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As you may have noticed, Pitchfork launched their P2K: The Decade In Music feature this week, opening the gate with The Top 500 Tracks Of The 2000s. Before you complain the decade isn’t done just yet, the folks at Pitchfork note “[I]n early 2010, if you aren’t sick to death of reading 10 million lists about the decade and the current year, come back and we’ll have added an addendum with a few of our favorite songs from the next few months.” No worries, we’ll never be sick of lists. As far as this one, the choices are simply listed for 500 to 201; you start getting those “short critical” blurbs at 200. (And if you pull the list’s top 15 tracks from this year — there are only 15 songs from 2009 in the entire 500 — you have at least a partial a preview of P4K’s Top 20 songs of 2009 for their impending year-end list … so far. Which we’ve done for you, of course.) Before we get into the choices, the entire thing also offers an interesting subtext to what’s happened to music in the last decade.

As Pitchfork notes, this massive roundup — which will also include three other lists, four essays, and a timeline — is “about what you’d get from a print magazine, but it’s free and you won’t throw it out the next time you move.” This is true. This is also why there are much fewer magazines now than when the site launched in 1995. Another reason: You can stream (and download for a small price) the majority of the songs, something you can’t do with an issue of Rolling Stone or SPIN. Instant gratification is a large (large) part of what’s made on-line publications more appealing to people than the paper kind. That, and as a reader, you’re allowed to voice your opinion to perfect strangers. Clearly.

Which brings us to the artists and songs represents on this Top 500. Chances are you’ve glanced at some of it. Chances are you’ve been overwhelmed by it. At the very least, it serves as a good reminder (in outline form) of what you might’ve been listening to in 2001: I, for one, pulled Unwound’s Leaves Turn Inside You from the shelf. (Same goes for Wolf Eyes’ more recently released Human Animal.) On a larger and purely objective scale, if you pay close attention, it offers a fun chance to unpack patterns and tendencies from a time we’ve all lived through (and listened to). There’s a lot of Belle & Sebastian. Radiohead beats out Coldplay 4-2. Kanye West, Animal Collective, Missy Elliott, OutKast, and Jay-Z clearly ruled the decade. (And the inclusion of Animal Collective in that lineup’s fascinating beyond a so and so is > than so and so thing.) Or, you’ll find great unspoken moments like Bat For Lashes’ “Daniel” at 206 and Lily Allen’s “Smile” at 205 or Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is The Move” at 115 and Aaliyah’s “We Need a Resolution” at 111. Seeing Elliott Smith a few spots from Pains Of Being Pure to make you realize 10 years is a longtime. Seeing “Hollaback Girl” at 180 and “Skinny Love” at 179 makes me think your record collection is more varied than your parent’s record collection. “Young Folks” only made it to 84. It’s a secret history for music nerds.

On a more subjective scale, there’s a lot I find confusing. As I’m sure you will, too. I like the surprises that show up in the dregs of the list — Comets On Fire, Lightning Bolt, Earth, Jesu. The problem here — and this happens often with these sorts of lists — as you get closer to the top 50, things get more conservative and predictable (unless they get unpredictable in a very predictable way, natch). Which is where we find this top 20. It’s ushered in by Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” which just misses out at 21. Oh, about that predictable unpredictability? The top track’s by a group you might expect at the top spot but via a different song. I’ve already said too much. Now it’s up to you:

Pitchfork’s 20 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s
20 The Walkman – “The Rat” (2004)
19 R. Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)”? (2002)
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)

As far as this next one goes, “My Girls” cracked the Top 500′s Top 10. You have to go all the way to #115 to find the second song on the list (i.e. It’ll take one hell of a track to beat out AC for 2009′s top spot). All but the Top 3 are situated beyond the 200 mark.

Pitchfork’s Top 15 Songs Of 2009 … So Far
15 The Big Pink – “Velvet”
14 Woods- “Rain On”
13 St. Vincent – “The Strangers”
12 Kid Cudi vs. Crookers – “Day ’N Night (Remix)”
11 The Walkmen – “In the New Year”
10 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Young Adult Friction”
09 Camera Obscura – “French Navy”
08 Japandroids – “Young Hearts Spark Fire”
07 Antony and the Johnsons – “Aeon”
06 Grizzly Bear – “While You Wait for the Others”
05 Phoenix – “1901″
04 Bat for Lashes – “Daniel”
03 Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”
02 Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is The Move”
01 Animal Collective – “My Girls

You can dig into the list and find additional patterns at P4K.

