5. "Lost Cause"
Album: Sea Change Year: 2002
A promo single for Beck's big break-up album, Sea Change, "Lost Cause" was the first taste that fans got of a sincere, more melancholy Beck. After ending a relationship with his fiance, Leigh Lemon, the scatterbrained, Gen-X attitude that had defined much of Beck's career was replaced with a man who had just gotten punched in the gut for what sounded like the first time. What else are we supposed to make of a title like, "Lost Cause?" But Beck never grew maudlin or mopey with his sentiment. It was just a guy who was genuinely sad and, thankfully, had an audience that offered plenty of shoulders to cry on.