Let's have bizarre celebrations
July 22, 2009 7:34 AM Subscribe
I'm compiling a list of the best songs of the 2000s. The ones that aren't just "Ah, that's kinda nice," but that you have to stop yourself from listening to on a repeat loop. The songs you'd make sure
to put on a mix CD for a friend who hasn't paid attention to new music in this whole decade and wants to know what they missed. (This is for a blog post.)
posted by Jaltcoh to Media & Arts (125 answers total) 186 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, this is ridiculously subjective, but I'd love to hear anyone's suggestions.
1. I'm already including these bands/artists and don't particularly need any more suggestions for them:
- The Arcade Fire
- Camera Obscura
- Cut Copy
- Death Cab for Cutie
- Decoder Ring
- Dresden Dolls
- Franz Ferdinand
- Frou Frou / Imogen Heap
- Hot Hot Heat
- Hanne Hukkelberg
- Ms. John Soda
- My Brightest Diamond
- The Notwist
- Of Montreal
- The Postal Service
- Radiohead / Thom Yorke
- Rilo Kiley / Jenny Lewis
- Shout Out Louds
- Regina Spektor
- St. Vincent
- The Strokes
2. By "song," I mean a piece of music that is sung. So instrumentals are out.
3. Please, no suggestions of bands or albums, just songs.
4. The original version of the song must have been released in 2000 or later. For instance, Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal would not qualify, since the original version is from before 2000 (even though the cover is from after 2000).
5. As you can see from the aforementioned artists, my tastes run toward the indie and electronic, but you don't need to try to fit it within any particular genre -- I'm open to all suggestions. I'll just specify one restriction, which is that I'm not a big fan of hip-hop (sorry).
6. I would especially like to include something by the Flaming Lips (I unfortunately can't include any of the great songs from Soft Bulletin, which is from 1999).
My eMusic account for this month just refreshed, so I plan on buying a whole playlist's worth of songs based on the answers I get here!