Top 100 Songs of the Decade: 30-21.


30. Kool Keith - Operation X
2006
In this track, Kool Keith reimagines city blocks as a war zone, where you stick "dynamite in a BMW," ask people to "cover [you] while you go to the store," "duck down low," and "hold these bombs and make yourself a bowl of Honeycombs."

29. Klute - Hell Hath No Fury
Hell Hath No Fury 2005
I love art that deals in juxtaposition. Highbrow meets lowbrow. Hard meets soft. Dark meets light. This list is full of these dichotomies and this song epitomizes all of these things. With tinkly, warm pianos layered over dark, brooding bass and frenetic drums, I want to dance my ass off and watch shooting stars simultaneously.

28. Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down
Twenty One 2008
I found this song while looking for a video of Dolly Parton's Two Doors Down (which incidentally has some of the best writing for a pop song ever) and was instantly smitten with its 80s throwback vibe. They don't rely on the novelty however. It's quality songwriting of its own. "Maybe I should say what's up, invite her around."

27. Bjork - Who Is It?
Medulla 2004
Medulla was made almost completely of sounds made my human mouths. While it's cool as a conceit, the thing that matters to me in the end is the quality of the song. This song is simply beautiful; the beatbox element simply adds a layer of intrigue.

26. Ratatat - Lex
Classics 2006
I believe this song is referred to as a scorcher. Reviewers called it a retread of the best tracks from their first album. Yeah, but at least it's a retread of the best tracks.

25. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Veckatimest 2009
Just beautiful harmonies, perfect melodies, and awesome production.

24. M83 - Kim & Jessie
Saturdays=Youth
It's all about the chorus, which sounds like it's falling from the sky.

23. Digitalism - Pogo
Idealism 2007
The lyrics say "you have to settle," but the music clearly doesn't want you to do that. Of course, they follow that line up with "bring it on."

22. Aesop Rock - No Regrets
Labor Days 2002
Typically Aesop Rock's lyrics are so dense that after 100 listens you're still not totally sure what you heard, and even if you are sure, you don't know what it means. It's a big part of what makes him so impressive. No Regrets on the other hand tells a story simply and beautifully, and it's a story so poignant I wonder if an album full of No Regrets would shoot straight to the top.

21. Ratatat - Kennedy
Classics 2006
Ratatat are you serious? These beats are putting professional rap producers to shame.
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