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Top 102 Songs of 2003

Best Songs of 2003

On New Year's Eve I posted my five favourite tunes of 2003.  My only rule was that the song had to have been released in 2003.  Songs released in 2002 that experienced most of their airplay in 2003 were ineligible.  To refresh your memory, here was my top five.

  1. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  2. The Distillers - Drain The Blood
  3. The Strokes - 12:51
  4. Stone Temple Pilots - All In The Suit That You Wear
  5. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Later that night, CFNY Edge 102 played their top 102 songs of 2003.  Below I will reveal my feelings about their top five.  Unlike my list, CFNY Edge 102 did not insist that the song be released in 2003.  Here are their top five and my comments.

  1. Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong
    I'm rather shocked this is ranked as high as #1.  I enjoy Linkin Park as much as the next guy, but this was only the third best song off of Meteora to receive heavy air play in 2003.  I'll take the far superior "Faint" or "Numb" any day of the week.  They were ranked #9 and #29 respectively.  Does anyone really think "Somewhere I Belong" is a better song than "Faint"?  If you do, write me.
  2. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
    What more can I say about the tune I had ranked as my favourite of 2003.  The haunting simplicity of that bass line still finds its way into my psyche on a regular basis.  The entire Elephant CD is great, but this was one helluva lead single.  Awesome tune.
  3. Audioslave - Like A Stone
    I'm a huge fan of this entire CD.  It's fair to say this band had me at hello.  When I first read that the members of Rage Against the Machine were forming a group with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, it was music to my ears.  I'm a huge fan of both Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, and Audioslave didn't disappoint.  I too read the mediocre reviews, but then I gave it a spin.  "Chohise" was one of my favourite tracks of 2002 (along with Nirvana's "You Know You're Right", Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows" and Johnny Cash's "Hurt") and this melodic trip ranks right up there as well.  Of course, all songs off this CD did not qualify for my top five, having been released in November of 2002.
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
    Lord knows CFNY Edge 102 played this song enough, but I just couldn't get into it.  I liked it, but I didn't love it.  It was a catchy ditty that I found myself singing each time I heard it, but I can't say it deserved a ranking as high as this.
  5. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
    And now for the CanCon portion of our chart.  Three Days Grace are a Toronto-based trio originally from Norwood, Ontario.  Don't get me wrong, "I Hate Everything About You" was a great tune, but the fifth best song of the year?  Not if they're from Texas.  Naturally, CFNY Edge 102 is going to favour a young Toronto-based band like this, and there's nothing wrong with that.  A top five without any Canadian representation would be just wrong!

There you have it, my reaction to CFNY Edge 102's top five songs of 2003.  If you're curious where the rest of my top five ranked on their chart, they had The Distillers at #94, The Strokes at #34, Stone Temple Pilots at #64 and Jet at #31.

I'm on my way back to the hospital now.  If all goes well, James will be coming home tomorrow.  I'm just looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, something I've yet to do this year.  I'll update you all on his status tomorrow.

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