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The Greatest Song Of The 00’s: What Should It Have Been?

If you tuned in to our five-day 100 Greatest Songs of the 00’s countdown last week, you already know that pre-preggers Beyonc? took home the #1 spot with hubby-featured smash, “Crazy In Love.” Good for them, right? The collabo is over eight years old, and still carries with it a sense of sonic recognition that might one day be categorized as “timeless.”

If you ask our countdown’s pundits, however, there is a wide range of respectfully-dissenting opinions on what video should have been #1. Tim and Damian from OK Go suggested that Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” should have earned the coveted slot, our former colleague Rich Juzwiak was vying for Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” and a number of other commentators from the show made arguments for OutKast, Kelly Clarkson, and Eminem.

If you could have your way with our list’s top 10 songs, which one would you have crowned ?The Greatest of the 00’s? Take our poll and leave us your thoughts in the comments section. Don’t worry, we’re thick-skinned!


Michael Forever Tribute Succeeds Despite Setbacks

Over forty thousand mostly British Michael Jackson fans gathered in Cardiff for this weekend’s Michael Forever tribute concert. Despite criticisms from Jackson’s estate and some of his family (including sister Janet) that the timing, coinciding with the ongoing manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, was disrespectful, the concert went on as planned, and drew no shortage of Jackson devotees. Furthermore, cancellations by American pop stars?including Black Eyed Peas (thanks to “unavoidable circumstances”), Jennifer Hudson (“major production issues”), and Chris Brown (whose visa was denied thanks to a memorable 2009 assault charge on his criminal record)?had little effect on the enthusiasm of fans more excited to see British pop stars like JLS, who performed “Blame It On The Boogie” with the Jacksons present:

A taped Beyoncé performance introduced by Jackson’s three children and a great rendition of “Dirty Diana” by Christina Aguilera (who, The Fab Life notes, was not exactly looking her best) were the best-received of the performances by American artists who did come through for the show.

Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Ne-Yo Defy Naysayers at Michael Jackson Tribute Concert [Rolling Stone]

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Foster The People Welcome Kenny G(!) On Saturday Night Live

Foster The People continued their banner year with an appearance on Saturday Night Live, where they performed (what else?) “Pumped Up Kicks.” But for their second song of the night they welcomed a surprising guest?Kenny G, who has officially gotten more notice at VH1 this year, between this performance and his appearance in Katy Perry’s Song Of The Summer video “Last Friday Night,” than any since VH1 was born in 1985. The controversial smooth-jazz titan added a soprano-sax solo to “Houdini.”

The collaboration was not as out-of-left-field as it may have seemed; the band has talked on multiple occasions about collaborating with the saxophonist (who also appeared in an Audi ad this year as a “riot suppressor”). The tipping point may have been a short interview with MTV Hive, during which a reiteration of what seemed like a running joke became a reflection on Kenny G’s talents. “I watched that guy hold a note for like ten minutes,” Mark Foster quipped, exaggerating but not entirely joking. Finally, on Saturday, the moment arrived. For a somewhat different (albeit Kenny G-free) take on “Houdini,” check the band’s You Oughta Know Live performance of the track after the jump.
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And The Greatest Song Of The ’00s Is…

All week, VH1 has been rolling out the 100 Greatest Songs of The ’00s and tonight we finally made it to number one which is…(drumroll)…Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”! We’ve always maintained that this song is like a party?(and we’re all invited) so we think its place at #1 is well-deserved, but we want to know if you agree. Our distinguished panel certainly does — they can’t help but booty pop in their seats just talking about it.? Mob Wives star Drita D’avanzo puts it best though, when she says, “Beyonce and Jay-Z is like peanut butter and jelly, and you just want it.” After the jump,?check out the full list of the top 100 songs from the ’00s, and then make your way to the comments section to let us know if Beyonce is the best choice to sit at the top of our list.

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The 100 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s: The Top 40

VH1’s The Greatest continues its weeklong countdown of The 100 Greatest Songs of the ’00s tonight with entries 40-21. Plain White T’s, comedian Godfrey, and others weighed in on why “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys deserves to be at #22. “She was, like, in a class by herself,” Basketball Wives star Tami Roman says. “She was rocking the fedora and the bandana and the cornrows, and it was just so, like, ‘I’m feeling you right now,’ you know?” Comedian Dean Edwards phrases it a little differently: “[She] was like O.D.B., you know what I mean? But, you know, a little cuter.” After the jump, check out #40-21 from tonight’s episode, as well as #20-1 from tomorrow’s episode (at 10 p.m. ET/PT). Or check out the complete list, where a spirited debate is already taking place in the comments: The 100 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s [COMPLETE LIST].
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Beyoncé’s “Countdown” Is Destined For Our (Top 20) Countdown

