Well by the end of today I want to be down to the top 100
so better get a move on
150. Jody Lei - Showdown
Sadly Jody never did get a second hit, but this was so insanely catchy - how could you fail to love it?
149. Lemonescent - Help Me Mama
Sadly the album just didn't sell for some reason
. This was a reasonable single, but not a patch on "Beautiful", their smaller hit from last year. So, there goes the highest entry from the girl group with the most fiercely loyal fans in the world
148. Badly Drawn Boy - All Possibilities
Damon Gough can never put a foot wrong, and he certainly doesn't on this song, but there's rather amazingly 147 better ones out there from this year
147. George Harrison - Any Road
Ahhhh - this is a classic song - shame it flopped. A really simple song taken from the album he just finished before he died, showing the ex-Beatle hadn't lost any of his sparkle
146. Kym Marsh - Come On Over
Try as hard as I could not to, I had to concede in the end that Kym Marsh's solo work was actually really good. This is the first of the three to go - but the other two are much higher - the only question is just how much?
145. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
"Bandages on my legs and my arms from you! Bandages, bandages, bandages!"
. This song was certainly unique. Sadly no-one really cared about "No, Not Now" and the other followups
144. Louise - Pandora's Kiss
Ahhh - this was a really good comeback. One of the pop highlights of the year was Louise returning - and returning in such fine form.
143. Heartless Crew - Why?
So simple, so singable, such a really good reggae-pop song to sing along to. It bugged me for a while on U Music TV and got me completely hooked.
142. Busted - Crashed The Wedding
Well, here's the second Busted song. I didn't like this one at first for some reason - but now I think it's brilliant
. Just how high will their other two hits come?
141. Busted - Sleeping With The Light On
Well here's your first answer, as it's back-to-back Busted songs. This song just had to be sung to whenever it was on
. Just how high is "Year 3000" though?
140. Turin Brakes - Pain Killer
Ahhh - this is a modern classic. The Turin Brakes never fail to disappoint, and this is a damn cool song from them.
139. Stellastarr* - Somewhere Across Forever
Something tells me John likes this song
. So, he was going on about it for so long, that I finally decided to check it out - and it's just as good as he makes it out to be
138. Vanessa Carlton - Pretty Baby
Arguably this really was about the third best single from the "Be Not Nobody" album - but that didn't mean it was anywhere near as good as "A Thousand Miles"
. One more entry still to come that features Vanessa - and that should be very high.
137. Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
Such poignant funny lyrics. "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous. They're always complaining - always complaining. If money is such a problem, then they've got mansions - do you think we should rob them?" Still got "The Anthem" to come
136. Keane - This Is The Last Time
Landing a whole 32 places higher than Kealer are Keane - the second of our "Next Big Thing" feature acts. Another really good indie song - another act we could be hearing much more from next year.
135. Morcheeba featuring Big Daddy Kane - What's Your Name?
Taken from their really cool greatest hits album they had out this summer - this surprisingly up-tempo offering from Morcheeba was maybe not the band at their finest, but was nevertheless a damn fine song.
134. Daniel Bedingfield - Never Gonna Leave Your Side
For god sake don't be expecting "I Can't Read You" or "Friday" in here - but this ballad is for me Daniel's finest work yet - and whilst I initially hated it, one live performance from him on TV made me realise that he has serious talent and this song is totally amazing.
133. Madonna - American Life
and this is as high as Madge gets for this year. It was a very good song - a deserved success - but there's still 132 out there that I prefer. (Oh, and in answer to your question Terence - "All I Have" would have been higher if it wasn't such a good year - I didn't want to remove it so early on, but I had to.
132. Black Eyed Peas - Shut Up
The current No. 2 is a real grower of a song. At first I hated it, now I love it. Obviously, "Where Is The Love" is much higher - but just how high?
131. Starsailor - Born Again
Another year, and more Starsailor. This song was a very decent second single from their latest album and it really didn't deserve the flop it got.
130. Aqualung - Brighter Than Sunshine
I'm sure Tom will like these past two. Here's Matt Hales's only appearance on my chart with a really top notch indie ballad.
129. Goldfrapp - Train
It's the traiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiain! This is my favourite Goldfrapp release to date by far - and it was a well deserved break into the mainstream for them. Incredibly cool sleazy indie dance track
128. Royksopp - Eple
From one original dance act to another. "Poor Leno" missed my 100 last year, and sadly "Eple" does the same this year. I really do like Royksopp - I find them really refreshing and original - however they never can quite make my top 100
127. Fatman Scoop featuring the Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
I first heard this song in 1999, and it's been kicking around ever since. I've always thought of it as a top notch club track - but then I saw Record Of The Year and Fatman's amazing performance of it, and suddenly it took on a new life for me. Now if only he'd remember to keep his shirt on, we'd all be happy
Now for a moment that will shock at least 2 people.
126. Mark Ronson featuring Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah - Ooh Wee
When I asked what my favourite songs of the year were, there were actually 2 people who suggested this song
. So, maybe I'm forgetting how much I like it? It's a really funny singalong rap song, true, and it's one of my favourite rap joints of the whole year, however it only lands at 126. I just assumed this would be safely inside my top 100 of the year, but when I was counting down from 125 to 101, it was getting impossible, as I felt they all should have made my top 100.
Well, that's me signing out from this section with an almighty...