December 22nd, 2009


20 songs

I'm frustrated by all of these "best of the decade" lists that are coming out, after only 89.5% or so of the decade has passed. But then I suddenly got the urge to write a list of my favorite songs of the past 10 years. So there you go.

These are the songs that came out since the end of 1999 that I liked enough to want to listen to them on repeat over and over when I first heard them, and then again months or years later. There are 20 only because that's how many there are, not because it's a round number or anything. Except that I'm omitting a bunch of covers of pre-1999 songs and, just for the sake of variety, a bunch of songs by The Decemberists:

20. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
19. The Decemberists - California One / Youth and Beauty Brigade
18. Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Sullivan Lane
17. Josh Ritter - Girl In The War
16. Cold War Kids - Robbers
15. The Hold Steady - Massive Nights
14. The Decemberists - The Island
13. The Hold Steady - Southtown Girls
12. The Decemberists - Sons and Daughters
11. Reel Big Fish - Turn The Radio Off
10. The Decemberists - Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
9. Cold War Kids - Hair Down
8. Mates of State - The Re-Arranger
7. Erin McKeown - Aspera
6. Live - Run To The Water
5. The Felice Brothers - Radio Song
4. Beth Orton - Conceived
3. Damien Rice - Cannonball
2. The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
1. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3