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ABF Friday:  Best Songs Since 2000

Number 5: from all the way back in 2000.  Extra extra bonus points for all that enjambment in the chorus.  Gotta have enjambment.

Number 4: wake the hell up, any time of day. Drummer kudos to Chris Wilson.  And all that internal rhyme!  Gracious.  Oh yeah, the intensity level is OK too.

Number 3: when she’s good, she’s very very good.  In a completely no-good kind of way, of course.  And more drummer kudos to Homer Steinweiss!  Check out that nice little bass run at the beginning of the second verse, too—right on “I can’t get joy.” Man, what a couple of Dap-Kings can’t do.

First runner up (if for any reason the best song is unable to serve, etc.):  four minutes of sheer fun, and a video for a hard day’s night.  Right there in your living room!

And the best song since 2000 is . . .

No surprises here.  Solid groove, stunning vocal, and that minor-to-major modulation after the (soaring) chorus takes an already kickin’ melody to the Next Level.  The video is pretty clever too.  And there’s also this kinda eerie slower live version on the YouTubes, if you like.

You can disagree with me—that’s what the comment section is for!  However, you will be wrong.  And that’s what puts the A in ABF Friday.

Have a good weekend, everyone.  Happy Halloween to all you ghouls, zombies, and Sarah Palins out there.  And remember—if you can vote early, vote early and often.  From a tiny ACORN a mighty oak of Islamic Homosexual Socialism will grow.

Posted by on 10/31 at 09:58 AM
  1. You make a compelling case for #1, and in terms of song alone, you may be right.  But watching #2 again, it’s hard to rule against it, particularly with the video.  Never have 4 minutes of such unbridled joy been recorded for mass consumption like in that video.  It nailed it.

    Posted by Mr. Trend  on  10/31  at  12:33 PM
  2. God, I must be getting old....

    I only recognize two of the artists (Winehouse and OutKast) and I’ve never heard a single one of the songs before.

    ...or maybe I’m just not hip.  Yeah, that’s a pretty safe bet.  There: I’m not old - I’m just a fogey.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:37 PM
  3. First runner up link just gives me a ‘not available in your country’ message… you tease you.

    Belle & Sebastian: after all these years, still not doing it for me. OTOH, an order for number 1 is about to wing its way to play.com. That is the dog’s bollocks.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:44 PM
  4. Hey, j.e.b., it doesn’t matter whether you know these songs.  Just check ‘em out!  That’s what puts the F in ABF Friday.  They’re all good, really.

    And for the record, I’m 47, gettin’ older every minute.  Nobody who is 47 is hip.

    Mr. Trend—yeah, that video is like a goddamn neutron star of unbridled joy, and it somehow gets more joyous each time you watch it.  That’s why, if for any reason Gnarls Barkley is unable to serve, OutKast will be ready to take over on Day One.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:44 PM
  5. Harrumph, you popists and rockists. It seems to me this is a whole cultural-studies thesis in five verses, plus it’s got that song-structuredness there, and you look for that musicianship, and it, just, there is a whole timing and deliveryship there, in the performance, here in America. Or this, which if not the best song since 2000 is the best about illegal downloading.

    But in the both/and spirit of the blog, of course #1 is deserving.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:46 PM
  6. I don’t know enough about music to know what the best songs are, but I know some songs that I’ve been listening to which you might not have heard.

    Hackensack, by Fountains of Wayne

    Start Wearing Purple by Gogol Bordello

    This unique cover of Baby Got Back

    And a truly disgustingly addictive klesmer-polka-pop fusion that is fun at that point of a really good party when songs like this become fun: Atomik Harmonik’s Turbo Polka

    I won’t say enjoy, exactly…

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:51 PM
  7. Good picks all, though I prefer #2 and #4 to Gnarls.
    But I’d also consider a little Okkervil River
    and perhaps some M.I.A.

    [Captcha:  word]

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:52 PM
  8. No argument on those choices here. I’m a big fan of TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUB1xSAAADk) for its sheer driving energy: when he sings “when the moon is round and full/ gonna teach you tricks that’ll blow your [mumble] mind” I am forced to throw my body around in dervsihlike fashion. It’s not pretty. I also like that “Howlin .. Forever” backing vocal at the end.

