I was working on a compilation of my favorite songs of the decade when the esteemed and annoying Lou O’Bedlam challenged me to rank them in order of preference. I thought it was nuts, but I found myself with some free time and I think I’ve managed to do it. The process was surprisingly enlightening and loads of fun, so I’m putting the challenge to the universe.
This isn’t meant to be a boring, critical look at the “best” songs of the last ten years, but just the tracks you love most from this decade that used to be the future.
Remixes are cool, as are remixes and covers of old songs as long as the remix or cover was released in 2000-2009, i.e. Johnny Cash’s 2003 cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” or any of the remixes from The Beatles’ Let It Be… Naked. No live versions of old songs! Everybody’s top 13 tracks would be the entirety of Daft Punk’s Alive 2007.
This sounds daunting but it’s not that hard. If you use iTunes, for example, you can create a Smart Playlist that will compile only songs with a “Year” setting greater than 1999. You should also inspect your physical collection to make sure you didn’t forget anything.
When you’ve got the Master List, pick your favorite songs and dump them into another playlist and just listen to that playlist all the fucking time. You’ll find yourself eliminating the chaff and beginning to sort your Final List. I finished mine in just a couple of weeks. Megan Harris finished hers in just a few minutes.
Upon completion of your Final List, blog it before New Year’s Eve. Embellish in any way you like. I intend to offer close friends an enormous download of all 100 songs re-metatagged into a new album sorted in order from 100-1 with unique artwork so they can play my compilation on any software player or mobile device.
Trust me, it’s fun.
(And I know what you’re thinking, but everyone on the planet thinks the oughties started in 2000 so that’s what we’re working with.)