100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #57: “Fever” by The Black Keys

The song at #57 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Fever” by The Black Keys. Originally hailing from Akron, Ohio, but based in the music city of Nashville since 2010, The Black Keys consists of childhood friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The duo have been putting out fantastic music for nearly 20 years, and I love many of their songs – two of which are included on this list. The first of them is “Fever”, released in March 2014 as the lead single from their eighth studio album Turn Blue.

The song, along with many of the tracks on Turn Blue, was co-written and co-produced with noted producer Danger Mouse. The recording sessions for the album coincided with Auerbach’s divorce from his wife, which inspired many of the album’s lyrics. The songs on Turn Blue are generally more melancholy and introspective than those on their previous album El Camino, and represented a continuation of the duo’s departure from their earlier blues/garage rock roots, much to the chagrin of some of their fans.

“Fever” has a slicker, psychedelic rock vibe, with an infectious dance beat and greater use of lush, throbbing synths in addition to driving guitar riffs and snappy drums. And that deep bass line is fantastic! The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. “Fever” was one of my favorite songs of 2014, and was a big hit on the Billboard Alternative, Adult Alternative and Rock Airplay charts, spending 11 weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart. Unbelievably, it peaked only at #77 on the Hot 100.

The unusual video features Auerbach portraying a sweaty televangelist preaching to an audience as drummer Patrick Carney sits nearby.

My Top 30 Songs for June 14-20, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (3)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (6)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4) 20th week on list
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (11)
11. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
12. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (13)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (15)
14. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (17)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (12)
16. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (18)
17. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
18. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (20)
19. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
20. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (14)
21. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (23)
22. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (24)
23. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (25)
24. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (27)
25. FIRE – Black Pumas (28)
26. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (29)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
28. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (30)
29. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (21)
30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 7-13, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1) 4th week at #1
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. MARIA – Two Feet (7)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
6. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (9)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (8)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
11. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (12)
12. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (13)
13. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (14)
14. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (11)
15. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (17)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
17. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (18)
18. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (20)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (21)
20. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (23)
21. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (15)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
23. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (26)
24. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (27)
25. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (30)
26. RUN – Joji (19)
27. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (N)
28. FIRE – Black Pumas (N)
29. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (N)
30. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 31-June 6, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. MARIA – Two Feet (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (6)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11)
11. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (9)
12. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (13)
13. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
14. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (16)
15. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (12)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (20)
17. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (21)
18. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (22)
19. RUN – Joji (19)
20. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (25)
21. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (26)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (23)
23. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (27)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (17)
25. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
26. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (29)
27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (30)
28. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
29. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (23)
30. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2QW7J2zJqnBLNGK2D4ZaHz?si=yraLo_9JQJGCXIBZPfMNUQ

Top 30 Songs for May 24-30, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (4)
6. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (7)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (8)
8. MARIA – Two Feet (9)
9. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (6)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (12)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (15)
12. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (10)
13. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (17)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (11)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
16. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (19)
17. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
19. RUN – Joji (20)
20. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (22)
21. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (24)
22. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (28)
23. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
24. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (27)
25. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (29)
26. EXPECTATION – Katie Pruitt (30)
27. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (N)
28. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (23)
29. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (N)
30. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mD3HBSJBxWJLKTWcABUvK?si=eLC9zLkjRXG-e1ZxX3r_fg

Top 30 Songs for May 10-16, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
3. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
10. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (11)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (10)
12. MARIA – Two Feet (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (17)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (18)
15. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (12) 21st week on list
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (19)
17. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (15)
18. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (13)
19. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (14)
20. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (22)
21. HELL N BACK – Bakar (23)
22. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (24)
23. RUN – Joji (25)
24. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (28)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
27. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (30)
28. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (20)
29. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (N)
30. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (N)

For some reason, the Spotify playlist is not being displayed as it normally is, so click on link to open: 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1A5wXmwC1ZMSTlXUFcyq0q?si=zpxAyJgHQbKdWKaApzTs2A

Top 30 Songs for May 3-9, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (25)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (14)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (9)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (10)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (12)
10. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
11. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (13)
12. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4) 20th week on list
13. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
14. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (6)
15. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (8)
16. MARIA – Two Feet (17)
17. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
18. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (19)
19. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (20)
20. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
22. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (23)
23. HELL N BACK – Bakar (24)
24. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (26)
25. RUN – Joji (27)
26. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – KennyHoopla (29)
27. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (16) 18th week on list
28. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (30)
29. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (22)
30. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 26-May 2, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (6)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (5)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (2)
5. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (4)
6. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (3)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (9)
8. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (7)
9. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (11)
10. OH YEAH! – Green Day (12)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (13)
12. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (14)
13. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (15)
14. DELETER – Grouplove (16)
15. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (10)
16. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
17. MARIA – Two Feet (18)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (19)
19. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (20)
20. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (24)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (23)
22. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (17)
23. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (25)
24. HELL N BACK – Bakar (26)
25. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (N)
26. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (28)
27. RUN – Joji (30)
28. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (21)
29. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (N)
30. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 19-25, 2020

1. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
2. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4)
3. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (2)
4. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
5. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (6)
6. CAUTION – The Killers (10)
7. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (3)
8. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
9. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (9)
10. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (12)
11. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (13)
12. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
13. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
14. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (17)
15. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (18)
16. DELETER – Grouplove (20)
17. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (7)
18. MARIA – Two Feet (25)
19. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (24)
20. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (22)
21. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (11)
22. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (15)
23. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (26)
24. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (27)
25. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (28)
26. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (19)
27. HELL N BACK – Bakar (30)
28. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (N)
29. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (21) 21st week on list
30. RUN – Joji (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 12-18, 2020

1. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
2. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (2)
3. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (3)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4)
5. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (6)
6. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (7)
7. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (5)
8. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (9)
9. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (11)
10. CAUTION – The Killers (22)
11. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (8)
12. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
13. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (16)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (17)
15. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (10)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (18)
17. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (19)
18. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (21)
19. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (14)
20. DELETER – Grouplove (24)
21. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (12) 20th week on list
22. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (23)
23. COLORS – Black Pumas (13)
24. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (26)
25. MARIA – Two Feet (27)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (28)
27. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (29)
28. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (30)
29. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (20)
30. HELL N BACK – Bakar (N)