    I was going to say that I preferred some of the material on B & S’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” but then I discovered to my horror that it’s more than 10 yrs. old. Gulp.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:54 PM
  9. That list is remarkably hard to argue with, though like Mr. Trend, I’d give the edge to #2 over #1.

    My personal selection of best song since 2000, though the studio version is better than this live one.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  12:58 PM
  10. Sharon:  WTF?  You’re in China maybe?  Tell me if this one works in your country.  Because no one should miss out on this one.

    As for Belle and Sebastian:  not everybody’s taste, sure.  But that really is one lovely shimmering melody, especially the change on “and I reminded myself,” and the trumpet solo is perfect (though not, unfortunately, played perfectly in that clip).

    rm, jenniebee, awlsdad, shannon, thanks for taking us in Whole Nother Directions.  Whole Nother Directions are especially welcome today!  Those Waynean Fountains are preternaturally good popsters, imho.  The “BGB” made me LOL.  “Wolf Like Me”:  wow.  Gotta play that one VERY LOUD.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:00 PM
  11. I almost forgot Mary Prankster, who has put together the wittiest punk I’ve ever heard.  Try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEx55dSsqhE&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZ_TEFJR4U&feature=related.  Just do whatever you have to to get all her albums while you still can.  I can honestly say, I’ve seen the future and it looks like lemonade.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:01 PM
  12. Oops. That version cuts off before the end, and the singer forgets a couple of lines. Studio version here.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:02 PM
  13. Not even close....

    A few artists that you obviously overlooked.

    Steve Earle
    Scapegoat Wax
    Rilo Kiley
    The Shins
    The Killers
    Justin Earle (Steve’s son)


    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:04 PM
  14. That’s OK, Amy, I already switched over to that version.  The acoustics in the church, they were not so good.  Great jangly arpeggiatin’ song!  Thanks for sending it my way.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:05 PM
  15. All right, I’m right up there with j.e.b. in the not hip category, and my main exposure to new music is when people hand me something and force me to add it to my iTunes, but I’ll post anyway.

    Since my biggest musical excitement since 2000 (yes, judge me if you must) was when Crowded House announced a reunion, I have to put this up here. (And I never have to worry about when Neil Finn decides to retire, because his son sounds just like him.  Hooray!)

    And this song never falls out of the rotation on my iPod.  I’d never seen the video before today, but it’s kind of fun.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:12 PM
  16. The moment I saw the title, I thought to myself “if ‘Crazy’ isn’t on there, I’m gonna have to break my foot off in some fool’s ass.”

    Thank you for sparing my foot, Dr. Berube.

    Posted by Doctor Memory  on  10/31  at  01:19 PM
  17. I love me some #2. May I provide you with this alternate video?

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:28 PM
  18. Sleater-Kinney, “Youth Decay” or any other one of their songs from the 21st century

    Pink, “What’s Up”

    whatever is your fave Gogol Bordello song of this century

    Missy, “Work It”

    Eminem, “Stan”

    Posted by Steven  on  10/31  at  01:30 PM
  19. Thank you for sparing my foot, Dr. Berube.

    And, apparently, some fool’s ass.

    Elliot @ 13:  songs, dude, we want songs.  Anybody can make up a list of artists.  But thinking up songs and linking to them on YouTube—that’s hard work!  Hard work!

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:32 PM
  20. Cheers, Michael, that was fun. China or the Socialist Republics of South Yorkshire, who can tell the difference anyway? (Except maybe for the accents.)

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  01:32 PM
  21. Sightists! As if all great songs have to have videos too.

    How about The Mekons and “Take His Name in Vain”? You can listen to it on Rhapsody here. I mean, in this century it’s important to move into the religious part of the program.

    As for songs with those visuals we find so necessary, here are three wonderful women singing wonderful songs.

    Posted by George  on  10/31  at  02:09 PM
  22. We’re Leaving- Devotchka


    Turn on Me- Shins


    Since K Got Over Me- The Clientele


    Eat it, suckas!

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  10/31  at  02:18 PM
  23. Pinko Punko, that Clientele song is like, so thirteen comments ago.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  02:22 PM
  24. Scapegoat Wax - Aisle 10


    Rilo Kiley


    Wow this is hard work....Two songs and I’m exhausted.


    Posted by  on  10/31  at  02:33 PM
  25. The list, please, for those of us who cannot access YouTube?

