Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Top 100 Songs of the Aughties, 70-61

Wassup Hepcats!
Before we continue the countdown, a quick note on the twinnies:

1. Not listening.
2. Chasing Abby and hitting her with a box of macaroni and cheese.
3. Being fresh.
4. Waking up early and going downstairs to sneak Halloween candy.
5. Being a pest.
6. Pouring her milk onto the table because "when it falls off the table it looks like a shower."


70. "Float On" - Modest Mouse (Good News for People Who Love Bad News, 2004) Yr ole buddy Timmy was a hardcore member of "Modest Mouse is most overrated band in rock" before this song came out. Now I'm just a lurker. "Dashboard" was pretty good too, later on.
69. "Not Ready to Make Nice" - The Dixie Chicks (Taking the Long Way, 2006) The only acceptable response to what happened to them: a giant fuck you, with a giant chorus to match. Wish they didn't disappear after this. Was Karl Rove involved?
68. "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" - Scissor Sisters (Ta-Dah, 2006) This got moved up 10 spots for the mega-awesome 70's lasers sound effects. Then back down 2 spots for having Elton John listed as co-writer. Naw, we love Elton here at the Aging Hepster. But not as much as mega-awesome 70's lasers sound effects.
67. "The Greatest" - Cat Power (The Greatest, 2006) The only reason you haven't heard this in a commercial is that Madison Avenue hasn't gotten that far into the Cat Power catalog yet.

Do you think Don Draper is still alive? Is he haunting the hallways of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (spoiler), stooped over with giant eyeglasses, like Swifty Lazar or someone? Is he still nailing 20 year olds? Did he totally fuck up the iPod presentation, insisting on a "South Pacific" song to sell the gizmo? Let's stop, this is too sad to consider.
66. "Conventional Wisdom" - Built to Spill  (You in Reverse, 2006) I had kinda given up on Built to Spill, to the point where I didn't even buy this record when it came out. Then I was in Old Navy of all places, and this song came on. "By George, that's Built to Spill and that is fantastic!" I exclaimed. I rushed home and downloaded You in Reverse. Um. This song is still fantastic though, as good as anything they've ever done.
65. "The Story" - Brandi Carlile  (The Story, 2007) An OK to very good song, until about the 3 minute mark, when her voice does this THING, calling up every hurt and heartache a good country singer needs to be a good country singer.
64. "Hold On, Hold On" - Neko Case (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, 2006) It's rote now to call Neko Case's voice spooky. But suffice it say, when she sings, "I left the party at 3 am, alone thank god," you sense she's thanking god for her poor victim as well.
63. "White Winter Hymnal" - Fleet Foxes (Fleet Foxes, 2008) Quiet beauty is what gets us through the winter.

62. "Dreams" - TV on the Radio (Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, 2004) I'm a sucker for a killer refrain. "You were my favorite moment of our dead century" certainly qualifies.
61. "The Rising" - Bruce Springsteen (The Rising, 2002) When this came out, it was a call to unity for a nation recovering from the worst attack on American soil in history. Six years later, it was a call to arms for a nation recovering from the worst presidency since Herbert Hoover. Well, yeah, cause it's a hopeful song, and some of us still have hope.

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