My favorite songs of 2001


The year that Apple decided how much songs should cost, XM satellite radio is launched, and… September 11.

We all remember where we were on that day. My travels had taken me to Oshawa where I lived for two years, but commuted to Markham. I was living with my girlfriend at the time, and we were driving into work and listening to Howard Stern. It all unfolded on the drive in, and I continued listening at the office with colleagues.

Apple launched iTunes and determined that songs should cost a buck. Not 10 cents, or 50 cents, but a full dollar, thereby laying the groundwork for decades as to the value of a person having the ability to play a song when they want. I still maintain that this price point promotes piracy, whereas 10 cents or a quarter would have eliminated that. Instead, music companies waste millions of dollars playing whack-a-mole, shutting down piracy websites only for others to crop back up. And how much of that dollar does the musician get? Pennies? Now that there is no distribution, the artists should be pocketing at least 90% of revenue earned from their art. But try telling the greedy producers (and now Apple and Amazon) this.

Anyway, side note: it was at this office in Markham where my future wife worked. She had just started there a couple of weeks before 9-11, and I first laid eyes on her the day before the Christmas break. It took me five months to start speaking with her, and another 11 months to break up with my girlfriend and ask her out. Anyway, in late 2001, driving in from Oshawa, had a big impact on my music (in a negative way). I stopped hearing new music as I listened to Stern driving in, and classic rock driving home. This lasted until 2005 when I got married and moved to Pickering. The commute changed and the radio stations changed with it and I was back to hearing new stuff again. In hindsight, those were “lost years”, and songs released during that span I would hear after the fact.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been tossing these up in a numerical order. We can agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It depends on mood and situation. A song ranked 14th today could rank 1st tomorrow if it comes on the radio at the right moment. Instead, I group them rather than present a hard-and-fast order:

Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

First, videos of the best from that year…

18 Great Songs from 2001

Groundhog Day – Jonny Lang with Double Trouble

This song was actually first done by Big Sugar (!?). I didn’t know this! But I love the cover version by Double Trouble better.

If It Feels Good Do It – Sloan

When It’s Over – Sugar Ray

Smooth Criminal  – Alien Ant Farm

The Middle  – Jimmy Eat World

Hey Baby  – No Doubt

Life – Our Lady Peace

Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

Man…what terrible singers. But such a simple, catchy song!

Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground  – The White Stripes

Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)  – Train

Hash Pipe  – Weezer

Clint Eastwood  – Gorillaz

One Last Breath  – Creed

Survivor  – Destiny’s Child

Family Affair  – Mary J. Blige

Aerials  – System of a Down

Last Nite  – The Strokes

Underneath It All – No Doubt

Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira

11 Truly Awesome songs from 2001

Wasting My Time – Default

Stay Together for the Kids  – blink-182

Blurry  – Puddle of Mudd

Whenever, Wherever  – Shakira

My Sacrifice – Creed

Teenage Dirtbag  – Wheatus

How You Remind Me  – Nickelback

This song gets scoffed at because the band gets mocked. The band gets mocked because this song was overplayed, and the rest of their songs were overplayed. But it all started here – and this song was overplayed because, well it’s good. If you only heard this song a dozen times in your life, and you heard it now, you’d love it.

She Hates Me  – Puddle of Mudd

This song is so great. Could do without the cursing, and I hate censored versions.

Black Black Heart – David Usher

An unknown song and underrated artist because he’s Canadian. But this song is amazing and has two great versions of it that are widely different. Here’s the version I got to know and love:

And here is the version I am now getting to know (and loving) Black Black Heart 2.0:

It’s Been Awhile  – Staind

Island In The Sun  – Weezer

The above great songs from 2001 are in a YouTube playlist here.

