12.23.2009

The Top 100 Songs of the Decade

Inspired by Steve S, I present what I found to be the top 100 best songs of the Aughts.  Yes, it's a subjective list.

Some songs were moving.  Some were crazy and creative.  Some got me dancing in spite of myself.  Some marked memorable moments, people, or places.  Some made for amazing live performances.  Some broke new ground.  Some traced the continuation or fall of a giant.  Some denote a particular movement or genre that came to the fore.  All of the songs listed here wove themselves into my overall conception of the decade.

100. Rainbow Warriors - CocoRosie
99.  Volcano - Damien Rice
98.  Half Moon Rising - Yonder Mountain String Band
97.  Three More Days - Ray LaMontagne
96.  Scythian Empires - Andrew Bird
95.  Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue - Toby Keith
94.  Roll Out - Ludacris
93.  News - Jack Johnson
92.  Elevation - U2
91.  Go It Alone - Beck
90.  New York I Love You - LCD Soundsystem
89.  Stiff Upper Lip - AC/DC
88.  Rebel Rebel (Bowie cover) - Seu Jorge
87.  Something of an End - My Brightest Diamond
86.  Icky Thump - White Stripes
85.  Tunnels - Arcade Fire
84.  Coldplay - The Scientist
83.  1234 - Feist
82.  Last Night - The Strokes
81.  Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
80.  Devil's Dance Floor - Flogging Molly
79.  Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
78.  Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z, Alicia Keys
77.  Nantes - Beirut
76.  You Love Me - Devotchka
75.  Haiti - Arcade Fire


74.  Fight the Violence - Mission Bravo
73.  Four Provinces - The Walkmen
72.  Dry Your Eyes - The Streets
71.  Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
70.  Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover) - Giant Drag
69.  Good Old Fashioned Morphine - Jolie Holland
68.  Put Your Right Foot Forward - Rebirth Brass Band
67.  Sexy Back (Alt. country cover of Justin Timberlake) - Rock Plaza Central
66.  No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
65.  Electric Feel - MGMT
64.  Optimistic - Radiohead
63.  Little Acorns - White Stripes
62.  Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
61.  Wraiths Pinned to the Mist, and Other Games - Of Montreal
60.  Get Free - The Vines
59.  Nathaniel - O Death
58.  Mabel - Goldfinger
57.  Brooklyn - Youngblood Brass Band
56.  Float On - Modest Mouse
55.  No Complaints - Beck
54.  Wild Rovers (traditional Irish punk/rock cover) - The Kissers
53.  A Milli - Lil Wayne
52.  Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd polka cover) - Copper Box
51.  Hummingbird - Born Ruffians
50.  Keep Fishing - Weezer
49.  The Mariner's Revenge - The Decemberists
48.  The Rooster Moans - Iron and Wine
47.  Saving Grace - Tom Petty
46.  Teenage Kicks (Cover) - Seabear
45.  New Slang - The Shins
44.  Against All Odds (Phil Collins cover) - Postal Service
43.  Gamma Ray - Beck
42.  Banquet - Bloc Party
41.  Keepin' it Real - Mason Jennings
40.  Check It Out - Beastie Boys
39.  Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
38.  Louisiana - The Walkmen
37.  Tennessee Pusher - Old Crow Medicine Show
36.  I'm a Success - The Crow River Band (Luke Zimmerman)
35.  To the Vultures - Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?
34.  Paper Planes - MIA
23.  Caroline - Outkast
22.  Cut You Loose - T-Model Ford
21.  Heart it Races - Architecture in Helsinki
20.  Nervous Tic Motion - Andrew Bird
19.  Skinny Love - Bon Iver
18.  Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
17.  Kids - MGMT
16.  Glósóli - Sigur Ros
15.  I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
14.  Who Cares What the Question Is? - The Bees
13.  Memory Lane - Elliott Smith
12.  Heading South - Broken Smokes
11.  Motion Picture Soundtrack - Radiohead
10.  I'll Believe in Anything - Wolf Parade
9.   Baby's Romance - Chris Garneau   
8.   Most Things Haven't Worked Out - Junior Kimbrough
7.   Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches
6.   Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
5.   Peaches and Cream - Beck
4.   Chemicals Collide - Cloud Cult
3.   Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover) - Johnny Cash
2.   For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti - Sufjan Stevens
1.   My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire