November 11, 2009
Decade's end: The Year 2003
I was about to say that I don't even remember anything about 2003, but I think I blocked it out. My one image of that year is breaking the phone in absolute frustration and anxiety. So dramatique. But about the music, 2003 was a great year: I was passionately obsessed with every song below, all of them. More than any other year in the 00s. The top three are, by the way, truly the top three songs.
XO's Favorite Songs of 2003
Turin Brakes Painkiller (Summer Rain)
"My love giving me head / Feeling very guilty breakin the bread..."
Rufus Wainwright I Don’t Know What It Is
"Putting all of my time in learning to care / And a bucket of rhymes I threw up somewhere / Want a locket of who made me lose my perfunctory view / Of all that is around / And of all that I do."
Stars Elevator Love Letter
"My office glows all night long / It's a nuclear show / And the stars are gone / Elevator, elevator, take me home." A MASTERPIECE, this song!
Roddy Frame Surf
"When I was young the radio played just for me / It saved me / And now I don't want anyone who wants me, baby. / Tuning out the darkness / Turning on the dawn / If life was like the songs / I'd surf into the waves / And in a splash of silver she'd be gone.
The Cardigans Communication
"Well this is an invitation / It's not a threat / If you want communication, that's what you get / I'm talking and talking but I don't know how to connect / And I hold a record for being patient... / With your kind of hesitation / I need you, you want me, but I don't know how to connect / so I disconnect."
Erlend Oye Like Gold
"My baby, my baby, you're everything to me / When you're gone, there's no one / I'm just lonely / "My baby" - I've never used those words / But that's all I could call / Someone sweet as you / Someone sweet as you.""
This song is not about the words, which I cannot understand. It's about the atmosphere.
Madonna Nothing Fails
No particular line, this song is about the most honest vocal Madonna has ever sung. A sensual Mary Travers!
Deepest Blue Deepest Blue
Love the idea of the title. Who is your deepest blue? I could tell you mine, but I won't.
Pet Shop Boys Miracles
"Thunder is silent before you / Roses bloom more to adore you too / Miracles happen /when you're around."
Fleetwood Mac Everybody Finds Out
"When love starts out in the darkness / It doesn't do well in the light / Affairs of the heart / That start out in the dark/ Usually stay with the night. / When nobody sees them / At least not together / She rarely goes out / She speeds everyday, waiting for the day /When everybody finds out." SLAMMING EPIC.
Annie Lennox Loneliness
"When I call your name, I'm gonna scream out loud and say / Here I am, standing in the crowd / You say come to me with your open mind / You never know what you still might find."
Simply Red Home
"So fake cool image should be over/ Cause I long for a feeling of home / Real life depicted in song." What does that mean? Whatever , it flows.
Beyonce Crazy In Love
"Got me hoping you'll page me right now." Nice Sopranos reference too.
Pink Catch Me While I’m Sleeping
The best song Prince never wrote. Everyone should download this.
Will Young Stronger The fist song that made think Will would extend beyond the limitations of his Idol start.
Alicia Keys Diary
"Lay your head on my pillow / Here you can be yourself / No one has to know what you are feeling / No one but me and you"
Thomas Newman Angels In America theme
No lyric, but a beautiful song. I wrote about this once and promptly deleted it.
The album of the year is perhaps the best of the decade, Want One by Rufus Wainwright.
and here are some epics that should be on this list... Josh Rouse Comeback (Light Therapy) / Shack Carousel / Starsailor Telling Them / Sugababes Conversation's Over