The US #1s of the 2000s Rate (Part 2: 2005-2009 - Your #1 Is...)

I always get them mixed up with Walk Off the Earth... whoever or whatever that is.

Meanwhile, Green Day are better when they're fun.
These rates have taught me that the US 2000s charts were weird as fuck. All the rules were still being worked out so sometimes radio hammered something and sent it to #1, other times your iTunes sales were just good enough. Like, we complain about the charts now and with good reason, but at least the H100 seems to reflect what truly IS the biggest song in America. Some of the tracks here I've barely ever heard.
Interesting tidbit for the newbies: For a while, the So What release was the Popjustice forum's highest recorded traffic.
You know what's coming, don't you? Yep, two more SONGS WE ALMOST HAD TO RATE!


Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse fairly roared out of the gate with this one, didn't they? Looks like sampling "Last Man Standing" (from the soundtrack of Django, Prepare a Coffin) paid off. "Crazy" did well enough in the US, to say the least - it spent seven weeks at #2, stuck behind the massive airplay and sales of "Promiscuous" (what a top 2!), as well as placing at #7 on Modern Rock and #53 on R&B. But that looks like a bit of a limp performance next to its phenomenal success in the UK. It topped the singles chart for 9 weeks (the first song to do so in a decade) and the downloads chart for 11, becoming the best-selling single of 2006 and the first single to top the charts from downloads alone, before it was withdrawn so that people wouldn't get sick of it. (Too late.) Worldwide, it was equally huge, and became the 500th ever #1 single in New Zealand. It was also named the best song of the 2000's by Rolling Stone, placed at #11 on Pitchfork's equivalent list, and won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance (as well as snagging a nomination for Record of the Year, which it lost to the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice").


It's impossible to overestimate how omnipresent Akon seemed at about this time. If you made a song in 2006 and uploaded it to Myspace, by the time it was finished uploading, Akon would have featured on it. Anyway. "The Sweet Escape" easily outstripped the moderate success of "Wind It Up", becoming the biggest hit from Gwen's second solo album; it debuted at #93 in December 2006, but a performance on American Idol in March 2007 eventually sent it to #2, behind Akon's own "Don't Matter". It spent fifteen consecutive weeks in the top 10 and remained in the top 100 for over nine months, as well as topping the Pop 100 chart, reaching #2 on Mainstream Top 40 and #3 on Adult Contemporary. This was enough for it to be named the year-end #3 song of the year by Billboard, and to score a nomination for a 2008 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (losing out to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Gone Gone Gone"). It was a little unlucky worldwide, getting more #2s in Canada, Australia and the UK, but did have a #1 debut in New Zealand.


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Gwen Stefani had so many great songs, and yet here we are rating 'Hollaback Girl'.



You're the girl on the right and I'm Gwen.

You can be Gwen if you want! I don't like her top anyway.

I love that album a lot, but it's crazy how some of the single choices almost put me off it in the beginning. It's all about 'Bubble Pop Electric' and 'The Real Thing', and 'Crash' deserved more attention!