Long break. Between vacay and work acting up, I’ve lost a lot of writing time lately, which blows. Anyways, my 4 favorite albums from this year, The Soft Bulletin, Summerteeth, Midnight Vultures and Eminem’s debut dominate. Here’s the list:
95. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Isn’t it remarkable that this came out the same year as …
94. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
To all my lady friends who have names in this song, thank your lucky stars I’ve never actually listened to this before until recently. It’s too bad the “Macarena” didn’t come out this same year, or we’d be in some serious business.
93. Smooth – Santana feat. Robb Thomas
I don’t know how, but in 99 and 2000, this became the most popular and overplayed song in the universe. It was great seeing Carlos Santana get all that pub though.
92. St. James Infirmary Blues – White Stripes
91. Role Model – Eminem
The Slim Shady LP is almost like a new era’s Licensed to Ill. They’re going for the same thing, just in different eras. Sure it’s more fun to have three rappers than one, but Eminem’s rapping makes up for it.
90. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
89. Nomadic Revery – Bonnie “Prince” Billy
88. Pumping on Your Stereo – Supergrass
I often make a joke that a song sounds like it should be at the end of an American Pie movie when all the friends reunite for a party before the credits role. This is one of those types of songs and was even in the movie Road Trip.
87. It’s About Twilight Now – My Morning Jacket
86. Writing to Reach You – Travis
It’s now clearly evident that there are many bands out there that want to sound like a commercial version of Radiohead, especially in the Britains.
85. Once Around the Block – Badly Drawn Boy
84. No More – Tom Petty
83. Tender – Blur
82. Comedy – Shack
81. Tails Facing Up – Drive-By Truckers
80. I Think I’m Going to Hell – My Morning Jacket
Nowadays, this song is great, but hearing the original recording compared to what it is now, you can tell this song still has a long way to go.
79. Northern Lites – Super Furry Animals
78. Hollywood Freaks – Beck
77. My Fault – Eminem
76. Baylon – David Gray
75. Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway (Again) – Wilco
74. Big Ego’s – Dr. Dre
73. Rock Bottom – Eminem
Sampling Janis always gets you a place in my heart.
72. Box of Spiders – Drive-By Truckers
71. Steal My Sunshine – Len
One hit wonders are less of a commodity in the late 90s and beyond, which makes this song more spectacular.
70. Carry the Zero – Built to Spill
69. Guilty Conscience – Eminem
68. Dora Goes To Town – Andrew Bird
I’ve had many winners and losers since I’ve started this thing. Andrew Bird is a winner.
67. Got Your Money – Old Dirty Bastard
It’s hard for me to judge someone named ODB objectively.
66. Cold Blooded Old Times – Smog
I always enjoy when Callahan at least attempts to write a faster paced song. They’re rare.
65. Milk and Honey – Beck
64. One – Aimee Mann
63. They Ran – My Morning Jacket
62. The Fabulous Ones – Blackalicious
61. You Don’t Know Me – Armand Van Helden
60. We’re Just Friends – Wilco
59. Debra – Beck
This one is for the chickens.
58. When You Wake Up Feeling Old – Wilco
This sounds like a beautiful Beatles song. The mood swings on this album are incredible.
57. The Spiderbite Song – Flaming Lips
56. Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus) – Drive-By Truckers
I don’t know the lyrics to this song, but the title seems impossible.
55. Party Up – DMX
Y’all gonna make me do blankety blank up in here, up in here.
54. I’m Always in Love – Wilco
53. Buggin’ – Flaming Lips
52. Temporarily Blind – Built to Spill
51. Pieholden Suite – Wilco
This is a sneaky good song. I’m either tremendously overrating it, or underrating it.
50. You’re the Good Things – Modest Mouse
You’re the loud sound of fun when I’m trying to sleep.
49. ELT – Wilco
48. Just Don’t Give a Fuck – Eminem
47. I Will Be There When You Die – My Morning Jacket
46. Peaches and Cream – Beck
45. Willful Suspension of Disbelief – Modest Mouse
44. Room at the Top – Tom Petty
43. Stop Breaking Down – The White Stripes
Right from the get-go Jack White earns the right to cover the Stones.
42. Candy Bird – Andrew Bird
41. Cannon – The White Stripes
40. Teenage FBI – Guided By Voices
39. A Spoonful Weighs a Ton – Flaming Lips
What’s great at this point in the Lips career, is they’ve realized any early 90s fads that may have been influencing them have faded, and they make a pure album not caring about whatever trends are going on.
38. Deception – Blackalicious
37. Heartbreakin Man – My Morning Jacket
36. Time Trap – Build to Spill
35. You Didn’t Know That Though – Blackalicious
It’s not what they’d be doing in a couple years with Blazing Arrow, but Gift of Gab hints at how great they can be on this song.
34. Madeline-Mary – Bonnie “Prince” Billy
33. In a Future Age – Wilco
32. Porcelain – Moby
Yes, I only like this song because of its appearance in The Beach, and I don’t know which is worse. It’s like I got lucky, married a yuppie, took her for what she was worth, but then started dating a singer and becoming a swinger.
31. Still DRE – Dr. Dre
It’s cool hearing Dre and Snoop together again after several years.
30. Jimmy the Exploder – The White Stripes
Yes, hard rock has basically been dead as a genre until now. Jack White in the house and he’s needed desperately.
29. Nicotine and Gravy – Beck
28. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre
27. What Is the Light? – Flaming Lips
26. Via Chicago – Wilco
25. Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre
It’s almost sad how poorly most Dre ages. Yes Dr. Dre, it was YOU who taught the listener about smoking trees. Speaking for potheads everywhere, though I’m not one, I’m pretty sure we lightning up when you were still just saying no with NWA because it was giving people brain damage.
24. Astro – The White Stripes
Maybe Jesus can do the Astro.
23. Race For the Prize – Flaming Lips
22. She’s a Jar – Wilco
21. A Minor Place – Bonnie “Prince” Billy
20. The Plan – Built To Spill
They’re firing on all cylinders on this one.
19. The Spark that Bled – Flaming Lips
I stood up and I said yeah.
18. Evelyn Is Not Real – My Morning Jacket
Some bands get the advantage of me seeing them play songs live 10 years after they were some little band that nobody cared about.
17. The Gash – Flaming Lips
16. Else – Built to Spill
I love when these guys put it all together and create one of their masterpieces. This is one of them.
15. How To Fight Loneliness – Wilco
Just smile all the time
14. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem
Every now and then a pop sensation comes out and you have no idea why. Eminem is the opposite of that. He also references “mp3” on this song, so the times are changing.
13. Can’t Stand It – Wilco
Wilco’s country based fans were disappointed with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot when it came out due to it being a different step for them. You can hear that beginning on Summerteeth, so I’m not sure why they were that surprised.
12. Suddenly Everything Has Changed – Flaming Lips
11. Sexx Laws – Beck
Beck just keeps on getting better.
10. Night on the Sun – Modest Mouse
Freeze your blood and stab into me …
There’s one thing to know about this town. There’s not a person that doesn’t want me underground, and it’s all right.
This is my choice for the best remorseful hangover song ever.
9. Bawitdaba – Kid Rock
This song has aged pretty well. It’s hard work liking a Kid Rock song, but hey , Joe C is dead and this song kicks ass.
8. Big Pimpin’ – Jay-Z
I can’t believe I’m ranking an Eminem song better than my favorite Jay-Z song but the truth is, Eminem’s debut album is light years not just more energetic and fresh, but simply better than anything Jay-Z has ever done. That being said, everyone loves “Big Pimpin.”
7. Mixed Business – Beck
6. Get Real Paid – Beck
Ultimately this is probably the song that made me love Beck. I’m sure I heard many songs before this of his that I liked, but this is the one that made me realize he was something special.
5. You Were Right – Built to Spill
I’m a complete sucker for the gimmick of this song. I don’t see how anyone that listens to music that’s greater than 10 years old could not like this song. Sure, the lyrics kind of aren’t theirs, but yet, they completely are.
4. My Name Is – Eminem
It’s hard to call Eminem a gangsta rappa cuz he’s not, even though he has a bad attitude. He makes music listening better though. It’s great to have him.
3. A Shot in the Arm – Wilco
Summerteeth has every right as any other Wilco album does when considering their best, and this may be the best song on it. So nice, they had to put it on the album twice.
2. Waiting For Superman – Flaming Lips
For a brief moment on the Flaming Lips best album, they sit back and take this beautiful breath.
1. Superfreaky Memories – Luna
I wish I could tell people why I loved this song so much. Sometimes I tend to glamorize songs about smack even though I have no clue what a heroin buzz is like, nor do I care. I love heroin influenced music though, and this is another example, but that has nothing to do with why I love this song. When you hear it for the first time, it doesn’t sound too spectacular, but then you keep hearing it, and like watching The Big Lebowski it continually gets better.