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  02:53 PM
  26. 5. Meh.
    4. Never heard of them, but I like that song quite a bit.
    3. First time I’ve listened to her, and while I like the song, it doesn’t knock me out.
    2. This song would be my number one. I get charged up every time I hear it. A friend recently drew my attention to this brilliant cover version, which (I think) makes it a completely different song, but I love it anyway.
    1. I forgot how much I enjoy this song, even though it’s bumping up hard against my distaste for falsetto singing.

    My own nominations would include:
    D-A-D’s “nineteenhundredandyesterday” (actually I’d nominate their “Un Frappe Sur la Tête,” but it hasn’t found teh intartubes yet).
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s “"Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That”
    and White Stripes’s “"Seven Nation Army”

    But I like hearing new stuff. I’m going to spend all afternoon clicking on the links in comments.

    Posted by Jason B  on  10/31  at  02:59 PM
  27. As an alternative to #2, may I suggest… well, any track off of “Blazing Arrow” would potentially qualify, but since we’re nominating actual songs, I’ll take either the title track or Make You Feel That Way.

    captcha: perform, appropriately enough.

    Posted by Doctor Memory  on  10/31  at  03:11 PM
  28. I’ll have to list, but my tunes would have to include;
    Tegan and Sarah ‘Where Does the Good Go?’
    Porcupine Tree ‘Lazarus’
    Secret Machines ‘The Road Leads Where It’s Lead’
    (followed closely by ‘Lightning Blue Eyes’wink
    Brandi Carlisle ‘Turpentine’
    Bruce Springsteen ‘Gypsy Biker’
    Oh and Elliot, yeah, just put all of the Killer’s ‘Sam’s Town’ on the list.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:24 PM
  29. I plan to take your advice to “vote early and often.” I’m driving to Florida on Election Day for a conference so I plan to vote here in SC, GA, and FL—and maybe I’ll take a quick trip up to NC for good measure. 

    Happy Halloween…

    Posted by Christian Anderson  on  10/31  at  03:30 PM
  30. You people, with your “solid grooves”, and your “melody”, and your “fun”, and your “joy”!  No, the years since 2000 have not been a time for any of that.  And why stop with a mere song when the lofty heritage of prog rock demands an entire concept album?  I suggest The Residents’ Demons Dance Alone.  (The link is to a site where you can apparently listen badly compressed versions of the songs free for a number of times, although they’re weirdly out of order.)

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:30 PM
  31. At the very least you’re missing Norah Jones. I’m liking < href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OjTspCqvk8">Icky Thump</a> too. And maybe Joanna Newsom? (Unfortunately no studio version—missing Van Dyke Parks’ string arrangement badly.)

    Anyway, lots of interesting stuff throughout this thread. (The Earles - Yeah!)

    Posted by Michael Drake  on  10/31  at  03:35 PM
  32. Scapegoat wax that works



    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:37 PM
  33. All of the best songs in the last few years have been written and recorded by a band called Railroad Earth.

    captcha: <b>best</i>. QED.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:41 PM
  34. I am not the best at html.
    But Railroad Earth--they have all the best songs. And now I will shaddup.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:42 PM
  35. According to my scorecard, I’ve also got “Hey Ya!” at #2, followed by Elvis Costello’s “45”, Gomez’s “How We Operate” and my own setting of cumming’s “anyone lived in a pretty how town”.  And at #1, The New Pornographers “Sing Me Spanish Techno”.

    Posted by Dr. Corndog  on  10/31  at  03:46 PM
  36. I am actually stunned that the genius of the Clientele was already slyly mentioned on this thread by the nefarious and tasteful Amy.  Touche!

    But who is K?

    I’d like to think Amy got Clientele from us, and our ode to Kaye Grogan.  I’d link to it, but looks like our host is under attack right now.  Use your imagination.

    I will add that Rilo Kikey’s “Portions for Foxes” is the one that does it for me:


    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  10/31  at  03:53 PM
  37. And at #1, The New Pornographers “Sing Me Spanish Techno”.

    Oooh!  I love that song!  And as far as the New Pornographers go, Use It is worth a mention as well.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:57 PM
  38. Jason B @ 26:  sure, say “meh” to emotional complexity all you want (that’s what those enjambed lines are all about), I won’t mind.  But Cee-Lo’s actually not singing falsetto—he’s a tenor.  Thanks for “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That,” though!  It rocks.

