Friday, December 4, 2009
The 100 Singles of the Decade: 100-91
Viva La Vida
Coldplay dominate the world via a song about (irony alert!) world domination, resulting in a dazzling comeback that found everyone—except maybe Joe Satriani—re-embracing this generation’s U2 all over again.
99. The Darkness
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The most completely ridiculous—and knowing—parody of heavy metal since This Is Spinal Tap. Smack dab in the middle of the Creed/Nickelback era, this was a badly-needed guilty pleasure.
98. LCD Soundsystem
Losing My Edge
In which James Murphy both embraces and sends up his own cooler-than-thou hipster past, putting LCD on the map and paving the way for bigger triumphs throughout the rest of the decade.
97. Alexi Murdoch
[Alexi Murdoch Music, 2003]
The slow-burning soundtrack to seemingly every television/motion-picture drama for five years running, and a rare moment of understatement amidst the over-production that cluttered even the most well-intentioned “singer-songwriter” efforts of the 2000s.
96. Mary J. Blige
No More Drama
Nearly a decade removed from her 411 breakthrough, Mary’s career resurgence fired with both barrels: The gleaming Dre production “Family Affair,” and this far more unlikely candidate. Only a true diva could create exquisite pain out of the theme from The Young And The Restless.
95. Snoop Dogg
Drop It Like It's Hot
[Doggystyle/Star Trax/Geffen, 2004]
The D-O-double-G distances himself (briefly) from the porn-directing, product-hawking caricature he had become to deliver a street banger that bumped like the glory hits of old, with the Neptunes filling in admirably for Dre’s G-funk.
Just Like A Pill
Our most complicated pop diva blurs the line between romantic and chemical addiction, and in the process creates a template for all her future soul-baring, brokenhearted chart anthems.
Kim & Jessie
A love letter to the golden age of John Hughes, wrapped in autumnal Eighties synths and all the longing of Lloyd Dobler standing outside Molly Ringwald’s window with a boombox.
92. Justin Timberlake
What Goes Around.../...Comes Around
FutureSex/LoveSounds too often found JT and Timbaland coasting by on attitude, rather than songcraft, but not here; one of the most subtle #1 singles of the past five years unveil its gifts gradually, thanks to a melody wrapped in Eastern instruments that flows like a waterfall.
91. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
As out-of-step with current fashion as two-tone shoes—and so ridiculous catchy you’d be a fool to care. The highlight from one of the best albums you didn't hear this decade.