Top 100 Songs of the Decade

I absolutely adore lists like this: Rolling Stone Magazine released their 100 songs of the decade. To me nothing is more reflective of our life and times like music. What Rolling Stones reminds me of is that even thought there are these huge hits that are undeniably awful, a waste of time. Pithy and pathetically manufactured junk that any blonde grinding away on the floor can pull off – there is still some real music being made. Music with lyrics. Music with instruments. Guitars, drums. Stage performance is still important. Musicians that actually work, sweat, cry go little crazy sometimes. Some wonderful original words are still being written and Rolling Stone keeps the respect, recording and acknowledging talent.

Some of my favourites and least favourites – in Rolling Stones order:

Songs of the Decade

1 | Gnarls Barkley — “Crazy” Wow almost forgot about this one. I loved this song.

3 | Beyoncé — “Crazy in Love” YUK

4 | Outkast — “Hey Ya!” Oh yes – but I simply can’t listen to it any more – The radio killed it!

6 | The White Stripes — “Seven Nation Army” – I love the heaviness of this song. It is raspy and heavy and with full blown attitude.

8 | Amy Winehouse — “Rehab” Rock chic of note – on dark and dangerous paths – genius, talent – destructively excessive. Love the lyrics, love the realness, love the darkness!

9 | U2 — “Beautiful Day” Yes, a big song of the decade, I am thinking maybe their last!?

10 | Eminem — “Stan” Had a big crush on this guy for a while…I don’t know somewhere, somehow I started really digging men in hoodies…

13 | 50 Cent — “In Da Club” Huge song of the decade – no denying that. Commercial hip hop – everyone wants to be a gangsta, Eminem living the dream for every skinny white boy.

14 | Missy Elliott — “Get Ur Freak On” Again – everyone want to be a gangsta

15 | Johnny Cash — “Hurt” BEAUTIFUL, Stirring, incredible – a rock icon covering a track from a new age modern industrialist. Now how often does that happen? A tribute to the genius of Trent Reznor. The existential nightmare of modern life. Action and consequence. Regret. The original is in the soundtrack in Natural Born Killers. The bit with the Indian healer and snakes…I could die! This is my own personal number one song of the decade!

16 | The Strokes — “Last Nite” Cool catchy sexy song.

17 | Bob Dylan — “Mississippi” Oh dear Bob – I just loved your old stuff, but I am not sure you were made for this decade.

18 | Kelly Clarkson — “Since U Been Gone” Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. God damn awful wailings. A failed attempt of trying to express female angst. Horrible. A competition does not a rock star make.

20 | Justin Timberlake — “Cry Me a River” Since hearing Diana Krall’s version of this song, I can listen to no one else.

23 | Rihanna — “Umbrella” – Another theme this decade I think, Good girl gone bad. It’s like the world is ‘warming’ to the darker side and marketing is trying to make it more user friendly – Glittery vampires…Brittany…

24 | Radiohead — “Everything in Its Right Place” Much respect.

26 | Coldplay — “Clocks” I loved this song when I first heard it, there was something so perfectly balanced between the music and his voice. This wonderful harmony and flow. Very dreamy.

29 | Kanye West — “Gold Digger” I must admit, this was a firm favourite of mine. I loved the mix of OLD with the new – definitely a cool track to dance to, to make as ass of oneself. I also have a weakness for biographical movies about music legends – and Jamie Foxx portrayal of Ray Charles was really good.

35 | Bruce Springsteen — “The Rising” I was very impressed with this song. Not a bad comeback at all. For me it proved he had musicality and a good solid rock foundation to produce something of so much quality.

38 | Gorillaz — “Clint Eastwood” Another song – I am guilty of killing with my own hands and ipod.

40 | Kelis — “Milkshake” I suppose it had to make it on this list. I suppose being the decade of the naughties, songs like this, I kissed a Girl – lyrics to shock – immediate hits.

45 | Kylie Minogue — “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” Kylie makes a sexy comeback – amazingly not completely transforming her image or music style.

47 | Green Day — “American Idiot” I first watched Greenday perform at the 94’s Woodstock concert they showed on TV. He had blue spiky hair, wore all black and had a red tie on with a question mark. It was love at first sight. Every year they seem to get better and better.

48 | The Killers — “Mr. Brightside” Well. *Jumps up and down*!

50 | Beyoncé — “Single Ladies” – urg – sadly this stupidly irritating song is kind of the soundtrack of my decade

52 | Christina Aguilera — “Beautiful” I liked the somewhat dark gothy Christina. Like Madonna in Frozen. It suits them.

55 | OutKast — “Ms. Jackson” Last time I heard this it was actually at Chevelle of all places. Awesome cute number. “Never meant to make your daughter cry,I apologize a trillion times…”

61 | Jet — “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” Cool, has a bit of a punk, naughty feel.

62 | Alicia Keys — “Fallin'” Love this womans voice. Sings straight from  her gut!

66 | Madonna — “Music” OKay Madge enough now.

72 | Kings of Leon — “Use Somebody” This is a surprise – I really thought Sex on Fire would be here instead.

79 | Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — “Gone Gone Gone” So good to see him back. His voice is still good. Nice little, pleasant number – but I am not sure I want to associate pleasant with Led Zeppelin.

81 | Pink — “Get The Party Started” Another one the radio and nightclubs murdered.

93 | Snoop Dogg — “Drop It Like It’s Hot” Hahahahahaha Of course!

96 | Lady Gaga — “Poker Face” Oh goodness – she really will never be forgotten.

The Full list is over here:

Music is a safe type of high. It’s more the way it was supposed to be. That’s where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It’s nothing but rhythm and motion.

— Jimi Hendrix


4 thoughts on “Top 100 Songs of the Decade

  1. thanks for the list. i have most of the songs you mentioned except for a few. tried to get log onto the rolling stone 100 list link that you left on your blog … but work settings won’t allow for it.

  2. Very cool list – have to say that the Johnny Cash Hurt cover ranks up there as one of my favourites of the decade. Absolute legend that man was, and much as I love NIN I hate to admit that Johnny outdid them with their own song, hehe.

    Also see Dixie Chicks Not Ready To Make Nice (one of my faves) and Yellow, but Violet Hill was by far the best Coldplay track of this decade, they should have added that one.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hullo my friend! He did a brilliant version. I think it suits Johnny more but Reznor is definitely the genius for writing it. I read somewhere that they didn’t even meet…

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