The decade of the 2000s was a pretty good one for the music industry. It was the decade that gave us such pop stars as Britney Spears, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and many others. It was also a real solid one for rock music, as several successful subgenres emerged and left their mark. Who could forget emo music, nu metal, retro garage revival, post-punk revival and a handful of new and established punk rock bands that sold millions of albums, won awards and helped us rock out throughout the decade?
No matter how much we may love a band or artist and their songs, and no matter how many times we may have listened to their hits, it's still hard for us to remember the lyrics to them. It's amazing and amusing how music fans from all genres can't seem to ever really get the lyrics to their favorite songs right.
Let's go back in time (a little bit) to the decade some call the aughts and remember some of the biggest hits spanning the years 2000 and 2009. Maybe, just maybe we will manage to remember how the lyrics quoted below ended. If not, no biggie, it's something that's pretty normal. Maybe a little repetition would do the trick.
Finish these lyrics: "If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman, if I'm alive and well, will you be"
This song was popular early in the year 2000. It was written and released by a band called 3 Doors Down as the lead single from the debut album "The Better Life". It made it all the way to the top of the Billboard Mainstream Top 40, Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock charts. According to Brad Arnold, the band's drummer and lead singer, it is about asking whether someone in a relationship will still love and support you when you become big and successful without resorting to petty jealousy (Wikipedia). It started a short run for 3 Doors Down which included a couple other number one hits.
Finish these lyrics: "But does she really wanna, but can't stand to see me"
Here's a song from Andre 3000 (one half of the hip hop and R&B duo OutKast) that was huge for a minute in 2003. It peaked at the very top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts, as well as the charts in Australia, Canada, Norway and Sweden (Wikipedia). You may remember it for its music video, which was designed to be reminiscent of a talk/variety show from many decades ago. The other half of OutKast, Big Boi, released "The Way You Move" a few months later, which also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Finish these lyrics: "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and everything you do, yeah they were all"
This song was the first one that was released by the band Coldplay in 2000. Although it wasn't as popular as some of their later songs, it peaked at number two on the Billboard US Adult Alternative Songs list and number four on the UK Singles chart. This single was the one that introduced Coldplay to a wide audience, as it got lots of airplay on many radio stations. To date they have won nine Brit Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, seven MTV Europe Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards (Wikipedia). They have also became well known for their philanthropy.
Finish these lyrics: "We get some rules to follow, that and this, these and those"
This song was the first single from the third album released by the band Queens of the Stone Age. It was a big hit, as it was their only single to hit the top of the Billboard US Modern Rock charts. Nonetheless, it established them as a successful and popular band for years to come, as it got a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards (Wikipedia). This song was very well put together, as it had elements of hard rock and old school classic rock from the 70s. It reached number 18 on NME's list, "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years" (Wikipedia).
Finish these lyrics: "Were neither clear nor descript, we kept it safe and slow, the quiet things that"
This band, "Brand New", formed on Long Island in the New York City suburbs in 2000 and released its second album "Deja Entendu" in 2003, which gained them plenty of fame, as well as notoriety. This song was the first single released from that album and reached number 37 on the Billboard US Alternative Songs chart and number 39 on the UK Singles Chart (Wikipedia). In doing so, they made their mark on the emo subgenre, which quickly became huge in the mid 2000s, shortly after the release of this song. The album Deja Entendu eventually got certified gold for selling over 500,000 copies.
Finish these lyrics: "Standing in line to see the show tonight"
The Red Hot Chili Peppers strike again. It shouldn't be surprising, as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and hold the all time records for for most number-one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart according to Wikipedia. This song, "By The Way", was the lead single from the album of the same name which was released in 2002 and reached number two on the Billboard 200 list. It also was certified platinum twice over for selling over 2 million copies in the U.S.
Finish these lyrics: "I'm gonna fight 'em all, a seven nation army"
The White Stripes, made up of Jack White and Meg White, became well-known thanks to their debut album "White Blood Cells", which spawned the single "Fell In Love With A Girl" that garnered critical acclaim. This song here was from their 2003 album "Elephant" and was arguably the band's most well known and successful song. It won a Grammy award for Best Rock Song and not only hit number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, but it was also the third best-performing song of the decade on that chart according to Wikipedia. "Elephant" also gave us the hit singles "The Hardest Button to Button".
