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Harris’ Top 110 Songs of the Decade (5-1)

Here are the top 5 songs of the past decade:

5. 100 Years, Five for Fighting: Without a full package it is hard to ever achieve greatness. Five For Fighting released two of the most memorable singles of the decade while the rest of the albums were left for dead and forgotten. Regardless, this second song on the countdown is an amazing performance by a skilled set of musicians. Try not getting this stuck in your head.
4. Beautiful Day, U2: I know what your thinking. Coldplay and U2 in the top ten? Despite a general displeasure towards both bands, no can deny how great some of their songs are. U2’s first single of the new millennium, this song helped to introduce an entire generation to what the band had done for the previous 20 years. The song was the first single from “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” which went on to achieve multi-platinum status in the United States.

3. Fallin, Alicia Keys: Female R&B artists are not easy to find in today’s world of music. No woman has dominated this scene more than Keys over the past ten years. Her live performances are as magical as the energy that comes through on her albums and this song is at the peak of her musical style. The song was honored at the 2002 Grammy Awards as “Song of the Year” beating out U2 and Train.
2. Stan, Eminem: Taking thousands of songs and narrowing them down into a list is one of the hardest things a critic can do. Even harder is putting a song at number two that samples another song, by a different artist. Eminems “The Marshall Mathers LP” is one of the best albums of the decade and this song captures the hate, lust and fear found in the soul of a master lyricist. On a side note, I remember watching Eminem and Elton John perform the song at the Grammy Awards and it was magical.

1. Times Like These, Foo Fighters: Out of the five RIAA Gold singles that the Foo Fighters have released, none stands out to me more than this song. Released in 2002, the song is number one on the list because of it’s impact on the world around us and stands to recognize one of the most influential bands of the decade.

Thank you all for reading this list over the past month. It took a long time to put together and I appreciate everyones commitment to great music. I also look forward to reading your tops of the decade lists, please send me yours or post them in the comments.

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3 Legacy Comments

  • Comment by Quinton Ganther posted December 22, 2009 at 14:15

    Agreed with number one

  • Comment by Melanie Wilson posted December 22, 2009 at 16:48

    You did an awesome job with this, Harris. This task seems nearly impossible to me, however, I felt the need to point out that you completely forgot about the Goo Goo Dolls!! “Here is Gone”, “Sympathy”, and “Big Machine” were on their 2002 album Gutterflower. Then, their album Let Love In gave us the singles “Give a Little Bit”, “Let Love In”, “Better Days”, and “Stay With You” in 2006. I definitely would have placed at least a few of these songs in the top 110 of the decade. They are an extremely influential band. Overall, you did a good job including a variety of artists though. :)

  • Comment by katy posted December 22, 2009 at 18:29

    “Female R&B artists are not easy to find in today’s world of music. No woman has dominated this scene more than Keys over the past ten years.

    Have you completely forgotten about Beyonce? She is way more influential than Keys and has had a career with more impact, especially the last few years…Beyonce performed at Obama’s inauguration in January…