Friday, December 4, 2009

The 100 best songs of the first decade of the 2000s (20-11)

(Click here for the whole list.)

20. Spoon — "The Beast and Dragon, Adored"

19. Radiohead — "How to Disappear Completely"

18. Rilo Kiley – "Does He Love You?"


17. Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) — "Crazy in Love"

Credit is also due to the Chi-Lites; the brass-section hook is sampled from their 1971 song "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)."

16. Björk "Hidden Place"

A great introversion song. The build-up from the final verse ("Can I hide there too?") to the final chorus is quietly overwhelming. She gets so much feeling out of singing the words slightly off from the beat.

15. Regina Spektor "Us"

14. Goldfrapp – "A&E"

When I said one of the criteria I used in deciding whether to include a song on the list was ...

Does the music have some sort of dramatic arc or development? (A bridge or other deviation from "verse/chorus/verse/chorus" is especially helpful.)
... this is one of the songs I had in mind. Wow!

13. The Flaming Lips — "Do You Realize??"

A song that gets great emotion out of stating simple facts, like: We're floating in space

12. Frou Frou "Let Go"

(Unplugged version by Imogen Heap, the singer of Frou Frou.)

11. Death Cab for Cutie – "I Will Follow You into the Dark"