Ya know, I'm not going to do any "turkey" lists this year, and Douchebags O' The Decade is a comin', so instead of spacing out the rest of this list, I hope to entertain someone who is bored on Turkey Day with my Top 20 Songs of the Decade.
20. Hey Yah! - Outkast
This song should probably be #1. I mean, we've all heard it a million times, and it's still good. It's kind of lost a little with time though.
19. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
I can already tell the songs have taken a step up. This is probably the best pure rock song of the decade.
18. Conventional Wisdom - Built to Spill
I don't know how many times I chose to listen to this song over the past few years, but it's probably more than any other songs. The guitar riff in the beginning, the changes in the end, put another dime in the jukebox baby.
17. Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse
If you pretend The Moon and Antarctica didn't come out this decade, this would be your best Modest Mouse song.
16. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
I'm still confused as to why someone named their band after Charles Barkley, but we all know this song and we all love this song, and it still sounds great today, which is why I rank it higher than "Hey Yah."
15. If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix
In typical Zach fashion, I remember discussing who sang this song with a gal, while trying to woo her. I was convinced someone else had written whereas she was convinced Phoenix wrote it. It was nice chatting with her a few years later and telling her she was right. Mark it down though. I was wrong.
14. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture
For some reason, and maybe it's Superbad, maybe it's not, this is the song from the Echoes album that's getting all the pub. Maybe it's just because it's the best song.
13. At the Bottom of Everything - Bright Eyes
After all is said and done with this classic, it's nice to go back and here it now and notice that Jim James is singing backup.
12. Side to Side - Blackalicious
Arguably the best rap song of the decade. The way the bass bumps, the sensitivity and yes, even the Jesus reference works somehow.
11. Things Ain't Like They Used to Be - The Black Keys
This album was chalk full o' good tunes, this one is the best. One of my favorites to play on guitar always helps t00 ... and ... YOU SOUND LIKE DON'T LET ME DOWN NYA!
10. Is This It? - The Strokes
I know this song isn't about life in the 30s, but that doesn't matter because sometimes a song is what you make of it. Applying this song to my early 30s was great.
9. Los Angeles, I'm Yours - The Decemberists
The Crane Wife Part 3 was close, but this song is obviously much closer. Although I'm not the Decemberists fan many people have become, I'll always love this song, and the days they made me want to be a pirate. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
8. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
You know what I noticed lately, is that they sold this song to UPS. I like it. They basically said, "Okay Postal Service, you're going to sue us for using your name? Well, we'll just sellout to your rival." Seriously though, how awesome will it be when the America realizes the Postal Service is no longer necessary. Bills can be paid online now and it's usually cheaper. Packages are always pretty much brown now. Magazines are nice, but as the internet continues to grow, I imagine at some point magazine production and delivery will go down. People don't send letters anymore. I guess a wedding evite wouldn't be the same sure, nor would Xmas cards, but after all that, what do we have that we really need? Personally, I don't need any of the crap aside from the fact that I do love me sports stories while I'm releasing the history lessons of foods I've digested properly or not.
7. Pull Up the People - MIA
On my most stories IPOD, Coleco #3, this was my most played song. In case you're wondering, on my newest one, the most played song is Old Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."
6. The Way We Get By - Spoon
Spoon's kinda weird because as great as they are, not too many of their songs stand out in front of others and that's mostly due to the fact that they're all good. This one stands out though. Hearing Kill the Moonlight that first time was incredible, and this song was the biggest reason why I had to play it over and over again.
5. Run Thru - My Morning Jacket
Even though I did end up selling It Still Moves because I didn't like all the reverb on the singer's voice, I always loved this song. The change is just so incredible. Talk about rockin the house down, that change rocks like nothing else.
4. Fuck the Pain Away - Peaches
I'd say you are un-American if you don't like this song, or take yourself way too seriously. I was very tempted to make this the #1 song of the decade, I didn't because it's not my favorite, which makes perfect sense because this is my list. How's that for making sense?
3. Everything In Its Right Place - Radiohead
The only song of the decade that I've actually blogged about. Here it is ...
2. Third Planet - Modest Mouse
I just couldn't make this #1. This and that Radiohead song have been classics for me for so many years now I'm tired of writing about them. It's like they belong to the 90s or something because they're so old. That's the reason why this isn't #1, despite the fact that I could play this song backwards on guitar if I put my mind to it.
1. Golden - My Morning Jacket
It's just such a beautiful song. The combination of seeing it live with the lights, learning how to play it on guitar, having it remind me a special ladies, having it remind me of special lives ... it's the recipe for perfection. Frankly, I can't imagine life without this song, and that's why I'm having it #1.