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Old 12-06-2010, 11:06
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theres an ongoing debate on here about 'is todays music as good as in the past', its a theme that often crops up. as an oldie, id like to champion the year 2003, as imho it was the best chart year for decades. ive chosen ten tracks which to me show that modern music (i know, its 7 years ago, but to me its yesterday! lol) is still as good and varied as it ever was.

1 Queens of the Stoneage - Go with the flow. ... a track that imho is one of the very best rock tracks to hit our charts. id suggest it stands up against the great tracks from the past.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1Fm61HBA8

2 Outkast - Hey ya .... a smashing 60's-esque pastiche of american soul/pop, very ike turner or sly stone. a damn good pop track, iconic video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wl6R8u6Zus

3 Blu Cantrell - Breathe ... even sean paul cant spoil this classic bit of blues/soul. what a great voice, pity she couldnt follow this up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKSfgMKw84Q

4 White Stripes - 7 Nation army ... raw blues, guitar very clapton, beck or hendrix, like. as good as anthing john mayalls bluesbreakers created? possibly, a damn respectable second if not!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j7huh5Egew

5 Goldfrapp - Train ... modern electro pop at its best? i think so. i cant fault this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHnYe5Nj0F0

6 Avril Lavigne - Im with you ... the queen of teenage angst? im impressed by her early work and this heartfelt track is just about as good as it gets.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW2LTnzD-vE

7 DJ Sammy - Sunlight ... 'the sound of the balearics' as he discibes himself. i agree! this example of dance (commercial trance?) is the sound of summer, the mediterrainian, fits the sunshine isles perfectly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBF4A6-9_70

8 Richard x vs Kelis - Finest Dreams ... an intelligent use of sampling and marrying two tracks. sos bands 'the finest' and the human leagues album track off 'dare' 'the things dreams are made of'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2RCjgAooDM

9 Pharrel Williams - Frontin ... one of the best r n b examples of recent years. i like the soulfull vocals set against a gentle track.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIBTrN5Odbg

10 Scooter - Maria (i like it loud) ... marmite, love then or hate them, i like their hardcore 'in yer face' unescapeable beats. the audience at their gigs look like they are really having fun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVjeheaFfsM

so there you have it, a collection of imho classic pop music, variety, and id suggest as good as anything from the past!
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:44
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White Stripes and Goldfrapp are the only ones out of that list that I like
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:39
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I like 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9.
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Old 12-06-2010, 13:37
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Nice thread. A lot of genuinely great songs there, can't fault them.
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Old 12-06-2010, 15:21
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White Stripes and Goldfrapp are the only ones out of that list that I like
Ditto.

But on a personal level I'd also add:

M.I.A - Galang
Sigur Rós - Vaka (Untitled 1)
Massive Attack - Special Cases (feat. Sinead O'Connor)
Skin - Trashed
Skin - Faithfulness
Skin - Lost/Getting Away With It (I love Skin )
Snow Patrol - Spitting Games
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - PIN

The late 90s early 00s were best for me I think.
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Old 12-06-2010, 15:31
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P!nk's "Family Portrait" was an amazing song. (released in 2002 in north america, 2003 in europe) as was Christina Aguilera's "Fighter". I like all of the songs on your list, too.
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Old 12-06-2010, 18:41
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i tried to define my list by variety encompasing differing genres... the notion being to illustrate what was to me on a personal level that 2003 was a good year. i could have picked other years out of the 00's but 03 seems my best.

there are some years that id really struggle on to compile ten differing tracks that i like.

actually, ive possibly misses of 'pop' or 'pure pop'.. perhaps s club 8 'sundown' would fit?..
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Old 12-06-2010, 19:19
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P!nk's "Family Portrait" was an amazing song. (released in 2002 in north america, 2003 in europe) as was Christina Aguilera's "Fighter". I like all of the songs on your list, too.
I love both of these songs.
Some others I like are:

Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Kelis - Milkshake
Pink - Trouble
Sugababes - Hole In the Head
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Old 12-06-2010, 21:05
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A good year for comedy/novelty songs.
The brilliant United States of Whatever by Liam Lynch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz7_3n7xyDg

And, er, Stacey's Mom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V_rXTp1yBU
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Old 12-06-2010, 21:17
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And while I'm here some of the best alt rock songs of the last decade

stellastarr* - In The Walls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phNEhZCKm_Y

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIIxlgcuQRU

The Postal Service - We Will become Silhouettes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkOfPd1jWbg
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Old 12-06-2010, 22:36
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Before 2003 I found Shania Twain a reasonable enough singer but without standing out. However, she then released Ka-Ching and I have rated her much more highly ever since. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtrwzdILTF8

I know your thread on 60s gems Mushymanrob. Well, just like 60s music I think Ka-Ching has a fresh and quirky sound that will still sound good in more than 40 years time!
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Old 13-06-2010, 07:47
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Before 2003 I found Shania Twain a reasonable enough singer but without standing out. However, she then released Ka-Ching and I have rated her much more highly ever since. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtrwzdILTF8

I know your thread on 60s gems Mushymanrob. Well, just like 60s music I think Ka-Ching has a fresh and quirky sound that will still sound good in more than 40 years time!
odd.. it was a top ten hit but i hadnt heard it before!...however, shes not really my taste although this is good by her standards. its also odd that a woman of her wealth is singing such a song!
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Old 13-06-2010, 11:22
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odd.. it was a top ten hit but i hadnt heard it before!...however, shes not really my taste although this is good by her standards. its also odd that a woman of her wealth is singing such a song!
Ka-Ching is one of my fave Shania song's - and very apt for the times we currently live in!