Here is the full list of the best songs from 2001…

Awesome – 1She Hates MePuddle of Mudd
Awesome – 1Black Black HeartDavid Usher
Awesome – 1Black Black Heart 2.0David Usher
Awesome – 1It’s Been AwhileStaind
Awesome – 1Island In The SunWeezer
Awesome – 5Wasting My TimeDefault
Awesome – 5Stay Together for the Kidsblink-182
Awesome – 5BlurryPuddle of Mudd
Awesome – 5Whenever, WhereverShakira
Awesome – 5My SacrificeCreed
Awesome – 5Teenage DirtbagWheatus
Awesome – 5How You Remind MeNickelback
Great – 13Clint EastwoodGorillaz
Great – 13One Last BreathCreed
Great – 13SurvivorDestiny’s Child
Great – 13Family AffairMary J. Blige
Great – 13AerialsSystem of a Down
Great – 13Last NiteThe Strokes
Great – 13Underneath It AllNo Doubt
Great – 13Underneath Your ClothesShakira
Great – 13If It Feels Good Do ItSloan
Great – 22Groundhog DayJonny Lang with Double Trouble
Great – 22When It’s OverSugar Ray
Great – 22Smooth CriminalAlien Ant Farm
Great – 22The MiddleJimmy Eat World
Great – 22Hey BabyNo Doubt
Great – 22LifeOur Lady Peace
Great – 22Anyone Else But YouThe Moldy Peaches
Great – 22Dead Leaves And The Dirty GroundThe White Stripes
Great – 22Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)Train
Great – 22Hash PipeWeezer
Solid – 31Drift & DiePuddle of Mudd
Solid – 31Soul SingingThe Black Crowes
Solid – 31Can’t Get You Out Of My HeadKylie Minogue
Solid – 31Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)Blu Cantrell
Solid – 31Short Skirt/Long JacketCake
Solid – 31HeroEnrique Iglesias
Solid – 31Wish You Were HereIncubus
Solid – 31Dig InLenny Kravitz
Solid – 31Imitation Of LifeR.E.M.
Solid – 31Days of the WeekStone Temple Pilots
Solid – 31Fat LipSum 41
Solid – 31In Too DeepSum 41
Solid – 31SchismTool
Solid – 31Because I Got HighAfroman
Solid – 31Fallin’Alicia Keys
Solid – 31The Rock Showblink-182
Solid – 31I Did ItDave Matthews Band
Solid – 31BootyliciousDestiny’s Child
Solid – 31Let Me Blow Ya MindEve ft. Gwen Stefani
Solid – 31Standing StillJewel
Solid – 31EverywhereMichelle Branch
Solid – 31In RepairOur Lady Peace
Solid – 31Get The Party StartedPink
Solid – 31Wherever You Will GoThe Calling
Solid – 31Fell In Love With A GirlThe White Stripes
Solid – 31Lady MarmaladeChristina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Pink
Solid – 31Just Like a PillPink
Solid – 31Don’t Let Me Get MePink
Solid – 58Hella GoodNo Doubt
Solid – 58Too BadNickelback
Solid – 58Just Push PlayAerosmith
Solid – 58Just Push PlayAerosmith
Solid – 58First Dateblink-182
Solid – 58Ain’t It FunnyJennifer Lopez
Solid – 58Hello Time BombMatthew Good Band
Solid – 58You Rock My WorldMichael Jackson
Solid – 58AliveP.O.D.
Solid – 58Jorge RegulaThe Moldy Peaches
Solid – 58IrresistibleJessica Simpson
Solid – 58Stillness Of HeartLenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 70The Spicy McHaggis JigDropkick Murphys
Not Bad – 70Tainted LoveMarilyn Manson
Not Bad – 70JadedAerosmith
Not Bad – 70Tear AwayDrowning Pool
Not Bad – 70Dance With The DevilImmortal Technique
Not Bad – 70Bubble ToesJack Johnson
Not Bad – 70SweetnessJimmy Eat World
Not Bad – 70Get Ur Freak OnMissy Elliott
Not Bad – 70ControlPuddle of Mudd
Not Bad – 70Love At First SightKylie Minogue
Not Bad – 80Love Don’t Cost A ThingJennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 80Peaceful WorldJohn Mellencamp
Not Bad – 80Youth Of The NationP.O.D.
Not Bad – 80Chop SueySystem of a Down
Not Bad – 80Hotel YorbaThe White Stripes
Not Bad – 80Flavor Of the WeakAmerican Hi-Fi
Not Bad – 80Where’s Your Head At?Basement Jaxx
Not Bad – 80I Love Rock And RollBritney Spears
Not Bad – 80Purple PillsD12
Not Bad – 80The Space BetweenDave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 80BodiesDrowning Pool
Not Bad – 80SinnerDrowning Pool
Not Bad – 80FlakeJack Johnson
Not Bad – 80All For YouJanet Jackson
Not Bad – 80I’m RealJennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 80God Gave Me EverythingMick Jagger ft. Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 80DreamerOzzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 80BoomP.O.D.
Not Bad – 80Click Click BoomSaliva
Not Bad – 80FadeStaind
Not Bad – 80Here’s To the NightEve 6
Not Bad – 80Never Had a Dream Come TrueS Club 7
Not Bad – 80The Wild RoverDropkick Murphys

2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005     2006     2007     2008     2009

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s          2000s

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