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A handy (and definitive) list of the most overplayed songs from the noughties

‘Jesus, change the station!’

LIKE MANY OF the more obscure national holidays we observe here at Daily Edge, you may not realise that the sun dawned on quite an important day this morning.


Yes, it’s Thursday and yes it’s the final day of May, but it’s also National Save Your Hearing Day.

We know; it’s a shock to think you almost forgot to commemorate it, but don’t worry, we have your back, and we thought we’d honour it by examining a list of the most overplayed songs from the noughties.

You know the ones; two bars in, you’re starting to cringe but you can’t stop chiming in.

So, in no particular order and without further ado…

1. Dilemma by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland

It was 2002, Nelly was rocking his plaster and Kelly was texting on a spreadsheet; those were the days.

And you couldn’t MOVE for the amount of times Irish radio bate us over the head with it.

If you were one of the people who swore you’d never get tired of Nelly, Kelly or their dilemma, you were soon sorely mistaken.

Source: NellyVEVO/YouTube

 2. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s

In 2007, we heard everything we needed to hear about Delilah.

Delilah this, Delilah that, f*ck off Delilah.

Source: HollywoodRecordsVEVO/YouTube

 3. Mr Brightside by The Killers

He was coming out of his cage, and he was doing just fine, and even now we can’t help but chime in.

And if we’re bad now, back in 2005, we were positively deranged.

Your voice would be hoarse, your eyes would be bulging, and still you had to make it to the end of the verse without breaking your stride.

Source: TheKillersVEVO/YouTube

 4. Umbrella by Rihanna

It was the wettest summer in living memory, and sure wasn’t it only gas that we kept Rihanna’s Umbrella at the top of the charts for 8 whole weeks.

We hadn’t seen weather like it in 50 years, and every radio station you tuned into was only dying to remind you of that.

Source: RihannaVEVO/YouTube

 5. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

You either loved it or hated it, but Christ knows you couldn’t escape it.

2006 felt like it was dominated by the track and we were momentarily thrilled to hear it was knocked off the top spot after seven long weeks… only to hear it had been replaced by Sandi Thom’s I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair).

We couldn’t catch a break.

Source: Oral Fixations/YouTube

6. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt

Who was this lad we’d never seen before getting his kit off in the rain?

If you purposely avoided James and his nipples on the music channels back in 2005, it was only a matter of time before you tuned into the wrong radio station to hear the man himself warbling like demented stalker.

Source: James Blunt/YouTube

7. Sexyback by Justin Timberlake feat Timbland

People actually started using the term in their Bebo intros and throwing it into daily conversation.

We mean, if that’s not all the evidence you need that it was among the most overplayed songs of the noughties, we’re fresh out.

Source: justintimberlakeVEVO/YouTube

8. Bad Day by Daniel Powter

The video was based on the repititon of daily life, and Jesus Christ, we felt like we were living our own deja vu hearing this song every 11 minutes on the radio.

Source: Warner Bros. Records/YouTube

9. Grace Kelly by Mika

This was somewhat of a fascination for a time, and then every single Irish radio station decided no other song was worth playing. Ever.

And we all bunkered down, and waited for it to end.

Source: MIKAVEVO/YouTube

 10. Dakota by Stereophonics

If you weren’t warbling this while skulling cans in your mate’s back garden in the summer of 2005, we’re not sure what you were doing.

And if you weren’t desperately changing stations every time it came on in the weeks that followed, we’re even more baffled.

Source: Stereophonics Official/YouTube

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