2000 Modern Rock 500

WOXY

The most important songs in Modern Rock, as determined by WOXY staff in 2000.

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1 Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
2 REM - Radio Free Europe
3 Smiths - How Soon is Now
4 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
5 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
6 Cure - Just Like Heaven
7 Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
8 U2 - New Years Day
9 Pearl Jam - Alive
10 Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
11 Police - Roxanne
12 Beck - Loser
13 Janes Addiction - Jane Says
14 Green Day - Longview
15 Smashing Pumpkins - Today
16 XTC - Dear God
17 REM - Its the End of the World
18 Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
19 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
20 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
21 B52s - Rock Lobster
22 Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll
23 U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
24 Dead Milkmen - Bitchin Camaro
25 Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
26 Cracker - Teen Angst
27 Breeders - Cannonball
28 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
29 Oingo Boingo - Dead Mans Party
30 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
31 Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
32 Clash - Rock the Casbah
33 Elvis Costello - Alison
34 Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
35 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
36 Replacements - Alex Chilton
37 Depeche Mode - Route 66
38 Radiohead - Creep
39 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
40 Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
41 Modern English - I Melt With You
42 REM - Losing My Religion
43 Afghan Whigs - Rebirth of the Cool
44 Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
45 Cure - Boys Dont Cry
46 Royal Crescent Mob - Get on the Bus
47 Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
48 Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman
49 Offspring - Come Out and Play
50 Boomtown Rats - I Dont Like Mondays
51 Beck - Where Its At
52 Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All
53 Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
54 Depeche Mode - People are People
55 Elvis Costello - Whats So Funny Bout
56 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
57 Pearl Jam - Even Flow
58 Squeeze - Tempted
59 Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
60 Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
61 Gary Numan - Cars
62 Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
63 Vapors - Turning Japanese
64 Bauhaus - Bela Lugosis Dead
65 REM - Orange Crush
66 Television - Marquee Moon
67 Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
68 Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
69 Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On
70 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
71 Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
72 Counting Crows - Mr Jones
73 Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
74 Cake - Distance
75 Dave Matthews Band - What Would You Say
76 Pretenders - Brass in Pocket
77 Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
78 Nirvana - Come As You Are
79 Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
80 U2 - One
81 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
82 Bob Marley - Jamming
83 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust
84 Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
85 Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
86 Porno For Pyros - Pets
87 Soft Cell - Tainted Love
88 Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
89 Romeo Void - Never Say Never
90 Public Image Limited - Rise
91 Blur - Song 2
92 David Bowie - Changes
93 Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
94 Killing Joke - Eighties
95 Faith No More - Epic
96 Cracker - Low
97 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
98 Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
99 Clash - Train in Vain
100 Godfathers - Birth School Work Death
101 Concrete Blonde - Joey
102 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
103 Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With
104 Blind Melon - No Rain
105 Oasis - Wonderwall
106 Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
107 New Order - True Faith
108 Blondie - Call Me
109 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
110 Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
111 U2 - Pride In the Name of Love
112 Lo Fidelity Allstars - Battle Flag
113 Everclear - Santa Monica
114 James - Laid
115 Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
116 Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon
117 Semisonic - Closing Time
118 Sarah McLachlan - Building a Mystery
119 Dramarama - Anything Anything
120 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
121 Garbage - I Think Im Paranoid
122 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