 
Comments (307)
  1. dickface  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    3..2..1…

    • **one… two… one, two, three** YEAH!

    • steve  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2009 0

      Everybody please, in unison, repeat: “this list is s fucking joke… this list is a fucking joke… this list is a fucking joke…”

      Quit killing rock for the sake of being “hip,” you hypocritical fools.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more- the only plausible explanation for someone to actually think this list is accurate is that they must be deaf. End of.

    • bouncing  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

      first this list is shit, second animal collective is fucking terrible, hipsters, have you seen them live, one of the worst things i’ve ever witnessed, bonnaroo, i left animal collective early, saw grizzly bear and thought how the fuck does ac get any positive feedback when grizzly bear is by far actually real musicians, any of us that can play music with the right equipment could become animal collective, and i look at this list, and it’s because none of you stupid fuckers actually listen to good music, you indie fucks are destroying music, at least idioteque and outkast made it, i enjoy the walkmen as well, not a top twenty song in the better part of the decade, where’s the queens of the stone age, there’s some real music, thank god mgmt didn’t make the list

    • bouncing  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

      first this list is shit, second animal collective is fucking terrible, hipsters, have you seen them live, one of the worst things i’ve ever witnessed, bonnaroo, i left animal collective early, saw grizzly bear and thought how the fuck does ac get any positive feedback when grizzly bear is by far actually real musicians, any of us that can play music with the right equipment could become animal collective, and i look at this list, and it’s because none of you stupid fuckers actually listen to good music, you indie fucks are destroying music, at least idioteque and outkast made it, i enjoy the walkmen as well, not a top twenty song in the better part of the decade, where’s the queens of the stone age, there’s some real music, thank god mgmt didn’t make the list

    • bouncing  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

      first this list is shit, second animal collective is fucking terrible, hipsters, have you seen them live, one of the worst things i’ve ever witnessed, bonnaroo, i left animal collective early, saw grizzly bear and thought how the fuck does ac get any positive feedback when grizzly bear is by far actually real musicians, any of us that can play music with the right equipment could become animal collective, and i look at this list, and it’s because none of you stupid fuckers actually listen to good music, you indie fucks are destroying music, at least idioteque and outkast made it, i enjoy the walkmen as well, not a top twenty song in the better part of the decade, where’s the queens of the stone age, there’s some real music, thank god mgmt didn’t make the list

      • Don’t you think it is time people stopped referring to music as real or not real?

        It’s is such a ridiculous statement!

    • Patricio Allende  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2009 0

      What about TV ON THE RADIO?????????????????????????????

  2. This would have been the perfect chance for Pitchfork to do what it should have done back in the day. Forget that The Rapture ever happened.And 500-201 presented without comment = Hey, we at Pitchfork can shuffle our Most Played too!

    Overall, fun way to kill some time.

    • joe  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

      dude, what have you got against the rapture?

      • joe  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

        look at all of the other pathetic shit on there, the rapture should be the least of your worries.

      • The Ghost of 2006  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

        The Rapture is shit, plain and simple. They’re a half-assed Gang of Four wannabe with a lead singer who sucks at singing, and not in a good way. And the lyrics? “1,2,3,4,5,6,7 I’m floating in a constant heaven?” I don’t care who you are, that’s flat-out fucking retarded.

  3. You know your list is fucked up when OutKast and LCD Soundsystem claim two spots in the top 20 songs of the decade. Reading Pitchfork has become like hate-sex.

  4. The other 499 be damned, but they got #1 right. “B.O.B.” is 5 minutes of frantic, genre-mashing insanity that sounds just as awesome today as it did in 2000(!). I can’t believe I’m saying this… nice job, P4K.

  5. I’ve been disappointed and frustrated by this list. Not the list itself, but without Pitchfork reviewing new records and songs, I have no idea what I should be listening to.

  6. Eric  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Dislike

  7. Andrew  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I’m pretty sure The Walkmen song “In the New year” came out in 08.

