893 Essential Songs Since the Year 2000

893 Essential Songs since the year 2000

We hope you had as much fun listening as we did putting the countdown together. If you want to relive the countdown, we're sending you the official 893 Essential Songs Since the Year 2000 playlist on Spotify, as well as the spreadsheet of all the songs and artists. It's also worth pointing out some of the great listener-created lists that were generated during the countdown — check out this community spreadsheet as well as this gorgeous chart by Tom Coyer!

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  1. 200.
    The New Pornographers: The Bleeding Heart Show

    The Bleeding Heart Show

    The New Pornographers
    Twin Cinema (2005)
  2. 201.
    The War On Drugs: Red Eyes

    Red Eyes

    The War On Drugs
    Lost in the Dream (2014)
  3. 202.
    Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker

    You Want It Darker

    Leonard Cohen
    You Want It Darker (2016)
  4. 203.
    Lucius: Turn It Around

    Turn It Around

    Wildewoman (2013)
  5. 204.
    The Dandy Warhols: Bohemian Like You

    Bohemian Like You

    The Dandy Warhols
    Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia (2000)
  6. 205.
    Lady Gaga: Born This Way

    Born This Way

    Lady Gaga
    Born This Way (2010)
  7. 206.
    Dessa: Good Grief

    Good Grief

    Chime (2018)
  8. 207.
    The Lumineers: Ho Hey

    Ho Hey

    The Lumineers
    The Lumineers (2012)
  9. 208.
    Green Day: Jesus of Suburbia

    Jesus of Suburbia

    Green Day
    American Idiot (2004)
  10. 209.
    Interpol: Evil


    Antics (2004)
  11. 210.
    David Bowie: Blackstar


    David Bowie
    Blackstar (2016)
  12. 211.
    Future Islands: Seasons (Waiting On You)

    Seasons (Waiting On You)

    Future Islands
    Singles (2014)
  13. 212.
    Muse: Madness


    The 2nd Law (2012)
  14. 213.
    The Black Keys: Gold On The Ceiling

    Gold On The Ceiling

    The Black Keys
    El Camino (2011)
  15. 214.
    The Decemberists: Make You Better

    Make You Better

    The Decemberists
    What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
  16. 215.
    The National: Mistaken For Strangers

    Mistaken For Strangers

    The National
    Boxer (2007)
  17. 216.
    Radiohead: How to Disappear Completely

    How to Disappear Completely

    Kid A (2000)
  18. 217.
    Lizzo: Truth Hurts

    Truth Hurts

    Truth Hurts (Single, 2017)
  19. 218.
    Courtney Barnett: Pedestrian at Best

    Pedestrian at Best

    Courtney Barnett
    Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
  20. 219.
    DeVotchKa: Queen of the Surface Streets

    Queen of the Surface Streets

    Una Volta (2003)
  21. 220.
    St. Vincent: Digital Witness

    Digital Witness

    St. Vincent
    St. Vincent (2014)
  22. 221.
    The Temper Trap: Sweet Disposition

    Sweet Disposition

    The Temper Trap
    Conditions (2009)
  23. 222.
    Alabama Shakes: Hang Loose

    Hang Loose

    Alabama Shakes
    Boys & Girls (2012)
  24. 223.
    Tegan and Sara: Walking With A Ghost

    Walking With A Ghost

    Tegan and Sara
    So Jealous (2004)
  25. 224.
    The XX: On Hold

    On Hold

    The XX
    I See You (2017)
  26. 225.
    Spoon: Do You

    Do You

    They Want My Soul (2014)
  27. 226.
    LCD Soundsystem: Losing My Edge

    Losing My Edge

    LCD Soundsystem
    LCD Soundsystem (2002)
  28. 227.
    Grizzly Bear: Two Weeks

    Two Weeks

    Grizzly Bear
    Veckatimest (2009)
  29. 228.
    Cage The Elephant: Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

    Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

    Cage The Elephant
    Cage the Elephant (2009)
  30. 229.
    Leon Bridges: Beyond


