I’ve already stated that music in the 2000s was a very horrible decade of music, and that’s because the focus on hits more than quality of songs are really hard look forward to. Part of it is that lack of originality or something that feels breathtaking as some of the many old songs that we love and cherish. More than likely, we go back to the old music that we cherish with the help of iTunes and downloadable music that only file-up an entire individual song instead of the whole album. It was really hard to judge what are some of the ten best songs of the decade, but I guarantee that not everyone is going to remember these songs, but they’re worth listening to due to it’s complexity, originality, and emotion/soul. Not much to describe about music in the naughties but minus well make this list to show that there were at least some really good music from this horrible decade.
Number 10. – Atlas – The Battles
Experimental music is not one to remember about the 2000s music but listening to the Battles in 2007 was a huge of breath of fresh air. The whole song feels absolutely cartoony and animated which creates a lot of life to it when listening to it. Every instrument going on in this song just has that lovable charm that makes you smile at how cute it is. Part of how moving it is is the drums being played by John Stanier who responsible for making all of the Battles song feel moving instead of degrading. It’s one of those songs that is just a marching lyric-less song that constantly gives it’s listeners a lot of imagination and the creative types to brainstorm. Atlas is the kind of song that you want to listen to when you’re working long hours just to have fun. With so many emo and depressing songs lasting throughout the 2000s, it’s no wonder why Atlas is a breath of fresh air each time we put it on. Atlas is the song that that identifies the awesomeness of 2007, the last good year of the 2000s before everything goes to shit…
Number 9. – Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Can you imagine that the Viva La Vida album and the song together are the most downloaded song of all time? It shows that there are people out there that actually care for songs that touches them instead of randomly dance to a bad song. It’s one of those commercialized songs that actually gives a damn about making good music once again. Sure it maybe overplayed when it was new, but that’s what you get when you’re the most downloaded song of all time. It feels like you’re going to Disneyland or a magical place that will indeed uplift your spirits up to the point of no return. Coldplay has always been that sentimental type of band but when you listen to Viva La Vida, it’s every all their evolution that the band went through to make their very own magnum opus. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world and everything is about you and it matters. It’s one thing to have a song that connects with you, but it’s another to make you feel better about like and that’s what Viva La Vida accomplished.
Number 8. – Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Playin’ cowboys and indians? Whatever you’re thinking about when listening to Icky Thump, it’s garage rock at it’s perfection. It’s a throw back to the hard rock songs of the 1970’s, as White Stripes always do. This song is a total showdown and it’s a song that makes you feel like a badass when listening to it. It’s hard to decide between Seven nation army and Blue orchid but this is the best song of all time this song stays in your head for ever with the keyboard at it’s beat and the guitar going for it and Meg pounding on the drums nothing get’s better than this.
Number 7. – Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
Even though the legendary actor isn’t mentioned by name in Gorillaz’s breakthrough single, he’s all over it: In addition to the melodica that plays throughout — which recalls composer Ennio Morricone’s musical themes for The Man With No Name Trilogy that made Eastwood a star — the song’s signature line, “I’ve got sunshine in a bag,” comes from ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.’ The track also features a terrific turn by indie rapper Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. Plus, the song’s deep sonic palette reveals something new every time you listen to it. An instant classic.
Number 6. – All Falls Down – Kanye West
Number 5. – One More Time – Daft Punk
The original hands-in-the-ay-er jam is also Daft Punk’s most iconic. The student becomes the master on this one as one of Bangalter and de Homem-Christo’s “Teachers,” Romanthony, sings lead vocals to their throbbing 4/4. In a way, “One More Time” is their mission statement. “Our music is not stupid happy house, but it makes people happy,” Bangalter once said. The first step away from Homework’s minimalism, Discovery’s opening track is irresistible—who’s going to say no to “We’re gonna celebrate all night?”—and ephemeral, down to the Cinderella-like church bells that end it.
Number 4. – Breakbeats – Pasteboard
Rejoice! Shoegaze is still alive! Rejoice! A band from Japan knows how to handle the genre perfectly well! Rejoice! The music sounds fresh and breathtaking! And Rejoice… well, um… this is the only album that the band has released… Let’s bring out the tears bucket for another miss out coming form the shoegaze genre. Pasteboard’s glitter is a great 2005 release in shoegaze. While my familiarity with the genre is still a little bit in infancy, I enjoy listening to the genre from both Japan and Korea. Glitter contains vocals which slightly separates it from other shoegaze that focuses on more instrumental music. The nine songs are mainly hits with some songs like “flipper” using a much more pop indie style. Though when the band does focus on simplicity in their music with the instrumentals, those songs are the strongest on the album. While glitter isn’t the best shoegaze album, but it’s still very good. This is no doubt the most underrated albums I’ve ever encountered and since the whole world only focus on music that came from North America and Europe, it’s sad to see the East remains in that part of the world. I admit that I’m guilty for not checking out on more Japanese hidden gems, since nowadays it’s looked as soundtracks for anime, but damn it, once you listen to the opening track “Breakbeats” it take your breath away and beckons the listener to listen to the whole album and think about dreams and fantasy. It’s the whole point of shoegaze and if an album does that job well, it shows how good it is!