123 They Might Be Giants - Dont Lets Start
124 Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
125 Devo - I Cant Get No Satisfaction
126 English Beat - Save it for Later
127 Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
128 Replacements - I Will Dare
129 Social Distortion - Ball and Chain
130 Clash - London Calling
131 Pretenders - Message of Love
132 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
133 G Love and Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns
134 Police - Dont Stand So Close to Me
135 Charlatans UK - Only One I Know
136 Ben Folds Five - Underground
137 Tears For Fears - Shout
138 Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
139 XRay Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours
140 Live - I Alone
141 Alarm - Strength
142 Love and Rockets - So Alive
143 B52s - Private Idaho
144 Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
145 Howlin Maggie - Alcohol
146 Pavement - Cut Your Hair
147 Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
148 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
149 Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
150 REM - One I Love
151 Depeche Mode - Strangelove
152 Tones on Tail - Go Club Mix
153 Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
154 Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
155 Luscious Jackson - Ladyfingers
156 Bjork - Human Behaviour
157 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
158 The - This is the Day
159 XTC - Mayor of Simpleton
160 Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
161 PJ Harvey - Down By the Water
162 Pearl Jam - Daughter
163 REM - Superman
164 Echo and The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
165 Fatboy Slim - Rockafeller Skank
166 Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
167 Peter Gabriel - Red Rain
168 Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
169 Sugarcubes - Birthday
170 Trio - Da Da Da
171 Sinead OConnor - Mandinka
172 Blink 182 - Whats My Age Again
173 Jam - Thats Entertainment
174 Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
175 Stone Roses - I Wanna be Adored
176 Blondie - Rapture
177 Jonathan Richman Modern Lovers - Dodge Veg O Matic
178 Cure - In Between Days
179 Robyn Hitchcock - Balloon Man
180 Liz Phair - Supernova
181 Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
182 Adrian Belew - Oh Daddy
183 Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
184 Church - Under the Milky Way
185 Split Enz - I Got You
186 Cake - Never There
187 Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
188 XTC - Making Plans for Nigel
189 Devo - Whip It
190 Foo Fighters - Ill Stick Around
191 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
192 U2 - Gloria
193 Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want
194 REM - Stand
195 English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
196 Dinosaur Jr - Start Choppin
197 Cure - Close to Me
198 Butthole Surfers - Pepper
199 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
200 Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine
201 Oasis - Supersonic
202 Guided By Voices - My Valuable Hunting Knife
203 Roxy Music - Love is the Drug
204 Love and Rockets - No New Tale to Tell
205 Replacements - Ill Be You
206 Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
207 Material Issue - Valerie Loves Me
208 Folk Implosion - Natural One
209 Crowded House - Dont Dream Its Over
210 Jam - Town Called Malice
211 U2 - I Will Follow
212 The - Infected
213 XTC - Senses Working Overtime
214 Dada - Dizz Knee Land
215 Talking Heads - And She Was
216 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
217 L7 - Pretend Were Dead
218 Afghan Whigs - Debonair
219 Suzanne Vega - Luka
220 Time Zone - World Destruction
221 Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
222 Everclear - I Will Buy You a New Life
223 REM - Whats the Frequency Kenneth
224 Patti Smith - Gloria
225 Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
226 Squeeze - Pulling Mussels from the Shell
227 Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
228 Juliana Hatfield - My Sister
229 U2 - With or Without You
230 Soul Coughing - Circles
231 Tori Amos - God
232 Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
233 Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
234 Lemonheads - Its a Shame About Ray
235 311 - Down
236 They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
237 Belly - Feed the Tree
238 X - 4th of July
239 Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
240 Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey
241 Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
242 Police - Message in a Bottle
243 DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner
244 Shriekback - Nemesis
245 Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Impression That I Get
246 Call - Walls Came Down
247 Lush - Ladykillers
248 Echo and The Bunnymen - Killing Moon
249 Sugar - If I Cant Change Your Mind
250 Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
251 Offspring - Gotta Get Away
252 Flaming Lips - She Dont Use Jelly