    The list, please, for those of us who cannot access YouTube?

    There are Internets without YouTube?  Damn, that sucks.  OK, “I Fought in a War,” Belle and Sebastian; “Me and Mia,” Ted Leo and the Pharmacists; “I’m No Good,” Amy Winehouse; “Hey Ya,” OutKast; “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley.

    And Rich @ 30:  what do you mean, “you people?”

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:58 PM
  39. i know i used to like stuff like Ted Leo and the Etcs and some of the other similar bands mentioned by other people here. but now i get maybe 30 seconds in and it’s jangle jangle zzzzzzzzz. i dunno. it’s not like the bands are worse. maybe too much the same? like you never really appreciate mayonnaise until you have to live someplace where you can’t get any.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  03:59 PM
  40. I like “45” above, but think there are several Elvis Costello tunes that are better since 2000.  One is “When I Was Cruel”:


    And I will nominate The Decemberists “Los Angeles, I’m Yours,” with my favorite single song lyric since 2000:

    “A plaintive melody
    Truncated symphony
    An ocean’s garbled vomit on the shore,
    Los Angeles, I’m yours”


    Posted by  on  10/31  at  04:08 PM
  41. I didn’t mean to make a weird anti-smeitic remark by mistyping Rilo Kiley as Rilo Kikey.  Pam Atlas will likely not believe me.

    Oh, I thought New Pornographers songs were excepted, because then they’d be half the list.

    My faves of the moment:

    Electric Version:

    Testament to You in Verse
    Miss Teen Wordpower
    All for Swinging You Around

    Twin Cinema:

    Bones of an Idol
    Star Bodies
    Jackie Dressed in Cobras
    The Bleeding Heart Show


    The Spirit of Giving

    Also, is K Kaye Grogan?

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  10/31  at  04:16 PM
  42. Pinko - The Bleeding Heart Show is a great song, but ever since the University of Phoenix appropriated it for their ads, hearing it makes me sad.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  04:29 PM
  43. Michael @ 38: sure, say “meh” to emotional complexity all you want (that’s what those enjambed lines are all about), I won’t mind.

    Sorry. I think I have a defect, in that it rarely occurs to me to care about the lyrical content of a song--usually only the sounds matter to me. Weird, since I’m a fiction writer, that the content would mean so little to me, but there you have it. Maybe I should do a study on the long-term effects of adolescent overexposure to heavy metal. I mean, when one listens to Bolt Thrower and Sacred Reich on a regular basis, one becomes unlikely to respond to emotional complexity.

    Posted by Jason B  on  10/31  at  04:31 PM
  44. Marita and Pinko Punko - I could have made an all New Pornographers/A.C. Newman list too, but I wanted to show that I’m not a total fanwank.  Both “Use It” and “The Bleeding Heart Show” would have been on that list, but the one I felt the worst about leaving off was “The Laws Have Changed”.  When Neko’s voice soars off in the chorus, it’s downright spiritual.  And when John’s bass thunders that octave E in the bridge, that whole Cartesian duality of mind and body is rendered irrelevant.

    Posted by Dr. Corndog  on  10/31  at  04:47 PM
  45. Michael:
    Hey, j.e.b., it doesn’t matter whether you know these songs.  Just check ‘em out!  That’s what puts the F in ABF Friday.  They’re all good, really.

    And for the record, I’m 47, gettin’ older every minute.  Nobody who is 47 is hip.

    Unfortunately, I’m only 34.  There are 34-year-olds who are hip.  I’m just not one of them (and, in fact, never was).

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  04:54 PM
  46. Agreed - There should be a New Pornographers song.

    Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

    Something by Death Cab/Shins/Postal Service/Modest Mouse - to cover that post-2000 indie rock sound?

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:05 PM
  47. An omission:


    (For Nets without YouTube, it’s Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt.”

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:07 PM
  48. tatere @ 39, there is no reason to appreciate mayonnaise.  Fortunately, that Ted Leo song does not strike me as mayonnaisey.

    Jason B @ 43:  it rarely occurs to me to care about the lyrical content of a song.

