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Vh1's Top 100 Songs of the '00s: Find the first 11 songs here! -- An EW Exclusive

Oh, those olden, golden aughties — they seem so long ago! Thankfully, VH1 is bringing it all back to us with the next installment of their ongoing 100 Greatest Songs series: the ’00s.

The channel’s five-night, one-hour-per-night special begins airing next Monday, October 3 at 10/9c. But in the meantime, we’ve got a sneak peek at the first 11 entries (that would be nos. 100-90) for you.

Also in our pocket: host Pete Wentz. The Fall Out Boy bassist and general aughties-fashion bellwether turned Black Cards frontman tells EW, “Being the host of this show is my way of preventing a mid-life crisis. I get to relive my twenties minus the eyeliner and flat iron. Win-win for everyone!”

Find — and fight over — the early entries after the jump, including two American Idols, five Pussycats, and (if the picture above didn’t give you your first clue) one very special Sisqo: READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell's five songs you shouldn't sing on 'X-Factor"

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When X Factor premieres on Wednesday, there are five songs that the show’s contestants would be very unwise to bring their first auditions, Simon Cowell told reporters on Tuesday.

The main offenders?

R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
Etta James’ “At Last” (“I’m allergic to that song,” he says.)
The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” (“Everybody seems to think ‘Unchained Melody’ is my favorite song of all time. It is not.”)
Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (“I cannot listen to that anymore.”)
John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (“They always try to sing it like [Legend’s] version. It’s never good.”)

We agree with Cowell, especially about “Unchained Melody,” a song that was originally written for an obscure prison movie and was revived, of course, for cinematic pottery sex.

And there are so many others to add! Take “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” especially the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version that no one except actual Hawaiians and strict adherents of the “barefoot lifestyle” should ever attempt. And then there’s the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” (No, we don’t.)

And please, don’t ruin Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” (after hearing Collins talk about that song in this incredibly moving This American Life episode, we don’t want anyone to touch it) or Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” (so many key changes, so little Whitney-worthy talent!), or any of the other picks in our gallery American Idol: 20 Songs We’d Ban From the Show Forever.

So, what would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

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The worst songs of the '90s named in new poll -- Do you agree?

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Okay, get ready to argue: Rolling Stone just released its reader poll for the Worst Songs of the Nineties.

Yes, there are plenty of obvious choices from the Department of Terrible Novelty Songs (Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” at No. 9, Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” at No.8,  Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” at No. 2) along with a few picks that we’d argue fall into the Actually Pretty Great If You’re Not Too Snobby To Admit It category (Hanson’s “MMMBop” at No. 6 and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” at No. 10)

But the thing that struck us most was that this list seems to be comprised only of people who aren’t American rocker dudes. Nearly half the groups have at least one female member (Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” ranks at No. 7), more than half come from somewhere outside the U.S. (including Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” at No. 1, and Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” at No. 5), and with the exception of “What’s Up,” there’s not a single rock-guitar-driven song on the list (it’s dominated by pop, though it’s also got a soft spot for rap, with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” at No. 4, and country, with Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” at No. 3.)

Compare that with Rolling Stone‘s readers poll for the Top Ten Albums of the Nineties, which included only white-dude rockers. Though high-ranking bands like Nirvana and Radiohead are certainly worthy white-dude rockers, there’s no trace of the era’s great hip hop albums (Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic Biggie’s Ready to Die), or now-classic albums made by women (Hole’s Live Through This, PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville).

In the sake of fairness, shouldn’t the Worst Songs of the Nineties feature a few more rock-guy bombs? What about Creed’s “Higher”? Green Jelly’s “Three Little Pigs”? Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie”?

Of course, there are also plenty of pop songs that should’ve been recognized. Personally, I’d nominate Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a blow-by-blow account of the longest, most boring conversation of all time. (And then I said… and then she said… and then I said…) Oh, and this song should be way up there.

