My 200 Favorite Alternative Songs of the 2000s: #21-65

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Hey, thanks for hanging with me through this, the final week of my alternative music lesson. I know the 21st century music is not that familiar to the masses, yet much of it is playing a crucial role in keeping the genre alive and relevant. But, when you look back at these lists from my series you can see how the genre has developed over time, as well as incorporating trends and fads of the day into the musical mix. To me, this whole thing has proven that music is still living and breathing, waiting to strike just at the moment when society needs its, not when we want it.

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Bloc Party

I still hear my beloved power pop surviving both in the traditional sense but also in the music that has been called emo or punk pop. I can find the dance/rock hybrid that The Cars had a small hand in developing in the music of The Killers and Franz Ferdinand. Moody music by the likes of Joy Division and Gang of Four have kindred spirits with the likes of Interpol and Bloc Party. And, punk is alive and well with Against Me and Rise Against leading the way.

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The Killers

I guess Billy Joel said it best when he sang, “It’s all rock and roll to me.” And, I know that I get emotional about popular music, but I also realize the Stones had it correct when they sand, “It’s only rock and roll, but I like it, like it, yes I do.” What can I say?

Except, for the magic words, “On with the countdown!”

21. Interpol – “Evil” (2004)

22. The Hives – “Hate to Told You So” (2000)

23. Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)

24. The Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize??” (2002)

25. Everclear – “AM Radio” (2000)

26. System of a Down – “Chop Suey” (2002)

27. Randy Newman – “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” (2007)

28. Andrew WK – “Party Hard” (2001)

29. Weezer – “Island in the Sun” (2001)

30. Foo Fighters – “The Pretender” (2007)

31. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “By the Way” (2002)

32. Foo Fighters – “Best of You” (2005)

33. JET – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (2003)

34. Coldplay – “Viva la Vida” (2008)

35. The Killers – “Somebody Told Me” (2004)

36. The White Stripes – “Fell in Love with a Girl” (2001)

37. Green Day – “Minority” (2000)

38. Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows” (2002)

39. American Hi-Fi – “Flavor of the Weak” (2001)

40. Muse – “Uprising” (2009)

41. Kings of Leon – “Use Somebody” (2008)

42. Enuff Z’Nuff – “There Goes My Heart” (2000)

43. Paramore – “crushcrushcrush” (2007)

44. Arcade Fire – “Rebellion (Lies)” (2004)

45. Panic! At the Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (2005)

46. MGMT – “Time to Pretend” (2007)

47. Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” (2008)

48. U2 – “Vertigo” (2004)

49. Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #3 ((Power Out)” (2004)

50. Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” (2008)

51. MGMT – “Electric Feel” (2007)

52. Santigold – “L.E.S Artistes” (2008)

53. Green Day – “21 Guns” (2009)

54. Interpol – “Obstacle 1” (2002)

55. Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” (2004)

56. OK Go – “Here It Goes Again” (2005)

57. Ryan Adams – “New York, New York” (2001)

58. The Exploding Hearts – “Sleeping Aides and Razorblades” (2003)

59. Bloc Party – “Helicopter” (2005)

60. Interpol – “PDA” (2002)

61. Feist – “1234” (2007)

62. System of a Down – “B.Y.O.B.” (2005)

63. The Ting Tings – “That’s Not My Name” (2008)

64. Weezer – “Keep Fishin’” (2002)

65. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps” (2003)

One more day and this whole thing will be over. Thanks again for bearing with this obsessive/compulsive act that I have put you all through. But, now I have given my radio friends a nice, big playlist of alternative songs for the classic alternative terrestrial station that we have been discussing. Now, if I were truly into this idea, I would due another list of the 2010s, but we are not even out of them yet, so I don’t think I have a firm grasp upon this decade yet. Give another five years so I can judge things more fair.

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Fleet Foxes

So, rock friends, see you tomorrow for the big pay-off. Or, maybe it will be an anticlimactic ending to this little history lesson. If you have any suggestions for topics, write them in the comment section! I have received one about cut-out bin classics, which could be fun. Otherwise, you just get my continual drivel about Cheap Trick, Prince and power pop music, and do we REALLY want that?

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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