Ten Best Tracks from the Noughties

by Laurent Kelly

It was the decade that truly made good on the Andy Warhol quote that “everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes” with the influx of reality television bringing us several carbon-copy and heavily manufactured stars, the majority of which were in the limelight for about seven months before sizzling out and making way for the new batch.  We heard more and more artists sounding the same and controversy creating cash but amongst all the trash there were some gems that standout from the noughties. Here are my ten favourite from the decade.

Honorable Mention: Kasabian – Club Foot

Quite simply the best, most addictive beat of the last ten years.

10.) THE WHITE STRIPES – SEVEN NATION ARMY


A joyfully energetic modern rock tunewith an incredible riff and wonderfully frenzied instrumental outbursts.

 

9.) THE ENEMY – NO TIME FOR TEARS

A vital, pounding rock record which maintains throughout a ferocious, raw energy.

 

8.) LA ROUX – BULLETPROOF


Really cool eighties inspired track with shouty, intense vocals that accompany a fantastic techno-fused tune.

 

 

7.) NIRVANA – YOU KNOW YOU’RE RIGHT


A lost Nirvana record resurfaced in 2005 to painfully remind everyone of just how much better rock music in the early to mid nineties with this haunting, powerful and chaotic blast of self-indulgent brilliance. It has a rebellious, hard edge that is becoming an increasing rarity within the current watered down generation.

 

6.) EMINEM – LOSE YOURSELF

An awesomely constructed, inspirational and pentrating rap anthem which continues to build in vivid intensity throughout. The tune captures the vitality of the big moment at the heart of the song’s subject matter and the unrelenting lyrical passages brilliantly capture and explain the importance of the moment itself. A truly great record.

 

 

5.) ALICIA KEYS – FALLING


A wonderful gospel infused ballad which best shows Alicia’s stunning vocal range. More than just having incredible range however she has that vocal gift of making herself sound vulnerable and human which is sorely missing in so many of todays mainstream artists.

 

4.) U2 – IN A LITTLE WHILE

Apparently the song that Joey Ramone was listening to as he died and not a bad tune to bow out to. This effortlessly simple love note is taken to an extra dimension through one of Bono’s finest hours as a vocalist.

 

 

3.) OUTKAST – MS JACKSON

Intoxicating production values help create an unforgettable tune accompanied by meaningful and passionately driven vocals and lyrics. One of those songs that really gets in your head but in a good way.

 

2.) NO DOUBT – IT’S MY LIFE


An excellent cover given great personality and edge by Gwen Stefani. The build towards the chorus and the singer’s resulting emotional outpour is simply sublime.

 

1.) MIA – PAPER PLANES


An intelligently crafted, politically resonate tune with an awesome sample taken from The Clash’s Straight to hellin a record stacked with well incoporated soundeffects and filled with hard hitting emotion. Brilliantly captures the mindset of an increasingly violent, plastic and immorally violent youth culture.

 


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