I don’t even know where the time has gone since I started The Story of Pop: 2000 exactly 51 weeks ago (rapidly, that’s what). But doing that and the 1999 series in 2019 have genuinely been, as a retro 90s/00s pop geek – some of my most favourite blog posts I’ve ever written. And this year especially, they’ve been a calm, fun oasis of stability.
Naturally, a lot of people have been asking me in recent weeks if I’m going to be doing The Story of Pop: 2001. The short answer? No. Now don’t get me wrong. 2001 wasn’t short on iconic bops: Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, S Club 7’s ‘Don’t Stop Movin’ and Missy Elliott’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ to name but several.
But to put some context into this, 2001 was also a deeply unhappy year for me. I was still in my first two years of high school, being bullied/not fitting in, and so many of the songs I would inevitably have to cover, in order to make it a true reflection of that year’s biggest songs, would be songs by bands and artists that I don’t feel particularly fondly about even 20 years on.
And trying to muster enthusiasm over Hear’Say, Limp Bizkit, DJ Otzi and So Solid Crew would, for me, be a bit like the blogging equivalent of the Cinammon Challenge: painful and unnecessary. And at my time of life, I don’t have time to be entertaining the unnecessarily painful just so I can write about a handful of genius records.
However, I have been racking my brains and I do believe I have a new music related series which will more than adequately fill the space The Story of Pop will be vacating. I’ll say no more about it for now, but make sure you’re on here for the first Thursday of 2021 (7th January) to find out more.
In the meantime, as I did with the 1999 series, I want to leave you with a special gift to say thank you: a complete Spotify playlist – ‘bonus tracks’ if you will – and a YouTube playlist of videos of twelve songs that I didn’t have time to cover on the series, that were also huge hits this year and which I loved with equal measure.
On it, there’s timeless singles from two of the biggest selling albums of that year by Coldplay and Moby, floorfillers by Daft Punk and Sweet Female Attitude, and some serious pop bangers by Louise and Scooch. Thank you so much again for all the support on these two series of The Story of Pop in the last two years. It’s been quite a fun ride!