Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

First posted 6/11/2015; updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

2000-2009

These are the top 100 songs from 2000-2009 according to Dave’s Music Database. Click here to see “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
3. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
4. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)
5. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007)
6. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003)
7. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006)
8. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005)
9. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008)
10. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)

11. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009)
12. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009)
13. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
14. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
15. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
16. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008)
17. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007)
18. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006)
19. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006)
20. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)

21. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006)
22. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
23. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
24. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
25. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001)
26. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
27. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009)
28. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001)
29. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
30. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)

31. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
32. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004)
33. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005)
34. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
35. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
36. Music…Madonna (2000)
37. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001)
38. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000)
39. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006)
40. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)

41. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
42. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
43. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
44. Clocks…Coldplay (2002)
45. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004)
46. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
47. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
48. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008)
49. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
50. Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)

51. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
52. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
53. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001)
54. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
55. Since U Been Gone…Kelly Clarkson (2004)
56. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
57. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
58. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)
59. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
60. Yellow…Coldplay (2000)

61. Hot N Cold…Katy Perry (2008)
62. Kryptonite…3 Doors Down (2000)
63. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)
64. Right Round…Flo Rida & Ke$ha (2009)
65. Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005)
66. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
67. Disturbia…Rihanna (2008)
68. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
69. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
70. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)…Train (2001)

71. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
72. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
73. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
74. Bye Bye Bye…N Sync (2000)
75. Let Me Love You…Mario (2004)
76. The Reason…Hoobastank (2003)
77. Without Me…Eminem (2002)
78. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
79. How to Save a Life…The Fray (2005)
80. Crank That (Soulja Boy)… Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)

81. This Love…Maroon 5 (2002)
82. So What…Pink (2008)
83. Live Your Life…T.I. with Rihanna (2008)
84. Love Song…Sara Bareilles (2007)
85. Whatever You Like…T.I. (2008)
86. Paper Planes…MIA (2007)
87. Candy Shop…50 Cent with Olivia (2005)
88. Fireflies…Owl City (2009)
89. Beautiful…Christina Aguilera (2002)
90. Don’t Cha….Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes (2005)

91. Bring Me to Life…Evanesence with Paul McCoy (2003)
92. Oops!...I Did It Again…Britney Spears (2000)
93. All Summer Long…Kid Rock (2007)
94. Get the Party Started…Pink (2001)
95. Take a Bow…Rihanna (2008)
96. It Wasn’t Me…Shaggy wih Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent (2000)
97. Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000)
98. Feel Good Inc….Gorillaz with De La Soul (2005)
99. Party in the U.S.A….Miley Cyrus (2009)
100. Sex on Fire…Kings of Leon (2008)

Dave's Faves: Top 100 Songs, 2000-2009

First posted 5/6/2020.

Dave’s Faves:
My Top 100 Songs of the Decade

2000-2009

These are my personal favorite top 100 songs from 2000-2009. This was first posted on Facebook (see it here). This version on the blog has been updated.

1. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
2. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
3. Michael Andrews with Gary Jules “Mad World” (2002)
4. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)
5. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
6. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
7. Dresden Dolls “Sing” (2006)
8. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker” (2005)
9. Bruce Springsteen “My City of Ruins” (2001)
10. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)

11. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
12. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
13. Limp Bizkit with Johnny Rzeznik “Wish You Were Here” (live, 2001)
14. Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” (2009)
15. The Gaslight Anthem “The ’59 Sound” (2008)
16. Evanescence with Paul McCoy “Bring Me to Life” (2003)
17. Beck “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” (2004)
18. Sheryl Crow “Safe and Sound” (live, 2001)
19. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Follow You into the Dark” (2005)
20. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (2005)

21. KT Tunstall “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” (2004)
22. Pink with Indigo Girls “Dear Mr. President” (2006)
23. Queensrÿche “Home Again” (2009)
24. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
25. Chris Cornell “Billie Jean” (2007)
26. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
27. Dixie Chicks “Travelin’ Soldier” (2002)
28. David Baerwald “I Won’t Back Down” (2006)
29. Eagles “Hole in the World” (2003)
30. Fountains of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom” (2003)

31. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
32. Bruce Springsteen “Empty Sky” (2002)
33. Mike “Grace Kelly” (2007)
34. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
35. Bruce Hornsby “Gonna Be Some Changes Made” (2004)
36. John Mellencamp “Rodeo Clown” (2007)
37. Eminem with Dido “Stan” (2000)
38. Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” (2001)
39. John Mayer “No Such Thing” (2001)
40. Arnold McCuller “Free Bird” (2000)

41. Bruce Springsteen “Radio Nowhere” (2007)
42. Avril Lavigne “Sk8r Boi” (2002)
43. John Mellencamp “To Washington” (2003)
44. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (2004)
45. John Mellencamp “Rural Route” (2007)
46. Tori Amos “‘97 Bonnie and Clyde” (2001)
47. Bowling for Soup “1985” (2004)
48. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
49. Pearl Jam “Love Reign O’er Me” (2004)
50. Bright Eyes “Road to Joy” (2005)

51. Foo Fighters “Darling Nikki” (2003)
52. Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (2004)
53. Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” (2002)
54. Blur “Out of Time” (2003)
55. Tricky with Ed Kowalczyk & Hawkman “Evolution Revolution Love” (2001)
56. No Doubt “Simple Kind of Life” (2000)
57. Amanda Ghost “Silver Lining” (2000)
58. The White Stripes “Hotel Yorba” (2001)
59. Badly Drawn Boy “Something to Talk About” (2002)
60. Del Amitri “Jesus Saves” (2002)

61. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly” (2007)
62. D’Angelo “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (2000)
63. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
64. Eminem “Like Toy Soldiers” (2004)
65. Sting “Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)” (2003)
66. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
67. Pearl Jam “Man of the Hour” (2003)
68. Hooters “Morning Buzz” (2007)
69. Eminem “Sing for the Moment” (2002)
70. The Killers “All These Things That I’ve Done” (2004)

71. Pink “Family Portrait” (2001)
72. Adele “Hometown Glory” (2007)
73. Alanis Morissette “My Humps” (2007)
74. Hooters “White Jeans” (2007)
75. Lucinda Williams “Righteously” (2003)
76. Eminem “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” (2002)
77. Nine Inch Nails “Only” (2005)
78. Uncle Kracker “Follow Me” (2000)
79. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2006)
80. Dixie Chicks “I Hope” (2005)

81. Adele “To Make You Feel My Love” (2008)
82. Damien Rice “The Blower’s Daughter” (2004)
83. Beck “Lost Cause” (2002)
84. Five for Fighting “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (2000)
85. Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow “Picture” (2001)
86. Blue October “Into the Ocean” (2006)
87. Mindy Smith “Come to Jesus” (2004)
88. Alicia Keys “No One” (2007)
89. Alanis Morissette “Crazy” (2007)
90. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)

91. U2 “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” (2000)
92. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)
93. Eddie Vedder “Hard Sun” (2007)
94. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Hard to Concentrate” (2006)
95. Nelly Furtado “I’m Like a Bird” (2000)
96. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
97. Bruce Springsteen “The Wrestler” (2008)
98. Eminem “Mosh” (2004)
99. Aaron Lewis with Fred Durst “Outside” (live, 2000)
100. Bob Walkenhorst “Primitivo Garcia” (2003)


Resources and Related Links:

Billboard Top Pop Album Artists

image from epgold.com

Based on the Billboard album chart, these are the top album artists in the history of the chart from 1955-2009:

1. Elvis Presley
2. Frank Sinatra
3. The Beatles
4. Barbra Stresiand
5. The Rolling Stones
6. Johnny Mathis
7. Elton John
8. Bob Dylan
9. Neil Diamond
10. The Temptations

11. Eric Clapton
12. The Beach Boys
13. Rod Stewart
14. Willie Nelson
15. Mantovani
16. Ray Charles
17. Neil Young
18. Ray Conniff
19. Prince
20. Paul McCartney

