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VH1 has just published a list of its 100 greatest songs of the last decade, and spoiler alert: This thing is insane! It leans heavily toward the radio-pop side of things, and it’s actually a bit refreshing to see someone trying to invent an alternate canon of this stuff instead of reminding us once again that Radiohead are the greatest thing ever. But this alternate canon? This alternate canon is weird!

I am absolutely and totally OK with the idea that Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” was the best pop single of the last decade, though from a strict populist-smash perspective, something like Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” might’ve fit even better. But once you get past #1, things get nuts. “Hey Ya!,” for instance, is at #2, and I’m not sure there’s a person alive who ever needs to hear that track again, especially when OutKast’s “B.O.B.,” absent from this list, is the better song in every conceivable way. Similarly, it’s truly perplexing to see Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” riding high in the top 10 when “Bad Romance” and “Cry Me A River,” respectively, are out there in the world.

Other red flags: Train’s “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)” at #42. Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” at #91. Lil Jon’s “Get Low” way too low at #80. And if you’re going to acknowledge the existence of M.I.A., then “Paper Planes” has to be higher than #89; I’m sorry.

Still, as absurd as it is, there’s something fun about this list, and I’m happy to see great and underrated chart-pop smashes like Blink-182′s “All The Small Things” and Aaliyah’s “Try Again” get some form of recognition, even if it’s on a list put together by people who, I’m guessing, don’t actually listen to music. Also, it’s fun to see “Seven Nation Army” in the mid-20s, between Nelly and Usher.

Below, check out the full list and give us your take on it.

100 Sisqó – “Thong Song”
99 Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”
98 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite”
97 Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me”
96 Pussycat Dolls (Feat. Busta Rhymes) “Don’t Cha”
95 James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful”
94 Daughtry – “It’s Not Over”
93 OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”
92 Flo Rida (Feat. T-Pain) – “Low”
91 Creed – “With Arms Wide Open”
90 Mystikal – “Shake Ya Ass”
89 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
88 Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom”
87 The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
86 Aerosmith – “Jaded”
85 Macy Gray – “I Try”
84 Linkin Park – “In the End”
83 D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”
82 Matchbox Twenty – “Unwell”
81 Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”
80 Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (Feat. Ying Yang Twins) – “Get Low”
79 Enrique Iglesias – “Hero”
78 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”
77 Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
76 T.I. ft Rihanna – “Live Your Life”
77 Gavin DeGraw – “I Don’t Want to Be”
74 Chamillionaire (Feat. Krayzie Bone) – “Ridin’”
73 Nelly Furtado (Feat. Timbaland) – “Promiscuous”
72 Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
71 Colbie Caillat – “Bubbly”
70 Chris Brown (Feat. Juelz Santana) – “Run It!”
69 Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life”
68 Ludacris (Feat. Shawnna) – “Stand Up”
67 Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
66 Snoop Dogg (Feat. Pharrell) – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
65 Aaliyah – “Try Again”
64 Jennifer Lopez (Feat. Ja Rule) – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)”
63 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
62 Avril Lavigne – “Complicated”
61 Kelis – “Milkshake”
60 Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”
59 Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”
58 Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
57 Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair”
56 DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”
55 The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
54 Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why”
53 Blink-182 – “All the Small Things”
52 Shakira (Feat. Wyclef) – “Hips Don’t Lie”
51 Natasha Bedingfield – “Pocketful of Sunshine”
50 Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
49 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
48 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
47 Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – “Lady Marmalade”
46 Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow – “Picture”
45 Eve (Feat. Gwen Stefani) – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
44 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”
43 Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”
42 Train – “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)”
41 R. Kelly – “Trapped In The Closet”
40 Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
39 Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
38 Miley Cyrus – “Party In The U.S.A.”
37 Britney Spears – “Oops! … I Did It Again”
36 *NSYNC – “Bye Bye Bye”
35 John Mayer – “Daughters”
34 Janet Jackson – “All For You”
33 Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
32 Maroon 5 – “This Love”
31 Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
30 Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
29 Foo Fighters – “Best Of You”
28 Madonna – “Music”
27 Usher (Feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris) – “Yeah!”
26 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
25 Nelly – “Hot in Herre”
24 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
23 Pink – “Get the Party Started”
22 Alicia Keys – “Fallin’”
21 Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
20 Britney Spears – “Toxic”
19 Destiny’s Child – “Bootylicious”
18 Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful”
17 Coldplay – “Clocks”
16 Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
15 U2 – “Beautiful Day”
14 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”
13 Green Day – “American Idiot”
12 Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”
11 Rihanna (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella”
10 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
09 Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”
08 Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys) – “Empire State Of Mind”
07 Justin Timberlake (Feat Timbaland) – “SexyBack”
06 Kanye West (Feat. Jamie Foxx) – “Gold Digger”
05 Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone”
04 Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
03 Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”
02 OutKast – “Hey Ya!”
01 Beyoncé (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Crazy In Love”
(via VH1)

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  1. what a crappy list.. this is why the 2000s suck and 2010s gonna be worse!

