The year is now 2000. Unemployment is low, gas is about $1 a gallon in most of the country, and America is beloved around the world. I have a feeling the next decade or so is gonna be just fine.
We begin the 21st century with 17 songs in our poll. Santana’s “Smooth” carried over from 1999, but in a rule I haven’t had to invoke since the early '60s, I’m excluding it from this poll because it won 1999 by a comfortable margin.
This looks like the end of the line for me. The only song I recognize is Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” and I can’t bring myself to vote for Creed. And I’ve peeked ahead and know I’m not going to recognize anything between here and 2013, so I can’t even say “these songs are crap,” because these songs are simply terra incognita to me.
But remembering the Creed song reminds me of the story about Creed’s booty call, which is rather amusing, so not a total waste.
There are a bunch of songs I don’t know, so I’ll have to listen to them later tonight before I vote. I’m afraid to do so. I think this will be a recurring problem until the Golden Age of music arrives in a few years.
for the past couple of years we’ve had polls, I just don’ t know the songs. I guess I didn’t listen to music much. My kids were too young and I was too old. Or something. Worse then the years 1983 through 1988, when I don’t think I even owned a radio.
I have just noticed that I mistakenly attributed “Try Again” as “Try” in the poll options. My apologies.
I also meant to note in the OP that “Try Again” was the first song to reach #1 on the Hot 100 entirely on the basis of airplay, as it had not been issued as a single in the US (there was, I believe, a single released in Europe.)
In a shocking result, Enrique Iglesias’s “Be with You” wins my vote. This is the equivalent of an NFL team squeaking into the playoffs by winning its division with an 8-8 record. The only other song I even considered was Christina Aguilera’s “Come on Over Baby.” Every other song here absolutely sucks.
In dead-ass last place, I pick the following in a six-way tie: “What a Girl Wants;” “I Knew I Loved You;” “Thank God I Found You;” “It’s Gonna Be Me;” “With Arms Wide Open;” and “Independent Women Part 1.”
You see, people of the 90s, when you keep putting the same Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men and Celine Dion crap in the #1 slot, you create a perfect breeding ground for the likes of Creed and Nickelback to succeed. The 90s and early to mid 00s are a near-total cesspool.