Welcome to The 50, a Rhapsody scheme in which we attempt to compile the biggest, best, most historically remarkable songs of every year. Our list of 50 tracks -- presented here in no particular order, ideally flowing like a time-traveling DJ set -- has been argued over and (grudgingly) agreed upon by our full editorial staff. Please enjoy.
Here, we take on 2005, the year Kanye West warned against gold diggers, Daft Punk were playing at the house of LCD Soundsystem, Missy Elliott lost control and Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" wouldn't leave the radio. While dubstep was emerging in the U.K., rock had what might have been its last great year, with The Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Arctic Monkeys taking over the charts, while The Hold Steady and Sleater-Kinney tore up small venues across the country. Meanwhile, Robyn returned with "Be Mine!", and Madonna's "Hung Up" proved that she could make people move even as she approached 50. Oh, and did we mention "My Humps"?