(t5!) Tracks Of The 2000s (Redux) [50 to 1]

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!

#50: Arcade Fire — Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (2004)
from Funeral

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#49: Friendly Fires — Paris [Aeroplane Remix] (2008)
from Friendly Fires

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#48: Dirty Projectors — Stillness Is The Move (2009)
from Bitte Orca

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#47: Taylor Swift — You Belong With Me (2008)
from Fearless

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#46: Snoop Dogg f. Pharrell Williams — Drop It Like It’s Hot (2008)
from R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta)

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#45: Jay-Z f. Alicia Keys — Empire State Of Mind (2009)
from The Blueprint 3

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#44: The-Dream — Purple Kisses (2007)
from Love Hate

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#43: Robyn f. Kleerup — With Every Heartbeat (2007)
from Robyn[International Edition]

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#42: OutKast — Ms. Jackson (2000)
from Stankonia

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#41: Arcade Fire — Wake Up (2005)
from Funeral

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#40: Justin Timberlake — Cry Me A River (2002)
from Justified

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#39: Usher f. Lil’ Jon And Ludacris — Yeah (2004)
from Confessions

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#38: Three 6 Mafia f. Young Buck And 8Ball & MJG — Stay Fly (2005)
from Most Known Unknown

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#37: Animal Collective — My Girls (2009)
from Merriweather Post Pavilion

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#36: Phoenix — Lisztomania (2009)
from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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#35: The xx — Crystalised (2009)
from The xx

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#34: The-Dream — Rockin’ That Shit (2008)
from Love Vs. Money

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#33: Kanye West f. Dwele — Flashing Lights (2007)
from Graduation

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#32: LCD Soundsystem — All My Friends (2007)
from Sound Of Silver

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#31: Cassie — Me & U (2006)
from Cassie

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#30: Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz f. The Ying-Yang Twinz — Get Low (2002)
from Kings Of Crunk

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#29: Broken Social Scene — Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl (2002)
from You Forgot It In People

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#28: Interpol — Obstacle 1 (2002)
from Turn On The Bright Lights

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#27: Britney Spears — Toxic (2003)
from In The Zone

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#26: Burial — Archangel (2007)
from Untrue

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#25: Missy Elliott — Work It (2002)
from Under Construction

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#24: Ciara — Promise (2006)
from Ciara: The Evolution

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#23: The Knife — Heartbeats (2002)
from Deep Cuts

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#22: Clipse — Grindin’ (2002)
from Lord Willin’

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#21: Bon Iver — Blindsided (2007)
from For Emma, Forever Ago

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#20: Mariah Carey — We Belong Together (2005)
from The Emancipation Of Mimi

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#19: Jay-Z — 99 Problems (2003)
from The Black Album

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#18: Joanna Newsom — Sprout And The Bean (2004)
from The Milk-Eyed Mender

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#17: Dntel f. Ben Gibbard — (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan (2002)
from Life Is Full Of Possibilities

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#16: Broken Social Scene — Almost Crimes (2002)
from You Forgot it In People

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#15: Kelly Clarkson — Since U Been Gone (2005)
from Breakaway

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#14: Daft Punk — One More Time (2000)
from Discovery

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#13: Rihanna — Umbrella (2007)
from Good Girl Gone Bad

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#12: UGK f. OutKast — Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You) (2007)
from Underground Kingz

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#11: M.O.P. — Ante Up (Robbin’ Hoodz Theory) (2000)
from Warriorz

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#10: OutKast — Hey Ya! (2003)
from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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#09: Justin Timberlake f. T.I. — My Love (2006)
from FutureSex/LoveSounds

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#08: The Rapture — House Of Jealous Lovers (2003)
from Echoes

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#07: Amerie — 1 Thing (2005)
from Touch

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#06: Lil’ Wayne — A Milli (2008)
from Tha Carter III

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#05: T.I. — What You Know (2006)
from King

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#04. M.I.A. — Paper Planes (2007)
from Kala

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#03: Missy Elliott — Get Ur Freak On (2001)
from Miss E… So Addictive

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#02: R. Kelly — Ignition [Remix] (2003)
from Chocolate Factory

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#01: OutKast — B.O.B. (2000)
from Stankonia

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