NME's 100 Best Tracks Of The '00s

NME’s newest decade-spanning list, the 100 Best Tracks Of The “Oughties,” is about as Brit-heavy as you’d expect; well, at least until the top ten. I was going to complain about the list’s heinous lack of Destiny’s Child songs until … you’ll see. Check out their rankings and air your grievances in the comments!

100 Maximo Park – “Apply Some Pressure”
99 Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize”
98 Morrissey – “Irish Blood, English Heart”
97 Sugababes – “Round Round”
96 Crystal Castles – “Crimewave”
95 The Killers – “These Things That I’ve Done”
94 Animal Collective – “My Girls”
93 The Big Pink – “Dominos”
92 Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
91 CSS – “Make Love And Listen To Death From Above”
90 Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”
89 Beck – “Chemtrails”
88 The Horrors – “Sea Within A Sea”
87 Black Lips – “O Katrina!”
86 Foals – “Spanish Sahara”
85 Yeasayer – “Sunrise”
84 Pulp – “Bad Cover Version”
83 Destiny’s Child – “Independent Women Part 1”
82 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
81 Antony & The Johnsons – “Hope There’s Someone”
80 The Futureheads – “Hounds Of Love”
79 Muse – “Plug In Baby”
78 Glasvegas – “Daddy’s Gone”
77 The Cribs – “Men’s Needs”
76 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
75 TV On The Radio – “Staring At The Sun”
74 Kylie Minogue – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
73 Eminem – “Without Me”
72 The Knife – “Heartbeats”
71 Kelis – “Milkshake”
70 Primal Scream – “Accelerator”
69 Super Furry Animals – “Slow Life”
68 Kings Of Leon – “Red Morning Light”
67 The Vines – “Highly Evolved”
66 Friendly Fires – “Paris”
65 Wolfman – “For Lovers”
64 Jamie T – “Sheila”
63 Babyshambles – “Fuck Forever”
62 Spiller – “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)”
61 Amy Winehouse – “Back To Black”
60 Regina Spektor – “Us”
59 Interpol – “Evil”
58 Radiohead – “Everything In Its Right Place”
57 Elbow – “One Day Like This”
56 The Coral – “Dreaming Of You”
55 The xx – “Islands”
54 Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago”
53 The Libertines – “Time For Heroes”
52 La Roux – “In For The Kill”
51 Daft Punk – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
50 Kasabian – “Empire”
49 Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
48 Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”
47 Britney Spears – “Toxic”
46 Lily Allen – “Smile”
45 Dizzee Rascal – “Fix Up, Look Sharp”
44 Battles – “Atlas”
43 Coldplay – “Clocks”
42 Gossip – “Standing In The Way Of Control”
41 The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
40 Kanye West – “Gold Digger”
39 Girls Aloud – “Sound Of The Underground”
38 Doves – “The Cedar Room”
37 Crystal Castles – “Alice Practice”
36 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
35 At The Drive-In – “One Armed Scissor”
34 The Hives – “Hate To Say I Told You So”
33 Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
32 Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind”
31 Bloc Party – “Banquet”
30 Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
29 LCD Soundystem – “Losing My Edge”
28 Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”
27 Justice Vs. Simian – “We Are Your Friends”
26 Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
25 Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”
24 Doves – “There Goes The Fear”
23 Muse – “Knights Of Cydonia”
22 The Strokes – “Last Nite”
21 The White Stripes – “Fell In Love With A Girl”
20 Hot Chip – “Over And Over”
19 Radiohead – “Reckoner”
18 Outkast – “Ms. Jackson”
17 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”
16 Rihanna – “Umbrella”
15 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Bang”
14 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
13 The Walkmen – “The Rat”
12 The Streets – “Dry Your Eyes”
11 The Libertines – “Can’t Stand Me Now”
10 Arctic Monkeys – “A Certain Romance”
09 Arcade Fire – “Rebellion (Lies)”
08 Blur – “Out Of Time”
07 Klaxons – “Golden Skans”
06 The Rapture – “House Of Jealous Lovers”
05 Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
04 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
03 The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”
02 MGMT – “Time To Pretend”
01 Beyonce – “Crazy In Love”

NME’s other lists:

The entire 100 Best Tracks Of The ’00s features with blurbs can be scoped at NME.

Comments (222)
  1. how is “Reckoner” better than “Idioteque” or “Everything in It’s Right Place?”

    • A sly declaration of new classic status slipped in with some old, safe ones. Very PUSSY.