    Funny thing—me neither.  I’m a drummer, after all, and everyone knows the drummer doesn’t even know the words to his own band’s songs.  But those lines jumped out at me the first time I heard them:  “And I reminded myself of the words you said when we were getting on/ And I bet you’re making shells back home for a steady boy to wear/ ‘Round his neck.  Well, it won’t hurt to think of you as if you’re waiting for/ This letter to arrive because I’ll be here quite a while.” Breaks your heart, it does.

    Pinko @ 41:  I didn’t mean to make a weird anti-smeitic remark by mistyping Rilo Kiley as Rilo Kikey.

    You know, a lot of people don’t realize that Palestinians are smeitic, and that all the smeitic peoples are descended from Shemp, one of the four ancient stooges of Israel.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:10 PM
  49. Ok, I should actually pony up 5.

    1) Ambulance, TV on the Radio
    2) Letter from an Occupant, New Pornographers
    3) Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    4) I hate the kids, Hot Snakes
    5) Move Script Ending, Death Cab for Cutie

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:11 PM
  50. Pinko Punko @ 36: I’d like to flatter you by saying that I learned of the Clientele from you, but alas, I had never heard of you until today. (I think the Clientele were sent to me from on high, which is another way of saying I can’t remember how I found out about them.) Evidence of my independent discovery exists, though.

    As for Kaye Grogan, the only Grogan I pay any sort of tribute to is Clare. And if you get that reference without Googling, you are indeed a pinko punko after my own heart.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:13 PM
  51. Pinko. yes. Rilo Kiley is certainly one of the best bands of the century (oh I forgot we aren’t talking about bands here...just songs.)

    What’s “very” cool about having teenage/young adult children is that they start turning you on to new good music. An unanticipated bonus to be sure.


    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:23 PM
  52. Jason B - How could I have forgotten RR+FB’s “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That”?  They’re playing here in Charlottesville tonight, but I’m going to miss them due to Halloween parenting duties.  But they tore the roof off the joint at Bonnaroo with that one this summer. 

    And speaking of parenting duties, I must brag on my sons’ (ages 7 and 5) taste in music.  Two of their favorite songs are “Hey Ya!” and “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That”.  However, one of their other favorite songs is George Thorogood’s aptly named “Bad to the Bone”. So my attempts at musical indoctrination are, shall we say, mixed.

    And Michael, I know I’m wrong in bringing this up, but I believe that Corrine Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On” is a sweeter example of British Neo-Soul than anything Amy Winehouse has done.

    Posted by Dr. Corndog  on  10/31  at  05:29 PM
  53. Oh, I forgot “International TweeXcore Underground”, if simply for the line “how you going bring the state down when you’re propping it up.”

    Posted by George  on  10/31  at  05:50 PM
  54. A fun thread with lots of new music to explore.
    Two more favorites from the Aughts:
    Elvis Costello and Lucinda:
    and some Lucinda all alone (wrenchingly, painfully alone):

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  05:56 PM
  55. I second Crazy Little’s Thing’s nomination of Cash’s “Hurt,” and throw in “Rusty Cage” as well:


    Posted by  on  10/31  at  06:50 PM
  56. I did have to google, but I certainly know that band.  Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday!

    Amy, you’ve reminded me that we’ve left out some other Scottish songstresses.

    I could add a Delgado’s tune, or certainly some Camera Obscura to our list.  But which ones????

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  10/31  at  06:55 PM
  57. Both of these Camera Obscura songs are obvious choices, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great ones.

    I’m still trying to recover from the Delgados breakup. Too hard to choose just one song of theirs to plug, but here’s an attempt.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  07:14 PM
  58. Here’s 5 (6 = 5, for arbitrary values of 5)
    (1 2 3 4 - Feist)
    (Cheer Me Up, Thank-you - New Buffalo)
    (Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
    (Coming In From The Cold - Delgados)
    (Heart It Races - Architecture In Helsinki)
    (Nick Cave - Breathless)

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  07:23 PM
  59. Ooh, ooh--Zarquon reminds me of a Nick Cave song. Maybe not in the top five, and technically it’s his side project, but it’s a good one. (NSFW.)


    captcha: “personal,” as in “it’s only business, it’s not ______”

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  08:32 PM
  60. Notable for their absence from this thread, The National:

    “Fake Empire”.

    (First time poster, long time lurker.)

    Posted by davis  on  10/31  at  08:34 PM
  61. But thinking up songs and linking to them on YouTube—that’s hard work!  Hard work!

