2001 Modern Rock 500

WOXY

The most important songs in Modern Rock, as determined by WOXY staff in 2001.

Open in Spotify ❯
1 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
2 Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
3 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
4 Smiths - How Soon is Now
5 REM - Radio Free Europe
6 U2 - New Years Day
7 Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
8 Cure - Just Like Heaven
9 Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
10 Police - Roxanne
11 Pearl Jam - Alive
12 Beck - Loser
13 Janes Addiction - Jane Says
14 Green Day - Longview
15 Fugazi - Waiting Room
16 Smashing Pumpkins - Today
17 XTC - Dear God
18 REM - Its the End of the World
19 Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
20 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
21 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
22 B52s - Rock Lobster
23 Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll
24 U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
25 Dead Milkmen - Bitchin Camaro
26 Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
27 Cracker - Teen Angst
28 Breeders - Cannonball
29 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
30 Oingo Boingo - Dead Mans Party
31 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
32 Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
33 Clash - Rock the Casbah
34 Elvis Costello - Alison
35 Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
36 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
37 Replacements - Alex Chilton
38 Depeche Mode - Route 66
39 Radiohead - Creep
40 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
41 Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
42 Modern English - I Melt With You
43 REM - Losing My Religion
44 Afghan Whigs - Rebirth of the Cool
45 Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
46 Cure - Boys Dont Cry
47 Royal Crescent Mob - Get on the Bus
48 Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
49 Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole
50 Offspring - Come Out and Play
51 Boomtown Rats - I Dont Like Mondays
52 Beck - Where Its At
53 Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All
54 Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
55 Depeche Mode - People are People
56 Elvis Costello - Whats So Funny Bout
57 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
58 Pearl Jam - Even Flow
59 Squeeze - Tempted
60 Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
61 Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
62 Gary Numan - Cars
63 Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
64 Vapors - Turning Japanese
65 Bauhaus - Bela Lugosis Dead
66 REM - Orange Crush
67 Television - Marquee Moon
68 Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
69 Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
70 Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On
71 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
72 Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
73 Counting Crows - Mr Jones
74 Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
75 Cake - Distance
76 Dave Matthews Band - What Would You Say
77 Pretenders - Brass in Pocket
78 Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
79 Nirvana - Come As You Are
80 Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
81 U2 - One
82 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
83 Bob Marley - Jamming
84 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust
85 Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
86 Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
87 Porno For Pyros - Pets
88 Soft Cell - Tainted Love
89 Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
90 Romeo Void - Never Say Never
91 Public Image Limited - Rise
92 Blur - Song 2
93 David Bowie - Changes
94 Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
95 Killing Joke - Eighties
96 Faith No More - Epic
97 Cracker - Low
98 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
99 Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
100 Clash - Train in Vain
101 Godfathers - Birth School Work Death
102 Concrete Blonde - Joey
103 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
104 Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With
105 Blind Melon - No Rain
106 Oasis - Wonderwall
107 Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
108 New Order - True Faith
109 Blondie - Call Me
110 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
111 Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
112 U2 - Pride In the Name of Love
113 Lo Fidelity Allstars - Battle Flag
114 Everclear - Santa Monica
115 James - Laid
116 Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
117 Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon
118 Semisonic - Closing Time
119 Sarah McLachlan - Building a Mystery
120 Dramarama - Anything Anything
121 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
122 Garbage - I Think Im Paranoid
123 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
124 They Might Be Giants - Dont Lets Start
125 Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
126 Devo - I Cant Get No Satisfaction
