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Sunday, August 16, 2009

songs of the decade | 2000-2009

If you liked/hated our albums of the decade list, you'll probably really enjoy/loathe this. Check our favorite songs of the past 10 years after the jump...


my top 40:

01 Panda Bear | bro's
02 Outkast | b.o.b.
03 The Knife | heartbeats
04 UGK feat. Outkast | international players anthem
05 The Walkmen | the rat
06 Animal Collective | my girls
07 White Denim | let's talk about it
08 Radiohead | idioteque
09 Grouper | heavy water/i'd rather be sleeping
10 Clipse | grindin
11 Jay-Z | izzo (H.O.V.A.)
12 Outkast | hey ya
13 The Shivers | beauty
14 The Strokes | hard to explain
15 Cat Power | he war
16 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | maps
17 Justin Timberlake | rock your body
18 R Kelly | trapped in the closet
19 T.I. | what you know
20 Panda Bear | good girl/carrots
21 Grizzly Bear | while you wait for the others
22 Daft Punk | one more time
23 The White Stripes | dead leaves and the dirty ground
24 Radiohead | pyramid song
25 Burial | archangel
26 M.I.A. | paper planes
27 Wilco | jesus, etc.
28 Erykah Badu | the healer
29 Dizzee Rascal | fix up look sharp
30 LCD Soundsystem | someone great
31 The Arcade Fire | neighborhood #1 (tunnels)
32 Slimm Calhoun feat. Andre 3000 | it's okay
33 Interpol | obstacle 1
34 Missy Elliott | gossip folks
35 Yeah Yeah Yeahs | y control
36 Amadou & Mariam | sabali
37 Chromatics | in the city
38 Lil Wayne | i feel like dying
39 Gorillaz | clint eastwood
40 Birdman feat. Clipse | what happened to that boy


david's top 40:

01 The Strokes | Hard to Explain
02 Panda Bear | Good Girls / Carrots
03 Sonic Youth | Sympathy for the Strawberry
04 Radiohead | Kid A
05 Animal Collective | Did You See the Words?
06 Spoon | The Beast and Dragon, Adored
07 Wilco | War on War
08 Panda Bear | Bro's
09 The Knife | Heartbeats
10 Burial | Shell of Light
11 Little Joy | The Next Time Around
12 Cat Power | I Don't Blame You
13 Radiohead | Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
14 Deerhoof | Scream Team
15 The Arcade Fire | Haiti
16 M.I.A. | Paper Planes
17 The Strokes | Meet Me in the Bathroom
18 Deltron 3030 | 3030
19 Air | Surfing on a Rocket
20 Outkast | Hey Ya!
21 Grizzly Bear | Little Brother
22 The Walkmen | Thinking of a Dream I Had
23 Jay-Z | Big Pimpin'
24 Animal Collective | My Girls
25 Beck | Hell Yes
26 Yeah Yeahs Yeahs | Y Control
27 The White Stripes | Little Bird
28 Beach House | D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
29 The Avalanches | Since I Left You
30 Clinic | Distortions
31 Devendra Banhart | Poughkeepsie
32 Animal Collective | Winters Love
33 Cut Copy | Far Away
34 Grandaddy | Hewlett's Daughter
35 LCD Soundsystem | All My Friends
36 Daft Punk | One More Time
37 Air France | June Evenings
38 White Denim | Heart From Us All
39 No Age | My Life's Alright Without You
40 Spoon | They Never Got You


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Anonymous Carles said...

Seems like a chill list.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Wyatt said...


in ~5 years, "My Girls" is going to sound ultra-dated in ways that most of the rest of these songs won't/haven't. Maybe.

Otherwise decent lists, I guess. Not enough love for Stars of the Lid or non-My Girls MPP tracks though IMO

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these lists are MUCH better than the albums list, IMO

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi guys

i liked both your lists. reminded me of a few things i havent listened to in a long time. and pointed me towards some new ones. the white denim stuff is pretty good..

just one question (and i really dont mean to be rude)

how in GODS NAME is HELLHOLE RATRACE not on either of your lists, let alone holding the number one position?????????????

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you rushed to put this up now so your 'brand' and 'blog' don't seem 'influenced' by other 'tastemakers', since if you like the same thing as 'popular' 'webzines' your 'personal brand' might not be considered 'alt' or even 'culturally relevant'-- and then the 'bro' whose sole schtick is to mock worrying about whether you're allowed to like music depending on what it might say about you or who else might like it unironically introduced the two-part feature. weird.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Zachary said...

"Someone Great" has the most incredible lyrics. They can be interpreted so many ways, but at the same time would never be described as vague. Nice list.

