submeat’s top 100 tracks of 2003: songs to download and love
#18 “Beautiful (Peter Rauhofer Remix),” Christina Aguilera (RCA)
Gay club anthem of the year, deluxe. As much as I’m loathe to admit it, Linda Perry’s lyric here works a charm – and magically transformed from a decent if slightly overdone ballad into a mondo floor-filler, it works even better. If “Up With People” were actually inspiring, it’d sound like this minor masterpiece. Rauhofer gets much of the credit here, for creating a mega-anthem, yet somehow doing it subtlely.