Posts Tagged songs of the decade

182-KANYE WEST FEAT. DWELE-Flashing Lights

For the title of his third opus, KanYe West carried on the subject of his lacking a college education. After the undeniable success of his first two records, which established him as the most successful pop and hip-hop US artist; the moment of his “Graduation” arrived. An album in which every single track was conceived as a hit, almost resembling a compilation. “Flashing Lights” with its futuristic keyboard riffs was its highlight. Its amazing and censored promo video, courtesy of the ever inventive Spike Jonze, also left an indelible impression.

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183-THE DELGADOS-All You Need Is Hate

The Delgados, a four-piece from Glasgow named after the famous Spanish cyclist Perico Delgado, put an end to their career halfway through the decade. Their two penultimate records, produced by Dave Fridmann, saw their trademark sound wrapped in lush orchestration and beautiful melodies; including such memorable moments as this ironic “All you need is hate”.

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184-CAT POWER-The Greatest


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For her seventh album, “The Greatest”, Chan Marshall returned to Memphis and got surrounded by veteran soul and R&B musicians to recreate the sound of the records she liked during her childhood. The stunning results added warmth and colour to her intimate songs and gained her all sort of plaudits. The singer went through a rather difficult phase in her personal life soon after its release.

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185-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE-The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret

One of the few bands making hard rock with credibility, after nineties grunge was completely swallowed by the mainstream: ex-Kyuss Josh Homme assembled an all-star line up with musicians from Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Pearl Jam, etc. and Queens of the Stone Age soon jumped into rock and roll’s A-list. The roaring “Lost Art Of Keeping a secret” was the first single from their second album “Rated R” and contained one of the best pieces of advice popular music has given during the whole decade: “Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone”.

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186-LOS PLANETAS-Reunión En La Cumbre

Part of their most recent and ambitious record, “La Leyenda del espacio (The Legend Of Space)”, in which the most acclaimed alternative band of Spain took the challenge to combine their style with different types of flamenco as a reply to Camaron’s classic “La Leyenda del tiempo (The Legend Of Time)”, these “poor guys from Granada” made some room for their traditional sound: guitar-led pop-rock heavily influenced by the ongoing trends in the Anglo-Saxon world during the nineties. “Reunión en la cumbre” was a good example, promptly boming another of their classics.

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187-SONGS: OHIA-Didn’t It Rain

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Named after a Mahalia Jackson song and drenched in that gospel-like spirituality, “Didn’t it Rain” was Jason Molina’s finest hour. With a similar formation as Silver Jews or Willard Grant Conspiracy, Songs: Ohia was orchestrated by Molina next to a number of rotating collaborators. His prolific output soon found other, more stable monikers – such as Magnolia Electric Co.- to see the light of day.

Listen to the track here.

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188-JOANNA NEWSOM & THE YS STREET BAND-Colleen


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Alter leaving the world open mouthed with her dazzling “Ys”, an assertive Joanna Newsom released a EP of new songs and some that didn’t make her acclaimed second work. Throwing a wink to Springsteen by naming her accompanying band “The Ys Street Band”, what could have been a bunch of discards did not lower the high standards for a minute and included “Colleen”, one of the best songs in the multi-talented artist’s career.

Listen to the recorded version here.

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189-SILVER JEWS-Sometimes A Pony Gets Depressed


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Although it was co-founded by Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich of Pavement; with the passing years Silver Jews established itself as the project through which David Berman, with intermittent help from friends in other bands, developed his notable ability as a singer-songwriter, elevating him to the first division of alternative north American writers next to Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and other heavyweights. “Pony” was a stand out from his fifth work “Tanglewood Numbers”.

Listen to the studio version here.

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190-THE HIVES-Main Offender

Sweden pioneered the revival of garage rock with this energetic five-piece act, discovered to the rest of the world by Alan McGee, who signed them for his last label Poptones and released a repackaged compilation of the band’s first two albums for the UK. Success was instantaneous and they were promptly courted by a major, where unfortunately The Hives quickly lost a big part of the energy that made them popular.

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191-GRANDADDY-The Crystal Lake

After years being placed halfway through the grunge and americana currents, Grandaddy produced their most ambitious record with “The Sophomore Slump”. Helped by Dave Friddman on production duties, Jason Lyttle’s band expanded their sonic palette, toying with prog-rock until almost creating their own concept album. However, their ability to produce jaunty pop-rock tunes remained intact on songs like “The Crystal Lake”.

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192-DEAD PREZ-Hip Hop

Another track from the very beginning of the decade, Dead Prez’s only hit was rapturously received by the critics as one of the few attempts from new hip-hop artists to return to the genre’s earlier, politically charged ways. Audiences, though, preferred the most commercialized version sending the duo and their socially conscious messages to a exile in the more underground mixtape circuit.

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193-FUCK BUTTONS-Sweet Love For Planet Earth (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

The debut album from this duo from Bristol generated waves of enthusiasm across a rather stagnated panorama of electronica due to their original sound and live sets. Andrew Weatherall, Veteran DJ and producer of “Screamadelica”, accepted the invitation to remix one of their singles. The result was so amazing that he repeated full time at the controls of the pair’s recently released second work, “Tarot Sport.”

Original version above. Listen to the remix here.

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194-THE HIDDEN CAMERAS-Ban Marriage


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The Hidden Cameras breakthrough album – and finest hour- “The smell of our own”, caused a small commotion among indie lovers all over the world. This irony filled, joyfully anthemic number from the openly gay music combo- sort of Canadian equivalent to the finest British Chamber pop – funnily enough, arrived months before some western countries began to give the green light to same sex unions.

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195-BROADCAST-Come On Let’s Go

This band from Birmingham, formerly considered by many as mere followers of Stereolab, expanded their sound and developed an indisputable personality of their own; delivering one the finest combinations of electronica with sixties-infused, indie pop. “Come On Let’s Go” was the first single of their proper debut for Warp records, “The Noise Made By People”, after compiling their early nineties work. Released during the first months of the year 2000, it began what would become a very fertile first half of the decade for Broadcast.

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