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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.

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