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Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Hopefully someone can get a hold of the full list (which reportedly was compiled via votes from 64 music professionals), but for those Spanish speakers (it includes the top 10):

Transcurridos cinco años del siglo XXI, la revista Rolling Stone ha encargado a un jurado formado por 64 profesionales de la música (artistas, discográficas, promotores, festivales, productores, periodistas y críticos) que eligieran las 100 mejores canciones internacionales de este primer lustro del siglo. Los 10 primeros puestos han quedado así: Take Me Out, de Franz Ferdinand (2004); Seven Nation Army, de The White Stripes (2003); Hey Ya!, de Outkast (2003); Imitation Of Life, de R.E.M. (2001); First of the Gang to Die, de Morrissey (2004); Galang, de M.I.A. (2005); In My Place, de Coldplay (2002); Hung Up, de Madonna (2005); Quelqu'un M'a Dit, de Carla Bruni (2002), y Crazy in Love, de Beyoncé (2003). Los resultados de la encuesta, que se publican en el número de marzo de la revista, sirven de brújula para adivinar el rumbo que está siguiendo la música popular en el nuevo milenio. Entre los artistas que participaron con sus votos en la elección se encuentran Alaska, Astrud, Xoel Deluxe, Dover, Manolo García, Soledad Jiménez, Hamlet, Julián Hernández, M-Clan, Pereza, Kiko Veneno...

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Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

First of all, many thanks to JR for the information about this list. I don’t like much the Spanish Rolling Stone, so I must admit that I only buy the January issue in order to post to Henrik the best albums of the year.

The list "Las 100 mejores canciones del Siglo XXI" (The Best 100 Songs of the XXI Century) has been published in RS 77 (March 2006):

1. FRANZ FERDINAND “Take Me Out” (2004)
2. THE WHITE STRIPES “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
3. OUTKAST “Hey Ya!” (2003)
4. R.E.M. “Imitation of Life” (2001)
5. MORRISSEY “First of the Gang to Die” (2004)
6. M.I.A. “Galang” (2005)
7. COLDPLAY “In My Place” (2002)
8. MADONNA “Hung Up” (2005)
9. CARLA BRUNI “Quelqu’un m’a dit” (2002)
10. BEYONCÉ “Crazy in Love” (2003)
11. THE STROKES “Last Nite” (2001)
12. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM “Losing My Edge” (2002)
13. ARCADE FIRE “Wake Up” (2005)
14. DAMIEN RICE “The Blower’s Daughter” (2002)
15. THE FLAMING LIPS “Do You Realize??” (2002)
16. NORAH JONES “Don’t Know Why” (2002)
17. THE POSTAL SERVICE “Such Great Heights” (2003)
18. JOSH ROUSE “Love Vibration” (2003)
19. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
20. KYLIE MINOGUE “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)
21. ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS “Man Is the Baby” (2005)
22. MISSY ELLIOTT “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
23. COLDPLAY “Clocks” (2002)
24. ALANIS MORISETTE “Hands Clean” (2001)
25. ARCADE FIRE “Rebellion (Lies)” (2004)
26. GREEN DAY “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
27. WILCO “Jesus, etc.” (2002)
28. KEANE “Everybody’s Changing” (2004)
29. DAFT PUNK “One More Time” (2001)
30. KEANE “This Is the Last Time” (2004)
31. BOB DYLAN “Mississippi” (2001)
32. JET “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (2003)
33. COLDPLAY “Speed of Sound” (2005)
34. MAROON 5 “This Love” (2002)
35. ALTER BRIDGE “Open Your Eyes” (2004)
36. JOHNNY CASH “Hurt” (2002)
37. JAYHAWKS “Save It For a Rainy Day” (2003)
38. BJÖRK “Pagan Poetry” (2001)
39. DAMIEN RICE “Cannonball” (2002)
40. KANYE WEST “Jesus Walks” (2004)
41. JOHNNY CASH “Personal Jesus” (2002)
42. INTERPOL “Evil” (2004)
43. THE DARKNESS “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” (2003)
44. THE STROKES “Someday” (2001)
45. FRANZ FERDINAND “Do You Want To” (2005)
46. THE STROKES “12:51” (2003)
47. ELECTRIC SIX “Danger! High Voltage” (2003)
48. KEANE “Somewhere Only We Know” (2004)
49. THE ROLLING STONES “Don’t Stop” (2002)
50. WILCO “Handshake Drugs” (2004)
51. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS “Juxtapozed With U” (2001)
52. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “By the Way” (2002)
53. BLACK EYED PEAS “Where Is the Love” (2003)
54. COLDPLAY “The Scientist” (2002)
55. KELIS “Milkshake” (2004)
56. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS “Nature Boy” (2004)
57. RADIOHEAD “There There” (2003)
58. BECK “Lost Cause” (2002)
59. BEN HARPER “With My Own Two Hands” (2003)
60. GORRILLAZ “Feel Good Inc.” (2005)
61. NORAH JONES “Sunrise” (2004)
62. SCISSOR SISTERS “Confortably Numb” (2003)
63. BASEMENT JAXX “Romeo” (2001)
64. MUSE “Plug in Baby” (2001)
65. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE “No One Knows” (2002)
66. SYSTEM OF A DOWN “Chop Suey!” (2001)
67. THE MARS VOLTA “Inertiatic ESP” (2003)
68. JAMES BLUNT “You’re Beautiful” (2005)
69. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN “The Rising” (2002)
70. ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS “What Can I Do?” (2005)
71. ARCADE FIRE “Neighborhood #3” (2004)
72. GORILLAZ “Dare” (2005)
73. AUDIOSLAVE “Like a Stone” (2002)
74. MS. DYNAMITE “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” (2002)
75. OASIS “The Importance of Being Idle” (2005)
76. THE STREETS “Has It Come to This?” (2002)
77. U2 “City of Blinding Lights” (2004)
78. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” (2005)
79. BOB DYLAN “Summer Days” (2001)
80. KAISER CHIEFS “Na, Na, Na, Na, Naa” (2005)
81. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS “Get Yourself High” (2003)
82. ELVIS COSTELLO “Monkey to Man” (2004)
83. HOOBASTANK “The Reason” (2003)
84. SUPER FURRY ANIMALS “Rings Around the World” (2001)
85. t.A.T.u. “All the Things She Said” (2002)
86. MOBY “Lift Me Up” (2005)
87. RUFUS WAINWRIGHT “Oh What a World” (2003)
88. JAMIE CULLUM “These Are the Days” (2004)
89. AUDIOSLAVE “Be Yourself” (2005)
90. SCISSOR SISTERS “Take Your Mamma” (2004)
91. DESTINY’S CHILD “Survivor” (2001)
92. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN “Jesus Was an Only Son” (2005)
93. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB “Ain’t No Easy Way” (2005)
94. GREEN DAY “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (2004)
95. PRIMAL SCREAM “Miss Lucifer” (2002)
96. THE MAGIC NUMBERS “Forever Lost” (2005)
97. TRAVIS “Sing” (2001)
98. RINÔÇÉRÔSE “Music Kills Me” (2002)
99. ROBBIE WILLIAMS “Tripping” (2005)
100. MARILYN MANSON “Personal Jesus” (2004)