21. Aretha Franklin
22. George Strait
23. Jimmy Buffett
24. Pink Floyd
25. Chicago
26. David Bowie
27. James Brown
28. Bruce Springsteen
29. Andy Williams
30. The Bee Gees

31. Lawrence Welk
32. Van Morrison
33. Kenny Rogers
34. The Supremes
35. Grateful Dead
36. Henry Mancini
37. The Kingston Trio
38. Barry Manilow
39. Aerosmith
40. Jimi Hendrix

41. Michael Jackson
42. Herb Alpert
43. Stevie Wonder
44. Nat “King” Cole
45. Johnny Cash
46. Metallica
47. Madonna
48. Led Zeppelin
49. U2
50. Queen

51. Roger Williams
52. Kiss
53. Fleetwood Mac
54. Linda Ronstadt
55. The Ventures
56. Santana
57. Garth Brooks
58. Diana Ross
59. James Taylor
60. AC/DC

61. Rush
62. The Who
63. Billy Vaughn
64. Billy Joel
65. Alabama
66. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
67. Alan Jackson
68. Eagles
69. Dionne Warwick
70. Tony Bennett

71. Dave Matthews Band
72. Harry Belafonte
73. The Isley Brothers
74. The Doors
75. John Denver
76. Mitch Miller
77. Mariah Carey
78. Dean Martin
79. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
80. The Lettermen

81. Nancy Wilson
82. Journey
83. Marvin Gaye
84. Jethro Tull
85. Bon Jovi
86. Elvis Costello
87. Dolly Parton
88. Carly Simon
89. Bob Seger
90. The Kinks

91. Tupac Shakur
92. Gladys Knight & the Pips
93. Pearl Jam
94. Kenny G
95. Joan Baez
96. R.E.M.
97. Anne Murray
98. The Monkees
99. Glen Campbell
100. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons


Resources:
  • Joel Whitburn (2010). Top Pop Albums (7th edition). Record Research: Menomonee Falls, WI. Page 951.

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 2000s

First posted 4/29/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 2000-2009

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 2000s.


2000:

  • Jan. 1: David Baerwald “A Friend Like Our Dear Stranger” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 15: Kid Rock “Only God Knows Why” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 5: D’Angelo “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 4: 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 18: Moby “Natural Blues” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance” (4 wks)
  • May 20: Creed “With Arms Wide Open” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Stone Temple Pilots “Sour Girl” (4 wks)
  • July 8: No Doubt “Simple Kind of Life” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 5: Aha “Barely Hanging On” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 26: Fuel “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 16: Arnold McCuller “Free Bird” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 17: Arnold McCuller & Paul Giamatti “Try a Little Tenderness” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 21: Eminem with Dido “Stan” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 11: Nelly Furtado “I’m Like a Bird” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 25: Kevin Gilbert “Certifiable #1 Smash” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 9: Kevin Gilbert “Suit Fugue (Dance of the A&R Men)” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 23: Incubus “Drive” (3 wks)

2001:

  • Jan. 13: Roger Waters “Each Small Candle (live)” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 3: Uncle Kracker “Follow Me” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 24: Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 10: U2 “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 24: Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 14: Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots) (live)” (3 wks)
  • May 5: Eve 6 “Here’s to the Night” (2 wks)
  • May 19: Staind “It’s Been Awhile” (3 wks)
  • June 9: Amanda Ghost “Silver Lining” (3 wks)
  • June 30: Five for Fighting “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (3 wks)
  • July 21: Afro-Celt System with Peter Gabriel “When You’re Falling” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 4: Tricky with Ed Kowalczyk & Hawkman “Evolution Revolution Love” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope and Dreams (live)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Glen Tilbrook “Interviewing Randy Newman” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 22: Tori Amos “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” (1 wk)
  • Sept. 29: Limp Bizkit with Johnny Reznik “Wish You Were Here (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 13: Sheryl Crow “Safe and Sound (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Bruce Springsteen “My City of Ruins (live)” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 10: John Mayer “No Such Thing” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 1: Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 29: The White Stripes “Hotel Yorba” (3 wks)

2002:

  • Jan. 19: Puddle of Mudd “Blurry” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Dixie Chicks “Travelin’ Soldier” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Pink “Don’t Let Me Get Me” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 23: Noa “Eye in the Sky” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 6: Jack Johnson “Flake” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 20: Indigo Girls “Bitterroot” (2 wks)
  • May 4: Del Amitri “Jesus Saves” (3 wks)
  • May 25: Moby “We Are All Made of Stars” (4 wks)
  • June 22: Badly Drawn Boy “Something to Talk About” (3 wks)
  • July 13: Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Robert Plant “One More Cup of Coffee” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 10: Eminem “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 24: Bruce Springsteen “Empty Sky” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Avril Lavigne “Sk8r Boi” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 5: Eminem “Lose Yourself” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Pink “Family Portrait” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 30: Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow “Picture” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 21: U2 “The Hands That Built America” (2 wks)

2003:

  • Jan. 4: Beck “Lost Cause” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 25: Evanescence with Paul McCoy “Bring Me to Life” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 1: Chris Difford “No Show Jones” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 15: Eminem “Sing for the Moment” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 5: Bangles “Song for a Good Son” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 12: Blur “Out of Time” (3 wks)
  • May 3: Lucinda Williams “Righteously” (4 wks)
  • May 31: Live “Heaven” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Eagles “Hole in the World” (4 wks)
  • July 19: John Mellencamp “To Washington” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 9: Fountains of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 6: Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 27: OutKast “Hey Ya!” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 25: Foo Fighters “Darling Nikki” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 8: David Bowie “New Killer Star” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 15: Johnny Cash Hurt (4 wks)
  • Dec. 13: Pearl Jam “Man of the Hour” (3 wks)

2004:

  • Jan. 3: Evanescence “My Immortal” (1 wk)
  • Jan. 10: Bob Walkenhorst “Primitivo Garcia” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 24: Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 21: Blink-182 “I Miss You” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 13: Viktor Krauss & Alison Krauss “Big Log” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 20: Indigo Girls “Tether” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 27: Jason Mraz “Curbside Prophet” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Beck “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” (4 wks)
  • May 15: Jet “Look What You’ve Done” (1 wk)
  • May 22: Mindy Smith “Come to Jesus” (3 wks)
  • June 12: Sting “Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)” (2 wks)
  • June 26: Glenn Tilbrook “Hot Shaved Asian Teens” (2 wks)
  • July 10: Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying” (3 wks)
  • July 31: Bruce Hornsby “Gonna Be Some Changes Made” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 28: Bowling for Soup “1985” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 25: Velvet Revolver “Fall to Pieces” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 9: The Killers “All These Things That I’ve Done” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 30: Tears for Fears “The Devil” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 13: David Baerwald “If Wishes Were Horses” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 27: Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 18: Eminem “Mosh” (3 wks)

2005:

  • Jan 8: Eminem “Mockingbird” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Damien Rice “The Blower’s Daughter” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 12: Eminem “Like Toy Soldiers” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 5: Bright Eyes “Road to Joy” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 2: U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 23: KT Tunstall “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” (5 wks)
  • May 28: The Killers “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town” (1 wk)
  • June 4: Styx “Blue Collar Man @ 2120” (2 wks)
  • June 18: U2 “Original of the Species” (2 wks)
  • July 2: Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (4 wks)
  • July 30: Nine Inch Nails “Only” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 20: David Baerwald “Why Not Me” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 3: Coldplay “Fix You” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 17: Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 8: Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 5: Dixie Chicks “I Hope” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 19: Berlin “Scream” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 26: Alanis Morissette “Crazy” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 17: Youth Group “Forever Young” (3 wks)

2006:

  • Jan. 7: Nine Inch Nails “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Jack Johnson “Upside Down” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 18: Blue October “Hate Me” 3 wks)
  • Mar. 11: Sheryl Crow with Sting “Always on Your Side” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 25: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Dresden Dolls “Sing” (4 wks)
  • May 20: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Hard to Concentrate” (3 wks)
  • June 10: David Baerwald “I Won’t Back Down” (3 wks)
  • July 1: Sierra Swan “Mother” (2 wks)
  • July 15: Stone Sour “Through Glass” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 5: Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Follow You into the Dark” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 2: Melissa Etheridge “I Need to Wake Up” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 16: Blue October “Into the Ocean” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Pearl Jam “Gone” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 21: U2 with Green Day “The Saints Are Coming” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 4: Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 25: Tim Finn “Salt to the Sea” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 9: John Mellencamp “Our Country” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 23: Pink with Indigo Girls “Dear Mr. President” (4 wks)

