Welcome back to our countdown of the Greatest Songs of the 2000s! In this second part, we will find out the next three songs that make up the top ten. In our first part, we began to unveil the top ten favourite songs, with massive tracks from Green Day, Kings of Leon, M.I.A., and MGMT. Click here if you haven’t already read the first part or you just feel like refreshing your memory. Done? Good. Time to continue the countdown…
6. CHRISTINA AGUILERA – BEAUTIFUL
Written by: Linda Perry
The second single from Aguilera’s fourth album ‘Stripped’ is widely regarded as her best song to date. The ballad, showing off the singer’s incredible vocal abilities, along with the great message of loving yourself won over the public and critics alike, with the song topping the UK, Australian, Canadian and many other European Charts, and narrowly missing out on the top spot in the US, peaking at number two. ‘Beautiful’ also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2004, whilst just missing out on Song of the Year.
When songwriter Linda Perry penned the track, she considered it very personal and important to her, and kept it hidden away a long time before anybody else heard it. At first, she showed the song to singer Pink who wanted the song to be on her album ‘Missundaztood’, but Perry wanted to keep it for herself. In a similar fashion, Perry showed the song to Aguilera whilst working with her, but declined the song to her even after being blown away by her rendition. In the end, she was convinced to hand over the song to her.
The song is musically very different to the rest of the tracks on ‘Stripped’, being one of the softer moments of the album, a moment that was the most praised critically. It is now considered her signature song, so perhaps she should stick to this kind of music as it seems to be her winning formula (Bionic, anybody?)!
5. THE KILLERS – MR. BRIGHTSIDE
Written by: Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
The second single from the Las Vegas rocker’s debut album Hot Fuss, Mr. Brightside, has gone onto become one of the most anthemic rock anthems of the 21st Century. Listeners of XFM and Absolute Radio voted the song as the best of the decade – sorry, but the Habbox users evidently disagree!
It was originally released in September 2003 in the UK on a limited edition CD and 7″ vinyl, which sold out in just one week, giving The Killers a small amount of attention. This prompted them to record a new version, the version we all know and love today, just a month later, which was included on the album.
Mr. Brightside achieved respectable commercial success for the band. It has a huge place in the hearts of The Killers’ fanbase, being their big sing along track at live shows, being included on set lists for all of their tours. As well at this, released in 2004, the track charted at number ten on both the UK and US singles charts and sold over 200,000 copies in the UK, and over 2 million in the US! In 2006, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, which lost out to a live version of the song This Love by Maroon 5 (who didn’t make it in our countdown – who’s laughing now!).
As well as being a big hit with the fans, Mr. Brightside has also been covered by many big name artists, including McFly, Fall Out Boy, Coldplay and Amy MacDonald. I guess none of them have anything on the original .
4. EMINEM – LOSE YOURSELF
Written by: Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto
Release in October of 2002 from the soundtrack of his movie 8 Mile, this epic song was written by Eminem, based on the character he plays in the movie, B Rabbit. The rapper infact wrote the song on set whilst filming the movie, and recorded all three verses in a portable studio on the set in one take. Lose Yourself features a piano interlude, preceding the start of a beat which contains a memorable guitar loop, which incorporate slight rock elements to the song.
Lose Yourself is Eminem’s most successful single to date. Selling bucket loads and topping the charts in 24 charts across the globe, including spending twelve weeks at the top of the US and Australian charts – its release was absolutely massive for the Detroit rapper. In 2002, it even won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the first rap song ever to do so. It beat U2, who were the strong favourites to win. Even Em himself was amongst the belief he would not win, so he didn’t even bother to attend the awards. Apparently he was asleep at the time he was announced winner, meaning it was the first time in 14 years the winner of that particular award didn’t perform at the ceremony… oops. In 2004, the song also won two Grammys for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song.
This song truly stamped Eminem’s name firmly on rap music forever, establishing him as an icon, and it will go down in history as one of the most loved and most successful rap songs ever. Rightly so – it’s brilliant, and only very narrowly missed out on the top three.
We are now only three songs away from finding out what Habbox’s favourite song of the 2000s is! Make sure to check back here this Friday to find out the top three songs. See you then!