    Doesn’t this necessarily qualifier make the ABF-Friday topic: Best Songs w/ accompanying You Tube video after 2000???  Perhaps in upcoming weeks we can offer mp3s and so forth; i’ll be waiting (captcha).

    Sadly, i am one of those guys who gets yelled after videos of live concert footage appear on various social networked sites.  In this 21st century (cell phone flasks. bluetooth cocaine stashes), we producers are supposed to hire people to protect artists (mostly management and record label executives really) from having their precious music performances “stolen.” We couldn’t do it 20 years ago in the VHS-HQ era; no way we can do it now.  “Why yes, that is my baby’s diaper bag.  Of course you can look in it, but there are some dirty diapers in there from waiting in line.”

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  08:36 PM
  62. Let’s consider Keep It Clean by Camera and Obscura, and maybe “If This is a Plan” from Delgados?  I saw them with maybe 25 other people one night in SLC, when the club they were supposed to play went out of business that day and they moved the show to the middle of suburbia, and they just charmed the hell out of everyone and played an awesome show.

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  10/31  at  08:47 PM
  63. Some non-english speaking suggestions
    no video for this but: http://cocktailsandrecords.net/blog/2008/10/22/song-of-the-week-coulibaly/
    (Sheffield English which is kind of non-English) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2W_hEdt1Xes

    Outkast and not (for example)
    you’re kidding right?

    Posted by s'dog  on  10/31  at  10:30 PM
  64. I agree completely with your #1 pick, at least.  But why is it so much better than anything else Gnarls Barkley have done?  The second album and the rest of the first are solid, interesting, and enjoyable.  And then there’s “Crazy,” which is like taking euphoria pills.

    This may not be one of the five best songs since 2000 (it’s probably not even the best song on the album), but it’s the best video I’ve seen in a long time.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  11:00 PM
  65. From a tiny ACORN a mighty oak crescent of miscegenated red maples of Islamic Homosexual Socialism will grow.

    Posted by  on  10/31  at  11:58 PM
  66. I don’t see any individual songs by I’m Not Jim on youtube (I like the one with the lines “I’m gonna torch the family farm, I’m gonna chew off my right arm"), but here’s an interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QctEF27SP54

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  12:21 AM
  67. How could I forget this one....

    Joe Strummer “Coma Girl”



    Posted by  on  11/01  at  12:51 AM
  68. Okay, here are a few:
    James Blunt 1973: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWeqeQkjLto
    Mike Doughty, your misfortune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UBPXVw_6hw
    Zucchero, Who will the next fool be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3C2atnXu-U&feature=related

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  01:58 AM
  69. well you don’t have the best mash ups since 2000, which i would say would be

    #3:  beatles v. nine inch nails:  come closer together;

    #2:  beatles v. scissor sisters v. george michael v. aretha franklin:  no one takes your freedom;

    and the #1 mash up since 2000:  gwen stefani v. the soggy bottom boys:  hollaback girl of constant sorrow

    Posted by skippy  on  11/01  at  02:15 AM
  70. Apparently all you jokers are just too fuckin cool for The Strokes. I understand there’s mad hipster cred to be maintained, & The Strokes don’t necessarily contribute to said cred. Nevertheless, ”New York City Cops” hit the street the same day Bill Ayers’ quote about “wish we had done more” hit the NYT. So. I guess I nominate Last Night, even though ”Someday” hits me harder.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  04:23 AM
  71. va, the Strokes are actually quite excellent.

    Skippy, the best mashup of all time is likely Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me” with Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric” (Girls on Top-"We Don’t Give a Damn About Our Friends), but a mashup that I would think would even be appreciated here:

    CCC’s “I Need A Spirit Machine”

    (Beatles’"I Want to Tell You” tumbles perfectly in and out of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” with the glazy, high space disco of Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine").  The song works so well, the samples end up feeling organic to the song.  It is actually one of favorites, and led me to spending more time with Revolver.

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  11/01  at  04:54 AM
  72. Oh, the anti-Strokes backlash is like so 2003.  All the truly cool people are over it.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  05:16 AM
  73. I’m not sure I understand the question, but if it’s about the great albums of 2000 whose contents are well represented on youtube, gotta be Red Dirt Girl (that’s five separate links there).

