The melodic soundscape Flaming Lips creates with guitars is unlike anything else. A psychedelic trip about making the most of life before it's over

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 7

40. Outkast - Ms. Jackson (2000)

Why: Custody battle? Not the topic you'd expect for a number one hip-hop track. But it wasn't your normal hip-hop track either, (it sampled Richard Wagner). Outkast continued to clear their own spot in the hip-hop game

39. Seal - Love's Divine (2003)

Why: The song is initially carried by piano and the haunting tones of Seal's voice. The percussion & synthesizers get involved halfway through to give serious energy. One that gives you goosebumps (or should anyway).

38. Coldplay - Yellow (2000)

Why: The song that made Coldplay superstars. People take it to be a happy song, which itself is a testament to the ability of the band. Because it's about unrequited love but you still get brightness and hope from it.

37. Daft Punk - One More Time (2000)

Why: Possibly the start of the autotune regularity. The pop/house track gets you up and keeps you going for the entire 5 minute duration. Which is what you want from house music anyway.

36. Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor - Come What May (2001)

Why: The perfect song for a movie? It fits into Moulin Rouge! completely as a declaration of love, becoming prominent as the film goes on. By itself it's still great, coupled with the film- it's a masterpiece.

35. Band of Horses - Detlef Schrempf (2007)

Why: Does anyone know why it's named after the German basketball player? Soft guitar picking with sporadic overlapping solos give the structure. The voice of Ben Bridwell manages to sound like he can produce vibrato-it's that haunting.

34. Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache (2004)

Why: The founders of metalcore hit the charts with the album of the same name. Screaming and singing alternating, positive lyrics, crisis of faith and relationship issues. Shredding guitar riffs and pounding drums. What took them so long to get famous?

33. John Legend - Ordinary People (2005)

Why: A simple piano ballad about how relationships are in real life. 'No fairy-tale' endings are something everyone can relate to.

32. Wilco - Jesus , Etc. (2002)

Why: Do Wilco ever give song lyrics that are direct? Seems like you can fit any topic in the world to what they're singing about. And it's a good thing. A simple song with understated instrumentation, which comes and goes sporadically.

31. Bob Dylan - Mississippi (2001)

(nothing on youtube.Take it on faith)

Why: Finally Bob Dylan gave us some of the old. Why'd he hold back for so long? A beautiful love song that recalls all the classic folk tunes you thought were gone

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Best Concert DVDs (21st Century)

As I'm already making decade lists, why not? It's music too, so somewhat related. Nothing's better than a good concert DVD, in my opinion. Watch some if you don't believe me. The performance and DVD release has to be from 2000 to count.

20. George Michael - Twenty Five -2006 - Various

19. Norah Jones - Live in New Orlean - 2003- New Orleans

18. Slayer - Still Reigning - 2004 -Augusta Civic Centre, Maine

17. Iron Maiden - Rock in Rio 2002 - Rock Rio Festival,Rio de Janeiro

16. Audioslave - Live in Cuba -2005 - Cuba

15. Foo Fighters - Live at Wembley Stadium - 2008 -Wembley Stadium, London

14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow -2004 - The Filmore, San Francisco

13. Arctic Monkeys - At the Apollo -2007 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester

12. Genesis - When in Rome - 2007 - Circo Massimo, Rome

11 Scorpions - Live at Wacken Open Air 2006 -2008 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken

10. The Police - Certifiable : Live in Buenos Aires - 2008 - River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires

9. The Rolling Stones - The Big Bang - 2008 - Various

8. The Killers - Live From The Royal Albert Hall - 2009 - Royal Albert Hall, London

7. Queens of the Stone Age - Over the Years and Through the Woods -2005 -Brixton Academy, London

6. The White Stripes - Under Blackpool Lights -2004 - Winter Gardens, Blackpool

5. Elton John - Dream Ticket -2004 - Various

4.Rush - Snakes and Arrows Live - 2008 - Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam & Wireless Amphitheatre, Atlanta

3. Coldplay -Live2003 - 2003 - Hordern Pavillion, Sydney

2. Rage Against The Machine - Live at the Grand Olympic Stadium -2003 - Grand Olympic Stadium, Los Angeles

1.Bruce Springsteen - London Calling: Live in Hyde Park -2010 - Hyde Park,London

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 6

50. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock (2005)

Why: Another one addressing the social issues facing Jamaica. Marley wants to unify Jamaica and wants those in charge to help. An overused topic? Not when the gap between third and first world remains so apparent.

49. Kate Nash - Nicest Thing (2007)

Why: The song with the most truthful lyrics about unrequited love. Manages to personify hope, anger, annoyance , longing and sorrow in four minutes.

48. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (2003)

Why: One of the most recognizable riffs of the decade; one you've probably sang along to. Simple sing-along lyrics help with the singing along style of this song.

47. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle (2002)

Why: The song that carried Jimmy Eat World to the mainstream. Lyrics that reflect going through troubled are about as emo as you get from Jimmy Eat World, but they keep it fun with a catchy hook and upbeat guitar.

46. Keane - A Bad Dream (2007)

Why: Based on a W.B. Yeats poem the song is a ethereal as you'd expect from the source inspiration. Starts out pretty slow and calm but develops into a loud expression of anger.Or as angry as you get from Keane anyway.

45. Kanye West ft. John Mayer - Bittersweet Poetry (2007)

Why: Lyrics that map the demise of a relationship but an on-again, off-again one. Manages to make the love-hate relationship seem so clear that even people who never had one can relate. Signals the start of Kanye going alt, whether that's good or bad remains debatable.

44. R.Kelly - Ignition (Remix) (2003)

Why: A casual unleashing of images that create the mood of a night about the town. This is the song that symbolizes 'the best night out' in the 00 decade.

43. Coldplay - A Message (2005)

Why: Another beautiful Coldplay song with ambiguous lyrics. Is it to a lover who's away? To an ex? A ballad of unrequited love? We'll never know but it's beautiful. Whatever the story behind it is.

42. Snow Patrol - An Olive Grove Facing the Sea (2009 Version)

Why: An entire orchestra gets involved in this one. Possibly the most haunting of Snow Patrol's songs (and haunting is their style) and maybe the one that's most fantasy inducing. It gets into your head, like very few songs will.

41. Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust (2005)

Why: Acoustic folk rock puts Bruce back to his 'Ghost of Tom Joad' best. Lyrics are about an American soldier who is struggling to find the point of his mission. Not your conventional anti-war song, the soldier wants to do what's right and take a righteous stand.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 5

60. Coldplay - Swallowed in the Sea (2005)

Why: Coldplay have the ability to sing ambiguous lyrics and everyone finds their own meaning to them. Possibly about lost love, although it isn't really clear why the love is lost. The haunting vocals of Chris Martin backed by first by string choir, guitar chords and then a musical crescendo make this song a journey in music.

59. Wilco -Impossible Germany (2007)

Why: Finishes off with an rhythmic guitar solo for the last two minutes. The entire song is heavily guitar driven but with a folk and blues feel to it. Lyrics don't seem to have much to do with Germany but they mention Japan so it could be a WWII thing.

58. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head(2001)

Why: Those 'La-La-La' vocals are what make the whole song. There's a whole bunch of catchy hooks in here.But this song is good because Kylie never tries to over do it.She keeps it minimal and catches you with the 'less is more'

57. Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks (2006)

Why: The song that makes everybody start whistling. Most people know it from the FIFA 08 soundtrack. Lyrics that seem to be a dialogue from two people who just don't care what the other has been up to.

56. Matisyahu -King Without a Crown (2005)

Why: The most exciting new American reggae musician of the decade is a Hasidic Jew from Pennsylvania. I'm sure no one saw it coming. Incredibly powerful and uplifting, the spiritual lyrics of this song are perfectly delivered by Matisyahu.

55. Damien Rice - 9 Crimes (2006)

Why: A piano duet with whispered throaty vocals. The lyrics don't make a lot of sense but when Rice sings it suddenly they seem to be meaningful.

54. Babyshambles - Fuck Forever (2005)

Why: Was it Pete Doherty's message about the madness his life has become? Or was it about a really good hookup? A transfixing guitar riff but as Doherty sings 'They'll never play this on the radio'.

53. Oasis -Stop Crying Your Heart Out (2002)

Why: Try as you might you can't not compare it to "Don't Look Back in Anger". Proof that Oasis still had the ability to make you cheer up and feel good, no matter what else is going on.

52. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem - Forgot About Dre (2000)

Why: Forget Dre? Not likely but just in case Dre decides to tell you just why you won't and lists his significant accomplishments and influence on the rap genre. Eminem puts a verse of machine-gun lyrics from his Slim Shady alter-ego about random acts of violence. It might be one of his most memorable

51. Cody Chesnutt - Look Good in Leather (2002)

Why: Most people know it from the claymation Axe ad. An entire R&B song full of boasting but all done with a smirk. Never gets over the top about how rich he is or that he only drinks Hennessey.It's just all about looking good in leather.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 4

70 . Feist - 1234 (2007)

Why: Sounds like it should be on Sesame Street. So they put it on there. Starts off as a vocal ballad and finishes up with an entire horn orchestra and crashing cymbals. It remains brilliant even though overplayed through that iPod commercial.