Finish these lyrics: "Your friends have shown a kink in the single life, you've had too much to think"
Featuring Jack White from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs hit it back in 2006 with this song, entitled "Steady, As She Goes". It was the lead single from their first full studio album "Broken Boy Soldiers" and was hugely successful. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine called the song the second best song of 2006, right behind "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley according to Wikipedia. It features the same type of lo-fi retro garage rock sound that had made The White Stripes hugely successful and popular just a few years earlier. The aforementioned album was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rock Album.
Finish these lyrics: "Warn your warmth to turn away, here it's December"
AFI was a relatively successful and popular band for much of the 2000s, and this song, "Love Like Winter" is an example of their talent and greatness. It reached a peak of number four on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and it helped the album it's from, Decemberunderground, reach the top of the Billboard 200, Tastemakers Albums Chart and Top Intenret Albums chart according to Wikipedia. A few years earlier, AFI also scored charting hits that were very popular and widely heard with "The Days of the Phoenix", "The Leaving Song Pt. II", "Girl's Not Grey" and "Silver and Cold"
Finish these lyrics: "So if you're lonely, you know I'm here"
This song, "Take Me Out" was HUGE in 2004. Although it was classified as a post-punk song and part of the overall post-punk revival in the mid 2000s, its popularity seemed to transcend genres. According to Wikipedia, it got as high as number three on Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the UK Indie Chart. At least one outlet rated it one of the top tracks of the decade of the 2000s. It's the type of song that just about everyone can dance to, whether you're at a pub or in your bedroom.
Finish these lyrics: "I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have"
Green Day was well known in the underground punk scene, especially in their native northern California back in the late 80s and early 90s. They became a mainstream hit with their debut album in 1994, which generated the singles "Longview", "Basket Case", and "When I Come Around", all of which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Charts according to Wikipedia. This earned them spots that year on the Lollapalooza festival, as well as Woodstock '94. This song, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was from their 2004 album, which marked a creative shift for Green Day that caught the attention of their fans.
Finish these lyrics: "I dig my toes into the sand, the ocean looks like"
Incubus is technically an alternative rock band, but over the years they've proven their versatility, as their songs can range anywhere from a little bit of punk rock, to laid-back Southern California surf rock and even a touch of adult contemporary. This song "Wish You Were Here" is from their 2001 album "Morning View". It reached number four on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and number two on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks. It may be the most popular and flat out best song ever produced and released by lead singer Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas.
Finish these lyrics: "She took me to her castle, and I just couldn't believe"
The Foo Fighters are known as a fast-paced, hard driving alternative rock band that has had tons of success in the past two decades, but this song was a bit of a departure from their usual sound. It was called "Darling Nikki" and was a cover of the hugely successful original done by Prince in the mid 1980s for his album "Purple Rain". Their version reached as high as number 15 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart according to Wikipedia, and Cee Lo Green even joined the band in performing it at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Finish these lyrics: "There's a place off Ocean Avenue where I used to sit and"
This 2003 hit single "Ocean Avenue" was released by the pop punk band Yellowcard towards the end of 2003, and it helped them become well known on the mainstream music scene, so much so that they joined the 2004 Vans Warped Tour. According to Wikipedia it was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA and was named after a street in the band's hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Yellowcard kinds stood out from other pop punk bands of that era like Blink-182 and Sum 41 as they were the only band to feature the playing of a violin in many of their songs.
Finish these lyrics: "Warm yourself by the fire, son, and the morning will come soon, I'll tell you stories of a better time in a place"
Rise Against had their breakthrough album in 2004 with the release of "Siren Song of the Counter Culture", which had the hit single "Give It All", a song that reached as high as number 37 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart according to Wikipedia. That song brought Rise Against to a much wider audience than before. These lyrics are from their 2007 hit "Prayer of the Refugee." "Prayer of the Refugee" peaked at number seven on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and was accompanied by two other big singles from the same album: "Ready to Fall" and "The Good Left Undone".
