THE FIRST DECADE of the new millennium was awash with musical gems that were loved and adored by the whole country, then promptly pushed to the back of our minds.
When we say “almost forgotten”, we don’t mean the songs that are still played regularly, having crossed over into “ironic enjoyment” territory.
For example, you can’t move in an Irish nightclub without hearing Mark McCabe’s one-hit wonder, Maniac 2000. We’re not talking about him.
We mean the ones don’t even cross your mind until you hear them again and realise you still remember every word, whether you like it or not.
20. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) – Sandi Thom
This song is the definition of cringe. Sandi, what were you thinking? This twee, pseudo-protest song that hearkened back to the days when “computers were still scary” should never have seen the light of day.
And it was huge in 2006. What were WE thinking?
19. 3 of a Kind – Babycakes
Awful song, awful video, extremely awkward band members – but it seemed to work for 3 of a Kind as their single, Babycakes, was a hit in 2004.
The odd thing about this is that the band didn’t even hint at a follow up track, or album, or anything. They just disappeared from the face of the earth. Probably for the best.
18. Uncle Kracker – Follow Me
Follow Me inexplicably went to number one in the Irish charts in 2001, despite the fact that doesn’t seem to be about anything at all and features the blandest melody since, well, ever.
17. What If – Kate Winslet
What If is technically very, very bad. Bad from a lyrics point of view; bad because Kate’s voice isn’t particularly strong; bad because it attempts to make us FEEL something, and our icy cold hearts won’t allow that.
Luckily, Kate has stuck to acting since this was released in 2001.
16. The JCB Song – Nizlopi
This so-cute-it-makes-you-sick song about a kid who wants to escape the bullies with his dad on a JCB went to number one around the end of 2005.
It doesn’t hold up these days, but you’ll probably still join in on the “I’M LUKE I’M FIVE AND MY DAD’S BRUCE LEE/DRIVES ME ROUND IN HIS JCB” part.
15. Butterfly – Crazy Town
The coolest thing about this song is the guitar riff, which it turns out is a sample borrowed from a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song. Unfortunate, because the lyrics are entirely embarrassing to sing.
Probably due to the fact they were written by lads that named themselves Shifty Shellshock and Epic Mazur.
14. Eamon – F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)
Luckily for Eamon, the excessive swearing hid the fact that the song was extremely, mind-numbingly dull.
13. There’s A Whole Lot of Loving – Six
We think the country would prefer to forget this entirely, but it lives on, like a cockroach that scuttles out of sight every time you come close to squishing it for good.
We’re exaggerating a little. It’s not that bad.
Of course, it’s not that GOOD either.
12. I Don’t Wanna Know – Mario Winans ft P Diddy and Enya
This song sampled The Fugees as well as Enya’s tune Boadicea, and was number 13 on the list of best selling singles of 2004.
Remember that? Probably not. But we bet you’re singing the chorus now, aren’t you?
11. Bad Day – Daniel Powter
A song so sweet it gave you a toothache (with a drippy video to match), Bad Day was massive worldwide and duly landed at number one in the Irish charts in 2005. Then we promptly turned our backs and forgot about poor Daniel.
The song has since been covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks for the 2007 film of the same name. Grim.
10. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
The world fell in love with Hey There Delilah in 2007, when every girl wished a boy would write a similarly soppy song for her.
The song is still cute and all, but we’re pretty much over it.
9. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
Toploader continued to make music after the huge success of their cover of King Harvest’s Dancing in the Moonlight in 2000, which still gets the odd spin every now and then.
However we challenge you to name one other song of theirs. Without Googling.
8. Fascination – Alphabeat
Alphabeat stuck around for another single and album after Fascination, but they will forever be known for this 2008 runaway hit.
Fortunately for the Danish group, it’s still a hugely enjoyable ditty.
7. HelloGoodbye – Here (In Your Arms)
Here (In Your Arms) was bleedin’ massif in 2007, a year when sensitive love songs seemed to win out.
Seven years later (yes, 2007 was seven years ago), it still sounds surprisingly fresh and extremely danceable.
6. Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary
Probably the only song by a gospel act to grace the list, Mary Mary had us unwittingly thanking God as we boogied in 2000.
We would prefer praise them for writing this excellent song, to be honest.
5. Mad World – Michael Andrews and Gary Jules
Recorded for the soundtrack of Donnie Darko in 2001, this stripped-back cover of Tears for Fears’ Mad World was adored across the world when it was finally released as a single in 2003.
Why? It’s awesome, and just as haunting today.
4. What Would You Do – City High
Probably one of the earliest musical opponents of slut-shaming, this song made a huge dent in the charts in 2001.
City High may have disappeared from the radar, but the message is still relevant, and the chorus is still brilliant.
3. Breathe – Blu Cantrell ft Sean Paul
Sean-a-Paul was fairly popular over on these shores, but who the hell was Blu Cantrell? We don’t know, but we certainly loved her in 2003 when we sent her to number one in the Irish charts.
No complaints with the track now though – it’s still a certified TUNE.
2. Absolutely Everybody – Vanessa Amorosi
With all the hallmarks of a ’00s hit – vaguely salsa-inspired beat, bongo drums, a little bit anthemic – how could we not fall in love with Absolutely Everybody?
Sadly, though Vanessa was a big star in her native Australia, she never had another hit on these shores.
We still have this, Vanessa. We still have this.
1. We’ve Got The World – Mickey (“Mickey Joe”) Harte
She stands under moonlight. She touches her hair.
We feel this may be a controversial number one, but we stand by it. We’ve Got The World is cheesy, and it may be tainted by its association with the Eurovision, but dammit if it isn’t an iconic Irish single.
Come on everybody! Sing with us! “As we watch the sun and the moon go round/As we watch my FEET NEVER TOUCH THE GROUUUUUND.”
We’ve put all these wonderful one-hit wonders in a Spotify playlist for you all. Make sure to put it on ‘Private Session’ before you listen, though. Just a tip.