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Cane Picks His Top Songs of the Decade to Ring in 2020

December 19, 2019
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-Cane

When the boss asked us to pick our faves of the decade, he first said to pick five songs from each year, for a total of FIFTY.  An hour or so later, he thankfully changed it to just one favorite per year.  Thankfully, because honestly, there was no way I was getting more than one, two tops, out of 2014.  Little light on quality that year.  It was a long decade, and yet it flew by.  I hope it was good for you, and I hope you like at least one of my choices for Best of the Decade.

2010 - SWITCHFOOT / THE SOUND (JOHN M. PERKINS BLUES)

This song absolutely lifted me, and that was before I even bothered to see who John M. Perkins actually was, or what the song was about.  Short version: American Civil Rights activist.  Love can defeat racism.

 

2011 - FOO FIGHTERS / WALK

I still feel like this is somehow underrated when it's one of the Foo's best.  Bonus points for the video nod to "Falling Down," Michael Douglas' extremely underrated movie.

 

2012 - LINKIN PARK / BURN IT DOWN

Classic LP sound...Living Things wasn't one of their biggest albums, but this track is a definite standout.  Listening to this will really make you miss Chester. 

 

2013 - FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS / OUT OF MY LEAGUE

I kind of ignored these guys their first three years because I thought their name was stupid.  Then this came out and I admitted I was wrong for the first and only time of my life.

 

2014 - BLEACHERS / I WANNA GET BETTER

Relentlessly catchy, as are most of Jack Antonoff's songs.  He reminds me of Butch Walker, in that they write and produce monster hits for everyone else, but they themselves find chart success elusive.  This debut single being an exception.

 

2015 - WALK THE MOON / SHUT UP AND DANCE

Ugh...I really didn't wanna put this song in here, because it seems like it's never gone away!  But if I'm being honest, it was the song I most looked forward to hearing on the radio in 2015.  It can take a rest for a minute now, though.

 

2016 - DISTURBED / THE SOUND OF SILENCE

THIS.  Nobody saw this coming.  Everyone knew David Draiman could sing, but this performance is legendary.  So much power and emotion.  I always hated this song...not anymore.

 

2017 - DIRTY HEADS / VACATION

Talk about an earworm.  I was road-tripping from Minneapolis to NYC with a buddy that summer, and he HATED this song.  Like, "tried to open the door and jump out of the car doing 90 on the freeway," hate.  So naturally, I played it on repeat. "A-A-AYEEE!"  Hey man, my car, my rules.  See also: MR. FREAKIN' BELDING!

 

2018 - AJR / SOBER UP

Another song I fought to like because so many people were up my ass about it.  "You gotta hear this!"  I like to find stuff on my own.  Eventually, I relented and listened to it pretty constantly after that.  Alone, though.  I didn't need anyone rubbing anything in my face.

 

2019 - BLINK 182 / DARKSIDE   *(JUST MISSED: Papa Roach "Feel Like Home," and Motionless In White "Brand New Numb.")*

This was the second song they released prior to "Nine" coming out, and they had me.  Not sure it was an official single, but who cares.  This whole album slaps.  Unpopular opinion: It's my favorite Blink album of all time.