Top Ten Songs of the 2000s that Still Get a Lot of Airplay on Austrian Radio Stations in the 2010s

Martin_Canine
Most well known Austrian radio stations (Ö3, Radio Arabella, 88.6,...) offer a mix of classic songs of the last 50 years (with the most prominently featured decade being the ever popular 80s), and the most recent chart hits. I have no idea if this is also the case for the US, but I am sure the selection of songs will be different. The stations appear to have a massive playlist in shuffle mode that contains a handful of songs per year that are especially popular, and of course it's these songs that the public then associates with the decade.

In a way, these tracks are what we regard as the classic songs of the 2000s, the everlasting hits of that era.

The Top Ten

1 Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera's magnificent, breathtakingly sung self empowerment anthem is what guarantees her a spot in music history, at least to Austrians. The song is her most popular one over here, and even 15 years after its release, it is played as excessively as the recent number one hit. - Martin_Canine

2 I Belong to You (Il ritmo della passione) - Anastacia & Eros Ramazzotti

Anastacia, the American singer-songwriter who somehow managed to be a multi-platinum winning megastar while remaining unknown in her home country, and famous Italian crooner Eros Ramazzotti, released this beautiful bilingual love song in 2005, with it topping the German charts in the next year (it peaked at number 2 in Austria).
It's only one of a few Anastacia songs to have become decade defining hits since then, but it is one of her absolute signature tunes. - Martin_Canine

3 Supreme - Robbie Williams
4 From Sarah With Love - Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor is arguably Germany's biggest singing star, the one that has always been said to be able to keep up with international standards. "From Sarah With Love" was not only her first number one hit back in 2001, it also was her breakthrough, it first showed what her voice was capable of, and it is still adored by many Austrian radio listeners on an almost daily basis. - Martin_Canine

5 Feel - Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is one of the most acclaimed, successful and popular musicians of his generation, I'd even go so far to say he has at least the status Justin Timberlake has in the US, both having started as a member of a boy band but then had even more successful solo careers that were also taken seriously in music circles (he's not just a pop star, he is praised as a great artist). I think every album by him spreaded at least one hit song that is still remembered, and "Feel" is among the absolute most played. - Martin_Canine

6 All Good Things (Come to an End) - Nelly Furtado
7 Advertising Space - Robbie Williams

Right now, both this and Harry Styles' "Sign of the Times" get much airplay ("Space" being one of Williams' best known and most popular songs and "Times" being a current hit, which hopefully turns into a classic), and I still confuse the songs before the singing begins. - Martin_Canine

8 Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield
9 Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

I learned on TTT that "Rehab" was Amy Winehouse's big hit in the US. I don't think many Austrians remember it to the extent they remember her second album's title track. It was the most successful single off her worldwide blockbuster over here, and especially after her death, it became her signature song that is constantly played. - Martin_Canine

10 So soll es bleiben - Ich + Ich

Ich + Ich were one of Germany's big wonders of the decade. The unlikely duo consisted of 80s new wave punk icon Annette Humpe (whose band Ideal is often listed among the top 5 greatest German bands of all time in the German music press) and the much younger singer-songwriter Adel Tawil, who was the member of a short lived boy band called The Boyz, and was more neo soul inspired and rather unknown at that time (he made a massive solo career afterwards, though). Together they crafted songs of a magnificent beauty, and with wonderfully poetic, introspective wordings that touched many people of all ages and genders. They recorded three albums together, all of which were a big success and spawned hits. "So soll es bleiben", off their 2007 sophomore record "Vom selben Stern", arguably gets the most retrospective attention. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit

The funny thing is, this 2003 cover of The Who's classic song is by far the most successful song of Limp Bizkit in German speaking countries. It's not only their signature song, it's almost eponymous. It also gets a lot more airplay on Austrian radio than the original version (NOTE: The Who's 60s and 70's rock is much more their style than the hard nu metal of Limp Bizkit). And yet, it wasn't even a hit in the US, where Limp Bizkit had more hits and were more successful, only peaking at number 71 (as opposed to number 3 in Austria). The song, which also alters the original version, kind of revived Limp Bizkit's career over here, and maybe the song's popularity us the reason why they aren't harshly criticized over here (really, if this cover was your major impression of Limp Bizkit, would you hate them? ), and why their last album still managed to hit number one in Germany and number 2 in Austria and Switzerland while not being as successful in the US. - Martin_Canine

12 I'm Outta Love - Anastacia
13 Mr Rock & Roll - Amy MacDonald

Whenever a radio is turned on in a shop, the hair stylist's, the grocery store, or whatever place you have a longer stay in, be sure to hear this 2007 song. But it's okay, because it's Amy MacDonald, the Scottish songwriting talent who has everything that Taylor Swift was originally praised for but that I never saw in her as much as I saw it in Amy. MacDonald's song feel alive, uplifting and honest, and I am glad to say that the right artist brought it to fame. - Martin_Canine