About this list:
- The votes came not only from critics but also from Spanish musicians and people of the music industry (promoters, producers, directors of record companies, etc.). The magazine published the names and I’ve counted 28 music journalist out of 64 total voters. I don’t know if this can be included in Henrik lists (I think it’s the usual method in USA Rolling Stone Magazine too).
- The list is better that someone could expect from the Spanish Rolling Stone but, after an interesting Top 10 (well, even it could be extended to the Top 20, with a bunch of great songs like “Imitation of Life”, “Hung Up”, “Quelqu’un m’a dit”, “Wake Up”, “The Blower’s Daughter”, “Do You Realize??”, “Such Great Heights” or “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”), the list goes down and down coming to the usual mediocrity and lack of risk.
- I want to point to the high position of Morrissey’s “First of the Gang to Die”, one of my favourite songs of the last years and the song that my band uses to open our shows.
- Curiously, the word more frequently used in the song’s titles (well, tied with the usual “love”) is “Jesus”.

Thanks, H!

The list looks to be compiled similarly to USA Rolling Stone's various lists (i.e. 500 Greatest Albums, etc.)- they include critics and non-critic music profressionals, too, so I think it's fine.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Sorry, I've committed a mistake. The song at #21 was not "Man Is the Baby". The correct one is "Hope There's Someone" by Antony & the Johnsons.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Wierd, usually you see Kanye West's "Gold digger" on lists these days.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Many thanks Honorio!

It seems as if RS wiew on the 21st century is that it started in 2001...?

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Yes, it seems that. A pity, cause there were great songs in 2000.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Maybe 2001 was their start date since, technically, the 21st century started in 2001.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

what the f%$&k is going on here, where is Eminem, the greatest raper alive. "Lose Yourself", "Stan", remeber. where is "God put a smile upon my face" by coldplay. And why since 2001, U2's "All you can't leave behind" has terrific songs, "Beautiful Day", "Elevation", "Walk on" you name it. i don't get it. there are so many other songs that should be in that list. I mean, only one from The White Stripes and what happened to "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" and "Gold Digger"? If someone can explain all these "ausencias" please do.

Maybe a Case Of...

different strokes for... well, you may have heard that saying. :) Many a list have notable omissions- hence, why they cause debate and discussion at times.


This ranking sucks! you can't compare #54 The Scientist (Coldplay) with #33 Speed of sound!!!, I mean, The scientist is twice better than speed of sound.
And what the hell is Madonna doing in the 8th place with such a plagiarism like Hung up!? (ABBA - Gimme).
And why Seven Nation Army is up there in the second place?? It is not SUCH a good song, perhaps between #10 and #20 would be ok.
And why Scissor Sisters's insulting version of Confortably numb is included and not this great song called "Mary"!!????
I think that the ranking should be categorized in Pop, Rock, Hardcore, etc. thus to avoid this incomparable comparisons.


Plagiarism? Then there's at least one other one, with Beyonce! Not sure if you know, but samples have been used in recordings for quite a long while now.

Re: Spanish Rolling Stone: 100 Best Songs of 21st Century

Well, PJ, I like a lot Scissor Sisters cover of “Confortably Numb” (very funny, and not insulting, pop songs are not like Bible or Koran), “Seven Nation Army” (a strong update of blues-rock) and, of course, “Hung Up” (the best song of 2005 in my opinion, with an irresistible beat and, yes, with a sample -like 99% of dance music today-).
Respecting Coldplay’s “Scientist” vs. “Speed of Sound”, I won’t say anything (I’m afraid that Michael could come after me this time).

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In the hours of distress and miser,the eyes of every mortal man turn to friendship;in the hour of gladness and conviviality ,what is our want?It is friendship.When the heart overflows with gratitude,or with any other sweet and sarced sentiment,what is the world to which it would give utterance?a friend.

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