By Jack Sharkey, March 24, 2017

Every Friday during 2017 we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today. We're taking the journey backwards for a different persepctive on how music has evolved over the past half century. Week 12 is all about 2005.

 

Like every subjective list of art, we hope this will at times make sense and at others spark debate (and maybe even a little criticism). Take the trip with us in 2017 as we look back on the music that got us to where we are today.

 

2005

Rap and hip-hop hadn't yet succumbed to the corporate world so it was still a cultural force of change beyond commercialism but the coming changes were becoming evident. Two-thousand five also stood out because guitar players dominated the popular charts for what would be the last time (at least as far as we know in 2017). 

 

 

Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day  Everyone (except for their original fans) loved Green Day in 2005. Original fans cried "sell out" but the juggernaut of American Idiot could not be stopped.

 

 

1,2 Step - Ciara, ft. Missy Elliot A pop / hip-hop crossever 1,2 Step is also interesting because of its production: It's a dance song that was produced specifically for earbud and headphone listeners. The effects are cool and much cooler directly in your ears, but the song is still what keeps us interested.

 

 

Mr. Brightside - The Killers Dating advice from the Las Vegas quartet with a melody line that would have been out of place in any decade before hip-hop changed the way we look at popular music. 

 

 

I Don't Want To Be - Gavin DeGraw Every few years the music industry gives us a song that's really best enjoyed in a car, at high volume at high speed, preferably when you're really mad at somebody or something. It's edgy but it's safe.

 

 

Daughters - John Mayer The formula is the formula: write and perform a song that appeals to the softer side and you'll make a lot of money. That might sound cynical, but it's not, it's truth and that's not a bad thing.   

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