5 New Millennium Songs You’re Totally Sick of But Don’t Turn Off
You know those songs: You’ve heard them a million times, you’re sick to death of them, you could go the rest of your life without hearing them again, but when they come on the radio or over the speakers in a bar or coffeehouse, something takes over, and you’re oddly enamored. You can’t turn ’em off. The last 13 years have brought plenty of these tunes, but a handful have really stuck with us. Behold: 5 New Millennium Songs You’re Totally Sick of But Don’t Turn Off.
‘Home’ is one of those jams that when you hear it for the first time, it feels like you’ve finally found something that’s been missing from your life for far too long. Then you go through a phase of playing it way too much, to the point that it’s cloying, so you stop. But if it pops up somewhere, you still won’t turn it off. And obviously, you’re not the only one: How else do you explain the song’s nearly 19 million YouTube views?
Another one of those indie rock jams that you just can’t get out of your head, Band of Horses‘ ‘Funeral’ was featured in so many movies, TV shows and ads in the late ’00s that the ubiquity of such a dark song became a bit of a joke. “I raped the replay button,” reads one borderline insensitive YouTube comment under the song’s video that has tallied dozens upon dozens of likes.
Modest Mouse had been churning out downtrodden indie gems for more than a decade before taking on a sunnier disposition for ‘Float On,’ the band’s first song to find mainstream success. And it’s likely the surprisingly upbeat lyrics that makes ‘Float On’ so damn infectious and hard to turn off. “I was just kind of fed up with how bad s— had been going, with bad news coming from everywhere,” singer Isaac Brock said of the song’s inspiration, “I just want to feel good for a day.”
What is it about whistling that makes a tune so damn infectious? Peter, Bjorn & John called this album ‘Writer’s Block’ and originally inserted the whistling chorus as a place-filler because they couldn’t think up any catchy words to stick in there. Eventually, they realized the tune was actually better off without the words, and just like that, one of the biggest indie jams of the new millennium was born.
MGMT’s label pretty much assumed it had gotten everything it was going to get out of the group’s debut, ‘Oracular Spectacular,’ by the time ‘Kids’ was released as the third single. At first, the duo didn’t even bother to make a video. But ‘Kids’ became an out-of-left-field smash, and it wasn’t long before a fan-made clip had racked up million of plays on YouTube. So MGMT finally put together their own video, but it remains far outpaced by the amateur clip.