    • Album release was 2008, single release for “In the New Year” was 2009. But I agree, for a band like the Walkmen, singles mean absolutely nothing. It is a 2008 song, I mean, what hip NYE party didn’t play it last year.

  8. Matthew  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I knew I would be unhappy with a good portion of this list but come on, no Mogwai “My Father, My King”?

  9. Marko  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    The top 20 was fairly predictable for me. Even BOB beating out Hey Ya, since it did on the 2000-04 list. The only moderate surpise was “One More Time” being at number 5. I was always under the impression the folks at Pitchfork preferred Digital Love to that one.

  10. Marko  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Contact!

  11. Abe  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    WHAT? Not a single Arctic Monkeys song on the entire list? What about “A Certain Romance,” that should have been at least in the Top 20. Now I hate this list, which is a shame, because there are some awesome songs on it.

  12. WIth a few exceptions, the top 20 is a pretty solid, albeit predictable lineup. Would have liked to see a little bit more metal and the like and less house and techno, but that’s just how my tastes align.

    The inevitable “what about these songs?” list:

    Dismemberment Plan: “Time Bomb,” “The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich”
    Ted Leo: “Me & Mia”
    Dungen: “Panda”
    Fleet Foxes: “Mykonos”
    New Pornographers: “Mass Romantic,” “Sing Me Spanish Techno”
    Neko Case: “Deep Red Bells,” “Star Witness”
    Ghostface Killah: “Run”
    Smog/Bill Callahan: “Bloodflow,” “Sycamore,” “Eid Ma Clack Shaw”
    Torche: “Across The Shields”
    Harvey Milk: “Motown”
    Les Savy Fav: “Patty Lee”
    Spoon: “Fitted Shirt,” “Lines In The Suit”
    Young Jeezy: “My Hood,” “Hypnotize”
    Animal Collective: “Who Could Win A Rabbit,” “Brother Sport”
    The Strokes: “Under Control”

    Ok, that’s it. Whatever. Overwhelming, but generally solid list.

    • Here, here!

    • I’d like to have seen Okkervil River’s “My life is a Movie or Maybe”, Rhead “15 Step” on there, but otherwise, i can’t really argue with the list. but then again, how do you argue with any list of 500 songs from the last decade? i bet i could pull any random 500 songs from the last decade and it’d be hard to argue with 75% of it. It was a great decade for music. cheers

    • mich  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2009 0

      aye, such similar brainwaves. thankyou thankyou thankyou

  13. Northern Exposure  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Without even looking I’ll say “new slang”…the beginning of the zeitgeist or what have you…

    • 50ft waves  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      Actually that was the second part of the one two punch …”know your onion” being the first part…

    • I was surprised that Kayne West’s “Flashing Lights” (#52) managed to beat out “New Slang” (#62) and even Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)” (#69). But I don’t have the energy to be mad at lists anymore. You could even say I’m listless.

  14. Doron Diamond  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I’m really surprised they didn’t include Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything”. Amazing song, and Pitchfork themselves have shown lots of love for it. Oh well.

    • Malcolm  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      Check out #95, bro.

    • Ripley  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      Fancy Claps and Shine a Light (that might have been on there, but the list is too damn long for me to check) should be on the list as well. I’d put Kissing the Beehive and Animal in Your Care on as well, but I fully admit that I like Mount Zoomer more than most.

  15. adam  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Where is ‘non-dairy creamer’ by third eye blind?

  16. cta  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Brother Sport…obviously…

  17. Garret  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    wake up-arcade fire.

  18. zik  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    You can jumble up the top 20 all you want (Lord knows I would, BOB is NOT #1), but it’s a good top 20.

    • steve  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

      Yeah, their list is pretty good if you like mainstream rap and hip hop. Nice to know our “indie” media outlets have sold out and become so mainstream. Yet, their attitude about any rock, mainstream or indie, is still completely pretentious and cutthroat. Wake up you fucking idiots! You are letting rock music die! Or, at least judge rap on the same cutthroat, pretentious level. Seriously, Rhianna’s “Umbrella” in the top 100? This list is a fucking joke.

  19. R. Kelly > TVOTR. Now I’m mad.

    • no, Kelly is better.

