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What Was The Best Track Of 2001?

By Priya Elan

Posted on 26 Oct 11

 
 

So our countdown of the Tracks Of The Year since NME.COM was born finds us at the start of the noughties. Our Top 10 in 2001 fizzed with genre-melding and innovation. Where else would Missy Elliott's Bollywood sampling walk hand in hand with Kylie's Kraftwerk tribute? Or The White Stripes' finest single bump uglies with the hair metal of Andrew WK?




This is a fine list.

1. Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
2. Kylie Minogue – Can't Get You Out Of My Head
3. The Strokes – The Modern Age EP
4. Andrew WK – Party Hard
5. The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
6. Outkast – Ms. Jackson
7. The Strokes – Hard To Explain
8. Starsailor – Good Souls
9. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
10. OMP – Cold As Ice

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In mainstream terms 2001 was pretty awful. Nu-metal was in its ascendancy (Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' was a massive seller. Ultimate sadface), pop was evolving from the Max Martin-produced, sugary sweet likes of Britney to the more r'n'b. Even bluegrass was doing well; it was the year of the 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' soundtrack.

But in our world 2001 was a fruitful year; it was the year of 'Is This It' (The Strokes made two appearances in our Top 10), while electroclash was banging at the door (Fischerspooner's 'Emerge' made our Top 20 at Number 17).



Pop provocateur Richard X was also making a name for himself as Girls On Top with his mash up (later to be covered by the Sugababes) 'We Don't Give A Damn About Our Friends' at Number 22 and The Avalanches' genius singles also made a couple of appearances.



The old guard were still kicking around; Radiohead's 'Pyramid Song', New Order's 'Crystal', Ian Brown's 'F.E.A.R', Ash's 'Shining Light' and Pulp's Scott Walker-produced swansong 'Trees' all made appearances.



But the Top 50 felt like it was about big, unique moments (S Club 7's 'Don't Stop Moving', So Solid Crew's '21 Seconds' anyone?).

Here's our Top 50, let us know what you think of it below.

1. Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
2. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
3. The Strokes – The Modern Age Ep
4. Andrew W.K. – Party Hard
5. The White Stripes – Hoel Yorba
6. Outkast – Ms. Jackson
7. The Strokes – Hard To Explain
8. Starsailor – Good Souls
9. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
10. Mop – Cold As Ice
11. Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious
12. Spritualized – Stop Your Crying
13. Squarepusher – My Red Hot Car
14. Super Furry Animals – Juxtaposed With You
15. Roots Manuva – Witness (One Hope)
16. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
17. Fischerspooner - Emerge
18. New Order – Crystal
19. S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
20. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
21. Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)
22. Girls On Top – We Don’t Give A Damn About Our Friends
23. Daft Punk – Digital Love
24. Muse – Plug In Baby
25. The Coral – Shadows Fall Ep
26. Jay-Z – Izzo (Hova)
27. Mogwai – My Father My King
28. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
29. Ian Brown – Fear
30. The Streets – Has It Come To This
31. Radiohead – Pyramid Song
32. Roger Sanchez – Another Chance
33. Pulp – The Trees/Sunrise
34. Basement Jaxx – Romeo
35. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
36. The Moldy Peaches – Who’s Got The Crack?
37. Elbow – Powder Blue
38. Aaliyah – We Need A Resolution
39. Gonzales – Take Me To Broadway
40. Ash – Shining Light
41. DJ Pied Piper … - Do You Really Like It
42. The Charlatans – A Man Needs To Be Told
43. So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
44. Turin Breaks – Mind Over Money
45. PJ Harvey – This Is Love
46. Linkin Park – One Step Closer
47. Pharoahe Monch – Got You
48. Jennifer Lopez – Play
49. Bubba Sparxxx – Ugly
50. Kinks Of Tomorrow Feat. Julie Mcknight – Finally

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