Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Top 100 Songs of the Aughts, 100-91

Wassup, Hepcats.
Some housecleaning before we get started:
  • Halloween 2009 With The Twinnies: Not a success. Twinnies scared of fellow trick-or-treaters. Fellow trick-or-treaters now on the list of Scary Things along with dogs, the dark, and Miss Kristen.
  • My Billy Mays costume: a qualified success. The people who knew I was wearing a costume knew who I was, but some thought I was just wearing a blue shirt with khakis, with a bottle of Oxi-Clean on my belt and a big bag of coke in my pocket. These people must think I am awesome, and I resolve to spend more time with them.
  • Baseball happened tonight (yeah it did), college football did not. No further discussion required.
Okay. So let's get started on the Top 100 Songs of the Aughts (2000-2009).  Our Artist of Decade (revealed later) placed three songs on the list, while the following all placed two: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Death Cab for Cutie, The Hold Steady, The Killers (I know, right?), Kings of Leon, The Mountain Goats, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, and Wilco. That list (mostly) looks about right. I'm not sure how The Killers ended up with more songs than The New Pornographers,  but in honor of Chuck Klosterman:
100. "The Late Greats" - Wilco ( A Ghost is Born -2007) A bouncy little tune about some (fictional) bands that faded away due to lack of popularity. Fittingly, the most accessible song on an obtuse album.
99. "San Francisco" - Brett Dennen (Hope for the Hopeless - 2008) He likes his girl, but he loves his city. "Go if you wanna go, but I won't follow, just so you know." Fantastic.
98. "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, N.J." - Titus Andronicus (The Airing of Grievances - 2009) 90 seconds of noodling and ghostly vocals, culminating in a 120 decibel "FUCK YOU!", and then a maelstrom of metal guitar, keyboard, and pipes. Even more awesome than it sounds.
97. "The Grey Estates" - Wolf Parade (At Mount Zoomer -2008) Crack-catchy melody + xylophone = a great pop song from a band that can seemingly turn them out at will, but just doesn't care to.
96. "The Hardest Button to Button" - The White Stripes (Elephant - 2003) Jack White's refusal to pronounce the "t"'s in the word "button" just haunt you. Bonus points for "I had a ray gun, and it was 1981." Plus One for Puns!

95. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings (We Started Nothing - 2008) Well of course she sounds bitchy, that's not her name. Stop calling her Lisa. Great counter melody at the end.
94. "New Slang" - The Shins (Chutes Too Narrow - 2003) I know you hate this song. You hate that Natalie Portman told you it would change your life, and then it turned out to be a campfire singalong. But six years later, I dare you to turn it off. (Bonus points for sounding just like every song on the Bon Iver album. Bon Iver didn't make it onto this list, but I feel like including "New Slang" makes up for it.)
93. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" - eels (Daisies of the Galaxy - 2000) A hidden track, and people still argue about the title. There's something rebellious about singing, "Goddamn right, it's a beautiful day. Uh huh."
92. "Chop Suey" - System of a Down (Toxicity - 2001) You've heard it. It's fucking insane. WHY'DYOULEAVEYRKEYSUPNTHETABLE?
91. "When You Were Young" - The Killers (Sam's Town - 2006) They got a lot of shit for trying to make a "Springsteen album", but goddamn if this doesn't sound exactly like what The Boss would have recorded if he was 25 in 2006. The rest of the album, er, not so much.

Tomorrow: 90 - 81!

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