2007:

  • Jan. 20: Mika “Grace Kelly” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 17: Mika “Over My Shoulder” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 3: Viktor Krauss with Shawn Colvin “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 17: John Mellencamp “Rodeo Clown” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 7: Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 28: Alanis Morissette “My Humps” (2 wks)
  • May 12: Pearl Jam “Love Reign O’er Me” (2 wks)
  • May 26: John Mellencamp “Rural Route” (2 wks)
  • June 9: Chris Cornell “Billie Jean” (3 wks)
  • June 30: Bruce Springsteen “When the Saints Go Marching In (live)” (2 wks)
  • July 14: Marillion “Most Toys’ (2 wks)
  • July 28: Crowded House “Silent House” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Velvet Revolver “The Last Fight” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Bruce Springsteen “Radio Nowhere” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Hooters “Morning Buzz” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 20: Eddie Vedder “Hard Sun” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 10: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 1: Barenaked Ladies “The Big Bang Theory Theme” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 15: Mika “Happy Ending” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 22: Bruce Springsteen “Magic” (2 wks)

2008:

  • Jan. 5: Hooters “White Jeans” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 19: Eddie Vedder “Guaranteed” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Eddie Vedder “Long Nights’ (2 wks)
  • Feb. 16: Bruce Springsteen “Terry’s Song” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 23: Eagles “No More Walks in the Wood” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 8: Adele “Chasing Pavements” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 22: Sheryl Crow “Lullaby for Wyatt” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 5: Adele “Hometown Glory” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 26: Jack Johnson “Sleep Through the Static” (2 wks)
  • May 10: Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (3 wks)
  • May 31: Chris Difford “Fat As a Fiddle” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Chris Difford “On My Own I’m Never Bored” (2 wks)
  • July 5: R.E.M. “Hollow Man” (2 wks)
  • July 19: John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 16: The Gaslight Anthem “The ’59 Sound” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 13: Toni Childs “I Saw God in the Supermarket” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 27: The Airborne Toxic Event “Sometime Around Midnight” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 18: Bruce Springsteen “The Wrestler” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 1: Eddie Vedder “All the Way” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 22: Marillion “Half-Full Jam” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 13: Adele “To Make You Feel My Love” (3 wks)

2009:

  • Jan. 3: Playing for Change “Stand by Me” (4 wks)
  • Jan. 31: Tim Finn “The Saw & the Tree” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 14: Peter Gabriel with Hot Chip “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 7: Bruce Springsteen “Outlaw Pete” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 28: Glenn Tilbrook “Still” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 11: U2 “Moment of Surrender” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 25: The Decemberists “The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid” (3 wks)
  • May 16: Queensrÿche “Home Again” (4 wks)
  • June 13: Perpetuum Jazzile “Africa” (4 wks)
  • July 11: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (5 wks)
  • Aug. 15: Shawn Colvin “Crazy” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Bruce Springsteen “London Calling (live)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Kevin Gilbert “Tired Old Man” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 21: Kevin Gilbert “Bitter Souvenir” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 5: Pearl Jam “Breathe” (5 wks)

The Top 100 Albums of the 2000s

First posted 11/6/2011; updated 8/16/2020.

2000-2009:

The Top 100 Albums

These are the top albums from 2000-2009 according to Dave’s Music Database, which factors in sales, chart data, awards, album ratings, and appearances on best-of lists. Compilations, archival recordings, and reissues are not factored into this list.

