Saturday, December 22, 2001

Nickelback hit #1 with “How You Remind Me”

How You Remind Me


Writer(s): Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Ryan Vikedal (see lyrics here)

Released: August 21, 2001

First Charted: July 28, 2001

Peak: 14 US, 18 RR, 2 A40, 11 AA, 113 AR, 113 MR, 4 UK, 1 CN, 2 AU, 9 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 1.2 UK, 3.15 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 7.25.8 video, 685.19 streaming


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About the Song:

When Nickelback recorded “How You Remind Me” in about ten minutes as a last minute edition to their Silver Side Up album, they had something special. SF The band has amassed a legion of detractors, and this song is “a guilty pleasure, to be sure,” TG but an “absolutely undeniable” TG “example of mainstream songwriting chops and flawlessly slick production.” TG

This was the first top 40 hit for the Canadian rock band and only the second #1 song by a Canadian group, the first being the Guess Who’s “American Woman.” SF “Remind Me” was the most-played song of 2002 in the U.S. SF and topped the Billboard year-end chart. Billboard named it the #1 rock song of the decade. WK Lead singer Chad Kroeger has referred to what is often considered their signature song as “the song that put Nickelback on the map.” WK

Kroeger told MTV he penned this song about an ex-girlfriend with whom he’d had a rather dysfunctional relationship. However, he kept the lyrics ambiguous so that listeners could relate to the idea of an ex pointing out one’s faults. SF

The band’s drum tech, Andrew Mawhinney, suggested the idea of the band dropping out at the last chorus in which Kroeger bellows, “for handing you a heart worth breaking!” Mawhinney was rewarded by the band for the suggestion with $5000. SF


First posted 4/23/2020; last updated 11/7/2022.

Friday, November 30, 2001

Clarke Speicher: The Top 100 Albums of All Time

Clarke Speicher:

The Top 100 Albums of All Time

In 2001, Clarke Speicher published his list of the 100 greatest albums of all time in the “Mosaic” column for The Review, a student-led newspaper for the University of Delaware. It appeared over multiple issues (volume 128, numbers 12-23). Here are the specific issues and their dates:

  • Issue #12 (10/9/01): 91-100
  • Issue #13 (10/12/01): 81-90
  • Issue #14 (10/16/01): 71-80
  • Issue #15 (10/19/01): 61-70
  • Issue #16 (10/23/01): 51-60
  • Issue #17 (11/2/01): 41-50
  • Issue #18 (11/6/01): 31-40
  • Issue #19 (11/9/01): 21-30
  • Issue #20 (11/13/01): 11-20
  • Issue #22 (11/20/01): 6-10
  • Issue #23 (11/30/01): 1-5
  • Issue #21 (11/16/01): 25 albums that barely missed the cut
These issues no longer appear online, but they have been referenced in multiple album reviews here at the DMDB. The original list appears below.

Check out other best-of album lists by individuals/critics here.

1. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
2. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
3. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
4. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
5. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
6. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
7. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
8. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
9. The Clash London Calling (1979)
10. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)

11. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)
12. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
13. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
14. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
15. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
16. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
17. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
18. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
19. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
20. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

21. Love Forever Changes (1967)
22. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
23. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
24. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
25. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)
26. The Who Who’s Next (1971)
27. The Clash The Clash (1977)
28. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
29. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
30. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)

31. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
32. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
33. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
34. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (soundtrack, 1964)
35. Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions (archives: 1954-55, released 1976)
36. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
37. The Doors The Doors (1967)
38. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
39. Otis Redding Otis Blue (1965)
40. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)

41. Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
42. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)
43. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
44. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
45. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (1969)
46. Lou Reed Transformer (1972)
47. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (1975)
48. David Bowie Low (1977)
49. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968)
50. Television Marquee Moon (1977)

51. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (1969)
52. Miles Davis Bitches Brew (1970)
53. Ramones Ramones (1976)
54. My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991)
55. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
56. Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (1973)
57. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
58. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
59. Bob Marley & The Wailers Natty Dread (1974)
60. Joy Division Closer (1980)

61. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
62. Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
63. Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (1969)
64. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
65. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I (1969)
66. Elvis Costello My Aim Is True (1977)
67. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
68. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
69. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
70. Carole King Tapestry (1971)

71. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
72. Parliament Mothership Connection (1975)
73. Massive Attack Blue Lines (1991)
74. Van Morrison Moondance (1970)
75. Al Green Call Me (1973)
76. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
77. The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (1968)
78. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
79. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
80. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

81. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu (1970)
82. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
83. Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988)
84. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
85. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
86. The Who Tommy (1969)
87. Curtis Mayfield Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)
88. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
89. Moby Grape Moby Grape (1967)
90. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)

91. Santana Abraxas (1970)
92. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
93. The Band The Band (1969)
94. Leftfield Leftism (1995)
95. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
96. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
97. Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
98. Liz Phair Exile in Guyville (1993)
99. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
100. Primal Scream Screamadelica (1991)

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First posted 3/16/2024

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Alan Jackson performed “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” at the CMAs

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning

Alan Jackson

Writer(s): Alan Jackson (see lyrics here)

First Performed: November 7, 2001

Released: November 26, 2001

First Charted: November 24, 2001

Peak: 28 US, 15 CW, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.4 US

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.2 radio, 7.5 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

“Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” was Alan Jackson’s heartfelt reaction to the September 11 attacks. As soon as he saw the news on television, he knew he wanted to write a song about it, but couldn’t for several weeks. As he said, “I didn’t want to write a patriotic song. And I didn’t want it to be vengeful, either. But I didn’t want to forget about how I felt and how I knew other people felt that day.” WK

At 4 a.m. on October 28, 2001, he awoke with the melody, opening lines, and chorus going through his mind. He got out of bed and sang into a hand-held digital recorder. After his family went to Sunday school that morning, he finished the lyrics. The words focus on questions about how people reacted, such as, “Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow? / Go out and buy you a gun? / Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watchin’ / And turn on I Love Lucy reruns?” He referred to himself as “a singer of simple songs” and “not a real political man” and concludes by paraphrasing The Bible with the line, “Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us / And the greatest is love.”

