21 August 2009

not-so-relevant thoughts of Pitchforks Top-20 songs of the 2000s

Mp3s and some not-so-relevant thoughts on Pitchforks Top-20 songs of the 2000s.

20. The Rat - The Walkmen
For the longest time this was the ONLY song by the Walkmen I actually liked (up until the release of last years You & Me). It's got sass damnit. Bonus points for being the best ringback tone for your ex EVAH. One blast of YOU'VE GOT A NERVE TO BE CALLING MY NUMBER oughta show 'em who's boss.

19. Ignition - R. Kelly
YES YES YES! Mr. Mountain Goats himself, John Darnielle started a list of 100 reasons why this song is so damned great.. And I agree with all 100 of them. From the toot toots to the beep beeps, Ignition shoulda bounce-bounce-bounced its way higher up on the list if you ask me (and JD of course). "It's the freak-in week-end baby I'm about to have me some fun" remains the most joyous exclamation of the decade.

18. Blind - Hercules & Love Affair ft. Antony

My 2nd fave song of last year. Here's what I said then, and still stand by now: "Very few songs move me. Even fewer songs get me to move. It is an extremely rare thing when a song accomplishes both. Antony’s operatic vocals humanize the icy synths and bleating horns into six full minutes of pulsating pathos."

17. Heartbeats - Annie

Sweet song that builds with guileless electro anticipation. The sonic equivalent of a first kiss with a stranger who is probably Scandinavian, still 17 seems a bit high for mere making out.

16. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture

Not gonna front, this song mildly scares me. Didn't Rob Zombie direct a movie with this title. Oh he didn't? Well just wait he will. And when he does, there will be cowbell. And dancing corpses from Brooklyn circa 2002.

15. Heartbeats - The Knife
More Scandinavians singing about heartbeats? The Knife must be Annie's older goth sister. Still dig it though.

14. 99 Problems - Jay-z
Have you ever seen a pint size college gal give this song a whirl on karaoke night? Well you really should because it nearly transforms into a mighty feminist anthem. HIT ME!

13. Losing My Edge - LCD Soundsystem
Aging hipster laments, can't wait to see what James Murphy whips up when he's 50.

12. Hey Ya! - Outkast
The most impossible to hate song ever? I sure hope so.

11. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
When this song first hit my iPod, I listened to it literally 43 times in one day (thank god for iTunes play count) And then I never listened to it again. Maybe next year though.

10. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - Arcade Fire

Someone once told me they like to paint to this song, which is apt. It is the sound of colors being splashed on a canvas, Jackson Pollack style. TUNNELS! TUNNELS! TUNNELS!

9. My Girls - Animal Collective
It took at least five listens for this song to stick and then once it did, it was like a million light bulbs exploding.

8. Idioteque - - Radiohead
I still don't know how to pronounce this title. Is it idiotic? or Idiot-tech, like a discotheque full of idiots? I'm gonna go with the latter.

7. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliot

Sometimes my mom works out to this song. That's kinda weird right?

6. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Subtle beauty from a band that usually makes noise that is anything but.

5. One More Time - Daft Punk
Someone should play this song on a loop at their wedding. That way there are a lot of one more times, for infinity the fun!

4. Crazy in Love - Beyonce
I like the horns.

3. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
I called this at #1 yesterday. Oh well, I was wrong.

2. All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
The song that convinced me that LCD were actually good. And you know what, they are.

1. B.O.B. - Outkast
Can we get Outkast a spot in national security. They totally predicted the insanity of international relations in the 00s. AND they did it with epic flair.


Kelly said...

So glad to see Ignition get the respect it deserves!

Arvid said...

We did a new remix of Ignition a while ago, you should check it out!