Ultimate 2000s: Song Justice (Complete)

Which year was the best?

  • 2000

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • 2001

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • 2002

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • 2003

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • 2004

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • 2005

    Votes: 2 6.1%
  • 2006

    Votes: 2 6.1%
  • 2007

    Votes: 7 21.2%
  • 2008

    Votes: 1 3.0%
  • 2009

    Votes: 2 6.1%

  • Total voters
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4 points



Voted By: @Crisp X
Year: 2009
Country of Origin: Russia

Regina is one of those artists that took me a long time to warm up to. Her music wasn't total uncharted territory as I was starting to become a fan of Sara Bareilles during that era, but somehow Regina's material felt way less accessible. However, this song made everything finally click. Her performance at Fallon's late night show in particular was the catalyst, and it remains my favorite version ever since. It's like peak quirky indie pop to me, and it's the main reason I love it so much. The vocals have such a singalongy feel to them (especially the middle eastern inspired hook in the chorus) and the piano melodies sound out of a nursery rhyme. It all puts a smile on my face everytime... even though the lyrics are quite ominous!

Another reason I picked this song is that around the day it was performed at Fallon, in November 2010, I woke up to a surprising amount of snow. It was the start of many snowfalls that kept getting heavier, to the point a snow emergency was declared in my state. Some days, I would go to high school, but classes were being cancelled at the last minute, meaning I would join a couple of friends and classmates to come play in the snow, hang out in the city, and do dumb stuff instead. Lastly, the snow situation got too much my high school had to shut down two weeks earlier, so we ended up having an extended Christmas break.

A lot of the fun memories I had in that short period of time are now forever associated with this song. Here's the aforementioned performance that I must have watched hundreds of time by now.

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4 points



Voted By: @sfmartin
Year: 2001
Country of Origin: USA

sfmartin commentary:
What a glorious pop song. Garbage showing all lessers how to craft a perfect pop song. This should have been number one for weeks and weeks. It is joyous but with lyrics with the tongue firmly planted in cheek enough not to seem trite. The perfect blend of bouncy guitars, hand claps, Shirley’s sickly sweet vocals. A total joy.

YESSSSSSS!!!! One of (if not the) best garbage songs ever. Shirley sounds great in it
There was a remix of "When I Grow Up" (the exact one escapes me) that got me into The Pussycat Dolls, along with the Dave Aude remix of "I Hate This Part", but while I still prefer the remix of the latter, I've since grown to appreciate the original for the former. My best memory was thinking the lyrics said "When I grow up, I wanna see the world, drive nice cars, I wanna have boobies" which was very...well interesting/exciting to say the least for DJ Straightzey, considering the lead singer dd.

I don't want to say "Cherry Lips" is Garbage's best pop song considering alot of the music is obviously pop, along with the countless other genres they dabble in, but "Cherry Lips" is their best Pop song.
4 points



Voted By: @saviodxl
Year: 2003
Country of Origin: Finland

saviodxl commentary:
A little bit before the emo movement took off, these Finnish guys delivered a song that not only can be a localised version of the emo movement, but also served as a division line in their career. I went to learn that before this song they were a pop-punk band, singing only in Finnish, with silly melodies and lyrics, not taken seriously in their own country. In The Shadows gave them a brand new image, a brand new sound and a whole new wave of fans. I like to classify their sound as rock, but with lyrics that can be so so pop. This song is that rock-pop banger that makes your stamina reach high levels and you wanna jump along, but anguish in despair in the darkness of your room at the same time. That's pretty emo to me!

Fallin' is undeniable perfection, whew! Back when my only access to music was through TV music channels I would always get so hype when it came on. Even more iconic due to my mum's vocal hatred, like, how can you, it's spell-binding?

In The Shadows was damn massive but it's been ages since I heard it anywhere. Nice to revisit, now that it's not overplayed anymore!

And I can't exactly be called a Disney pop girls fan but It's Alright It's Ok is a classic, it's true, it's true!
Guilty Pleasure is one the best albums by a Disney Pop Queen and "It's Alright, It's OK" is actually one of my least favorites on the album, yet I'd still give it an 8.5/10. The album is that good. "Overrated", "Acting Out", and "Tell Me Lies" were all long list choices. At one point I'd also say "Hot Mess" and "How Do You Love Someone" were considered 10+/10 songs as well. Plus you can add in the fact that "Crank It Up" is a solid gold anthem and a fan favorite. Then sprinkle in how highly regarded songs like "Masquerade", "Erase and Rewind", and "Hair" are, then the set of amazing bonus tracks. Masterclass.
Ok......so Dust.

Don't worry, there are bops coming, but I just adore this piece of music.

I have an autumn/winter playlist made up of movie scores and other ethereal/Enya-ish pieces that I love (it's on Spotify if anyone is interested), and Dust features on there.

The soundtrack album in its entirety is a beautiful listen, especially on a drizzly weekend afternoon, when it's also the best time to watch a fantasy flick like The Golden Compass.