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  • #7 Donkeyboy - Ambitions

    Year of release: 2009
    Genre: Synthpop, Indie Pop
    #1 in Norway


    "Ambitions" was their debut single in 2009 and was a number-one hit in the Norwegian Singles Chart.
    The real asset of this song is the interaction between an effeminate male singer's vocal and the deeper guest vocals by a female singer Linnea Dale (who went on to a sultrier and sexier solo career and a Eurovision NF runner-up in Norway with "High Hopes")
    The chorus of the song is built around a bassline similar to those of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and some of Madonna's 1980s songs. It stayed at top of the Norwegian Singles Chart for a total of 13 weeks in 2009
    I actually much prefer the original music video:
    https://imvdb.com/video/donkeyboy/ambitions

    Joe McElderry cover version is a catastrophe.
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    • ^
      Nah! Hard pass. Can't believe this was at #1 in Norway for 13 weeks.
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      • #6 Silbermond - Irgendwas bleibt

        Year of release: 2009
        Genre: Pop/Rock
        #1 in Germany, Switzerland


        In fact, 2000s proved to be a very hard decade chart-wise for the female-fronted pop/rock acts, since only a handful of those managed to reach the #1 spot.
        "Irgendwas bleibt" is structured like a pop/rock aimed at #1, for two minutes the song is slowly and steadily building up towards its climax.
        Asking for a little comfort in our world, can you get any more radio-friendly?
        I have to praise a creative music video that "sells" the song very well.
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        • # 88 in my top 100 songs of 2009 list.
          My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
          In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.

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          • Originally posted by LastDreamer View Post
            # 88 in my top 100 songs of 2009 list.
            I don't think there are too many actual chart #1s in that list
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            • Originally posted by heppolo View Post

              Joe McElderry cover version is a catastrophe.
              Damn right. It's one of the great pop injustices that the original wasn't promoted by UK media and because of the underwhelming cover gave people the wrong impression of the song. So the original didn't even profit from the cover and was ignored on iTunes.
              They even had a Britain's Got Talent dancer in the second video for it and it was all set to be big here but they pulled the official release and it only came out quietly later. I think Simon Cowell probably blocked it so he could have it for himself.
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              • Originally posted by Blondini View Post
                Damn right. It's one of the great pop injustices that the original wasn't promoted by UK media and because of the underwhelming cover gave people the wrong impression of the song. So the original didn't even profit from the cover and was ignored on iTunes.
                They even had a Britain's Got Talent dancer in the second video for it and it was all set to be big here but they pulled the official release and it only came out quietly later. I think Simon Cowell probably blocked it so he could have it for himself.
                It's a shame that they were so robbed of what could have been at least an Alphabeat-size of a career in the UK.
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                • #5 Robyn with Kleerup - With Every Heartbeat

                  Year of release: 2007
                  Genre: Electropop, Synthpop
                  #1 in the UK



                  "With Every Heartbeat" is a song by Swedish record producer Kleerup and Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn. It was first released on 10 January 2007 in Sweden and later on 30 July 2007 in the United Kingdom.
                  It was released as the second single from the international edition of Robyn's self-titled fourth studio album and the lead single from Kleerup's self-titled debut studio album.
                  The song structure bears some resemblance to a poem rather than a traditional song structure, which is evident since the song lacks any chorus.
                  Besides all the fuss, Robyn's haircut made a huge impression on my teenage self as well, pretty memorable stuff.
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                  • #4 Manic Street Preachers - The Masses Against The Classes

                    Year of release: 2000
                    Genre: Alternative Rock, Punk Rock
                    #1 in the UK


                    A slave begins by demanding justice
                    And ends up wanting to wear a crown

                    Treat yourself to some unhealthy dose of champaigne socialism.
                    Some might say Manics were losing their steam towards the start of 2000s, but I see this #1 single as a redemption for "Faster", "Motorcycle Emptiness" and "A Design For Life" all not being able to reach the dizzy heights.
                    "The Masses Against The Classes" was a stand-alone single, not featured on any studio album, and was deleted, removed from wholesale supply, on the day of release. Despite being deleted on the day of release, the single peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
                    The band was not even bothered to make a music video to promote the single (a rare occurence in the 2000s)
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                    • They clearly had many copies made so it hung around for a few weeks on UK chart. A previous tactic was used by U2 for The Fly. Though some people thought the band were being dishonest about just how "limited edition" the single was. Both singles were able to re-enter the top 100 despite being limited.

                      The song is good but not classic.

                      WEH is sublime.
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                      • Originally posted by Blondini View Post
                        They clearly had many copies made so it hung around for a few weeks on UK chart. A previous tactic was used by U2 for The Fly. Though some people thought the band were being dishonest about just how "limited edition" the single was. Both singles were able to re-enter the top 100 despite being limited.
                        "The Fly" at least had a music video.
                        Hardcore fans bought several copies of the single, as it turns out
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                        • Actually in U2's case it re-entered the top 75 as there was no published top 100 in that period. But it still rebounded.
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                          • #9 Amy Macdonald – This Is the Life

                            This was never huge for me but still a great song.

                            #6 Silbermond - Irgendwas bleibt

                            Never heard this before, but I like it!

                            #4 Manic Street Preachers - The Masses Against the Classes

                            Not one of their very best, but I still listened to it quite a bit back then. Interesting with the limited edition single. They should try this nowadays in Spotify/Apple Music; after x number of total streams the song is automatically deleted forever.

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                            • Originally posted by Magnus View Post

                              #6 Silbermond - Irgendwas bleibt

                              Never heard this before, but I like it!
                              I am a bit surprised, it was quite big in the German-speaking countries and MTV give it some airplay in Continental Europe as well.
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                              • #3 Kent - Max 500

                                Year of release: 2005
                                Genre: Alternative Rock
                                #1 in Sweden, Norway


                                I don't really know why Kent's being frequently compared to Coldplay & U2, their stuff is clearly not as bland and universally appealing.
                                Even the background story of the song's title is quite interesting.
                                Max 500 was an illegal nightclub in Eskilstuna in the early 1990s on the corner of Smedjegatan and Bruksgatan.
                                The lyrics are all ambivalent and open to interpretation, sonically it sounds like it belongs in the edgier tier of the indie/alternative rock league of 2000s, those kind of songs that struggled to reach the top 40/top 20 of the UK charts back in the day (Biffy Clyro, Easyworld, etc.).
                                The music video is based around the ghost doppelganger characters surrounding the band in some remote location.
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                                • That Ingrid song was catchy, I think they used it on an advert as well here around the time. I Used Nemo for the Retro month on FSC a couple years ago.

                                  minor nitpick: Silverchair's Straight Lines was released in early 2007, along with the Young Modern album.

                                  Ooh La La has been used in several things from ads to tv show background music too IIRC.

                                  Wonder what your top 2 are going to be?
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                                  • Originally posted by Affillate View Post
                                    minor nitpick: Silverchair's Straight Lines was released in early 2007, along with the Young Modern album.
                                    2006 and 2007 kinda blended into one for me and I stupidly didn't even bother to check. Thank you for that valuable correction
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                                    • #2 Polarkreis 18 - Allein Allein

                                      Year of release: 2008
                                      Genre: Synthpop
                                      #1 in Germany, Denmark (Nephew Remix)


                                      The runner-up position in my ranking belongs to another one-album (or two hits) wonder.
                                      Polarkreis 18 made the single "Allein Allein" (Alone Alone), which managed to reach the number one position on the German Media Control Top100 Singles chart from 31 October 2008 to 4 December 2008 for 5 consecutive weeks and another 8 weeks on position number 2.
                                      The distinctive feature of the song is a very high-pitched vocal mixed with classy & cold synthpop instrumental and a singalong chorus in German. Think Bronski Beat's Jimmy Sommerville to the tune of Alphaville.
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                                      • I liked it at the time but not as much as some people on this site.
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                                        • Don't really like it. Still bewildered at how successful this was in Germany; and mystified at who they are, where they came from and why this got so big.
                                          On the other hand, the Nephew Remix (Allein, Alene) is giving the song some needed edge; although the singing and chorus remain painful.
                                          Fascinated that you are placing this song at number two!

                                          And thank God for this:
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                                          • Originally posted by trebor View Post
                                            Don't really like it. Still bewildered at how successful this was in Germany; and mystified at who they are, where they came from and why this got so big.
                                            On the other hand, the Nephew Remix (Allein, Alene) is giving the song some needed edge; although the singing and chorus remain painful.
                                            Fascinated that you are placing this song at number two!

                                            And thank God for this:
                                            I am alright with Nephew remix, but I actually like "The Colour Of Snow" more than "Allein Allein". I am a fan of male falsettos and high-pitched voice in general.
                                            At number one...brace yourselves...
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                                            • #1 Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera

                                              Year of release: 2002
                                              Genre: Post-punk, Alternative Rock
                                              #1 in Italy


                                              The classic case of differentiating the art from the performer's personality ain't going to work well here and I was very conflicted to not put this at #1 since I don't really like the rest of Noir Désir catalogue. Depressive music really is my jam and it rarely does well in the charts, but then again.
                                              But this song (and the background story) goes way beyond depression to downright gruesome perspective.
                                              I knew from my teenage years that Noir Désir had some kind of stain attached to their name, but I didn't really remember the gist until I started to combine this list.
                                              I put it at my number one anyway.
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                                              • Sophie Hunger did a pretty awesome cover as well.
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                                                • AWESOME Number One! Well done.
                                                  One of my all-time favourite French songs.

                                                  Nowhere near as good as the original but Element Of Crime did a good job on this theme:

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