The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties (Nos. 50-41)
It’s Boxing Day! Feast your mince pies on Classic Rock‘s latest batch of best-of-the-decade entries…
50. Peacekeeper – Fleetwood Mac
From the 2003 album Say You Will. It’s not all about Rumours and Tusk, you know. When the Mac returned they did so with a raft of splendidly slick new songs. This is arguably the best. Watch FM (no, not that FM) play it live here.
49. Party Pit – The Hold Steady
From the 2006 album Boys And Girls In America. The band have been described as a punk Bruce Springsteen, and this lot’s ability to tell stories in songs is only matched by their danceability. Watch the Steady play it live here.
48. Party Hard – Andrew WK
From the 2001 album I Get Wet. Perhaps the most recognisable party anthem of the decade. Let’s dance on the volcano of the apocalypse! Listen to the song here.
47. Open Car – Porcupine Tree
From the 2005 album Deadwing. So obviously progressive, yet equally as quirky and unpredictable, this composition is the prime example of the Tree’s enduring magic. Watch Steven Wilson and co play it live here.
46. Oh Josephine – Black Crowes
From the 2008 album Warpaint. Just when the world seemed a poorer place without the Crowes, they returned with their first studio album in nearly seven years. Still sounding as if they’re having the greatest psychedelic blues-rock jam The Grateful Dead couldn’t manage. Watch the Robinsons play it live here.
45. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I – Them Crooked Vultures
From the 2009 album Them Crooked Vultures. The combination of Josh Homme, John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl proves more than the sum of its parts on a ditty inspired by mid-70s Zeppelin. Listen to the song here.
44. Ghosts Along The Mississippi – Down
From the 2002 album Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow. You can smell the mist and mysticism coming off the Mississippi. This is claustrophobic and menacing. Swamp rock at its finest. Watch the band play it live here.
43. New York, New York – Ryan Adams
From the 2001 album Gold. No, not that Sinatra song, although this one also celebrates the Big Apple, but in Adams’ own inimitable alt. country style. Someone should try mashing up the two songs! Watch the video here.
42. Fat Lip – Sum 41
From the 2001 album All Killer No Filler. Proof that there’s more to these Canadians that just kiddie pop-punk. This is a bright song with elements of rap, metal, pop and mature rock. Very tasty. Watch the video here.
41. More News From Nowhere – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
From the 2008 album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!. Closely allied to the 1988 Nick Cave song Deanna, with a socially aware science fiction plotline. It has that darkly penetrating vocal stare that Cave has made his own. Watch the Nickster play it live here.
* Coming tomorrow on www.classicrockmagazine.com – numbers 40 through to 31.
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