Jonathan Yu's 100 Songs Of The Year

When we sat down to plan this special list, we took the arrival of the Backstreet Boys' "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" as the starting point of the year in music. Everything else was up for grabs. The staff and I traded lists, opinions, barbs and everything but blows in trying to narrow down a wide range of popular music to the final 100. Anthony was sorry to see video pioneer Madonna get cut; Carmen was pulling for more Brit Pop, particularly Belle And Sebastian's "Legal Man." And, believe it or not, everybody was a little sorry to see the Baha Men's one and only hit, "Who Let The Dogs Out," bite the dust early on.

That's because this list honors the innovative just as much as the generic. These are not necessarily the best songs of the year. Were that the case, you would see a lot more Radiohead. No, these are the songs released in 2000 that I liked the most, ranked according to their cultural impact. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are instantly recognizable…to me, which may be the only thing that Britney Spears' "Lucky" (No. 22) and Detsl's "Vecherinka" (No. 96) have in common.

Jonathan Yu's 100 Songs Of The Year is a true collaboration. And in the spirit of Los Angeles radio, if you get to a song you don't like, stick with it – another one's coming up in a couple of minutes.

1 *NSYNC Bye Bye Bye
2 Eminem The Real Slim Shady
3 Sisqó Thong Song
4 Papa Roach Last Resort
5 Dr. Dre featuring Eminem Forgot About Dre
6 Eminem featuring Dido Stan
7 Britney Spears Oops!…I Did It Again
8 Destiny's Child Say My Name
9 Nelly Country Grammar (Hot Shit)
10 Bloodhound Gang The Bad Touch
11 Macy Gray I Try
12 Red Hot Chili Peppers Otherside
13 Nine Days Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
14 Aaliyah Try Again
15 soulDecision Faded
16 Jay-Z featuring UGK Big Pimpin'
17 Green Day Minority
18 Backstreet Boys The One
19 Barenaked Ladies Pinch Me
20 Hanson If Only
21 *NSYNC It's Gonna Be Me
22 Britney Spears Lucky
23 Eminem The Way I Am
24 Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
25 U2 Beautiful Day
26 Bon Jovi It's My Life
27 OutKast B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
28 Ricky Martin She Bangs (English Version)
29 Toni Braxton He Wasn't Man Enough
30 OutKast Ms. Jackson
31 Jurassic 5 Quality Control
32 Limp Bizkit Take A Look Around
(Theme From Mission: Impossible 2)
33 Dynamite Hack Boyz In The Hood
34 2Ge+her U + Me = Us (Calculus)
35 The Wallflowers Sleepwalker
36 D'Angelo Untitled (How Does It Feel)
37 DMX Party Up
38 Counting Crows Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
39 Sinéad O'Connor No Man's Woman
40 Coldplay Yellow
41 De La Soul featuring Redman Oooh
42 No Doubt Bathwater
43 Lucy Pearl Dance Tonight
44 Zebrahead Playmate Of The Year
45 Blink-182 Adam's Song
46 Travis Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
47 Fastball You're An Ocean
48 Wu-Tang Clan Gravel Pit
49 BT featuring M. Doughty Never Gonna Come Back Down
50 Radiohead Optimistic
51 The Deftones Change (In The House Of Flies)
52 Lit Miserable
53 Nine Inch Nails Into The Void
54 A Perfect Circle Judith
55 Goldfinger Counting The Days
56 BBMak Back Here
57 The Wiseguys Start The Commotion
58 Everlast Black Jesus
59 Mýa Case Of The Ex
60 Limp Bizkit Break Stuff
61 Our Lady Peace Is Anybody Home?
62 Christina Aguilera Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)
63 Incubus Stellar
64 Fuel Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
65 Blink-182 Man Overboard
66 Ice Cube
featuring Dr. Dre and MC Ren
67 Travis Turn
68 DMX What's My Name?
69 Third Eye Blind Deep Inside Of You
60 MxPx Responsibility
71 The Ataris San Dimas High School Football Rules
72 Queens Of The Stone Age The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
73 Moby Natural Blues
74 Treble Charger American Psycho
75 No Doubt Ex-Girlfriend
76 Apollo Four Forty Stop The Rock
77 KoRn Somebody Someone
78 OPM Heaven Is A Halfpipe
79 The Offspring Want You Bad
80 Third Eye Blind Ten Days Late
81 Linkin Park One Step Closer
82 Destiny's Child Independent Woman (Part I)
83 Everclear Wonderful
84 Bowling For Soup The Bitch Song
85 Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire
86 Our Lady Peace Thief
87 The Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You
88 Oasis Where Did It All Go Wrong?
89 The Spooks Things I've Seen
90 At The Drive-In One Armed Scissor
91 Fenix TX All My Fault
92 Smashing Pumpkins Stand Inside Your Love
93 The Aquabats I Fell Asleep On My Arm
94 Goldfinger 19 Red Balloons
95 SR-71 Right Now
96 Detsl Vecherinka
97 The Offspring Totalimmortal
98 Fiona Apple Limp
99 Aaron Carter Aaron's Party (Come Get It)
100 Elton John Tiny Dancer

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