We’re counting down our favourite songs of the past ten years. Here are numbers 70-61.
70 Water Liars – Swannanoa (2015)
A melancholy story of searching and loss, of heroin and girls with stutters, of cowardice and looking death in the face. No one does this stuff as well as Water Liars.
69 Goodnight, Texas – Jesse Got Trapped In A Coalmine (2012)
Has the authentic twang and gritty lyrics of the very best Appalachian folk and the echoes of its rootsy Americana hangs in the air like a ghostly fog long after the song has finished.
68 Royal Blood – Little Monster (2014)
Mid-tempo, classic rock chug with a rousing chorus.
67 The Decemberists – Rox In The Box (2011)
Rustic, rural Americana, Rox In The Box is a breezy, sing-a-long gypsy stomp inspired by the deadliest hard rock mining disaster in U.S. history.
66 Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope (2015)
Heavy bass, discordant lead guitar crashing about the place like a demented baboon on acid and those metronomic drums just keep pounding. Jello Biafra and Gibby Haynes could have cooked this up in a deranged music lab somewhere.
65 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By (2015)
A sonic polaroid. Understated, reserved and cooly melancholic.
64 War On Drugs – Red Eyes (2014)
Soulful and epic, the woodwinds, synths, acoustic guitars and pianos sharing space in a hazy, dreamlike fog inhabited by Dylan, Petty and Springsteen.
63 Dennis Hopper Choppers – Good To Me (2011)
Builds with a rhythmic hypnotism that refuses to let go. Evoking the spaghetti western soundtracks of Ennio Morricone with an outstanding vocal from Ben Nicholl.
62 Willie Nile – American Ride (2013)
Rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. Another school run anthem, and a perfect road-trip homage to American music.
61 Liars – Brats (2012)
Buzzing, stomping distorted synth-punk. Great video too.