253 Morrissey - Tomorrow
254 Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin Beats
255 Pretenders - My City Was Gone
256 Blondie - Heart of Glass
257 Urge Overkill - Sister Havana
258 311 - Come Original
259 David Bowie - Lets Dance
260 Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
261 Ass Ponys - Little Bastard
262 Las - There She Goes
263 Veruca Salt - Seether
264 REM - Pretty Persuasion
265 Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want
266 Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth
267 Cranberries - Zombie
268 Soundgarden - Spoonman
269 Psychodots - Moaner
270 Living Colour - Cult of Personality
271 Happy Mondays - Step On
272 Sublime - What I Got
273 The - Uncertain Smile
274 Sheryl Crow - Leaving Las Vegas
275 Soul Asylum - Somebody to Shove
276 INXS - What You Need
277 Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
278 Primus - Jerry was a Race Car Driver
279 REM - Cant Get There from Here
280 Wilco - Monday
281 MC900FT Jesus - City Sleeps
282 Grant Lee Buffalo - Mockingbirds
283 Smashing Pumpkins - Siva
284 Live - Pain Lies on the Riverside
285 Primus - Tommy the Cat
286 Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
287 Hole - Doll Parts
288 Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
289 Fishbone - Party at Ground Zero
290 Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me
291 Clash - Lost in the Supermarket
292 Urban Dance Squad - Deeper Shade of Soul
293 Ramones - Do You Remember Rock N Roll
294 Cardigans - Lovefool
295 Cure - Why Cant I Be You
296 Wallflowers - One Headlight
297 Elliott Smith - Miss Misery
298 B52s - Love Shack
299 Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
300 Violent Femmes - American Music
301 Squeeze - Cool for Cats
302 Cibo Matto - Sci Fi Wasabi
303 Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
304 Dramarama - Havent Got a Clue
305 Garbage - Only Happy When it Rains
306 Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed
307 Pretenders - Middle of the Road
308 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule The
309 Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless
310 Prodigy - Fire Starter
311 REM - Dont Go Back to Rockville
312 Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
313 Meat Puppets - Backwater
314 Talk Talk - Its My Life
315 Cranberries - Dreams
316 Elastica - Connection
317 Billy Idol - White Wedding
318 Alice in Chains - Would
319 Presidents of the United States of America - Lump
320 Too Much Joy - Crush Story
321 Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
322 Duran Duran - Girls on Film
323 Billy Bragg - Sexuality
324 Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
325 U2 - Mysterious Ways
326 Toad the Wet Sprocket - Hold Her Down
327 Reverend Horton Heat - Its Martini Time
328 Robyn Hitchcock - My Wife and My Dead Wife
329 Rancid - Time Bomb
330 Fatboy Slim - Praise You
331 Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd
332 Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic
333 Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
334 Bob Mould - Sunspots Wishing Well
335 Missing Persons - Words
336 Son Volt - Drown
337 GoGos - Our Lips are Sealed
338 Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
339 Moby - Bodyrock
340 Marshall Crenshaw - Someday Someway
341 Ministry - Stigmata
342 Smiths - Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now
343 Yaz - Situation
344 Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less
345 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
346 REM - Driver 8
347 Tori Amos - Crucify
348 Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
349 Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA
350 Barenaked Ladies - Be My Yoko Ono
351 Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
352 BT - Dreaming
353 Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
354 Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards
355 Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose
356 Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
357 Peter Gabriel - Biko
358 Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
359 Firehose - Flyin the Flannel
360 Barenaked Ladies - One Week
361 INXS - Dont Change
362 Soul Coughing - Is Chicago Is Not Chicago
363 Wilco - Outtasite Outta Mind
364 Eurythmics - Would I Lie to You
365 U2 - Bad Live
366 Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away
367 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek a Boo
368 B52s - Planet Claire
369 Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
370 Smithereens - A Girl Like You
371 Stereo MCs - Connected
372 Bob Mould - See a Little Light
373 Depeche Mode - Just Cant Get Enough
374 Cake - Rock N Roll Lifestyle
375 Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
376 Massive Attack - Safe from Harm
377 Sinead OConnor - I Want Your Hands on Me
378 Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself
379 Weezer - Buddy Holly
380 Art of Noise - Close to the Edit
381 Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
382 Portishead - Sour Times
