With 10 weeks left until the change of the decade, people who enjoy making lists are beginning to crank out their favourite songs of the naughties and talk about their lives as if someone cares. Thank goodness we can finally put that the horrible ‘naughties’ term away, but what do we call the 2010s? The moody teens?
And so to 2000. In 2000, I turned 18 and started going out to clubs, spent a lot of nights in a then brilliant club called Heaven & Hell, and discovered much more music. I got disillusioned with my gradually crumbling school which eventually shut down as my year left, but not before somehow buggering us all up thanks to sacking various teachers midway through my exams (THANKS, STILL BITTER. MRS HOLDEN 4EVA). My best friends were girls called Joanne and Helen. Joanne and I stay in touch but as we moved away Helen and I gradually lost touch but I really wish we hadn’t. She was ace. I worked at Index which I LOVED and everyone always laughs at me for being so enthusiastic about it, but seriously a billion times better than sucky Argos. I was also a lot more quiet and geeky at school. Someone recently commented they were glad I had ‘found myself’ which is a bit weird, but I guess true. This was caused probably by moving down away from the Northwest to the Midlands for uni but didn’t really get to grips with it and found the change hard. The only thing that really kept me going was joining the student radio station and trying to infiltrate the social group there. Of course, doing student radio would go on to give me the most fun ever, some of my best friends (even if some, sadly, only for a short time), a love of all types of music and my career.
These are the songs that define that year to me. There’s quite an obvious split between songs from the Blackpool clubbing experience, and uni tunes.
Listen to them on spotify or see the list after the jump: