“Everybody knows… Almost doesn't count.” Well, you’re welcome to feel that way, Brandy, but the rest of us are here to celebrate the songs that ALMOST made it to the top of the charts in the 2000s. As you listen to the songs that reached #2 in the first decade of the third millennium, you’ll learn (or remember) that the UK charts and popular culture by extension reflected a wide range of genres and trends—everything from garage and trance to pop and dance, along with a few guys with guitars (and some Transylvanian twins). Certainly you’d probably get the same history lesson by looking at the list of #1 songs, but here on Popjustice, I think it’s in our collective DNA to fight for the underdogs, right? And let’s just get this out of the way from the jump—if you’re looking for a musically knowledgeable, erudite, sonic-terminology-knowing host like @Ironheade, you’re in for a world of hurt in this rate, folks. Without any further ado, it is my honor and honour to welcome you to the (never imitated, never duplicated) UK #2’s OF THE 2000’s RATE!! *fanfare* PART ONE! *smaller fanfare* The list of #2 songs that we are using for this rate was compiled by Neil Derek Fletcher, the only child of Derek & Elaine Fletcher. And I’m pretty sure Elaine Fletcher’s son would never lie to us! In any event, if we find any leftover or missing #2’s, we can add them in later. (Please note: Your host will never make any “number two” puns during the rate. No matter how tempting it may be.) Since there were so many frigging songs that peaked at #2 in the "aughts," we’ll split the rate into two parts of roughly equivalent size. Unfortunately, those did not also split into two equivalent time spans, so Part 1 of the rate covers 2000-2003 and Part 2 will include 2004-2009. You know the standard rules, but read on for a special twist: 1) Don’t pick up the ph Please listen to and score all songs on a scale from 0-10. 2) You each have the ability to give one 11. If you want to use it, please do. If you don’t want to use it, who hurt you? 3) Decimals? Really? Ugh, but I hate math. Fine, you can have .25s, .50s, and .75s. No decimals between 10 and 11. Nice try. 4) Double A-sides will be ranked individually. Whatever. 5) If one of the videos is of the wrong song, or the links are wrong, help a host out! I tried to find official music videos where possible, or at the very least mimed performances or studio versions if not. 6) HERE IS THE TWIST!! When you send your scores, please send your guess for the song that you think will end up at #2 in this rate. Oh, the indignity of just missing out on the #1 spot on the UK Singles Chart AND missing out on #1 in our rate! But, the person/persons closest to the correct answer will……………BE GIVEN A SECOND ELEVEN TO USE IN PART TWO OF THE RATE!!!!! (Am I allowed to do this? I take it back if I can’t. I’m also OK with scuttling it if everyone hates the concept.) 7) Commentary and/or shade appreciated!! YOUR VOTES FOR PART ONE ARE DUE BY TUESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 19TH, 11:59PM EAST COAST USA TIME. I WILL POST UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER. SORRY FOR ABUSING CAPS LOCK. SPOTIFY PLAYLIST YOUTUBE PLAYLIST Spoiler: Individual YouTube Links 2000 S Club 7 – Two in a Million S Club 7 – You’re My Number One Donell Jones – U Know What’s Up Sash! – Adelante Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson – Movin Too Fast Blink 182 – All the Small Things Moloko – The Time is Now Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers S Club 7 – Reach Samantha Mumba – Gotta Tell You (Pitch-shifted) Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler True Steppers, Dane Bowers & Victoria Beckham – Out of Your Mind Sonique – Sky Kylie Minogue – On a Night Like This Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue – Kids Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out Martine McCutcheon – I’m Over You Daft Punk – One More Time Westlife – What Makes a Man 2001 Steps – The Way You Make Me Feel Usher – Pop Ya Collar U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag Outkast – Ms. Jackson Ronan Keating – Lovin’ Each Day Mis-Teeq – All I Want D12 – Purple Hills or Purple Pills Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Take Me Home Supermen Lovers & Mani Hoffman – Starlight Steps – Chain Reaction Steps – One for Sorrow Michael Jackson – You Rock My World iio – Rapture Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Murder on the Dancefloor Gordon Haskell – How Wonderful You Are 2002 Puretone – Addicted to Bass Pink – Get the Party Started // alternative link A1 – Caught in the Middle No Doubt – Hey Baby S Club 7 – You Shakira – Whenever Wherever Ali G and Shaggy – Me Julie Britney Spears – I’m Not a Girl Not Yet a Woman X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne – Lazy NSYNC – Girlfriend S Club Juniors – One Step Closer Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out Scooter – The Logical Song Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way S Club Juniors – Automatic High Coldplay – In My Place Appleton – Fantasy Liberty X – Got to Have Your Love Oasis – Little By Little Oasis – She Is Love Holly Valance – Down Boy S Club Juniors – New Direction Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You Will Young – Don’t Let Me Down Will Young – You and I Atomic Kitten – Last Goodbye Atomic Kitten – Be With