VH1 100 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s
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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)