    • you have the rest of your life to be an old dickhead, just chill out buddy

      • “thong song”

      • No, YOU chill out!!! Patel is right, last decade songs sucked, and theres no reason why songs will get better. This list is biased and about 90 of those songs, people don’t even know. Lets face it, the creativity of creating great and remember able songs is GONE!

        • That list was great, all the songs were great and memorable, the ’00s was the last decade to provide so many memorable songs that left a huge impact on our pop culture, that is a terrible lie that people don;t even know 90 of those songs. Now near the the mid to end of that decade music started to suck but the voters of that countdown clearly knows that all that crunk junk and disney channel was not about to happen and thankfully it didnt make it to the countdown. We had amazing songs last decade, I just wish I could say the same about our current decade.

        • Anyone who thinks that KedollarsignHa’s “Tik Tok” with it’s genius lyrics like ‘Tonight Imma fight til I see the Southern Lights’ should be on ANY Best list, is seriously deluded.

          Write Something That Makes Sense!! Then we’ll talk.

          • Tik Tok was a huge ass hit, it doesn’t matter if the lyrics were not that good, cause apparently nobody cared when that song came out, that song was heard everywhere anybody went all day everyday. That song has been referenced to in so many tv shows and movies since it came out. Like the first time I saw how big that song was I already knew that sometime in the future of Vh1 it would be on the 100 Greatest lists. That Greatest included songs that were memorable and perfectly composed. Not all of them were perfectly composed but more than most of them were memorable.

        • How in the HELL is it biased? towards who? This list has everything from Aerosmith, to Jay – Z. Not only that, I never watch MTV nor listen to the radio, and I know these songs. Are you living under a rock? Granted, I don’t particularly care for every song on the list but newsflash dude, its not all about you. This songs were the top on the billboards for the 2000s and most likely had the most radio play. As much as I want to shoot anyone singing “Single Ladies”, I understand why its a popular song. Just like any other decade there are artists and songs that show up that are very cookie-cutter, but still insanely popular. “Greatest” is a definition determined by every person individually. You seem to be the one that is bias here. What makes a song memorable? Does every song have to be as deep as god damn John Lennons work? No. How about a song that they played at your High School prom? Yeah, I’d say thats memorable. Dude, you’re probably just a hipster moron who has nothing better to do that rag on music that isn’t underground. And trust me, I love underground music just as well. But unlike SOME people, I am willing to accept others tastes and get my head out of my ass.

        • the 00′s had a lot of great songs but not all of them are on this list people so just calm down

    • Dude… Don’t get your panties in a bunch because of a list based off of averages and statistics. I like and dislike a lot of songs on here. But seriously, who cares what order it’s in? It’s just music, bro. You like what you like. I like what I like. He likes what he likes and she likes what she likes. Why do people have to get so worked up over a difference in opinion? :\

  2. Wow my generation sucks. Also how is ‘Hey Ya!’ not number one in a playlist like this?? It’s like a 16 year old kid not putting the ‘Hangover’ as the “funniest” movie in a list of funny movies

    • It really isn’t fair to say our generation sucks based on this list. There are just a bunch of trashy songs because it is so close and that is what we remember. I guarantee if someone had made a 100 best songs of almost any decade right after they ended it would have a lot more throw away pop songs then what we remember of the decade now and wouldn’t be as good as the list we would think of for the decade now because as time passes only the truly great songs stick with us and everyone forgets the worthless dime a dozen songs that populate this list.

  3. i personally despise any list that is longer than 25 entries. Like, Really? What deliberations went in to deciding that “Shake Ya Ass” should be at 90 and “Paper Planes” at 89? Redundant.

  4. I can never get tired of Hey Ya! The Love Below is one of my favorite albums ever. That song should’ve been number one, since they were heavily leaning toward the radio hits of the decade.

  5. As pointless and irritating as this sort of list is they actually ended up ranking a lot of these acts in order of increasing.. uh not very goodness. For instance Chamillionaire at 74 is probably better than Nickelback at 77 is better than Pussycat dolls which I believe incidentally aren’t actually a real thing.

    • I disagree. I mean, R. Kelly’s “Trapped In the Closet”, which I don’t even consider a real song, is at #41 when “Drops of Jupiter” is at #42! I mean, really? I LOVED Drops of Jupiter, and it should be much higher on the list than that. And just saying, I like Chamillionare too, but I like Nicelback more..

  6. It’s more like “VH1′s 100 Songs You’re Still Likely to Hear When Turning on a MIX FM Radio Station” But hey — Andrew WK PARTY HARD!

