Top 100 Songs of the Decade: 75–51.

75. DJ Shadow - Right Thing (GDMFSOB)
Private Press 2002
Where Entroducing was grimy and fuzzy, Private Press is clean and sharp. I almost chose You Can't Go Home Again for this spot, but Right Thing spans the middle ground between the straight-ahead pop of Home and the schizophrenia of Monosylabik.

74. The Juan MacLean - Give Me Every Little Thing
Less Than Human 2005
Listen to those synths. Is there any doubt why I chose this?

73. The Knife - Neverland
Silent Shout 2006
The Knife finds balance between the dark and the light.

72. Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake
Everything All the Time 2006
It's nice to hear wistfulness and pure rock working in harmony.

71. Ghostland Observatory - Sad Sad City
Paparazzi Lightning 2005
I read a review describing Ghostland as "Daft Punk for frat boys." I think Daft Punk is Daft Punk for frat boys. This is just fun. Also, there is a party in the sad sad city.

70. The Radio Dept. - I Don't Need Love I've Got my Band
Pulling Our Weight EP 2003
This is the first Radio Dept. song I ever heard after downloading it by accident. I was instantly hooked to their fuzzed-out synths, whisper singing, drum machines and warm reverb.

69. Plaid - Itsu + Oh Be Doo
Dial P 2003
This song is kind of dirty for being so upbeat. It feels like something sinister is lurking underneath.


68. Death Cab For Cutie - The New Year
Transatlanticism 2003
"So this is the new year, and I don't feel any different." That about sums it up for me.


67. Pinback - Penelope
Blue Screen Life 2001
Such sweet lyrics about the death of a goldfish. The different melodies of the song interlock so well, and the whole thing comes off as sweet without being saccharine. We're verging on twee here, for sure.

66. Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
One Beat 2002
One reviewer stated that Sleater-Kinney sacrifice immediacy for angular melodies and riffs that "don't catch hold," but this riff definitely grabs you immediately and pulls you along to the end of the song, even though the melody appears to have no end.

65. Ratatat - El Pico
Ratatat 2004
Ratatat can write a hook; just not a whole song.

64. Matthew Dear - Dog Days
Leave Luck To Heaven 2003
With all the bombastic dance music and thumping beats I was hearing, the tiny sounds on this track seemed to fit together so tightly that there's no room for reverb. The track is dry, but not as a sacrifice, as a necessity.

63. Aesop Rock - Daylight
Labor Days 2002
The first Aesop Rock song I ever heard, when I wandered over to the stage where he was performing, Daylight is practically his opus; it's just esoteric enough to be an engaging listen, while meaningful enough to make you want to understand. I'm still not totally sure what he's talking about, but I believe him.

62. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For
Love.Angel.Music.Baby 2004
I first heard this track on airplane headphones. It sounded like dirt. When I heard it on a decent set of speakers, I kind of fell in love. It's all about that beat. These lyrics are ludicrous.

61. Ida Maria - Oh My God
Fortress Around My Heart 2006
Oh. My. God. This equals energy. The song's about either being out of control or barely in control, and the music matches the lyrics, with Ida sounding barely able to hold onto the reins of her own guitar and voice.

60. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
Sound of Silver 2007
Not sure what to say about this track. It's got me in a bit of a trance here. I need to let it finish.

59. The Bug - Poison Dart ft.Warrior Queen
London Zoo 2008
This track is dirty dirty dirty. How does one even imagine these beats? And I have no idea what she's saying.

58. Saves the Day - This Is Not An Exit
Stay What You Are 2001
Saves the Day seemed like they would be able to bring emo back, but then it was taken back by the crapsters and pop-punkers. They managed to make a great album, full of nice melodies, well-thought lyrics and true emotion instead of preening self-important whining.

57. The Field - Silent
From Here We Go To Sublime 2007
Utterly simple, yet completely hypnotic; this is true trance music. Not the thumping four-on-the-floor variety with sirens in simple chord progression, but the kind that melts away your fears and worries as you drift along the pulsing rhythm.

56. Smoosh - Massive Cure
She Like Electric 2004
Two sisters with a combined age of 22 made this song. It would be on the list even if they weren't so young, but their age makes this track all the more impressive.


55. The Radio Dept. - The City Limit
Pulling Our Weight EP 2003
It was good enough to name my blawg after it.

54. Interpol - Obstacle 1
Turn on the Bright Lights 2002
Like an updated version of Television's Marquee Moon, Turn on the Bright Lights is the real rock revival I was waiting for.

53. Fall Out Boy - Of All the Gin Joints in All the World
From Under The Cork Tree 2005

Say what you will about Fall Out Boy, but this album was full of fantastic hooks. This one always forces me to instantly sing along. This song alone has at least three great melodies.

52. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
Manners 2009
This entire album is a chore to listen to, with the singer's warbles calling out some pretty inane lyrics. But this track still pleases with its wordless chorus, tinkling bells and thumping beat.

51. Bloc Party - Banquet
Silent Alarm 2005
This track charges out of the gate like a second second-wave of rock revival. Everything's so crisp, the beat is fast and its energy is undeniable.
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