69. U2- Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (2001)

Why: Usually the criticism directed at U2 is that they don't live up to their own standard they set with their early works. Maybe that's evolution but this song is a throwback to those early U2 days. A lyrical masterpiece of not letting the past keep you down.

68. Black Kids - Love Me Already (2008)

Why: The perfect mix of alienation, unrequited love and bad advice is how this song starts. One guitar solo and a keyboard bridge later and it all works out in the end. It's the most high energy song that seems like it should be slow , but it works.

67. Nas - Hip Hop is Dead (2006)

Why: With a statement that bold you have to have verses to back it up.And Nas has them. A track which decrys the commercial way which hip hop has gone and stresses for a return to its originality.

66. Bruce Springsteen - My City of Ruins (2000)

Why: Originally about Asbury Park the song became a hymn for America after the September 11th attacks. It brought a message of hope and rising from the ruins and once again set The Boss up as the voice of America.

65. The Shins - New Slang (2001)

Why: "You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life". Those are the words said when the headphones are passed in the movie Garden State. The description might be correct about this haunting song about being stuck in a seemingly dead-end life.

64. Eminem ft. Dido - Stan (2000)

Why: The progression of an obsessed fan from from idolatry to homicide, only to realize in the last verse that he got it all wrong. Eminem shows us that he is an exceptional storyteller in one of his earliest tracks.

63. Slayer - Payback (2001)

Why: The song that may be the angriest song of all time. Classic Slayer with angry riffs and the most violent lyrics in music around. When you finish listening to this you're never angry because nothing can make you as angry as Slayer are.

62. Death Cab For Cutie -I Will Follow You Into the Dark (2006)

Why: Till death do us part has never been said quite like this before. Written and performed as an acoustic solo by frontman Ben Gibbard, the metaphors come flying in. Still not sure if it's romantic or fatalistic.

61. Justin Timberlake -Cry Me a River (2002)

Why: The breakthrough track for Timberlake. Released after his breakup with Britney Spears, most people heard this and said 'Are you sure this is the guy from 'N Sync'. Vindictive lyrics over a catchy track make this song a continual favorite.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 3

80. Between the Buried and Me - Selkies :The Endless Obsession (2005)

Why: A song that showcases BTBAM's style of merging multiple genres. It starts out as progressive, turns into metalcore, has moment of death metal and then ends up as alternative.

79. Sizzla - Just One of Those Days (2002)

Why: Sizzla somehow manages to put out about two albums a year. But from 2002-2004 every album was excellent. No one did the sad songs better than he did and the lyrics from this apt break-up song are soaked in reality.

78. Muse - Knights of Cydonia (2006)

Why: An upbeat guitar track about making your own chances and controlling your destiny. A bit of crazy space rock which is exemplified by the intro coming from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

77. Dizzee Rascal - Fix up, Look Sharp (2003)

Why: Took a sample from Billy Squier and arranged it completely out of the norm.And grime music usually isn't norm anyway and it drifted from that. One of the songs that helped the world realize the talent of the unique Dizzee.

76. Modest Mouse - Float On (2004)

Why: The song to shout and clap along with. Great lyrics about hopefulness, mostly about the small stuff coupled with a great rhythm section. Inspiring us all to float on if things get too heavy.

75. Radiohead - Pyramid Song (2001)

Why: Thom Yorke thinks its the best he's done. A piano driven song that references Dante, The Tibetan book of the Dead and Hesse's Siddharta. What more do you need?

74. D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does it Feel) -(2000)

Why: A tribute to early Prince with soul, funk and quiet storm. Lyrics which deal with a man pleading with his lover to get some. The Marvin Gaye songs for the next generation.

73. Iron & Wine - Naked as We Came (2004)

Why: An acoustic ballad about burying your dead lover. Haunting lyrics which are, to be honest, quite depressing. The song is beautiful in a way only sad songs can be.

72. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (2003)

Why: A total throwback to the 1960's Motown feel. But with more overdriven guitars thrown in. A total hyper driven song. Somehow the spoken line of the title works as a chorus.

71. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (2007)

Why: Possibly a violent song? Possibly a satire of views on immigrants? The song seems to contain more layers than you can fit into a pop song. Everyone's favorite Sri Lankan rapper finally crossed over into the main with this song about being underground.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Songs of the Decade -Part 2

I'm taking the decade as 2000 - 2009, otherwise there'd be some songs from 2010 on the list. Here's the continuation :

90. Nas - One Mic (2002)

Why: The ode to the simple life. Nas finds the perfect lyrics to go with excellent production, managing to find space for both dystopian and religious themes. And he samples Phil Collins; can't argue with that.