What else do you think should be on the list?

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Spotify stalking: Everything I never wanted to know about my Facebook friends' taste in music

There are many, many good reasons to fall in love with Spotify. It’s user-friendly; it lets me share music on Facebook; it’s got that sleek, sexy lime-green-and-black getup that looks like iTunes in a little black dress.

But here’s the number-one reason I’ve become obsessed with this European social-media-meets-digital-music phenomenon ever since it landed in the US: It gives me access to the published Spotify playlists of my Facebook friends. All my friends’ music collections and listening habits are just waiting there, nakedly exposed in the public domain—and that can only mean one thing.

Yep. Bam: Spotify stalking. It’s like Facebook stalking—except more revealing, more voyeuristic, and so much more addictive. For the first time in internet history, we can check out pics of our childhood best friend’s beach honeymoon and nose around on her iTunes catalog for the other nine finalists that didn’t make the cut as her first-dance song. What’s not to love?! READ FULL STORY

What's your song of summer 2011? Tell us here


Ever since Memorial Day, LMFAO have been everywhere. They were djing the Video Music Awards. They were serenading every actor and supermodel on the CW network. They were so busy dominating Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Party Rock Anthem” that they managed to turn “party rock” into a noun, adjective, verb, and adverb.

So is it fair to say that “Party Rock Anthem” was the song of the summer? Hell party-rockin’ yes!

Or no, depending on your tolerance for that perpetually-psyched dancing robot guy. But whether or not you’re an LMFAO fan, there were many contenders for song of the summer in 2011.

Among the ubiquitous radio singles: Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight,” Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,”  Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (feat. Christina Aguilera), Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,”

The club tracks: Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That),” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” (feat Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes), Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Otis,” Big Sean’s “My Last” (feat. Chris Brown), Meek Mill’s “Imma Boss” (feat. Rick Ross), Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci,”

The slow-burners: Lil Wayne’s “How to Love,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (feat. Rick Ross & Drake), Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” Miguel’s “Sure Thing,” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me”

The shoulda-been hits (a.k.a. the stuff I’m adding to the list just because I love it): Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One,” Martin Solveig’s “Get Away From You,” Ida Maria’s “Cherry Red,” Wild Flag’s “Romance,” The Knux’s “Run” (feat Kid Cudi), Swizz Beatz’s “Everyday (I’m Coolin’)” Eleanor Friedberger’s “My Mistakes.”

What am I missing? Tell us your favorite songs of the summer in the comments below.

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Perry Farrell's favorite Lollapalooza memories: Lady Gaga dives, Pearl Jam flies, and Patti Smith frightens the children

Next weekend, Perry Farrell will once again take over Chicago’s massive Grant Park and welcome some of the biggest names in music, including Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters and My Morning Jacket, to Lollapalooza.

The long-running festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (the very first Lolla, in 1991, traveled across the country and featured Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes and Fishbone), and in honor of all those epic sets and crazy tales, here are Farrell’s five favorite Lollapalooza memories.

Ice-T & Body Count (1991)
“On the first Lollapalooza, Ice-T used to come out during the Jane’s set and we would perform [Sly Stone’s] ‘Don’t Call Me N—–, Whitey.’ It was always a real heavy experience. [To start] I would tell a ‘n—a’ joke to the audience and everybody would laugh, and as they’re laughing, out Ice-T would come from the shadow. He’d slip right behind me and he’d go ‘Don’t call me n—a, whitey!’ That’s how we’d get into it. Then we would end up doing a square dance together.”

Pearl Jam (1992)
“Pearl Jam played the second Lollapalooza. Eddie Vedder is just the consummate showman and gives you every last bit of sweat and blood and guts in his performances. I remember him jumping into the crowd off a speaker stack that was really high. I couldn’t actually believe he did it. The crowd carrying him away will stay in my memory as one of the moments when I knew that Lollapalooza was really an important component to modern music.” READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton names the Top 10 voices in country music. Do you agree?

Tonight on SiriusXM’s The Highway, channel 59, Blake Shelton—who’s currently atop the Billboard 200 album chart with the highest debut of his career—will host a special called “Blake Shelton’s Top Ten Voices in Country Music” at 6 p.m. ET.

You’ll have to wait till then to hear his countdown, but Sirius, which snapped this pic of him signing the autograph wall at its studio, did give us a sneak peek of his picks in alphabetical order: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West, Cee Lo Green top 2010 Pazz and Jop critics' poll

kanye-cee-loImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Landmark/PR PhotosRemember 2010? It seems so long ago now, but the year in music is never completely over until the Village Voice releases its annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. The venerable alt-weekly revealed the 2010 results last night, and you will be absolutely shocked to learn that after polling 708 music writers, the runaway winner in the albums category was Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Top honors in the singles category went to Cee Lo Green’s “F— You.” READ FULL STORY

Stars' favorite Beatles songs: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Lady Antebellum and many more reveal their picks for iTunes

BEATLESImage Credit: Popperfoto/Getty ImagesEveryone loves the Beatles — even postmillennial pop stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. iTunes recently asked those two and 30 other present-day artists, many of whom were born long after Abbey Road, to name their favorite Beatles tunes and explain why. The results, posted today on iTunes, are a cool window into Beatles fandom among today’s young and famous.

A few notable examples: Perry picked “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” an edgy choice that instantly raised her in my estimation. Bieber chose the slightly more predictable “Let It Be,” saying that it “has taught me to accept the hard times in my life.” Ke$ha is feeling “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (“It’s what pop music should be”). Coldplay collectively digs “Something,” because “just when you thought Lennon and McCartney couldn’t get any better, Harrison comes along and writes the best song of the lot.” Lady Antebellum feel that “Across the Universe” is “probably the most melodic Beatles song.” The Roots’ ?uestlove pays savvy tribute to “Lovely Rita.” The ladies and gentleman of Diddy-Dirty Money love “Yesterday,” though I am not 100% convinced that they didn’t just say that because their own new album includes an unrelated track also called “Yesterday.” Trey Songz raves about “If I Fell” (“The harmonies are craaaazy!!”). Those jokers in the Lonely Island give top honors to “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road,” calling it “a query, repeated 15-fold, that we like to imagine ended in a beautiful, albeit likely uncomfortable, act of love.” Indeed.

The whole list is well worth reading for insight into these stars’ and others’ favorite Beatles songs. Check it out at iTunes and let us know: Whose favorite Beatles song impressed you the most?

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What's the ultimate song of summer 2010? Vote in our official poll

summer-musicImage Credit: Robin Wong/PR Photos; Matt Sayles/AP Images; Robb D. Cohen/Retna Ltd; Jay Valena/Retna Ltd.Signs that summer is, alas, nearly over: back-to-school ads are running high; the humidity index is running low; sunset happens just a little earlier every evening. And of course, out on the road today, you saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

But that doesn’t mean this season’s soundtrack is all wrapped up—not, at least, until you all weigh in and vote for your own supreme, summer-owning jam. Only then can we can shut the door on beach vibes 2010, and start talking Halloween costumes. (Oh, the Snookis we’ll see!)

Late-game addition of Cee-Lo’s delightful f-bomb aside, the poll below primarily covers the songs considered the most commercially successful and sonically unavoidable of the last several months. We encourage you, though, to leave your own highly subjective choices in the comments section below.

To inspire-slash-provoke you, here are a few personal picks from EW’s own music staffers: Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope”; Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”; the Black Keys’ “Tighten Up”;  Big Boi’s “Shutterbug,” Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II”; Sky Ferreira’s “One”; Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”; Against Me’s “I Was a Teenage Anarchist”; and Gyptian’s urban-irie “Hold Yuh.”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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