Dave’s Favourite Songs of the ‘Naught-ies’

Caveat: Extensive list consisting substantially of World-Weary Women Singer-Songwriter (WWW-SS) music ahead. May be hazardous to the health of those with depressive or misogynous tendencies.


Once a decade, for the past five decades, I’ve made a list of my 30 favourite songs of the decade. I’ve just completed the list for the ‘naught-ies’ — the years 2000-2009 (and yes, I know, the decade doesn’t officially end for another year), so I thought I’d share it, with links to YouTube videos where they exist. This is a purely subjective list, and I’m not entertaining discussion on the merits of songs on it or not on it. I should note that some of these songs actually came out in earlier decades, but I didn’t discover them until this one. I have developed a particular passion for the music of women singer-songwriters who combine artistic composition with emotionally powerful words and music, and for African and instrumental music, which is evident in this list. The rest of the music on the list is merely well-crafted or clever.

  1. Saramaya, by Habib Koite (African)
  2. When You Come Back Down / Doubting Thomas, by Nickel Creek
  3. Gaia, by James Taylor
  4. Heal Over, by KT Tunstall (WWW-SS)
  5. Headlock / Hide and Seek, by Imogen Heap (WWW-SS)
  6. Burning Bridges / Driving North, by Chris Pureka (WWW-SS)
  7. Damn Love Song, by Kris Delmhorst (WWW-SS)
  8. Wreck of the Day, by Anna Nalick (WWW-SS)
  9. Fiddle & Bow, by Natalie MacMaster and Bruce Guthro
  10. Maybe That’s What It Takes, by Alex Parks (WWW-SS)
  11. Likambo, by Kékélé (African, Instrumental)
  12. Ledge / In a Song / Lie in the Sound, by Trespassers William (WWW-SS)
  13. Repose, by ChouChou (Instrumental)
  14. Three Fishers, by Nathan Rogers *
  15. Son of a Gun (remix), by Janet Jackson
  16. Carolina (Things We Never Said), by Sheryl Crow (WWW-SS)
  17. Destiny, by Zero Seven (WWW-SS) (absolutely amazing animation video)
  18. Breathe / Desperately / One of These Days, by Michelle Branch (WWW-SS)
  19. Fusion of the Five Elements, by Michael Hedges (Instrumental) **
  20. Lose Your Way, by Sophie Hawkins (WWW-SS)
  21. Cafe Carnival, by Craig Chaquico (Instrumental)
  22. The River, by Toby Lightman (WWW-SS)
  23. The Bridge, by Antje Duvekot (WWW-SS)
  24. 20000 Seconds, by K’s Choice (WWW-SS)
  25. Eternal Holly, by William Elwood (Instrumental)
  26. Somebody Waits, by Blue Rodeo
  27. Said Sadly, by Nina Gordon and James Iha

* this YouTube ‘video’ is actually a performance by Nathan’s father Stan; the song Three Fishers starts at the 5 minute mark

** this YouTube video is a cover version, but it’s damn near as good as the original, and the video is a masterpiece

Now you know a little more about me. I wear this music the way some people wear clothes. I intend that the list for the next decade will include some of my own compositions.

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11 Responses to Dave’s Favourite Songs of the ‘Naught-ies’

  1. Dave Pollard says:

    OK, I’m stumped. How to you persuade WP to indent numbered and bulleted lists? It looks fine in the WYSIWYG window, but when I publish, all the numbered/bulleted items jump way over to the left — outdented instead of indented. I’m also still waiting for Google to start spidering this blog, since I’m sending all the right pings to the search engines. Any advice from WP veterans welcome.

  2. Janene says:

    Hey Dave —

    Are you using the “”(unordered list) or “” (ordered list) code? That’s always worked on my site.


  3. Janene says:

    Crap…. It read the codes and so they did not show up… that should read:

    Are you using the “”(unordered list) or “” (ordered list) code?

    Hopefully with spaces it will appear ;-)


  4. Janene says:

    No… stupid. unordered list is bracketed () ul, ordered is bracketed ol

  5. Janene says:

    No… it won’t publish the brackets period… its the squared off brackets above the comma and period on your keyboard.

    stupid pretend ai ;-)

  6. Dave says:

    Dave, how your site displays an ordered list depends on the CSS stylesheet; it’s not under the control of WordPress per se.

  7. Dave says:

    In your stylesheet (Appearance-> Editor-> Stylesheet) you should see a section marked “/* Begin Lists” and under that, “.entry ol li”: tweak the values for padding and margin in pixels as you see it done elsewhere, saving your changes and checking the site, until you get what you want. (Be sure to save a copy of the entire stylesheet to Notepad before you start, so you can revert to that if you mess something up and can’t remember how it was.)

  8. Dave Pollard says:

    Thanks everyone. It turns out the CSS stylesheet was being overridden by some code in my Tweeter widget, which my brilliant brother Alan has fixed.

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