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  05:49 AM
  74. Who am I to argue? All very sound choices and both Gnarls and Andre defy even a spastic white geezer like me to get off that thang.  But I have also discovered that, six years later, still going back to Choctaw Bingo.  I know he is not much to look at, god forbid he ever try to bust a dance move, but this epic poem from the most god-forsaken part of modern America is just irresistible.  Maybe you need to be a peckerwood from there to enjoy it and maybe that is why I do.  I would put a live link here but, apropros the old geezer part, I don’t know how.  Here is a taste.


    Posted by  on  11/01  at  06:19 AM
  75. OK, I loves me some Outkast and Cee-Lo. And Ted Leo? That whole album simply rocks. My quibbles are with the remaining two. Amy Whinehouse is terribly over-rated, especially when there’s Sharon Jones

    Instead of B&S, I’d vote for Neko Case or perhaps,
    Jesse Sykes

    And finally, it may be too new to be considered on the “greatest songs” list, but screw it as I’ve been totally in love and fascinated by Amanda Palmer’s new album. Here’s a taste and I recommend all of the videos.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  09:44 AM
  76. I don’t know why I just suddenly remembered M. Ward’s “Chinese Translation”, but I’m glad I did. A lovely song and a beautiful video to accompany it.

    capcha: cars, as in: is Ric Ocasek still alive?

    Posted by Jason B  on  11/01  at  10:14 AM
  77. OK, this has been bothering me ever since my fellow oldsters broached the subject up in the single-digt comments. Can we really characterize familiarity with these particular tunes as “hip”? A couple of them, at least, were extremely popular and well-selling among the hoi-polloi proles that listen to Top-40 radio, no? To me, true “hipness” requires a certain ahead-of-the-curveness, even esotericism of taste. (If that’s a word.)(Esotericism, I mean.)
    It seems to me far more “hip” to know who, say, Robert Glasper is, or Umphrey’s McGee, as opposed to recognizing the recent carpet-broadcasted megahit by Outkast.
    But then, as previously mentioned, I’m old.

    I guess my real question is: “What is hip?”
    (And the answer, of course, is: “What it is.")

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  10:57 AM
  78. I hate narrowing lists of favorite songs (or bands or movies) down to five or even ten. But here are some things that would be in play for my list that haven’t been mentioned already (and I like Michael’s initial list, though I’d perhaps have chosen a different B&S number and would probably not have included Winehouse).

    Rilo Kiley’s great, but I actually have preferred Jenny Lewis’s solo work.

    The band most missing from the list is Beulah.  And though a number of their songs would contend, let’s go with this one.

    There should also be something from Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (definitely in my Top 5 Albums of the 2000s).  Somewhat arbitrarily, let’s go with this.

    And these are pretty cool, too.

    (Captcha="done"...not really, but it’ll have to do.)

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  12:20 PM
  79. Gotta say, I was a bit worried there for a minute, but #1 and #2 are reasonable choices. Hey ya! is the best combo of eye and ear candy I have ever seen.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  12:57 PM
  80. Incidentally, have you heard the Violent Femmes’ cover of “Crazy”?  It’s kind of a reply to Gnarls Barkley’s cover of Gone Daddy Gone.

    Two great songs and two great covers.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  01:44 PM
  81. Hmm. No love lost for Keep The Car Running around here, eh?

    Anyway, a nominee in the loosely related category of Best Hat-Dominated Video of The Millenium so far.

    Posted by peter ramus  on  11/01  at  01:57 PM
  82. What? No Dollyrots?

    You want “hip”? No one was or will be as hip as Byran Ferry. From his Dylanesque album. “The Times They Are A’Changin.’” (See how old I am? I still call them albums.)

    And from the internetz, a singing jelly donut.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  03:36 PM
  83. Michael,

    some good choices here.
    But where is Snoop Dog with either Drop It ..
    or Beautiful ?

    Posted by wolfgang  on  11/01  at  04:55 PM
  84. is Ric Ocasek still alive??

    Indeed yes.  He makes frequent appearances on the Colbert Report, and is married to Paulina Porizkova (they have been together since 1984 of all things).  Always reassuring when one of the ugliest dudes in rock-n-roll can stay married to beautiful intelligent supermodels who have crushes on Stephen Colbert.  You asked (captcha).

