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This track is one of the defining pieces of 2000's rock. Ranked #3 on NME's list of "The best 100 songs of the decade", this single and the album that it promoted heralded a new age for guitar music all over the world, and The Strokes influence can still be heard in pretty much every indie/garage band today.