Lately I've been listening to a lot of songs from the 80's and 90's. I always wondered why music from previous decades tend to be better than the current hits played on the radio. Then it hit me. The reason why old songs always sound better is due to natural selection - only the best songs from the past survive. True quality music has a long shelf life. It will be popular many years, many decades after it is released. In contrast, many songs are popular for a short time but don't have any nutritional value so they disappear fast and are forgotten. We only remember the really good songs and forget the bad ones. This is why old music always sounds better.
That said, I decided to undertake my most ambitious project ever for dangerous reviewers. I will play visionary and attempt to predict those songs from this decade will last the test of time. That is, which songs from the first decade of this new millenium will I fondly look back on 10, 20 years from now and proclaim them to be 'classics' from the past. The goal is to create a top 10 list of great songs released this decade (2000 to the present). And I'm actually gonna rank them from number ten to the number one song of the decade.
Due to the fairly ambitious scope, this will be a three-part series. So in this post, I merely list those songs that did not make the cut. These are songs I thought were noteworthy, some I consider excellent work, yet not top ten material. The next two parts will cover my ultimate top ten.
(Note: I reserve the right to be biased, it makes life more interesting.)
Songs that didn't make the cut, in no particular order:
All the Small Things - Blink 182
Circles Round the Moon - Geri Halliwell
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears
When It's Over - Sugar Ray
Follow Me - Uncle Kracker
Breathless - The Corrs
The Way I Am - Eminem
Answer the Phone - Sugar Ray
Boom - P.O.D.
The Reason - Hoobastank
Angel - Shaggy
Here's to the Night - Eve 6
Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
Something to Talk About - Badly Drawn Boy
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Widow's Walk - Suzanne Vega
Give Me a Reason - The Corrs
Butterfly - Crazy Town
Seasons in the Sun - Westlife
Beer for my Horses - Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
Soak up the Sun - Sheryl Crow
All the Things She Said - T.A.T.U.
Maybe Katie - Barenaked Ladies
Look What You've Done - Jet
This Love - Maroon 5
How You Remind Me - Nickelback
Coming up: The bottom half of the top ten.