• Top 10 songs of this decade 2000 to 2009
  • Top 10 songs of this decade 2000 to 2009
    Written by battye
    Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:22 am

    For this article I have looked at the top songs from each year of this decade. I have made a selection based on my most played song from that year in my iTunes library, while I have used the Grammy Awards "Record of The Year" as a mainstream indication of the previous years best song.

    Here is my tentative, purely statistical TOP 10 SONGS for the decade in no specific order: Beautiful Day (U2), Walk On (U2), Numb (Linkin Park), Somebody Told Me (The Killers), Dance Dance (Fall Out Boy), Found A Way (Drake Bell), Come Rain Come Shine (Tata Young), The Take Over, The Break's Over (Fall Out Boy), Spaceman (The Killers), Hey Boys and Girls (Evermore)


    My pick: My Love - Westlife
    Grammy: Beautiful Day - U2

    I first heard Westlife's "My Love" in a music store outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia soon after the single was released. I purchased it after asking a music store worker what the song was, and to this day I still enjoy the song. However, U2's Beautiful Day is undoubtedly one of this era's outstanding and defining songs and since I downloaded it in 2004 it has remained a regular part of the iTunes rotation. In terms of play count, it ranks as #4 from the year 2000.

    Verdict: Beautiful Day - U2


    My pick: In The End - Linkin Park
    Grammy: Walk On - U2

    In The End is the only song I have from 2001 to have recorded over 100 plays (196 in total). It is of course one of Linkin Park's best songs, overshadowed only by Numb and Breaking The Habit. But Walk On carries much more meaning, it is an uplifting song that was originally dedicated to Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and after the September 11 attacks became synonymous with Americans remaining united and strong.

    Verdict: Walk On - U2


    My pick: By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Grammy: Don't Know Why - Norah Jones

    It could be said that 2002 wasn't the strongest year in music. Stand outs for me include new singles by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matchbox Twenty and the debut album of Avril Lavigne "Let Go". While "By The Way" by Red Hot Chili Peppers was a comfortable play count leader in my iTunes library, Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" definitely got more plays back in 2002-03 when I used Winamp 3 - long before I moved over to iTunes.

    Verdict: Complicated - Avril Lavigne


    My pick: Numb - Linkin Park
    Grammy: Clocks - Coldplay

    2003 was a step in the right direction after an underwhelming 2003. Delta Goodrem broke on to the scene in Australia with a lazy 4 number one singles. From America, it was Linkin Park's "Meteora" album which deserves mention. "Numb", "Breaking The Habit" and "Faint" all feature heavily in the play counts (471, 246 and 62 respectively) and for that reason "Numb" is a clear winner for 2003. Innocent Eyes by Delta Goodrem deserves an honourable mention for its longevity, receiving the majority of its 147 plays this year alone.

    Verdict: Numb - Linkin Park


    My pick: Somebody Told Me - The Killers
    Grammy: Here We Go Again - Ray Charles and Norah Jones

    Wasn't 2004 a ripper when it comes to music? I have over 100 songs from that year, including "This Love" by Maroon 5, "From The Sea" by Eskimo Joe and "It's Too Late" by Evermore, but more importantly several good albums. Let's look at some of the albums.

    The Killers debut album, "Hot Fuss" was released. While most people tend to associate The Killers first album with "Mr Brightside" or even "Smile Like You Mean It", I feel the standout hit is the infectious, Vegas influenced "Somebody Told Me" which one music magazine credited 2004's best line to; "Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year". Somehow, "Somebody Told Me" hardly made an impact on the charts - 3 in England, 17 in Australia and 51 in America. It has made an impact on me though, being my second most played song of all time to date, charting 669 plays. From the same album, "Mr Brightside" clocks in at 179 players while "Smile Like You Mean It" comes in third with 132. "Midnight Show" with 95, is the only other song to come near the three figures.

    "I Believe" was the debut English album of Asia's queen of pop - born to an American father and a Thai mother - Tata Young. A genuine pop album, "I Believe" was also the title track. The song has stood the test of time - so far at least - and just as recently as 2007 was used as the theme song for the Asian Cup in soccer. Despite not breaking into the American market, "I Believe" (the album) was a major success throughout Asia including Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. One of the singles, titled "Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy" (130 plays in iTunes) was considered too explicit for the Malaysian market and was retitled "Sexy, Naughty, Cheeky".

