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 – 1 She Hates Me Puddle of Mudd
Awesome – 1 Black Black Heart David Usher
Awesome – 1 Black Black Heart 2.0 David Usher
Awesome – 1 It’s Been Awhile Staind
Awesome – 1 Island In The Sun Weezer
Awesome – 5 Wasting My Time Default
Awesome – 5 Stay Together for the Kids blink-182
Awesome – 5 Blurry Puddle of Mudd
Awesome – 5 Whenever, Wherever Shakira
Awesome – 5 My Sacrifice Creed
Awesome – 5 Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus
Awesome – 5 How You Remind Me Nickelback
Great – 13 Clint Eastwood Gorillaz
Great – 13 One Last Breath Creed
Great – 13 Survivor Destiny’s Child
Great – 13 Family Affair Mary J. Blige
Great – 13 Aerials System of a Down
Great – 13 Last Nite The Strokes
Great – 13 Underneath It All No Doubt
Great – 13 Underneath Your Clothes Shakira
Great – 13 If It Feels Good Do It Sloan
Great – 22 Groundhog Day Jonny Lang with Double Trouble
Great – 22 When It’s Over Sugar Ray
Great – 22 Smooth Criminal Alien Ant Farm
Great – 22 The Middle Jimmy Eat World
Great – 22 Hey Baby No Doubt
Great – 22 Life Our Lady Peace
Great – 22 Anyone Else But You The Moldy Peaches
Great – 22 Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground The White Stripes
Great – 22 Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) Train
Great – 22 Hash Pipe Weezer
Solid – 31 Soul Singing The Black Crowes
Solid – 31 Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
Solid – 31 Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) Blu Cantrell
Solid – 31 Short Skirt/Long Jacket Cake
Solid – 31 Hero Enrique Iglesias
Solid – 31 Wish You Were Here Incubus
Solid – 31 Dig In Lenny Kravitz
Solid – 31 Imitation Of Life R.E.M.
Solid – 31 Days of the Week Stone Temple Pilots
Solid – 31 Fat Lip Sum 41
Solid – 31 In Too Deep Sum 41
Solid – 31 Schism Tool
Solid – 31 Because I Got High Afroman
Solid – 31 Fallin’ Alicia Keys
Solid – 31 The Rock Show blink-182
Solid – 31 I Did It Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 31 Bootylicious Destiny’s Child
Solid – 31 Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve ft. Gwen Stefani
Solid – 31 Standing Still Jewel
Solid – 31 Everywhere Michelle Branch
Solid – 31 In Repair Our Lady Peace
Solid – 31 Get The Party Started Pink
Solid – 31 Wherever You Will Go The Calling
Solid – 31 Fell In Love With A Girl The White Stripes
Solid – 31 Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Pink
Solid – 31 Just Like a Pill Pink
Solid – 31 Don’t Let Me Get Me Pink
Solid – 58 Hella Good No Doubt
Solid – 58 Too Bad Nickelback
Solid – 58 Just Push Play Aerosmith
Solid – 58 Just Push Play Aerosmith
Solid – 58 First Date blink-182
Solid – 58 Ain’t It Funny Jennifer Lopez
Solid – 58 Hello Time Bomb Matthew Good Band
Solid – 58 You Rock My World Michael Jackson
Solid – 58 Alive P.O.D.
Solid – 58 Jorge Regula The Moldy Peaches
Solid – 58 Irresistible Jessica Simpson
Solid – 58 Stillness Of Heart Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 70 The Spicy McHaggis Jig Dropkick Murphys
Not Bad – 70 Tainted Love Marilyn Manson
Not Bad – 70 Jaded Aerosmith
Not Bad – 70 Tear Away Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 70 Dance With The Devil Immortal Technique
Not Bad – 70 Bubble Toes Jack Johnson
Not Bad – 70 Sweetness Jimmy Eat World
Not Bad – 70 Get Ur Freak On Missy Elliott
Not Bad – 70 Control Puddle of Mudd
Not Bad – 70 Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue
Not Bad – 80 Love Don’t Cost A Thing Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 80 Peaceful World John Mellencamp
Not Bad – 80 Youth Of The Nation P.O.D.
Not Bad – 80 Chop Suey System of a Down
Not Bad – 80 Hotel Yorba The White Stripes
Not Bad – 80 Flavor Of the Weak American Hi-Fi
Not Bad – 80 Where’s Your Head At? Basement Jaxx
Not Bad – 80 I Love Rock And Roll Britney Spears
Not Bad – 80 Purple Pills D12
Not Bad – 80 The Space Between Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 80 Bodies Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 80 Sinner Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 80 Flake Jack Johnson
Not Bad – 80 All For You Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 80 I’m Real Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 80 God Gave Me Everything Mick Jagger ft. Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 80 Dreamer Ozzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 80 Boom P.O.D.
Not Bad – 80 Click Click Boom Saliva
Not Bad – 80 Fade Staind
Not Bad – 80 Here’s To the Night Eve 6
Not Bad – 80 Never Had a Dream Come True S Club 7
Not Bad – 80 The Wild Rover Dropkick Murphys

2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005     2006     2007     2008     2009

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s          2000s

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