Saturday, 6 July 2019

Number 2 Hits On The Australian Chart - The 2000s part 1

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Well, I've finally got here - a run-through of all the singles that almost topped the ARIA top 50 during the first decade of the 2000s. (You can find links to the lists from the 1980s and '90s above.)


As well as reaching No. 2 with Destiny's Child, Kelly and Beyoncé got there on their own
#PoorMichelle

There were 39 number 2 hits between 2000 and 2004 (inclusive), so let's get the party started, shall we?


2000
"S Club Party" by S Club 7
Date reached number 2: March 5, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Bloke" by Chris Franklin
There ain't no party like an S Club party, and the seven-piece pop combo improved on the peak of debut single "Bring It All Back" by one place. In the UK, "S Club Party" was the first of five number 2 hits for Tina, Jon, Paul, Hannah, Bradley, Rachel and Jo.




"Candy" by Mandy Moore
Date reached number 2: April 2, 2000
Weeks at number 2: Three
Kept off number 1 by: "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC
One of four blonde teenage pop princesses who burst onto the scene at the end of the '90s, Mandy Moore peaked first time out with this sugary confection, never making the ARIA top 10 again (although coming close a couple of times).




"Never Be The Same Again" by Melanie C featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Date reached number 2: May 14, 2000
Weeks at number 2: Two (non-consecutive)
Kept off number 1 by: "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child for one week and "Oops!...I Did It Again" by Britney Spears for one week
Pop reigned supreme in 2000, with the most successful solo Spice Girl being denied a chart-topper in her own right by another girl group and the biggest of those American pop princesses. "Never Be The Same Again" was also the biggest hit for the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes away from TLC.




"There You Go" by Pink
Date reached number 2: June 18, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Who The Hell Are You" by Madison Avenue
Starting as she intended to proceed, Pink's debut is one of only two singles she has released to stall at number 2 - we'll see the other in Part 2. "There You Go" was co-written and produced by hitmaker of the day Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.




"Thong Song" by Sisqó
Date reached number 2: June 25, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Who The Hell Are You" by Madison Avenue
His vocal group Dru Hill had registered a couple of hits in 1999, but the singer born Mark Andrews did even better on his own with this ode to G-strings, which was successful in Australia despite a thong being something completely different here.




"Jumpin' Jumpin'" by Destiny's Child
Date reached number 2: August 13, 2000
Weeks at number 2: Three
Kept off number 1 by: "I'm Outta Love" by Anastacia
"Say My Name" had taken them to number 1, but Destiny's Child had to settle for second best with the follow-up, which would be the last song released by the girl group as a four-piece, with fleeting member Farrah Franklin departing as quickly as she'd joined.




"Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary
Date reached number 2: September 17, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Music" by Madonna
The reason Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams hasn't had a number 2 hit is due in large part to her solo efforts being gospel recordings - although that didn't stop sisters Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell from achieving mainstream success with their "Don't Look Any Further"-sampling debut.




"Holler" by Spice Girls
Date reached number 2: November 5, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" by Spiller
Blocked from the number 1 spot by the dance track that famously kept Victoria Beckham (with True Steppers and Dane Bowers) at bay in the UK, the four-piece version of Spice Girls did at least rack up a 10th and final hit, none of which had peaked lower than number 13 in Australia.




"Friends Forever (Graduation)" by Vitamin C
Date reached number 2: December 3, 2000
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men
Released just in time for the end of the school year - with its original title and subtitle reversed in Australia - this ballad based on Pachelbel's Canon was the first of two hits by the singer born Colleen Fitzpatrick.




2001
"Ms Jackson" by OutKast
Date reached number 2: April 1, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Four
Kept off number 1 by: "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring RikRok
They'd been releasing music since the early '90s but this song inspired by Andre 3000's relationship with Erykah Badu, with whom he shared a son, and her mother put the innovative hip-hop duo on the map.




"I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado
Date reached number 2: May 20, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink
Before she went all R&B (and racked up two more number 2s, which we'll see in Part 2), Canadian singer Nelly Furtado's debut was on a more folk- and world-influenced tip, with her first ever single winning her a Grammy.




"Whole Again" by Atomic Kitten
Date reached number 2: June 3, 2001
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink
On the verge of being dropped by their record company and with founding member Kerry Katona leaving to have Bryan Westlife's baby midway through promotion for the track, this ballad turned the trio (with new member Jenny Frost) into one of the UK's biggest pop acts, staying at number 1 there for four weeks.




"Strawberry Kisses" by Nikki Webster
Date reached number 2: June 24, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Seven (non-consecutive)
Kept off number 1 by: "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon for five weeks, "Follow Me" by Uncle Kraker for one week and "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse
Australia's sweetheart thanks to her pivotal role in the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, 14-year-old Nikki Webster's debut single was produced by Dancing With The Stars musical director Chong Lim and was the second of eight top 40 hits (following her Olympics song, "We'll Be One") for the teenager.




