(t5!) Tracks Of The 2000s (Redux) [100 to 51]

Hey, Marc! Didn’t you already do this once? What gives?

Well…

  1. Ten years ago I started a ridiculous (admirable?) crusade to hear EVERYTHING I possibly could. Part of it is because I wanted to recapture that experience when I first listened to Pet Sounds or You Forgot It In People and I didn’t want to rob myself of a moment because I ignored something on point of principal or lazinss/ . Part of it is because I wanted to have this anti-music snobbery stance in which the only way to know for sure that an album or a song can’t be dismissed if you haven’t given it at least a suitable once-over. Part of it is because I wanted to have an opinion, and in order to have one, I concluded that I needed to cover everything because otherwise, I would just be another one of these half-cocked appreciators of music who claim they love music but they don’t love music. Most of it is because I was bored and lonely.
  2. As a byproduct of this “need” to consume and collect anything with a note and a beat, my hard drive is filling up with albums and songs that I have kept solely as proof that I have listened to them. Frankly, I have no use for them anymore, especially now that every song that ever existed can be streamed in YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, or Rdio. Ironically though, in order to get rid of the stuff that I don’t want to listen to anymore, I felt that I have to listen to everything that I have stored in my archives to distinguish which ones were disposable. By doing so, it gave me a chance to reassess my taste in music, and if you’re a 21st century music geek, that means putting them in some sort of ranked list.
  3. I created that original (t5!) 2000s songs and albums countdown while 2009 was winding down, which means that I most likely didn’t properly take into account the brilliant songs from that year because I considered them too new. I was also living in the Philippines at the time, and the absence of an Internet connection with ample speed meant that I didn’t get a chance to sample everything that I needed to hear. Now that we’re three and half years removed from the end of the decade, enough time has passed now that I can give with some certainty a more accurate representation of the best from those ten years.
  4. I have already established a protocol to determine the order of my albums (rank each track, take the average, duh). To add to that though, I have recently created a pseudo-objective rubric that basically allows me to take a long list items and assign them into tiers. I want to keep my processes vague because I don’t want to air out my compulsions, but I’ll say this: putting a list of 1000 songs in order is a tedious enterprise, but it becomes massively less of a big deal when you break it down five at a time.
  5. My wife just gave birth to our first born child, and hopefully one day, when he’s old enough to become inquisitive about music, I can give him these lists as a jumping-off point. I know that when I started to form an opinion about music, the first person that I consulted was my dad. Think of this as 1001 Rules for My [Newborn] Son: Music Edition.
  6. Just to let you know in advance, I’m planing to release rankings of my favorites from every decade, extending these all the way to the 50s possibly, and I gather that it’s only appropriate to give a refresher on the decade that most recently ended.
  7. Some people dedicate their life to end Third world famine, some people dedicate their life to find the cure for cancer, some people dedicate to find world peace. I list things; this is my calling.

I’m going to post one at a time, every fifteen minutes or so, until I post twenty in one day. If you want to follow along, you can subscribe to me on Twitter, like the Let’s Touch Fives! Facebook page, or check back here every time to time. Let’s get this party started!

#100: Luomo — Tessio (2000)
from Vocalcity

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#99: House Of House — Rushing To Paradise (Walkin’ These Streets) (2009)
from Rushing To Paradise[12"]

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#98: Broken Social Scene — 7/4 (Shoreline) (2005)
from Broken Social Scene

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#97: Lil’ Wayne — Upgrade U (2007)
from Da Drought 3

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#96: Justice — D.A.N.C.E. (2007)
from

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#95: Eminem f. Dido — Stan (2000)
from

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#94: Band Of Horses — The Funeral (2006)
from Everything All The Time
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#93: Junior Boys f. Andi Toma — In The Morning (2006)
from So This Is Goodbye

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#92: R. Kelly f. T.I. And T-Pain — I’m A Flirt [Remix] (2007)
from Double Up
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#91: Black Eyed Peas — I Gotta Feeling (2009)
from The E.N.D.

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#90: Asobi Seksu — Thursday (2006)
from Citrus
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#89: Ne-Yo — Closer (2008)
from Year Of The Gentlemen

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#88: Christian Falk f. Robyn And Ola Salo — Dream On (2006)
from People Say

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#87: Daft Punk — Digital Love (2001)
from Discovery

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#86: Jürgen Paape — So Weit Wie Noch Nie (2001)
from Kompakt: Total 3
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#85: TV On The Radio — Staring At The Sun (2004)
from Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

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#84: Modest Mouse — Float On (2004)
from Good News For People Who Love Bad News

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#83: Björk — Pagan Poetry (2001)
from Vespertine

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#82: Imogen Heap — Hide And Seek (2005)
from Speak For Yourself

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#81: DJ Khaled f. T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Lil’ Wayne — We Takin’ Over (2007)
from We The Best

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#80: Air France — Collapsing At Your Doorstep (2008)
from No Way Down[EP]

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#79: 50 Cent — In Da Club (2002)
from Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

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#78: Battles — Atlas (2007)
from Mirrored

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#77: Beyoncé — Halo (2008)
from I Am…Sasha Fierce

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#76: Taylor Swift — Love Story (2008)
from Fearless

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#75: Girls — Lust For Life (2009)
from Album

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#74: Gnarls Barkley — Crazy (2006)
from St. Elsewhere

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#73: Basement Jaxx — Romeo (2001)
from Rooty

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#72: Stars — Elevator Love Letter (2003)
from Heart

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#71: M.I.A. — Bucky Done Gone (2005)
from Arular

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#70: Rich Boy f. Polow Da Don — Throw Some D’s (2006)
from Throw Some D’s

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#69: Beyoncé f. Jay-Z — Crazy In Love (2003)
from Dangerously In Love

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#68: Franz Ferdinand — Take Me Out (2004)
from Franz Ferdinand

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#67: Rihanna — Rude Boy (2009)
from Rated R

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#66: Mark E — R+B Drunkie (2007)
from R+B Drunkie[12"]

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#65: Justin Timberlake — Like I Love You (2002)
from Justified

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#64: Washed Out — Feel It All Around (2009)
from Feel It All Around[12"]

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#63: Gang Gang Dance — House Jam (2008)
from Saint Dymphna

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#62: Radiohead — Idioteque (2000)
from Kid A

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#61: Junior Senior — Move Your Feet (2003)
from D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop The Beat

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#60: Kanye West f. Twista And Jamie Foxx — Slow Jamz (2003)
from The College Dropout

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#59: Vampire Weekend — A-Punk (2008) 
from Vampire Weekend

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#58: Rachael Yamagata — Quiet (2004)
from Happenstance

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#57: The Avalanches — Since I Left You (2000)
from Since I Left You

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#56: Ciara f. Ludacris — Oh (2004)
from Goodies

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#55: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Maps (2003)
from Fever To Tell

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#54: Beirut — Postcards From Italy (2006)
from Gulag Orkestar

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#53: Aaliyah — Try Again (2000)
from Romeo Must Die[Original Soundtrack]

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#52: Peter Bjorn And John f. Victoria Bergsman — Young Folks (2006)
from Writer’s Block

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#51: Radiohead — Everything In Its Right Place (2000)
from Kid A

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