25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps" (2003)

You might mistake Karen O's sweet ode to Liars frontman Angus Andrew for a brokenhearted ex's lament.

It isn't.

Titled with a thematically appropriate acronym of "My Angus Please Stay," it serves as the bittersweet flipside to every "life on the road" epic of the rock-n'-roll era.3

"Wait, they don't love you like I love you" β€” forget the cheering crowds and snuggle up with me.

Before this track, Yeah Yeah Yeahs were pegged as sloppy, stompy, post-punk noiseniks.

"Maps" revealed them as the decade's most unexpected romantics.

β€” Jeff Klingman

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