If you’re looking for the best songs of the decade, you’ve come to the right place. This list features songs by Super Furry Animals, Macy Gray, Toni Braxton, and more. Each of these artists made waves with their own songs. In addition to the songs that made the list, you can also find music videos from some of your favorite artists.
Macy Gray’s “Just a Girl”
Macy Gray’s raspy soul voice is a perfect fit for this song, a loping anthem about emotions. It features a cathartic chorus and an emotional music video, and it was nominated for record of the year at the 2001 Grammys. In 2016, she reissued the song with a jazz-infused arrangement.
This multi-award-winning singer-songwriter-actress has been compared to Billie Holliday and Janis Joplin, but she has her own distinct style. The song is about a vibrator, which she refers to as a female body part.
Gray is originally from Canton, Ohio. Her mother, Laura McIntyre, was a math teacher. She later married Richard McIntyre, who was a movie director. During her college days, Gray wrote songs for her friend. She also worked as a cashier in Beverly Hills, where she met writer-producer Joe Solo. The pair started working together and eventually Gray released her debut album, “On How Life Is.” Her album went triple platinum in the US and quadruple platinum in the UK.
In the early 1990s, Macy sent out demo tapes to record labels, and eventually landed a deal with Atlantic Records. However, this deal never took off, and she was dropped from the label. She then moved back to Canton, Ohio, and tried to become a teacher. However, a producer in Los Angeles convinced her to record some tracks for a new demo.
Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough”
While the song itself is an R&B classic, it also contains an element of drama. The singer admits to dating a no-good man in the past, only to let him go years later. Her ex blames her for his bad behavior, and she tells her ex-boyfriend to look in the mirror.
Macy Gray’s “Last Resort”
Macy Gray is a soul legend who first hit the music scene in 1999 with her triple-platinum debut album, “How Life Is.” She’s since gone on to garner a devoted global following, selling over 25 million albums worldwide. She’s even collaborated with Ariana Grande and Galactic.
Gray’s songwriting and performance are testament to her unyielding dedication to her craft and exquisite vision. Her songs are rooted in decades of R&B history while sounding remarkably forward-thinking. Her voice is also a striking feature on the songs “Beauty in the World” and “Still Hurts,” which are both superb examples of her singing talents.
Gray’s voice is so distinctive that her vocals make her stand out among pop singers. Her performance on “Kissed It,” a song she co-wrote with rock group Velvet Revolver, is arguably the best on the album. While not a smash hit, the song recaptures some of Gray’s earlier promise.
U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”
The All That You Can’t Leave Behind album by U2 was released on October 30, 2000. The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. It was released through Interscope Records and Island Records. The album received critical acclaim.
All That You Can’t Leave Behind was a return to form for U2, both musically and aesthetically. The band’s sound was updated with more synths and production tricks, but not in a manner that was distasteful. Instead, the songs still retained their emotional power.
The album was released on October 30, 2000 in Europe and October 31 in North America. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno and released through Interscope Records. The album contains 51 tracks, including B sides, studio outtakes, remixes, and the entire concert. The Edge, one of the band members, spoke to Rolling Stone about the album.
Despite the album’s flaws, U2 managed to regain their imperial pop status. There are a few glimmers, but it’s an album that has a lot to offer.
Sisqo’s “Thong Song”
The music video for Sisqo’s “Thong” was released in 2000, and was directed by Josh Weller. The video features Sisqo’s daughter showing her dad a thong. At first, Sisqo is frightened by the sight of a thong and looks at his wife with a confused expression. Later, the two are at a Spring Break party, and we see a group of young women in thongs and bikinis. One woman even wears a G-string.
In its original form, the track was originally intended for Michael Jackson, but Sisqo’s fresh ideas and enthusiasm won the producers over. The song has gone on to become an iconic G-string anthem. In the process, Sisqo paved the way for the popularity of the thong.
Sisqo has since clarified the meaning of the song’s lyrics. The song’s line “dumps like a truck” has long been a source of debate: some people believe that it refers to the junk in the trunk of a truck while others believe it means that a person takes a dump.
Green Day’s “Holiday”
Green Day is an American rock band, founded in the East Bay of California in 1987. The band is led by Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer, guitarist, bassist, and backing vocalist. Their songs are full of humor, passion, and anger. Their music is often described as emo-rock.
“Holiday” is the third track on Green Day’s 2004 album American Idiot. The track was released as a single in the UK on March 14 and in the US on May 7. The song is a rock anthem in F minor and reached the number 19 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. It was also featured in a television episode of CSI: NY and on the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.
Despite being a holiday song, Green Day’s “Holiday” delivers a positive message. The song echoes the message of the band’s other songs, such as “Jesus of Suburbia,” “Holiday,” and “Troubled Times.” The song was influenced by a ’70s rock band, but is still a punk song. Green Day’s songs are filled with a mixture of satire and hope.