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The Past is a Grotesque Animal and Gone were also relatively successful in this poll, but as non-singles reaching the top 10 for their respective years I felt they were dark horses rather than punching bags.
Coldplay - Yellow
Score: 1039 points
beefsupreme #95, Moonbeam #94
This is surprisingly merely bad. That's great by Coldplay standards. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2000 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 57
AMF poll of 00's rank: 89
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Score: 1040 points
Romain #8, beefsupreme #10
Miguel #99, Henry #92
The lead single from one of the most ambitious, visionary and profound albums of the 2000s is just the tip of the iceberg. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2005 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 105
AMF poll of 00's rank: 53
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Score: 1044 points
Depeche Mode #5
Miguel #100, Romain #91, Chris K. #91, John #82/84, Jonah #77/80
Everyone from my generation seems to know every word from this song, which makes sense: it's the ultimate pump-up jam. "His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy"...you can fill in the rest. #40. (Evan)
There are only a few Eminem songs I can enjoy. This isn't quite there, but I can see why it is beloved. (Moonbeam)
Stage fright. The semi-autobiographical story of a white rapper struggling for respect among the black hip-hop scene, and doing this achieving the first Oscar to a rap song. (Honorio)
From the placement of these two it may look like I'm a die hard Eminem fan, that's not true, but these two singles are such a classics, filled with passion and meaning, executed perfectly. Lose Yourself gets a notch for the sentiment (Depeche Mode)
Place in the 2002 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 40
AMF poll of 00's rank: 29
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
Score: 1048 points
Jackson #4, Nassim #5, Petri #9
Henry #99, Depeche Mode #96, Slick #92, Miguel #91
I find this to be more interesting than appealing. (Moonbeam)
Annoying, not fascinating (Depeche Mode)
Place in the 2000 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 127
AMF poll of 00's rank: 32
Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Score: 1053 points
Kanye definitely has talent, and it was with this song that I finally acknowledged it. Perhaps he oversells it, but that's kinda his schtick. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2004 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 59
AMF poll of 00's rank: 69
Everything post-Violator is just above average in my book. A couple of stand-out songs but not engaging through a whole album. I mostly prefer their moodier songs (but Exciter lacked...excitement). Songs with distorted vocals a la "Barrel of a Gun" are awful.
Now, let's move over to other topics. Well, it's bedtime for me...
"Lose Yourself" finished way too low!
It's from a time before Eminem sold out (when he was good.)
Not to nitpick, but I had "99 Problems" as my number 10.
Great job so far Petri!
The Roots beating out a slew of more famous songs makes up for The Rip and Nothing Ever Happened placing right below my bottom two. Nice placement for those Avalanches tracks, all things considered.
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
Score: 1102 points
Nassim #100, Michel #99, Schwah #98
I have hard time listening to the Soft Bulletin in full with the exception of its 2 acclaimed songs which are fairly good. For Yoshimi it was the opposite, the acclaimed song really dragged it down. Sorry fans, I find this song terrible. (Nassim)
I thought I would hate this after a snippet of its chorus was so overused by VH1 a number of years ago, but hearing it in full was a revelation. (Moonbeam)
The magic on the common things ("the sun doesn't go down / it's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round"), the obvious but true statements ("everyone you know someday will die") and life reaffirmation ("life goes fast / it's hard to make the good things last"). Maybe naïve, maybe childish but I wish every hit song could be like this one. Do you realize?? (Honorio)
Place in the 2002 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 50
AMF poll of 00's rank: 48
Animal Collective - My Girls
Score: 1107 points
Evan #2, Depeche Mode #4, Chris #10
John #84/84, Greg #94
The climax lasts for over a minute, and half the song feels like it's overflowing. It's an immense song, but Animal Collective maintains an underlying layer of the levity that made them so endearing in the first place. The logical culmination of a decade-long journey for one of the 00's greatest bands. #2. (Evan)
I like the kaleidoscopic pinwheel that this song is going for and the emotional message it carries, but the voices are a bit of a letdown. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2009 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 13
AMF poll of 00's rank: 22
Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Score: 1111 points
nicolas #2, Miguel #8
beefsupreme #100, Slick #97, Jackson #95, Henry #91
Definitely gets to your emotions. Too bad the rest of the album can't live up to this peak. #55. (Evan)
Antony's tremble can be a bit over the top, but there's no denying the beauty of this song. (Moonbeam)
