(t5!) Tracks Of The 2000s (Redux) [150 to 101]

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!

#150: Lindstrøm — I Feel Space
from I Feel Space[12"]

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#149: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth (2005)
from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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#148: Junior Boys — Teach Me How To Fight (2004)
from Last Exit

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#147: Snoop Dogg f. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson — Signs (2005)
from R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta)

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#146: M83 — Kim & Jessie (2008)
from Saturdays = Youth

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#145: Ashanti — Foolish (2002)
from Ashanti

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#144: The Notwist — Consequence (2002)
from Neon Golden

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#143: Lady Gaga — Bad Romance (2009)
from The Fame Monster [EP]

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#142: Cat Power — The Greatest (2006)
from The Greatest

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#141: Of Montreal — Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games (2005)
from The Sunlandic Twins

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#140: Hercules And Love Affair — Blind (2008)
from Hercules And Love Affair
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#139: CSS — Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above (2005)
from Cansei De Ser Sexy

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#138: Metro Area — Miura (2001)
from Metro Area

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#137: Big Boi f. Gucci Mane — Shine Blockas (2009)
from Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty

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#136: TV On The Radio — Wolf Like Me (2006)
from Return To Cookie Mountain

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#135: The White Stripes — Seven Nation Army (2003)
from Elephant

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#134: Beyoncé — Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (2008)
from I Am…Sasha Fierce

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#133: Phoenix — 1901 (2009)
from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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#132: Iron And Wine — Fever Dream (2004)
from Our Endless Numbered Days

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#131: Electrik Red — So Good (2009)
from How To Be A Lady: Volume 1

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#130: Hot Chip — Over And Over (2006)
from The Warning

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#129: Midlake — Roscoe (2006)
from The Trials Of Van Occupanther

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#128: Bloc Party — So Here We Are (2005)
from Silent Alarm

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#127: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Heads Will Roll (2009)
from It’s Blitz!

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#126: Missy Elliott f. Ciara and Fatman Scoop — Lose Control (2005)
from The Cookbook

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#125: Modjo — Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (2000)
from Modjo

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#124: Fall Out Boy — Sugar We’re Goin Down (2005)
from From Under The Cork Tree

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#123: Ludacris — Southern Hospitality (2000)
from Back For The First Time

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#122: Laura Veirs — Magnetized (2005)
from Year Of Meteors

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#121: Jay-Z — I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (2000)
from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

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#120: M.I.A. — Galang (2003)
from Arular

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#119: Erykah Badu — The Healer (2008)
from New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

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#118: Phoenix — If I Ever Feel Better (2000)
from United

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#117: Joy Orbison — Hyph Mngo (2009)
from Hyph Mngo[12"]

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#116: Bon Iver — The Wolves (Act I And Act II) (2007)
from For Emma, Forever Ago

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#115: Wilco — Jesus, Etc (2002)
from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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#114: Kanye West f. Paul Wall and GLC — Drive Slow (2005)
from Late Registration

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#113: LCD Soundsystem — Get Innocuous (2007)
from Sound Of Silver

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#112: The Knife — Silent Shout (2006)
from Silent Shout

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#111: Coldplay — Sparks (2000)
from Parachutes

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#110: Bon Iver — Skinny Love (2007)
from For Emma, Forever Ago

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#109: Kanye West f. Syleena Johnson — All Falls Down (2004)
from The College Dropout

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#108: Lupe Fiasco — Kick, Push (2006)
from Food & Liquor

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#107: Islands — Rough Gem (2006)
from Return To The Sea

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#106. Andrew Bird — Armchairs (2007)
from Armchair Apocrypha

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#105. Portishead — The Rip (2008)
from Third
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#104. Panjabi MC f. Jay-Z — Mundian To Bach Ké (Beware Of The Boys) (2002)
from Beware

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#103. The Game f. 50 Cent — Hate It Or Love It (2005)
from The Documentary

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#102. Animal Collective — Fireworks (2007)
from Fireworks

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#101. Phoenix — Long Distance Call (2006)
from It’s Never Been Like That

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