What’s better than a new video with Beyoncé? If you answered “a new video with multiple Beyoncés,” you’re going to love “Countdown”! The single is a standout from 4?not just a refreshingly uptempo jam among ballads, but a darn good one?and director Adria Petty certainly does the song justice with this clip. Petty combines intentionally stilted choreography with multiple frames and multiple exposures (and, yes, multiple Beyoncés) to create a sort of “Flashdance” by way of “Rockit” spectacle. Alternately, think of it as a Gap ad made by Mondrian, and starring robots. Words don’t do this video justice.
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MTV News Talks R&B And New Jack Swing With X Factor‘s L.A. Reid And Simon Cowell

We have to applaud our MTV News colleague Jim Cantiello for the “Burning Questions” segment of his interview with X Factor judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell—mainly because he found a way to talk about unsung jams, and we love jams. First: did you know that X Factor contestant Stacy Francis was once Stacy X of early-nineties new jack swing quartet Ex Girlfriend? Neither Reid nor Cowell did. (Nor had we!) Cantiello did, though, and cited an Isley Brothers remix as a particular favorite. It turns out that Ex Girlfriend were launched by Full Force, whom we remember for their work with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, but whom you might remember for their scene-stealing moments in House Party, or their colorful videos.

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Tuned In: J. Cole Celebrates With a Kimmel “Work Out”

It’s sort of astonishing to realize that J. Cole made his network television debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Television appearances aren’t essential to record sales, exactly, but they’re certainly part of a promotional cycle, and Cole’s appearance came a week after his record debuted?and four months after “Work Out,” the single he performed, hit radio.

Of course, when you sell over 200,000 copies of your debut, hitting #1 in a week that saw five other top ten debuts (including new releases from Blink-182 and Wilco) and reissues of two evergreen best-sellers (Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon and Nirvana’s Nevermind), maybe a television performance is an afterthought. The sideline story is quickly being retconned into anything but, as scores of observers swallow comparisons to Memphis Bleek. Meanwhile, the crowd at Kimmel ate up his performance. It has to be good to be J. Cole right now.

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Steve Jobs: The Post-Modern Music-Industry Pioneer

Last night, eulogies for Steve Jobs flooded all sorts of social media platforms (in many cases powered, as was often observed, by devices Jobs himself spearheaded). These goodbye wishes were frequently interspersed with Occupy Wall Street updates, with no sense of inherent irony. That sort of contradiction is part of what makes Steve Jobs unique and much-loved. Jobs is a quintessential American in the old style—a modernist entrepreneur in a post-modern era. Popular opinion may have turned against those who turn money into more money, but Americans will always love those whose fortune is made in production.

The legacy of Steve Jobs since his return to Apple in 1996 has been as the most influential music-industry executive, despite not working in the music industry. To an extent, Jobs’s eulogies were already written in August when he resigned from his post at Apple. For our part, we keep returning to Kelefa Sanneh’s New Yorker profile. With the rise of high-speed internet and digital music, the music industry was in a panic, having lost control of all but the earliest stages of music distribution. The innovation of the iPod was to adapt a music-playback device to the internet era, and use that as a springboard into the music-distribution business. Apple gave the music industry a shot in the arm, and yet a decade later, it’s still not clear to what extent that industry will recover. The tech industry, on the other hand, is still booming.

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R.I.P. Steve Jobs: VH1 Celebs React To Apple Founder’s Death

The world lost a truly creative and brilliant mind yesterday when it was announced that Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. Though Jobs was not a traditional celebrity, he certainly had an impact on the lives of nearly everyone in recent years, and few people have not been changed by his creations and what he brought us. As a tribute, we wanted to share what some of our VH1 talent has been saying since the news of his passing was announced. R.I.P. Steve.

Basketball Wives star Shaunie O’Neal: RT @TheDailyLove: RIP Steve Jobs, we love you. Thank you for changing our world.

La La Vasquez: RIP Steve Jobs…praying for your family..thank YOU for all YOU’VE done to change our world and our way of thinking..

Jennifer Williams
: RIP Steve Jobs…. Very very sad! He changed the technology world, definitely an innovator!

Heidi Montag
: RT @RyanSeacrest “Have the courage to follow ur heart & intuition. They already know what u truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Mob WivesCarla Facciolo: RIP Steve Jobs.. Its a tragic loss for the technology world and the world in general :(

Dr. Drew: Steve Jobs made a difference in my life & the life of my family. RIP Our tribute from earlier tonight –

Basketball Wives L.A. star Imani Showalter: RT ieFXx bAd Boy 3 Apples that changed the world: the one that Eve ate, the one that fell on Newton’s head and the one that Steve built.RIP Steve Jobs

Siggy Flicker, star of Why Am I Still Single?: A great man who left this world too soon! A visionary and a brilliant mind.

And finally, Bret Michaels wrote a lengthier, moving statement on his MySpace page: First I must express my deepest condolences to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family and friends. He showed great strength and perseverance through his illness and continued to be an innovator all the while remaining positive while fighting his battle with cancer. I can only thank Steve for his innovation, inspiration and creativity while touching all of our lives in some way shape or form. Again my condolences. He will be missed.
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