Top 100 Songs of the Decade: 40-31.





40. The Raconteurs - Level
Broken Boy Soldiers 2006
The Raconteurs decided to give song structure a miss with this tight little ditty that packs plenty of rock into its 142 seconds.


39. The Strokes - Hard to Explain
Is This It 2001
Listening to this song nine years after The Strokes were part of the so-called rock revival (along with The Hives and The Vines), I sort of wonder what people were talking about. Rock revival or not, this song is amazing, driving forward on the simplest of programmed drum loops.


38. Bloc Party - Helicopter
Silent Alarm 2005
I always thought this album was a continuation of what The Strokes were doing four years prior, but adding more energy, more politics and better drumwork.

37. Feist - I Feel It All
The Reminder 2007
More poignant and more pointed than 1234, I Feel It All didn't need a hit video to get its point across, it just needed Feist's emotional vocals and the tinniest handclaps I've ever heard.


36. The Radio Dept. - The Worst Taste In Music
Pet Grief 2006
Thankfully your current boyfriend isn't into The Radio Dept. I don't think I could handle that.


35. Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin' Down
From Under the Cork Tree 2005
Say what you will about emo, but holy shit these guys can write hooks.


34. Primal Scream - Kill All Hippies
XTRMNTR 2000
"You've got the money; I've got the soul." It's like Pet Shop Boys' Opportunities for the new millennium.


33. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Give Up 2003
Somehow the blend of Ben Gibbard's twee vocals match so well with Jimmy Tamborello's crunchy snappy drums and bleeps and bloops. This song kind of jumpstarted a whole genre, convincing kids everywhere to start a band with a instead of a drumset.


32. Evil Nine - Crooked
You Can Be Special Too 2004
I really hoped that tracks like this would start to tear down at the wall of mainstream hip-hop. It was too much to hope for.



31. Animal Collective - My Girls
Merriweather Post Pavilion 2009
This song is like a brainworm, hypnotically burrowing into your brain and forcing you to sing along to its ludicrous lyrics.
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