A harrowing plea for love (or at least for company) sung with Antony's shivering voice. Don't let him/her be the one left "in the middle place / between light and nowhere". (Honorio)
Place in the 2005 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 39
AMF poll of 00's rank: 58
Annie - Heartbeat
Score: 1114 points
Moonbeam #1, Stephan #2, John #6, sonofsamiam #9
Rocky Raccoon #98, Evan #94, Harold Wexler #93, Romain #93
This is arguably the most moving song I have ever heard. It plays like a perfect slice of ephemeral pop, but beneath the surface is real heartache that makes Annie the absolute master of the happy/sad dichotomy. What better homage could she pay to her late boyfriend/collaborator who died of a heart ailment than to repeatedly offer "Feel my heartbeat"? The time she spent with him she remembers fondly, but it is clearly in the past ("there was a time", "I won't forget the greatest times I had when I was dancing with you".) Music rarely hits me so hard, and it was this triumph that helped me to overcome my own dark times in 2004 and 2005. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2004 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 104
AMF poll of 00's rank: 35
MGMT - Kids
Score: 1117 points
Chris #1, Romain #4, Slick #4
Pop! Whizz! Bang! This song burns. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2007 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 23
AMF poll of 00's rank: 19
Awww. I was hoping "My Heartbeat" would make the top 25.
Kids verses and chorus are great, but what an awful bridge they put toward the end... especially the strange horns sounding like the winning .wav on an old video game.
And thanks Moonbeam for the insights on Heartbeat, I hear it differently now
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Score: 1118 points
Slick #1, Greg #4, Jonah #5
Rocky Raccoon #100, Schwah #97, Michel #92, nicolas #91
As good as this song is, I am always puzzled to see it the recurrent pick for this album which has, for me, best standout tracks like Couleurs or We own the sky (#67) (Nassim)
While some of the teenage angst on Saturdays = Youth is too uncomfortable to bear, this is lovely. (Moonbeam)
The 80s revival marked many sounds of the 00s, but very few evocated the 80s synth-pop as brilliantly as M83, with its dreamy voices, airy beats and floating synths. (Honorio)
Place in the 2008 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 135
AMF poll of 00's rank: 375
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Score: 1118 points
Moonbeam #3, Chris #6, Zorg #8, Honorio #9, Henrik #10
Depeche Mode #97, Rocky Raccoon #95
One of those forgotten songs from my pre-teen years that I'm more than happy to rediscover. #54. (Evan)
This song probably matters more to me than any other of the 2000s. I had grown disinterested by most contemporary music throughout the doldrums of the 90s, only seeking out releases by established favorites with only a few exceptions. But when I heard that chugging synth and the hypnotic "la la la" chant, my whole being became transfixed. When I saw the end of the video credits list the artist as Kylie Minogue, who I only knew from "Locomotion", I was shocked. At once, my interest in exploring new music was firmly reestablished, and I discovered this website soon thereafter. This is one of the greatest pop songs of all time as Kylie effortlessly plays the half dream/half nightmare of romantic obsession to a futuristic synthesized brave new world. (Moonbeam)
I can't get Kylie out of my head. I've always liked Kylie Minogue but the Stock, Aitken & Waterman awful 80s sound was a letdown. That's why I was so glad to see her succeeding widely and gaining critic credibility doing anything but good mainstream music with "Some Kind of Bliss", "Spinning Around” and exploding with this "Can't Get You out of My Head". (Honorio)
Place in the 2001 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 10
AMF poll of 00's rank: 20
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Score: 1122 points
Henry #96, Petri #92
Grooves aggressively. #26. (Evan)
The way Gorillaz blurred not only genre boundaries but media boundaries sure felt like a revolution. Demon Days is the apex, but this was a fantastic first glimpse. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2001 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 63
AMF poll of 00's rank: 51
Coldplay - Clocks
Score: 1126 points
Miguel #1, Chris K. #2, Depeche Mode #3, Henry #7
Moonbeam #98, sonofsamiam #98, beefsupreme #97, Evan #95, Chris #93
Attributing meaning to this is akin to contemplating the depth in a Hallmark card. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2002 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 156
AMF poll of 00's rank: 68
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Score: 1150 points
Romain #6, Chris K. #8
One of the best vocal performances of the decade, for sure. Holy crackers. (Moonbeam)
Grizzly Bear elaborate a lot their simple pop songs, with "Two Weeks" as the best prove of their way of combining immediacy and luminosity with complexity and subtlety. (Honorio)
Place in the 2009 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 45
AMF poll of 00's rank: 39
Kylie making the top 40 is a big (and welcome) surprise! I guess that off-beat synth chug was enough to hypnotize the forum.
