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 .
13 points



Voted By: @VivaForever
Year: 2000
Country of Origin: England

13 points



Voted By: @DJHazey
Year: 2007
Country of Origin: USA

DJHazey Commentary:
Kind of a late bloomer, that’s what I’d consider this one. When this song and album were huge, I was fully aware of it and yet I barely enjoyed it in passing. Once I became more of a pop music fan and started enjoying all facets of the genre, one day Big Girls Don’t Cry came back to me and its giant chorus created quite the revelation for me. Like a “where have you been all my life?” moment even though I already knew of the song. In the span of like two plays I realized this was an all-time favorite song for me, despite never considering it to be that way. I guess when people say “it finally clicked” this exactly what they mean. The “like a child misses their blanket” part of the chorus is a favorite line. It seems so juvenile on the surface, but just adds to a quality this song has that few others do. It’s right in the title: the story is personal. The lyrics are written in this way, so that they help connect the listener to their own life memories. The experience is instantly nostalgic for anyone, no matter what they’ve been through, in part because the narrator is using childhood themes in their writing. This factor is especially true when we consider the middle eight, possibly the best one I’ve ever heard. I don’t even particularly have a personal memory of a friend in grade school that could play the part, but the words still resonate with me on a higher level. I always get butterflies. I always get goosebumps. Sometimes I even choke up. This is when I knew Big Girls Don’t Cry has reached a pinnacle and earned a special place in my heart.

Well, Hoppípolla certainly made it further than I thought it would thanks to @Ironheade. Further than my Rachel Stevens and Sugababes picks! I love Sigur Rós and initially wanted to vote for them in the album version of this (they’re more of an album act in general), but there wasn’t enough space. Their music is stunning and epic.

Pleasantly surprised to see these Kate Havnevik and Radiohead tracks here! I should probably revisit Kate’s music, seeing as I haven’t listened to her in ages.
12-Point Recap

The Corrs - Breathless - The one everyone knows and loves (with reason) but I've found out they have a lot more to offer.
Florence + the Machine - Drumming Song - At first I wasn't really into anything by her, but that's changed dramatically. Even when I started to come around, this song still didn't click and now it does.
Dee Dee - Forever - Oh wow, what a deep-dive into 00's eurodance this is. Figured I was one of the few who even knew she existed.
The Saturdays - Forever Is Over - As stated when it was revealed, this was my Saturdays 11/10 in 2015. I'll change it up next time.
JoJo - Leave (Get Out) - Stone Cold Classic. Even liked it when I wasn't into pop yet.
Stephanie McIntosh - Mistake - Underrated teen-pop gem of an album.
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi - Never quite a 10/10 for me like it is with almost every other Gaga fan, but undeniably great.

Most surprised to see go: Paparazzi and Breathless.
13 points



Voted By: @Crisp X
Year: 2003
Country of Origin: USA
Appearance: 2nd

Along with Avril Lavigne's Losing Grip, this must have been another early confirmation of my love for darker pop-rock cuts! This was my introduction to Michelle Branch and I'll always remember the satisfaction I had when I finally found out who was behind it.

Just a quick backstory, I used to hear it on radio and TV in Summer 2003 but I wasn't able to pick up on the title and artist name. Researching a song at the time wasn't as easy as it is these days, so I ended up giving up on ever hearing it again. It was painful because, even though I didn't hear it a lot at the time, it was still enough for me to vividly memorize parts of the song and music video. Then one day in 2013, in the process of finding many songs lost to my childhood memories, I stumbled upon a website that was archiving old French radio playlists. I went on a deep dive, looking up every single song one by one, and "Are You Happy Now?" turned out to be one of them.

A little digging into her career brought me to her own forum and also to another place where people were expressing disappointments over label shenanigans and an increasing amount of scrapped material. That place was called Popjustice. Yep, this is my origin story!

The cherry on top? It sounded even better than I remembered! The eerie intro, her voice which switches between soft and edgy deliveries, the build up to the explosive grungy chorus. And that *hook*! Plus it's such a feel good song for some reason fff. I mean, I can't count the amount of times I've wanted to scream those lyrics at the top of my lungs anytime I was frustrated at someone or something!

What an angsty anthem and classic. She certainly understood the assignment.
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