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. 500.
    Kanye West: Jesus Walks

    Jesus Walks

    Kanye West
    The College Dropout (2004)
  2. 501.
    Wilco: Hummingbird

    Hummingbird

    Wilco
    A Ghost is Born (2004)
  3. 502.
    The Jayhawks: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

    The Jayhawks
    Smile (2000)
  4. 503.
    Houndmouth: Sedona

    Sedona

    Houndmouth
    Little Neon Limelight (2015)
  5. 504.
    Brother Ali: Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Brother Ali
    Shadows on the Sun (2003)
  6. 505.
    Harry Styles: Sign of the Times

    Sign of the Times

    Harry Styles
    Harry Styles (2017)
  7. 506.
    Arcade Fire: Black Mirror

    Black Mirror

    Arcade Fire
    Neon Bible (2007)
  8. 507.
    Rihanna: Umbrella

    Umbrella

    Rihanna
    Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
  9. 508.
    Grimes: Flesh Without Blood

    Flesh Without Blood

    Grimes
    Art Angels (2015)
  10. 509.
    The Suburbs: Hey Muse!

    Hey Muse!

    The Suburbs
    Hey Muse! (2017)
  11. 510.
    Broken Bells: The High Road

    The High Road

    Broken Bells
    Broken Bells (2010)
  12. 511.
    Dessa: Velodrome

    Velodrome

    Dessa
    Chime (2018)
  13. 512.
    J. Roddy Walston and The Business: Heavy Bells

    Heavy Bells

    J. Roddy Walston and The Business
    Essential Tremors (2013)
  14. 513.
    Dawes: When My Time Comes

    When My Time Comes

    Dawes
    North Hills (2010)
  15. 514.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Sacrilege

    Sacrilege

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Mosquito (2013)
  16. 515.
    Charles Bradley: Changes

    Changes

    Charles Bradley
    Changes (2016)
  17. 516.
    Lucinda Williams: Righteously

    Righteously

    Lucinda Williams
    Wold Without Tears (2003)
  18. 517.
    Low: When I Go Deaf

    When I Go Deaf

    Low
    The Great Destroyer (2005)
  19. 518.
    Kendrick Lamar: The Blacker The Berry

    The Blacker The Berry

    Kendrick Lamar
    To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  20. 519.
    Walk the Moon: Shut Up and Dance

    Shut Up and Dance

    Walk the Moon
    Talking Is Hard (2014)
  21. 520.
    The Decemberists: The Rake's Song

    The Rake's Song

    The Decemberists
    The Hazards of Love (2009)
  22. 521.
    Bon Iver: Perth

    Perth

    Bon Iver
    Bon Iver (2011)
  23. 522.
    Childish Gambino: Me and Your Mama

    Me and Your Mama

    Childish Gambino
    Awaken, My Love! (2016)
  24. 523.
    David Byrne and Brian Eno: Strange Overtones

    Strange Overtones

    David Byrne and Brian Eno
    Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008)
  25. 524.
    First Aid Kit: My Silver Lining

    My Silver Lining

    First Aid Kit
    Stay Gold (2014)
  26. 525.
    Kendrick Lamar: DNA.

    DNA.

    Kendrick Lamar
    DAMN. (2017)
  27. 526.
    Foo Fighters: These Days

    These Days

    Foo Fighters
    Wasting Light (2011)
  28. 527.
    Radiohead: Optimistic

    Optimistic

    Radiohead
    Kid A (2000)
  29. 528.
    Snow Patrol: Hands Open

    Hands Open

    Snow Patrol
    Eyes Open (2006)
  30. 529.
    Wolfmother: Joker and the Thief

    Joker and the Thief

    Wolfmother
    Wolfmother (2005)
  31. 530.
    Beck: Timebomb

    Timebomb

    Beck
    Timebomb (2007)
  32. 531.
    Jason Isbell: The Life You Chose

    The Life You Chose

    Jason Isbell
    Something More Than Free (2015)
  33. 532.
    Spoon: Sister Jack

    Sister Jack

    Spoon
    Gimme Fiction (2005)
  34. 533.
    Phantogram: Mouthful Of Diamonds

    Mouthful Of Diamonds

    Phantogram
    Eyelid Movies (2010)
  35. 534.
    Muse: Supermassive Black Hole

    Supermassive Black Hole

    Muse
    Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
  36. 535.
    Eddie Vedder: Hard Sun

