Friday, September 18, 2009

TOP SONGS OF THE 2000's (19-11)

The 2000's are really one of the best eras to be in musically
. Of course both the very wise and the very ignorant will argue against this statement, but no other point in time before this has it been both so easy to create music and share it with the world, and so possible to have it sound like whatever the hell takes your fancy.

I've always described the 2000's as an amalgamation of all of the best parts that have come before it. Whether it's fashion, design or music, all of it cuts and pastes from trends of the 60's, 70's, 80's and (thankfully least of all) the 90's. However due to the wonderful power of hindsight, we can trim off all those ugly fads that took the world by storm when we knew no better, and what we're left with is the best of the best.

And what better way to celebrate the versatility of this great time we live in (creatively at least), than to count down the top 100 songs of the 2000's.


100 - 90
89 - 80
79 - 70
69 - 60
59 - 50
49 - 40
39 - 30
29 - 20



The Bucket - Kings Of Leon

The Bucket was one of the first songs I had he
ard from Kings Of Leon, and to be honest I thought it was really rubbish the first time round. Admittedly my tastes then weren't really aligned to appreciate anything that sounded different from what I was used to, and I really had a hang up with vocals that weren't perfect. I'm glad I gave the song, and the band, another chance, because it really is a great track. The guitar work is especially catchy, and now, the vocals, which I hated before, are one of my favourite aspects of the song. Kings always have this great quality to their songs that makes them the perfect soundtrack to the experiences of youth. For me especially, I'll always remember seeing them live on a summer's night to wrap up a festival that I go to see every year down south. It really is my favourite time of the year, and it's always something I look forward to for months. This song feels like a connection to those events.


This Boy's In Love - The Presets

While Apocalypso took a more accessible, less outwardly stylish route than the debut album from The Presets, Beams; it also featured much more complex and well written songs. The songs felt more like expansive Industial Electro anthems rather than edgy club tracks, the sense of grandeur was especially clear in This Boy's In Love. The vocals always evoked amazing imagery in my mind, of futuristic skylines and star-filled skies. The repeating layered synth work felt like it was really taking you somewhere special, and Julian Hamilton hammered the feeling home with impassioned vocals. The closing lines really give the impression you're about to embark on an amazing journey to unknown places, with most of the album left to go, you'll soon find out that's entirely the case.

This town,
These streets,

Your friends,
We'll never,

This place,



Time To Pretend - MGMT

Time To Pretend is one of those tracks that I believe will help define the 2000's as a music era. Yes it was almost completely ruined by hype, ignorant thirteen year olds and record companies, but no other song has conveyed the ideology of living fast and dying young so perfectly. Filled with youthful optimism, the cliche things that everyone promises to each other in the throes of teenage existence, and a movie soundtrack sonic aesthetic, everything about this track brings forth strong feelings and memories. Time To Pretend deals with the realisation that life isn't exactly how you wanted it, and that you've lost sight of what you dreamed of when you were young. This epiphany invariably results in overcompensation, you want to feel alive to prove you're not wasting life. MGMT captured the fear of mortality in such an appealing package it's not wonder why they were everyone's favourite band for fifteen minutes.


Sunshine - Atmosphere

Atmosphere is one of those Hip-Hop acts that really stand out against the rest of what's out there. Sunshine is a perfect example of why. The simple piano/dru
ms approach gives this really peaceful summertime feel to the track that you can't ignore. Musically it's simple, lyrically it's uncomplicated and succinct, and the end result is a really appealing and accessible song for anyone, even if you don't like Hip-Hop. The lyrics themselves deal with recovering from a hangover after a big night out, and seeing the beauty in every day life; the simple things, weekends spent with families, times spent with friends and not having a care in the world. It's one of those tracks that would likely get hidden within the rest of Atmosphere's body of work, but it really is so well crafted that it deserves to be heard by all.


Naïve - The Kooks

The Kooks first album was one of my favourites of 2006, and i attached lots of great memories to every track. Naïve was always my favourite, the almost reggae quality to both the vocals, and the instrumental work, combined with a strong Indie focus created a really unique song. Naïve is about a cheating partner, and the heartache associated with infidelity. I'll always love The Kooks at this stage, knowing they had to prove themselves, they really released one hell of an album, the poppy melodies and sing-along lyrics were so simple and effective, and there's just thi
s earnest quality to every song. I really felt for the second album, Konk, the benefits of fame really went to their heads and that cocky demeanour really shone through in each track, the songs felt like they were completely in love with themselves. But at least we have Inside In / Inside Out to give us straight up love songs and Indie-Pop for simpler times.


Banquet - Bloc Party

Ok I have to say this now, I decided to limit myself to o
nly three Bloc Party songs in this countdown, If I had my way at least half the list would have been by the four-piece from London, but I showed restraint for the purposes of feigned objectivity. Furthermore, of all the songs on Silent Alarm, Banquet is not my favourite, but it earned this position for being the most iconic, the most reflective of Bloc Party's manifesto as a band. Banquet combined the best parts of Indie Rock with Electronic Dance, while only using traditional instruments (guitars, bass, drums). With Banquet, it was Kele Okereke's objective to create a rock song with the danceability of an electro track. And it's plain to see the band really did achieve this, there's something so catchy and enthralling to every aspect of the song. The alternating guitar work between Russel Lissack and Okereke, the always impressive drumming of Matt Tong, and the distinctly noticeable basswork of Gordon Moakes, just makes the whole thing sound like a band working together flawlessly. Banquet is the figurehead of an amazing debut album, the song that ties all of it's tracks together, regardless of tempo or experimentation, it's the perfect mid-point to sum up the band. If someone asked you what Bloc Party sound like, you'd play them Banquet and know you've explained them perfectly.


Hearts On Fire - Cut Copy

Hearts On Fire is Cut Copy nearing the zenith of their p
otential. With a perfect combination of emotion and danceability not seen since New Order, Hearts On Fire feels like a track straight out of the 80's. The smooth vocals and New-Wave guitar work, the rising synth and saxophone make everything sound so retro and iconic. Cut Copy make electronic music for people who appreciate thoughtful songwriting as well; more intelligent than Trance, Techno and House, more catchy than IDM, Hearts On Fire fits into a niche that was sorely absent before the 2000's and the Indie-Electro revolution came to pass. Hearts On Fire glides above the stratosphere, filling you with this elated feeling of nostalgia and longing.


When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys

This was Arctic Monkeys utilising their strengths perfect
ly. When The Sun Goes Down features witty, punchy lyrics with raw indie rock, this was Arctic Monkeys when they were young, brash, rough around the edges and altogether amazing. The song starts slow, then immediately shatters the peace with heavy and loud guitar riffs, Alex Turner's voice picks up and the excitement builds, spinning the tale of the red light district after dark with complete abandon. At its loudest When The Sun Goes down feels like it's about to burst forth from your speakers and strangle the apathy out of you. I really wish Arctic Monkeys would venture back into the raw unrestrained realm that When The Sun Goes Down so perfectly conveyed.


Someday - The Strokes

The most catchy and breezy track from The Strokes. Someday has this careless relaxing feel to it that makes it one of the most popular songs by the New York band to date. The iconic catchy guitar and bass aspects of The Strokes are here as always, and the vocals sound both rough and distorted while being accessible and friendly at the same time. Someday really is a feel-good song at heart and it really comes across in overall sound very well.

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