VOTE NOW: The Ultimate Retro Song – Round of 16

Here at The Courier we are finding out what the ultimate retro song is and need your help!

Over the past few days, the very greatest music minds that The Courier has to offer have been voting for their favourite track from each year between 2000-2015 (results below).

Now, 16 tracks remain and have been pitted against each other in the first knockout round of the competition. Do you prefer Robbie William’s ‘Rock DJ’ or Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’. Is DJ Caspar’s ‘Cha Cha Slide’ better than Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’? It’s time to have your say…

…THE ROUND OF 16 is open now. Click here to make sure your vote counts!

Here’s what happened when The Courier’s music writers picked out their top track form the best-selling songs of each year:

2000:

1. Rock DJ – Robbie Williams (23%)

2. Stan – Eminem feat. Dido (18%)

3. Never Had A Dream Come True – S Club 7 (14%), Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men (14%), Can We Fix It? – Bob the Builder (14%)

Others: Pure Shoes – All Saints, It Feels So Good – Sonique, Toca’s Miracle – Fragma, Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) – Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Fill Me In – Craig David.

2001:

1. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus (55%)

2. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Mignoue (18%)

3. Don’t Stop Movin’ – S Club 7 (9%)

Others: It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy, Pure and Simple – Hear’Say, Whole Again – Atomic Kitten, Hey Baby – DJ Otzi, Uptown Girl – Westlife, Angel – Shaggy, Because I Got High – African.

2002:

1. Hero – Enrique Iglesias (27%)

2. Whenever Whenever – Shakira (23%)

3. Dilemma – Nelly and Kelly Rowland (14%), How You Remind Me – Nickelback (14%)

Others: Unchained Melody – Gareth Gates, The Tide Is High – Atomic Kitten, Evergreen – Will Young, The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup, A Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs JXL, Anyone of Us – Gareth Gates.

2003:

1. Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas (23%)

2. Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly (18%), Crazy In Love – Beyoncé (18%)

3. Sound of the Underground – Girls Aloud (9%), Bring Me To Life – Evanescence (9%)

Others: Breathe – Blue Cantrell feat. Sean Paul, In Da Club – 50 Cent, All Things She Said – Tatu, Make Luv – Room 5, Spirit In The Sky – Gareth Gates & The Kumars.

2004:

1. Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper (32%)

2. Milkshake – Kelis (23%)

3. Yeah! – Usher feat. Lil John and Ludacris (14%), 3 Of A Kind – Baby Cakes (14%)

Others: F**k It – Eamon, Call On Me – Eric Pydz, Left Outside Alone – Anastacia, FURB – Frankee, I Don’t Wanna Know – Mario Winans feat. Enya and P Diddy, All This Time – Michelle McManus.

2005:

1. Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz (36%)

2. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt (28%)

3. Bad Day – Daniel Powter (14%)

Others: Amarillo – Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay, Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls, Crazy Frog – Axel F, Ghetto Gospel – 2Pac feat. Elton John, Lonely – Akon, Push The Button – Sugababes, You Raise Me Up – Westlife.

2006:

1. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley (27%)

2. Hips Don’t Like – Shakira (23%)

3. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters (14%), Sexyback – Justin Timberlake (14%)

Others: I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker – Sandi Thorn, Nasty Girl – Notorious BIG feat. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm, From Paris to Berlin – Infernal, No Tomorrow – Orson, Meaneater – Nelly Furtado, That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward.

2007:

1. Foundations – Kate Nash (23%)

2. Ruby – Kaise Chiefs (18%), The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani feat. Akon (18%), Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts (18%)

3. Grace Kelly – Mika (9%)

Others: Umbrella – Rihanna, Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis, The Way I Are – Timberlake feat. Doe and Keri Wilson, Beautiful Liar – Beyonce and Shakira, How To Save A Life – The Fray.

2008:

1. Rockstar – Nickelback (18%)

2. Crank That – Soulja Boy (14%), Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna (14%), Low – Flo Rida and T Pain (14%)

3. Now You’re Gone – Basshunter (9%), Apologise – Timbaland and One Republic (9%)

Others: Mercy – Duffy, Chasing Pavements – Adele, Piece of Me – Britney Spears, What’s It Gonna Be – H Two O.

2009:

1. Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon (32%)

2. In For The Kill – La Roux (14%), Empire State of Mind – Jay Z and Alicia Keys (14%), Use Somebody – Kings of Leon (14%)

3. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyes Peas (9%), Broken Strings – James Morrison and Nelly Furtado (9%)

Others: Poker Face – Lady Gaga, Just Dance – Lady Gaga, Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas, Sexy Chick – David Guetta and Akon.

2010:

1. Airplanes – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams (29%)

2. Telephone – Lady Gaga and Beyonce (24%)

3. She Said – Plan B (18%)

Others: Empire State of Mind II – Alicia Keys, Pass Out – Tinie Tempah,  Don’t Stop Believing – Journey, OMG – Usher feat. Will.I.Am, Bad Romance – Lady Gaga, Love The Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna, I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas.

2011:

1. The A Team – Ed Sheeran (35%)

2. Rolling In The Deep – Adele (18%), Part Rock Anthem – LMFAO (18%)

3. Super Bass – Nicki Minaj (12%)

Others: Someone Like You – Adele, Price Tag – Jessie J feat. B.o.B, Give Me Everything – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, Set Fire To The Rain – Adele, Born This Way – Lady Gaga, The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga.

2012:

1. Ni**as In Paris – Jay-Z and Kayne West (35%)

2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (24%)

3. We Are Young – Fun. feat Janelle Monae (12%), Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimora (12%), Starships – Nicki Minaj (12%).

Others: Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO, Domino – Jessie J, Mama Do The Hump – Rizzle Kicks, Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat. Sia, Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia.

2013:

1. Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (29%)

2. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons (24%)

3. Pompeii – Basille (18%)

Others: Let Her Go – Passenger, Ho Hey – Lumineers, Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. TI and Pharrell, Just Give Me A Reason – Pink and Nate Reuss, Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Mirrors – Justin Timberlake.

2014:

1. Budapest – George Ezra (35%)

2. Riptide – Vance Joy (18%), Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne (18%), Let It Go – Idina Menzel (18%)

3. Happy – Pharrell Williams (6%)

Others: All Of Me – John Legend, Waves – Mr. Probz, Stay With Me – Sam Smith, Money On My Mind – Sam Smith, Ghost – Ella Henderson.

2015:

1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (41%)

2. Lean On – Major Lazer, DJ Snake and Mø (18%)

3. Take Me To Church – Hozier (12%), Where Are U Now – Jack U feat. Justin Bieber (12%), Sugar – Maroon 5 (12%)

Others: Cheerleader (Felix Jahen Remix) – Omi, Hold Back The River – James Bay, Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran, Firestone – Kygo feat. Conrrad Sewell, Trap Queen – Fetty Wap.

 

 

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