Well, it's December, so the decade is almost over. It's time for my list of the top efforts in some pop culture categories I care about for the last 10 years. In these categories, I felt there were really three entries that really stood head-and-shoulders above the others, so that's why these are "Top 3" lists. With little further ado, here they are:Best Songs Of The Naughties
1) "Beautiful Day"
2) "Hey Ya"
OK, so I like U2. Honorable mention goes to "Viva La Vida"
by Coldplay and (yes, I'm serious) "Hot N Cold"
by Katy Perry. Overall, I thought the Naughties weren't quite as good as the 90s
as far as music goes; I'd rank "Semi-Charmed Life"
and "Mr. Jones"
as better than any of the songs listed above.Best Movies Of The Naughties
- Simply put, the best Sci-Fi movie ever.
2) "The Dark Knight"
- Heath Ledger gave the performance of the decade
3) "Casino Royale"
- A great "reset" for a beloved franchise
Honorable mention to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
and "No Country For Old Men"
. I thought the best movies of the last 10 years were better than the decade previous. Dishonorable mention goes to "Atonement"
as the worst movie of the decade. I still can't believe how much it sucked!Best College Football Games Of The Naughties
1) 2003 Fiesta Bowl
: Ohio State 31, Miami 24
2) 2006 Rose Bowl
: Texas 41, USC 38
3) 2007 Fiesta Bowl
: Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42
I rank college football games based on how well-played they are, how important they are, and how entertaining they are, in that order. Lots of locals might think that the game I ranked #3 should top the list, but let's face it -- it wasn't that well played (lots of turnovers and penalties) and it wasn't for the national championship; only one team really had anything to play for. Still, it was the most entertaining of the three.
What do you think? Any additions or subtractions? And do you have any "Best of the decade made up of years starting with the numbers 200_" lists that you'd like to add?