Finish these lyrics: "The starlight I will be chasing a starlight until the"
This band, Muse, became big time in 2003 with their album "Absolution", which gave us the hit songs "Time Is Running Out" and "Hysteria", which hit number nine on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Modern Rock Tracks charts respectively. This song, "Starlight" is from the 2006 album "Black Holes and Revelations" and reached as high as number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts. It has a somewhat slower tempo than some of their other songs, but it's still a good one. To this day, Muse has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Finish these lyrics: "I said, this looks like a job for me So everybody just follow me 'Cause we need a little controversy 'Cause it feels so empty"
Here's a definite household name. The world was introduced to Eminem in 1999 with his hit single "My Name Is", which became almost an instant legend, as it won him a Grammy and was named one of the greatest songs ever by Q Magazine and Rolling Stone magazine. In 2002 he released his fourth album, "The Eminem Show", which featured this song here, "Without Me". His early songs were hilarious and had Eminem cut no slack when it came to making fan of other musicians and celebrities. This album hit as high as number one in nineteen countries and sold over 7 million albums in the U.S. (Wikipedia).
Finish these lyrics: "On an island in the sun We'll be playin' an' havin' fun And it makes me feel so fine"
Weezer, the band who wrote the lyrics above in the song "Island In the Sun", has someone managed to bridge an indie rock sound with a mainstream rock sensibility and reputation. To date they have released 11 studio albums, which altogether have sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. and more than 35 million copies across the globe according to Wikipedia. The album this song is from, "Green Album", instantly charted at number four upon its release in 2001 and was certified platinum just a few months after its release. After 25 years, Weezer is still very much alive and going strong.
Finish these lyrics: "So you want to be a rock superstar And live large a big house"
Cypress Hill was introduced to the world in the early 90s with their hit single "Insane in the Brain", which was from the triple platinum album "Black Sunday", an album that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart according to Wikipedia. These lyrics are from their 2001 single "Rock Superstar", which is a cautionary tale about what happens to some musicians and celebrities when they become a little too successful for their own good. In all, Cypress Hill has been nominated for three Grammy awards and one MTV Video Music Award. They named themselves after a street in their native South Gate, California.
Finish these lyrics: "I'll be here a while, ain't going"
311 may not have had quite the amount of commercial and mainstream success as a few of the other bands in this quiz, but they're probably just as awesome, if not more. Their 1995 self-titled album was certified as triple platinum and got lots of radio airplay, which made them well-known in the alternative rock scene. That album spawned the hit single "Down" which reached the top of the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks according to Wikipedia. These lyrics are from "I'll Be Here A While", which was from 311's 2001 album "From Chaos". This song peaked at number 15 on the Modern Rock Charts.
Finish these lyrics: "I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies This is the dawning of the"
Here's another hit Green Day song, "Holiday", which, like the song in question 13, is also from the 2004 album. According to Wikipedia, "Holiday" reached as high as number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. It was even featured in the 2006 comedy movie "Accepted" and on an episode of CSI: NY. This very same album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album and was nominated for six other Grammy Awards. It was also voted for as one of the top albums of the decade by many outlets.
Finish these lyrics: "So give me something to believe 'Cause I am living just to"
This is called The Bravery, and they had their break through with their first album, which was self-titled and released in 2005. Its big single was "Honest Mistake", which got as high as number 12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs list and 97 on the Hot 100 list. It also made it onto the soundtracks of video games Burnout Revenge (as a remix) and MVP Baseball 2005, and was featured on episodes of The O.C., CSI: NY and Heroes according to Wikipedia. In 2008 The Bravery had another big time hit with the song that these lyrics are from, "Believe".
Finish these lyrics: "If I had eyes in the back of my head I would have told you that"
Jack Johnson, the artist who wrote the lyrics seen above for his 2008 hit single "If I Had Eyes" was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and became a professional surfer at the age of seventeen. He later decided to focus on his music career, and achieved mainstream success with his 2001 "Brushfire Fairytales", which introduced him to a wide audience on the mainland. This album was certified platinum and paved the way for his later albums "On and On", "In Between Dreams" and 2008's "Sleep Through The Static", which gave us "If I Had Eyes".
