Welcome back to another Modern Rock Tracks Review. Let’s get started.
Hanging By A Moment-Lifehouse: It’s the number one song of 2001’s Year End chart despite peaking at number 2. Hanging By A Moment is one of three songs that have achieved this feat through Billboard history. And listening to it, I think it’s alright. The music, while it is good, is pretty much of its time. Jason Wade, the lead singer, sounds fine and the writing is just another love song. Overall, I give this song a 3/5.
Butterfly-Crazy Town: Ah, yes. Butterfly by Crazy Town. I remember hearing this song a lot back in the days. I also remember a lot of people tearing this song a new one every time. I personally don’t hate it that much, but I can acknowledge that this song isn’t good. I like the music for how psychedelic it sounds and how the turntables were mixed in. Then again, it is sampling an instrumental track from the Red Hot Chili Peppers called Pretty Little Ditty. That’s where my praise for this song ends. The lead vocalist isn’t good at rapping as he’s salivating over a beautiful woman. Again, this song isn’t terrible in my opinion, but it is pretty mediocre and I have no reason to go back to it outside of nostalgia. It’s getting a 2/5 from me.
Drive-Incubus: Next up, we have the big hit from Incubus called Drive. It’s a great song with acoustic-driven music and writing that’s about overcoming fear and taking control of your destiny. I really enjoy this song and I would give a perfect 5/5.
It’s Been A While-Staind: It’s a really good post-grunge song. It rocks and I like the content of the song where someone overcomes the low points of their life, whether it’d be addiction or bad relationships. I give it a 4/5.
Fat Lip-Sum 41: Now for some more pop punk that was part of my adolescence. Granted, this was released before I was in high school, but it was one of those songs that I’ve listened to when I was getting into rock music. Fat Lip by Sum 41 is pure teen angst stupidity and I love it. The rocking pop punk instrumentation, the shared white boy rapping between all members but the drummer, and a chorus that sticks. It’s not great and it lacks brains, but it’s endearing to me that I can’t help but like it. I give this a 3.5/5.
Smooth Criminal-Alien Ant Farm: Covering a song from the King Of Pop is a massive challenge because none of them match up to the originals. But there have been a few that can stand on their own. This brings us to Alien Ant Farm, whose biggest (and only) hit was a cover to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. I initially didn’t think much about that song, but it’s actually alright. Giving the groovy riffs of the original a heavy metal twist does make for an interesting variation of the song and I appreciate that Alien Ant Farm didn’t just do a copy-paste cover. Is it as good as the original? No. But I’m fine with it existing. I would give it a 3/5.
How You Remind Me-Nickelback: Nothing else needs to be said about Nickelback at this point. They’re considered one of the worst bands of all time, yet in spite of that they’ve achieved a ton of success in the 2000s. It all started with How You Remind Me, which is textbook Nickelback. The ugly, chugging instrumentation that sounds like constipation, Chad Kroeger’s awful vocals, and writing that paints him as unsympathetic as he’s talking about an ex-girlfriend. It’s not the worst Nickelback song (trust me, they’ve made worse), but it’s still pretty bad as it’s an example of them making the same type of songs over and over. It’s getting a 1/5 from me.
In The End-Linkin Park: There were a bunch of songs that defined my younger days and In The End is one of those songs. This was the first song from Linkin Park that I’ve heard and I have been a fan of them ever since. The haunting piano riff, the digital scratches, Mike Shinoda’s bars along with Chester Bennington’s vocals, etc. There are better songs from LP, but this became the band’s signature hit for a reason. It connected with a lot of people, plus, it was used in a butt-ton of AMVs (anime music videos). I give this song a perfect 5/5.
In The End
How You Remind Me
And those were thAnd those were the number one songs on the Modern Rock Tracks chart of 2001. Next time, we’ll be looking at the Modern Rock Tracks of 2002.
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Chop Suey!-System Of A Down