    • How mad? Scale of 1-10, 1 being “Oops I downloaded a bad live recording of ‘Wash the Day Away’!” and 10 being “Miley Cyrus singing on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show a purposely bad cover of ‘Staring at the Sun’ to spite Tunde, Dave, and Kyp because they wouldn’t let her meet them backstage at the Grammy’s”.

      • Miss Chalby  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2010 0

        I really find these comments (that imply the author was there to witness the alleged exchange) interesting. E.g. [blockquote]…and 10 being “Miley Cyrus singing on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show a purposely bad cover of ‘Staring at the Sun’ to spite Tunde, Dave, and Kyp because they wouldn’t let her meet them backstage at the Grammy’.s” [/blockquote] So I am assuming you witness this decision firsthand. Wow, what connections you must have!. I’m not saying you’re exaggerating, but with contacts like that, who has time to post on pitchfork?

    • R. Kelly > TVOTR idd

  20. I actually thought they did a really good job. I think an Arctic Monkeys song should have made the top 500 at least, probably not top 20, though. There are a couple of curious choices that certainly could have made way for better songs (Rachel Stevens??), but in most cases they got it right, and I?d be surprised if there aren?t 50 songs that everybody likes on this list.
    And ‘B.O.B.’ is better than ‘Hey Ya’.

  21. The extra lcd soundsystem and outkast songs should be replaced by The Moon by The Microphones and 3rd Planet by Modest Mouse

    • keith  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      Thank you! The Outkast songs are right on, but two LCD tracks? All My Friends, sure, but Modest Mouse deserve a little more credit and higher placement than #39.

      • exactly what i was thinking, if they don’t put The Moon & Antarctica in the top ten albums of the decade i will lose all respect i had pitchfork

    • crispin glover  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2009 0

      Moon is number 382 – so nowhere near the top 20. I think this song (in either version) should rank MUCH higher…

  22. QuakeShow  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I’m just not sure why Pitchfork–and many more sites, critics, listeners, etc–include mainstream pop music that could also be classified as R&B or hip-hop but refuses to include country music. I’m not a country fan myself, I find it hard to believe that there wasn’t a single mainstream country song was one of the 500 best songs of the past 10 years.

    • Bobb  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      I think they had the obligatory Johnny Cash in there. And I think they picked at least one fairly country-ish Wilco tune, if that counts.

      But you have a fair point. I’d regard Patty Griffin (“Making Pies” or “Useless Desires”) and Handsome Family (“So Much Wine,” “Your Great Journey” or “A Beautiful Thing”) pretty highly if I were to make a list.

    • steve  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

      You are exactly right. But, they have to make sure they are “hip”, like every other fucking loser commenting on how good this list is. It is acceptably cool to like mainstream rap and hip hop right now in indie circles, so hence, no country and a top 20 that looks like it could have came from Vibe magazine.

    • andrew  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2009 0

      totally agree. I’m not an aficionado, but Gillian Welch has a couple of great albums this decade, including her best, which is called ‘Time (The Revelator)’, and a lot of people seemed to like Van Lear Rose, although I didn’t think it was all it’s cracked up to be.

      Also, JAZZ DUDE. WHY NO JAZZ?

    • EtcEtcEtc  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2009 0

      Wow, this is one of the few legitimate points I’ve ever seen in contention to these lists.

      Bravo sir, you’re right. Like another said, if I were to put together a list I’d have at least Patty Griffin (No Bad News),

  23. Ben  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    No “Fake Empire”? That song was a game-changer.

  24. vlad  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    As always with Pitchfork, the ranking seems entirely arbitrary, but their short write-ups for each song do a great job of placing both the songs and the decade in context.

    Plus, the top 20 make for one hell of a mixtape.

  25. lance  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    WTF? No Neko Case in the top 100 (New Pornographers don’t count). This list is shit. Pitchfork, you are officially dead to me!

  26. pph  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Really????????????