"Let's Get Married / Promise" by Jagged Edge
Date reached number 2: July 8, 2001
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
In its original form, "Let's Get Married" was a sexy R&B ballad, but it was the "It's Like That"-sampling remix featuring Run-DMC's Reverend Run that took off locally, where it was released as a double A-side with a remix of the four-piece's next single, "Promise".




"Don't Stop Movin'" by S Club 7
Date reached number 2: August 19, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Four
Kept off number 1 by: "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse
Since "S Club Party", it had been a very different story in Australia for S Club 7 than in the UK, where they were yet to miss the top 5 - and wouldn't for the rest of their career. "Don't Stop Movin'" put them back in the ARIA top 5 following flops like "Reach" (number 38) and "Natural" (number 45), with UK chart-topper "Never Had A Dream Come True" completely passed over here.




"Mambo No. 5" by Bob The Builder
Date reached number 2: November 18, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
If it weren't for Alien Ant Farm's nu metal cover of the Michael Jackson hit, animated kids' character Bob The Builder would've earned himself a second chart-topper, but his Lou Bega cover had to settle for second place.




"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback
Date reached number 2: December 2, 2001
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
Depending on your musical taste, this is another thing we can thank Alien Ant Farm for - denying this breakthrough hit by Canada's top rock export from hitting number 1, somewhere they'd never quite manage to reach in Australia. Not for want of trying.




"What Would You Do?" by City High
Date reached number 2: December 9, 2001
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
By this point, Alien Ant Farm were in the sixth and seventh weeks of their eight-week run at the top, and this socially conscious debut single from the R&B trio comprised of Claudette Ortiz, Robbie Pardlo and Ryan Toby might have been a welcome relief at number 1. Follow-up "Caramel" featuring Eve gave City High a second top 50 hit... just. 




2002
"Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting
Date reached number 2: March 3, 2002
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Whenever Wherever" by Shakira
The musical vehicle for singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, Five For Fighting only started to take off in the US when "Superman (It's Not Easy)" was championed in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Six months later, the song written from the Man Of Steel's point of view (although careful not to infringe DC Comics' copyright) was kept from number 1 by a woman singing about her small and humble breasts.




"Dance With Me" by 112
Date reached number 2: March 31, 2002
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Not Pretty Enough" by Kasey Chambers
Five years earlier, they'd provided backing vocals on two chart hits ("I'll Be Missing You" and "All Cried Out"), and in 2002, vocal harmony group 112 finally cracked the top 50 in their own right with this clap-along R&B jam.




"Girlfriend (remix)" by *NSYNC featuring Nelly
Date reached number 2: April 28, 2002
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi
Saving one of their best for last, boy band *NSYNC went out on a high with this Nelly-featuring (although not in the video below), Neptunes-produced track, which completed their transition from bubblegum Scandi-pop to urban cool.




"Objection (Tango)" by Shakira
Date reached number 2: September 15, 2002
Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)
Kept off number 1 by: "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne for one week and "The Logical Song" by Scooter for two weeks
Rounding out a killer year for Colombia's Shakira, her third English-language single narrowly missed out on making it a hat trick of number 1s, with "Objection (Tango)" unable to achieve what "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" had.




2003
"Stole" by Kelly Rowland
Date reached number 2: January 26, 2003
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
Remember that short period of time when Kelly Rowland was the most successful member of Destiny's Child? Following her chart-topping appearance on Nelly's "Dilemma", her topical first solo single almost repeated the feat, while Beyoncé Knowles hadn't even made the top 20 with her first solo effort in 2002, "Work It Out".




"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" by Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles
Date reached number 2: February 2, 2003
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "Lose Myself" by Eminem
Making up for lost time, Beyoncé, who still released music with her surname intact at this point, became the chart powerhouse she was always destined to be in 2003. First up, a guest appearance on this Kanye West-produced track by then-boyfriend Jay-Z (with hypen intact), which sampled "Me And My Girlfriend" by Makaveli (aka Tupac Shakur).




"Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake
Date reached number 2: March 9, 2003
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
Also coming into his own in 2003 was former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake who started a fruitful collaboration with Timbaland on his second single and caused a stir with the song's music video featuring a lookalike of ex-girlfriend Britney Spears.




"All I Have" by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
Date reached number 2: May 4, 2003
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "In Da Club" by 50 Cent
Somewhat overlooked these days, this ballad second single from J.Lo's third album, This Is Me... Then, outperformed all but two of her other songs on the ARIA chart, including hits like "Waiting For Tonight" (number 4), "Love Don't Cost A Thing" (number 4) and "Jenny From The Block" (number 5).




"Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Date reached number 2: July 20, 2003
Weeks at number 2: Three
Kept off number 1 by: "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly
A number 1 hit in the US and the UK, the lead single from a now-mononymous Beyoncé's debut solo album, Dangerously In Love, was the sound of a solo superstar emerging. The brass-laden (courtesy of a Chi-Lites sample) track also saw Jay-Z return the favour with a guest rap.




"Angel" by Amanda Perez
Date reached number 2: August 31, 2003
Weeks at number 2: Four
Kept off number 1 by: "Where Is The Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas
One-hit wonder alert. With pure pop on the way out in 2003, R&B and hip-hop became the dominant genre of music on the Australian singles chart and FM radio, with this US top 20 hit setting up camp in the number 2 spot for a month as a result.




"P.I.M.P." by 50 Cent
Date reached number 2: November 16, 2003
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Slow" by Kylie Minogue
Another artist benefitting from Australia's hearty embrace of hip-hop was Eminem and Dr Dre protégé 50 Cent, who made it three top 5 hits in a row with this single, which featured Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck on the single remix.




2004
"Milkshake" by Kelis
Date reached number 2: January 25, 2004
Weeks at number 2: Five (non-consecutive)
Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast for one week and "What About Me" by Shannon Noll for four weeks
Kelis's "Milkshake" couldn't quite bring enough boys to the yard for it to nudge out the first ever Australian Idol runner-up (or OutKast). The Neptunes concoction had originally been offered to Britney Spears.




"Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down
Date reached number 2: February 1, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast
They'd reached number 8 in early 2001 with debut single "Kryptonite", and the Mississippi rock band did even better with this track from second album Away From The Sun, even out-performing the song's US peak of number 5.




"Roses" by OutKast
Date reached number 2: June 13, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Black Betty" by Spiderbait
OutKast could do no wrong with the singles from their Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double album, with this track lifted from Andre 3000's portion (but also featuring Big Boi) becoming their third top 10 hit on the trot.




"I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans featuring Enya & P. Diddy
Date reached number 2: June 20, 2004
Weeks at number 2: Two
Kept off number 1 by: "F.U.R.B. (FU Right Back)" by Frankee
I reeled off all the facts relating to this track when it appeared on my one-hit wonders of the 2000s post. Suffice it to say here that "I Don't Wanna Know" had the most unlikely featuring credit in the form of Irish new age star Enya.




"Burn" by Usher
Date reached number 2: July 25, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini
Usher's seventh (of 14 to date) top 10 hit in Australia, "Burn" followed his first chart-topper, "Yeah!". The ballad was only kept from the top by yet another alumnus of the first season of Australian Idol




"Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas
Date reached number 2: August 1, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini
Also on a hit streak in 2004 were The Black Eyed Peas, who made it four top 10 hits in a row from album Elephunk - their first with Fergie. "Let's Get It Started" had begun life as album track "Let's Get Retarded" before being given a more PC reworking for its single release.




"Push Up" by Freestylers
Date reached number 2: August 8, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini
A third song kept off the top by Paulini, "Push Up" was the first hit by British dance duo Freestylers, which was comprised of ex-Strike member Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey. Shortly after reaching number 2, "Push Up" was deleted (remember when record companies did that?), resulting in it plummeting out of the chart, and included as a bonus track on "Get A Life", which duly became their second hit.




"Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo
Date reached number 2: September 5, 2004
Weeks at number 2: Four (non-consecutive)
Kept off number 1 by: "My Place" by Nelly featuring Jaheim for one week and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5 for three weeks
Just 13 when it was released, former reality TV contestant Joanna Levesque worked with pop/R&B producers Soulshock & Karlin on this debut single, which also reached number 2 in the UK. Last year, JoJo re-recorded "Leave (Get Out)" and her entire debut album following years of disputes with her former record company.




"Car Wash" by Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott
Date reached number 2: October 17, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5
The ninth in a run of 12 straight top 10 singles in Australia for X-tina, this cover of the Rose Royce hit from 1976 was recorded for the soundtrack to animated movie Shark Tale. "Car Wash" was on the top 50 at the same time as another Christina Aguilera collaboration: "Tilt Ya Head Back" with Nelly.




"Call On Me" by Eric Prydz
Date reached number 2: October 31, 2004
Weeks at number 2: One
Kept off number 1 by: "Out Of The Blue" by Delta Goodrem
Spawning a flood of 1980s-inspired imitators, this dance track from the Swedish DJ/producer took its hook from "Valerie" by Steve Winwood, who re-recorded his vocal especially for the single.




Listen to all the number 2 hits of the 2000s (that are on Spotify) on my playlist: 





In Part 2: another 41 number 2 hits from 2005 to 2009, including a number of former Australian Idol winners and finalists, two entries by a pair of twins from Brisbane and the singer who turned pop into an artform as the 2000s became the 2010s.


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