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 .
8 points



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Year: 2006
Country of Origin: England

sfmartin commentary:
Thanks to the glorious Goldfrapp and other innovative mixes of electronic/disco sounds of the 00s there was a wave of dirty synthy electro bangers that I gobbled up. This was Muse’s wonderfully successful try. I remember hearing this for the first time and being astonished it was Muse’s and not Goldfrapp’s new single. It all works wonderfully. The calamitous guitars creating this fuzzy wall of bass and Matt’s best Alison Goldfrapp impression. His trademark falsetto vocals cooing “oooh you set my soul alight” makes an oddly sexy chorus, held up by the “glaciers moving in the dead of night” sounding like some kind of hypnotic trance. Thrilling stuff.



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Not Kelly making her first proper solo single a midtempo ballad about school shootings and it still remaining her second-highest-charting single in the US to date dd.

I went with Work, of course. Unlike @Sprockrooster, I was actually excited about the original version being released as a single, but the remix definitely elevated it by shifting it into territory Kelly hadn't really properly explored - and I credit its success in the UK with giving Kelly the courage to shift into more dancey territory with When Love Takes Over and Commander. Also, @Sprockrooster, the remix isn't Arab-influenced - it borrows heavily from bhangra music, which comes from Punjab in India. In the '90s it was really made famous by artists like Daler Mehndi:

Ace of Base were arguably ahead of their time when they released a "banghra" version of All That She Wants (which I remember being on the Happy Nation album back in the day!) but the so-called bhangra elements are so watered down that they're basically unrecognisable.

As for Rock Steady, well... what a comeback for All Saints. I know they've since said that there were still things they were unhappy about with that comeback, but I remember the touted clash of the girl bands when both this and the Sugababes' Easy were released on the same day in November 2006. All Saints took an early lead when Rock Steady debuted at #11 and Easy debuted at #30, and they maintained that the following week when Rock Steady peaked at #3 and Easy at #8. (Rock Steady was blocked from #1 by, of all things, The Rose by Westlife and The Saints Are Coming by U2 and Green Day.)
8 points



Voted By:
@Crisp X
Year: 2007
Country of Origin: USA

Back in the 00s, I used to sporadically get my hands on rock magazines. At the time, one of their main appeals was the CD Sampler that would go with each issue. These led me to so many discoveries, and helped shape my music tastes during those formative years. This song actually popped up on one of those, and I was overwhelmed the first time I heard it.

I remember being taken aback by the introductory guitars. There are two of them and, despite this song having a more conventional structure for them, it felt like the guitars kept evolving throughout the song, rarely sticking to a motif, but each seeming to do their own thing while managing to complement each others. I really wasn't used to something like this at the time. Unlike your usual rock band, there's no "wall of guitars" here, it's all noodley guitar licks and riffs with tons of reverb and effects put onto them. It really felt like hearing two guitar players improvising, except in an atmospheric emo pop environment. The groovy bass pretty much plays the role of a rhythm guitar as well. It was all so different to everything I had heard before.

And then, if it wasn't enough, the vocals come in. I remember going back and forth between the CD Sampler and the little blurb about the band in the magazine I had just read because there was one particular thing I couldn't believe. This was the most feminine singing I had ever heard in rock music up until that point, from the singing range, the inflections, the emotiveness, the very high notes consistently hit, to the tone itself... except these sweet and delicate melodies were sung by a man. I was like "A man can do this?" It's one of those confusing musical moments I'll never forget!

Afterwards I ended up acquiring their albums, becoming a fan and continuing to bask in their unique fusion of airy emo pop and alt rock for the following 15 years. With their unique sound, Circa Survive broadened my understanding of music, and Anthony Green has become one of my favorite singers ever as well.
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8 points



Yes! A couple of places in my ballot perfection became the enemy of good. JoJo was one of those artists that suffered for this. I couldn't decide between like 3 songs by her & then chose none. I'm a flop. 'Too Little Too Late' was one of those, though.

Back in the 00s, I used to sporadically get my hands on rock magazines. At the time, one of their main appeals was the CD Sampler that would go with each issue. These led me to so many discoveries, and helped shape my music tastes during those formative years.

This is so true. I loved samplers (and still dig some out for PJ song contest entires to this day!) I especially loved when I had a job at a media store & the guy who ran the cd section hated them. So he would just give them to me when they came into the store or price them for like a dollar. I was like, 'score!' I had tons of them.

Finally, I can't believe that someone else voted for my 8 pointer, but if the alphabetical nature of things hold true here... that seems to be the case. It is not a song I picked on my bingo card before this rate started.

ffff... NEVERMIND. I just realized it's my 9 pointer I was thinking about.
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