Welcome to the first installment of the Modern Rock Tracks Review, where I’ll be looking at the number one songs on the Modern Rock Tracks charts from 2000 to 2009. This chart is also known as Alternative Songs or, most recently, Alternative Airplay. The reason I’m doing this is because of the lack of rock on the charts these days with rap’s dominance and I also came across this video from Rocked’s Luke Spencer, which has some interesting points about how the genre could bounce back. Is it possible for rock to make a comeback on the Hot 100? I think it’s unlikely and it is possible that the genre could go the way of jazz in only appealing to a niche audience, but you never know what could happen. I originally planned to look at the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, but I looked at the Modern Rock Tracks and found a lineup of songs that are much more interesting for me to talk about. Anyways, let’s get this thing started.
All The Small Things-Blink-182: We start off with All The Small Things, the signature hit from Blink-182. It’s a pop punk classic that’s a good representation of the band’s discography. The simple chords, the chorus that stays in your head after hearing it, lyrics that don’t really mean much even though it’s about Tom DeLonge’s then-girlfriend. It’s not the best song from Blink, but it’s a good jumping point if you want to get into the band. Plus, they have some great music videos. I give it a 4/5.
Otherside-Red Hot Chili Peppers: The other day, I was listening to the Californication album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and it’s phenomenally good. One of the best albums of 1999 alongside Battle Of Los Angeles. Otherside is a single from that album that tackles drug addiction and was dedicated to one of their former bandmates who died of a heroin overdose. The music is great and so is Anthony Kiedis’s performance. I give this a perfect 5/5.
Kryptonite-3 Doors Down: It ain’t the only song in history that involves Superman, but Kryptonite is one of those songs that you think of in terms of that subject matter. Funny thing is that this signature hit from 3 Doors Down doesn’t really have anything to do with Superman, but it’s more of a “will you be there for me?” song that references the superhero. That aside, this slice of post-grunge has been one of my childhood favorites and I still enjoy it to this day. I would also give it a 5/5.
Last Resort-Papa Roach: From post-grunge to nu-metal, Papa Roach gave rock another teen angst anthem in Last Resort. The rapping isn’t anything great, but then again, nu-metal isn’t known for spitting hot bars. Still, the music kicks all sorts of ass with the heavy guitar riffs and a chorus that’s super catchy. The subject matter, on the other hand, is much more bleak as it describes someone having suicidal thoughts. Underneath the music is a feeling of hopelessness and a plea for help. Still, this is a really good song and I would give it a 4/5.
Californication-Red Hot Chili Peppers: Now for another Red Hot Chili Peppers song. This time, we’re looking at the titular track from the Californication album, which is one of my favorite songs from the band. It shows the glamorized image of Hollywood while shining a light to its dark and ugly side that goes on behind the scenes. Kiedis sounds great and the music is classic RHCP. This is getting a 5/5 from me.
Minority-Green Day: In 2000, Green Day released their sixth studio album Warning, which moved further away from the band’s punk roots and more into an acoustic/folk sound. Fans were mixed on the change of sound, but critics loved the album. The big hit from the album is Minority, which is an underdog anthem that would be a precursor to the American Idiot album. I dig this song. The interplay between the acoustic and electric guitars sounds great and the vocals stick. It’s another good song from Green Day. I give it a 4/5.
Hemorrhage (In My Hand)-Fuel: Now to wrap things up with Fuel with Hemorrhage. It’s fine. Musically, it sounds like every post-grunge song of the time and Brett Scallions doesn’t really stand out as a vocalist. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t do much for me. I give it a 3/5.
Hemorrhage (In My Hand)
And those were the number one songs on the Modern Rock Tracks chart of 2000. Next time, we’ll be looking at the Modern Rock Tracks of 2001.
SONG OF THE WEEK
Give It Away-Red Hot Chili Peppers