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
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"Pull Shapes" is one of those songs that instantly makes me remember why 2006/2007 was a golden age of pop for me (heard the song and album 2006, caught The Pipettes live 2007). That particular video parodies a scene from "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" where the self-styled 'Teen tycoon of rock' asks the band The Callie Fair to play.

Of course, it also launched Gwenno's career and her amazing Welsh and Cornish language songs - maybe when they finally do the Mercury Music Prize in October she will get the exposure she deserves.
19 points



Voted By: @m_dimitrov
Year: 2000
Country of Origin: Australia
Appearance: 4th

I've expressed this opinion before but I'll say it again - Mandy's spoken word delivery in the middle 8 of "Whole of the moon" is magical, especially the way she exclaims "every precious dream and vision underneath the stars!"

The coverage album is very well-chosen. I'll always associate it with summer from that summer I listened on repeat.
OK, so I’ve done a number of write-ups about Somewhere Only We Know on here over the years, so I’m going to be lazy and copy the one from the Twenty Quid rate:

Almost 20 years down the line, Somewhere Only We Know has established itself as a huge classic. I’d say it’s the Angels of the 00s, except much better! I credit Keane and specifically Somewhere Only We Know with music legitimately taking over my life in 2004. I heard this song and it blew me away. The melody, the vocals, my 17 year old self had never heard anything that beautiful before. And no, the album did not disappoint. That whole era was flawless back then and now that the dust has settled, it still holds up.

However, on top of all of this I’m going to add that this song somehow resonates even MORE now than it did nearly 2 decades ago. Now that I’m actually getting old(er) and need something to rely on, this song about trying to deal with the unsettling thought of an uncertain future by clinging on to the past and places/people/events from it has become my anthem all over again.
19 points



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

Ahhh Linkin Park, they were one of my very first music acts I've ever listened to on my own, back in 2003. A cousin gifted my brother and I some numetal and pop-punk CDs as he has suddenly fallen out of love with those genres and his passion for breakdancing had turned him into a hip-hop stan instead. I don't think he's ever realized how much of an impact that move would have on my music tastes, and I will have to bring this up to him at an upcoming Xmas family reunion!

But yeah all those albums were very formative and one of them was Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora, which had just come out and included "Easier To Run". I was only 7/8 at the time and those old memories are getting blurrier but this deep cut, despite being the classic ballad-y tune on the album, wasn't made a single, yet it felt like it could've been one! It's very dramatic and melancholic, with the masterful sampling and production work perfectly meshing with the huge wall of guitars that defined Linkin Park's early stuff, with Chester Bennington delivering the song's memorable hook right away. And what a hook this is! The slower tempo allows him to show off his pipes, going from the tender, low pitched verses, to the ascending higher melody in the chorus sang in his signature raspy delivery. It's quite underrated even by the band itself, as they've very rarely performed it live. I consider it my favorite Linkin Park song still to this day.

I also have an amusing memory about it because, on the burned CD we had of the album, this was one of the couple songs that would contain skips. If it wasn't enough, these skips would happen all over the introducing chorus and first verse. That version has been imprinted on my brain to the point that, two decades later, I still can hear them on the actual glitch free song!