Category Archives: 2000s

The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

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Cowboy Troy took the old town road first

As “Old Town Road” finishes its 11th week as the #1 song in the U.S. and Lil Nas X releases his debut EP (which most definitely isn’t a country record save its single), I’m reminded that back in 2005, I … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Jerry Lee Lewis

[On Lewis’s “comeback” album, 2006’s Last Man Standing. Originally published at Stylus on 12/12/06.] Yes, I know: another duets-cum-tribute album? But you’d be wrong in making that assumption, so wrong like Patrick Simmons. There’s a few significant differences between Last … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “I Just Wanna Be Mad”

Canadian country singer/guitarist Terri Clark has never gotten the credit she deserves. From 1995-2004 she notched 10 top 10 country singles in the US, seven of those going top three (including a pair of #1s), but today she seems to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, my favorite songs

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock

My favorite albums: ‘DJ-Kicks: Erlend Øye’

Well, if I’m doing a series on my favorite single records, why not a similar one for my favorite albums of all-time, those I truly can’t (and wouldn’t want to ever) live without? Connecting with my last post, Erlend Øye’s entry in … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Control Myself”

20 years into his career, Uncle L was still making bangers — in this case, thanks also due to Jermaine Dupri (god, what a great, underrated producer) and Jennifer Lopez (providing the perfect come-on vocals) — but most thanks to … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, hip hop, my favorite songs