To celebrate hitting their double-digit birthday, the iconic UK radio station BBC Radio 6 put it to their listenership to determine the top 100 tracks of the past 10 years. Coming in at #1 was Coldplay with Clocks, a track featured on their 2002 album A Rush Of Blood From The Head.
People’s taste and appreciations have clearly changed a lot over the past decade as even when the track was debuted it only got as high as #9 in the UK singles charts of that year. High rotation on radio and just about every inspirational sports-related TV commercial from the last 10 years seems to have gotten them over the line. And I know what you’re thinking – 2002 is more than 10 years ago now, but the single wasn’t released off the album in the UK until March 2003, which apparently qualifies the track for inclusion in the list.
Coming in as the second-best song of the last 10 years was Arctic Monkeys and their heavily rotated jam I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor. But the final list wasn’t all Brit bands, with The Killers‘ Mr Brightside capping off the top 5, and both Johnny Cash‘s rendition of the Nine Inch Nails track Hurt and The Flaming Lips with Do You Realize?? making it into the top 10.
Coldplay member Will Champion was pretty chuffed at the announcement, commenting (Via Contact Music), “This is extraordinary. We’ve been listening to 6 Music since it started and I feel like our band’s career and this station have grown up in parallel. This top 10 is amazing – what an amazing 10 years of music… We all said, “Not bad for a song that hasn’t got a chorus.”
Check out the full list here – makes for a pretty awesome playlist.