Couble of my biggest favorites just missed top 30.
TV on the Radio - Staring At The Sun
Score: 1153 points
Petri #1, John #4, Michel #5
nicolas #100, Honorio #98, Dan M #95
There are 3 masterpieces in TV on the Radio's first album and while I like Dreams more, this still is an astonishing hypnotizing song. (#11) (Nassim)
This is nice, but it doesn't excite me like the other two TVOTR songs here. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2003 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 96
AMF poll of 00's rank: 42
The Strokes - Hard to Explain
Score: 1163 points
Beefsupreme #6, Harold Wexler #7
This song's acclaim has always been a little confusing to me. The whole album is filled with great singles, but this is the one that emerges? It actually gets a bit tiresome if I listen to it enough, which I can't say for others like The Modern Age, Someday, or Take It or Leave It, which are more deserving in my opinion. #76. (Evan)
Such effective stop-start mechanics are hard to replicate. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2001 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 62
AMF poll of 00's rank: 40
The National - Fake Empire
Score: 1174 points
Stephan #1, Midaso #2, Petri #10
Stately and smoldering, it was the perfect first glimpse into The National's world for me. (Moonbeam)
It's all about the four-over-three rhythm pattern on the piano, then the baritone vocals and then the drums, the guitars and the horns, the epic crescendo. Yes, we can. (Honorio)
Place in the 2007 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 304
AMF poll of 00's rank: 41
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Score: 1183 points
Henry #1, John #3, Stephan #4, Honorio #4
Electronic music with an emotional tug is right up my alley. I could see Annie digging this. (Moonbeam)
Jimmy Tamborello from Dntel provided the sparkling electronic beats and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie the bright pop melodies and imaginative lyrics to create one of the best love songs of the decade. It was the first and last time these two artists teamed up and maybe it's better, a new collaboration probably could've not reached again such great heights. (Honorio)
Place in the 2003 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 30
AMF poll of 00's rank: 73
The Knife - Silent Shout
Score: 1185 points
Petri #2, Nassim #4, Henrik #6, Greg #7
Miguel #92, Nick #91
I love many openers, lots being included in our list, but very few can top this one in the way it sets the mood and puts you in a brand new world. Also, you won't find many ways being both that dark and that danceable. (Nassim)
It perfectly sets the tone for the eerie ride that follows. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2006 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 124
AMF poll of 00's rank: 100
nj is so mad people don't agree with him he's now stopped even talking about music and started trolling the forum with disgusting pictures.
Can't those pictures be deleted?
Clocks in Top 40 good good good even with the cruel Moonbeam comment.
I have certainly expected My Girls to end up higher, I can see where the criticism for the it's album comes from, but I can't see a way to dislike this song.
Anyway, my Top 2 is still running!
Petri, "Hope There's Someone" is my #7 song and I didn't show up in the biggest fans section. (I'm not too concerned about the biggest fans part, I just want to make sure my vote was counted)
Maybe we should think about moving to a forum which has logins and moderation options?
Right now if AM was just a little more high profile a site it'd be vulnerable to all kinds of spam attacks, posting under other peoples' handles, and things like that. At the Mubi forum there's somebody who keeps coming back and posting all these racist pornographic pictures, and if we can't delete things like that without deleting a whole lot of legitimate posts, that's a problem.
One person's stupid post shouldn't make us lose confidence in a community that can cope perfectly well without censorship.
Let's talk about music instead. Sufjan Stevens... I'm pleasantly surprised that all 3 of his songs are in the top 30. I thought split-voting might have had a negative effect.
I don't think vote splitting is much of a problem in this type of poll where you have to vote for every song anyway.
Why not just make a new thread for the top 30?
