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Winehouse has an authentic soul voice and vivid character but her fame owes as much to her public disintegration as her music.
In the vacuum left by Top Of The Pops, the tabloidization of pop became the real mass market.
Among all these songs there are quite a few excellent ones and I can't distinguish only one of them.
They were sung in crass cover versions by TV talent show wannabes and blared by tuneless amateurs in karaoke sessions. It is not a critic’s list, and not strictly a hit list; rather it’s one of tunes you find yourself humming whether you approve of them or not, the universal songs that infiltrated popular culture and provided a soundtrack to our lives. Thou Shalt Always Kill (2007) Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip Hilarious London satirist with Christopher Howse beard skewers noughties foibles. Ignition (Remix) (2003) R Kelly Girls are basically cars, sings Stevie Wonder of the bling generation. Rebellion (Lies) (2005) Arcade Fire The Canadian band exorcised personal grief with surging rock euphoria. Cry Me A River (2002) Justin Timberlake In which Timberlake wreaks R&B vengeance on Mickey Mouse Club ex, Britney. Sex On Fire (2008) Kings of Leon Steamy southern soul meets burning hot rock from preacher’s sons Watch it on You Tube Buy it on i Tunes 38.
And laid out like this, it strikes me the decade doesn’t seem quite so bad. Thank You (2001) Dido Dido’s song of gentle yearning dominated the decade’s early stages. Never Gonna Give You Up (1987) Rick Astley This lovable Eighties hit “Rickrolled” to new popularity in 2007, via an internet prank. Good People (2005) Jack Johnson Johnson’s wonderings about the bad stuff on TV was an easy-going joy. Fallin’ (2001) Alicia Keys The R&B star’s inaugural hit was a gospel-tinged classic about romantic confusion. In Da Club (2003) 50 Cent Crunching Dr Dre beats launched the humorless Fiddy. Hips Don’t Lie (2004) Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean Gyration-inducing dance floor filler from the Colombian gargle-singer. Everybody’s Changing (2004) Keane Soaring, yearning melodic piano anthem from Home Counties heroes Watch it on You Tube Buy it on i Tunes 36. Avril Lavigne Sk8er Boi (2002) Pop-punk teenage love saga for the txting generation. Hallelujah (2008) Alexandra Burke Leonard Cohen’s anthem of spiritual stagnation transformed into celebratory X Factor romp Watch it on You Tube Buy it on i Tunes 31.
Meanwhile, Top Of The Pops died from lack of interest while the charts became strangely hyperactive. The strongest argument could be made for the rise of modern hip hop-inflected R&B, where even mainstream pop idols (such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears) have effectively “urbanised” their music.
In America, in particular, these genres have dominated radio and the charts, delivering such acts as Rhianna, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Kanye West around the world.