100 Songs of the 00s (20 – 1)

The best laid plans of mice and me gang aft agley when you get strep throat. Sorry, folks. But here are your top 20 songs of the decade! Which is number one? Ooh, the anticipation!

20. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
This top 20 is an amazing collection of songs and artists of the decade. It kicks off with the plaintive “Use Somebody,” which a great articulation of a basic human need.

19. Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
“I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. But it’s not quite right.” (Get a free download of “Lazy Eye” here.)

18. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Hot Fuss, from which “Mr. Brightside” came, was just stuffed with hits. It was a close race, but “Mr. Brightside” wins by Bradon Flowers’s perfect little nose.

17. Just Dance – Lady GaGa
Holy crap, I love Lady GaGa. Five number ones? She totally deserves them all.

16. Hold on, Hold on – Neko Case
The most distinctive female voice in pop today. Add Neko’s voice to lyrics like “I left the party at 3 a.m. alone, thank God,” and you’ve got one of the best songs of the aughts.

15. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce
I’ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of… wait, this is Beyonce? And this joke is old? Who you calling a gay fish?

14. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
So many songs I could’ve picked, and maybe this was the obvious choice. But it was obvious for good reason, even if it’s just for the lines “I guess you’ll just have to adjuuuuuuuuuust!”

13. Evil – Interpol
Interpol, too, had about a billion songs that could have landed on this list. But it was one syllable (“Rosemary, AW, heaven restores you…”) that gave “Evil” the edge. The bass is pretty sweet, too.

12. Electric Feel – MGMT
MGMT has, I think, a true 00s sound. Song after song after song killed from Oracular Spectacular; this is simply my sentimental fave. Also, it’s a smooth groove, baby.

11. One More Time – The French Kicks
My all-time favorite band and their velvety yet driving ode to pursuit.

10. Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect – The Decemberists
By now, I think The Decemberists have shaken the rep as a Neutral Milk Hotel ripoff. And even if they are one, who cares? They do it darn well. This song came free with my old (and I mean old… it held like 8 songs) mp3 player. I never looked back.

09. Mansard Roof – Vampire Weekend
This debut was bananas (never mind the haters). This song is, I don’t know, tangerines? Juicy, sweet tangerines.

08. LES Artistes – Santogold
My adopted anthem. And another bananas debut. If you aren’t listening to Santogold, why not?

07. Lisztomania – Phoenix
Talk about joy in a bottle, eh?

06. No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles
This song is nearly perfect in an almost indescribable way. You just know in your soul that it’s auditory greatness.

05. What’s a Girl to Do? – Bat for Lashes
Alice in Wonderland all grown up.

04. Paper Planes – MIA
On one hand, I’m glad that Pineapple Express made this song super-popular. On the other hand, I kind of want this song all to myself.

03. My Girls – Animal Collective
If you’re a girl, and you don’t respond to this song, I don’t understand. It’s like when women are conservative; it does not make sense.

02. Hey Ya! – Outkast
You wanna shake it, sugar? Many songs from this dynamic duo could hit the list (not the least of which is “Ms. Jackson,”), but “Hey Ya!” is awesome. AWESOME. STILL AWESOME.

01. Maps – Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the band of the decade. Powerful yet vulnerable. Feminine with cojones. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs represent the many faces of the aughts. And “Maps,” with its quietly puissant plea, is the quintessential Yeah Yeah Yeahs song. And the song of the decade.

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One thought on “100 Songs of the 00s (20 – 1)

  1. I’ll be honest, I don’t know 60% of the songs on your list. I’m lame. But, I do know numbers 1 and 2 and I couldn’t agree more.

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