Such Great Heights this high is a surprise. I thought it would place bottom 20.
As far as songs with Antony vocals, I'm shocked Hope There's Someone beat out Blind by 40 places. Blind is just an amazing track, a 21st century "Blue Monday."
Oh yeah, I forgot I submitted that comment. I still stand by it though.
Great presentation so far Petri, looking forward to the final 25.
Now that is a great batch of songs. Once again QotSA pleasantly surprise me with their high placement.
So I can post pornography and it wouldn't be deleted?
I'm against censorship too but I keep incidentally scrolling to these pictures that are physically uncomfortable to look at. It makes me not want to read the thread.
The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl
Score: 1258 points
Rocky Raccoon #2, Evan #5, beefsupreme #8, Slick #9
Greg #95, Petri #91
The title says it all. Sounds like falling in love for the first time, which is a great sound indeed. #5. (Evan)
A rip-roaring call to arms in less than 2 seconds. Its parent album let me down, but this opening salvo still thrills. (Moonbeam)
Generic rock song if you ask me (Depeche Mode)
Place in the 2001 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 36
AMF poll of 00's rank: 30
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Score: 1283 points
Romain #2, Miguel #4, nicolas #4, Dan M #7
Could have been made in 1808, but works surprisingly well in 2008. (I have a sneaking suspicion someone's used that phrase before, but it sums it up perfectly) #51. (Evan)
This side of the musical spectrum still very rarely excites me. (Moonbeam)
Used by a Spanish TV Channel as theme music for their Christmas advertising, appropriately because it encapsulates the Christmas feeling better than a snow crystal. (Honorio)
Place in the 2008 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 85
AMF poll of 00's rank: 47
Daft Punk - Digital Love
Score: 1290 points
Midaso #3, sonofsamiam #3, Chris #5, VanillaFire1000 #7, Jackson #10
I didn't know this one. Perhaps if I spent more time with it, I would grow to love it, as all the ingredients are there, but it isn't clicking for me yet. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2001 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 68
AMF poll of 00's rank: 15
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
Score: 1301 points
Jackson #1, Schwah #7, Michel #9
I thought I didn't really live TV on the Radio after Return to Cookie Mountain failed to impress on first listen. I must have been sleeping when this came on, though, because when I heard it again, my blood boiled with the lust-fueled furor described. Holy cow. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2006 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 31
AMF poll of 00's rank: 18
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Score: 1328 points
Moonbeam #4, Rocky Raccoon #5, Petri #6, Jonah #8, VanillaFire1000 #9, Dan M #9, Greg #10
This song became popular while my dad was in the hospital shortly before he died. Hearing it every night offered some strange catharsis that I can't quite explain, but there's really no need to add anything to the majesty of this song. (Moonbeam)
Place in the 2003 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 11
AMF poll of 00's rank: 11
As far as I can tell the voters in this poll were fairly consistent with their love of the songs in the top Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens albums as they were for the albums in their entirety.
Even an older fellow like myself can appreciate these two (six) masterpieces of the naughties.
Yeah, sure, it's simply a photographic effect but reproducing the aspect of enucleated eyes.
In English = disgusting
In Spanish = repugnante
In French = dégoûtant
In Swedish = äckligt
Pretty fucking horrible in any language.
those pictures were really shocking, dealing with very serious things, that's not what you want to see in apeaceful and friendly site like AM, no I'm not at all with him ointhis
his fake porn pictures were fun though haha
This has gotten off track to the point where I think we definitely need a new thread for the top 20.
Great placement for Wolf Like Me, the rare track that is still getting better with every listen despite it being one of my most-played songs. The intensity of the second chorus and the perfect transitions in and out of the slow middle part are what make the song for me.
Yesterday night when I came home (late from the music quiz - we were second) and checked the forum the results thread was locked. I didn't have interest to start a new thread then so I went to bed.
Now looks like it has been a lot of conversation about censorship and stuff here in the forum today.
First of all I'm very glad that Dan M abrogated his decision not to participate to discussion here in the forum anymore.
Then (when I saw that thread was locked and discussion didn't deal with the results that much anymore but nj's picture) I think I should open a new thread for results (although it's not locked anymore).
So the new results thread will start shortly.
Edit: Part 2