      • I love both of those songs, but I honestly think “Reckoner” is an overlooked contender for best Radiohead song. I know that a lot of Radiohead fans think “In Rainbows” was a step down from the genius of their more experimental work, but for me, its just mid-blowing what Radiohead can do when they play with pop idioms, and that’s why I am deranged enough to say “In Rainbows” is better than “Kid A.”

        Also: Thom Yorke has been in denial about his own marketability since the mid-90s, but his voice is PRETTY whether he likes it or not, and “Reckoner” is surely the closest he’ll ever come to singing R&B.

          • “I will see you in the next life” is maybe my favorite moment in music. It’s all a lead up to that. An album closing (besides the end-end of song 10 on Kid A) moment that is a wisp of pure bliss. It doesn’t get much better than that. There’s a definite reason such a song doesn’t make it on a list like this, but boy, it’s still a great one. I agree with Mr. Chan.

        • I agree with you Matt but. Idioteque is still better.

        • I *love* ‘In Rainbows,’ and Radiohead’s my favorite band, so, yeah. Personally, I’d probably go with “15 Steps” or “Arpeggi” as my favorite track from that album, but the whole thing’s pretty fantastic, top-to-bottom. In retrospect, you’re right about it being less experimental but no less amazing.

        • I agree with Reckoner being one of Radiohead’s best songs, but I’d say as far as “the closest he’ll ever come to singing R&B”, I’m gonna give that one to House of Cards.

    • Reckoner is best since 2000, but yeah, Idioteque, There, There, I Might Be Wrong, Motion Picture Soundtrack, Knives Out, You and Whose Army, Nude, National Anthem, Weird Fishes, are all better than EIIRP. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that i’ve heard it at EVERY rh show i’ve seen since 2000.

      Also, does True Love Waits count? Played before 2000, but released after on the IMBW live disc.

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    • I don’t really get ranking things in list form but if there was any song that was deserving of the title of best song of the 00′s it would probably be Hey Ya.

      (And that M.I.A. song is also really great.)

      • Hey Ya would have been my vote.

      • There are very few objectively true statements in pop music criticism, but “‘Hey Ya’ was the best song released between 2000-2009″ is one of them.

        • This is science fact.

        • I don’t think “Hey Ya” was even the best Outkast song on “The Love Below” … let alone of the album /their 00′s career / that decade. “B.O.B.”, “Ms. Jackson,” “Roses” are all better choices, even if we had to stick with singles.

          As someone who has performed “Hey Ya” at more than one karaoke night I can’t deny that its a great tune, but as someone who has loved Outkast for a long time its sort of sad that its the song they’ll be remembered for, since its not at all indicative of how genius they were. What Dre, Tupac did for West Coast rap during the 90s, what Biggie and Wu-Tang did for the East … thats what Outkast did for the South.


    • MORE like because OF EXAGGERATION without representation, AM I RIGHT?

      BUT seriously NME is one OF THE SHITTIEST magazines I’VE EVER read.

  3. Hmm same number one as VH1 . I like Crazy In Love, but it never popped to me as one of the very top songs of the decade, even in concerns to popular songs. Pretty interesting list I might actually like it better than the 90′s list even though I feel like the 90′s had overall better music.

  4. Hmm same number one as VH1 . I like Crazy In Love, but it never popped to me as one of the very top songs of the decade, even in concerns to popular songs. Pretty interesting list I might actually like it better than the 90′s list even though I feel like the 90′s had overall better music.

    • Might of spoken too soon, but there are some good memories on the list still. I don’t really understand their Eminem choices, especially Without Me being so high and including Milkshake is a little silly.

  5. Early 00′s hip hop really got the shaft here

  6. NME’s top 100 britpop/rock songs of the 2000s.

  7. No Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch? Uh-uh. That’s bad.

  8. Robyn – “Dancing on My Own”

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  10. command+f
    “fleet foxes”
    not found – that doesn’t seem right

  11. Wolf Parade — “I’ll Believe In Anything”

    Not surprised it’s not on this list but it deserves to be in this thread.

  12. And Yeah Yeah Yeah’s best track in that time frame is ‘Bang’? Well okay then.

  13. You know, I was beginning to miss seeing NME in the Most Commented section…

  14. Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”

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  16. needs more LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends to be exact

  17. “And I Was a Boy From School” is a head above everything else Hot Chip has ever made (and I like Hot Chip). Ridiculous another Hot Chip song is included over that one.

  18. Sugababes – Freak Like Me is a million times better than Round Round.

    • Because it had that Gary Numan – “Cars” sample…

      • Or what some people call “Are Friends Electric?”- but seriously, the original Richard X mashup with the Adina Howard vocals is the best classic mash of all time.