127 English Beat - Save it for Later
128 Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
129 Replacements - I Will Dare
130 Social Distortion - Ball and Chain
131 Clash - London Calling
132 Pretenders - Message of Love
133 David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
134 G Love and Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns
135 Police - Dont Stand So Close to Me
136 Charlatans UK - Only One I Know
137 Ben Folds Five - Underground
138 Tears For Fears - Shout
139 Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
140 XRay Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours
141 Live - I Alone
142 Alarm - Strength
143 Love and Rockets - So Alive
144 B52s - Private Idaho
145 Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
146 Howlin Maggie - Alcohol
147 Pavement - Cut Your Hair
148 Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
149 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
150 Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
151 REM - One I Love
152 Depeche Mode - Strangelove
153 Tones on Tail - Go Club Mix
154 Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
155 Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
156 Luscious Jackson - Ladyfingers
157 Bjork - Human Behaviour
158 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
159 The - This is the Day
160 XTC - Mayor of Simpleton
161 Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
162 PJ Harvey - Down By the Water
163 Pearl Jam - Daughter
164 REM - Superman
165 Echo and The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
166 Fatboy Slim - Rockafeller Skank
167 Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
168 Travis - Driftwood
169 Peter Gabriel - Red Rain
170 Sugarcubes - Birthday
171 Trio - Da Da Da
172 Coldplay - Yellow
173 Sinead OConnor - Mandinka
174 Jam - Thats Entertainment
175 Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
176 Stone Roses - I Wanna be Adored
177 Blondie - Rapture
178 Jonathan Richman Modern Lovers - Dodge Veg O Matic
179 Cure - In Between Days
180 Robyn Hitchcock - Balloon Man
181 Liz Phair - Supernova
182 Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
183 Adrian Belew - Oh Daddy
184 Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
185 Church - Under the Milky Way
186 Split Enz - I Got You
187 Cake - Never There
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 Doves - Catch the Sun
202 Kent - Music Non Stop
203 Oasis - Supersonic
204 Guided By Voices - My Valuable Hunting Knife
205 Roxy Music - Love is the Drug
206 Love and Rockets - No New Tale to Tell
207 Replacements - Ill Be You
208 Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
209 Material Issue - Valerie Loves Me
210 Folk Implosion - Natural One
211 Crowded House - Dont Dream Its Over
212 Jam - Town Called Malice
213 U2 - I Will Follow
214 The - Infected
215 XTC - Senses Working Overtime
216 Dada - Dizz Knee Land
217 Talking Heads - And She Was
218 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
219 L7 - Pretend Were Dead
220 Afghan Whigs - Debonair
221 Suzanne Vega - Luka
222 Time Zone - World Destruction
223 Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
224 REM - Whats the Frequency Kenneth
225 Patti Smith - Gloria
226 Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
227 Squeeze - Pulling Mussels from the Shell
228 Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
229 Juliana Hatfield - My Sister
230 U2 - With or Without You
231 Soul Coughing - Circles
232 Tori Amos - God
233 Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
234 Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
235 Lemonheads - Its a Shame About Ray
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 Radiohead - Optimistic
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 Soul Asylum - Somebody to Shove
275 INXS - What You Need
276 Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
277 Primus - Jerry was a Race Car Driver
278 Ass Ponys - Swallow You Down
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 Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
299 B52s - Love Shack
300 Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
301 Violent Femmes - American Music
302 Squeeze - Cool for Cats
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 Elastica - Connection
316 Billy Idol - White Wedding
317 Alice in Chains - Would
318 Presidents of the United States of America - Lump
319 Too Much Joy - Crush Story
320 Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
321 Duran Duran - Girls on Film
322 Billy Bragg - Sexuality
323 Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
324 U2 - Mysterious Ways
325 Toad the Wet Sprocket - Hold Her Down
326 Reverend Horton Heat - Its Martini Time
327 Robyn Hitchcock - My Wife and My Dead Wife
328 Rancid - Ruby Soho
329 Fatboy Slim - Praise You
330 Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd
331 Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic
332 Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
333 Bob Mould - Sunspots Wishing Well
334 Missing Persons - Words
335 Son Volt - Drown
336 GoGos - Our Lips are Sealed
337 Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
338 Moby - Southside
