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What makes 2000 different from 2018? (And I don’t just mean the digit change!) When you think about it, there is no doubt that a LOT has changed.
We were still connecting to the Internet via the telephone line, we’d just started playing Sims 1 on our big chunky computer screens, some of us were rationing and preparing for the end of the world, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube or Twitter were in no one’s mind, the concept of ‘blogging’ was still in diaper stages, we text our loved ones using brickphones, and, most importantly, ‘Crocs’ hadn’t even made an appearance…Sure, a lot has changed!
However, despite the fact that popular music has changed an awful lot, how many of us still listen to songs from 2000 that are now approaching their 18th birthday? There are just some songs that seem to transcend time and remain with us—even as everything else around us changes.
Are there any songs from 2000 you still listen to, and that are coming-of-age this year?
Here is our ‘Happy Birthday’ list of 18 songs that turn 18 years old in 2018!
18. Thank You – Dido
Recognised as Dido’s signature song, the song is about Dido’s then boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page. It was sampled in the song ‘Stan’ by Eminem also released 2000.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 55 million
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017 of ‘Stan’: 139 million
17. Butterfly – Crazy Town
Named the 34th “Most Awesomely Bad Song Ever” by VH1. Love it or hate it, this is among one of the catchiest songs from 2000 and is pretty unique. It features the guitarist and bassist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante and Flea (Michael Balzary).
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 80 million
16. Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus)
The debut single by American pop rock group Wheatus. Immensely popular in Australia when it was released and immensely nostalgic.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 97 million
15. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
“I’m blue daba dee daba die!” Known for its catchy chorus, this song exploded onto the scene in 2000. However, not much has been heard of the Italian dance-pop trio since.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 99 million
14. Oops…I Did It Again – Britney Spears
With a bridge featuring references from the 1997 blockbuster film “Titanic”, this song remains one of the best-selling singles of all time with over 4 million copies sold.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 100 million
13. Bye Bye Bye – *NSYNC
To me, this song feels older than all the other songs from 2000. It has such a late 90s vibe! The song was originally intended to be recorded by English boy band Five, but they rejected the song as they didn’t like it. Ouch.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 102 million
12. Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Originally released by the French-American rock group King Harvest in 1972, Toploader’s 2000 cover has become a slow-burning worldwide hit.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 131 million
11. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Although not as recognisable as their other hit, ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, released 14 years before, this song nonetheless saw Bon Jovi introduced to a new generation of fans.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 131 million
10. Beautiful Day – U2
This song was a massive commercial success for Irish rock band, U2. Lead singer Bono explained that the upbeat track is about losing everything but still finding joy in what one has.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 133 million
9. Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre
A Grammy Award-winning single featuring vocals from rapper Eminem (he was certainly busy in 2000!), the song is a ‘diss-track’ in response to Suge Knight’s and others mockery of Dr. Dre.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 152 million
8. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Winning two Grammy Awards and considered one of Destiny’s Child’s signature songs. When they wrote the song, however, lead singer Beyoncé Knowles was initially displeased with the track. It was only after hearing a reworked mix did the group begin to like it.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 162 million
7. Ms. Jackson – OutKast
Still one of OutKast’s most recognisable songs and boasting over 160 million Spotify listens. The song was inspired, in part, by the lead singer’s relationship with Erykah Badu and her mother.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 163 million
6. Drops Of Jupiter – Train
Released in 2001 but recorded between 1999 and 2000, we felt this made it warrant this list of songs from 2000. Inspired by the lead singer’s late mother after her struggle with cancer, it went on to spend over 100 weeks on the Adult Contemporary charts. Ever noticed how the verse sounds like the chorus of “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray?
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 174 million
5. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
The song was written by leader singer Brad Arnold in a mathematics class when he was fifteen and was one of the first songs he ever wrote. The main chorus of the song was sampled in the 2007 song “Goodnight Goodnight” by Maroon 5.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 197 million
4. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
A memorable song from Jamaican-American reggae artist, Shaggy. Despite being released in September 2000, it became the best-selling single of 2001 in the UK, selling over 1.15 million copies that year. Being a Brit myself, I remember hearing this a LOT as an 8-year-old in 2000.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 201 million
3. All The Small Things – blink-182
After 18 years, the age of this song is finally becoming the average age of the people that listen to it. Stereotypically a feature song of teenage ‘emo’ culture, though liked by many outside it; a nostalgic burst of optimistic pop-punk.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 207 million
2. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem
Released on his third album although not originally intended to be a part of it, Eminem rose to international recognition through this release. The song is a critique of manufactured pop songs that were popular at the time (some of which may have featured in this list!)
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 222 million
1. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This timeless song was recorded in 1999 though released as a single in 2000. It’s title has caused speculation as to its meaning, though the band later revealed that it’s about the dark side of Hollywood.
Spotify listens by 31st Dec 2017: 275 million
So…how old do you feel now? And, more importantly, do you still listen to any of these songs from 2000? 😉