Tuesday, October 13, 2009

11. Gorillaz "DARE" (2005)

There's no escaping the lure of "DARE." It is the perfect sum of its parts: dazzling synthesizer, infectious beat, Shaun Ryder's Mancunian charm, Rosie Wilson's lovely chorus, the sighing beauty of its background vocals. It's the highlight of any dancefloor weird enough to succumb to it.

Who would have guessed that the decade's best dance song would be recorded by a rock band? Or, to be more precise, by a virtual rock band? (Imagine the Archies on acid and cocaine.)

Gorillaz is the brainchild of Damian Albarn of Blur, and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. Officially a collaborative effort of many artists, Gorillaz is first and foremost the repository for Albarn's more outré tendencies. Still, his music is always firmly grounded in pop. Singles like "Clint Eastwood," "Feel Good Inc," and "Dirty Harry" are all driven by their memorable hooks.

"DARE" is their best song because, though it too has hooks to spare, it makes you want to shake your rump. And really, isn't that the very definition of a great song?

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