    Meanwhile, James Blunt's upfront album "Back To Bedlam" hit the ground running also. "You're Beautiful" (163 plays) and "Goodbye My Lover" (91 plays) - which I clearly remember were well performed on Saturday Night Live when Dane Cook was hosting - lead the way, followed by "High" on 84 plays.

    Verdict: Somebody Told Me - The Killers


    My pick: Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy
    Grammy: Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

    2005 was a continuation of the good work - or the foundation laid by - 2004 in music. Fall Out Boy hit the big time, as did Panic! At The Disco. But it is the work of someone else who deserves a leading mention; Drake Bell for his debut album "Telegraph". While FOB's "Dance, Dance" edged him out for my most played song of that year iTunes, extenuating circumstances will see both Fall Out Boy and Drake Bell share the 2005 verdict. Taking into account that "Dance, Dance" has been in iTunes for several years (633 plays) and Drake Bell's "Found A Way" has only been listed since February 25, 2009 for 507 plays - and that I used to listen to "I Found A Way" extensively in 2004 on Musicmatch Jukebox (like in my 2002 comment, this was well before I made the switch to iTunes) I think that ultimately both songs are on equal footing.

    That years Grammy went to Green Day, with "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" scoring 55 plays for me. An honourable mention goes to Panic! At The Disco for "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" which with 306 plays would have been a clear winner in some other years.

    Verdict: Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy; Found A Way - Drake Bell


    My pick: Come Rain Come Shine - Tata Young
    Grammy: Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks

    Tata Young released her second English album, "Temperature Rising" in 2006. Arguably, "El Nin Yo!" and "Zoom" are the most recognisable singles to Tata fans, but the third single "Come Rain Come Shine" is simply a runaway favourite for me. Not only on the album, but in my entire iTunes library. With 700 plays, it is my top played song of all time. And almost 300 plays clear of its closest 2006 rival.

    There were quite a few albums to be pleased with coming from 2006. The Killers follow-up album "Sam's Town", which I liked a lot despite most people giving it negative reviews, Red Hot Chili Peppers latest effort "Stadium Arcadium" which most people agree is fantastic, Daughtry's self titled debut album, and from outside the mainstream circuit; Drake Bell's second album "I Know" and Mazarin's "We're Already There".

    So which songs standout? I will simply list my top 10 for the year... most of which graced by iTunes Top 25 Most Played at some point (the first seven still do), not coincidentally because I first used iTunes in 2006: Come Rain Come Shine (Tata Young), Makes Me Happy (Drake Bell), For Energy Infinite (Mazarin), Bones (The Killers), When You Were Young (The Killers), Dani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bring It On Back (Jet), It's Not Over (Daughtry), Light Surrounding You (Evermore), Read My Mind (The Killers).

    Verdict: Come Rain Come Shine - Tata Young


    My pick: The Take Over, The Break's Over - Fall Out Boy
    Grammy: Rehab - Amy Winehouse

    2007 was a solid year dominated by Fall Out Boy's sophomore effort "Infinity on High". It brought us such hits as the universally recognised "Thanks for the Memories" (or should I say "Thnks fr th Mmrs"), the chart-topper "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" (#1 on the Billboard Pop 100, #2 on the Hot 100), and the epic "The Take Over, The Break's Over". Infinity on High may not be everybody's thing, but it is my favourite release of 2007.

    Looking purely at the numbers, "The Take Over, The Break's Over" is my #3 top played song (in history), followed by "Thnks fr the Mmrs" at #5 and "This Ain't A Scene" at #17.

    Also deserving of a mention is "Tranquilize" (#14) from Sawdust - the 2007 album by The Killers consisting of B-sides, remixes and bits and pieces. It's no Hot Fuss, Sam's Town or Day & Age, but Sawdust was a handy release to tide the public over until the next original release.

