Well, we have left the noughties and entered a new, as yet unnamed decade.
Of course, there have been various lists of various stuff. I had resisted the temptation to join in, until I saw Channel 4’s ‘Top Twenty Songs Of The Noughties’ on TV recently.
Previously, when you saw something which annoyed you, you would have written an angry letter to the editor of the Daily Mail expressing your disapproval.
But this is ten years into the 21st century, and now people blog their disapproval.
The show on Channel 4 was basically picking 20 big selling hits (No Children In Need, Comic Relief or Westlife) from the decade, putting them into a random order, and calling it a chart.
Every song on it was a big commercial hit from a major act. There wasn’t a song chosen where you would go “Ahh yes, I remember that song”, or a song which wasn’t commercially successful and maybe being heard by people for the first time.
As I consider myself to be more influential than Channel 4, by delivering a year by year breakdown of the essential songs from the past decade that will still sound amazing in 2020.
I was working in The Bot during this year, and listening to some really shit music, but there were some excellent songs which shone through.
Green Day had a successful year, with ‘Warning’ being the standout single release.
Death In Vegas collaborated with Iggy Pop to bring us the majestic ‘Aisha’
In terms of Guilty Pleasures, the year gave us ‘Born To Make You Happy’ by Britney Spears, ‘Come On Over Baby’ by Christina Aguilera and ‘Day and Night’ by Billie Piper. I’m not ashamed to like these songs.
Oasis brought out a new album this year, and I was sad enough to queue up outside Woolies on the day it was released to purchase it as soon as the store opened. And I went to see them at Lansdowne Road as well.
Stand out songs from ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ are : ‘Go Let It Out’, ‘Fucking In The Bushes’ and ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’
That year, Oasis did a special show for the BBC with Jools Holland and did a cover of ‘My Generation’ by The Who after a viewers poll. It was such a fan favourite that it was introduced to the live set, and got a release as a B-side in 2002.
Richard Ashcroft released his debut solo album this year, which brought us the majestic ‘I Get My Beat’, ‘Song For The Lovers’, Cmon People’ and ‘Money To Burn’
Mansun released two excellent singles this year, ‘Electric Man’ and ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’
Badly Drawn Boy’s debut gave us the excellent ‘Disillusion’. Joan Collins appeared in one of his videos that year as well. Credit where it’s due, being a Batman villain and being in a Badly Drawn Boy video is a pretty cool career.
I’m not an Iron Maiden fan, but I fucking love ‘The Wicker Man’
Sia’s ‘Taken For Granted’ is also worthy of a mention.
PJ Harvey gave us the excellent ‘Good Fortune’ while Chicane’s ‘No Ordinary Morning’ deserved to have the success his awful collaboration with Bryan Adams got.
One-hit wonders of the year who deserve a mention are Madasun, Andreas Johnson and Black Box Recorder.
Nerina Pallot burst onto the scene this year, but had to wait 5 years for commercial success.
Ryan Adams ‘New York, New York’ was an excellent song, sadly overshadowed by the poignancy of it’s video.
‘Substitute’ was a tribute album to The who which was released this year, with David Bowie (Pictures Of Lily), Ocean Colour Scene (Anywhere, Anyhow, Anyway) and Cast (The Seeker) being the standout tracks.
Travis followed up ‘The Man Who’ this year, with ‘Side’ and ‘Follow The Light’ being the standout songs from ‘The Invisible Band’
Manic Street Preachers gave us the excellent ‘Let Robeson Sing’ from their new album this year.
Natalie Imbruglia brought out ‘White Lillies Island this year, with ‘Beauty On The Fire’ being the standout track.
Feeder had their breakthrought hit with the excellent ‘Buck Rodgers’. The Strokes (Last Nite) and White Stripes (Hotel Yorba) also had excellent breakthrough hits, whilst already established stars such as The Charlatans (Love Is the Key) and Echo and the Bunnymen (It’s Alright) and Chemical Brothers (The Test) also provided some of the standout tracks of the year.
Nina Persson’s side project, A Camp, brought out ‘I Can Buy You’
The original Sugababes line-up released the beautiful, yet crinimally undercharted ‘Soul Sound’
I was working in The Apartment towards the end of this year, and the highlight of the night was when ‘Destiny’ by Zero 7 came on the stereo.
‘Automatic’ by Pop Idol reject Sarah Whatmore is this year’s guilty pleasure.
We end, with some of the best one-hit wonders of the year from Bellefire, I Monster, 4 Hero and Dave Matthews
This year sees the only posthumous hit on the list, with ‘Any Road’ by George Harrison, which appeared on the ‘Brainwashed’ album he was working on up to his death.