Still, he wasn’t sure about recording it, much less releasing it, because he didn’t want to capitalize on a tragedy. However, when he played it for his wife, Denise, and for his producer, Keith Stegall, they both gave their approval. He went into the studio and recorded it that week. He played the finished track for executives at his record label. RCA chairman Joe Galante said, “We just kind of looked at one another. Nobody spoke for a full minute.” WK Jackson later said the song was his greatest accomplishment. SF

Jackson premiered the song at the County Music Association’s annual awards on November 7, 2001. He originally was going to perform “Where I Come From,” which was #1 on the Billboard country charts. When Jackson’s manager, Nancy Russell, played “Where Were You” for four of the CMA’s top executives, they were overcome with emotion. WK Vince Gill introduced Jackson that night and Jackson received a standing ovation at the song’s conclusion.

The next morning stations were immediately playing the song. Based almost entirely on that airplay, the song debuted at #25 on the Billboard country charts the week ending November 24, 2001 – the highest debut in a decade. It was then released as a single and, only six weeks later, became the fastest rising song to #1 in four years. WK


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First posted 8/13/2022.

Thursday, November 1, 2001

The White Stripes “Hotel Yorba” charted

Hotel Yorba

The White Stripes

Writer(s): Jack White (see lyrics here)

Released: November 10, 2001

First Charted: November 1, 2001

Peak: 26 UK, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 7.0 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

Jack Gillis, a singer/songwriter and musician, and drummer Meg White married in 1996. He changed his last name to White and they formed the White Stripes a year later. The Detroit-based, garage-rock duo released a couple of singles and then a self-titled debut in 1999. That album and its 2000 follow-up, De Stilj, failed to make a dent on the U.S. charts, although both would eventually reach 300,000 in sales.

The two divorced in 2000, but kept the group together. A year later, their third album, White Blood Cells, proved to be their breakthrough. The album would sell more than a million copies in the U.S. and reach #61. In the UK, it got to #55 and sold more than 300,000 copies. It was the second single, “Fell in Love with a Girl,” which introduced the band to American audiences. However, in the UK, it was the first single, “Hotel Yorba,” which proved to be the band’s opening salvo.

The song was written about an actual hotel built in 1926 in Detroit. WK It was located in a run-down section in the southwestern part of the city at 4020 Lafayette Boulevard near a bus station. SF As a child, Jack heard rumors – which proved to be false – that the Beatles had stayed at the hotel. WK

Jack White first performed the song, which was inspired by Woody Guthrie, with hs band Two Star Tabernacle in 1998. SF Jack said Woody “wanted his songs to make people happy and make them feel good about themselves…I think ‘Hotel Yorba’ is definitely in that category.” SF The White Stripes recorded the song at the hotel in room 206 and later wanted to film the video – their first – at the hotel. According to Jack, they tried filming inside the hotel without permission, which got him banned for life. SF They ended up shooting much of the video outside the hotel.


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First posted 7/26/2022.

The Strokes “Last Nite” charted

Last Nite

The Strokes

Writer(s): Julian Casablancas (see lyrics here)

Released: October 23, 2001

First Charted: November 1, 2001

Peak: 5 MR, 14 UK, 47 AU, 8 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.74 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 121.3 video, 381.28 streaming


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About the Song:

The Strokes formed in New York City in 1998. The quintet was comprised of singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarists Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Rolling Stone described their music as “youthful angst on the Lower East Side: Lou Reed vocals and cool confusion.” RS500 The release of their EP The Modern Age and subsequent album Is This It, both in 2001, were pivotal releases in the launch of the garage rock revival of the early 21st century.

That retro-sound was apparently the goal for Casablancas who said he wanted “Last Nite” to sound “like a band from the past that took a time-trip into the future.” SF It resonated with modern audiences, though. It became the first song for the Strokes to reach the Billboard charts in the United States, peaking at #5 on the alternative rock chart.

British radio station XFM called this their “definitive song” XFM saying it “encapsulated the band’s talent for catchy guitar hooks and Julian Casablancas’ ability as a songwriter.” XFM Lyrically, “Last Nite” tells the story of someone leaving his girlfriend when she says she’s upset that he doesn’t care about her. He becomes depressed, questioning his choices. SF The song supposedly nicks the opening riff of “American Girl” by Tom Petty. He said, “I saw an interview with them where they admitted it. I was like, ‘OK, good for you.’ It doesn’t bother me.’” RS500

Q magazine ranked “Last Nite” one of the 100 greatest guitar tracks in March 2005. WK In May 2007, NME magazine ranked it the ninth greatest indie anthem ever. WK


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First posted 9/28/2023.