Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Songs Of 2000

I spent the summer of 2000 studying abroad at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England as part of my graduate school program in higher education and student affairs. I wrote some about my European trip in several Summer of Sean posts. Anyway, while many of my classmates had challenging assignments, my task was to help Lancaster University's Management School determine how international students discovered the school through internet searches. I also compared the school's website to other business schools in the UK. With the exception of interviewing a few international graduate students about how they learned about Lancaster University, I really spent most of my time unsupervised doing web searches at the campus computer lab. (This is 2000, so no one I knew had laptops. I didn't even have a cell phone until late 2001 or 2002.) This may sound a little inappropriate, but I think that university miscounted the number of internship spots and just threw me someplace at the last minute.

With my friends busy at actual offices, I often slept in and listened to the radio while getting ready to start the day. I also discovered Top of the Pops, a weekly music television countdown show. (Looking back, I'm not sure how I discovered this. I don't think I had a TV in my room. Maybe the deserted residence hall had a lounge where I watched TV?) I discovered rather quickly that I really enjoyed the pop music scene in England. You got all of the British hits along with the top songs from America and elsewhere. Plus, I thought I was so cool when I heard songs debut in the US months after listening to them in England.

So today, I'm excited to share some of my favorite songs from my time in England 20 years ago. Some of these might be well known to many of you. This may be the first time some of you have heard others. Enjoy!

Destiny's Child - Jumpin', Jumpin'

Before I left Columbus for the summer, I won a contest where I could select tickets to one of about 15 concerts. Most of the concerts occurred when I was away, so I chose Christina Aguilera's concert at the Ohio State Fair. The opening act for this concert was supposed to be Destiny's Child. As soon as I heard Jumpin' Jumpin' played in England, I knew that they weren't going to be an opening act much longer, and sure enough, they were off the tour by the time I saw Christina in August 2000.

Darude - Sandstorm

Of all the songs in this blog post, I didn't expect this song to be the one still played the most. "Sandstorm" remains in rotation at many live sporting events.

Eminem - Stan


I swear that I first heard this song in England, but according to Wikipedia, this wasn't released until November 2000. Maybe some BBC station played it months before the actual single release?

Craig David - 7 Days 

I really thought Craig David was going to be an international superstar. Didn't quite happen at least in the US. 

Coldplay - Yellow

I wonder what ever happened to this group.

Kylie Minouge - Spinning Around

I remember seeing an interview with Kylie Minouge where she was asked about her backside getting filmed in the video. Her response was something of amazement and that she didn't realize that the director had that shot. Although Kylie never made it huge in the US, she was as big as Madonna in many parts of the world. She knew her behind would be featured in the video.

Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

Sonique - It Feels So Good

David Grey - Babylon

Love this song!

Five + Queen - We Will Rock You

Yes this song really happened. By the way, who knew that nearly 20 years later, there would be a movie about Five that won four Oscars?

Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)

I only learned that Mary Mary was a gospel group years later.

Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You

I have a confession to make. I love belting out the chorus and especially the bridge of this song even though I get nowhere close to hitting the notes! 

Billie Piper - Day and Night

Several years after this song, Billie Piper starred in some Cinemax or Showtime show, and I remember thinking, hey, she's a singer!

Louise - 2 Faced

York - On The Beach

Bomfunk MC's - Freestyler

I'm ending with this song since I don't think I ever heard this song or of Bomfunk MC's since I returned to the US. However, this video has almost 197 million views, so lots of people know it.


Amy said...

I showed your list to my friend Frank from college who is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to pop music, but especially UK pop music. He thinks this is an amazing list and knows every song!

I have always liked Kylie Minogue, ever since her "Locomotion" remake. Frank says that Paula Abdul cowrote that Spinning Around song!

Sean said...

I'm glad that my list got Frank's seal of approval! Before I left England, I bought the double CD "Now That's What I Call Music" #46. Many of these songs were on there, and I played the CDs for years on car trips.

I didn't know that Paula Abdul information. As for Kylie, she is an international superstar but never really made it huge in the US. I wonder why that is/was?

Amy said...

Frank told me he has 100 "Now That's What I Call Music" CDs from the UK!

I don't know why Kylie Minogue was never big. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was certainly a big US hit as well, so she wasn't even a one hit wonder.