Monday, August 24, 2009

Best Song of the Decade?

It's a few days old now, but I still haven't quite formed the words to respond to Pitchfork's definitive list of the Top 500 tracks of the last decade. It's crazy enough when you realize that we're literally just a couple months away from 2010, but crazier still when you realize that this short amount of time now qualifies as an official, poorly named, decade.
Anyway, Pitchfork P2K: The Decade in Music has been counting things down for the rest of us, and has decided that the number one track of the last 10 years is OutKast's 2000-hit "B.O.B." (yes, that's Bombs Over Baghdad). I do really love that song. It's fantastic in rollicking scope and scale, particularly when it gets to that eye of the storm break of breathless chanting "Bob your head, rag top", but i'm not so sure it belongs at the very top of the list. If you told me OutKast was at #1, I would have predicted monster hit "Hey Ya!" (which also made it into the Top 20) to be the winner. Granted this is Pitchfork we're talking about, and if it were any other publication that would probably be the case, but as it stands, "B.O.B." is the winner. I'll agree, it's a better song by far, and less played out, but what would you say? It's a pretty good round up, and fun to see songs like "Heartbeat" (which i love love loved for all of 2004) so close to "99 Problems". But i would argue that some degree of greatness is dependent on audience and influence, and that while The Walkmen are good, 75% of my friends wouldn't be able to pick them out of a line-up. Check out the list of the Top 20 and throw your opinion into the ring.
Pitchfork's 20 Greatest Songs Of The '00s
20 The Walkmen - "The Rat" (2004)
19 R. Kelly - "Ignition (Remix)"
18 Hercules and Love Affair - "Blind" (2008)
17 Annie -"Heartbeat" (2004)
16 The Rapture - "House of Jealous Lovers" (2002)
15 The Knife - "Heartbeats" (2002)
14 Jay-Z - "99 Problems" (2003)
13 LCD Soundsystem - "Losing My Edge" (2002)
12 OutKast - "Hey Ya!" (2003)
11 Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy" (2005)
10 Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" (2004)
09 Animal Collective - "My Girls" (2009)
08 Radiohead - "Idioteque" (2000)
07 Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On" (2001)
06 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (2003)
05 Daft Punk - "One More Time" (2000)
04 Beyoncé [ft. Jay-Z] - "Crazy in Love" (2003)
03 M.I.A. (Feat. Bun B and Rich Boy) - "Paper Planes (Diplo Remix)" (2007)
02 LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends" (2007)
01 OutKast - "B.O.B." (2000)

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