383 Over The Rhine - How Does It Feel
384 Waterboys - Fishermans Blues
385 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
386 David Bowie - Modern Love
387 Cult - Love Removal Machine
388 Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion
389 Wilco - Cant Stand It
390 Goldfinger - Here in Your Bedroom
391 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
392 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
393 Icicle Works - Whisper to a Scream
394 Ben Harper - Burn to Shine
395 Big Country - In a Big Country
396 Midnight Oil - Power and the Passion
397 DBs - A Spy in the House of Love
398 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
399 Berlin - Sex Im a
400 Replacements - Here Comes a Regular
401 Concrete Blonde - God is a Bullet
402 Fiona Apple - Shadowboxer
403 Blues Traveler - RunAround
404 Tears For Fears - Change
405 Police - Synchronicity II
406 Spacehog - In the Meantime
407 Smithereens - Blood and Roses
408 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Sex On Wheels
409 Everclear - Everything to Everyone
410 Sonic Youth - 100
411 Housemartins - Happy Hour
412 Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching
413 Chemical Brothers - Out of Control
414 Garbage - Queer
415 Sundays - Heres Where the Story Ends
416 Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
417 Stranglers - Always the Sun
418 New Order - Love Vigilantes
419 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
420 Supergrass - Moving
421 Erasure - A Little Respect
422 Peter Gabriel - Big Time
423 Madness - Our House
424 Jesus Jones - Right Here Right Now
425 Ben Folds Five - Brick
426 Timbuk 3 - Futures So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
427 Joe Jackson - Im the Man
428 Sheryl Crow - My Favorite Mistake
429 Guadalcanal Diary - Litany Life Goes On
430 Depeche Mode - Walking in My Shoes
431 Soup Dragons - Im Free
432 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
433 Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
434 Billy Bragg and Wilco - California Stars
435 Adam and The Ants - Stand and Deliver
436 Connells - Stone Cold Yesterday
437 Toad the Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean
438 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me
439 Goo Goo Dolls - We Are the Normal
440 Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This
441 Sinead OConnor - Last Day of Our Acquaintance
442 Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money
443 Sponge - Plowed
444 Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Elvis is Everywhere
445 Simple Minds - Dont You Forget About Me
446 Enigma - Sadeness
447 World Party - Ship of Fools
448 Pixies - Gigantic
449 Royal Crescent Mob - Happy at Home
450 Machines of Loving Grace - Butterfly Wings
451 Farm - Groovy Train
452 Basement Jaxx - Rendez Vu
453 Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
454 Splashdown - Ironspy
455 Alice in Chains - No Excuses
456 Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
457 Clash - Police and Thieves
458 Ultravox - Vienna
459 Police - So Lonely
460 Tripping Daisy - I Got a Girl
461 Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
462 Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child Wild One
463 10000 Maniacs - Whats the Matter Here
464 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
465 Judybats - Being Simple
466 INXS - Need You Tonight Mediate
467 Leona Naess - Charm Attack
468 Bears - Fear is Never Boring
469 Seal - Crazy
470 Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
471 EMF - Unbelievable
472 Psychodots - Big Love Now
473 Hothouse Flowers - Dont Go
474 Tom Waits - Hold On
475 Blur - Theres No Other Way
476 Trip Shakespeare - Slacks
477 Electronic - Getting Away With It
478 Pogues - Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
479 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
480 No Doubt - Just a Girl
481 Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men
482 Meryn Cadell - Sweater
483 Iggy Pop - China Girl
484 Los Lobos - Will the Wolf Survive
485 They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
486 New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
487 Cornershop - Brimful of Asha
488 Nirvana - Lithium
489 Propellerheads - History Repeating
490 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
491 Sarah McLachlan - Into the Fire
492 Live - Dolphins Cry
493 Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
494 Morcheeba - Trigger Hippie
495 Sebadoh - Skull
496 Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
497 Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were the Last
498 Superdrag - Sucked Out
499 Tragically Hip - Courage
500 Blur - Girlsand Boys
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Note the station did not broadcast a Modern Rock 500 in 2004.

Credit to WOXY listener Craig Froehle for providing the underlying source materials for these yearly lists.

Combinations

Here is one massive combined countdown with all songs from every year of the countdown, ranked by average position (1394 songs in all).