This is the fifth instalment in a series of blogs in which 4TR has reviewed Ausmusic decade by decade, following our reviews of The 1950’s/60’s (June 1 and 9, 2020), The 70’s (June 16, 2020), The 1980’s (September 3, 2020), and The 1990’s (May 18, 2021), already posted on the 4TR site. Simultaneously we will nominate our Top Ten Song choices for each decade, from the huge and diverse range of original local songs, from many genres, as well as another Ten Honourable Mentions, that just failed to make the Top 10.
I hope you enjoy the journey through the musical icons that have become an integral part of the unique soundtrack of our lives, and always feel free to comment on the songs we have selected as 4TR Top Ten hits.
Selection Criteria – 4TR TOP TEN SONGS OF THE DECADE 2000’s (2000-2009)
. Released as a single in the decade and charted primarily during that period in this country
. Is an original composition by Australian or New Zealand artist(s)
. Was predominantly recorded by Australian or New Zealand artist(s).
. Was not necessarily recorded in this country or New Zealand.
. Selections are not genre-specific, but will reflect the artistic excellence, commercial success, innovation, and presentation of local content, that will be common to all the songs deemed to be the best in any decade
Over the next four weeks we will review the Top Ten songs from the 2000’s, beginning the countdown this Week on Thursday May 26th and concluding on Thursday June 16th .
Where certain songs have already been recently reviewed/updated by 4TR and feature in the top 10, a replacement song from the list of Honourable Mentions will be substituted and reviewed. The date on which the review of these Top 10 songs already appears in the blog will be included in parentheses after the song title.
TOP SONGS 2000’s (2000-2009)
Straight Lines – Silverchair (08)
My Happiness – Powderfinger (’01)
Catch My Disease- Ben Lee (’05)
Special Two – Missy Higgins (’06)(4TR blog 3/5/22)
Amazing – Alex Lloyd (’02) (4TR blog 25/4/19)
White Noise – Living End (’09)
One Crowded Hour -Augie March (’07)
Not Pretty Enough – Kasey Chambers (’03)
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet (’04)
Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind) – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu (‘08)(4TR blog 15/4/21)
Ten Near Misses
Walking On a Dream – Empire of the Sun (09)(4TR blog 11/4/19)
UFO – Sneaky Sound System (07 )
Joker and the Thief- Wolfmother (06)
Somewhere Down the Barrel – Dissociatives (04)
Black Fingernails, Red Wine- Eskimo Joe
Perfect- Vanessa Amorosi
So Beautiful- Pete Murray
Since I Left You- The Avalanches
My Delirium – Ladyhawke (08)
Black and Gold – Sam Sparro