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 .
I was gonna say the Darren Hayes song impressed me. If he recorded a 25-track album in this vein, maybe he had a point!

I’m guessing this is Darren’s only appearance here, but it shouldn’t be. Releasing a double album may have seemed a bit ambitious, but it didn’t feel anywhere near as bloated as you’d expect thanks to a staggeringly high number of good tracks. He seems to be a slightly forgotten PJ favourite nowadays, but his solo career remains one of the highlights of the 00s.
Starting the #4s this weekend but first a cute anecdote: it's Kate Bush' b-day and the local legend radio journalist just played Sunset on his show to celebrate that! @Aester keeps on winning!
It's also Emily Bronte's birthday. And when Kate decided to write a song based on Wuthering Heights, after watching that TV adaptation, she probably didn't know. What a coincidence!
17 points



Voted By: @RUNAWAY
Year: 2008
Country of Origin: Japan

Miliyah is such an important artist for me, with her being the same age as me, and her experiences and her lyrics mirroring so much of my life. It’s hard to pick just two songs for this list, but I think I’ve made good choices in regards to how the songs have impacted my life. This is my generation’s Sweet 19 Blues, and I’m so thankful to Miliyah. Just like Namie before her, she describes that feeling of having to say goodbye to childhood, and how hard it can be to deal with adulthood, and she does it brilliantly, with self-written lyrics that capture the exact moments at the end of our teenage years where we’re unsure of everything. The lyrics here never fail to take me back to 2008 when I heard this song for the first time (I was also just turning 19) and the song left me in tears after the first listen. The second chorus is still so heartbreaking to me:

Sweet Sweet 19 blues
泣きたいよ 本当は強くないよ (I want to cry, I'm really not strong)
Sweet Sweet 19 Dreams
今日もまた一人きりで歩いてる (I'm walking alone again today)
負けないよ この涙拭いたら (I won't lose, wiping away my tears)
あなたが待っているから (Because you are there waiting)

For me the “you” mentioned in the last line is indicative of “adulthood” and that’s still such an important line to me, especially now when I’m still so confused about my place in the world.

And the last line of the second verse is such an important line to me:

私だけの19 Memories心に刻みたい (The 19 memories that are only mine are engraved on my heart)

Honestly, this entire song is so powerful and meaningful to me, I could write a whole essay about it, and how important it is in my life, and how it carries so many memories and emotions for me, but this is probably enough.

17 points



Voted By: @londonrain
Year: 2005
Country of Origin: USA
Appearance: 2nd

londonrain commentary:
This is one of the longest-running #1s on the US R&B chart for a reason. One of many classic Bryan-Michael Cox mid-tempo R&B hits with a strong piano riff, this one stands out because Mary does what she does best: delivering the song with real heart. It's a love song that feels like it genuinely means every word and just exudes true love.