250. Britney Spears — “Sometimes” — If pop songs had flavors, this one would taste like strawberries.
249. Tonic — “Head on Straight” — For some bizarre reason, I and the Grammy Awards voters were the only people who liked Tonic’s “Head on Straight” album. It consistently rocks, although oddly, there isn’t one song that stands out from the pack, so I’ll choose the title track as the default representative.
248. Black Eyed Peas — “My Humps” — It takes a certain brilliance to create a song this stupid, so I’m giving due credit.
247. Flickerstick — “Chloroform the One You Love” — Flickerstick are such romantics.
246. Franz Ferdinand — “Dark of the Matinee” — It goes through a lot of musical twists and turns, and you don’t want to get off the ride.
245. Rick Springfield — “I’ve Done Everything For You” — It gets right to the point: “I’ve done everything for you/ You’ve done nothing for me.”
244. The Killers — “Mr. Brightside” — Brandon Flowers’ imagination runs wild (but not in a good way) as he thinks about a girl he likes. And yet he looks on the bright side. A classic example of the music and lyrics being out of sync in an intriguing way.
243. Stereophonics — “Have a Nice Day” — The Stereophonics are my all-time favorite band that sounds like the Goo Goo Dolls. Including the Goo Goo Dolls.
242. Guided By Voices — “The Brides Have Hit Glass” — GBV seemed like it made catchy-on-the-first-listen pop tunes without really trying. And yet sometimes there was a little extra depth there.
241. Bruce Springsteen — “Sad Eyes” — “Sad eyes never lie.” Another truism from Bruce.