My favorite songs of 2000


I nearly got demoted in mid-1999. At my job as a retail manager. Not because I was bad at it, but because the regional manager’s position was open and I was one of three people under consideration for it. I didn’t get it, and the person who did saw me as a bit of a threat. The repercussions of this impacted my life – and in the way I listened to music.

I was only 26. The other ‘rising star’ was even younger (though probably much keener). The person who got it was in her late 40s and was a lifer in that company. Not as smart and probably not as strong for the job as the two youngsters, but she had put in her time and we were probably not quite ready. I also heard, from those who knew her, that she could be a little petty. Let’s call her Ms. B.

I knew I would be getting demoted because I was manager of a brand new rent-to-own store in a pretty nice neighborhood. Stupid location. How can you lead a business that you don’t believe in (never rent to own – if you were ever considering it, give your head a shake), and you knew was doomed from the start? Between that situation, and the idea that this new regional manager felt threatened by me, I knew I had to do something. I saw another regional manager job get posted (closer to Toronto) – and I prepared.

Ms. B and the VP were going to visit my store later that week. I put together my numbers at each of the three stores that I had managed, using my talent with numbers to highlight my impact upon arrival. The numbers before I got there – and then for three months after.

When the VP arrived I sat down with him privately, thankful to tear him away from Ms. B. I then presented my numbers and showed him that they improved in each store after my arrival. Every time. I could even show this with the new store because we got some old accounts transferred to it from other stores (based on area). Then I pushed for the regional manager job at a GTA location that had opened up. The VP, a great guy and friendly person, told me he was impressed – he had actually come to demote me (!), but this changed things. He immediately had a closed-door meeting with Ms. B and then later came out and offered me a sideways move. No demotion. It was one of the most triumphant moments of my life. I beat a demotion, I changed the plan. I out-maneuvered my boss and avoided a pay cut. I was transferred to a different store to become manager of that one and not only that, but it was at a location right by my house.

I knew I was on borrowed time. I scraped up what money I could and bought a used, crap computer. I moved out of my place and into my girlfriend’s apartment, and got Internet hooked up there. I started applying for jobs. Really stepping it up. After a few months, I was moved temporarily to manage a store just out of town. But then – I got the job that would change my life. It was in a head office for a pet store company, based in Markham. I could leave the shitty retail job and move to a new city – at a company where I would meet my wife.

Bottom line in 2000: I spent most of it in a small downtown London location listening to music and running the store. This year the quality of music, in my mind, declined. A lot. Radiohead’s new album Kid A, in my opinion was terrible. Sure, it got a Grammy for best Alternative Album, but I didn’t like it at all. And giving it another full listen in the months leading up to this post – I still don’t like it. And Pearl Jam, my favorite band, had Binaural which I did not like at all.  My all-time favorite band – The Tragically Hip – put out something horrible and it turns out that it was the beginning of the end for what had been a steady string of great rock from these guys.

This made me sour on new rock music and when I moved to Markham in the latter half of 2000, I found myself tuning into Q107 (Classic Rock) more than 102.1 The Edge (Alternative Rock). At the age of 26, this is when I started to lose my hold on staying on top of all new music. It would never leave me. Not a music fan like myself. But it was never the same. So that was the backdrop to my year 2000 in music: Listened a lot of new stuff in the first half, became disenchanted, started transitioning more to classic rock again.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

31 Great Songs From 2000

54-40 – Casual Viewin’ 

Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind

Yellow – Coldplay

Minority – Green Day

In The End – Linkin Park

Go Let It Out – Oasis

Angel – Shaggy

The Messenger – Tea Party

Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols

Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

Last Resort – Papa Roach

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

Simple Kind Of Life – No Doubt

Why Pt. 2 – Collective Soul

I Need To Know – Marc Anthony

Doesn’t fit the mold of my taste, and truth be told I didn’t know (or at least absorb) this song at the time. It was later years where this one seeped into my head over time, and I find that I really like it.

Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives

Want You Bad – The Offspring

Be Like That – 3 Doors Down

Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

This song was actually a very good song when it came out. But I can’t think of too many songs that were more overplayed than this one in London, Ontario at the time. Which is the reason I didn’t slot this song in with the “awesome” group below…

Oops… I Did It Again – Britney Spears

I know this isn’t a typical song to my tastes, and I didn’t know it very well in 2000/2001. I never listened to the stations that played this type of music. But over the years you hear the good ones enough and they catch on. This one did.

Before You – Chantal Kreviazuk

Stan – Eminem


Only Time – Enya

AM Radio – Everclear

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days

No Man’s Woman – Sinéad O’Connor

I don’t remember this song at all. I just discovered it, going through every song released in 2000. And I think it’s great. Love finding new songs!

Elevation – U2

Sundown – Elwood

A pretty good, upbeat take on a classic tune by Gordon Lightfood…

Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels

10 Truly Awesome Songs From 2000

Blonde and Blue – Headstones

Amazing song from a good Canadian band. I remember first seeing them at Another Roadside Attraction, and a couple of the band members hung out with us at our tent that night (where we were camping illegally since we didn’t have the foresight to make reservations). Listen to this song and then try to explain to me why five different lists of songs that came out in 2000 didn’t have this one even listed. I’m talking Song Facts, or Google key words “top rock songs of 2000” and click every link. Those rock “experts” sure missed out.

