My favorite songs of 2001

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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:

Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

First, videos of the best from that year…

21 Great Songs from 2001

All Hell For A Basement – Big Sugar

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

Nicotina (She’s All That) – Big Sugar

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

13 Truly Awesome songs from 2001

Absolutely Anytime – The Watchmen

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.

Follow my playlists on Spotify (I have lots of great ones) here

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

Awesome – 1She Hates Me Puddle of Mudd
Awesome – 1Black Black HeartDavid Usher
Awesome – 1Black Black Heart 2.0David Usher
Awesome – 1It’s Been Awhile Staind
Awesome – 1Island In The Sun Weezer
Awesome – 5Wasting My TimeDefault
Awesome – 5Stay Together for the Kids blink-182
Awesome – 5Blurry Puddle of Mudd
Awesome – 5Whenever, Wherever Shakira
Awesome – 5My SacrificeCreed
Awesome – 5Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus
Awesome – 5How You Remind Me Nickelback
Awesome – 5Absolutely AnytimeThe Watchmen
Great – 14Clint Eastwood Gorillaz
Great – 14One Last Breath Creed
Great – 14Survivor Destiny’s Child
Great – 14Family Affair Mary J. Blige
Great – 14Aerials System of a Down
Great – 14Last Nite The Strokes
Great – 14Underneath It AllNo Doubt
Great – 14Underneath Your ClothesShakira
Great – 14If It Feels Good Do ItSloan
Great – 14Nicotina (She’s All That)Big Sugar
Great – 24Groundhog DayJonny Lang with Double Trouble
Great – 24When It’s OverSugar Ray
Great – 24Smooth Criminal Alien Ant Farm
Great – 24The Middle Jimmy Eat World
Great – 24Hey Baby No Doubt
Great – 24LifeOur Lady Peace
Great – 24Anyone Else But YouThe Moldy Peaches
Great – 24Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground The White Stripes
Great – 24Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) Train
Great – 24Hash Pipe Weezer
Great – 24All Hell For A BasementBig Sugar
Solid – 35Drift & DiePuddle of Mudd
Solid – 35Soul SingingThe Black Crowes
Solid – 35Can’t Get You Out Of My HeadKylie Minogue
Solid – 35Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) Blu Cantrell
Solid – 35Short Skirt/Long Jacket Cake
Solid – 35Hero Enrique Iglesias
Solid – 35Wish You Were Here Incubus
Solid – 35Dig In Lenny Kravitz
Solid – 35Imitation Of Life R.E.M.
Solid – 35Days of the Week Stone Temple Pilots
Solid – 35Fat Lip Sum 41
Solid – 35In Too Deep Sum 41
Solid – 35Schism Tool
Solid – 35Because I Got High Afroman
Solid – 35Fallin’ Alicia Keys
Solid – 35The Rock Show blink-182
Solid – 35I Did It Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 35Bootylicious Destiny’s Child
Solid – 35Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve ft. Gwen Stefani
Solid – 35Standing Still Jewel
Solid – 35Everywhere Michelle Branch
Solid – 35In Repair Our Lady Peace
Solid – 35Get The Party Started Pink
Solid – 35Wherever You Will Go The Calling
Solid – 35Fell In Love With A Girl The White Stripes
Solid – 35Lady MarmaladeChristina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, Pink
Solid – 35Just Like a PillPink
Solid – 35Don’t Let Me Get MePink
Solid – 63Hella GoodNo Doubt
Solid – 63Too Bad Nickelback
Solid – 63Just Push Play Aerosmith
Solid – 63Just Push Play Aerosmith
Solid – 63First Date blink-182
Solid – 63Ain’t It Funny Jennifer Lopez
Solid – 63Hello Time BombMatthew Good Band
Solid – 63You Rock My World Michael Jackson
Solid – 63Alive P.O.D.
Solid – 63Jorge Regula The Moldy Peaches
Solid – 63IrresistibleJessica Simpson
Solid – 63Stillness Of HeartLenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 75The Spicy McHaggis JigDropkick Murphys
Not Bad – 75Tainted LoveMarilyn Manson
Not Bad – 75Jaded Aerosmith
Not Bad – 75Tear Away Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 75Dance With The Devil Immortal Technique
Not Bad – 75Bubble Toes Jack Johnson
Not Bad – 75Sweetness Jimmy Eat World
Not Bad – 75Get Ur Freak On Missy Elliott
Not Bad – 75ControlPuddle of Mudd
Not Bad – 75Love At First SightKylie Minogue
Not Bad – 85Love Don’t Cost A Thing Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 85Peaceful World John Mellencamp
Not Bad – 85Youth Of The Nation P.O.D.
Not Bad – 85Chop Suey System of a Down
Not Bad – 85Hotel Yorba The White Stripes
Not Bad – 85Flavor Of the WeakAmerican Hi-Fi
Not Bad – 85Where’s Your Head At? Basement Jaxx
Not Bad – 85I Love Rock And Roll Britney Spears
Not Bad – 85Purple Pills D12
Not Bad – 85The Space Between Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 85Bodies Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 85Sinner Drowning Pool
Not Bad – 85Flake Jack Johnson
Not Bad – 85All For You Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 85I’m Real Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 85God Gave Me Everything Mick Jagger ft. Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 85Dreamer Ozzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 85Boom P.O.D.
Not Bad – 85Click Click Boom Saliva
Not Bad – 85FadeStaind
Not Bad – 85Here’s To the NightEve 6
Not Bad – 85Never Had a Dream Come TrueS Club 7
Not Bad – 85The Wild RoverDropkick Murphys

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