30 Unforgettable Club Tracks of the '00s (VIDEOS)

Ten years ago when the '00s sputtered into existence, this writer was not one. Instead, what is now barely a shell of a memory recalls a wide-eyed college student working part-time at the mall and using this very paper's gracious internship to attend raves and chronicle them whilst wearing -- I'm going to regret this later --  hot pink phat pants and a forearm rendered nearly immobile by plastic bracelets.

Several crucial fashion tips, a couple wars, an incredible recession, the collapse of the "rave scene" and about 65,091,881 DJs and producers later, here we are. Here I am. Back at City Pages (after a handful of years away) as editor of this web site and attempting to recap the entire decade of the music that's at the heart of both my personal and professional life. Not looking for sympathy, but what a task -- and  after 10 years of parties that go until noon the next day, who's to say anyone in the Twin Cities scene or beyond would remember it even remotely the same way?

Still, here's one humble recollection of 2000-2009 in club music, which quickly became "recession music" as the decade progressed: It's cheap to make and most importantly, it makes depressed people dance. And as long as the latter is true, we don't need the big crazy arenas and drafty urban retreats that once housed our offensively enormous parties before the suburban housewives and politicians finally cried foul.  Our prideful basslines will continue to be the scourge of the authorities, our neighbors and guitar-humping super-purists no matter where they're being dispensed, and we wouldn't have it any other way. 

2000 - 2002: The afterglow of house music's glory years, introduction of electroclash, and still a great time for drum n' bass.

Modjo - Lady (2000)

The Avalanches - Since I Left You (2000)

Daft Punk - One More Time - (2000)

Hatiras - Spaced Invader (2000)

Groove Armada - Superstylin (2001)

Kosheen - (Slip & Slide) Suicide - (2001)

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger (2001)

Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Frank Sinatra (2001)

Vitalic - La Rock 01 (2001)

DJ Marky & XRS feat. Stamina MC - LK (2002)

John B. - Up All Night (2002)

Felix Da Housecat feat. Miss Kittin - Madame Hollywood (2002)

Cosmos - Take Me With You (2002)

Fischerspooner - Emerge (2002)

2003 - 2006: Electroclash as a term becomes passe but poppy electro numbers are still en vogue and the decade's indie kids decide they like dance beats with their guitars.

London Elektricity - Different Drum (2003)

Mint Royale - Blue Song (2003)

Chromeo - Needy Girl (2004)

The Knife - Heartbeats (2004)

Mylo - Drop The Pressure (2004)

High Contrast - Lovesick - (2004)

LCD Soundsystem - I'm Losing My Edge (2005)

2006 - present: Baltimore club finally gets its fair shine, hipsters fall in love on the dancefloor, and the world basically goes insane.

Green Velvet - Shake and Pop (2006)

Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (2006)

Ellen Alien & Apparat - Way Out (2006)

JUSTICE - We Are Your Friends (2006)

Armand Van Helden - I Want Your Soul (2007)

The Count & Sinden feat. Kid Sister - Beeper (2007)

Kid Cudi - Day N' Night (Crookers Remix) (2007)

Blaqstarr feat. Rye Rye - Shake It To The Ground (2007)  

Steve Angello & Laidback Luke feat. Robin S. - Show Me Love (2008)

 Dizzee Rascal (prod by Armand Van Helden) - Bonkers (2009)


2010-2019: What could we possibly expect? Let us know what you think in the comments (link your own picks) and do your New Year's Eve night right -- spend it under a disco ball with your favorite tunes making new memories for the next decade.

Tip: You can download many of these tracks or latest remixes of them at Hypemachine.