    Hard Sun

    Eddie Vedder
    Into the Wild soundtrack (2007)
  37. 536.
    Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around

    The Man Comes Around

    Johnny Cash
    American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
  38. 537.
    CHVRCHES: Leave A Trace

    Leave A Trace

    CHVRCHES
    Every Open Eye (2015)
  39. 538.
    Prince: Guitar

    Guitar

    Prince
    Planet Earth (2007)
  40. 539.
    The Strokes: Juicebox

    Juicebox

    The Strokes
    First Impressions of Earth (2006)
  41. 540.
    Cloud Cult: Everybody Here Is A Cloud

    Everybody Here Is A Cloud

    Cloud Cult
    Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) (2008)
  42. 541.
    Beach House: Norway

    Norway

    Beach House
    Teen Dream (2010)
  43. 542.
    Weezer: Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills

    Weezer
    Make Believe (2005)
  44. 543.
    The Killers: Read My Mind

    Read My Mind

    The Killers
    Sam's Town (2006)
  45. 544.
    Tegan and Sara: Closer

    Closer

    Tegan and Sara
    Heartthrob (2012)
  46. 545.
    Sharon Van Etten: Serpents

    Serpents

    Sharon Van Etten
    Tramp (2012)
  47. 546.
    Passion Pit: Sleepyhead

    Sleepyhead

    Passion Pit
    Chunk of Change (2008)
  48. 547.
    Kanye West: All Of The Lights

    All Of The Lights

    Kanye West
    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  49. 548.
    Frightened Rabbit: The Woodpile

    The Woodpile

    Frightened Rabbit
    Pedestrian Verse (2013)
  50. 549.
    HAIM: Want You Back

    Want You Back

    HAIM
    Something to Tell You (2017)
  51. 550.
    Dirty Projectors: Stillness Is The Move

    Stillness Is The Move

    Dirty Projectors
    Bitte Orca (2009)
  52. 551.
    Chance The Rapper: Work Out

    Work Out

    Chance The Rapper
    Work Out (Single, 2018)
  53. 552.
    Alice Merton: No Roots

    No Roots

    Alice Merton
    Mint (2016)
  54. 553.
    Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

    Vincent

    Car Seat Headrest
    Teens of Denial
  55. 554.
    HALEY: Kismet Kill

    Kismet Kill

    HALEY
    Impossible Dream (2016)
  56. 555.
    Radiohead: Jigsaw Falling Into Place

    Jigsaw Falling Into Place

    Radiohead
    In Rainbows (2007)
  57. 556.
    Jain: Come

    Come

    Jain
    Zanaka (2016)
  58. 557.
    Sleater-Kinney: Bury Our Friends

    Bury Our Friends

    Sleater-Kinney
    No Cities to Love (2015)
  59. 558.
    The Avett Brothers: January Wedding

    January Wedding

    The Avett Brothers
    I and Love and You (2009)
  60. 559.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Gold Lion

    Gold Lion

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Show Your Bones (2006)
  61. 560.
    Hippo Campus: Bambi

    Bambi

    Hippo Campus
    Bambi (2018)
  62. 561.
    Florence + The Machine: Delilah

    Delilah

    Florence + The Machine
    How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)
  63. 562.
    Brother Ali: Truth Is

    Truth Is

    Brother Ali
    The Undisputed Truth (2007)
  64. 563.
    Sade: By Your Side

    By Your Side

    Sade
    Lovers Rock (2000)
  65. 564.
    Bad Bad Hats: Midway

    Midway

    Bad Bad Hats
    Psychic Reader (2015)
  66. 565.
    Courtney Barnett: Nameless, Faceless

    Nameless, Faceless

    Courtney Barnett
    Tell Me How You Really Feel (2018)
  67. 566.
    Fitz and the Tantrums: Hand Clap

    Hand Clap

    Fitz and the Tantrums
    Fitz and the Tantrums (2016)
  68. 567.
    Silversun Pickups: Panic Switch