    Leon Bridges
    Good Thing (2018)
  31. 230.
    Vampire Weekend: Unbelievers


    Vampire Weekend
    Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  32. 231.
    Mitski: Nobody


    Be the Cowboy (2018)
  33. 232.
    Tame Impala: The Less I Know The Better

    The Less I Know The Better

    Tame Impala
    Currents (2015)
  34. 233.
    Japandroids: The House That Heaven Built

    The House That Heaven Built

    Celebration Rock (2012)
  35. 234.
    Fleet Foxes: Mykonos


    Fleet Foxes
    Sun Giant (2008)
  36. 235.
    Kendrick Lamar and SZA: All The Stars

    All The Stars

    Kendrick Lamar and SZA
    Black Panther Original Soundtrack (2018)
  37. 236.
    The White Stripes: My Doorbell

    My Doorbell

    The White Stripes
    Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
  38. 237.
    jeremy messersmith: Violet!


    jeremy messersmith
    The Reluctant Graveyard (2010)
  39. 238.
    Phosphorescent: Song For Zula

    Song For Zula

    Muchacho (2013)
  40. 239.
    Cloud Cult: Running With The Wolves

    Running With The Wolves

    Cloud Cult
    Light Chasers (2010)
  41. 240.
    Radiohead: The National Anthem

    The National Anthem

    Kid A (2000)
  42. 241.
    Sufjan Stevens: Casimir Pulaski Day

    Casimir Pulaski Day

    Sufjan Stevens
    Illinois (2005)
  43. 242.
    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats: I Need Never Get Old

    I Need Never Get Old

    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (2016)
  44. 243.
    Sylvan Esso: Coffee


    Sylvan Esso
    Sylvan Esso (2014)
  45. 244.
    Kanye West: Gold Digger

    Gold Digger

    Kanye West
    Late Registration (2005)
  46. 245.
    Cake: Short Skirt/Long Jacket

    Short Skirt/Long Jacket

    Comfort Eagle (2001)
  47. 246.
    David Bowie: I Can't Give Everything Away

    I Can't Give Everything Away

    David Bowie
    Blackstar (2016)
  48. 247.
    Adele: Rumor Has It

    Rumor Has It

    21 (2011)
  49. 248.
    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Same Love feat. Mary Lambert

    Same Love feat. Mary Lambert

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
    The Heist (2012)
  50. 249.
    Arctic Monkeys: Fluorescent Adolescent

    Fluorescent Adolescent

    Arctic Monkeys
    Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
  51. 250.
    The Strokes: Is This It

    Is This It

    The Strokes
    Is This It (2001)
  52. 251.
    Peter Bjorn And John: Young Folks

    Young Folks

    Peter Bjorn And John
    Writer's Block (2006)
  53. 252.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Can't Stop

    Can't Stop

    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    By the Way (2002)
  54. 253.
    The Strokes: Hard to Explain

    Hard to Explain

    The Strokes
    Is This It (2001)
  55. 254.
    Fountains of Wayne: Stacy's Mom

    Stacy's Mom

    Fountains of Wayne
    Welcome Interstate Managers (2003)
  56. 255.
    Dixie Chicks: Not Ready to Make Nice

    Not Ready to Make Nice

    Dixie Chicks
    Taking the Long Way (2006)
  57. 256.
    TV On The Radio: Staring at the Sun

    Staring at the Sun

    TV On The Radio
    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirty Babes (2004)
  58. 257.
    Spoon: I Turn My Camera On

    I Turn My Camera On

    Gimme Fiction (2005)
  59. 258.
    Frank Ocean: Thinkin Bout You

    Thinkin Bout You

    Frank Ocean
    Channel Orange (2012)
  60. 259.
    Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Possess Your Heart

    I Will Possess Your Heart

    Death Cab for Cutie
    Narrow Stairs (2008)
  61. 260.
    Vampire Weekend: Oxford Comma

    Oxford Comma

    Vampire Weekend
    Vampire Weekend (2008)
  62. 261.
    The Hives: Hate To Say I Told You So

    Hate To Say I Told You So

    The Hives
    Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)
  63. 262.
    Tame Impala: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

    Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

    Tame Impala
    Lonerism (2012)
  64. 263.
    Atmosphere: Sunshine


    Sad Clown Bad Summer 9 (2007)
  65. 264.
    Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

    Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

    Rufus Wainwright
    Poses (2001)
  66. 265.
    Sia: Breathe Me

    Breathe Me

    Colour the Small One (2006)
  67. 266.
    Lizzo: Boys


    Boys (Single, 2018)
  68. 267.
    Beach House: Myth


    Beach House
    Bloom (2012)
  69. 268.
    Radiohead: Pyramid Song

    Pyramid Song

    Amnesiac (2001)
  70. 269.
    Lily Allen: Smile


    Lily Allen
    Alright, Still (2007)
  71. 270.
    The Fratellis: Chelsea Dagger

    Chelsea Dagger

    The Fratellis
    Costello Music (2006)
  72. 271.
    Arcade Fire: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

    Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

    Arcade Fire
    The Suburbs (2010)
  73. 272.
    Jimmy Eat World: The Middle

    The Middle

    Jimmy Eat World
    Bleed American (2001)
  74. 273.
    Outkast: So Fresh, So Clean

    So Fresh, So Clean

    Stankonia (2000)
  75. 274.
    U2: Vertigo


    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
  76. 275.
    Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

    Daft Punk
    Discovery (2001)
  77. 276.
    Bon Iver: Flume


    Bon Iver
    For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
  78. 277.
    Modest Mouse: Missed The Boat

    Missed The Boat

    Modest Mouse
    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007)
  79. 278.
    The National: Graceless


    The National
    Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
  80. 279.
    Spoon: Hot Thoughts

    Hot Thoughts

    Hot Thoughts (2017)
  81. 280.
    Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone

    Since U Been Gone

    Kelly Clarkson
    Breakaway (2004)
  82. 281.
    The Flaming Lips: Fight Test

    Fight Test

    The Flaming Lips
    Yoshimi Battles the Pink robots (2002)
  83. 282.
    Glass Animals: Gooey


    Glass Animals
    Zaba (2014)
  84. 283.
    Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine

    Extraordinary Machine

    Fiona Apple
    Extraordinary Machine (2005)
  85. 284.
    The Killers: Somebody Told Me

    Somebody Told Me

    The Killers
    Hot Fuss (2004)
  86. 285.
    Radiohead: Burn The Witch

    Burn The Witch

    A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
  87. 286.
    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Better Things

    Better Things

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
    I Learned the Hard Way (2010)
  88. 287.
    Michael Kiwanuka: Cold Little Heart

    Cold Little Heart

    Michael Kiwanuka
    Love and Hate (2016)
  89. 288.
    Janelle Monae: Givin Em What They Love feat. Prince

    Givin Em What They Love feat. Prince

    Janelle Monae
    The Electric Lady (2013)
  90. 289.
    Alabama Shakes: Don't Wanna Fight

    Don't Wanna Fight

    Alabama Shakes
    Sound & Color (2015)
  91. 290.
    The White Stripes: The Hardest Button To Button

    The Hardest Button To Button

    The White Stripes
    Elephant (2003)
  92. 291.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Heads Will Roll

    Heads Will Roll

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    It's Blitz! (2009)
  93. 292.
    Metric: Breathing Underwater

    Breathing Underwater

    Synthetica (2012)
  94. 293.
    Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars

    Chasing Cars

    Snow Patrol
    Eyes Open (2006)
  95. 294.
    Norah Jones: Don't Know Why

    Don't Know Why

    Norah Jones
    Come Away With Me (2002)
  96. 295.
    The Hold Steady: Constructive Summer

    Constructive Summer

    The Hold Steady
    Stay Positive (2008)
  97. 296.
    Lady Gaga: Poker Face

    Poker Face

    Lady Gaga
    The Fame (2008)
  98. 297.
    Vampire Weekend: Step


    Vampire Weekend
    Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  99. 298.
    The Knife: Heartbeats


    The Knife
    Deep Cuts (2005)
  100. 299.
    The White Stripes: Blue Orchid

    Blue Orchid

    The White Stripes
    Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
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