10 years ago, I was an 11 year-old boy with no discerning taste for music. I exclusively listened to either Top 40 radio or whatever happened to be playing in my parent’s car. Over the past 10 years, I have immersed myself in exploring music on relatively obsessive level. In doing so, I have made it my ongoing goal to discover the best of new music, as well as to understand the history of modern rock through exploring iconic artists and their influence on other musicians.
That being said, I have compiled two compilation playlists: one for songs of the 2000s, and the other for all music from before 2000. The criteria for compiling both these lists were simple—these are the songs I attribute in continuing my enduring love affair with music. I’m not saying that these are the best songs ever, or the highest displays of musical talent—but rather these songs listed are the ones that made my life better, that provided a deeper understanding, that simply moved me often in an indescribable manner. In my eyes, these songs (and respective artists) embody everything right with music.
Below my favorite songs of the 2000s (in alphabetical order). My pre-2000 all-time favorites will be posted next Monday.
Until then, enjoy! And check back tomorrow for the 8th Best Album of the 2000s.
1) Aesop Rock - No Regrets
2) Andrew Bird - Tables and Chairs
3) Animal Collective - For Reverend Green
4) Antony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
5) Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
6) Arcade Fire - Wake Up
7) Atmosphere - Yesterday
8) Atmosphere - Sunshine
9) The Avett Brothers - If It's The Beaches
10) Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake
11) Beach House - Saltwater
12) Beck - The Golden Age
13) Beirut - Elephant Gun
14) Beirut - Postcards from Italy
15) Billy Bragg and Wilco - Remember the Mountain Bed
16) Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
17) Bon Iver - Re: Stacks
18) Bon Iver - The Wolves (Act I and II)
19) Califone - The Orchids
20) The Castanets - You Are The Blood
21) Common - Forever Begins
22) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3
23) Devotchka - How It Ends
24) Drive-By Truckers - Angels and Fuselage
25) Drive-By Truckers - Let There Be Rock
26) Elliott Smith - Happiness
27) El-P - The League of Extraordinary Nobodies
28) The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
29) Grizzly Bear - While You Wait For The Others
30) The Hold Steady - How a Resurrection Really Feels
31) Interpol - [Untitled]
32) Iron and Wine - Weary Memory
33) Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire
34) Jim James - Rocket Man
35) LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
36) LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
37) Mew - Comforting Sounds
38) Modest Mouse - 3rd Planet
39) My Morning Jacket - Golden
40) The National - Abel
41) The National - Mr. November
42) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
43) Portishead - The Rip
44) Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
45) Radiohead - House of Cards
46) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have to Wait For You?
47) Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
48) TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
49) The Walkmen - The Rat
50)Wilco - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart