Thursday, 24 September 2009

Every one's a winner, we're making the fame

As the Noughties comes to an end, the lists, charts and retrospective best-ofs begin to appear. Neil McCormick (with whom I discussed the decade on Radio 5Live a few weeks ago), offers his list of the 100 songs that defined the Noughties. Interestingly, everything in my Top 5 of the decade (p. 123) appears in Neil’s list but (as Eric Morecambe might have put it) not necessarily in the same order.

Neil’s Top 10:

10. Outkast, ‘Hey Ya’ (2003)

9. Kylie Minogue, ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ (2001)

8. The White Stripes, ‘Seven Nation Army' (2003)

7. Johnny Cash, ‘Hurt’ (2002)

6. Leona Lewis, ‘Bleeding Love’ (2008)

5. M.I.A., ‘Paper Planes’ (2008)

4. Coldplay, ‘Yellow’ (2000)

3. Beyonce, ‘Crazy In Love’ (2003)

2. Arctic Monkeys, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ (2005)

1. Amy Winehouse, ‘Rehab’ (2006)

What would yours be?


  1. I think you'd need Take That's comeback in there somewhere - probably the biggest comeback ever.
    Bleeding Love is the biggest thing to come out of that reality stuff. Crazy In Love is an enormous heat seeking sexy weapon of a song. Rehab is the noughties saying "we want quality songs sung by quality singers." Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars also summed up indie going mainstream to the max.

    All of the above I absolutely hate.

    There were lots of great singles, though. Including numbers 2, 5 and 10 above.

  2. Think I'd like to put in a good word for Try Again by Aaliyah and Missy Elliot's Get UR Freak On because early in the decade Timbaland was producing brilliant innovative singles.

  3. Oh My God, run. It's a list of the ten most mediocre songs of the decade. Christ, no wonder the music industry is a dinosaur on the road to extinction if this is 'the best' that an alleged 'insider' can come up with.

    10 Adele, Hometown Glory
    9 Ainhoa, No Hieras Más
    8 Anemo, Music Box
    7 Bon Iver, For Emma
    6 Breed 77, La Ultima Hora
    5 The Enemy, We'll Live and Die In These Towns
    4 Fanfarlo, I'm A Pilot
    3 Imogen Heap, Speeding Cars
    2 James Dean Bradfield, Which Way To Kyffen
    1= Keane, Bedshaped
    1= My Chemical Romance, I Don't Love You