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Harris’ Top 110 Songs of the Decade (89-85)

Songs 89-85

89. Jai Ho, A.R. Rahman (2008): It must be clear. The version of this song that deserves my #89 slot is the original from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” and not the remix featuring the Pussycat Dolls. Either way this the only song on the list that lacks any english language words. The message is crystal clear in any language and this song showed us the power of melody over lyrics in the delivery of music.
88. Jesus Of Suburbia, Green Day (2004): The highest ranked song from one of the decades top albums is the nine-minutes mega song from the album. The generation that has grown up with this album knows nothing of songs longer than three minutes and this epic arrangement by the members of Green Day showed what a perfect song can sound like.
87. Vindicated, Dashboard Confessional (2004): From a band I never quite wrapped my hands around, this song became popular because of it’s involvement in the modern day “Spiderman” series. This powerful song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks list and became the face of the movie series.
86. Hanging By A Moment, Lifehouse, (2000): Lifehouse has always had a great sense of what makes a great single. It’s hard to believe that this song was their first smash single with many more to follow.

85. Right On Time, O.A.R. (2004): Although I learned about this song years after it’s initial release in 2003, it has become a personal favorite of mine. I first heard the song performed by an a cappella group on my campus and quickly found the original recording and fell for the high energy song.

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