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: @Ashling92
Year: 2008
Country of Origin: USA
Appearance: 3rd

13 points



Voted By: @RUNAWAY
Year: 2001
Country of Origin: Japan

this song still captures all my feelings back from when I was younger. Shibuya-kei music was an escape for me in my teenage years, and capsule were the masters of it at the time. It was such a different genre from anything I had ever heard before, and this song was able to bring joy back into my life after everything I had gone through from age of 9 to 12. The happiness that early-2000s capsule brought to my life is unparalleled, and I just knew that I had to include one of their songs here.

13 points



Voted By: @KingBruno (9) @Runawaywithme (4)
Year: 2000
Country of Origin: England
Appearance: 4th

Runawaywithme Commentary:
I couldn’t not include this song. Everything about is so damn cool. Siobhan’s vocal performance embodies that teenage swagger so well. Lyrically it’s like the perfect glimpse into the mind of a teenager - I did definitely skip school and walk for air to this song many times. This song just feels timeless and I will never ever tire of it.

It's been a while since I had truly appreciated Bleeding Love for how huge it is just cause I rinsed it (and Spirit) so much over the years but wow - that is a classic! You Belong With Me, too. Being a casual fan, it was the first song of Taylor that got me hooked.

And poor Sugababes 1.0 - do I smell betrayal?
Overload out before we even hit the top 250, noooo! That’s madness. A truly unique masterpiece, I remember being so impressed with how strange it was. I still can’t really think of anything else that sounds like it.

Bleeding Love is another one that seemed a surefire top 100 candidate.

With all of these decade-defining tracks leaving so early on, you just can’t help but wonder what did make the top 100.


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I know I'm late to the party (where did the last month go?!) but the sheer number of PJ favourites falling left, right and centre is quite something. This rate is brutal!

I see my #8, #9 and #10 all got eliminated with no other voters, which is unsurprising when you look at the kind of songs that also only managed one voter!

#8: Brandy - Come A Little Closer: One of my favourite songs ever, not just of the 2000s, and now a favourite of my boyfriend's after I introduced him to it early in our relationship. The layering of the vocals and the counterpoint (parallel melodies) towards the end of the song never fail to get me every time. And that key change... *chef's kiss*

#9: Sara Bareilles - Gravity: Absolutely heartbreaking. A song I've performed at open mic nights and listened to countless times, and it's lyrically and musically flawless. "But you're neither friend nor foe / Though I can't seem to let you go / The one thing that I still know / Is that you're keeping me down" is a moment.

#10: Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart: The clear winner of the Alicia Keys rate (with an average that exceeded 10!) and with good reason - it avoids Alicia's primary weakness (her tendency to strain her upper register - looking at you, No One) and leans into the strength of her songwriting. Jeff Bhasker's production really brings out the lyrics while still giving the music the punch it needs, and Alicia's vocals communicate the determination and sorrow of someone trying to get over a lover ("Have you ever tried sleeping with a broken heart? / Well, you could try sleeping in my bed"). While I'm always tempted to name Fallin' as the crown jewel in Alicia's discography, I can't in good faith give it that title when this exists.
14 points



Voted By: @DJHazey
Year: 2009
Country of Origin: Japan
Appearance: 2nd

DJHazey Commentary:
Easily the most recent addition to my list and the only FL one. When I decided to tackle Perfume's discography rate without any knowledge of a song beyond Flash, I had no idea what to expect. What I got was more bops than I bargained for. It was sensory overload at its finest! Flash was my 11, but a few newcomers have matched or surpassed it since. Dream Fighter was always the one I wanted to keep playing every chance I got. Late night. Saturday afternoon. While gaming. While watching a stream. While driving to work dog-tired. While driving home from work dog-tired. When I was happy. When I was depressed. It did not matter, Dream Fighter was becoming like a drug and I had to have doses all the time. It never gets old either after like I would say 200 plays now. So many veterans in the thread would often preach how their best songs are like video game soundtracks. To me, this is the best example of that. That chorus is like the best rpg fight sequence on steroids! Every fast lyric is the perfectly executed combo attack. Pretty soon I am knocked out once again by the power of these three amazing women and their S Tier charisma, choreography, and charm. One the best discographies I have discovered in the past decade.