89. The Cribs - Men's Needs (2007)

Why: The most infectious opening riff of 2007 sent this Brit indie band catapulted them to stardom . Mostly because of this song being on continuous loop on the dance floors of London clubs. The accent is a bit thick but if you can listen through it, the lyrics aren't bad.

88. Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (2002)

Why: A song that was the background music for several football trick compilation videos on Youtube.Because the mix of disco, punk and indie was perfect for watching people do drinks.Or really, just perfect to make you move your feet.

87. Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (2003)

Why: It's a large debate as to whether the original by The Knife is better. Fans of electronic music go for the original. But the haunting, emotive lyrics are transferred best in the acoustic version by Jose Gonzalez when he strips away the production and leaves only the song itself.

86. Avenged Sevenfold - Seize the Day (2006)

Why: A sentiment made even more poignant by the death of the band's drummer. Filled with great guitar solos to match the apt lyrics, this song showcases Sevenfold at their best. If you aren't inspired to do something after listening, your laziness has gone too far.

85. Dans Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill (2007)'

Why: A satirical lyrical rant at English pop culture and its mindlessness. No band is spared or placed on a pedestal, they're all 'just a band'. Don't take the fake of hype and get caught up. Think for yourself. That's the message they're going for.

84. The Hives - Hate to Say I Told You So (2000)

Why: One of the best guitar tracks of the decade. Reminiscent of the Brit pop and garage bands of the 1960's, The Hives faded quickly from public view. But this remains their signature (and best) song.

83. M83 - Kim & Jessie (2008)

Why: French electronic dream pop can be done no better than by M83. An ethereal sound with haunting electronic waves which accentuate the vocals. It's both beautiful and energizing.

82. MGMT - Time to Pretend (2008)

Why: It's not really clear if MGMT are being ironic about the celeb life or they actually really want in on the lifestyle. The lyrics are clever and coupled with an ecstatic groove, the song is exceedingly catchy.

81. The Killers - Mr. Brightside (2003)

Why: A melodramatic song about unrequited love.But so over-the-top with jealousy, betrayal and other emotions that it never seems dated. A song that was perfect for being performed live in front of a large audience, it came out when everybody needed such a song.

Songs of the Decade -Part 1

Maybe I'm a whole year late. Then again, maybe it takes a whole year to come up with the songs of the decade.Or maybe I'm really bored. Anyway, here's my list (and if your don't like it, make your own):

100. Johnny Cash - Hurt (2002)

Why: Possibly the best cover of all time. Cash takes the Nine Inch Nails original and carries it to another level of melancholy. When he plays that single note over and over you feel as if you'll never be happy again. only Johnny Cash can stay relevant for four decades at such a high level.

99. Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (2007)

Why: The French electronic duo made the ultimate Micheal Jackson tribute with this song.And they did it before he died too. Complete over the top melody with a child chorus hook, this song remained infectiously catchy even with all the overexposure.

98. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes (2004)

Why: British hip-hop usually isn't taken seriously. After hearing this you'll change your mind. The biggest hit off the concept album A Grand Don't Come for Free is also the most realistic portrayal of a break-up by someone in hiphop ever.

97. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly (2006)

Why: An Academy Award winning song form the movie Once. Haunting vocals fused with great chemistry between Hansard and Irglova (who also start in the movie). A song with minimalist accompaniment which is all the better to appreciate the lyrics and vocals.

96. Twista ft. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz (2004)

Why: A slow jam about slow jams. Back in the the almost forgotten days when Kanye used to do more rapping and less being insane, he had excellent lyrics. Twista unleashes super-fast lyrics as always and Jamie Foxx name drops every soul singer since Motown came around. It somehow works.

95. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows (2002)

Why: The most rhythmic QOTSA song ever? Probably. And that's saying a lot. A running guitar riff coupled with some serious slap bass still manages to give a mournful tune that catches the mid-decade mood.

94. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - More Justice (2001)

Why: Has Damian Marley ever dropped a bad verse? Or even a bad lyric? Releasing socially conscious music as always, he again speaks of the struggle for the poor youths of Jamaica while maintaining a smooth lyrical flow over an overdriven guitar backing.

93. Gorillaz ft. De La Soul -Feel Good Inc.

Why: Switches from electronically drenched to a chord based guitar chorus seamlessly.The lyrics move from the sublime to the senseless but it all fits. And any time De La Soul get included is good.

92. Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook

Why: They may have used every instrument they could find for this song. It's in Icelandic but it doesn't matter because it works. The continuous drums crescendos and acoustic guitars are what make this a great track.

91. The Roots ft Cody Chesnutt - The Seed 2.0

Why: The best rock song from a hip hop group in a while. A catchy guitar hook which completely sticks with you. And completely takes away from the fact that the song is about leaving a legacy of multiple children with different women.