  7. I could listen to Hey Ya! every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. BOB is a great song, but it (and nearly everything else that decade) could come nowhere near the perfection of that one song. I could not agree less with your statement above.

    That being said, this list is shit. Due to my own biases I could have told you that about a list by VH1 without even seeing it, of course.

  8. I really shouldn’t spend any time reading this, I’ll just get upset.

    There’s a few obvious token rock bands in there, but the one Foo Fighters song they pick is… The Best of You?

    And ‘All the Small Things’ was released in ’99, by the way, so that’s how seriously they’ve taken the list.

    • “All The Small Things,” though released in ’99, actually peaked at #1 on the Modern Rock charts for a long-ass period that stretched from December ’99 to January ’00, so you could argue that it had its societal impact in this decade. I know this because I was involved in a (never-published) list like this once, and we had a big-ass debate over whether “All The Small Things” should be on it.

  9. Did I just read the words ‘Greatest Song’ referring to Nickelback? I didn’t even know you could do that.

  10. Respectfully disagree with Tom on one point: I could listen to “Hey Ya” every day forever.

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      • I’m confused as to how over-saturation can be used as an argument against a particular song being the greatest song of a particular time period.

        If you think B.O.B. is better, that’s fine. But arguing that B.O.B. is better because it wasn’t as wildly, insanely, overwhelmingly popular as “Hey Ya” kind of defeats the purpose of identifying the defining song of a decade, doesn’t it?

  11. The list is actually perfect for VH1, guys.

    As for “Hey Ya”, this is Outkast’s biggest, most radio friendly hit. And it’s an incredible song. No surprise it’s at the top of every list ever.

  12. im as indie/alternative as the next guy …..but the top twenty songs are pretty good

  13. Also this list is “Best of the ’00s”, not “last decade. Bad Romance was post ’00.

  14. Nickleback is at 77. that automatically discredits whatever credibility this list had.

  15. Oh look! VH1 put a list of all the songs no one ever wants to hear for the umpteenmillionth time! This entire list is shit with a few actual exceptions for actual music made for the sake of music and not just for commercial success (e.g D’Angelo, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Cash, The White Stripes). I would have included Kanye’s and Jay’s contributions to the list but their two best songs of the decade were not “Gold Digger” and “99 Problems”, but rather “Jesus Walks” (debatable) and “Takeover” (not debatable) respectively.

    I wouldn’t have a problem with these lists except they aren’t for music’s sake but rather to showcase the biggest commercial successes of the last decade. Featuring this list on this site is akin to putting the “Top 10 Best Tasting Veggie Burger and Tofurkey Brands” on a BBQ enthusiasts site.

  16. eh no surprises its vh1. I do have to hand it to VH1 for at least trying to focus on music, even if its all billboard top 100 songs. I mean you don’t see MTV making one of these

  17. I get that the list is Best of Popular Hits so I won’t even fault them for including many tragedies such as Train, Nickelback, Ke$$$$ha, etc.

    The biggest snubs here are obviously My Love by Justin/T.I and WORK IT by Missy Elliott. I mean, who doesn’t love Work It? You can quote that song foreverrrrrrrrr.

    • But then, I applaud this list for including Untitled (How Does It Feel?) by D’Angelo and We Belong Together by Mariah Carey. Such stunning tracks.

  18. Hey Ya was awesome! Yes B.O.B. was awesome too, and probably better, but did you also expect them to have Red Velvet and Toilet Tisha on there? They’re obviously judging on how much airplay these songs got.

  19. aren’t they contractually obligated to put Flava Flav or Ray J on this list?? wtf

  20. As expected, a thoroughly underwhelming list of pop songs from the worst decade in the history of pop music…

    • idk at least it wasn’t institutionally racist like the mammy songs in the 30s

    • not the worst decade in pop music at all.
      Get Your Freak On?
      Crazy in Love?
      Milkshake?
      In Da Club?

      It’s definately better than most of the 80′s
      I think the big deal is pop music started out really strong this decade with Jay-Z and the Neptunes and Timbaland, and then started to get horrible with the whole T-Pain autotune trend, and then by the end of the decade, rap was pretty much out of the mainstream altogether.

      • Yes, it is impossible to find rap music on the radio these days. Where did all the rap music go? Gee, why is it that I have to go to 4 music websites a day to find out about decent rock bands? Oh, right! Because there is that one station that plays all of the Nickelback and fake emo bands, and then there’s the Lady Gaga station, the two country stations, and the 5,000 hip hop and rap stations…

        • I’m not sure what you’re getting at, but most “Hip-hop” radio stations don’t really play rap right now. the rapping tends to hidden or cast side by gooey pop choruses like you see with B.o.B. and the recent Eminem release, or black eyed peas songs. meanwhile even the biggest of rappers, like Kanye or Rick Ross, don’t really get on the radio at all, despite the fact that there releases sold really well and got critical acclaim. is Kanye not “mom-friendly” enough anymore?
          Rap was the major pop music for a large part of this decade, and that started off well, but by now mainstream pop music sort of turned into schlock by female pop queens (Beyonce, Gaga) that can range from decent to horrible, and then infantile party jams for tweens (Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus).

