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80. Mint Royale ft. Lauren Laverne – “Don’t Falter”
One of the greatest summer pop singles of all time, which makes it all the more baffling that it was released in January 2000. It still reached a respectable No. 15 in the British charts, but it could and probably should have been higher had it been released in June or July. Mint Royale was a dance/electronica act who specialized in remixes (their version of the Terrorvision song “Tequila” had been a huge hit in 1999); while Laverne, now better known as a TV presenter and journalist, was fresh from her time as the teenage frontwoman of beloved indie-punk combo Kenickie. – Seb Patrick

79. Dizzee Rascal – “Fix Up, Look Sharp”
It takes chutzpah to deliver one of your first rap singles with just you and the first 30 seconds, on repeat, of an oft-sampled track, which in this case, was Billy Squier‘s 1980 slammer “The Big Beat.” But the man born Dylan Mills is anything but timid, and he sells this track with pure charisma and confidence. A star-making performance. – Kevin Wicks

78. Magnetic Man – “I Need Air”
Euphoria rarely sounds as troubled and paranoid as it does on this record, which may have come from the fast-emerging dubstep scene but has none of that genre’s common stylistic ideas. There’s no drop, no squitty bass synth, no half-speed rhythmic breakdowns. Instead there are just tense, compact rave synths and a lyric about becoming entirely overwhelmed, whether by love, other people or the power of music. Never mind hands in the air; this is a club banger for agoraphobics. – Fraser McAlpine

77. Pet Shop Boys – “King of Rome”
Xenomania, the production team behind Girls Aloud‘s biggest hits, collaborated with PSB on their 2009 album Yes. The result was the duo’s most acclaimed album in a decade and songs like this unforgettable album track, which paints a grim but musically sumptuous picture of lost love. – Kevin Wicks

76. KT Tunstall – “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”
As one of the first singer-songwriters to make a make with material she had been layering up live using a loop box, KT Tunstall used her box of tricks not to create futuristic soundscapes, but a hootin’, hollerin’ hoedown over which she tells a tall tale of thwarted love. As part of her live set, the song would be created using bangs and whoops, but the recorded version brings in a full band to flesh out the idea, adding a classic rock sheen and preventing the song from vanishing underneath a pile of unstoppable “whoo-hoos.” – Fraser McAlpine

75. The Libertines – “Time For Heroes”
A self-destructive indie rock band with a passion for the romance of Englishness, the Libertines felt like they would never successfully outlast the conflict between frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat—so their recent revival has come as something of a surprise. But it was in the early-to-mid 2000s that they felt genuinely vital, never more so than with this, the third and highest-charting single from their debut 2003 album Up the Bracket. “There’s fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman in a baseball cap” may still be their most defining lyric. – Seb Patrick

74. Savages – “She Will”
London’s Savages sucker punched twenty-thirteen right where it counts upon issuing their superior debut LP, Silence Yourself. They couldn’t have nailed the whole post-punk revival thing any better, and “She Will” is a mere glimpse of the band’s killer sound. Jehnny Beth‘s haunting, shouty vocals are reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux, early Sinéad O’Connor and PJ Harvey. Add some gnarly guitars, propulsive drumming and throbbing bass, and you’re thrashing and twitching all at once. Bloody amazing. – MacKenzie Wilson

73. Underworld – “Bird 1” 
The electronic legends prove their prowess once again with this hypnotic stunner. With Dubfire (of Deep Dish fame) in tow, “Bird 1” is an electrifying return to Underworld’s techno heyday, and Karl Hyde and Rick Smith obviously still have what it takes to manipulate every tick, werp, and bleep so effortlessly. This seven-minute orb is pure gold. – MacKenzie Wilson

72. Bloc Party – “Helicopter”
“Banquet” or “Helicopter”? Which song from this band’s 2005 debut Silent Alarm do we include on this list? Both are fierce examples of danceable, hard-hitting indie we haven’t seen since Gang of Four‘s heyday, but we have to go with “Helicopter,” which detonates over four minutes, barely letting up for a breath, save for those dramatic pauses. – Kevin Wicks

71. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Never mind that this is essentially “Let’s Get it On” with more romantic lyrics or that Ed Sheeran’s sincerity can sometimes be a little too earnest for comfort. He actually wrote this song with his friend Amy Wadge as a favor to her, intending to stick it on a B-side to get her out of some money worries. Easily his most assured and successful song to date, it ended up buying her a house. – Fraser McAlpine

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