  27. monsterBL  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Overall, this list made it a fun week looking back at the decade in music…a decade where I went to college in 2001 and the start of me really branching out, in terms of music, from punk rock. This, of course, is directly related to spending hours on the internet, with my very own computer, downloading music in between classes.
    Pitchfork’s Greatest 500 definitely has a lot in common with what soundtracked my decade, but, at the same time, far from my favorite tracks. I went jumped out of my for Black Lips’ “Boomerrang”. and dragged all my unsuspecting friends to Man Man and Deerhunter shows. This was also a decade of discovering older music. Stuff from the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s…Nuggets, Suicide, Sonic Youth, etc. (I could go on forever) .
    I cringed every time I heard “Since You’ve Been Gone” at the gym and went rolled my eyes whenever I heard “Ignition”. But, those tracks where everywhere! And MOST people loved them! Like Pitchfork said, it’s like classic rock radio, it gets predictable what songs are going to up top because that’s how most people remember the decade.
    For me, my hard drives resemble the my top tracks of the decade in music.

  28. zxcvb  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I think it’s only singles — the list title notwithstanding.

    “Crazy in Love”? Ugh. Hey look we’re not snobs! We like shitty music, too!

  29. "only by the night" sucked donkey balls.   |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    as much as i hated “only by the night”, there should be at least one KOL song off of either “youth and young manhood” or “aha shake heartbreak”. i don’t really understand why p4k hates them so much.

    btw where’s the arctic monkeys love?

  30. The only crap I hear every blog go on and on about is Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors this year. Take note now people…they are vastly over-rated and none of these bands should be in the Top 20′s of anything at the moment. Maybe Animal Collective could be an exception but not with any of their new material.

    • Bob K.  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      I’m don’t think AC, GB, or DP are among the very best albums of the year (well, maybe DP), but that’s more a testament to how great a year in music it’s been than it’s a testament to how overrated those bands are.

    • I wouldn’t say overrated, I would say they get too much press coverage. Animal Collective pretty much splits critics and listeners. Grizzly Bear…Well, really doesn’t like them? Dirty Projectors, I don’t think they get that much coverage – at least not as much as AC and GB. I would also say that Radiohead get quite an excessive amount of coverage too.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love these bands but maybe it’s time for another other talented bands to be in the spotlight. and please, not Wavves.

  31. mike  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    yea, that is extremely disappointing as is the snub of arcade fire – wake up

  32. turd  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    okay… my list.
    number one-freeway by kurt vile
    number two-cents by ty segall
    number three- the turn around by thee oh sees
    number four- okay nevermind… there’s my top three

  33. Andy Pants  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Fair play on a lot of the choices….but really what is the motivation for smattering utter crap throughout the list like sweaty sewage drips on a perfectly clean sanitized toilet….i mean r.kelly, beyonce, rachael stevens, madonna….who are they trying to appeal to cos the people who buy those records certainly dont give a shit about pitchfork lists…..idiots

    • I hated this comment. Sorry.

    • Joe  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2009 0

      I hated the comment too. So you find songs that find there way onto the radio shitty, thats fine, but certainly there is room among 500 songs for a couple of radio friendly songs. Also, why should you or Pitchfork care whether the people who buy the records read their blog? They can like a song and say they do, without needing the pander only to their fanbase. This wasn’t a “Top 500 songs of the decade which appeared on albums which our readers bought often” list. Also, I love R Kelly and Beyonce, so maybe I’m biased.

  34. ines  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    The boys of Swan Lake got shafted.

    • Chris  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      So true. Not to be the token “What about Dragonslayer?” guy, but “You Go On Ahead” deserved at least a little love. And Destroyer released his best works this decade, I wish they’d included him.

      • Steven  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2009 0

        I’ll happily be that guy. I really think that Dragonslayer is the best album of 2009, and I could have easily put any of those songs in at least the top 100. And I definitely would have put I’ll Believe in Anything higher. But then I guess if this has taught us anything it’s that I’m not Pitchfork?

  35. I don’t know…I think Last Nite definitely should have been on there…it defined the early sound of the Strokes and was the first song most people heard from them. I also think some of the Gorillaz tracks should have been higher up on there…Feel Good Inc. was everywhere for a while.

  36. I think there should have been at least one mashup on that list. For a while there with Danger Mouse and his followers, that became a huge mid-decade trend.

  37. Who wants to come with me to buy the new Ursa Major, the newThird Eye Blind album?!?!

  38. who’s got my .rar???

