Favourite Songs of the Decade

by Kelly

I’ve been working on this list for a while now.  My original intent was to publish this post on January 1st but I had a lot of music and mixed cd’s to go through!  I also complicated matters by deciding that I would stick only to songs on albums released in the appropriate year – my “favourite” cd’s typically have recent releases mixed in with favourites from long ago – so that meant I had to research to determine when each album and associated song was released.  I also stayed away from compilations or “best of” albums.  It was really hard for me to pick just one song from each year and in some cases I confess, I simply pulled a name from a hat.  I also looked at how often the song was played and how many times the same song appeared on different mixes.

So, here’s my favourite songs of the decade:

  1. Fugitive, David Gray (2009)
  2. Violet Hill, Coldplay (2008)
  3. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough, Manic Street Preachers (2007)
  4. I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, Arctic Monkeys (2006)
  5. Soul Meets Body, Death Cab for Cutie (2005)
  6. Wisemen, James Blunt (2004)
  7. White Flag, Dido (2003)
  8. Harder To Breathe, Maroon 5 (2002)
  9. Have A Nice Day, Stereophonics (2001)
  10. Bohemian Like You, The Dandy Warhols (2000)

I just can’t believe how hard it was to pick just one song as there was so much good music released this decade.  I will post my favourite mixes for each year soon – either as a post or on a separate page of the blog.  There are so many great songs and bands that I listened to over the past 10 years and I want to get them all listed.

Any surprises on my list?  What would your favourites look like?

6 thoughts on “Favourite Songs of the Decade

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  1. I love your format, but find you quite brave to only choose 10 songs!! I had trouble choosing my 25 and even then, I’m not happy about those that have been left out.

    I started doing my chronological top 10 to include with this comment but gave up. Some years are just too strong (2004-2008), while others too weak (2001 and 2009). It didn’t work with my favourites.


    1. I agree about the strong and weak years – you should see my overall favourites list from 2004, 2005 and 2006! Just wanted to try something a bit different but it was a difficult exercise. It’s like I’m leaving out personal friends or something…lol.


  2. wow this is way to hard…off the top of my head I would say these songs had the most impact on me personally:

    1) thursday – cross out the eyes
    2.)mars vota – roulette dares
    3)yeah yeah yeahs – maps
    4)blood brothers – the shame
    5)broken social scene – anthems for a 17 year-old girl
    6)arcade fire – neon bible
    7)interpol – obstacle 1
    8)the killers – when you were young
    9)phoenix – too young
    10)neon blonde – chandeliers and vines

    and I’m leaving a lot of better songs out…this is way too tuff


    1. Lol Car – thanks for giving it a go and yes, it’s tough. Love some of your picks & a couple that I was not familiar with. One of the reasons I love doing this – I get some new music tips. I’m looking forward to including a song or two from you in next year’s list…


  3. hehe oh that would be nice Kelly, right now I’m taking like a good solid week off (clear my head) but looking to start writing again, got some kool song ideas, shooting for the spring to release


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