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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.

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