1. Baha Men, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Stupid, annoying, omnipresent ... I admit I liked it because they played it at the Giants games that year, the first at the new park, when they were winning games and having fun.
2. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, "I Scare Myself." Dan's been playing this song for 40 years. I read the lyrics at my wedding ... that was my "statement." In 2000, it showed up on Beatin' the Heat.
3. OutKast, "So Fresh, So Clean." Stankonia finished atop the Pazz & Jop poll. The artists behind the previous seven winners: Liz Phair, Hole, PJ Harvey, Beck, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Moby.
4. Pink, "You Make Me Sick." Her first album sold 5,000,000 worldwide.
5. Madonna, "Don't Tell Me." Her eighth studio album sold more than twice as many copies as Pink's debut. Pink has made better records over the course of the 21st century.
6. Rage Against the Machine, "The Ghost of Tom Joad." The video, of Tom Morello guesting with Bruce and the E Street Band, is the definition of incendiary.
7. Afroman, "Because I Got High." Stupid, annoying, but not as omnipresent as the Baha Men ... and, to be fair, a lot funnier, to my ears at least.
8. Sleater-Kinney, "You're No Rock n' Roll Fun." What was in the water in 2000? Even Sleater-Kinney made a fun track.
9. Kronos Quartet, "Winter: Lux Aeterna." From the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, this Clint Mansell instant classic has been recorded by a zillion artists in a zillion versions. It makes great music for advertisements, it invites every amateur to create their own YouTube video ... even Mansell remade it more than once. It's worth it.
10. Bruce Springsteen, "Land of Hope and Dreams." Don't forget to vote next Tuesday. Say Amen, Somebody!
Bonus track ... this has nothing to do with anything, but the 2000 pickings at the Vault were slim: