It's not easily that I Make these lists, and it gives me a sensation similar to that of choosing between my own children, or so I assume. Know that these lists are made based off of personal preference and relevance, and with the idea in mind that I'll get to do some fun debating about what people agree and disagree with, and hopefully some of you will throw your own lists into the ring.
25. 1901 - Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
25. 1901 - Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
24. Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
23. May You Hearts Stay Strong - Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts
22. The Denial Twist - The White Stripes - Get Behind Me, Satan
21. Casmir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
20. Lisztomania - Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
19. The Way We Get By - Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
18. Daylight - Matt & Kim - Grand
17. The Deaf Girl's Song - Cloud Cult - The Meaning of 8
16. Lose Yourself - Emineim - 8 Mile Soundtrack
15. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
14. Fake Empire - The National - Boxer
13. Do You Realize??? - The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
12. Mr. Brightside - The Killers - Hot Fuss
11. I Will Follow you Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
10. Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs
This one comes from the pioneering album of Ben Folds' very successful solo career, though it can be argued that Ben Folds has only ever had a solo career considering he wrote the majority of the good songs by the Ben Folds Five, which directly led to his dropping of the band. This song does a great job of sounding great and and being very light hearted, while still poking fun at himself with his, as always, well written lyrics. Fun fact, this is also my personal pump up song.
9. Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Fun, light, and simple. Three words that can sum up a good portion of The White Stripes in their prime. If anything, this song stands as a testament to the high quality of not just this particular album, but the White Stripes discography in its entirety.
8. When You Were Young - The Killers- Sam's Town
Assuming you listened to the radio at some point during or after 2006, you know this song by heart, and quite frankly anyone who doesn't think the song is deserving of some form or recognition has fallen victim of a terrible case of hipsterism. This song will always remind me, quite Cliche-ly of all those perfect moments of youth, and I don't doubt that this will be one that my kids hear when they look back at the best songs of my generation.
7. Anonanimal - Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
Though a tad partial to Andrew Bird, it's obvious that this song, as well as the rest of his music, is sensational. With a calm opening section, showcasing Bird's skill with a violin, the song kicks into a relaxed rock interlude that really just pulls the whole song together. This song keeps me consistently relaxed, and needless to say it's been pretty heavily played over these past few weeks during final projects and exams.
6. Float On - Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Another one that just dominated the radio for years, this song brought Modest Mouse into yet another generation of kids' radars, and that opening guitar riff is definitely one of the most recognizable and catchy of the past decade, with the only possible competition coming from "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.
5. Fake Palindromes - Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Sneaking back into the top ten, Andrew Bird continues to impress the world. Instead of being long winded, I'm just going to show you all this video. Play on, Mr. Bird, Play on.
4. First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
In the music world today, it's not often that we get the chance to hear a song that is so honest and simple, especially one about love. Paired with the song's music video, it's simply beautiful, and this song is my personal favorite love song of all time.
3. Wake Up - Arcade Fire - Funeral
Arcade Fire doesn't have much of a discography built up yet, possibly because, according to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, they're dicks. But assholes or not, they know how to make a good album, and better yet, a great song. Strong, and with a clear message, this song is fantastic both instrumentally and lyrically, leaving the world hoping that Arcade Fire can give us something new in the coming year, or at the very least, in the coming decade. Please?
2. Skinny Love - Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
What "First Day of My Life" is for love songs, Skinny Love is for songs about loss. It's evident not only in the music, a painfully weak but beautiful guitar melody, and in the depressingly detailed lyrics, but in the way singer Justin Vernon plays and sings the song that this song is of great personal value to him, and with good reason. In not only the recorded version, but in every live version you can find on youtube, the song is sung with the voice of someone who's been hurt and broken by someone they really cared about, which is a feeling that most people of any age can relate to and respect. New listeners beware, this song will bum you out, but it does so in the best way possible.
1. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down - The Better Life
It seems almost unfair that the best song of the decade came out just over a month into it. At this point, people reading are going to be torn in one of two directions. Either you are on the side that grew up listening to the radio, and knows that to this day, this song is amazing, and the well deserved holder of the title of "Best song of the New Millenium So Far." Then there's the other side that apparently has lived under a rock, where no one has radios, or mix cds from friends, and they clearly just haven't heard this song, or are embarassed to admit that that song we all loved in 3rd grade is still awesome.