The Best 100 of 1999

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These are the best 100 tracks from 1999, as seen from a decade on review of all music that hit the charts, or I bought then or since. The second row of figures is how they were rated by me at the time (based on chart performance in my own weekly charts), the difference between then and current ranking shows how they’ve fared with the passage of time… album tracks or ones I didnt notice at the time have “NEW” before the song title

 

1 4 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals
2 3 SUMMER SON Texas
3 7 LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys
4 18 TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas
5 157 NOT OVER YET ’99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace
6 11 WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas
7 12 I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys
8 21 SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe
9 6 THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain
10 14 UNPRETTY TLC

11 NEW FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys
12 19 ..BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
13 27 BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna
14 24 SHE’S IN FASHION Suede
15 70 YOUR LIES Shelby Lynne
16 59 I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
17 39 TEQUILA Terrorvision
18 13 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden/ Duane Arden
19 35 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) The Offspring
20 33 LIFE’S TOO SHORT The Lightning Seeds

21 9 IN A LIFETIME Texas
22 127 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman
23 34 STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len
24 15 GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight
25 23 I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys
26 37 ERASE/REWIND The Cardigans
27 38 GOIN’ DOWN Melanie C
28 25 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim
29 58 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five
30 20 DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000

31 80 S CLUB PARTY S Club 7
32 56 BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias
33 31 I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James
34 91 BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ The Cardigans
35 123 DRIFTWOOD Travis
36 NEW IN DENIAL Pet Shop Boys/ Kylie Minogue
37 121 THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
38 40 PRAISE YOU Fatboy Slim
39 45 LIVING LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin
40 61 SHE Elvis Costello

41 22 STRONG Robbie Williams
42 99 LOVESTRUCK Madness
43 127 SING IT BACK Moloko
44 50 THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage
45 62 NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys
46 71 GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev
47 65 EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray
48 66 AT THE RIVER Groove Armada
49 36 KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer
50 75 YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club

51 48 PERFECT MOMENT Martine McCutcheon
52 NEW CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys
53 197 GIVEN UP Mirrorball
54 54 IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston
55 81 MARIA Blondie
56 93 BEST OF ME Bryan Adams
57 86 EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Ricketts
58 63 FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
59 165 SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman
60 28 IF I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R Kelly

61 88 COLD SHOULDER Culture Club
62 NEW DREAMSOME Shelby Lynne
63 30 MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston
64 68 GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera
65 46 CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai
66 98 IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams
67 78 SUNSHINE Gabrielle
68 49 TONITE Supercar
69 74 WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast
70 357 CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli

71 128 WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie
72 88 STARMAN Culture Club
73 238 LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters
74 116 SECRET SMILE Semisonic
75 NEW ZERO ZERO Texas
76 122 BRAND NEW DAY Sting
77 141 MOVIN’ Supergrass
78 47 DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia
79 87 AS George Michael/ Mary J Blige
80 107 DISCO DOWN Shed 7

81 119 CRAZY Lucid
82 73 WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB The Offspring
83 44 LULLABY Shawn Mullins
84 129 ALLSTAR Smashmouth
85 110 WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton
86 41 HUMAN The Pretenders
87 NEW LOOKIN’ UP Shelby Lynne
88 85 NATIONAL EXPRESS The Divine Comedy
89 136 MADE IT BACK ’99 Beverley Knight
90 95 THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks

91 57 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann
92 163 YOU SHOULD BE DANCIN’ Blockster
93 328 WHY Glamma Kid
94 64 I TRY Macy Gray
95 77 YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY Britney Spears
96 90 THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer
97 111 WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis
98 300 I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon
99 214 MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND The Charlatans
100 127 HERE COMES MY BABY The Mavericks
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