Today, pop enthusiast and former Idolator scribe Chris Molanphy finishes Tweeting down his “Top 75 Singles of The Noughts”. -ed.
10. OutKast, “B.O.B.” Prophetic—Baghdad matters again? in 2000?—and singular in all of hip-hop.
9. Amerie, “1 Thing.” Best use of a sample in the Noughts, on a song capturing how new love feels: jumpy but electrifying.
8. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Maps.” This is less a song than a poem, leaving ample space both to rock and to break your heart.
7. The Postal Service, “Such Great Heights.” What millennial romance sounds like: a robot body with a human soul.
6. Justin Timberlake featuring T.I., “My Love.” A tour de force for all concerned: JT’s falsetto, T.I.’s rap, Timbaland’s gleeful noise.
5. LCD Soundsystem, “All My Friends.” We could be aging, lonely, hung-over Heroes—just for one day.
4. Jay-Z, “99 Problems.” “Doing 55 in a 54”? Try 150 in a 65. Affirmed the reign of J-HOVA, redeemed Rick Rubin.
3. OutKast, “Hey Ya!” Such an undisputed classic, we jam to it at weddings now, even with those pensive lyrics.
2. Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone.” Rewired our very concept of how pop could sound—and offered the showcase Clarkson deserved.
1. Gnarls Barkley,”Crazy.” Definitive and undeniable, for so many reasons.
You can read Part 1 (#75-#11) over here.