Ranking Billboard top ten singles, 2000

A new decade dawned, when as Americans we were nearer to the final conquest of rock than ever before until ‘N Sync kicked the anthill, out of which swarmed 3 Doors Down and a band named Creed, led by a lead singer with a body ready for Jesus Christ poses and a head full of Hooters pickup lines. We thought we had triumphed over Eurodisco too until Sonique and Eiffel 65 turned me into a grinning idiot for six months. “Blue” is the magnificent and awful culmination of what Lou Bega, Aqua, the Vengaboys and the pop-trance contingent have been doing for a while: it couldn’t but be massive,” Tom Ewing noted in his review. But he adds, crucially: “Fortunately it’s also, behind the bluster, an oddly touching little record.” Indeed.

That was 2000, which saw a diminishment in the number of soft R&B ballads and when we encouraged Madonna to release as many smashing singles as possible. I had forgotten what a banger Mya’s “Case of the Ex” is and have no memory of Nine Days’ “Absolutely (Story of a Girl).” Next had a song called “Wifey”!

The Hague

Creed – With Arms Wide Open
Matchbox 20 – Bent
Shaggy featuring Rikrok – It Wasn’t Me
Kenny G – Auld Lang Syne
Lonestar – Amazed
98 Degrees – Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)
Faith Hill – Breathe
Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees – Thank God I Found You
Marc Anthony – You Sang to Me
Faith Hill – The Way You Love
Matchbox 20 – If You’re Gone

Meh

‘N Sync – This I Promise You
Nine Days – Absolutely (Story of a Girl)
Santana featuring The Product G&B – Maria Maria
Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want
Next – Wifey
Debelah Morgan – Dance with Me
Joe – I Wanna Know
Christina Aguilera – I Turn to You
Sisqó – Incomplete
Creed – Higher
Céline Dion – That’s The Way It Is
Dream – He Loves U Not
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part I
Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonite
Backstreet Boys – Shape of My Heart

Sound, Solid Entertainments

Christina Aguilera – Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)
Destiny’s Child – Jumpin’, Jumpin’
Sonique – It Feels So Good
Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
3 Doors Down – Superman
Macy Gray – I Try
Samantha Mumba – Gotta Tell You
‘N Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me

Good to Great

‘N Sync – Bye Bye Bye
Erykah Badu – Bag Lady
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Outkast – Ms. Jackson
Mya – Case of the Ex
Nelly – Country Grammar (Hot Shit)
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
Sisqó – Thong Song
Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again
Ruff Endz – No More
Blink-182 – All the Small Things
Aaliyah – Try Again
Pink – Most Girls
Janet Jackson -Doesn’t Really Matter
Backstreet Boys – Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Madonna – Music

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