2. “Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
This is why I can never be a full-fledged music snob: a true scenester would never admit to finding The Flaming Lips’ most famous track, one that reached prominence from its use in commercials no less, as their absolute favourite Flaming Lips song. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older, but I have little time for trying to prove my cred by being obscurist. Because here’s the thing: even if no one other than devoted fans had ever heard it, “Do You Realize??” would be a phenomenal, once-an-era track. Full of hope, wonder, despair, and majesty all at once, the song is utterly sublime. The fact that other people have heard it or that Hewlett-Packard used it in a commercial could never change that. I could probably listen to it every day of my life and still feel the same way.
Sample lyric: “You realize the sun doesn’t go down/
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round”