        I would not have minded a Goldfrapp tune, or for that matter “Since K Got Over Me” by the Clientele. I appreciate that they appreciate “The Rat”. Some personal faves from that era that I wouldn’t expect, but are worth a mention “Portions For Foxes”/”It’s a Hit” Rilo Kiley, about 20 New Porngraphers songs, Okkervil River, a few other In Rainbows songs, Band of Horses “The Funeral”

  19. Amerie – “1 Thing” ABSOLUTELY

  20. Basement Jaxx – “Romeo”

  21. “Fuck Forever” is a classic.

  22. I’m not the biggest Modest Mouse fan, but where the hell is “Float On” ?

  23. Thought a British publication would be all over something like Burial’s “Archangel”.

    • They should be. Our magazines are shite.

      • The Quietus and The Stool Pigeon are pretty good! So are many of the free ones in the back of (independent) record shops. I recently picked up a new one called The Beat Juice which was pretty cool.

    • Definitely. The more time goes by, the more Burial’s first two look like absolute masterpieces, and the best of the decade. I remember how Radiohead seemed like the most important decade as time wore on. Now, Burial’s taken that mantle. Shame on NME, their list looks old-fashioned.

  24. Justin Timberlake – “My Love”, Kelly Clarkson – “Since You Been Gone”, Daft Punk – “Digital Love”, R. Kelly “Ignition (remix)”, Bombs Over Baghdad???!!!!

    trying to be more economical and not clog up so much space

  25. Aaliyah – Try Again.

  26. If ‘The Rat’ isn’t at No.1 then it’s a stupid list. Simple.

  27. Seriously? Talk about lowering your standards. There’s some really lousy pics on that list.

  28. First of all, Crazy In Love as the best song of the decade is a complete misnomer. Second of all, not including the Gorillaz on this list renders it completely useless and ignorant.

  29. grizzly bear?!? phoenix?!?!?

  30. Two Weeks? The National-songs? Gorillaz? Turn on the bright lights-stuff? Hit The City?

  31. Listen, I know Wilco isn’t necessarily a single-centric band, but their absence on this list is a gross miscalculation.

  32. I am happy to see that Doves Cedar Room was shown some love. I would have placed Radiohead in the top ten for sure. As for Kasabian I don’t know how it even made it on here.

  33. As long as The Real Slim Shady made it, all is right.

  34. what is this list? random NME editor’s ipod put on shuffle for 100 spots?

  35. Panda Bear – Bros

  36. Not a bad list… very predictable for NME.

    Why does everyone insist upon criticizing it and/or recommending songs that should be on it? Everyone’s taste is different. The only reason I care about these lists is to find the handful of songs I might not have heard so I can improve my musical horizons…

  37. I never read these lists, but to stay informed, I just scroll through the comments to see the glaring omissions.

    Much more entertaining than trying to figure it out on my own. Thanks, friends!

  38. Blur’s Out of Time really is a great track. Think Tank is truly an underrated classic.

  39. Listing songs is pointless when encompassing a whole decade. But this list is especially bad at even picking individual artists best songs from the decade… Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and the White Stripes for example.

  40. this list is pure crap. Bang over Maps for YYY’s? wow..

  41. 82 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”

    Rest of list ignored.

    • Seriously. I love the pre-whatever album that’s from Kings of Leon, and seeing as how the Brits have been all up on KOL’s jock since their inception, you’d think they pick one of their great early tracks. ANY song from any album or EP prior to that “breaking lightbulb” album is better than that [crap].

  42. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros? Hit me with some Clash members!

    Or yeah, just make the whole list KoL… you know you had to restrain yourself not to, NME.

  43. I’d never expect NME to include it, but for purely for me, Beach House – Gila.

  44. Postal Service: Such great heights. or something by them.

  45. should be retitled ” the 100 most important songs to 2000-2010 british culture per the viewpoint/agenda of NME.”

    i mean, come on, “best?” how the hell do you possibly do that? being as it is that my iTunes is largely made up of albums from 2000 onward, i could go in there and easily select at least 500 songs for you, right now, that in my opinion are extraordinarily good and arguably belong on a list like this. and really random shit, too; there’s tons of great songs out there that were never singles, or even popular for that matter. i’m sure all of you could do the same.

    • “should be retitled ‘the 100 most important songs to 2000-2010 british culture per the viewpoint/agenda of NME.’” – i think that was implied

  46. Thank god Sufjan Stevens made it.

  47. Kanye’s best song is Gold Digger? What?

    Am I doing it right guys?

  48. Which version of this list are they on at this point — v. 8.2 or something?

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