Here’s my list of my favorite songs released during the aughts. You’ll notice lots of Mae, Life In Your Way, Blindside, Project 86, Anberlin, and Dead Poetic. I would say those were my favorite bands of the decade. I tried to be honest, and therefore, not too worried about having too many songs from the same artists. I spent significantly more time getting the rankings of my top 50 correct. I didn’t fret much about whether song 159 should instead be 160, for example, though I did put thought into the placing of each song on the list. Thanks for reading and here they are!

INEVERGLOW’S FAVORITE SONGS OF THE 2000’S:

200. Osmosis Land – Earthsuit

199. In A Sweater Poorly Knit – mewithoutYou

198. Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste – Norma Jean

197. Clouds – As Cities Burn

196. Always Straight Ahead – This Day & Age

195. The Unwinding Cable Car – Anberlin

194. Thanks To You – Copeland

193. Boomerang – Mae

192. Still Burning – Sixpence None The Richer

191. Ready and Waiting To Fall – Mae

190. Lake Tahoe For My Father – Sherwood

189. Reason To Fall – The Tide

188. Caught A Glimpse – Blindside

187. Be Healed – Paper Route

186. Your Heart Is An Empty Room – Death Cab For Cutie

185. The Way To Your Heart – Luna Halo

184. Breakdown – Mae

183. Breathing – Lifehouse

182. PS – Project 86

181. A Hoax To Live For – Dead Poetic

180. Lost Kisses – The Accident Experiment

179. The Feel Good Drag – Anberlin

178. Wait For You – Luna Halo

177. Recovery – Still Remains

176. Stability – Life In Your Way

175. Summer Skin – Death Cab For Cutie

174. Put Back The Stars – Blindside

173. Dance, Dance, Christa Paffgen – Anberlin

172. Weather Island – Logh

171. Different – Acceptance

170. Revelation – Hands

169. Autumn – All The Day Holiday

168. Elegy – Becoming The Archetype

167. Complacent – Luna Halo

166. Kim & Jessie – M83

165. Simon – Lifehouse

164. The Haunting – Anberlin

163. American Clouds – Paper Route

162. More Than Efforts – Life In Your Way

161. Me Against Me – Project 86

160. Reflections – Mae

159. The Invitation – Logh

158. Picture – MuteMath

157. Pitiful – Blindside

156. Sick Cycle Carousel – Lifehouse

155. Reach The End – Life In Your Way

154. Dance On Our Graves – Paper Route

153. Beg – Evans Blue

152. Night/Day – Mae

151. I Love You Like The Little Bird – Starflyer 59

150. Jungle Trail – Steven Delopoulos

149. Song In The Air – Elliott

148. Believer – Jake

147. Don’t Push Love Away – The Juliana Theory

146. Cling and Clatter – Lifehouse

145. Bittersweet – Falling Up

144. The Messenjah – P.O.D.

143. The Fisherman’s Song (We All Need Love) – Mae

142. 8105 – Moving Mountains

141. Salty Grave – Life In Your Way

140. Suspension – Mae

139. Red Sky – Thrice

138. Mistakes We Knew We Were Making – Mae

137. Disconnecktie: The Faithful Vampire – Norma Jean

136. Sol Solis – Moving Mountains

135. Chorus of The Birds – Lucerin Blue

134. New Medicines – Dead Poetic

133. After You’re Gone – Blindside

132. One-Armed Man – Project 86

131. There Cannot Be A Close Second – Copeland

130. Therapy – Relient K

129. Heaven’s Heart – Michelle Tumes

128. The Lover and The Thief – My Epic

127. The Rescue – Search The City

126. A Token Masterpiece – Lucerin Blue

125. When Paula Sparks – Copeland

124. Satellite – Guster

123. Take My Breath Away – Copeland

122. This Place Is Painted Red – Deas Vail

121. Vices – Dead Poetic

120. The Symphony of Blasé – Anberlin

119. Kill – Jimmy Eat World

118. Flatline – Living Sacrifice

117. Autumn – Five O’Clock People

116. Little Green Men – Project 86

115. Glass In The Trees – Dead Poetic

114. Carry Me – Luna Halo

113. Sing – Travis

112. Deep Love – Michelle Tumes

111. Digital Bath – Deftones

110. Are We All Forgotten – Paper Route

109. Hand of The Dead – Living Sacrifice

108. All of Us – Blindside

107. Fall – Life In Your Way

106. All My Friends Who Play Guitar – Starflyer 59

105. Broken Heart – Falling Up

104. Learning To Forget – Spoken

103. Threads of Sincerity – Life In Your Way

102. Running Away – Luna Halo

101. Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky

THE TOP 100

100. Song In My Head – Sherwood

99. Sleep (Premix) – Copeland

98. A Million Parachutes – Sixpence None The Richer

97. Death To My Hometown – Logh

96. When You Thought You’d Never Stand Out – Copeland

95. Lovely – Michelle Tumes

94. Disintegration – Jimmy Eat World

93. The Pursuit – Evans Blue

92. Silence – Blindside

91. Skyline Drive – Mae

90. The Artist In The Ambulance – Thrice

89. The End Of An Era – Hopesfall

88. The Beauty Of Grace – Life In Your Way

87. Sometimes – Logh

86. Out Of The Woods – Nickel Creek

85. Exhibition – Falling Up

84. Falling Into You – Mae

83. Run – The Daysleepers

82. Audience of One – Rise Against

81. These Wings Are Useless – Mindy White

80. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

79. Greener – All The Day Holiday

78. Stein’s Theme – Project 86

77. Haunt Me To Sleep – Lucerin Blue

76. Tonight – The Accident Experiment

75. Glass To The Arson – Anberlin

74. She Cries – East West

73. Only One – Lifehouse

72. Shekina – Blindside

71. Someone Else’s Arms – Mae

70. I Can Revive Him With My Own Two Hands – Still Remains

69. When I Remember – Blindside

68. Hollow Again – Project 86

67. The Secret Place – The Daysleepers

66. Summertime – Mae

65. Forget It – Breaking Benjamin

64. Need – The Benjamin Gate

