Artwork by Adam Sarpalius
As 2009, and the decade come to a close, PMA will be looking back at our favorite songs of the last ten years. We will update a list with 75 empty slots until we reach that song that changed everything. You can keep track of this list by keeping an eye on this page. We make these lists in hopes that you guys will chime in the comments and share your favorite musical moments of the noughties.
Before everything on Sam’s Town revealed that The Killers were pretty much a better-than-average Springsteen cover band, “All These Things That I’ve Done” was an interesting, unexpected epic on an album of otherwise straightforward synth-dance-pop.
From its opening piano chord, led by the self-important crooning of self-important front-man Brandon Flowers, “All These Things” had me transfixed, hooked on its epic nature, complete with a beginning, middle and full-circle end. There are too many memorable parts- “I got soul but I’m not a soldier” was an indie rally cry for a year. “Yeah, you know you gotta help me out” is both funny and meaningful. “When there’s nowhere else to run” was an instant classic opening line.
The Killers like to think that every song they write is a masterpiece, that Sam’s Town is one of the great all-time rock albums (it is underrated for sure, but come on now). In reality, the Killers have many good tracks, a whole bunch of great tracks, and “All These Things That I’ve Done.” With its glorious hooks, build-ups and sing-along lyrics, it is truly a classic.
#15. Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica
#16. Arctic Monkeys – Leave Before The Light Comes On
#17. Kanye West – Jesus Walks
#18. Beyonce – Crazy In Love
#19. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
#20. Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
#21. The Strokes – The Modern Age
#22. Jay-Z & The Beatles – 99 Problems (Danger Mouse)
#23. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
#24. The Knife – Heartbeats
#25. Lil Wayne – A Milli