339 Marshall Crenshaw - Someday Someway
340 Ministry - Stigmata
341 Smiths - Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now
342 Yaz - Situation
343 Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less
344 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
345 REM - Driver 8
346 Tori Amos - Crucify
347 Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
348 Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA
349 Barenaked Ladies - Be My Yoko Ono
350 Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
351 BT - Dreaming
352 Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
353 Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards
354 Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose
355 Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
356 Peter Gabriel - Biko
357 Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
358 Firehose - Flyin the Flannel
359 INXS - Dont Change
360 Soul Coughing - Is Chicago Is Not Chicago
361 Wilco - Outtasite Outta Mind
362 Papas Fritas - Way You Walk
363 Eurythmics - Would I Lie to You
364 U2 - Bad Live
365 Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away
366 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek a Boo
367 B52s - Planet Claire
368 Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
369 Smithereens - A Girl Like You
370 Stereo MCs - Connected
371 Bob Mould - See a Little Light
372 Depeche Mode - Just Cant Get Enough
373 Cake - Rock N Roll Lifestyle
374 U2 - Beautiful Day
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 Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes
400 Berlin - Sex Im a
401 Replacements - Here Comes a Regular
402 Concrete Blonde - God is a Bullet
403 Fiona Apple - Shadowboxer
404 Blues Traveler - RunAround
405 Cibo Matto - Sci Fi Wasabi
406 Tears For Fears - Change
407 Police - Synchronicity II
408 Spacehog - In the Meantime
409 Smithereens - Blood and Roses
410 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Sex On Wheels
411 Everclear - Everything to Everyone
412 Sonic Youth - 100
413 Housemartins - Happy Hour
414 Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching
415 Chemical Brothers - Out of Control
416 Garbage - Queer
417 Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
418 Stranglers - Always the Sun
419 New Order - Love Vigilantes
420 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
421 Supergrass - Moving
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 Tom Jones - Sex Bomb
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 Adam and The Ants - Stand and Deliver
435 Connells - Stone Cold Yesterday
436 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me
437 Goo Goo Dolls - We Are the Normal
438 Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This
439 Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money
440 Sponge - Plowed
441 Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Elvis is Everywhere
442 Simple Minds - Dont You Forget About Me
443 Enigma - Sadeness
444 World Party - Ship of Fools
445 Pixies - Gigantic
446 Royal Crescent Mob - Happy at Home
447 Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
448 Machines of Loving Grace - Butterfly Wings
449 Farm - Groovy Train
450 Basement Jaxx - Rendez Vu
451 Splashdown - Ironspy
452 Alice in Chains - No Excuses
453 Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
454 Eels - Mr Es Beautiful Blues
455 Clash - Police and Thieves
456 Ultravox - Vienna
457 Police - So Lonely
458 Tripping Daisy - I Got a Girl
459 Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child Wild One
460 Wheat - Dont I Hold You
461 10000 Maniacs - Whats the Matter Here
462 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
463 Judybats - Being Simple
464 INXS - Need You Tonight Mediate
465 Leona Naess - Charm Attack
466 Bears - Fear is Never Boring
467 Everclear - I Will Buy You a New Life
468 Seal - Crazy
469 Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
470 Psychodots - Big Love Now
471 Tom Waits - Hold On
472 Blur - Theres No Other Way
473 Trip Shakespeare - Slacks
474 Pogues - Fairytale of New York
475 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
476 Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman
477 Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men
478 Sleater Kinney - Youre No Rock N Roll Fun
479 Meryn Cadell - Sweater
480 Iggy Pop - China Girl
481 They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng
482 New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
483 Cornershop - Brimful of Asha
484 Nirvana - Lithium
485 Propellerheads - History Repeating
486 Blink 182 - Whats My Age Again
487 Live - Dolphins Cry
488 Morcheeba - Trigger Hippie
489 Sebadoh - Skull
490 Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
491 Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were the Last
492 Superdrag - Sucked Out
493 311 - Come Original
494 Tragically Hip - Courage
495 Blur - Girlsand Boys
496 Sundays - Heres Where the Story Ends
497 Front 242 - Headhunter
498 Posies - Dream All Day
499 Guadalcanal Diary - Vista
500 Disposable Heroes Hiphoprisy - Television Drug of a Nation
Other Modern Rock 500 countdowns by year

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).