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