Ryan Adams released the excellent ‘Answering Bell’, while Jimmy Eat World brought out the excellent ‘The Middle’
Oasis released Heathen Chemistry this year, with ‘The Hindu times’, ‘Force Of Nature’ and ‘She Is Love’ being the standout tracks. ‘She Is Love’ is the best Oasis song ever. Fact.
On the Heathen them, David Bowie released an album on that name this year, which featured an excellent cover of ‘Waterloo Sunset’
Sugababes made a comeback with a new member and the excellent ‘Freak Like Me’. Also making a comeback were McAlmont and Butler, who gave us beautiful melodies such as ‘Falling’ and ‘Bring It Back.
They also did a cover of ‘Back For Good’ for the ‘One Love’ charity album, which also featured ‘Come On Eileen’ by Badly Drawn Boy’, whose two hit singles ‘Silent Sigh’ and ‘Something To Talk About’ were among the best songs released this year.
As well, as ‘One Love’, another covers album released this year was ‘I Am Sam’, a compilation of specially recorded Beatles covers used on the soundtrack to the movie of the same name with ‘We Can Work It Out’ by Heather Nova being the standout song.
Other standout releases from the year include ‘Envy’ by Ash, which seems to rip off a Duran Duran guitar riff but I can’t think which song, possibly ‘Girls On Film’ or ‘Planet Earth’, ‘American English’ by Idlewild, ‘Ordinary Day’ by Vanessa Carlton and ‘There Goes The Fear’ by Doves
We end 2002 with Guilty Pleasures which include ‘Stuck In The Middle’ by A1, ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera and a double whammy from Britney Spears of ‘Boys’ and ‘Overprotected’
This year saw the song of the decade, ‘All The Things She Said’ by Tatu. Forget the whole mockrage from Richard and Judy regarding the video and appreciate the best song of the decade.
REM finally released their Greatest Hits album, titled ‘In Time’, and promoted it by ripping off ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ for their single ‘Bad Day’
Nelly Furtado released the criminally under-rated ‘Folklore’ album, which was largely ignored despite the ‘Powerless’ and ‘Try’ singles.
Stereophonics brought out two excellent singles this year in the shape of ‘Movie Star’ and ‘Madame Helga’, while Starsailor’s second album gave us ‘Four To The Floor’ and ‘Silence Is Easy’
This was a vintage year for songs which should have got to Number One but never got near the top fourty from acts who disappeared soon afterwards, such as Michelle Lawson, Boomkat, Ruby Amanfu, Vitamin C and Stephanie Kirkham.
This year also saw ‘Oh Baby’ by Rhianna, not to be confused with Rihanna.
Excellent singles from debut albums this year came from The Thrills (Big Sur), The Darkness (Friday Night) and Kings Of Leon (Molly Chambers).
Commercially under-rated political statements this year came from Travis (The Beautiful Occupation) and No-FX (Franco Un-American).
Excellent songs also came from Blink 182 (I Miss You) and Blink 182 offshoot The Transplants (Diamonds and Guns).
The Strokes standard one good single per album came in the shape of ’12:51′
One-Hit wonders worthy of a mention this year include Boogie Pimps (Sunny), Amy Studt (Misfit) and Gary Jules (Mad World)
And we end, with Guilty Pleasures from Holly Valance (State Of Mind), Girls Aloud (Life Got Cold), Busted (You Said No) and Delta Goodrem (Innocent Eyes).
This year saw a Duran Duran comeback, and ‘Reach Out For The Sunrise’ was worth the wait, while The Beautiful south brought out their excellent covers album ‘Headnoddas, Goldiggas and Pholk Songs’ featuring ‘You’re the One That I Want’
Wet Country Wigga Joss Stone even brought out a good song this year.
Tyler James (Why Do I Do/), The Faders (No Sleep Tonight), Ataris (Boys Of Summer), The Rasmus (In The Shadows) and Speedway (In And Out) all brought out pop gems before disappearing from view.
The Killers brought out their debut album, including ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
Other excellent songs from acts who broke through this year came from Keane (Everybody’s Changing), Razorlight (Golden Touch), Annie (Chewing Gum), The Delays (Long Time Coming) and Franz Ferdinand (Matinee).
Embrace enjoyed a successful comeback, led by the majestic ‘Ashes’, while Travis brought out ‘Walking In The Sun’ to promote their Greatest Hits album and David Bowie brought out ‘Never Get Old’ from his ‘Reality’ album.