14 Poker Face - Lady Gaga

Needless to say, Lady Gags made a massive international career and of course, "Poker Face" was just as much a number one hit over here as it was in the US. More importantly, it was her first chart topper and established her as the big superstar she would continue to be. Of course, it's also her signature song. - Martin_Canine

Iconic. This makes me happy - Worksponge

15 Little Wonders - Rob Thomas

I have absolutely no idea how this got to be such a classic. Rob Thomas is entirely unknown over here. None of his other songs were hits, none of his albums were at least somewhat successful, and even the movie "Meet the Robinsons", of which this is the title song of, was that much of a blockbuster over here. I am surprised to see "Little Wonders" only peaked at number 13 in 2007. By the amount of airplay it still gets I would have assumed at least a top 5 hit. But I guess it just somehow stuck in people's hearts more than other, more successful songs. - Martin_Canine

16 Say It Right - Nelly Furtado

"Say It Right" was a massive success back in 2007, and made Nelly Furtado, who was kind of obscure until then, to the foremost pop star of the moment. The song remained a modern day classic that is played a lot on radio, and also helped her previously released songs to get more attention. - Martin_Canine

17 Powerless (Say What You Want) - Nelly Furtado
18 I'm Like a Bird - Nelly Furtado
19 Sweet About Me - Gabriella Cilmi

The Australian singer-songwriter was a one hit wonder in 2008, her single hitting number 2 in the main three German speaking countries. It was released during a craze around Amy Winehouse, the same which helped Duffy to have her share of fame. Actually, I wouldn't have thought that the song would stick around, as it clearly jumped on a hype bandwagon, but it actually still gets as much airplay as "Back to Black", and more than any other song by the original Amy Winehouse. Although I'm sure many people believe don't even know it's not by her. - Martin_Canine

20 Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
21 Halo - Beyoncé

If it wasn't for the excessive use of "Crazy in Love" in movie soundtracks, the wonderful ballad "Halo" would be the song Beyoncé was most remembered for over here if she decides to quit one day. It is by far the song that is heard most often nowadays, and it was a lot more successful than "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)", which was her big hit off that 2008 album in the US. - Martin_Canine

22 Because of You - Kelly Clarkson

The powerful anthem "Because of You" is one of the most popular and best known pop ballads of the decade. With a powerful composition and a great, intense vocal performance, the track remained Clarkson's signature song. - Martin_Canine

23 Rockstar - Nickelback

As I often said, Nickelback don't have a negative reputation over here, and so it's only natural that their most popular songs are still positively remembered. Although the view on which songs are their most popular may vary from country to country, judging by the differing chart positions. - Martin_Canine

24 Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback
25 Whenever Wherever - Shakira

There was a period where it seemed as if everything Shakira touches becomes a smash hit, starting off with her first number one hit "Whenever Wherever", followed by numerous songs in the top 5, or at least in the top 10. The only song to get more airplay than her breakthrough song is the multi-platinum certified "Waka Waka", but that song is from 2010 and therefore does not qualify for the list. - Martin_Canine

26 1973 - James Blunt
27 Ayo Technology - Milow

The indie pop cover of 50 Cent's hip hop jam by the Belgian singer became a big hit in 2008, and is much more popular than the original version - which also was a hit, but was largely forgotten in the meantime, while this still continues to be played. - Martin_Canine

28 Fireflies - Owl City

Another one hit wonder whose sole hit will be remembered in the decades to come but who never delivered anything remotely as successful. Actually, thinking about it, about half of the songs on the radio are one hit wonders. - Martin_Canine

29 Just Like a Pill - P!NK
30 U + Ur Hand - P!nk
31 Valerie - Amy Winehouse
32 White Flag - Dido
33 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
34 21 Guns - Green Day
35 All the Right Moves - Onerepublic

Although their 2006 number one hit "Apologize" was a lot more successful than this 2009 song that only peaked at number 9, it is this track that still gets all the attention and will probably remain their signature song for future generations. - Martin_Canine

36 Clocks - Coldplay
37 Fairytale Gone Bad - Sunrise Avenue
38 Perfekte Welle - Juli
39 Nur Ein Wort - Wir Sind Helden
40 Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
41 One Day in Your Life - Anastacia
42 Run - Leona Lewis
43 Hung Up - Madonna
44 Heavy Cross - Gossip
45 Mercy - Duffy
46 Apologize - Onerepublic
47 All Summer Long - Kid Rock
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