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January 01, 2004

Top 70 Songs of 2003

Here it is, in all it's glory, my top 20 songs of 2003. Except that it's a top 70. Next year i'll try to keep it shorter, for everyone's sake, especially mine.

The list is different than most lists of top singles you see in the music press because i'm not too concerned with what was a single and what wasn't. Most of these songs weren't singles, they were just great songs on albums. Yes there is a lot of Radiohead and Yo La Tengo, but they put out great albums full of great songs. Don't blame me, blame them. Or Canada.

Have fun with it, because that's what it's supposed to be - fun. Let me know what you think and what i missed.

1...Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury & Executioner)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
2...A Wolf At The Door (It Girl. Rag Doll)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
3...Lately...British Sea Power...The Decline Of British Sea Power
4...There There (The Boney King Of Nowhere)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
5...Season of the Shark...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
6...Stray Dog And The Chocolate Shake...Grandaddy...Sumday
7...The Golden Path...Chemical Brothers...Singles 93-03
8...Cheapster...Spiritualized...Amazing Grace
9...House Of Jealous Lovers...The Rapture...Echoes
10...Don't Have To Be Sad...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun

11...Mass Riff...Stereolab...Instant O in the Universe
12...Fear Of Drowning...British Sea Power...The Decline Of British Sea Power
13...Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
14...Now It's On...Grandaddy...Sumday
15...Us...Stephen Malkmus...Pig Lib
16...Freak...LFO...Sheath
17...Date With The Night...Yeah Yeah Yeahs...Fever To Tell
18...Roy Walker...Belle & Sebastian...Dear Catastrophe Waitress
19...2+2=5 (The Lukewarm)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
20...Hey Ya!...OutKast...Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

21...There's No Home For You Here...The White Stripes...Elephant
22...Crazy Beat...Blur...Think Tank
23...Little Eyes...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
24...Automatic Stop...The Strokes...Room On Fire
25...Hollow Head...Sloan...Action Pact
26...Skunks...Manitoba...Up In Flames
27...Love Of The Loveless...Eels...Shootenanny
28...Girl, You Shout!...Dressy Bessy...Dressy Bessy
29...Go To Sleep (Little Man Being Erased)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
30...Bad Day...R.E.M....In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003

31...Step Into My Office, Baby...Belle & Sebastian...Dear Catastrophe Waitress
32...Emerge...Fischerspooner...#1 - Fischerspooner
33...This is Our Emergency...Pretty Girls Make Graves...The New Romance
34...If She Wants Me...Belle & Sebastian...Dear Catastrophe Waitress
35...Empty New Bedroom...Skating Club...Bugs and Flowers
36...The Laws Have Changed...New Pornographers...Electric Version
37...The Hardest Button To Button...The White Stripes...Elephant
38...Let's Be Still...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
39...A Punch Up At A Wedding (No No No No No No No No)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
40...Light & Day/Reach for the Sun...The Polyphonic Spree...The Beginning Stages of The Polyphonic Spree

41...Take Care...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
42...Remember Me...British Sea Power...The Decline Of British Sea Power
43...Wicked Little Town (Hedwig Version)...The Breeders...Wig In A Box
44...Tiny Birds...Yo La Tengo...Summer Sun
45...Outsmartener...Yo La Tengo...Today is the Day
46...Sonnet No.3 (Like A Duck)...MC Honky...I Am The Messiah
47...Brothers and Sisters...Blur...Think Tank
48...Scatterbrain (As Dead As Leaves)...Radiohead...Hail To The Thief
49...Miss Teen Wordpower...New Pornographers...Electric Version
50...Hendrix With KO...Manitoba...Up In Flames

51...Overdriver...Singapore Sling...The Curse Of Singapore Sling
52...In Like The Rose...Black Rebel Motorcycle Club...Take Them On, On Your Own
53...Shake Me Baby...Junior Senior...D-D-Don't Stop the Beat
54...Groove Is On...Groove Armada...Love Box
55...12:51...The Strokes...Room On Fire
56...Tick...Yeah Yeah Yeahs...Fever To Tell
57...A Lack Of Color...Death Cab For Cutie...Transatlanticism
58...Saturday Morning...Eels...Shootenanny
59...Ambulance...Blur...Think Tank
60...Soldier Girl (UK Single Version)...The Polyphonic Spree...The Beginning Stages of The Polyphonic Spree

61...Mystery And Misery...Rainer Maria...Long Knives Drawn
62...Somebody Loves You...Eels...Shootenanny
63...Seven Nation Army...The White Stripes...Elephant
64...City Of Women...Robyn Hitchcock...Wig In A Box
65...Purple Haze...Groove Armada...Love Box
66...What Ever Happened?...The Strokes...Room On Fire
67...You've Got Her In Your Pocket...The White Stripes...Elephant
68...Dynamite...Junior Senior...D-D-Don't Stop the Beat
69...Almost The Same...Clearlake...Almost The Same EP
70...The Origin Of Love...Rufus Wainwright...Wig In A Box

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Glad to see Hey Ya in there. That is a really fun song. Also Now It's On, of course.

