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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.

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