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10 Songs Turning 10 in 2018

By: Branden Griffith

December 26, 2017

2008 was a big year. Obama won his first presidential election, Apple launched the “App Store,” the entire financial system holding up the United States failed, and music!

Put on your nostalgia pants because here are 10 songs that will turn 10 in 2018:

1. “Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon

It’s hard to choose between “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” to highlight here as both went back-to-back on Kings of Leon’s breakout album Only By the Night, but “Use Somebody” won three out of the four GRAMMYs it was nominated for, so it wins.  

2. "Pork and Beans” – Weezer

10 years and 5 albums later, “Pork and Beans” is still one of Weezer’s best songs. Rivers Cuomo angrily wrote the song after being told to write a more commercially successful song, and it ironically ended up becoming the most commercially successful song on the album. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

3. “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay

“Viva La Vida” is one of the catchiest songs of 2008 and would have been one of the most popular if it weren’t for “I Kissed a Girl” and “Single Ladies.” The song still is one of the band’s most successful, and after a career like theirs, that’s saying something.

4. “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” – The Offspring

A career-defining song for The Offspring, “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” is one of the band’s biggest ever and spent plenty of time the alternative charts in 2008. Admit it, you still crank this when you hear it on the radio.

5. “A-Punk” – Vampire Weekend

From the album that put hipsters in oxford shirts and Ray Bans on the alternative map comes “A-Punk,” the song from every car commercial in 2008. Vampire Weekend came into fame almost 10 years ago with their self-titled debut and asked the important question, “who gives a f*** about the Oxford comma?”

6. “I Will Possess Your Heart” – Death Cab For Cutie

For 10 years we have been trying to figure out when to start singing along after the 45-minute long piano intro and I don’t think anybody has figured out exactly when yet. Ben Gibbard probably doesn’t even know. Narrow Stairs had a bunch of tracks on it worth another listen, and “I Will Possess Your Heart” will always be the most memorable.

7. “Savior” – Rise Against

It wasn’t released as a single until 2009, but “Savior” by Rise Against was released with Appeal to Reason in 2008, and moshing Furries everywhere were stoked when the music video came out shortly after. “Savior” was a massive success for the band and remains one of their most iconic songs even 10 years later.

8. “Human” – The Killers

Like Vampire Weekend, Brandon Flowers and The Killers are asking the right questions. “Are we human or are we dancers?” Day & Age was considered one of the best albums of the year in 2008 and probably still would have been if “Human” and “Spaceman” were the only two songs on the album.  

9. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage The Elephant

After releasing two singles to not much acclaim, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” more than made up for lost time and became one of the most played songs of the year in the alternative world (and on my iPod shuffle).

10. “I Got Mine” – The Black Keys

“I Got Mine” from The Black Keys’ 2008 Attack & Release is considered one of the best singles of that year and since then, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have gone on to complete some big projects.

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