The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 20-11)
We’ve finally reached the Top 20!
20. Down With The Sickness – Disturbed
From the 2000 album The Sickness. One of the first, if not the first, true anthems of the 21st Century, it transcended the nu-metal genre to become part of rock lore. The chorus still resonates with venom. Watch the video here.
19. Jesus Of Surburbia – Green Day
From the 2004 album American Idiot. This is the epic centrepiece of the album’s concept, as Green Day use their pop-punk beginnings as the foundation to explore both musical and lyrical complexities. In its own way, comparable to The Who. Watch GD play it live here.
18. Country Girl – Primal Scream
From the 2006 album Riot City Blues. On which the Scream get back to rock’n'roll basics with a real impact. This is the biggest single of the band’s career to date. Little wonder – it’s a vibrant rollercoaster. Watch the band play it live here.
17. Come To Life – Alter Bridge
From the 2007 album Blackbird. Post-grunge? Yes. Post-Creed? Yes. But with a style and punch all of its own. Great American rock. Listen to the song here.
16. Money, It’s Pure Evil – Bigelf
From the 2008 album Cheat The Gallows. Here comes a huge stab of psychedelia. Driven by a retro stoner engine that’s fuelled by hints of Beatles style genius, and a warped imagination. You gotta love it. Watch the video here.
15. Check My Brain – Alice In Chains
From the 2009 album Black Gives Way To Blue. Alice In Chains dare to return without the late Layne Staley, and dare to make it all so convincing. Watch the video here.
14. By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
From the 2002 album By The Way. Stadium rock for the Noughties. Brashness gives way to a calming melody line, but with the Chili Peppers’ own momentum. Titanic, in a low-key fashion. Watch the Chilis play it live here.
13. Asking Around For You – Joe Bonamassa
From the 2006 album You & Me. This is where Bonamassa stepped up from being a protégé to becoming a hero. Adding strings to a blues track was daring and risky. But he carried it off. Result: acclaim and stature. Listen to the song here.
12. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet
From the 2003 album Get Born. Yes, it has similarities to Lust For Life by Iggy, but it also has a life of its own. Inspired by Motown, it adds that unmistakable larrikin Aussie rock lustre. Watch the video here.
11. Modern Day Delilah – Kiss
From the 2009 album Sonic Boom. So, can Kiss still rack out the lines (music, that is)? Hell, yeah. A deceptively simple platform-booted anthem – but only Kiss could pull it off. Watch the video here.
* Coming tomorrow on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 10 through to 2.