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post Jul 3 2018, 09:11 AM
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what do we make of this list then? quite an odd list really, some of these songs seem deserving of their inclusion, others are way too high and some I've not even heard of. Not surprised that Beyoncé is #1 but that song really is ridiculously overrated, I quite enjoy it but it's really not the saviour of pop people think it is.

1. Beyoncé and JAY-Z – ‘Crazy in Love’
2. M.I.A. – ‘Paper Planes’
3. The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
4. OutKast – ‘Hey Ya!’
5. Jay-Z – ’99 Problems’
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Maps’
7. Kanye West – ‘Runaway’
8. Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
9. Lorde – ‘Royals’
10. The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
11. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Since U Been Gone’
12. Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
13. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
14. Britney Spears – ‘Toxic’
15. Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’
16. LCD Soundsystem – ‘All My Friends’
17. Missy Elliott – ‘Work It’
18. David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
19. Robyn – ‘Dancing on My Own’
20. Amy Winehouse – ‘Rehab’
21. Lady Gaga – ‘Bad Romance’
22. Franz Ferdinand – ‘Take Me Out’
23. Outkast – ‘Ms. Jackson’
24. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’
25. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
26. Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’
27. OutKast – ‘B.o.B.’
28. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – ‘Umbrella’
29. Taylor Swift – ‘All Too Well’
30. Bob Dylan – ‘Mississippi’
31. Arcade Fire – ‘Wake Up’
32. 50 Cent – ‘In Da Club’
33. Radiohead – ‘Idioteque’
34. The Killers – ‘Mr. Brightside’
35. Lana Del Rey – ‘Blue Jeans’
36. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – ‘Gold Digger’
37. Leonard Cohen – ‘You Want It Darker’
38. Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
39. Queens of the Stone Age – ‘No One Knows’
40. U2 – ‘Beautiful Day’
41. Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt’ (Nine Inch Nails cover)
42. MGMT – ‘Electric Feel’
43. Solange – ‘Cranes in the Sky’
44. Eminem – ‘Stan’
45. Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
46. Justin Timberlake – ‘Cry Me a River’
47. Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
48. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
49. Harry Styles – ‘Sign of the Times’
50. Coldplay – ‘The Scientist’
51. Beyonce – ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’
52. Sia – ‘Chandelier’
53. Grimes – ‘Oblivion’
54. Rilo Kiley – ‘Portions for Foxes’
55. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay – ‘212’
56. Radiohead – ‘Weird Fishes / Arpeggi’
57. The Flaming Lips – ‘Do You Realize??’
58. Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Ni**as in Paris’
59. Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
60. Haim – ‘The Wire’
61. Madonna – ‘Hung Up’
62. Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’
63. Fall Out Boy – ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’
64. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA.’
65. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – ‘We Found Love’
66. Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz – ‘Beez in the Trap’
67. T.I. – ‘What You Know’
68. Eric Church – ‘Springsteen’
69. Frank Ocean – ‘Thinkin Bout You’
70. Green Day – ‘American Idiot’
71. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
72. Migos – ‘Bad and Boujee’
73. The Rapture – ‘House of Jealous Lovers’
74. The New Pornographers – ‘Letter From an Occupant’
75. Miranda Lambert – ‘The House That Built Me’
76. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’
77. LCD Soundsystem – ‘Losing My Edge’
78. Peter Bjorn and John – ‘Young Folks’
79. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
80. M.O.P. – ‘Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)’
81. Gwen Stefani – ‘Hollaback Girl’
82. The Shins – ‘New Slang’
83. Beck – ‘Lost Cause’
84. Daft Punk – ‘One More Time’
85. Original Broadway Cast of ‘Hamilton’ – ‘My Shot’
86. Icona Pop w/Charli XCX – ‘I Love It’
87. Mariah Carey – ‘We Belong Together’
88. Vampire Weekend – ‘Hannah Hunt’
89. The Hives – ‘Hate to Say I Told You So’
90. Amerie – ‘1 Thing’
91. Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber – ‘Despacito (Remix)’
92. Parquet Courts – ‘Stoned and Starving’
93. My Chemical Romance – ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’
94. Kanye West – ‘Jesus Walks’
95. Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’
96. The Black Keys – ‘Tighten Up’
97. Phoenix – ‘1901’
98. Alvvays – ‘Archie, Marry Me’
99. UGK feat. Outkast – ‘Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
100. Daddy Yankee feat. Glory – ‘Gasolina’

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My own faves:

2. M.I.A. – ‘Paper Planes’
3. The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
4. OutKast – ‘Hey Ya!’
8. Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
9. Lorde – ‘Royals’
10. The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
11. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Since U Been Gone’
12. Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
14. Britney Spears – ‘Toxic’
15. Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’
17. Missy Elliott – ‘Work It’
19. Robyn – ‘Dancing on My Own’
20. Amy Winehouse – ‘Rehab’
21. Lady Gaga – ‘Bad Romance’
22. Franz Ferdinand – ‘Take Me Out’
23. Outkast – ‘Ms. Jackson’
24. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’
25. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
26. Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’
28. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – ‘Umbrella’
32. 50 Cent – ‘In Da Club’
34. The Killers – ‘Mr. Brightside’ (so so overrated but I do like it)
36. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – ‘Gold Digger’
38. Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
39. Queens of the Stone Age – ‘No One Knows’
42. MGMT – ‘Electric Feel’
44. Eminem – ‘Stan’
45. Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
46. Justin Timberlake – ‘Cry Me a River’
47. Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
48. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
52. Sia – ‘Chandelier’
55. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay – ‘212’
58. Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Ni**as in Paris’
59. Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
61. Madonna – ‘Hung Up’
65. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – ‘We Found Love’ wub.gif
70. Green Day – ‘American Idiot’
71. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
72. Migos – ‘Bad and Boujee’
76. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’ wub.gif
78. Peter Bjorn and John – ‘Young Folks’
79. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
81. Gwen Stefani – ‘Hollaback Girl’
84. Daft Punk – ‘One More Time’
86. Icona Pop w/Charli XCX – ‘I Love It’
90. Amerie – ‘1 Thing’
91. Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber – ‘Despacito (Remix)’ (well I prefer the original but w/e)
95. Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’
100. Daddy Yankee feat. Glory – ‘Gasolina’
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post Jul 3 2018, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE(danG @ Jul 3 2018, 10:11 AM) *
33. Radiohead – ‘Idioteque’

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post Jul 3 2018, 09:36 AM
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Oh this'll go down well.

Obviously looks like a bit American-centric, so there is that to consider. Hmm. From my taste, it's certainly nothing like I'd pick, but I'd have a few of those in my list. From a cultural and wide appeal level, I think that top 9 is pretty solid. Hey Ya, 99 Problems and Seven Nation Army are undeniably huge, Royals and Paper Planes have genius, hard-hitting lyrics, Maps is great for a more 'discerning, influential indie' inclusion and Rolling In The Deep, Runaway and Crazy In Love are some of the best displays of talent within the music industry, even if Crazy In Love is certainly nothing like what I'd put at #1. Last Nite as the final one in that top 10 would probably be replaced by say an Arctics song if this were a British list, I suppose it serves the same kind of purpose.

The rest is a mix. All Too Well seems like an attempt to include Taylor but with one of her "credible" songs, Blank Space would make more sense.

The complete lack of metal is a big gap. Well, there's a few ones from the emo scene, that's good and they've chosen good ones for that, but that was big in the early 00s and I'd say System Of A Down's Chop Suey should be the sort of thing for that token rep. Also Gorillaz are a huge omission, with at least something.

Despacito (especially not the remix) and Bodak Yellow... no. Hannah Hunt is a really weird one for Vampire Weekend, and I will always disagree with the critics about I Love It, it's a poor, basic song that everyone ate up because it has ~synths and attitude~.
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post Jul 3 2018, 09:58 AM
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Logos shouldn't be Top 10,000 let alone Top 100 tongue.gif Nice to see Young Folks, The Hives & Black Keys all here though, even if there's no British indie really sad.gif
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post Jul 3 2018, 11:29 AM
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Chop Suey I also agree should be here, I don’t like the personally but I would still put it here. +1 to Blank Space too

When Love Takes Over, Viva La Vida, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Misery Business, Feel Good Inc. (and/or Dare), When You Were Young, also. Maybe even Rather Be or Levels, since they’ve obviously tried to include some more recent songs so it doesn’t look overly 00s


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"Springsteen" is a great song but it sticks out so much on this list; I guess hard fanboying over The Boss makes it the most Rolling Stone song there is.

oh and the 21st century started in 2001


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post Jul 3 2018, 12:52 PM
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All Too Well ❤️❤️❤️ Possibly Taylor's best song, a modern day masterpiece <3
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post Jul 3 2018, 02:00 PM
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99 Problems ludicrously high and is it even pop??? Runaway in the top ten too? Really? When All of the Lights is right there?

It does feel a bit tryhard of a list; "let's tick off some big alternative respectable rock faves and then throw in some beloved-by-the-pop-fans ones to keep them happy" (e.g. Kylie, Hung Up, Amerie)

Of course the biggest injustice is where's Run Away With Me?!
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post Jul 3 2018, 02:02 PM
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Crazy In Love isn't in the top 5 Beyonce songs, I like it but it's not *that* good. I tend to prefer her ballads anyway but from her uptempos, Formation from that list at the very list is miles better, musically and lyrically. Paper Planes would have been a fab #1 so glad to see that almost did it! Hey Ya is also absolutely hideous and shouldn't even be top 1 million x

Miranda Lambert is a nice surprise though, The House That Built Me is absolutely stunning and one of the best country songs in all its beautiful simplicity. All Too Well is definitely Taylor's best too, an impeccably written song with her most striking lyrics. That's why it's on there, it's like Blank Space is channelling Daphne and Celeste so to say it's on there for being "credible" is... a choice laugh.gif Seeing as it's not one song per artist though they could have made way for Blank Space bc ofc there can never be enough Taylor.
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Pretty decent list and all were obviously very big in terms of cultural impact. I do see Crazy in Love ranked high on a lot of those lists and as good as it is, I'm not sure it's worthy of that high, I feel like something from Lemonade or Beyonce would be more worthy as they really were the albums that signified the change of style.

I do feel it's a bit too mainstream for the most part, I mean I get it as there wouldn't be a point including loads of songs that no one knows, but some of these definitely feel a bit inflated due to them being massive hits. Sorry, Uptown Funk and Umbrella come to mind, ofc. quality is subjective and there's no one way of judging it but how well a song sells shouldn't really be a factor here.

Some omissions that should really be here are Empire State of Mind, Dry Your Eyes, Frontier Psychiatrist/Since I Left You, One Day Like This, Time to Pretend (WTF at Electric Feel here over this?! I'd call that the least impactful of their three big hits), Dog Days Are Over, Rebellion (Lies) and surely some representation for Muse & Gorillaz.
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I can’t take this list seriously without Tina Barrett-Fire at no.1 tbh.
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post Jul 3 2018, 06:38 PM
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Gasolina but no Florence??

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The one thing with Crazy In Love at #1 is that it just reinforces something, that the Carters, Kanye West, and anyone in that circle who are often more celebrities than music artists - the critics are very very eager to put them at the top of music lists, very often not criticising them. They fawn over them, they call their albums groundbreaking when well, they're not. Sure, some of what they've done is genuinely fantastic music, but not more so than the rest of the music world, they all have more than their fair share of clunkers (Single Ladies very much included, might I add), and they're not so good that they should keep getting this time and time again. I'm very keen to see one of these lists without the super-rich Tidal shillclub somewhere towards the top.

