When I began making my best songs of the decade lists, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the 00s. I’d be comparing 7 years instead of ten like with my 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s lists. Plus, it’s tough to compare a song I just heard a few months ago to one from 6 years ago. So I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a list at all. Instead, I came up with the compromise of doing the a list from the first half-decade, from 2000 to 2004.
What’s different about this list from all the others is that finally I’m doing a list of songs I listened to as I came out. Yay! Note: I limit these lists to one song per artist.
5. “The Scientist” by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Here’s the thing about Coldplay: I know it’s not really cool to listen to their music, and that a lot of people who enjoy their music have no taste in music. But, that doesn’t mean that their music isn’t good. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes the general public gets it right, even if they do so for the wrong reasons. So, I’ll say it: I’m a fan of Coldplay, and “The Scientist” is their best song. Luckily, enough time has paced from its period of annoying ubiquity for me to be able to feel that way about it again.
Sample lyric: “Questions of science/
Science and progress/
Do not speak as loud as my heart”