Other standout tracks of the year came from Kelis (Millionairre), JC Chasez (Blowing Me Out), Modest Mouse (Float On), The Darkness (Love Is Only A Feeling) and Snow Patrol (How To Be Dead).
Meanwhile, standout Guilty Pleasures came from Darius (Kinda Love), Kylie (I Believe In You), Busted (Thunderbirds), Goldie Lookin Chain (Guns Don’t Kill People) and Rachel Stevens (Some Girls).
Stereophonics returned with their best single ever, ‘Dakota’. The follow up, ‘Superman’ was also excellent.
Other standout tracks this year came from Athlete (Half Lite), Roisin Murphy (If We’re In Love), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Ain’t No Easy Way), Jem (They), Ryan Adams (So Alive), Editors (Munich), White Stripes (My Doorbell), Doves (Black And White Town), Daft Punk (Robot Rock), Ordinary Boys (Boys Will Be Boys), The Tears (Refugees) Phantom Planet (California), Hard-Fi (Cash Machine), Franz Ferdinand (Do You Want To?), Har Mar Superstar (DUI), Chemical Brothers (Galvanize) and Kaiser Chiefs (Modern Way).
Nizlopi almost claimed the Christmas Number One with the beautiful ‘JCB Song’.
Madness released the excellent covers album ‘The Dangermen Sessions’, which gave us ‘Lola’
Kelly Clarkson had a successful year with songs such as ‘Since U Been Gone’, ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ and the beautiful ‘Breakaway’.
Meanwhile, Oasis enjoyed a Number One with the stomping ‘Lyla’
Girls Aloud brought out ‘Biology’, their best song ever.
Coldplay caused a senstaion by releasing TWO good songs, ‘Talk’ and ‘Speed Of Sound’
KT Tunstall also brought out two excellent singles ‘Black Horse And The Cherry Tree’ and ‘Suddenly I See’
This year’s 80s comeback worth waiting for came from Tears For Fears
Guilty pleasures of the year came from Kelly Osbourne (One Word), Charlotte Church (Crazy Chick) and Gwen Stefani (Cool)
Muse enjoyed a successful year with hits such as ‘Starlight’, ‘Supermassive Blackhole’ and ‘Knights Of Cydonia’
Embrace also released three excellent singles this year in the shape of ‘Nature’s Law’, ‘World At Your Feet’ and ‘Target’
The Kooks (‘Naive’, ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’), Razorlight (‘In The Morning’, ‘America’), Nelly Furtado (‘Maneater’, ‘All Good Things’), The Delays (‘Valentine’, ‘Hideaway’) and Guillemotts (‘Trains To Brazil’, ‘Annie, Let’s Not Wait’) could only manage a mere two standout singles this year.
This year’s 80s comeback worth waiting for came from A-Ha.
Meanwhile, U2 and Sugababes share and award for best single to promote a Greatest Hits compilation. Sugababes introduced their new line-up with the wonderful ‘Red Dress’.
Albert Hammond Jr (101) and Richard Ashcroft (Break The Night With Colour) brought out excellent solo singles.
‘Afterglow’ by INXS was criminally under-rated, as was ‘Moodswings’ by Charlotte Church and ‘Learning To Breathe’ by Nerina Pallot
Special mention for ‘Blackened Blue Eyes’ by The Charlatans
Angels and Airwaves (The Adventure) brought out the best single by a Blink 182 offshoot this year.
Best song from an advert was by Jose Gonzalez (Heartbeats), while Lordi (Hard Rock Hallelujah) narrowly saw off Daz Sampson to do the best Eurovision song of the year.
Standout tracks by new acts this year came from The Fratellis (Chelsea Dagger), The Similou (All This Love), Tiga (Far From Home), Kubb (Grow), The Upper Room (Black and White), Boy Kill Boy (Back Again), All-American Rejects (Move Along), Hot Chip (Over and Over), The Pipettes (Pull Shapes), Matisyahu (Youth), The Blood Arm (Suspicious Character), Lazyboy (Underwear Goes Inside The Pants) and Kristian Leontiu (Some Say)
‘Hands Open’ by Snow Patrol should have been a single.
‘Empire’ by Kasabien was the best song of the year.
I love Feist. THIS, was the song of 2007.
Honourable mentions for Reverend and the Makers (Open Your Window), Jamie T (Shiela), Snow Patrol (Signal Fire), Hard-Fi (Suburban Knights), KT Tunstall (Saving My Face), Darren Hayes (On The Verge Of Something Wonderful), The View (Same Jeans), Justice (D.A.N.C.E), Kings Of Leon (Fans), Flaming Lips (Fight Test), Duke Special (Freewheel)
+44 did the best song by a Blink 182 offshoot this year.
