Sep 09

My Top 200 (or so) Songs Of The 00s

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A little over ten years ago I started writing about my Top 100 Singles Of The 90s. Pretty much as soon as I’d finished I started looking forward to writing this feature on Freaky Trigger. In between, this site has – directly or indirectly – reinvented my social circle, landed me a fascinating job, and been a remarkably rewarding hobby.

So, even though I really don’t have the time to do a 100 Songs Of The 00s, I couldn’t not. In fact I’m going to go better: I’m going to talk about 200 songs. Here are my ground rules:

1. I’m going to split the songs between here and my tumblr. The ones that go here will have more discussion, the ones on my tumblr will have an audio component. (An index page here will include links to them all, eventually.) This is because last time I ended up blocking on certain tracks, and this gives me an option each day to at least choose one from two.

2. I’m not actually going to start counting down until we’ve got to 100, possibly higher, in the list. This reflects the fact that I picked my 200 from a field twice that big (and I was adding 10-20 more each time I thought about it) and there was a large element of whim.

3. No Number Ones. I sliced 15 or 16 songs from the list on the grounds that I don’t intend to write about them before I get to them on Popular.

4. Songs not singles. I lost track of what is or isn’t a single long ago.

5. The biggest difference between 1999 and now is that I have spent the last 10 years writing about music. So if I’ve already said something about a song – here or elsewhere – I will most likely reprint it.

6. The other biggest difference is one of outlook. In 1999 I didn’t know many other people writing critically about music online, and almost none with my tastes. In 2009 there are hundreds. There is no need for another list, particularly as I have Popular to write. So I’m not going to try and be authoritative, and I’m not going to try to be definitive or anything like that. If a post is taking me more than half an hour I’m going to stop it wherever it is and just publish. This is just some stuff I liked, and let’s see where that takes us.


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    Tom on 14 Sep 2009 #

    This is, of course, assuming that my Tumblr actually WORKS, since at the moment it won’t let me link to anything.

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    Martin on 15 Sep 2009 #


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    Kat but logged out innit on 15 Sep 2009 #

    Looking forward to this!

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    Sam on 15 Sep 2009 #

    Hello hello

    Long-time reader, first-time poster (well, actually second-time – I posted when Popular went through my birthday). But yes, to echo Martin and Kat, I too am looking forward to this – and in a strange/not-so-strange coincidence, I’m doing a countdown of my own here: http://thedecade.wordpress.com. Apologies for the gratuitous plug – I’ll get back in my hole now.

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    Steve Mannion on 15 Sep 2009 #

    Part of me was hoping you would limit your song blurbs to 140 characters each arf

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    Brian on 15 Sep 2009 #

    I love the idea Tom. Looking forward to checking it out!

    Tumblr has been a pain with all of the maintenance they’ve been doing. I desperately wanted to go to bed last night but had to wait until Tumblr accepted my post.

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    daavid on 17 Sep 2009 #

    Tom, are you not going to have any no. 1s on the list or simply not blurb about them? I wish you decided at least to mention them.

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    lonepilgrim on 18 Dec 2009 #

    re 7 someone else has gone to the trouble here:


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    Alan on 4 Jul 2015 #

    REVIVE! ahem

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