    "Grace Kelly" by Mika just scrapes into the top 25, coming in at #25. As for that years Grammy winner, maybe it's best left unsaid.

    Verdict: The Take Over, The Break's Over - Fall Out Boy


    My pick: Spaceman - The Killers
    Grammy: Please Read the Letter - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

    2008 saw three of my favorite acts release new material. Tata Young was first up at the beginning of the year with her Thai release of One Love. Rather than rehashing old material, you can read my thoughts about that album in my previously submitted album review.

    It was the the new albums from The Killers and Fall Out Boy which caught my attention. In November, The Killers put out Day & Age. Ultimately, I don't think the album has caught the imagination of the public in the same way as their previous albums have. None of the widespread publicity that Hot Fuss received, nor the publicity through criticism (which I think is unjustified anyway) of Sam's Town. But either way, Day & Age did produce two standout hits. "Human" is epic, and would at the very least make most people's preliminary lists for the top songs of the decade. "Spaceman" is arguably a better, more well-rounded song - it charted, but not as highly as "Human".

    Fall Out Boy's "Folie a Deux" - a madness shared by two - similarly unearthed some fantastic songs. The fact that it has produced no less than ten "100+'ers" including a lazy five "200+'ers" in my iTunes play count speaks volumes. "I Don't Care" is classic Fall Out Boy - much in the same vein as "Thnks fr th Mmrs" or "Sugar, We're Going Down", while "20 Dollar Nose Bleed", "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet" (yes, it is based on Pete Rose - see the video clip) and "Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes" (detox just to retox) are other fast paced tracks which underperformed on the charts for reasons I do not know and can't explain. "What a Catch, Donnie" almost has the feeling of a tribute track, paying respects to half-a-dozen of their hits in the lyrics. Pete Wentz has publicly stated that he would be happy to have "What a Catch" as their final song - but I still can't see Fall Out Boy disbanding, not at this stage. They - like The Killers - have yet to dominate the Billboard charts, and at this point in their careers the window is still well and truly open.

    Other coups for 2008 include the unbelievably successful "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay, the Kings of Leon breakout hit "Sex on Fire", as well as the Gabriella Cilmi hit "Sweet About Me" (in Australia and UK) and iCarly theme song "Leave It All To Me" by Miranda Cosgrove and Drake Bell.

    The Grammy award went to "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Quite honestly, I have never even heard of that song. Hardly a deserving winner...

    Verdict: Spaceman - The Killers


    My pick: Hey Boys and Girls (Truth of the World, Part 2) - Evermore
    Grammy: yet to happen

    It's been a slow end to an eventful decade. There is no doubting that the most formative years of music were mid-decade (2004, 2005, 2006) but it is still disappointing that 2009 has produced only 27 tracks in my iTunes library. In comparison, 2008 had 89 tracks, 2007 had 111 tracks, 2006 had 121 tracks, 2005 had 79 tracks and 2004 had 102 tracks. Take out Tata Young's third English album "Ready For Love", and the number of 2009 songs drops to a pitiful 15.

    The year is not over yet, so there is still hope for a miraculous turnaround. Perhaps Drake Bell will step in at the last minute with a 3rd album, and the cast of Glee might be able to supply a few additional songs. We will see.

    "Hey Boys and Girls" by Evermore is a clear leader for 2009 with 188 plays, advantaged by its early year release. Even though "Don't Stop Believin'" by the cast of Glee is at 128 and still a chance of overtaking Evermore, it still appears unlikely.

    Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" and Green Day's "21 Guns", as well as Panic! At The Disco's newest single "New Perspective" are all worth mentioning. Guy Sebastian's "Like It Like That" which has rocked airwaves at home and abroad thanks to NBC using it in their summer campaign and Eskimo Joe's "Foreign Land" have also featured.

    The one album for the year, Tata Young's "Ready For Love" features a couple of good tracks in "My Bloody Valentine" and the title release "Ready For Love".

    As for the 2009 verdict, with little over 2 months remaining in the year and a fairly good chance that the Grammy award will be a non-event, I'll pencil in Evermore.

    Verdict: Hey Boys and Girls (Truth of the World, Part 2) - Evermore
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