Posted by: spacewaitress at January 1, 2004 06:04 PM

i never would have heard "Hey Ya!" except that we were watching SNL one night and OutKast was the musical guest. i don't listen to the radio, so i don't know about the "popular" stuff, but i'm glad i didn't miss this song, it's a bucket of fun.

Posted by: lane at January 1, 2004 06:09 PM

"Gimme some sugah! I am your neighbah!!"
Honestly, I don't think a deeper lyric has ever been written. God how I love "Hey Ya!" Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Also, I think I need to give Radiohead another try. I have attempted to really listen to them on more than one occasion, but I just can't seem to mesh with their stuff. Maybe I should give them one more chance.

Nice with the Grandaddy, too.

Posted by: Tim at January 1, 2004 06:15 PM

lack of color only 57? but yay to REM and the aneurism 95 tour!! and i am quite amused by Hey Ya! as well. rock on

Posted by: sara at January 1, 2004 10:44 PM

I like what I see Lane. So how did you choose the top 70 Lane? Was it based purely on your emotional reaction to the songs, or do you have some kind of sophisticated methodology? I'm okay with the gut emotion thing since that is how I judge the worth of a song.

Posted by: brayden at January 2, 2004 12:29 AM

Tim - it's "lend." "Lend me some sugar! I am your neighbor!" I just got the joke just now.

Posted by: spacewaitress at January 2, 2004 08:52 AM

Well, either way it cracks me up. :)

Posted by: Tim at January 2, 2004 09:41 AM

Dude, you are soooooo thorough. It's amazing. I just barely got my top ten albums up. I feel so inadequate.

Posted by: Sharyn at January 2, 2004 10:52 AM

okay, here's how i came up with the list.

first, all my cds are ripped in iTunes. i have a smart playlist that keeps track of all songs that were released in 2003. so all the new stuff goes there. then, when i decided i was going to do this, i looked at all the songs i liked from that list and put them in a new playlist. it gave me about 100 songs. next, while we were driving up to minneapolis on christmas eve i listened to all the songs, rating them from 80-100, with help from Tina. anything below 80 got dropped off the list.

Okay so far?

next i grouped them by their ratings. so 96-100, 91-95, 86-90, and 80-85. Then i listened to each song in that group and ranked them, starting with the 80-85 group. Then i did the group above it. Next , i pretended like it was kind of like british soccer, with the songs at the top of the lower division having the opportunity to move up to the next division, and the songs at the bottom of the upper division possibly being moved down. So there was a playoff between the top two or three in the lower division with the bottom two or three in the upper division. Then, i re-ranked the divisions.

Are you with me? Are you scared of me yet?

So after i did that for all the groupings and moved the songs around, i then listened to them all one more time, starting at the bottom. And if i liked a lower song better than a higher song i moved it up. The White Stripes' songs really took a beating in this last step. So did "Crazy Beat", which started out at number 9.

Finally, i put the playlist on random in iTunes and listened to it for a couple of days and made some final adjustments.

The top four weren't finalized until i posted this. I kept moving the three Radiohead songs around. Each of them was at the #1 spot at some point in the past week.

"Thorough" is a nice way to put it, Sharyn. I have other words for it, none of which are as polite.

Posted by: lane at January 2, 2004 12:19 PM

okay, after reading that comment about how i ranked the songs to Tina, we both agree that i should be locked up and possible kept from making any sort of list for the rest of my life.

she, being a researcher, also points out that i did not answer brayden's question about the methodology. i discussed the process, but not how i actually decided that "Cheapster" got a 93 while "There There" got a 100.

That i don't have an answer for. I'm an artiste, it just flows.

Posted by: lane at January 2, 2004 12:28 PM

I'm more awed than scared. I'll be sure to consult you first the next time I make a list.

Posted by: brayden at January 2, 2004 05:23 PM

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