23. Cup of coffee (Garbage)

The third Garbage (image credit) album, Beautiful Garbage from 2001, received rather mixed responses. Some critics even accused the alternative rock band of selling out. Granted, it is a little more mainstream, but still a highly accomplished artistic effort. And it does sport the best song they have recorded. Cup of coffee describes the emotions after a love affair has ended in a very recognizable way without ever getting overly sentimental. Great lyrics, including lines such as "And no, of course, we can't be friends, not while I'm still so obsessed - I want to ask where I went wrong, but don't say anything at all". With a very original arrangement (including the eerie sounds of what I think is an ondes martinot or a theremin), and singer Shirley Manson in vocal top form, this is one of the best songs of the 21st Century.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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