    My short list of live performances just in 2008:
    My Morning Jacket (Coachella) I’m Amazed

    Strings For Industry (OCF party)MakeUpYourMind

    Calexico (Tucson house) AloneAgainOr

    G Love & Special Sauce (SloFoods Fest) Peace Love and Happiness

    Rodrigo y Gabriela (OutsideLands-SF) Orion~Stairway to Heaven

    Neko Case ~~ all of 2008; beginning with her work w/ New Pornographers at Sasquatch, up through evening w/ Giant Sand in Tucson homecoming bon voyage for Asia.

    Posted by  on  11/01  at  11:12 PM
  85. Best? Um, I dunno. Better than many -

    Cibelle w/ Devendra Banhart- London London (via Brazil)

    Abjeez - Eddeaa (via Iran)

    Las Ketchup - Asereje (via Spain)

    LT United - We Are the Winners (of Eurovision) (via Lithuania) (nb - they didn’t win)

    James McMurtry - We Can’t Make it Here Anymore (via Texas)

    Bonus extra Eurovision fun -
    Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah (via Finland)

    Posted by dave  on  11/02  at  02:24 PM
  86. rilo kiley’s great, but i actually have preferred jenny lewis’s solo work.

    rilo kiley leaves me cold but i lurvs me some jenny lewis.

    Posted by skippy  on  11/02  at  04:18 PM
  87. #1 and #2, in whatever order, seem ungainsayable; 3-5 seems as good as, oh, 30 or 50 or 300 others, many mentioned by the fine commentariat--I might propose “Ms. Jackson” or “99 Problems” or “Paper Planes” or “My Doorbell” or....

    (exception:  those Decemberists lyrics, perhaps the worst example of rock poetry it has ever been my misfortune to read...)

    --which suggests that this millenium has so far brought us only 2 (two) great singles.

    ok, now, wait, I think I have a legit #3:

    “Since U Been Gone”

    Posted by  on  11/02  at  07:26 PM
  88. Not from this century but timeless

    Posted by  on  11/02  at  09:29 PM
  89. I am too old to have an opinion about bests, but I like Us by Regina Spektor (2006).  I admit I’m influenced by the video. 

    And what about When Your Mind’s Made Up by Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), from the movie Once(2007)?

    Posted by  on  11/02  at  09:55 PM
  90. Oh, the anti-Strokes backlash is like so 2003.

    Heh. I’m always fighting the last war (and too often with booze and sarcasm).

    Posted by  on  11/02  at  10:26 PM
  91. Nick:

    Oh, I wouldn’t put The Decemberists on the level of poetry.  This was about pop music, no?  Perhaps I am too old and unhip to match the requisite level of insufferability.

    I reheard Terry Gross’s interview with Meloy over this weekend and was again quite drawn in.  I am emphatically un-"meh".

    Posted by  on  11/03  at  12:38 AM
  92. 3-5 seems as good as, oh, 30 or 50 or 300 others, many mentioned by the fine commentariat

    Actually, I agree.  Those were the ones that were hard to come up with; 1 and 2 were the most obvious things in the world.  But again, that’s what puts the A in . . . oh, you know the drill.

    Posted by Michael  on  11/03  at  09:56 AM
  93. Taking all the top spots in my opinion, is Beirut:

    “elephant gun”

    but their “nantes” or “sunday smile” or “penalty” or “gulag orchestra” would make up my top 5 shuffle.

    captcha:  speak
    (as in, or forever hold your peace)

    Posted by  on  11/03  at  11:26 AM
  94. obviously a minority opinion here but Gnarls/Crazy just doesn’t do it for me. Sounds a bit like a prepubescent Barry White in my opinion.


    captch “hope” ...maybe a good sign?

    Posted by  on  11/03  at  02:18 PM
  95. No Elbow?  None on this whole thread?  I can’t do the YouTubes at work, but well, “Grounds for Divorce” and “One Day Like This” are some of the best songs around.

    Posted by  on  11/03  at  05:59 PM
  96. a prepubescent Barry White

    I laughed.

    Posted by Jason B  on  11/04  at  08:50 AM
  97. is it cheating if I suggest a 20min song?

    Posted by Max Polun  on  11/10  at  01:39 AM
  98. That live version on YouTube is no match to what’s in their album. And no disagreement here. I’m just glad that I can find a couple of similar tastes with yours.

    Posted by sandiegovisitor  on  02/23  at  08:50 PM
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