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. Top 5 Stereogum comments complaining about lists:

    5. I got to [insert number] and had to stop, couldn’t stop laughing!

    4. [Generic smart alec comment parodying people who go "Such a person's listed above such a person? Rabble rabble rabble!"]

    3. Lists are irrelevent.

    2. Where the hell are 311? Man, they got screwed out of this one.

    1. Whhere the hell is Bon Iver? Man, he got screwed out of this one.

  2. Also how is this list “Brit heavy”? Every time I see two consecutive places taken up by Brits the next three places at least get taken up by non-Brits!

    • Okay, let me explain it. Any list titled “Top 100″ anything (besides maybe white rappers) that has, not only multiple M & M nods, but also The Streets (and a particularly limp-wristed track by ‘em) is technically ‘Brit heavy’.

  3. This looks like one of the most boring outcomes of shuffling my Spotify

  4. Tempted to complain about “Milkshake” being ranked higher than , but I love the idea of NME’s reviews being written with that song blaring in the background…

  5. No Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch, Metric – Dead Disco, Röyksopp – Poor Leno, Goldfrapp – Strict Machine, M83 – We Own the Sky, Underworld – Crocodile, New Order – Crystal, LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends, Primal Scream – Kill All Hippies, Daft Punk – Aerodynamic, Faithless – We Come 1, Ladyhawke – My Delerium, Robyn – With Every Heartbeat, Groove Armada – Superstylin’ on that NME list.

    Shame on them!

  6. Muse, Kasabian, and Kings of Leon? I didn’t realize NME writers were all 14 years old..

  7. If a song drops in the noughts but no radio stations are around to play it, did it really exist?

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    • 6/26 is my bday! You are a shit writer. The Patriots is laughable at best. Go fuck yourself!

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        • If I was referring to the team I would’ve said the Patriots ARE laughable… I was talking about the piece of poo blog attached to your twitter you illiterate hack.

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        • You ever seen combat? Did you even serve? I did and have. I love America…sometimes. I love music all the time. And you sir are very bad at what you do.

        • “What you even talkin? Patriots fuckin the Cowboys are fuckin.”

          Hey, that’s pretty much a coherent thought!

    • Whenever you write something, I just take the ALL CAPS words and see if they form some sort of secret code sentence or two. It’s a fun game! So, let’s see what we get this time:

      “Reading, looking at fuckin. What is wrong that you, apex of short-form, this decade, kid? Maybe y’all, it, or for those to have their utterly and bone, please.”

      Almost make sense!

  9. The list should be alphabetical so that everyone stops complaining about which song is higher than which because Jesus Fucking Christ I want to tear my dick off reading this.

  10. Electric Feel > Time to Pretend

    • think back to the time you FIRST heard Time to Pretend…reconsidering that statement yet? what about the first time you heard Kids? is that blasphemy?

  11. New Slang?

  12. I love music lists! The scientific method at its finest.

  13. Hey Ya! should be number one. Mostly because it is the perfect synthesis of all pop music up to that point in time.

  14. 100. derp
    99. derp
    98. derp
    47. (!)
    Holy shit, NME! Way to go putting Toxic in there. That song is one of my all time favorites.

  15. Anyone else find NME’s undying love for Crystal Castles a little more than strange? I mean I like Crystal Castles a lot but they don’t seem like an NME group. They’re not even British!

  16. So when do they release the real #1?

  17. CSS’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above charted while there are zero Death From Above 1979 songs?

  18. I know this is a totally random gripe regarding a list but if any Doves song is going to be on this list at all, “There Goes the Fear” should be it

  19. Le Tigre ~ “Deceptacon”

  20. Young Hearts Spark Fire. Thank you for your time

  21. How are there one hundred and fifty nine eight-fourths comments in this and not a single one mentioning the greatest song ever written:

    “Titus Andronicus” by Titus Andronicus

    Shame on you. Shame on every last one of you.

  22. Art Brut “Formed A Band”
    Gorillaz ” Clint Eastwood”
    Spoon “The Way We Get By”
    Bright Eyes “Lover I Don’t Have To Love”
    Autolux “Turnstile Blues”
    I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness “According to plan”
    Sparrow House “When I’m Gone”
    Death From Above 1979 “Romantic Rights”

  23. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – ALL MY FRIENDS!?!?!?! Easily top 3!

  24. Typical NME. Maximo Park over LCD Soundsystem.

  25. Am I the first to realize that Do You Realize should be way higher than #99?

  26. I’m not entirely sure about that. You included the wimpy snoozearama Postal Service, and you chose an Idlewild song from an album other than 100 Broken Windows and a Trail of Dead song from an album other than Source Tags & Codes. Also, the Magnolia Electric Co. are basically a boring Creedence tribute band (which is too bad because Creedence was anything but boring), a fact which few people seem to have realized. If it seems like I’m being hard on you, it’s only because you had already seen an example of what not to do.

  27. Okay, seven nation army needs to be higher. Personally, i think it should be number one. It redefined rock and roll for the rest of the 2000s. Hell, every pep band in high school and college has played that song at sporting events. I was only about ten when that song came out, but I knew the first time I heard it it was going to be one of the most legendary rock songs ever written. Even the most diehard white stripes fans don’t seem to get tired of it. Anyways, most of the list needs to be rethought out. But hey, a list is made for people to complain.

