270. Despina Vandi – Gia (2003)
A huge star in her homeland, Greece, and a hue pan-Euopean hit, very Bollywood/laika-sounding. It was a disastrous commercial flop in the UK, even though it was re-recorded in English to cater for the English-speaking listeners. I do like ‘Ipofero’ and ‘Come Along Now’ too!
269. Natalie Imbruglia – That Day (2001)
After years of keeping us waiting for some new material, the Australian beauty unleashed this anthemic number preceding her album ‘White Lilies Island’. A very angst-ridden refrain, with a subtle ending, and she looks so gorgeous in the video!
268. Craig David – Walking Away (2000)
I personally never saw the fuss in his massive debut #1 single or his Artful Dodger collaborations but this track won me over, don’t know why! I’ve just found out he recorded this song with artists singing in other languages too! I didn’t mind ‘7 Days’ and ‘What’s Your Flava’ either but other than these three, he’s a vastly overrated artist for me.
267. The Streets – Fit But You Know It (2004)
Mike Skinner at its comical best here, an ode to those ladies (and guys, why not?) who well know they’re hot and don’t, for a moment, hide it! ‘Dry Your Eyes’ is amazing too but there’s no room for it in my top 300, as much as I related to it back then!
266. All Saints – Rock Steady (2006)
An unexpected comeback from these girls in 2006. A huge hit, a hard-edged sound. A huge flop. A short-lived comeback.
265. Coldplay – Viva la Vida (2008)
I’ve loved these guys ever since they started releasing music, when I was too busy listening to Britney, Shania Twain and Madonna, so they must have been doing something good since their beginning. This gave them their overdue UK #1, and even though I can’t really stand it now, there was a (long) time when I was obsessed by it. More to come from them, of course!
264. The Androids – Do It With Madonna (2003)
Hands up if you remember this? Hilarious; I don’t know which fool prefers to make it with Madonna instead of younger Christina and Britney… at least they didn’t exactly turn Kylie down! The video is a classic,
featuring Madonna from all eras, and in all versions!
263. Mya – Case of the Ex (2001)
Some R&B/pop now, the only good thing she’s ever done (as a solo tsk, tsk!) but what a song!
262. Seth Lakeman – Lady Of The Sea (Hear Her Calling) (2006)
If there’s anything I’ve come to appreciate as time went by, is folk music. Be it drums, flutes, pan pipes, violins, I’d greatly appreciate it, which is why I fell in love big time with this violin-driven tune
. A huge flop in the charts, but it went as high as #2 in my 2006 year-end countdown!
261. Goldfrapp – A&E (2008)
And time for another folk-tinged tune, a less electronic offering from Alison & co, but a great tune nonetheless was this one, written by Ms.Goldfrapp’s visit to an A&E department in hospital! Underrated song, by all means!