You Cheeky Girls – Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) One True Voice – Sacred Trust One True Voice – After You’re Gone 2003 Electric Six – Danger High Voltage Busted – Year 3000 Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé – 03 Bonnie & Clyde Kelly Rowland – Stole Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River Sinead Quinn – I Can’t Break Down DJ Sammy – The Boys of Summer Dannii Minogue – I Begin to Wonder Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J – All I Have Mis-Teeq – Scandalous Kym Marsh – Cry Madonna – American Life Lisa Maffia – All Over Craig David and Sting – Rise and Fall Big Brovaz – Favourite Things Girls Aloud – No Good Advice Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body S Club – Say Goodbye S Club – Love Ain’t Gonna Wait for You Fast Food Rockers – Fast Food Song Madonna – Hollywood Benny Benassi presents The Biz – Satisfaction Lumidee – Never Leave You (Uh Oooh Uh Oooh) Ultrabeat – Pretty Green Eyes Lemar – Dance (With U) Dido – White Flag Rachel Stevens – Sweet Dreams My LA Ex Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul – Baby Boy Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On Blue – Guilty Blazin’ Squad – Flip Reverse Britney Spears featuring Madonna – Me Against the Music Girls Aloud – Jump (For My Love) Shane Richie – I’m Your Man Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) Spoiler: PM-Friendly List 2000 S Club 7 - Two in a Million S Club 7 - You’re My Number One Donell Jones - U Know What’s Up Sash! - Adelante Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson - Movin Too Fast Blink 182 - All the Small Things Moloko - The Time is Now Sweet Female Attitude - Flowers S Club 7 - Reach Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You Bomfunk MC’s - Freestyler True Steppers, Dane Bowers & Victoria Beckham - Out of Your Mind Sonique - Sky Kylie Minogue - On a Night Like This Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400 Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue - Kids Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out Martine McCutcheon - I’m Over You Daft Punk - One More Time Westlife - What Makes a Man 2001 Steps - The Way You Make Me Feel Usher - Pop Ya Collar U2 - Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag Outkast - Ms. Jackson Ronan Keating - Lovin’ Each Day Mis-Teeq - All I Want D12 - Purple Hills or Purple Pills Destiny’s Child - Bootylicious Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home Supermen Lovers & Mani Hoffman - Starlight Steps - Chain Reaction Steps - One for Sorrow Michael Jackson - You Rock My World iio - Rapture Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor Gordon Haskell - How Wonderful You Are 2002 Puretone - Addicted to Bass Pink - Get the Party Started A1 - Caught in the Middle No Doubt - Hey Baby S Club 7 - You Shakira - Whenever Wherever Ali G and Shaggy - Me Julie Britney Spears - I’m Not a Girl Not Yet a Woman X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne - Lazy NSYNC - Girlfriend S Club Juniors - One Step Closer Kylie Minogue - Love at First Sight Oasis - Stop Crying Your Heart Out Scooter - The Logical Song Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way S Club Juniors - Automatic High Coldplay - In My Place Appleton - Fantasy Liberty X - Got to Have Your Love Oasis - Little By Little Oasis - She Is Love Holly Valance - Down Boy S Club Juniors - New Direction Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You Will Young - Don’t Let Me Down Will Young - You and I Atomic Kitten - Last Goodbye Atomic Kitten - Be With You Cheeky Girls - Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) One True Voice - Sacred Trust One True Voice - After You’re Gone 2003 Electric Six - Danger High Voltage Busted - Year 3000 Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé - 03 Bonnie & Clyde Kelly Rowland - Stole Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River Sinead Quinn - I Can’t Break Down DJ Sammy - The Boys of Summer Dannii Minogue - I Begin to Wonder Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J - All I Have Mis-Teeq - Scandalous Kym Marsh - Cry Madonna - American Life Lisa Maffia - All Over Craig David and Sting - Rise and Fall Big Brovaz - Favourite Things Girls Aloud - No Good Advice Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body S Club - Say Goodbye S Club - Love Ain’t Gonna Wait for You Fast Food Rockers - Fast Food Song Madonna - Hollywood Benny Benassi presents The Biz - Satisfaction Lumidee - Never Leave You (Uh Oooh Uh Oooh) Ultrabeat - Pretty Green Eyes Lemar - Dance (With U) Dido - White Flag Rachel Stevens - Sweet Dreams My LA Ex Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul - Baby Boy Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On Blue - Guilty Blazin’ Squad - Flip Reverse Britney Spears featuring Madonna - Me Against the Music Girls Aloud - Jump (For My Love) Shane Richie - I’m Your Man Black Eyed Peas - Shut Up Darkness - Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) HAPPY VOTING!!! PS: As an aside, how would people feel about potentially having the voting period for the 2nd part of the rate during the reveals of the 1st part? I have the lists ready to go. On the one hand, I know rating 2 in a row might be a lot, but it also means that the whole thing wraps up quicker and another rate can start earlier? What do you think?