Outside – Staind

The Way I Am – Eminem


Far Away Boys – Flogging Molly

Warning – Green Day

Original Prankster – The Offspring

Loser – 3 Doors Down

Again – Lenny Kravitz

Follow Me – Uncle Kracker

Only God Knows Why – Kid Rock

Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel

I compiled all of the above songs in a YouTube playlist right here

Here is the complete list from 2000:

Awesome – 1 Hemorrhage (In My Hands) Fuel
Awesome – 1 Outside Staind
Awesome – 1 Only God Knows Why Kid Rock
Awesome – 4 The Way I Am Eminem
Awesome – 4 Far Away Boys Flogging Molly
Awesome – 4 Warning Green Day
Awesome – 4 Original Prankster The Offspring
Awesome – 4 Loser 3 Doors Down
Awesome – 4 Again Lenny Kravitz
Awesome – 4 Follow Me Uncle Kracker
Awesome – 4 Blonde And Blue Headstones
Great – 12 Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues Eels
Great – 12 Sundown Elwood
Great – 12 Never Let You Go Third Eye Blind
Great – 12 Yellow Coldplay
Great – 12 Minority Green Day
Great – 12 In The End Linkin Park
Great – 12 Go Let It Out Oasis
Great – 12 Angel Shaggy
Great – 12 The Messenger Tea Party
Great – 12 Bohemian Like You The Dandy Warhols
Great – 12 Simple Kind Of Life No Doubt
Great – 23 Pinch Me Barenaked Ladies
Great – 23 It’s My Life Bon Jovi
Great – 23 Last Resort Papa Roach
Great – 23 It Wasn’t Me Shaggy
Great – 23 Hate To Say I Told You So The Hives
Great – 23 Want You Bad The Offspring
Great – 23 Be Like That 3 Doors Down
Great – 23 Kryptonite 3 Doors Down
Great – 23 Oops… I Did It Again Britney Spears
Great – 23 Before You Chantal Kreviazuk
Great – 23 Stan Eminem
Great – 23 Only Time Enya
Great – 23 AM Radio Everclear
Great – 23 Absolutely (Story of a Girl) Nine Days
Great – 23 No Man’s Woman Sinéad O’Connor
Great – 23 Elevation U2
Great – 23 Rock Superstar Cypress Hill
Great – 23 Why Pt. 2 Collective Soul
Great – 23 I Need To Know Marc Anthony
Solid – 42 Settle Headstones
Solid – 42 Trouble Coldplay
Solid – 42 The Real Slim Shady Eminem
Solid – 42 Hanging By a Moment Lifehouse
Solid – 42 I Disappear Metallica
Solid – 42 Ex-Girlfriend No Doubt
Solid – 42 Beautiful Day U2
Solid – 42 Defy You The Offspring
Solid – 42 Judith A Perfect Circle
Solid – 51 One More Time Daft Punk
Solid – 51 Down With The Sickness Disturbed
Solid – 51 Black Friday Rule Flogging Molly
Solid – 51 Waiting Green Day
Solid – 51 Don’t Tell Me Madonna
Solid – 51 Music Madonna
Solid – 51 Bent Matchbox Twenty
Solid – 51 Bye Bye Bye ‘N Sync
Solid – 51 I’m Like A Bird Nelly Furtado
Solid – 51 Everybody Wants to Be Like You Snow
Solid – 51 Breathless The Corrs
Solid – 51 My Music at Work The Tragically Hip
Solid – 51 Lake Fever The Tragically Hip
Solid – 51 Ms. Jackson Outkast
Solid – 51 Man Overboard blink-182
Solid – 51 Turn Off The Light Nelly Furtado
Solid – 51 Little Black Backpack Stroke 9
Solid – 51 Jumpin’ Jumpin’ Destiny’s Child
Solid – 51 The Way You Love Me Faith Hill
Not Bad – 70 Forgot About Dre Eminem
Not Bad – 70 Doesn’t Really Matter Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 70 Take A Look Around Limp Bizkit
Not Bad – 70 Promise Eve 6
Not Bad – 70 Stiff Upper Lip AC/DC
Not Bad – 70 That’s the Way It Is Celine Dion
Not Bad – 70 Salty Dog Flogging Molly
Not Bad – 70 Devil’s Dance Floor Flogging Molly
Not Bad – 70 Can’t Stop Jacksoul
Not Bad – 70 Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) Limp Bizkit
Not Bad – 70 One Step Closer Linkin Park
Not Bad – 70 Leader of Men Nickelback
Not Bad – 70 Light Years Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 70 Change Your Mind Sister Hazel
Not Bad – 70 I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
Not Bad – 70 If You’re Gone Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 70 Deep Inside Of You Third Eye Blind
Not Bad – 70 You’re A God Vertical Horizon
Not Bad – 88 Be With You Enrique Iglesias
Not Bad – 88 Safe In New York City AC/DC
Not Bad – 88 That I Would Be Good Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 88 Wonderful Everclear
Not Bad – 88 Superman (It’s Not Easy) Five for Fighting
Not Bad – 88 Counting The Days Goldfinger
Not Bad – 88 Ride Wit Me Nelly
Not Bad – 88 Old Enough Nickelback
Not Bad – 88 Nothing as It Seems Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 88 Rival Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 88 Dance And Shout Shaggy
Not Bad – 88 Hope Shaggy
Not Bad – 88 Makes No Difference Sum 41
Not Bad – 88 Painted on My Heart The Cult
Not Bad – 88 Boss Of Me They Might Be Giants
Not Bad – 88 Walk On U2
Not Bad – 88 Who Let The Dogs Out Baha Men
Not Bad – 88 Change (In The House Of Flies) Deftones

2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005     2006     2007     2008     2009

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s          2000s


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