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100 TRACKS OF THE DECADE

 

We've already shared our Albums Of The Decade. Now it's time to list the 100 best tracks of the noughties, as compiled by a jury made up of NME critics.

Disagree with our choices? You can vote your own favourite tracks to the top in our Tracks Of The Decade Readers' List - and let us know what you think by piling into the debate over on the NME office blog.

NME's 100 Tracks Of The Decade was written by Tim Chester, Jamie Fullerton, Luke Lewis, David Moynihan, Hamish MacBain, James McMahon, Emily Mackay, Ash Dosanjh, Ben Patashnik, Alan Woodhouse, Martin Robinson, Matt Wilkinson.

 
 
 
 

Synth-heavy lead-off single from ‘It's Blitz!’

The preamble for Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ third album stated they had abandoned the guitars in favour of synthesisers.
People were a little worried, but they needn’t have been: Firstly, it was largely not true. Secondly, when it was as on the lead-off single, they were as deranged and direct as ever.
It takes guts to reintroduce oneself to the...

 
 
 

Pop starts getting cool again…

The hangover of conveyor-belt comedy-awful manufactured pap was still prominent in everyone’s minds in 2002. Who’d have thought it would take the puppeteering of Louis Walsh on the back of Popstars: The Rivals to reignite people’s imaginations at pop’s possibilities?
The key catalyst at play here was the chap responsible for that weird vocoder effect on Cher’s ‘Believe’. Helmed by Brian...

 
 
 

The Manchester band’s debut single

The longest song on Doves’ mesmerising debut album ‘Lost Souls’ represents the true essence of what this most unassumingly special of British bands are all about. A constant live favourite, it creeps along at a lovely, stoned pace, ever so slowly evolving into a classic piece of colourful psychedelia that even the most addled of ’60s acid-heads would be...

 
 
 

A cacophonous, yet strangely moving, 8-bit maelstrom

The reason so many journalists rubbed their sweaty plans together with glee at the prospect of stringing adjectives together over these two Canadian ex-metallers-turned-8-bit-circuit-benders, was because pop music had never had anything quite like it in its midst.
Of all the images conjured, that of ‘battery acid rain falling on a playground full of school children’ seems to go some way to coining the...

 
 
 

Ridiculously adventurous masterpiece that spurned many, many inferior imitators

“Who’s that bitch?” Missy asked rhetorically on her greatest single, before answering, “People you know/Me and Timbaland been hot since 20 years ago.” While their prowess as pre-teens could not be confirmed or denied, one thing was for sure: this bass-less cocktail of off kilter bongo beats, synth strings and weird noises was a high point for one...

 
 
 

Helped kickstart guitar music again at the start of the century

Perhaps the most significant thing 'One Armed Scissor' did upon its release in 2000 was to reinvigorate legions of music fans utterly despondent with new bands.
Just like Primal Scream's 'XTRMNTR' was doing for UK music at the same time, At The Drive-In proved that US rock bands didn't have to...

 
 
 

Released a number of times, and totally unavoidable for around two years

There was little not to love about The Hives when they first burst into public consciousness.
The matching uniforms, the fat dude with a moustache on guitar, the Mick Jagger-on-Sunny Delight moves of frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and visceral, no-nonsense garage rock nuggets such as this, their most popular song.
The criticisms that they only had...

 
 
 

The first taste the world was given of Josh’n’Grohl together was the Queens’ biggest hit

There’s an argument that the QOTSA line up of Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Dave Grohl is the most powerful line up of any rock group of the modern age… including Them Crooked Vultures.
This song was co-written by Homme with Mark Lanegan and contains a quite beautiful falsetto chorus and great lyrics, but in truth it’s the sheer ferocity...

 
 
 

Crikey, isn’t music brilliant?

Dismiss Eddie Argos’ talking-as-singing schtick as novelty all you will, but what fuels Art Brut’s best single is his total and utter excitement and exhilaration with playing music.
He might be an awkward weirdo, but dude’s got songwriting skills, as this signature cut from their debut proves. Built around the most skeletal of structures – here, the...

 
 
 

Sexual paranoia never sounded so good

Hey, remember when Bloc Party didn’t suck balls to an almost ludicrous degree?
This is a prime cut from their golden era, all paranoid post-punk thrusting and ice-cool stabs of melody, and could be their finest hour. It helped that Kele was singing about the demons that populated the darkest corners of his mind, because that gave ‘Banquet’ a depth...

 
 
 
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