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thinking of a Dream I Had"! Fuck Yeah!

3:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

naturally i have issues with your lists.

1 being no one counts a decade starting from 0. why didn't you make one last year starting with 1999? cause that would look stupid. this looks stupid.

another being you guys claiming the strokes and yeah yeah yeah's are like the most important bands of the decade

i could think of more problems but whatever

4:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It freaks me out both lists had Arcade Fire, but neither mentioned Crown of Love... Which is the crown jewel of Funeral in my opinion.

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy to see Radiohead's Idioteque on here.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Sérgio Silva said...

Much better than the albuns list... That was just some crazy drunken pile of albuns you threw back there wasn't it... Yet I still feel there's some kind of recency effect in some of these choices... Common Lonesome Tears from Beck, anything from Feels is far superior to any single one from MWPP...Where's Postal Service? well, you could have millions of them switching positions... Good job either way...

5:41 AM  
Blogger mari said...

i think i like david's list better.
i was suprised that chris chose my girls over grass/fireworks/for reverend green/summertime clothes

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take Pills
Hard to Explain
Lust for Life

and thats all i have to say about that

6:16 AM  
Blogger grandpa said...

where are all of these salty anonymous commenters coming from? please shut the fuck up about when a decade starts and ends....

8:36 AM  
Anonymous kristen said...

not sure about the lists, but love the artwork!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous tristan said...

I think the lists seem pretty good...some great hits all around...what people who read this don't understand is that these are in fact lists of other peoples, with other peoples preferences, so saying what they would do differently is pointless because its completely opinion based. but nice job!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Morris said...

I respect these lists a good deal.

I mean, I don't agree with every choice here, but at least it's authentic and not some seriously weak traffic ploy in the vein of Pitchfork's Hageen-Dazs-fueled ballyhoo.

Give me a goddam break.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous sarahspy said...

VERY nice! (both but esp chris list)

also enjoying watching commenters get Very Angry at you. everybody chill & make your own damn lists, right.

9:59 AM  
Blogger LiquidHeaven said...

My Girls is entry level. Brothersport.

Worried that subscribing to this post will cause me to receive 120 email notifications in the next 48 hours like the album list did. Seems necessary though. Good comments around these parts.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous babbitz said...

I always thought "Daily Routine," "Bluish," and "Guys Eyes" were better songs than "My Girls."

Just saw them at Lollapalooza and thought it was a graceful move to not shove that looped Jamie Principle sample in our faces like we don't know where we come from. It was a good show.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Seb said...

"I Feel Like Dying?!" Really?! Probably one of my LEAST favorite songs of the decade. But, good choices otherwise.

Also, directed to one or two people in these comments: you are not Carles, stop jacking his writing style. It's not clever unless you invented it.

12:49 PM  
Blogger DV said...

Pyramid Song on Chris's list and Did You See These Words? on David's list are the best sleeper picks by far. Don't know if many fans of either band would even consider those on their "decade list" but I couldn't agree more.

12:55 PM  
Blogger DV said...

"i was suprised that chris chose my girls over grass/fireworks/for reverend green/summertime clothes"

thank you mari for proving my point

12:57 PM  
Blogger pedro.martinez said...

Air France and hard To Explainnnn...HOT.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Kaley said...

Great lists guys.

"Since I Left You," but no "Extra Kings?" That song is the perfect bookend to one of my albums of the decade. Glad at least one track showed up, though.

Time to listen to "Fix Up, Look Sharp" for the first time in way too long.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Zach G. said...

Bob ya head RAG TOP.

Bombs Over Baghdad is absolutely incredible.

great picks all around

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No love for Phaseone? His versions of those burial/grouper tracks are way better than the originals.

3:20 PM  
Blogger E.S.M said...

I agree with Zachary: someone great is fantastic.
no wolf like me?
i'll believe in anything?
okay come on. come on.
pagan poetry?
i'm obv. a lost cause.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Austin said...

david came suuuper close to what my list would look like. a few i'd include:

Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
Beck - 1000 BPM
TVOTR - Tonight

and a fuck ton of Walkmen to boot

of all the post punk outfits this decade, i think the futureheads were the best, so good i'm not sure which songs of their's i'd even include

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Props to including Deltron 3030's - 3030

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Drew said...

To the anonymous posting about decades and shit:

Are you trying to say that 1980 was part of the 70's? That sounds retarded. Secondly what the fuck does "why didn't you make one last year starting with 1999?" even mean?

Nice lists, guys.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous noah said...

three cheers for the shivers!

8:05 PM  
Blogger J_is_RAD! said...

nice list guys
the avalanches, ...oh yeah.
a few choices of my own if i may,
ween- its gonna be a long night
yo la tengo- you can have it all
flaming lips- fight test
beck- lost cause

9:10 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Thank you guys, love the lists... I'm reminded why this is one of the few music blogs that I continue to check. Avalanches, Beach House, Walkmen!! My only disappointment is not seeing Notwist's "Neon Golden" on the album or song list.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like hating on "My Girls" is the new hating on Vampire Weekend. Well done sirs!

12:53 AM  
Blogger not kayla said...

Am happy for the Cut Copy inclusion- "Far Away" is one of the greatest songs of the last decade, imo. Glad we agree. :*)

2:50 AM  
Blogger DJ Peanut Butter said...

I'm surprised

does no one else feel the same way that comfy in nautica is one of the best panda bear/animal collective songs ever done.

Comfy and My Girls are the two more obvious and yet telling of Animal Songs.

While others are shrouded in mystery shouts and complications, comfy and my girls just says fuck all that noise. Hipsters feed off our complications but we aren't with you for the sake of being with you. Being yourself is all you can do in the end don't go following the trends and don't get greedy, take value in your life and decisions not buying your value.

The songs beauty is in the fact that they doing what they preach.
Keeping it simple.

3:21 AM  
Blogger jonathan said...

Thanks for the lists guys, both this one and the albums. I forgot about some of these songs, and i'm glad that you included them.
i was disappointed to see that Midlake's Roscoe didn't make the top songs though, since you raved about it in 2007. Same deal with anything by sufjan or st. vincent. no "Casimir Pulanski Day" or "Paris is Burning".
for shame doc. :-)

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol at that slimm calhoun song
andre's verse is whack as fuck

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very glad to see at least one interpol song on chris's list.....'sabali' is also an epic pick.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Guess what some upcoming party playlists are going to look like... :)

Thanks guys, y'all are the deans of Good Musical Taste Academy

4:29 PM  
Blogger Austin said...


5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lists are both great... thanks for making them short and sweet, instead of overdoing it with the top 500 like Pitchfork. 50 is great; 100 is a little too much; 500 is asinine. Who even has the time to look over all of those? Thanks again!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

def would have likes to see Dirty Projectors "stillness is the move" . . . .

12:31 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

WHAT?? Seriously??? You didn't include every single song I would have included?!???!!?

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thinking of a Dream I Had" is one of my favorite songs of the decade hands down. The guitar! The vocals!! The drums!!! The organ!!!! Glad to see it get some love here.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would really enjoy seeing a "My Favorite Bands" of the decade list... Anyone else?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IGIF and PMA posted hilarious lists today that make this one look perfect in comparison. So I take back my earlier anonymous comment :p

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love lists but i seriously missed half this shit!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Decent list, but eerie after reading PFork's list today and seeing how nearly identical these are. Seriously, it's coincidental that you both have Outkast's B.O.B in the top 2? Really?

I mean I don't COMPLETELY disagree, but these things are pretty arbitrary. One man's trash is another's treasure. Yadda Yadda. But the similarities are killing me here. If they are all coincidental, I'll give you a million dollars.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Adam Humphreys said...

punks in the beerlight

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a tough time seeing why anyone would find "Hard to Explain" the best song on that album, much less the best song of the decade.

I'm not all worked up about it, just confused. ::shrug::

12:41 PM  
Blogger Nick Baum said...

I turned these into Spotify playlists:

Gorilla vs Bear Top 40 - Chris: http://open.spotify.com/user/nickbaum/playlist/6Z1y4OVTw74p5SBOYdsz0h

Gorilla vs Bear Top 40 - David: http://open.spotify.com/user/nickbaum/playlist/0fwhCozFuyUOzafeuzD2Rl

A few songs were missing, but good enough.



6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really, no Kings huh? Interesting...i love it nonetheless

6:52 PM  
Blogger Anton P. S. said...

Chris, Trapped In The Closet, number 18 - you're serious, aren't you??

2:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Burkhalter said...

Great to see "Sympathy for the Strawberry" here.

3:25 AM  
Blogger jpage said...

Liked this list a lot, but I felt it was missing a few key songs. Nothing off the Black Album?!

Here are my top 20 songs of the decade, in a video playlist, on MusicVagabond:http://musicvagabond.tumblr.com/post/287595342/top-20-songs-of-decade

6:56 PM  
Blogger carly said...

the past is a grotesque animal.

most moving lyrics ever.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Kaley said...

mari: i agree with you! my girls is great, but they have MUCH better songs (especially all the ones you listed).

happy to see panda bear #1 though :)

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you see the words. great track, deserves some recognition

6:48 PM  

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