March 1st, 2012 1:00am


The celebration of the 10th anniversary of this site continues on with this collection of the best and most notable music of 2003. As I’ve said before, I think 2003 ranks among the very best years for popular music, and is almost certainly the best year for music of the past decade. The sheer number of all-time classic songs from across a variety of genres is astounding, and if you look over the track listing, you’ll note that a majority of the finest artists of the 00s either came on the scene or reached some kind of artistic peak at this time. The first few years of the decade yielded some great music, but this is when the character of the 00s really kicks in.

Here’s a Spotify playlist featuring most of the set, courtesy of Sarah Peters. The survey mixes for 2002, 2010 and 2011 are still up. Check in on April 2nd for a look back on 2004.

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The Knife “Heartbeats” / Kylie Minogue “Sweet Music” / The New Pornographers “The Laws Have Changed” / R. Kelly “Ignition (Remix)” / Britney Spears “Toxic” / Fox N Wolf “Youth Alcoholic” / Ce’cile “Hot Like We” / Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z “Beware of the Boys” / McLusky “There Ain’t No Fool in Ferguson” / Andrew W.K. “Free Jumps” / The Exploding Hearts “Throwaway Style” / Rachel Stevens “Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex” / Scissor Sisters “Backwoods Discotheque Part 1″ / Alicia Keys “If I Ain’t Got You” / Cat Power “He War” / Electrelane “Enter Laughing” / Belle & Sebastian “I’m A Cuckoo” / The Twilight Singers “Teenage Wristband” / Rufus Wainwright “Go Or Go Ahead”

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BeyoncĂ© featuring Jay-Z “Crazy In Love” / Outkast (Big Boi) “The Rooster” / Justice Vs. Simian “Never Be Alone” / Girls Aloud “Jump” / Metric “Wet Blanket” / Chicks On Speed “We Don’t Play Guitar” / LCD Soundsystem “Yeah” / Dizzee Rascal “Fix Up, Look Sharp” / Kanye West “Through the Wire” / Electric Six “Danger! High Voltage” / Yellow Note Vs. Pukka “Naked, Drunk and Horny” / Pleasure featuring Justine Frischmann “Don’t Look the Other Way” / Radiohead “Backdrifts” / The Dandy Warhols “We Used to Be Friends” / The Books “The Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice” / Lumidee “Never Leave You (Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!)” / Birdman aka Baby featuring Clipse “What Happened to That Boy” / Animal Collective “Slippi”

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The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” / The Fall “Theme From Sparta FC” / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists “Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?” / M.I.A. “Galang” / Kelis “Milkshake” / Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz “Get Low” / Raekwon “Ice Cream Part 2″ / Missy Elliott “Pass That Dutch” / TV on the Radio “Young Liars” / The Aislers Set “Emotional Levy” / Cass McCombs “AIDS in Africa” / Broken Social Scene “Cause = Time” / The Blood Brothers “Fucking’s Greatest Hits” / The Mars Volta “This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed” / Deftones “Minerva” / Death Cab for Cutie “Transatlanticism”

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The Fiery Furnaces “South Is Only A Home” / Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “(Do Not Feed the) Oyster” / Outkast (Andre 3000) “Hey Ya!” / Killer Mike and Big Boi “A.D.I.D.A.S.” / 50 Cent “In Da Club” / Nivea featuring R. Kelly “Laundromat” / Enon “Daughter in the House of Fools” / Dog Ruff “Jon E Storm” / Junior Senior “Chicks and Dicks” / Fountains of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom” / Liz Phair “Rock Me” / R.E.M. “Bad Day” / No Doubt “It’s My Life” / Jamelia “Superstar” / Wayne Wonder “No Letting Go” / Pharrell featuring Jay-Z “Frontin'” / The Diplomats “Dipset Anthem” / Memphis Bleek featuring Freeway “Just Blaze, Blee and Free” / Cee Lo Green “I’ll Be Around” / Matthew Shipp “Cohesion”

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The Silures “21 Ghosts” / Basement Jaxx “Cish Cash” / Relaxed Muscle “Sexualized” / Ludacris “P-Poppin'” / Freeform Five “Electromagnetic” / Marit Bergman “Adios Amigos” / Zwan “Baby, Let’s Rock!” / Peaches “Shake Yer Dix” / Bubba Sparxxx “Jimmy Mathis” / Three 6 Mafia “Ridin’ Spinners” / Sophie Ellis-Bextor “Mixed Up World” / Mu “Let’s Get Sick” / The Raveonettes “The Great Love Sound” / M83 “Run Into Flowers” / Black Dice “Cone Toaster” / Sufjan Stevens “They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black”

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Jay-Z “99 Problems” / The Rapture “I Need Your Love” / Liars “There’s Always Room on the Broom” / The Postal Service “We Will Become Silhouettes” / Black Box Record “The School Song” / The Concretes “You Can’t Hurry Love” / Guided By Voices “The Best of Jill Hives” / The Wrens “This Boy Is Exhausted” / The Kills “Kissy Kissy” / The Constantines “Shine A Light” / David Banner “Cadillacs on 22s” / Lil Wayne “Dat Boy Weezy” / Lil Kim “The Jump Off” / Spiritualized “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit)” / Blink 182 “I Miss You” / The Unicorns “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” / Ellen Allien “Trash Scapes” / Alan Braxe and Fred Falke “Love Lost”

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Broadcast “Colour Me In” / Prefuse 73 “Why I Love You” / The Notwist “One With the Freaks” / Boris “Ibitsu” / The Fever “Bridge & Tunnel” / The Strokes “12:51″ / Richard X featuring Jarvis Cocker “Into U” / Nelly featuring Diddy and Murphy Lee “Shake Ya Tailfeather” / Jaylib “The Red” / Freeway featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel “What We Do” / Viktor Vaughan “Saliva” / Heiko Voss “Think About You” / The Darkness “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” / The Libertines “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” / Arcade Fire “No Cars Go” / My Morning Jacket “I Will Sing You Songs” / The Hidden Cameras “Boys of Melody”

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” / Goldfrapp “Strict Machine” / Blur “Me White Noise (Albarn Version) / Stereolab “…Sudden Stars” / Four Tet “As Serious As Your Life” / The Gossip “Lessons Learned” / Manitoba “Hendrix with Ko” / Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Manhood” / The Shins “So Says I” / Beulah “Landslide Baby” / The Decemberists “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” / Azure Ray “These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue” / Lucinda Williams “Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings” / Michael Mayer “Unter Null” / Explosions in the Sky “Your Hand In Mine” / Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man “Candy Says”

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