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
  • Poll closed .
This batch!

@Iggypig and @WhenTheSunGoesDown bringing justice to underrated girlbands.
Kylie with my favorite traffic jam bop.
One of The Fame's best album tracks (but, well, that whole album is a 10/10 for me).
Hilary with an amazing pyro-pop-classic (although the video looks like it was filmed in her bathroom with a 9 dollar budget).
The taste!

I fear my 7 pointer will be announced in the next batch, but let's wait and see...
7 points



Voted By:
Year: 2009

I got to cheat a bit with this choice & get a ‘2 for 1’, which made me very pleased. I got to knock an Oasis fave off my list & include the greatest singer of the 00s!

Look, I know the Gallagher brothers can be knobs, but Oasis was huge part of my high school music experience & I remained fans of them throughout. Noel has just written some amazing tunes over his career & not many top ’Stop Crying Your Heart Out To Me’.

So, imagine my joy when Leona Lewis did a cover?

Outside of Charlotte Church & a couple others, Leona is on my short list of the greatest singers I’ve ever experienced. That’s what you do with great singers… you don’t just ‘hear them’, you experience them. That’s why they can sometimes sing songs as boring as software terms & conditions & you can still listen. You just love their voices too much to not too.

Liam Gallagher’s voice is certainly an acquired taste, so hearing someone with the range of Leona tackle such a brilliant Noel Gallagher song this way was a revelation. Part of me wanted her to drop an album of Oasis covers. (Though her Counting Crows cover was so divine & equally unexpected, I was contented.)

In some ways I got a symbolic 3 for 1 with this song, as her version on the X-Factor finale in 2009 was just a moment for me. Singing competitions were a huge deal to me in the 00s (and tried find the most special ways to make reference to them in my ballot) & her live version of 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' on that show was just a decade defining capper to that whole genre.

My love of this song really also further defined an ending to me (a couple other songs in my ballot did this, too,) By the the end of the 00’s I had really fallen out with a lot of the rock music that defined a huge part of my youth. It just didn’t inspire me anymore & new bands just really were feeling all ‘samey’ to me. It just didn't do it for me anymore.

In some ways, Leona’s version of ’Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ helped to bookend things in more ways than one. Not only was it an end of the decade capper, but the very iconic band she was covering would also cease to exist at the end of 2009.

In many ways, the song just felt both prophetic & poignant.

'Cause all of the stars
Are fading away
Just try not to worry
You'll see them someday
Just take what you need
And be on your way
And stop crying your heart out

This Leona acoustic version, too….. the talent

7 points



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Year: 2004
Country of Origin: Sweden

livefrommelbs commentary:
In 2004 I went on an 8-week holiday around Europe with my family. While I was in the UK I bought the Spiderman 2 soundtrack - and immediately became OBSESSED with this song. It's pretty much all I listened to for the next two months, feeling every lyric as if my 14-year-old self had any fucking clue what Ana was singing about, and feeling every emotion in the blistering, guitar-driven chorus. Underrated in the 00s pop-rock canon, for sure.