QUOTE(Liаm @ Jul 3 2018, 03:02 PM) *
All Too Well is definitely Taylor's best too, an impeccably written song with her most striking lyrics. That's why it's on there, it's like Blank Space is channelling Daphne and Celeste so to say it's on there for being "credible" is... a choice laugh.gif Seeing as it's not one song per artist though they could have made way for Blank Space bc ofc there can never be enough Taylor.


I didn't word it quite the way I meant it. It feels like to put 'All Too Well' on there ahead of any of her critically acclaimed pop singles is someone trying to be smart, to say 'look how well I know this discography'. A Taylor Swift song was probably required for the list but the list compilers didn't want any of the obvious options, perhaps because they're too pop? I certainly rate it well, but I would not say that among Taylor's lineup it stands out as something that is the best put-together of all her songs, nor to be in the top 30 of this century.
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My faves:

1. Beyoncé and JAY-Z – ‘Crazy in Love’
2. M.I.A. – ‘Paper Planes’
3. The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
4. OutKast – ‘Hey Ya!’
5. Jay-Z – ’99 Problems’
8. Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
9. Lorde – ‘Royals’
10. The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
12. Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
13. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
14. Britney Spears – ‘Toxic’
15. Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’
16. LCD Soundsystem – ‘All My Friends’
17. Missy Elliott – ‘Work It’
18. David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
19. Robyn – ‘Dancing on My Own’
20. Amy Winehouse – ‘Rehab’
21. Lady Gaga – ‘Bad Romance’
22. Franz Ferdinand – ‘Take Me Out’
23. Outkast – ‘Ms. Jackson’
24. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’
25. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
26. Drake – ‘Hotline Bling’
27. OutKast – ‘B.o.B.’
28. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – ‘Umbrella’
33. Radiohead – ‘Idioteque’
34. The Killers – ‘Mr. Brightside’
36. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – ‘Gold Digger’
37. Leonard Cohen – ‘You Want It Darker’
39. Queens of the Stone Age – ‘No One Knows’
40. U2 – ‘Beautiful Day’
41. Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt’ (Nine Inch Nails cover)
42. MGMT – ‘Electric Feel’
44. Eminem – ‘Stan’
45. Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
46. Justin Timberlake – ‘Cry Me a River’
47. Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
48. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
49. Harry Styles – ‘Sign of the Times’
50. Coldplay – ‘The Scientist’
51. Beyonce – ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’
52. Sia – ‘Chandelier’
53. Grimes – ‘Oblivion’
55. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay – ‘212’
56. Radiohead – ‘Weird Fishes / Arpeggi’
57. The Flaming Lips – ‘Do You Realize??’
58. Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Ni**as in Paris’
60. Haim – ‘The Wire’
64. Kendrick Lamar – ‘DNA.’
65. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – ‘We Found Love’
69. Frank Ocean – ‘Thinkin Bout You’
70. Green Day – ‘American Idiot’
71. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
73. The Rapture – ‘House of Jealous Lovers’
76. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’
77. LCD Soundsystem – ‘Losing My Edge’
78. Peter Bjorn and John – ‘Young Folks’
79. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
80. M.O.P. – ‘Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)’
81. Gwen Stefani – ‘Hollaback Girl’
83. Beck – ‘Lost Cause’
84. Daft Punk – ‘One More Time’
87. Mariah Carey – ‘We Belong Together’
89. The Hives – ‘Hate to Say I Told You So’
90. Amerie – ‘1 Thing’
92. Parquet Courts – ‘Stoned and Starving’
94. Kanye West – ‘Jesus Walks’
95. Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’
96. The Black Keys – ‘Tighten Up’
97. Phoenix – ‘1901’
98. Alvvays – ‘Archie, Marry Me’
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Pleased to see Bowie's 'Blackstar' in the top 20 here as that's one of the most essential songs of the current decade for me *.*

'Crazy In Love' is an... okay #1. Beyoncé has bettered it though and there are way better pop moments in that list ('Toxic' says hi)
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