  28. In regards to none of this, how has Stereogum managed to avoid ANY stories about alt-J? Write something about alt-J and forget about NME. Everyone knows NME is the US Weekly of the UK.

  29. The 30s-10s were actually fairly agreeable, though the rest of the list read as “The best average tracks of the 00s”

  30. Any song from the first three Hold Steady albums (and most of the fourth) is better than 99% of this list.

  31. Nice to see NME is on a roll with shitty lists

  32. NME get it wrong again…

  33. If these lists do anything right it is bring out the commenters to Stereogum.

    Also I love seeing AnAmPat in here…. its nice to see Videogum bleed over back into Stereogum every so often.

  34. lol at Klaxons at number 7….oh NME, you cheeky monkey! thought we wouldn’t notice!!

  35. Didn’t u forget Deerhunter?

  36. No
    St Vincent?
    Ariel Pink?
    Jay Reatard?
    Elliot Smith?
    Death from Above 1979? side… ApocNow is my fav .Mov ever. VIETNAM swear I was there
    Built To Spill?
    Cass Mccombs?
    Ween* they still put out. big fan
    Roots Manuva?
    Charlotte Gainsbourg?
    Beach House?
    Dirty Projectors?
    These New Puritans?? thought they’d be a shoe in.
    Cat Power?

  37. Blur – Out Of Time at 8?? Really?

  38. The problem with Hey-Ya, which is an admittedly great track, is that it will forever overshadow the OTHER 50 (at least) great Outkast tracks that also deserve attention.

  39. Ya know… that list is just kind of weird. Seems like a lot of the artists chosen probably released better songs during those years. *shrug*

  40. “Don’t Leave the Light On, Baby” B&S
    “Funeral” Band of Horses
    “Three Seed” Silversun
    “Carrion” British Sea Power
    “Margerine Rock” Stereolab (The North Remembers, Mary!)

  41. Cass McCombs-Aids in Africa
    Sean Nicholas Savage-Heart Wish
    Makeout Videotape-Only You
    Majical Cloudz-Animal
    Ghostface ft. GZA and Killah Priest-Purified Thoughts
    A.R.E. Weapons-Fuck What You Like
    A.R.E. Weapons-What the Fuck Do You Want?
    A.R.E. Weapons-Black Mercedes
    A.R.E. Weapons-Street Gang
    A.R.E. Weapons-Saigon Disco
    Alan Vega/A.R.E. Weapons-See Tha Light
    Grand Trine-Say It
    Dirty Beaches-True Blue
    Dirty Beaches-Lord Knows Best
    Jom Comyn-Crying Just for the Show
    The Famines-Free Love is Not a Sales Technique
    Apollo Ghosts-Money Has No Heart
    The Soupcans-I Don’t Wanna Be A Soupcan
    Bloodshot Bill-I’ll Know
    Eric Copeland-Fun Dink Death
    Eric Copeland-UFOS Over Vamphire City
    Jennifer Castle-Poor as Him
    Tyvek-Air Conditioner
    U.S. Girls-If These Walls Could Talk
    Slim Twig-Priscilla
    Oman Ra II-Jimmy Melvin
    Ty Segall-Girlfriend
    Ty Segall-You Make the Sun Fry
    Tonetta-My Bro
    Danny Brown-Monopoly
    The Group Sound-Moon
    Brazilian Money-Party Til I’m Dead
    Animal Collective-Kids on Holiday
    Panda Bear-Comfy in Nautica
    TV Baby-Do Me Like That
    The Outdoorsmen-Tell Yr Folks

  42. I mean the Famines-Free Love is a Sales Technique

    The Walkmen-In the New Year
    Gucci Mane-Lemonade
    Vitalic-The Past
    Morrissey-You Have Killed Me
    Cold Cave-Love Comes Close
    Loretta Lynn-The Van Lear Rose

  43. Not to hate on Beyonce, because I really do like most of her stuff, but “Crazy in Love” is not nearly as awesome as mainstream music types would have you believe.

  44. Alright I agree that lots of great songs are missing, but that being said can someone make a YouTube playlist of all them for me please? First to do so gets some nostalgia with a side of hazy memories.

  45. As usual Stereogum lists are not to be taken seriously.

  46. The fact that this list came out two and a half years late absolves it of any and all credibility

  47. I’m sure this would probably cause the apocalypse, but considering how Stereogum has been alive and kicking for most of the 00s, would you (the mythical writers at SG) consider doing a counterlist?

    You can recruit Scott, his DMB post obviously shows that he is completely immune to slander from the comments section

  48. 702 – Where My Girls

  49. Hilarious… if you choose Beyonce for #1, why don’t you include Shakira or Bieber in your little list?, the three of them are the same shit. Is it because she is Jay Z’s wife? I really don’t get you NME.

    • Crazy in love is a great song, uptempo not mean it is bad. Obviously you do not know to recognize a good song. Rolling Stones put crazy in love nr 3. haha
      matter that she is Jay Z’s wife??? dumb!!
      the only shit that you … and Bieber of course.

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