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
4. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
5. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
6. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
7. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
8. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
9. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
10. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)

11. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
12. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
13. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
14. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)
15. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
16. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
17. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
18. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
19. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
20. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)

21. Usher Confessions (2004)
22. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
23. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
24. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
25. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
26. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
27. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
28. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
29. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
30. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

31. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
32. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
33. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
34. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
35. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
36. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
37. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
38. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
39. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
40. Evanescence Fallen (2003)

41. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
42. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
43. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
44. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2004)
45. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
46. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002)
47. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (2002)
48. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
49. Beck Sea Change (2002)
50. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)

51. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
52. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
53. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
54. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
55. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
56. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
57. System of a Down Toxicity (2001)
58. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
59. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)
60. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)

61. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
62. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)
63. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
64. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium (2006)
65. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
66. Streets Original Pirate Material (2002)
67. Jack Johnson In Between Dreams (2005)
68. Various Artists (Eminem et al) 8 Mile (soundtrack, 2002)
69. David Gray White Ladder (2000)
70. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

71. Streets A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)
72. Eminem Encore (2004)
73. Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009)
74. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
75. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
76. U2 No Line on the Horizon (2009)
77. High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack, 2007)
78. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (2005)
79. Antony & The Johnsons I Am a Bird Now (2005)
80. Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

81. Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus (composers) Mamma Mia! (stage debut: 2000, cast album: 2001, soundtrack: 2008)
82. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
83. Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner (2003)
84. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
85. Daft Punk Discovery (2001)
86. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
87. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
88. Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (2004)
89. Shaggy Hot Shot (2000)
90. Destiny’s Child Survivor (2001)

91. Gorillaz Demon Days (2005)
92. Bruce Springsteen Magic (2007)
93. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
94. Alicia Keys The Diary of… (2003)
95. Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
96. Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way (2006)
97. Madonna Music (2000)
98. Tool Lateralus (2001)
99. The Arcade Fire Neon Bible (2007)
100. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Last week, the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced. At the onset of the year, I inducted myself into the world of blogging by scrawling down my humble opinions about the 2009 crop of Rock Hall inductees (“How to Get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”). Obviously someone in high-up places at the Hall read my blog and made some adjustments, albeit minor ones.

A year ago I whined about an apparent bias against progressive rock. This year Genesis has finally broken down that door. Hopefully, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, and others will follow. Now, do we get to see Gabriel on stage with Collins, Rutherford, and Banks? Performing something from Lamb Lies Down on Broadway perhaps?

I also complained about an overemphasis on R&B acts and, lo and behold, this year there are no one-hit wonder doo wop groups from the ‘50s on the list. Instead we have Jimmy Cliff, a reggae artist who is best known for the soundtrack for The Harder They Come, not exactly a must-have for the average fan.

Then again, if it were just about the fans, the Stooges might have prolonged their decade-and-a-half overdue entrance into the Hall. Amongst this year’s batch, no act has more “rock cred.” As architects of what became the punk movement in the ‘70s, Iggy & Co. also can lay claim to being the godfathers of most of the alternative music that followed. The Nirvanas and Pearl Jams that are shoo-in inductees within the next-half decade wouldn’t be here if weren’t for the Stooges.

I also lamented a year ago that being a true rock and roll act doesn’t seem to be a requirement. The Rock Hall made it clear long ago that they were more about popular music of the rock era than actual rock. As such, Abba isn’t exactly what people have in mind when they utter the phrase “rock and roll,” but there’s no question they belong in a pop music hall of fame.

Finally, there’s The Hollies, which sort of straddle the line between pop and rock, but do so in such a way that they deserve being regarded as one of the important bands of the British Invasion.

On the nonperformer end of things, apparently there was an all-out effort to correct some gross oversights. David Geffen, the man who founded Geffen Records and signed artists like the Eagles; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jackson Browne; and Linda Ronstadt, wasn’t in yet? How about Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, who helped define the “Brill Building” sound with classics such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” which alone should have been an automatic ticket to induction years ago. Similarly, the writing team of Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, who crafted the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” have been astonishingly overlooked for years.

And when it comes to overlooked songwriters, how has Otis Blackwell been passed over for so long? Songs like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Don’t Be Cruel” are foundations of rock and roll and their creator wasn’t in the Hall yet? There’s also Mort Shuman, who along with Doc Pomus, wrote songs like “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Similarly, Jesse Stone crafted gems like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” and “Money Honey.”