63. How They Made Cameras – Falling Up

62. Cadence – Anberlin

61. Forgiveness – Luna Halo

60. Stand Inside Your Love – The Smashing Pumpkins

59. Good Morning Planetarium – Falling Up

58. Midnight – Blindside

57. Killian’s Red – Nada Surf

56. You Kill Me – Paper Route

55. When You Come Back Down – Nickel Creek

54. Yellow Lights Mean Slow Down, Not Speed Up – Logh

53. Hostages – Dead Poetic

52. Breakneck Speed – Project 86

51. A Breath In The Fog – Spoken

THE TOP 50

50. Give Up The War – Starflyer 59

49. Thieves In The Palace – Logh

48. Failure On My Lips – Beloved

47. The Red – Chevelle

46. About A Burning Fire – Blindside

45. Lotus And The Langurous – Falling Up

44. So Cold – Breaking Benjamin

43. Just Let Go – Mae

42. The Dark Side of Indoor Track Meets – Falling Up

41. Paralytic – Dead Poetic (Featuring Chino Moreno)

40. Ode We Will Bury Ourselves – Moving Mountains

39. Shallow Like Your Breath – Elliott

38. Home – Nifty Tom FIfty

37. Feel It All Around – Washed Out

36. The Widow – As Cities Burn

35. Paperthin Hymn – Anberlin

34. Fruit Fly – Nada Surf

33. The Spy Hunter – Project 86

32. Molotov – Dead Poetic

31. The Day You Fell Apart – The New Frontiers

30. Shoreline – Deas Vail

29. Stare At The Sun – Thrice

28. Symbiotic – Living Sacrifice

27. Polaris – Jimmy Eat World

26. New Year’s Project – Further Seems Forever

25. Beneath It All – Life In Your Way

24. Anything – Mae

23. Too Little, Too Late – JoJo

22. Death To Traitors – Beloved

21. Paper Boats – Nada Surf

20. Blessed By Your Own Ghost – Elliott

19. The Sun And The Moon – Mae

18. Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie

17. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows – Brand New

16. Sleepwalking – Blindside

15. Light Up Ahead – Further Seems Forever

14. Aliens – Luna Halo

13. The Dream Club Murders – Dead Poetic

THE DANDY DOZEN

  • These 12 songs are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I look at them with full adoration and I usually only listen to them with volume way up and no distractions.

12. “A Melody, The Memory – Mae(2009)

A song about music bringing back the memories of a faded love, and hoping that these memories spark new love.

11. “Inevitable” – Anberlin (2007)

My wife and I have “Inevitable” engraved in our wedding rings. This is an important song to us. On it’s own, it’s an adorable love song with a very cool drum circle part.

10. “Streams Of Woe At Acheron” – Falling Up (2009)

Falling Up really hit their stride in the decade that followed, but they were no slouches during their first decade of existence. This track may even feature the best chorus the band ever produced.

9. “Lie In The Sound” – Trespassers William (2002)

A gorgeous song about being in love. It hits me like the “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star) of the 2000’s. I like to turn it way up in my car stereo and get lost in its melancholy.

8. “The Everglow” – Mae (2005)

The Everglow is my favorite album of the decade, in case you couldn’t tell by the many songs that made the list from that album. The title track is the one that’s most important to me, as it’s mine and my wife’s “song”.

7. “Control” – MuteMath (2004)

The best live band I saw in the 2000’s also produced one of my favorite tracks of the decade. After their self-titled album, I fully expected them to become the next U2 or The Police. Unfortunately, that never happened, and I’ll always look back at “Control” as a reminder of how hot this band came out of the gate.

6. “If There Is A Chance” – The Cardigans (2003)

A bonus track on the best Cardigans album, I cannot fathom why the band didn’t think it fit as an actual track on Long Gone Before Daylight. It’s a stunningly heartbreaking song about love lost.

5. “This Letter” – Lucerin Blue (2003)

An epic song about a long distance relationship. The bridge slays me, when the orchestral instrumentation and spanish guitar take front and center, and then with a killer drum fill it breaks back into the hard rock/post-hardcore sound.

4. “23” – Jimmy Eat World (2004)

I was listening to this song when I decided to pursue a relationship with the woman who would become my wife, but that has little to do with the placement of this song, as it’s difficult to argue against it being one of the very best of the decade in its genre.

3. “Just An Interlude In Your Life” – Klimt 1918 (2008)

I don’t know enough about guitar pedals and whatnot to understand how they got their guitars to sound so immaculate, but my goodness, it’s gorgeous. And I’m pretty sure that drum beat could make walls falls to the ground.

2. “Flowers and Fireworks” – All The Day Holiday (2009)

This song came out a time when I was very confused about the Christianity I had grown up with and I was trying to figure out what I believed and why. “Deconstruction”, as it’s now known, wasn’t really a popular thing then, and I don’t know that I deconstructed to the extremes of many young people these days, but regardless, this song was the soundtrack of the hope I had in Christ and that it would all work out.

1. “(*Fin)” – Anberlin (2007)

At a time when the word “epic” was thrown around about every little thing, Anberlin was there to show us something truly worthy of the word. This song is a journey of ups and downs and quiet and loud. I got the biggest chills I’ve ever had when I heard this song for the first time. It’s just stunning.

THE PLAYLIST: