Top 200 Songs of the Decade: Part 2


Dic 14 2009, 3:16

51. Gang Gang Dance - First Communion
First of all, Liz Bougatsos has an impossibly cool voice. Second of all, this song is impossibly awesome.

52. Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die
Proof that Morrissey's still got major songwriting chops.

53. Coldplay - Fix You
Frankly, I wouldn't want my bones to be ignited, even by Chris Martin, but this song is still a great anthem.

54. Sigur Rós - Fljótavík
I like to sing along to this song as a sort of release for all the emotion in it, but just as it reaches its peak, it switches into Hopelandic so I can't sing along, and the emotions just build up. It's rather powerful.

55. Okkervil River - For Real
Wow, this is a dynamic song. Highlights are the punchy guitar bits that start about :40 in and Will Sheff singing "You caaaaan't hide..."

56. Animal Collective - For Reverend Green
Avey Tare's vocals on this song are incredible.

57. Antony and the Johnsons - For Today I Am a Boy
Even if you're not a wannabe transsexual, you can't help but identify with Antony Hegarty here, because this song is just so stunning.

58. Mates of State - Get Better
Frankly, I'm mystified as to why Re-Arrange Us got panned by the critics. Every track is a gem of a pop song, and this is the best of them.

59. Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook
This sounds like Sigur Rós covering Animal Collective. Also, the video is brilliant. This song is perfect to run around naked to (I assume...).

60. Panda Bear - Good Girl/Carrots
If this song was a food, I bet it would be something tasty.

61. Wolf Parade - Grounds for Divorce
Part of the trifecta of great 4-minute songs from Apologies to the Queen Mary, along with I'll Believe in Anything and Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts. This is the most joyful of them.

62. TV on the Radio - Halfway Home
I don't know what makes this song so great, but it is. Must be the handclaps.

63. Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
No list would be complete without this song. Somehow, they manage to make one of the catchiest songs ever out of one of the most unmelodious melodies ever.

64. Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
Brilliant piano, haunting vocals. Yorke's solo work is peculiarly neglected, considering how huge Radiohead is.

65. Maybeshewill - He Films The Clouds, Pt. 2
Gotta love when instrumental post-rock bands randomly sing on one track. The vocals complement the piano line in the second half beautifully.

66. Frightened Rabbit - Head Rolls Off
The most cheerful song about mortality I've heard. "It's not morbid at all, just when nature's had enough of you."

67. !!! - Heart of Hearts
Dance-punk at its best.

68. of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
Depressing lyrics and happy music: a winning combination.

69. Andrew Bird - Heretics
Whatever Andrew Bird has for breakfast, I want some.

70. Outkast - Hey Ya!
Hey, a token hip-hop song! But this is too good not to include. Hell, it was even on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

71. Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek
"Mm, what'd you say? Mm, that you only meant well? Well of course you did." Somehow the harmonizer makes the lyrics better.

72. Antony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
The beginning is good, but it's the coda that really makes this song.

73. Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla

74. Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
There's a moment near the end of this song where the swirling dissonance fades away and Thom Yorke's vocals can be heard as clear as crystal. It's spine-tingling.

75. The Fray - How to Save a Life
See, I listen to radio music too!

76. Wolf Parade - I'll Believe in Anything
Probably the best song Spencer Krug has ever written, which is saying a lot.

77. Yndi Halda - Illuminate My Heart, My Darling!
I listen to a lot of post-rock, and this song is by a large margin the best post-rock song I've ever heard. If you haven't heard it, go out and get a copy right now.

78. Sigur Rós - Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Soooo happy.

79. Arcade Fire - Intervention
The organ might be overdoing it a bit, but this is still a great track.

80. The Decemberists - The Island
The Decemberists + proggy synth runs = awesomeness

81. Broken Social Scene - It's All Gonna Break
The way Kevin Drew sings "it's all gonna break!" on this track is so great. Almost as great as the trumpet outro.

82. MGMT - Kids
Oracular Spectacular wasn't a great album, but it had a few great songs, this one among them.

83. Wolf Parade - Kissing the Beehive
Damn, this is epic.

84. Grizzly Bear - Knife
It's really hard to pin down what's so appealing about this song. It's something about the atmosphere.

85. La Oreja de Van Gogh - La playa
I guess this should be alphabetized under P, really. When Amaia Montero sings "Te voy a escribir la canción más bonita del mundo," I have a feeling she's referring to this song.

86. Shakira - La Tortura
Shakira has a knack for dramatic male-female duets (see also: Hips Don't Lie).

87. The Strokes - Last Nite
A damn good song, if you ask me!

88. The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division
The lyrics of this song are priceless: "So let the love tear us apart, I found the cure for a broken heart."

89. The New Pornographers - Letter From an Occupant
There's enough material in this song to make three or four good songs, I think.

90. Radiohead - Life in a Glasshouse
This is rather jazzy and unlike anything else Radiohead's recorded, but still wonderful, especially the way Thom Yorke sings "Only, only, only..."

91. Radiohead - Like Spinning Plates
The backing track on this song is amazing.

92. Phoenix - Lisztomania
The best pop song of 2009, in my reckoning.

93. Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
A lot of people hate the intro, but I think it sets the song up nicely. The choral vocals are a nice touch too.

94. Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines
One of those songs that's impossible not to sing along to, especially when it gets to the "La la, la la la la..." section.

95. Holy Fuck - Lovely Allen
Holy fuck!

96. Vetiver - Luna Sea
A very underappreciated track, one of the most tuneful songs out there.

97. Belinda - Luz Sin Gravedad
I don't know how the video is supposed to relate to the lyrics, but whatever. Belinda really deserves to be better known outside of Mexico.

98. The Mars Volta - L'Via L'Viaquez
The part starting with "Sólo tengo una hora..." is really intense.

99. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
This song puts me in the magic position, whatever that means.

100. Final Fantasy - Many Lives -> 49 MP
According to the shoutbox for this song, it's "One of the best songs ever fucking created, fucking ever." I'm inclined to agree.


  • broadwaykoala

    Awesome list! The only one I didn't really like was Luz sin Gravedad; for some reason I just can't stand Belinda. She seems way too bratty, and has seemed so since her kid novela days. Kudos to Radiohead though. :D cheers

    Dic 15 2009, 4:53
  • likecrocodiles

    Gracias... confieso que Belinda es mi placer culposo :)

    Dic 15 2009, 15:20
  • preusche

    There's a moment near the end of this song where the swirling dissonance fades away and Thom Yorke's vocals can be heard as clear as crystal. It's spine-tingling. [2]

    Lug 24 2010, 19:03
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