Top Ten Tunes- 2000

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2000. I welcome you to the Noughties!

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999


Still so angry that Anna didn’t win Big Brother tbh.

New year, new decade, new millennium! The start of the millennium looked like this, GP Harold Shipman is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of 15 female patients, the UK deport Pinochet to Chile to face trial, an Enigma machine is stolen from Bletchely Park Museum, May Day riots take place in London by anti-capitalists, Ken Livingstone is elected as mayor of London, the Millennium bridge is opened across the River Thames in London, but is closed again a few days later due to it swaying as people walked over it, reality TV show Big Brother first airs on British TV, 8 year old Sarah Payne is murdered and the campaign for Sarah’s Law is started, The Queen Mother celebrates her 100th Birthday, the Olympics take place in Sydney, notorious London criminal Reggie Kray dies, Wembley Stadium closes after 77 years, Swedish coach Sven-Goran Erikisson takes over as manager of the England national football team, 10 yr-old Damiola Taylor is stabbed to death on his way home from school in London, Madonna marries British director Guy Ritchie, TV presenter Paula Yates dies of an overdose, singer Kirsty MacColl dies whilst saving her son’s life in the sea on holiday in Mexico, a Concorde plane crashes just after take-off in Paris and kills all 109 people on board and 5 on the ground, less than 600 votes separate George W Bush and Al Gore– the US Supreme court ruled to end the vote recount, which therefore gave the presidency to Bush, a fire in a backpackers hostel in Australia leave 15 backpackers dead- the majority of who were British, the UK is hit with the worst snow storm for over 50 years and brings public transport to a halt, a cable car in Austria catches fire in a tunnel and kills 156 people, the films Gladiator, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, Erin Brockovich and Billy Elliot are all released and I turn 24 years old.


Hmmmm, so I don’t think this millennium started off that strongly musically. However, I still managed to find 10 songs that I loved. And oh yes Madonna is in there again (will she be my most featured artist when we come to the end of this music series, I wonder).

1. Music by Madonna


2. Caught Out There by Kelis


3. Overload by Sugababes


The original and the best line-up

4. Pure Shores by All Saints


5. The Time is Now by Moloko


6. Stan by Eminem featuring Dido

7. Independent Women Part I by Destiny’s Child


8. Your Disco Needs You by Kylie Minogue


9. Good Fortune by PJ Harvey (Peej demonstrating for you how I walk home from the pub at night)

10. The Great Beyond by REM


REM in 2000 with their new replacement band member

Now then, it’s between All Saints, Moloko, Eminem and PJ Harvey, but I’m going to go for PJ Harvey this week. One of the best gig moments I’ve ever seen was when she played Good Fortune and the whole crowd sang along to it word perfectly. Lovely.

See you next week for 2001!


  1. rachaelstray · May 11

    Memories! It’s a tough choice between Stan and Independent Woman Part 1 for my favourite. So many shocking things happened again. Kirsty MacColl death still makes me really wary of people on jet skis near beaches.

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    • thebeasley · May 11

      Just horrific, wasn’t it? Poor woman and her poor children. Great choices, Rachael.

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  2. Ritu · May 11

    I have to say it’s gotta be Independent Woman for my fave!!!!

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  3. It’s Madonna for me!! Oh,Brother Where Art thou is still one of the movies that I can watch over and over and still laugh like a loon!

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    • thebeasley · May 11

      It’s one of my absolute favourites too! It’s my favourite Coen brothers film too. That Madonna song is such a cool tune- good choice.

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  4. willowdot21 · May 11

    Sorry I don’t want to disagree so close to meeting you on the 19th but none of the above ring my bell …can I suggest a few?
    Oasis, Go let it out .

    Breathless. Corrs.

    Robbie Williams. Rock DJ.

    Oops I did it again. Brittany Spears.

    And Finally 7 Days, Craig David.

    Just my opinion 💜💜😁😁😱

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    • thebeasley · May 11

      Haha. That is absolutely fine, Willow. Our music choices are so personal, we can’t expect everyone to agree. So, no I’m not a fan of any of your song choices either haha. Apart from maybe Britney, but not enough to make my top 10. Definitely not Robbie. I cannot stand the man ha. I wonder if you’ll disapprove of the next few years of my playlists. They will be quite soul & female heavy.


  5. It’s a very female-heavy choice this week Hayley – The Guardian would approve 🙂

    Madonna and Moloko for me i think, although that whole Light Years album by Kylie is fab…

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    • thebeasley · May 11

      Hahahaha. That is all I want to do with these posts, is get the Guardian approval. Good choices x

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  6. angelanoelauthor · May 12

    Despite loving many of these female artists, I felt compelled by the Stan story. Eminem was (is?) an interesting figure. Super flawed, but interesting.

    Also, I don’t know anything about the Kristy MacColl tragedy or Sarah’s Law. Seems I need to read up on both-through heartbreaking on both counts.

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    • thebeasley · May 12

      Eminem is a very interesting character indeed. I was obsessed with Stan at the time.

      Oh yes they are both such sad stories. Sarah Payne’s father couldn’t cope with her death and turned to drink. He died an early death. He basically slowly drank himself death. It’s so terribly sad.

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  7. mydangblog · May 14

    I always found Stan so haunting.

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