Hey, if Rolling Stone can do it, why can’t I? Actually, while Rolling Stone asked a number of journalists and musicians to submit their own picks of the decade (both whole albums and songs) and then come up with a Top 100 list of each, I’m keeping it simple. 50 songs from some of my favourite discs of the decade. The order is somewhat arbitrary; a song in the bottom ten can easily be in the top ten and vice-versa. I like ’em all pretty much the same. But there can only be one #1, so that one was a little tougher to pick.
I could’ve picked way more than 50 but in the interest of publishing this sooner than later, I kept it to 50. I only have so much time on any given day to devote to this thing that is my blog. 🙂 Also (for the most part) I didn’t pick these because of some deep meaning, or because they’re in some way revolutionary. I’m not a critic. They’re just songs that have come out over the last ten years that I could listen to multiple times without getting bored.
So, let’s begin. Here are Nos. 50-41. Will post the rest in the coming days. I hope.
50. Rough Justice–The Rolling Stones (A Bigger Bang)
Forty years on and the boys still proved they had the mettle to turn out something that really rocked.
49. Monkey To Man–Elvis Costello (The Delivery Man)
Wish Spectacle would continue. Great show.
48. Why–David Baerwald (Here Comes The New Folk Underground)
Wish this guy would release more music. A criminally underrated singer-songwriter.
47. I’m Not Drowning–Steve Winwood (Nine Lives)
That voice never seems to change. Love the groove on this one.
46. Kind of A Girl–Tinted Windows (Tinted Windows)
Throw Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins and Hanson in a blender and this is what you get. Terrific power pop.
45. Water or Gasoline–Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (Bark)
Canadian roots-rock never sounded this good.
44. Easy–Barenaked Ladies (Barenaked Ladies Are Me)
I love the Ladies, and while Ed Robertson sings lead on this one, they’re never going to be the same without Steven Page. Sorry.
43. Good Morning Aztlan–Los Lobos (Good Morning Aztlan)
East L.A.’s finest.
42. Weighty Ghost–Wintersleep (Welcome To The Night Sky)
One of those songs that catches your ear the first time you hear it and doesn’t let go.
41. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (Once)
Just one of a number of great songs from this movie.