Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps charting artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they want and add whatever tracks they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
The Temper Trap has been crafting rock tunes for over a decade, amassing wide appeal especially for their 500 Days of Summer-featured single “Sweet Disposition,” a youthful anthem dropped during the height of the ’00s indie sensation. The song landed on the alternative charts in 2010, in addition to remixes that prompted multiple dance chart positions.
The Australian rockers return to the scene once again with their third studio album Thick as Thieves, which drops Friday, June 10, as they embrace passionate and positive themes of hope from their early days.
Billboard teamed up with the group to premiere their powerhouse single “Fall Together,” and now they’re sharing their handpicked playlist of favorite tracks from fellow rock bands that rose to prominence after the turn of the millennium, surviving Y2K and ongoing apocalypse fears.
“Some believed the world would end in 2000 (the Millennium Bug), and others believed it would end in 2012 (the end of the Mayan Calendar cycle). So let me present my favorite songs,” The Temper Trap explains to Billboard, “that showed their defiance against the end of the world.”
Check out The Temper Trap’s playlist below, along with explanations behind their picks in their own words:
1. The Walkman — “The Rat”: It’s got driving guitars and some of the coolest drum fills and drum rolls. This song feels so fast, almost too fast, like it’s about to crash and fall to pieces — but it doesn’t!
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Maps”: Every artist has a song that they wish they wrote, and this is most definitely mine. It’s by far one of my favourite songs with poetry and energy like an effortless, bold roar.
3. Interpol — “Obstacle 1”: “But it’s different now that I’m poor and aging/ I’ll never see this face again/ You’ll go stabbing yourself in the neck.” Man, I’d love to have a drink with Paul Banks and ask what was going on here.
4. Bloc Party — “Banquet”: Bloc Party really inspired us in the early days, and we love Paul Epworth’s production here. If you haven’t listened to this album in a while, it’s definitely worth going back to.
5. Tame Impala — “Elephant”: This song falls right before the Mayan calendars end, which is crazy. Love these guys, and love how they’re doing our country proud here!
6. The Strokes — “You Only Live Once”: I love all Strokes songs, but this video of theirs introduced me to tight jeans and has some of the hookiest licks in music to-date. Now I’d like to thank them 16 years later for being the modern spearhead that brought the tight jeans back.
7. The White Stripes — “Seven Nation Army”: Oh man, this song. A little history for you: This song was recorded in London, Hackney, in a studio called Toe Rag. It’s a dying breed of a studio, without a computer in sight. That’s right, there’s not even an option; everything goes straight to tape.
8. The Flaming Lips — “Do You Realize??”: Just listen to the beauty and truth in this song! Thank you, Wayne Coyne.
9. Metronomy — “The Look”: Love the groove in this track, and Anna Prior is an amazing drummer. It’s always great to see female drummers especially killing it!
10. The Kills — “No Wow”: The Kills’ music is so intrinsically catchy and filled with subtleties and contrasting power. Jamie Hince is a master of rhythm!
11. Arcade Fire — “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”: I feel lucky that we have a band like Arcade Fire around right now. They really just keep putting out such great material.