Top 200 Songs Of The 2000s, Part VII (50-26)

50. Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers (2004; Hot Fuss; United States)

Good advice for getting ahead in life.

49. When The Sun Goes Down – Arctic Monkeys (2006; Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m; United Kingdom)

The Roxanne of the Naughties, with a Silence Of The Lambs twist.

48. Don’t Fight It – The Panics (2007; Cruel Guards; Australia)

First heard this live at the Laneway Festival.

47. Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts (2006; Every Second Counts; United States)

These guys were the house band in Greek.

46. The Scientist – Coldplay (2003; A Rush Of Blood To The Head; United Kingdom)

This song would have been a much bigger hit if the title was more obvious from the lyrics.

45. You Are My Sister – Antony And The Johnsons (2005; I Am A Bird Now; United Kingdom)


44. Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance (2006; The Black Parade; United States)

I am very impartial to songs that begin with lyrics before music.

43. The Space Between – Dave Matthews Band (2001; Everyday; South Africa/United States)

I cringe at my own like of DMB, as they’re just too trendy.

42. Pattern Against User – At The Drive-In (2001; Relationship Of Command; United States/Puerto Rico/Lebanon)

It’s hard to work out what an At The Drive-In song is about.

41. I Don’t Love You – My Chemical Romance (2006; The Black Parade; United States)

For a video that incorporates blackface, this clip wasn’t particularly controversial.

40. Waiting For The Sirens’ Call – New Order (2005; Waiting For The Sirens’ Call; United Kingdom)

It’s important to remember when singing along that you are waiting for multiple sirens to call.

39. Rock It – Little Red (2010; Midnight Remember; Australia)


38. Loslappie (Ek Wil Huistoe Gaan) – Kurt Darren (2003; Se Net Ja; South Africa)

Afrikaans pop…

37. Almost Here – Brian McFadden & Delta Goodrem (2005; Irish Son & Mistaken Identity; Ireland/Australia)

This song is often compared to the Jason and Kylie duet Especially For You.

36. Fans – Kings Of Leon (2007; Because Of The Times; United States)

I first heard this track at a friend’s 21st birthday party. And it was good.

35. Bling (Confessions Of A King) – The Killers (2006; Sam’s Town; United States)

There is absolutely no link between the terrible title and fantastic song.

34. This Year – The Mountain Goats (2005; The Sunset Tree; United States)

Some people accuse the Goats of not actually singing. I accuse them of being too good.

33. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol (2006; Eyes Open; United Kingdom)

The best wall of sound song of the 2000s.

32. Satellite Skin – Modest Mouse (2009; No One’s First And You’re Next; United States)

I can’t wait to derisively wish someone happy congratulations.

31. Numb – Linkin Park (2003; Meteora; United States)

I have a friend who looks exactly like the girl in this video.

30. Dashboard – Modest Mouse (2007; We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank; United States)

Johnny Marr from the Smiths plays on this track.

29. No Children – The Mountain Goats (2002; Tallahassee; United States)

The ultimate break-up song?

28. The Heinrich Maneuver – Interpol (2007; Our Love To Admire; United States)

I used to have several friends living on the west coast.

27. Dance The Way I Feel – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool (2009; The Golden Year; United Kingdom)

It depresses me that I’ve seen Hilltop Hoods live so many times but will never get to see this band.

26. Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National (2010; High Violet; United States)

A sad song for a rainy day.

NEXT: 25 – 11 of the Top 200 Songs of the 2000s

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