Saturday, December 26, 2009

Decade of Music: 2000-2009

Christmas, work and general laziness has consumed Mrs. Magnolia and myself over the past couple weeks.

We apologize.

Actually, she does, but I do not. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, and I'll make time for our adoring fans(see: mostly family) afterwards.

Last time, I took a look at the best movies of the first ten years of the new millenium. Let's jump into the world of clefs, codas and middle C by examining the best songs of the 2000's to date.

In a particular "High Fidelity" fashion, it's a top fiver for a few selected genres. Add more if you must.

1.) Outkast- "Hey Ya!"- Seriously, who didn't shake it like a Polaroid picture at least once during the 2000's?
2.) Kanye West- "Gold Digger"- Combined Ray Charles ala Jamie Foxx and an addictive beat, loved it.
3.) Jay Z- "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"- Go to a club, bar or just anywhere music is being played loudly for an hour. If someone doesn't pretend to brush dirt off their shoulders, you're probably in a foreign country.
4.) Outkast- "Ms. Jackson"- Two albums in this decade(Stankonia, Speakerboxx/Love Below) were among the best. Well done, ATL-iens.
5.) Eminem- "Lose Yourself"- The track from the mediocre movie "Eight Mile" was a summation of the things this artist wants you to know about his beginnings.

1.) Brad Paisley- "Alcohol"- A song nearly everyone can relate to across genres.
2.) Alan Jackson- "Where were you when the world stopped turning"- Unbelievable connection to feelings and emotions held by many after the 9/11 attacks. Lasting value for the song will last for decades.
3.) Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss- "Whiskey Lullaby"- Another song about booze? What are you, a drunk? No, that's just country music. Great sad story and absolutely made top 5 due to Krauss.
4.) Toby Keith- "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue"- Keith wrote this in light of 9/11 attacks in memory of his veteran father and what his dad would have thought about the terrorist attacks. Some people are offended by some of the wording but not me.
5.) Brooks and Dunn- "I Believe"- Choir accompaniement, spoken-sung lyrics and great story made this a favorite for country music fans. Good to see this long-standing duo continuing to put out great music.

1.) Franz Ferdinand- "Take Me Out"- Lead riff is like crack. Addictive from the first time...not that I would know from first hand...just what I've been told.
2.) Coldplay- "Clocks"- Might be the best band of the decade.
3.) The Killers- "Mr. Brightside"- I still don't really understand some of the words in the song, but I've made up my own to make up for it.
4.) Coldplay- "Viva La Vida"- See numero dos.
5.) Gorillaz- "Clint Eastwood"- Just different from everything else but well executed and gets stuck in the noggin.

1.) Beyonce- "Single Ladies"- Women be dancin' to this all the tiiiiime.
2.) Kelly Clarkson- "Since U Been Gone"- I'm fairly certain I heard this blasted from every Benz and Beamer at Ole Miss whilst I was there.
4.) Beyonce- "Irreplaceable"- To the left, to the left.
5.) Britney Spears- "Toxic"- No comment.

There you have it. Enjoy and discuss amongst yourselves.

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