The Top 100 Songs of the Decade

Continuing with my recap of the decade’s best music, I’ve decided to feature the 100 top songs that have been created since 2000. This includes any song on any album, regardless of whether or not it was released as a single. I’m all out of time, so instead of doing a write-up of each song, I’m posting a simple list, with the top ten songs in order and the rest in alphabetical order by artist. A few caveats: While a band can have multiple songs on this list, I only allowed one song per album for the sake of breadth (otherwise Radiohead might have dominated a third of the list, and that’s no fun.) Also, these songs are what I consider to be the “best” pure “songs” of the decade, but not necessarily my favorites, if that makes any sense.( For example, my favorite song on Portishead’s Third is “We Carry On”, but I’d argue that the best song on that album from a construction and value aspect is “The Rip.” You get the idea.)  Anyway, on with the list:


#10: Obstacle 1/ Interpol

#9: I Turn My Camera On/ Spoon

#8: Hey Ya/ Outkast

#7: Rebellion (Lies)/ The Arcade Fire

#6: Pyramid Song/ Radiohead

#5: Wolf Like Me/ TV on the Radio

#4: Banquet/ Bloc Party

#3: Fight Test/ The Flaming Lips

#2: The Past Is A Grotesque Animal/ Of Montreal

#1: Everything In Its Right Place/ Radiohead


Cherry Blossom Girl/ Air
Grass/ Animal Collective
My Girls/ Animal Collective
Fireworks/ Animal Collective
Heartbeat/ Annie
Since I Left You/ Avalanches
The Funeral/ Band of Horses
Glass/ Bat For Lashes
Atlas/ Battles
Postcards From Italy/ Beirut
Another Sunny Day/ Belle and Sebastian
Squares/ The Beta Band
Single Ladies/ Beyonce
Out of Time/ Blur
Cause=Time/ Broken Social Scene
Raver/ Burial
French Navy/ Camera Obscura
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Distortions/ Clinic
Don’t Panic/ Coldplay
Clocks/ Coldplay
So Haunted/ Cut Copy
One More Time/ Daft Punk
Godless/ The Dandy Warhols
Yankee Bayonet/ The Decemberists
On The Bus Mall/ The Decemberists
Cryptograms/ Deerhunter
The Cedar Room/ Doves
Words/ Doves
Black and White Town/ Doves
A Paw in My Face/ The Field
White Winter Hymnal/ Fleet Foxes
Take Me Out/ Franz Ferdinand
Shakey Dog/ Ghostface Killah
Feel Good Inc./ Gorillaz
Clint Eastwood/ Gorillaz
Two Weeks/ Grizzly Bear
Knife/ Grizzly Bear
Blind/Hercules and Love Affair
Ready For The Floor/ Hot Chip
And I Was A Boy From School/ Hot Chip
Narc/ Interpol
Izzo (H.O.V.A)/ Jay-Z
Big Pimpin/ Jay-Z and UGK
Black Cab/ Jens Lehkman
In The Morning/ Junior Boys
My Love/ Justin Timberlake
Heard ‘Em Say/ Kanye West
Tribulations/ LCD Soundsystem
All My Friends/ LCD Soundsystem
Kick, Push/ Lupe Fiasco
Paper Planes/ M.I.A.
Teen Angst/ M83
Unrecorded/ M83
America’s Most Blunted/ Madvillain
Future Proof/ Massive Attack
Wet and Rusting/ Menomena
Float On/ Modest Mouse
3rd Planet/ Modest Mouse
Brainy/ The National
A Hand To Take Hold of the Stage/ Okkervil River
Bombs over Baghdad/ Outkast
Bros/ Panda Bear
Young Folks/ Peter Bjorn and John
The Rip/ Portishead
Such Great Heights/ The Postal Service
2+2=5/ Radiohead
All I Need/ Radiohead
House of Jealous Lovers/ The Rapture
The Seed 2.0/ The Roots
The Girl and the Robot/ Royksopp
Saint Simon/ The Shins
New Slang/ The Shins
Staraflur/ Sigur Ros
Vaka/ Sigur Ros
Hoppipola/ Sigur Ros
Don’t You Evah/ Spoon
The Way We Get By/ Spoon
Someday/ The Strokes
Chicago/ Sufjan Stevens
Writing To Reach You/ Travis
DLZ/ TV on the Radio
Staring at the Sun/ TV on the Radio
And She Would Darken the Memory/ The Twilight Sad
Beautiful Day/ U2
The Rat/ The Walkmen
I Lost You/ The Walkmen
Island in the Sun/ Weezer
Fell In Love With a Girl/ The White Stripes
I’m the Man Who Loves You/ Wilco
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