100 Best Songs of the ’00s

Spectrum Culture (also) did a 100 Best Songs of the 2000s series this past fall. Find my contributions below.

#99 – Junior Senior | “Move Your Feet”

#77 – Clipse | “Grindin'”

#63 – At the Drive-In | “One Armed Scissor”

#55 – Brand New | “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows”

#49 – Jay-Z | “Takeover”

#33 – Kelly Clarkson | “Since U Been Gone”

#23 – 50 Cent | “In da Club”

#13 – Lady GaGa | “Bad Romance”

#6 – Daft Punk | “One More Time”

100 Best Songs of the ’90s

Last summer, Spectrum Culture did a 100 Best Songs of the ’90s list. I wrote some entries, which you can find below.

#93 – Smashing Pumpkins | “Mayonaise”

#90 – Britney Spears | “…Baby One More Time”

#78 – Weezer | “Buddy Holly”

#70 – Foo Fighters | “Everlong”

#60 – Nine Inch Nails | “Hurt”

#45 – Guns N’ Roses | “November Rain”

#33 – Nirvana | “All Apologies”

#27 – Green Day | “Longview”

#13 – R.E.M. | “Losing My Religion”

#6 – Depeche Mode | “Enjoy the Silence”


Album Review: Brian Fallon | ‘Sleepwalkers’

Over at Best Fit, I did a short piece on Brian Fallon’s second solo LP, Sleepwalkers.

If you like Fallon’s classic rock worship, you’ll like pretty much anything he’s ever done, including this new record.

Here, he throws in a few new flavors to his Springsteen-isms. It’s not a great album, but at least give the fun lead single “Forget Me Not” a try. That, or you could just check out his slightly superior first album, Painkillers.

Hundred Word Reviews: Fall Out Boy | ‘M A N I A’

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The worst kind of pop record: one that spends its entire runtime insisting on its greatness instead of actually proving it. Yeah, FOB can still write a killer hook, but it’s buried under Top 40 production with an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink mentality. (That they included the album’s title and one song title in all caps suggests partial self-awareness.) Sure, guitars make an occasional appearance, but their function is less songwriting tool than reminder of their existence. At one point Stump asks, “Are you smelling that shit?” Great question, but you should be looking in the mirror when you pose it.