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Top 5 Songs of the Half-Decade

When I began making my best songs of the decade lists, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the 00s. I'd be comparing 7 years instead of ten like with my 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s lists. Plus, it's tough to compare a song I just heard a few months ago to one from 6 years ago. So I wasn't sure if I was going to do a list at all. Instead, I came up with the compromise of doing the a list from the first half-decade, from 2000 to 2004.

What's different about this list from all the others is that finally I'm doing a list of songs I listened to as they came out. Yay! Note: I limit these lists to one song per artist.
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Top Five Songs from the 90s

This list was the most difficult for me to make. This time out, I was both alive for the whole decade AND a consumer of music. In fact, I took music pretty seriously for the whole decade. The problem is that the music I took seriously (and bought in massive amounts) isn't the music I take seriously today.

Throughout the 90s, I exclusively listened to hip-hop and R&B music. East Coast, West Coast, Underground, Gangsta, all of it. But, as time passed, I got a little older and the music of my youth didn't speak to me as it once did. It also wasn't as good as it used to be, as hip-hop became more mainstream and more predictable.

So I turned to rock, and eventually indie rock. The result is the songs I now like from 90s are quite different than the songs I liked in the 90s. But, it's not like I listened to crap back then, so part of me want to represent that part of me in this list. But it's hard to compare songs I listen to frequently with songs I mostly just listen to for nostalgic purposes. And thus, this list was hard.
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