Number 3. – Little Sister –
Queens of the Stone Age
You might of think that “You Might Think I’m Not Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire” is QOTSA’s best song but you have to think about the soul that Little Sister has. It’s so blues and groovy that totally defines what the band is all about; [sexy enough for the ladies to jam to and hard enough for the guys to rock to]. QOTSA have always been sexy; sexy in a sleazy, cigarettes and whiskey kind of way. With “Little Sister”, they took that sexy to a new kind of uncomfortable zone. Homme drew inspiration for the song from the Doc Pomus (made famous by Elvis) song of the same name, explaining, “I like the amalgam of imagery that it puts forward, that throwing a little pebble at the girl’s windows late at night, you know, trying to creep in the back door, you know. And I also love the Elvis song ‘Little Sister’ because I like the sort of sexual twist that’s put on by ‘little sister don’t you do what your big sister done.’” The guitars roll and churn, while the continuous jamblock pounds out the rhythm of those pebbles at the window. Homme’s voice is suave, and gives you the feeling that you don’t want him anywhere near your siblings. -Nick Freed
Number 2. – Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K. is some kind of enigma, a prophet for everything precious that’s left to worship in these cynical, modern times. In other words: He’s a prophet of The Party. His principle is the ‘everything louder than everything else’-formula and the constantly present urge for true Rock & Roll and rebellious ‘Fuck You’-attitude that young people (and those who stay young at heart) demand. These are not songs, these are principles – impossible to ignore and always over-the-top. You think it could get louder, there could be another layer of sound, another hook or more screaming and there it comes! It’s full of riffs, simple melodies and one-liners you never can get out of your head. Fuck smart music anyhow, I’d rather be part of the Neanderthal-crowd and sing on those tribal “Fun Night”-shouts.. He stands in a long line of tradition. It’s funny indeed that nothing really compares to this: You may mention the steamroller, no-bullshit attitude of early Rock’n’Rollers Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard that is present as well as the self-explanatory bareness of former (70s) prophets Meat Loaf and Ramones (who of course totally contradict each other). You hear traces of that non-compromising Damaged-feeling as well as the declarative vocal powress of Scooter! Actually, you can add whatever else comparisons of music that brings you down to your basic human instincts – this is just my version of how to describe this post-modern power-cocktail! It must be heard to believe and it sure will evoke something in you.
Number 1. – All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
We have so many songs about love and enemies, but what about friendship? Sure there are plenty of them out there, but this one nails who loneliness can overcome you when old faces aren’t around and there aren’t that many people like that out there. It’s one of the saddest upbeat songs ever created where there are joy and heartbreaks of maintaining a friendship, it’s even worse that betrayal and broken friendship divides us from the world as much as a broken relationship. “All My Friends” is about aging, feeling disconnected, simultaneously reckoning with and missing your past. James Murphy turned 37 the year it was released, and it should appeal to people in their 30s. And yet Murphy’s impressionistic verses evoke more widespread experiences than chronologically approaching middle age. This millennium was kicked off with 9/11, and as it progressed we became able to carry entire decades of pop culture and history in our pockets. All of this ages us before our time, whether these were the years in which we grew up, or whether these were the years where we ourselves had children.”You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan/ And the next five years trying to be with your friends again,” Murphy sings. That could be about the struggles of aging and figuring yourself out, but it could also be about the seeming impossibility of navigating the people and culture around you when 2010 suggests 2001, 1987, 1964, and 1999 as much as it suggests itself.
It’s too overwhelming to face that all at once. Is it then any wonder that perhaps the two defining behaviors of our era have become nostalgia and ironic detachment, that we prefer our world through the perfectly faded haze of Instagram or the performative quips of Twitter? Even if you’d argue that the last thirteen years have been primarily characterized by a push and pull between irony and earnestness, it all stems from a sense of disassociation from our time and place — we intentionally say things we don’t mean so we don’t have to bare ourselves to all the noise that comes with infinite digital voices, or we overcompensate and overshare as a proposed salve to the supposedly corrosive effects of ironic living. Murphy buried some of the most earnest pop songs of the last ten years under a veneer of ironic wit. “All My Friends” taps into that same disassociation. It’s like, to paraphrase an old Don Draper quote, watching your life, knowing it’s right there, and futilely trying to break into it. That’s the engine behind “All My Friends,” behind its oscillation between sentimentality and one-liners. Thanks to the speed and abstractions through which we live our lives in the new millennium, you no longer need to be 37 to feel that way.
So, then, in celebration of paradoxes. “All My Friends” is happy and it’s sad. It’s naïve, but also disillusioned. It can make you feel twenty again. It makes you feel forty before your time. It makes you feel twenty and forty at once. It spirals into drug-fueled escapism, and it spirals into nostalgia. It’s mature. It’s the sound of sobering up. It’s the song you play as the party peaks. It’s the song you put on headphones when you walk home in the early hours of the morning, and some nights you triumphantly reminisce about all the experiences of your life, but maybe the edges are haunted and just as you step up to your front door and Murphy’s last refrain echoes “If I could see all my friends tonight” you also know you’re searching, too, that you feel all the dejection and isolation that’ve been as much a part of these last thirteen years as a new online version of community, or as much as anything else. It’s a song about 1987 and 1997 and 2007 and probably 2017. Even weighed down by all of this, it still moves. And because we have no other option, because this is our new millennium life: We still move, too.