"When you're broke go and get a loan
Take out another mortgage on your home
Consolidate so you can afford
To go and spend some more when
you get bored"

She was trying to warn us!!!!!!!
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Old 26-12-2012, 17:28
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I promised a list of my top 20 songs from 2003 on a Christmas thread. So, here goes:-

Nos 11-20:

Polyphonic Spree:- Light & Day
Sarah Whatmore:- Automatic
Badly Drawn Boy:- All Possibilities
Dandy Warhols:- We Used to Be Friends
Evanescence:- Bring Me to Life
Beyonce:- Crazy in Love
Javine:- Real Things
LeAnn Rimes:- We Can
Kym Marsh:- Sentimental
Holly Valance:- State of Mind

Nos 2-10:

Sinead Quinn:- I Won't Break Down
Coldplay:- Clocks
Ashley Hamilton:- Wimmin
Melanie C:- On the Horizon
Kym Marsh:- Come On Over
Coral:- Pass It On
Michelle Branch:- You Could Be Happy
Rachel Stevens:- Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
Red Hot Chilli Peppers:- Fortune Faded

No 1, as stated above, Shania Twain with Ka-Ching

Some of these I reckon I won't have heard much since 2003 though!
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Old 26-12-2012, 17:56
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1 Queens of the Stoneage - Go with the flow. ... a track that imho is one of the very best rock tracks to hit our charts. id suggest it stands up against the great tracks from the past.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1Fm61HBA8

2 Outkast - Hey ya .... a smashing 60's-esque pastiche of american soul/pop, very ike turner or sly stone. a damn good pop track, iconic video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wl6R8u6Zus
Neither of those tracks have aged.

They could have been recorded yesterday. It just makes you wonder where the time's gone when you finally realise how old they are.
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Old 26-12-2012, 17:59
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2003 was one of my fave years in music, very fond memories of that year, Breathe by Blu Cantrell is still one of my favourite ever songs

It was a good year for pop as well, love these:
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex - Rachel Stevens
Scandalous - Mis-Teeq
Everytime - Britney Spears
Hole in the Head - Sugababes
Superstar - Jamelia

I think I preferred 2004 overall though
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Old 26-12-2012, 18:02
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2003 was one of my fave years in music, very fond memories of that year, Breathe by Blu Cantrell is still one of my favourite ever songs

It was a good year for pop as well, love these:
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex - Rachel Stevens
Scandalous - Mis-Teeq
Everytime - Britney Spears
Hole in the Head - Sugababes
Superstar - Jamelia

I think I preferred 2004 overall though
I also preferred 2004 on the whole. Not only is Take Me Out my fave song of the last decade, but there were more songs in my top 40 of the decade fom 2004 than 2003.

I wonder how 2003 music will soon sound once it is officially 10 years old?
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Old 26-12-2012, 22:49
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2002 better
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Old 26-12-2012, 23:02
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2003 reminds me of my last year in school. Loved Blu Cantrell! And Richard X and Kelis. Both songs take me right back to year 11!!
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Old 26-12-2012, 23:06
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I was 12 and remember some of those songs but in terms of memorability for me it isn't quite up there i think 1999-2007 was a great period of music but after 08 there has been little in the way of fantastic music 09 was a good year for me though. For 2003 thogh i would add Kylie's Slow that song and video is what stands out for me.
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Old 26-12-2012, 23:09
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I think 2006/2007 were better
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Old 26-12-2012, 23:14
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2003....my final year of primary and first year of secondary school....brilliant year for music too.

Madonnas American Life album/era caused en masse stir and over time has become my all time favourite album from 2003 AND one of my top 5 albums ever.

Speaking of which 2003 was a year where Pop did experiment with styles a lot more/taking a gamble and seeing popstarlets/icons really take a gamble....the likes of Britney for example made her IMO finest album with In The Zone incorporating Moby into the fold as well as Bloodshy & Avant. Kylie made the only album of hers i genuinely think is totally great as she alluded to Princes hey day/Synthpop on Body Language.

Also i love goldfrapp appreciation here....Black CHerry, behind American Life, is my second favourite album of 2003...its their best album IMO and is Synthpop at its most gritty and magical definitely.

Ah memories of 2003 one of the finest years in music of the past decade....2004 and 5 i thought were great too and 2008 had great memories for me too
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Old 27-12-2012, 08:39
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Neither of those tracks have aged.

They could have been recorded yesterday. It just makes you wonder where the time's gone when you finally realise how old they are.
couldnt agree more...

2003 was one of my fave years in music, very fond memories of that year, Breathe by Blu Cantrell is still one of my favourite ever songs
youll get no argument from me there!

if you pop over to the 'fav year for music' thread here http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1774761, and scroll through, youll see that 03 for me was a great year.
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Old 27-12-2012, 08:51
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I am just reading through this thread - and the majority of songs I love are from 2003. I miss the early 00's.

At the age of 22 now - I am not to sure if I am getting old for music these days or if its just crap?
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Old 27-12-2012, 08:56
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I am just reading through this thread - and the majority of songs I love are from 2003. I miss the early 00's.

At the age of 22 now - I am not to sure if I am getting old for music these days or if its just crap?
lol..im 55 and have made the mistake of 'writing off' modern music on several occassions, wrongly.

but i think nowdays music isnt as good as it once was.... lol
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