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