384 – The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (2003)
Written by Jack White
Produced by Jack White
Label – XL Recordings
The possibility of a song containing a repetitive simple 7 note riff becoming one of the songs of the decade defies all logic, but it’s the way that Jack White embellishes the riff that makes this record so significant. There’s a fire in his head and heart as he manically yelps out lyrics that convey his continuing ire at the press who constantly question the relationship with Meg White and the media baggage that comes with rapid success swarm around the melody. The overdubbed guitars recorded on old time recording equipment only add to what is an incredibly powerful single.