Keane’s cover of ‘Under Pressure’ was the best song on a covers album to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Radio 1.
Amy Macdonald had two great singles with ‘Mr Rock and Roll’ and ‘This Is The Life’
I am not ashamed to admit I love ‘Grace Kelly’ by Mika. I love dancing like no-one is watching to that and ‘The Magic Position’ by Patrick Wolf.
Best rip-off of a John Lennon song was done by Kylie, with ‘2 Hearts’
Tiny Dancers should have had a Number One with ‘I Will Wait For You’, and Jack Penate (Have I Been A Fool?) and Bloc Party (I Still Remember).
Best 80s tribute goes to Calvin Harris. It was acceptable at least.
Last Shadow Puppets, with ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, did the best song by a side project better than the singer’s actual band.
CSS did the best song from a commercial starring Kate Moss.
Manics had two excellent singles in ‘Autumn Song’ and ‘Your Love Alone’
Stefy did the best song with a video starring Adam West
Gym Class Heroes did the best song with a video featuring the singer’s girlfriend before she was famous.
This year’s Guilty Pleasure was Gwen Stefani with ‘Sweet Escape’
Sons and Daughters did the best song of the year with ‘Darling’
The Gaslight Anthem did the best Springsteen soundalike song of the year with ’59 Sound’
I love ‘Denial’ by Sugababes
Honourable mentions for Kharma 45 (Ecstacy), Noah and the Whale (5 Years Time), Cold War Kids (Hang Me Out To Dry), Iglu + Hartly (In This City), Black Kids (Hurricane Jane), Chromeo (Momma’s Boy), Alphabeat (Boyfriend), Kenna (Out Of Control), Hot Chip (Ready For The Floor, Paramore (That’s What You Get)
‘Rise’ and ‘Handlebars’ by Flobots are both excellent.
Tegand and Sara (‘The Con’, ‘Back In Your Head’), MGMT (‘Time To Pretend’, ‘Kids’) and Katy Perry (‘I Kissed A Girl’, ‘Hot n Cold’) also released two excellent singles.
Ting Tings had three excellent singles, ‘Be The One’, ‘Great DJ’, ‘Shut Up And Let Me Go’
Keane did the best song that sounds nothing like Keane and a lot like Bowie of the year with ‘Spiralling’
One Night Only would have been better off changing their name to One Hit Only. But, ‘Just For Tonight’ was a fantastic hit.
‘Boy With The Blues’ and ‘I Wanna Live A Dream In My Record Machine’ should have been Oasis singles. ‘I’m Outta Time’ thankfully was.
Lisa Mitchell did the best song from an advert with ‘Neapolitan Dreams’. Chairlift did the second best song from an advert with ‘Bruises’
Stereophonics did the best song promoting a Greatest Hits album with ‘You’re My Star’
The Verve did the best comeback single with ‘Love Is Noise’
Panic! At The Disco did the best Beatles tribute of the year with ‘Nine In The Afternoon’
The Automatic released the best song named after a dead actor of the year with ‘Steve McQueen’
Guilty Pleasures came from Miley Cyrus (7 Things), Ashlee Simpson (Outta My Head), Gabriela Cilmi (Save The Lies) and Girls Aloud (The Promise)
Snow Patrol did the best song to promote a Greatest Hits album of the year with ‘Just Say Yes’
Honourable mentions for Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer), Green Day (21 Guns), The Killers (Spaceman), Jem (It’s Amazing), Macabees (Love You Better), Natalie Imbruglia (Want), Kelly Clarkson (My Life Would Suck Without You), Ladyhawke (Back Of The Van), Frankmusic (Confusion Girl), Stereophonics (Innocent), Ellie Goulding (Under The Sheets), Empire of the Sun (Walking On A Dream) and White Lies (Farewell To The Fairground)
Preston did the best solo single by a former Celebrity Big Brother housemate with ‘Dressed To Kill’
La Roux did the best song by the daughter of a TV copper with ‘Bulletproof’
I love ‘Daniel’ and ‘Sleep Alone’ by Bat For Lashes.
Franz Ferdinand did the best song from an ipod commercial this year with ‘No You Girls’
The Big Pink did the best song from an Xbox commercial this year
The Temper Trap did the best song used in every single commercial and montage this year.
Little Boots did the best song this year with ‘New In Town’
There, you have, the Sound of the Noughties.