24. Garbage, "Push It"
Shirley Manson, avenging glam-punk queen with mane
of crimson and shiny boots of leather, gives the command: "Push it! Make
the beats go harder!" The boys in the band oblige, with Butch Vig
at the controls. "Push It" perfected the Garbage school of sleek
screech, fusing guitars and electronics for pop kicks while everybody else was
trying to make it sound like earnest work. Like the rest of Version 2.0,
it's Shirley on fire with empathy for her fellow troubled girls – like she
says, this is the noise that keeps her awake.