    Panic Switch

    Silversun Pickups
    Swoon (2009)
  69. 568.
    Iggy Pop: Gardenia

    Gardenia

    Iggy Pop
    Post Pop Depression (2016)
  70. 569.
    Milky Chance: Stolen Dance

    Stolen Dance

    Milky Chance
    sadnecessary (2014)
  71. 570.
    St. Vincent: Masseduction

    Masseduction

    St. Vincent
    MASSEDUCTION (2017)
  72. 571.
    The National: Day I Die

    Day I Die

    The National
    Sleep Well Beast (2017)
  73. 572.
    Arcade Fire: Modern Man

    Modern Man

    Arcade Fire
    The Suburbs
  74. 573.
    Brandi Carlile: Sugartooth

    Sugartooth

    Brandi Carlile
    By the Way, I Forgive You (2018)
  75. 574.
    boygenius: Bite The Hand

    Bite The Hand

    boygenius
    boygenius (2018)
  76. 575.
    Ray LaMontagne: Trouble

    Trouble

    Ray LaMontagne
    Trouble (2004)
  77. 576.
    Beach House: Zebra

    Zebra

    Beach House
    Teen Dream (2010)
  78. 577.
    The Shins: Saint Simon

    Saint Simon

    The Shins
    Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  79. 578.
    tUnE-yArDs: Gangsta

    Gangsta

    tUnE-yArDs
    whokill (2011)
  80. 579.
    The Raconteurs: Carolina Drama

    Carolina Drama

    The Raconteurs
    Consolers of the Lonely (2008)
  81. 580.
    The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels

    How a Resurrection Really Feels

    The Hold Steady
    Separation Sunday (2005)
  82. 581.
    Sturgill Simpson: Brace For Impact (Live A Little)

    Brace For Impact (Live A Little)

    Sturgill Simpson
    A Sailor's Guide to Earth (2016)
  83. 582.
    Solange: Cranes in the Sky

    Cranes in the Sky

    Solange
    A Seat at the Table (2016)
  84. 583.
    Dawes: That Western Skyline

    That Western Skyline

    Dawes
    North Hills (2009)
  85. 584.
    Wilco: Random Name Generator

    Random Name Generator

    Wilco
    Star Wars (2015)
  86. 585.
    The Tragically Hip: In A World Possessed By The Human Mind

    In A World Possessed By The Human Mind

    The Tragically Hip
    Man Machine Poem (2016)
  87. 586.
    George Ezra: Budapest

    Budapest

    George Ezra
    Wanted on Voyage (2014)
  88. 587.
    Leon Bridges: Smooth Sailin'

    Smooth Sailin'

    Leon Bridges
    Coming Home (2015)
  89. 588.
    BORNS: 10,000 Emerald Pools

    10,000 Emerald Pools

    BORNS
    Dopamine (2015)
  90. 589.
    JD McPherson: North Side Gal

    North Side Gal

    JD McPherson
    Signs and Signifiers (2012)
  91. 590.
    Father John Misty: The Ideal Husband

    The Ideal Husband

    Father John Misty
    I Love You, Honeybear (2015)
  92. 591.
    Fitz and The Tantrums: MoneyGrabber

    MoneyGrabber

    Fitz and The Tantrums
    Pickin' Up the Pieces (2010)
  93. 592.
    Camera Obscura: French Navy

    French Navy

    Camera Obscura
    My Maudlin Career (2009)
  94. 593.
    Band of Horses: Laredo

    Laredo

    Band of Horses
    Infinite Arms (2010)
  95. 594.
    P.O.S: Get Down (feat. Mike Mictlan)

    Get Down (feat. Mike Mictlan)

    P.O.S
    We Don't Even Live Here (2012)
  96. 595.
    Greta Van Fleet: Highway Tune

    Highway Tune

    Greta Van Fleet
    Black Smoke Rising (2018)
  97. 596.
    Atmosphere: You

    You

    Atmosphere
    When Life Gives You Lemons... (2008)
  98. 597.
    Leon Bridges: Coming Home

    Coming Home

    Leon Bridges
    Coming Home (2015)
  99. 598.
    Editors: Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

    Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

    Editors
    An End Has a Start (2007)
  100. 599.
    Neko Case: Deep Red Bells

    Deep Red Bells

    Neko Case
    Blacklisted (2002)
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