The Turbo Bocce Top 100 Songs of the Decade: 90-81

Last night someone asked me why I waited so long to post a top 100 list when everyone else had posted their own long before me. I explained that it’s because I wanted to actually wait for the year to end before I picked the top songs, because one never knows when a new and great song would come out. In actuality it’s because I’m just dead lazy, but it sounds like a good excuse, doesn’t it?

90 Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song

Toward the end of the decade Phil and I discovered an excellent little genre of music called reggaeton. Since most of the songs are in Spanish, when we sing/rap along with it we do it as phonetically as we can tell. This song is the reverse. The refrain is Rapper’s Delight as sung phonetically by people from Spain. It sounds as absurd to us as I’m sure we would to them.

89 au4 – Of Dreams

A simple shoegazeish song that fits my usual ideas behind what good long songs should sound like: start slow, build up till the end, crash it down. Overall a pretty excellent song from a pretty excellent band.

88 Chairlift – Bruises

Like it or not, Apple has had a massive impact on American culture in the 2000s. The iPod and iPhone have swept through the culture and become synonymous with portable music player and cell phone. The commercials feature catchy little tunes that people want to hear more of. Conveniently enough, Apple sells all these songs on their iTunes service. This song is one of them and gets stuck in your damn fool head VERY easily.

87 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Johnny Appleseed

A song about human rights and how people don’t need to be abused to get something good out of them. It’s all about social change. Also topical to the 2000s: hive collapse disorder. See, I can keep this shit related to what happened.

86 Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood

The song that introduced most of the world to the cartoon supergroup. Every subsequent song has been just as good, but something about Del tha Funky Homosapien’s flow really pulls this together.

85 J-kwon – Tipsy

The song tells us all about what errbody in the club is doing, as if there was any question. What is errbody doing in the club? Errbody gettin’ tipsy.

84 mogwai – Glasgow Mega-Snake

If anyone ever argues that mogwai’s music is just pretty droning behind videos of Zinedine Zidane playing soccer, just point them this way. This is a prime example of a song that tells a story without any words.

83 Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot

Have you ever wondered why I’m hot and why you ain’t? Well it’s because I’m fly and you’re not.

82 Pink – So What

The more that time goes on, the more willing I am to listen to mainstream pop. This song is a better breakup song than any of the literary and aural garbage shat forth by Nickelback or 3 Doors Down. When a female pop star rocks harder than you do, you should probably reconsider your entire career.

81 Daddy Yankee – Gasolina

This was almost certainly my first introduction to reggaeton. It’s a song that weasels its way inside your head and sits there, brainfucking you until you would hammer nails into your head to get it out. The entire genre of music somehow faded out of my consciousnes until 2007, but that doesn’t mean it was never welcome.