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Music of the Decade

Music of the Decade

Date: Dec 28 2009

Themes: Music, Time

Grammar: Simple Future Tense

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Certain songs always make you think about a particular time in your life. Like every time you hear “I Swear” by Boys II Men, don’t you think about kissing Ben Hansel behind the gym at your eighth grade dance? OK, maybe not. But there are probably other songs that you associate with specific memories.

With the decade almost over, it’s fun to think about what songs will always remind you of the 2000s. Will one be “Milkshake” by Kelis? “B.O.B.” by Outkast? Or what about “There’s No Home for You Here” by The White Stripes? Find out what Marni and Mason’s picks are for the songs of the decade.

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Mason

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Marni

Marni

Mason:  So I didn’t even think about it but, you know, it’s gonna be the end of the decade soon.

Marni:  Right.

Mason:  I’m lookin’ at this post, this guy’s put a list together of like his favorite, what he thinks are the best songs of the last ten years. And it’s weirdin’ me out how…I mean like Radiohead Kid A came out in 2000 so he’s got “Idioteque” on here. It’s a great song, but…

Marni:  But it feels like…

Mason:  It just feels like it would’ve happened so much longer ago. There’s like Outkast, The Killers. I think they’d be on my list.

Marni:  I disagree with that one.

Mason:  Arcade Fire. This is definitely like a hipster indie list.

Marni:  Yeah, I’m getting that.

Mason:  But look, number nine, he’s got Britney Spears’ “Toxic” on here. This is eclectic.

Marni:  You know what, that’s a great song. She gets props for that.

Mason:  Is it?

Marni:  Yeah, I absolutely agree with that because I think it’s one of her best songs.

Mason:  Some Kanye, “Jesus Walks.” I don’t think I know that one.

Marni:  Yeah, you know, Kanye is very controversial now but I think if you look at the decade as a whole...

Mason:  Well, when he came out he was all the rage or whatever, and like everyone loved his music, but now it’s become about his big bravado and you just talk about Kanye being Kanye.

Marni:  Right.

 

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Marni and Mason are looking at a music critic’s list for the best songs of the 2000s. They agree with some of his choices, but not all of them.

Mason likes Radiohead but he can’t believe their album Kid A came out in 2000. It seems to him like it came out much longer ago. He also likes the band The Killers, but Marni wouldn’t put them on her list of the best music of the 2000s.

Marni approves of “Toxic” by Britney Spears as a choice for one of the top songs of the decade. She thinks it’s one of Britney’s best. Mason and Marni agree that Kanye is another great artist of the 2000s, even though his reputation as a controversial figure sometimes overshadows his music.

What are your picks for the best music of the 2000s?

 

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CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Damn,at that time I wasn’t really interested in music, not even listening to English songs. :D

11:28 AM Apr 20 2012 |

Honey-pig

Honey-pig

China

I agree that Britney Spears is no doubt on the top10 list of best artists of the decade, and so with her many brilliant songs.

12:48 PM Jun 07 2011 |

dina spears

Monaco

I think that Britney Spears deserves to be on that list. All of her songs are great, unique. Toxic is one of my favourite songs and i must agree with Manson it's eclectic.

07:16 PM Apr 13 2011 |

Sawdestination

Mexico

Uffff!!! Lots of songs!!!

Madonna obviouslly has to be in the list of the singers who create an amazing decade in music. And I have no doubt she´ll be at music for a long long time!! Even when the last album sucks (too much comercial), you can´t deny "Ray of light" was her most awesome album of her career in terms of music, lyrics and concept besides her chamaleonic image in every single video of the five tracks that came out of this album.

 

06:19 PM Feb 18 2010 |

Razty

Razty

Thailand

i love simple plan
they so smart i like it

02:50 PM Feb 16 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm I have a large list so I guess it would fit here :P This is very personal to each one ;)

06:50 PM Jan 05 2010 |

Realin Chang

China

i love  Lady Gaga & Leona Lewis~

 

 

10:39 AM Jan 03 2010 |

biko2246

biko2246

India

for me there are many songs of 2009 i lke oll the akon songs and also the game . the best song in the 2009 (mad) by ne-yo

 

12:12 PM Jan 02 2010 |

julilamorochi

Brazil

the strokes, the libertines, lady gaga, lily allen, kanye west, balck eyed peas, david guetta, kings of leon.

madonna always and oasis as well

 

12:01 AM Dec 31 2009 |

PumpkinSoup

Thailand

2000s will always remind me of James Morrison. I've never been a big fan of anyone my whole life until this man came out lol. I'm totally in love with his music. It just makes me feel better whatever mood I'm in.

Radiohead is great I just discovered them this year even they're formed before I was born. I love Fake Plastic tree,Creep and High and dry.

Here goes my list

James Morrison

Jason Mraz

Lilly Allen

Kate Nash

Radiohead

Regina Spektor

Snow Patrol

The Kooks

Coldplay

Sara Bareiles

Owl City

Taylor Swift

08:55 PM Dec 29 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

Cool

07:24 PM Dec 29 2009 |

Cool English Teacher

Brazil

Kelis rocksLaughing

04:11 PM Dec 29 2009 |

Kason

China

Time and music,they are always together.music is a big and important part of our life ,so  music in different decades  are the same maybeLaughing

03:26 PM Dec 28 2009 |

Mariah_

Mariah_

Greece

i like kayne too

lady marmelade,yeah… I have a lot of picks :S

02:47 PM Dec 28 2009 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

I like kanye.He has came to China several times,but I didn’t have time to see any of his concerts.I hope he will come here again.
I am also a big fun of Kate Voegele,who is a hot girl about my age.She has two albums,one came out in 2007,another came out this very year.I knew her from the TV show “one tree hill”,which is a great show.You can got lots of wonderful songs from that show.
Music makes our life much better,I used to play guitar with my friends when I was in college.I miss that good old days.

01:07 PM Dec 28 2009 |

shizuka_chul

China

I think different ages like the songs of the decade are different.And when we were young there are some songs that we assoicate with specific memories.(′▽`〃)

When I was a little girl, I always like the song of the anime's.But nowadays,I like pop songs most.Like Lady gaga,Beyonce,Lily Allen,Bigbang and so on.(>▽<)

 Any way,Merry X'mas and happy new year for all.(* ̄︶ ̄*)○

 

06:19 AM Dec 28 2009 |

waittingyou

China

i like what i sing~

05:36 AM Dec 28 2009 |

julywidiawati

Indonesia

I don't know..toooooooooooooooo many!

03:10 AM Dec 28 2009 |

Ahn Soo-hyun

South Korea

A few years ago, I liked '서태지와 아이들'  , H.O.T and G.O.D. members. And I like 이문세''s lylics. Nowadays, I like 'Wonder Girls' which got over many difficulties and hardships.

However, my favorite and best songs are Gospel Songs. They make me bright and  higher world not real world. I love Gospel songs. Have a happy day. 

03:02 AM Dec 28 2009 |

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