Saturday, January 2, 2010

Favorite Songs of the 2000s

Here, for fun, are my 25 favorite songs of the decade, in chronological order.

If You’re Gone - Matchbox 20 - How Chicago could sound if they tried harder

Yellow - Coldplay - First song I ever heard; still one of their best

Always Crashing in the Same Car - David Bowie - Classic reinterpreted for the better

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World - When’s the last time you had this much fun listening to a rock song?

The Rising - Bruce Springsteen - Redemption in a rock song

Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow - Kick-ass summer song

Everyone Says Hi - David Bowie - Bowie as the crooner doing Phil Spector pop

It’s a Groove This Life - Robert Lamm - A delicate pop song about the meaning of life

Hey Ya! - Outkast - Not since “The Middle” have I danced to a more fun song

Heaven - Los Lonely Boys - Great guitar work from a trio of Texas boys

1985 - Bowling for Soup - My high school years summed up in three minutes

Mother India - Caedmon’s Call - Transcends religions to a common, hopeful purpose

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley - Just about the best song I heard all decade

Come to Me, Do - Chicago - Pure fun and pop by a band that hadn’t had fun since 1993

The Island - The Decemberists - Indie/prog rock in a 12-minute opus, incredible

Long Walk Home - Bruce Springsteen - The state of American circa 2007

Sister Lost Soul - Alejandro Escovedo - A song of longing by a fantastic artist

Why So Serious? - The Dark Knight soundtrack by Hans Zimmer - AKA, Joker's Theme - Never has one note sounded so ominous

I’m Alive - Tom Jones - Jones’s mission statement kicks off a wonderful CD

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend - New sound by a unique band

Oh No - Andrew Bird - Dang can this guy whistle; be sure to have a dictionary nearby

Ms. Garvey Ms. Garvey - Roy Hargrove - Splendid bari sax solo

City Noir - John Adams - The sound of modern classical music

Christmas at Sea - Sting - Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem set to a multitude of musical influences

Mrs. Cold - Kings of Convenience - Never has two men and guitars sounded so good

5 comments:

Chris said...

"Yellow" was the first song you ever heard? (LOL)

I do like that song. There's a part at the end where they do something kind of rare for a pop song—a chord substitution. Well, kind of. It's where the drums drop out and he's singing "Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you," and on "you" they play an F sharp minor chord instead in F sharp major. Not a really advanced substitution or anything, but I always notice it. Thought you might find that interesting. (:

Clare2e said...

You picked some toe-tappers for sure, Scott. Some of them became the national audio wallpaper for a season or two. I'm especially thinking of Crazy or Hey Ya or The Middle. But ya know, when they come on...I'm tapping and shaking all over again!

Nefarious!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am trying to understand John Adams just now. So far, I can't find the key.

Scott Parker said...

Chris - Yeah, guess I forgot an adjective. I've liked pretty much everything Coldplay has released except for X&Y.

Clare2e - Those three you mention get me grinning after two notes and I'm be-bopping for the rest of the song.

Patti - "City Noir" was my first taste of Adams. It's an intriguing piece and one I want to hear again. I have a conductor friend and he recommended Adams's Violin Concerto and a few other concert pieces. I'm working my way through them now. I'll report later.

Perplexio said...

Excellent selections, Scott! I agree about Yellow, it's probably still my favorite Coldplay song (although The Scientist is another fave).

Interesting Lamm/Chicago choices too. Come to Me, Do should have been a single instead of Feel. Heck that or any of the Champlin tunes on the tail end of XXX would have been better singles than Feel.

Oh and much like you, I really love The Middle as well. One of the most fun pop songs, not just of the past 10, but I'd argue the past 15 or 20 years.

Hey Ya! I liked the first few times I heard it, but I think it was overplayed to the point it became stale. I once even heard an acoustic cover of it on the radio that left me scratching my head in confusion wondering "WHY?!"