  21. If you expected anything more from VH1, then your opinions of VH1 have been sorely misinformed.

  22. “35. John Mayer – “Daughters”

    John Mayer would like to thank Weddings in general for this high-ranking honor.

    I don’t even want to know how many times this song was used during someones Father/Daughter dance in the last ten years.

  23. I don’t even know most of these songs. I shelter myself from mainstream culture as best as I can.

  24. Aw come on no island in the sun? :(

  25. This is easily the worst oft the 2000s list I’ve seen.

  26. Umbrella was a better song than Crazy in Love.

  27. On another note I’m happy that Gold Digger made top 10 it definitely deserves it.

  28. B.O.B was in 2000….. it’s now 2011…. what’s the 10 year decade? I thought it’d be 2001-2010…. B.O.B has topped many other decade lists though…

  29. more like top 100 garbage songs of the 00s

  30. This list is from VH1… And VH1 is godawful.

  31. ‘No Radiohead?!’

    -Pitchfork.

  32. Wait a second, the implication that Cry me a river is a better song than sexyback. No. Don’t do that.

  33. Hey, “Seven Nation Army”. I would delete 80 of these tracks if it were to ever be a playlist I’d like.

  34. 72 Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

    FUCK ME REALLY?!?!?!

    Step 1: Form Band
    Step 2: Blatantly rip off “Lust For Life”
    Step 3: GREATEST SONG OF 2000 DECADE!!!

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  35. Why is this even on Stereogum? I feel like you’ve trolled your own site. You know it’s just going to launch the readers into a paroxysm of obscurantist one-upsmanship. That having been said, numbers 91 and 77 (I can’t even type the names or my fingers will start to bleed) make me want to gouge my eyes out and drill out my eardrums with a Dremmel. That having been said, there’s some good stuff on here…White Stripes, Gnarls Barkley, the Darkness, 99 Problems.

  36. The only song on here that I can honestly say is both a classic tune and by a classic artist is from the 1990′s.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Californication_(album)

  37. Yikes, they open this thing up with The Thong Song?? DONE.

    • My thoughts, exactly.

    • Come on, Thong Song was huge, and you have to be honest if somebody said 2000s Music, people will usually think of the early 2000s first of all and i bet Thong Song would be 1 of 5 songs to pop in their heads first. And with something like Thong Song opening the list, you know you have to see what else to come after.

  38. can’t say I argue with Beyonce at #1 and any list with Andrew WK is pretty good. Not the worst list I’ve seen.

  39. All The Small Things isn’t from the 00′s… but “First Date” it’s great =)

  40. I certainly wish I could (murder remix) the person that came up with this list of ear garbage.

  41. I agree with “Bad Romance” vs “Poker Face,” but, man, “Cry Me a River” better than “SexyBack”? I don’t think so.

    Anywho, it’s VH1, it’s not gonna have “My Girls” or “Stillness is the Move.”

  42. It’s always such a surprise when you’re sure of what’s gonna be on these things and then yer WAY off….
    MAPS by YEAH YEAH YEAH’s is easily my #1 of the decade. Not in the top 100?

  43. Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John?

  44. WHERE

    THE

    FUCK

    IS

    IGNITION

    REMIX

    ?!?!?!?

  45. Ja Rule just can’t get no respect these days…

  46. This list is spot on for the vh1 demo.
    Mariah Carey at #9 is perfect.
    And doens’t Andrew WK host a show on vh1?

  47. Kanye is probably one of the most impactful artistes of the last decade, and maybe he deserved more songs on the list. But if you had to pick one, I don’t think Golddigger should be it. Through the Wire and Jesus Walks are much better.
    Not only should Hey Ya have been number one, but Outkast deserved another song in the list: I Like The Way You Move.
    Not a FloRida fan but Low deserved a higher spot. And shouldn’t the Ying Yang Twin’s Whisper at least have gotten a spot?

  48. who the fuck is the guy that keeps saying crazy in love is the best song fucking ever? Why? is it really that good? did I miss something here? – other than the boat!!! hahaha lates

    D.

  49. wait, aerosmith is on here?
    I thought they were dead by now.
    or are they cocaine zombies like the rolling stones?

  50. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Miley Cyrus just one notch below pop-princess Britney? No. Way. “Party in the USA” should not even be on this list, as fun as it is to sing karaoke. Also, Train and Nickelback should be on no list, ever.

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