  39. Bryan  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Without getting too caught up in what outranked what, I think it’s a good list. Depressing there’s no Aphex, not because I think anything from Drukqs belonged on there, but I feel like he should’ve done something this decade to warrant some honors.

  40. brian  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    uhhh los campesinos!?

  41. Michael_  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    My thoughts:

    - I think “Crazy In Love” at #4 is way too high. Its not just because its a pop song, but I personally felt a whole lot of other pop songs could have been in that spot instead (“Since U Been Gone”.)
    - On the topic of songs with “crazy” in the title, Gnarles Barkley was too high as well, for me. – Was Sally Shapiro represented at all?
    - “Hey Yah!” should be number one, but that’s P4K going for obscurity to be hip for you.
    - Other than that, a serious lack of The National, and honestly, how could you ignore the entire BRIGHT EYES phenomena that occurred early to mid decade?

    • Michael_  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      I take that back. There’s a couple of Bright Eyes tracks on here.

    • “B.O.B.” is hardly obscure. It’s in the top slot because it’s a great song that alludes to the most significant event this decade.

      • Elias  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

        The song came out in September,2000.
        The invasion of Iraq was in March 2003.
        The song couldn’t “allude” to something in the future.

        • While that’s true, the Gulf War took place in the ’90s, then there was the whole disarmament crisis right up until the invasion, so there has been a protracted period of unrest in Iraq. So it wasn’t simply by chance that Andre 3000 picked out those particular lyrics at that particular time. Not suggesting he prophesied the whole thing, but the lyrics were culturally relevant when he wrote it and became more poignant following the invasion of Iraq.
          For a point of comparison, take Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, it wasn’t written for the Civil Right’s Movement, but when it was later associated with it, it achieved a cultural significance it wouldn’t have otherwise had.

          • john b  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2009 0

            “a change is gonna come” was in written about the civil rights movement. well it was written in response to dylan’s “blowin’ in the wind” but it was certainly about segregation, etc.

      • Izia  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

        I think his point is that when it comes to Outkast’s releases this decade, B.O.B. isn’t the most requested track someone is going to shout out of their’s. Hey Yah!, Ms. Jackson, Whole Wide World, Roses and Rosa Parks probably come to mind quicker than B.O.B. for most people. I agree that Hey Yah! bests B.O.B. because it pretty much was everywhere when it came out: pop radio, alternative rock radio, rap and hip hop radio and it made Outkast huger household names. The song transcended all genres, was hard to get sick of and everyone could love it. While B.O.B. has a social significance to it and was well written, I think Hey Yahs! immense success should override those details. Its not to say that success = better, but its not that often that a song like Hey Yah! brings the entire music world together.

  42. That R. Kelly song is just incredible. Without Pitchfork I would have written off R. Kelly as mainstream crap. I was wrong.

    • cleareyesfullhearts  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      …and your comment made me dig up that song and listen to it again. between the song’s undeniable flow and the memories the song brought up, i ended up with the kind of smile that sort of spreads across your face, and then suddenly you realize you’re really happy. so thank you, sir.

    • You’re right. I did not care for anything r.kelly did, but thanks to that list I am now addicted to that song. Good job pitchfork. 5 points.

  43. Huh?!?  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    I would have honestly believed that their best of the 00′s was a “worst of” list. My goodness. Why is their list for ’09 better than their list for the whole decade? Pitchfork mainly sucks.

  44. Marko  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    This post would have been much more amusing if you had a picture of Nickelback on there instead of Animal Collective.

    You know just to confuse the people before they see the list.

  45. Everyone knows Radiohead’s “Life in a Glass House” was the decade’s best track.

    • Chris  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      That is an absolutely fantastic track. I seriously wish they had followed that direction and made a full length, instead of rehashing old ground on Thief.

  46. Daniel  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    MANY fewer. Not much. Jeebus.

  47. Blu  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

    Daniel by Bat For Lashes… no! The best song on Two Suns is Travelling Woman, much more catchy and evocative.

  48. I’m surprised that Les Savy Fav isn’t anywhere on their list.

  49. And the Delgados

  50. There’s more electronic music out there than two or three bands. P4K please walk over to Beatport or DJMag and have yourself a listen. There’s been some good shit in the last decade.

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