There’s still acts that need to be inducted (Kiss, Deep Purple, Rush, and more), especially in light of the head-scratching acts whose influence on rock and roll is questionable. Nonetheless, I tip my hat to some of the oversights which the Rock Hall has corrected this time around. I’m so glad I could be a voice of reason for you last year.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Farewell, Eric Woolfson

It was the last week of March in 1984 that I became an Alan Parsons Project fan. “Don’t Answer Me” was climbing the charts, eventually becoming a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. I knew of the Project before that – “Damned if I Do” and “Games People Play” were album rock staples and “Eye in the Sky” had been a huge pop hit (the biggest of the Project’s career) a couple years before. However, I hadn’t plunked down change for an APP album – until that week when I took the leap and grabbed up not just Ammonia Avenue, which featured “Don’t Answer Me,” but also The Best Of collection which had been released just a few months earlier.

A year later I would joyously plump for 1985’s Vulture Culture and a year after that for Stereotomy. As I was prone to do when discovering music in the ‘80s, I started dipping into the back catalog. Beyond the hits, I stumbled across gems like “Old and Wise” and “Turn of a Friendly Card.” Most amusingly though was, in May 1986 when I was anticipating a new album by Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung. I fell in love with this song on the radio that I thought was surely by him. I was wrong – it turned out to be “Breakdown,” from the nearly-decade old APP album I, Robot.

I learned the requisite back story necessary to claim a band as a new favorite. It turns out the Project’s namesake did engineering work on classic albums such as The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. However, Alan Parsons wasn’t alone in the creation of those prog-lite concept albums forged from 1976 to 1987 that sold over 40 million albums worldwide. The group owed as much to Eric Woolfson – a songwriter, keyboardist, singer, and manager who lent his chops to some of the group’s best-known songs such as the aforementioned “Eye in the Sky” and “Don’t Answer Me.”

Following 1987’s Gaudi, the Project disappeared for three years, returning in 1990 with Freudiana. The thing confusingly was not credited to anyone, suggesting that it was a new group called Freudiana. However, this Eric Woolfson-helmed project was clearly the Project with Parsons producing and credits including longtime APP players Ian Bairnson on guitar, Stuart Elliott on drums, and orchestral arrangements from Andrew Powell. John Miles and Chris Rainbow, who’d warbled on past-Project tunes, also put in appearances.

There was something different, though. Peppered with far more guests and stretched to twice the length of the average APP album, this felt more like a musical cast album. Sure enough, there in the liner notes was the statement that “the first stage production of Freudiana has its world premiere in December 1990 in Vienna.” Hmm. This was definitely a new direction for the band.

It proved to be a new direction, but for Woolfson, not Parsons. While Woolfson was eager to explore musical theater, it was the jumping off point for Parsons. The Project was no more. Woolfson went on to craft the musicals Gaudi (1995), Gambler (1996), and Poe (recorded 2003, premiered 2009). He also wrote the music and lyrics for 2007’s Dancing Shadows, which won for Best Musical at the Korean Tony Awards.

This year, I was overjoyed to stumble across The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was, an album from Woolfson that combined some unreleased material from the Project days alongside songs crafted for his musicals. Sadly, it would be Woolfson’s finale. As I scanned the various comments on Facebook this morning about who was headed off to work and who needed coffee and who wasn’t enjoying the weather, I stopped sharply upon a fan notice: Eric Woolfson had died of cancer at the age of 64 on December 2, 2009 – a date that will now, sadly, overshadow that wonderful week in March 1984 when I became a fan. Farewell, Eric. You will be missed.


“Somewhere in the midst of time/ When they ask you if you knew me
Remember that you were a friend of mine
As the final curtain lifts before my eyes/ When I’m old and wise.”

- “Old and Wise” – Alan Parsons Project

Click here to hear an early version of the song that featured Eric Woolfson’s guide vocal.


Also check out my page on the detailed history of the Alan Parsons Project as well as the solo work of Parsons and Woolfson at DavesMusicDatabase.com.