Finish these lyrics: "Whoa, well I never meant to brag But I've gotten what I"
Paramore wrote the lyrics above for their huge 2007 hit single "Misery Business", which ultimately got certified triple platinum eight years after its release from the album "Riot!". "Misery Business" got as high as the number three spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The album "Riot!" ended up being certified platinum itself and got Paramore nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 2008. They even toured on the Vans Warped Tour that year. Their next album "Brand New Eyes" number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 175,000 copies in just its first week according to Wikipedia.
Finish these lyrics: "Little sister, can't you find another way? No more living life"
Here's another hit song from Queens of the Stone Age, this time from their 2005 album "Lullabies to Paralyze", which debuted at the fifth spot on the Billboard 200 according to Wikipedia. This song, entitled "Little Sister", peaked at number two on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, 13 on the Mainstream Rock chart and 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. It has a lighter and more upbeat sound that their previous songs in earlier years while retaining the same elements of authentic classic rock that made their 2002 album "Songs for the Deaf" so popular and successful upon its release.
Finish these lyrics: "Last night she said Oh baby I feel so"
From the mean streets of the New York City borough of Manhattan, The Strokes achieved mainstream success and fame with the song that features these lyrics, which was entitled "Last Nite" It was from the 2001 album "Is This It" and peaked at number 33 on the US US Billboard 200 and number two on the UK Albums Chart according to Wikipedia. "Last Nite", along with the album's other hits, such as "Hard To Explain" and "Someday" was the impetus behind the retro garage rock phenomenon that took place in the early to mid 2000s and included other bands like The White Stripes.
Finish these lyrics: "It just takes some time Little girl, you're in the middle"
JImmy Eat World wrote the lyrics above for the hit single "The Middle", which came out in 2002 from their debut album. They had formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993, but it wasn't until the early 2000s that they hit it big time, thanks in part to "The Middle". Shortly afterwards came the songs "Sweetness" and "A Praise Chorus", which both helped solidify them as major players in the alternative rock genre. Their 2004 album "Futures" had a number one hit by the name of "Pain, and they did even better with 2007's Chase This Light, which reached number five on the Billboard 200.
Finish these lyrics: "Aerials in the sky When you lose small mind"
System of a Down is a pretty hard core band. They were at the forefront of the nu metal subgenre, which was big in the early 2000s thanks also to bands like Linkin Park. The lyrics in this question are from the song "Aerials", which got as high as number one on both the Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Modern Rock Tracks chart according to Wikipedia. It was one of the top singles from the 2001 album "Toxicity", which was certified as triple platinum and had the impressive feat of getting every one of its released singles onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Finish these lyrics: "When the hills of Los Angeles are burning Palm trees are"
Bad Religion sung those lyrics on their 2004 hit song "Los Angeles Is Burning", which reached as high as number 40 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. The album that it's from, "The Empire Strikes First", got to spot 40 on the Billboard 200 and as high as number two on the Top Independent Albums chart. Bad Religion is considered one of the more successful punk rock bands of all time, as they formed all the way back in 1980 and have released 16 studio albums which have sold a total of over five million copies across the globe to date.
Finish these lyrics: "Already we'll all float on Now don't you worry we'll all"
These lyrics are from one of Modest Mouse's biggest hits of all time, which was released in 2004 from their album "Good News for People Who Love Bad News". This album also spawned the hit singles "Ocean Breathes Salty" and "The World at Large". "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" reached the 18th spot on the Billboard 200 list. In 2007 their next album was even more successful, getting as high as the top spot on the Billboard 200, while its biggest single "Dashboard" got to number two on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks list and number 59 on the Hot 100 chart.
Finish these lyrics: "(Wake me up) Wake me up inside"
This song, "Bring Me To Life", was the biggest hit single ever released by Evanescence. They formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in the mid 90s, and released their first full length album "Fallen" in 2003. It was an album that sold a whopping 17 million copies across the world and was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning two. The single "Bring Me To Life" was certified platinum and won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. It also reached the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs and Pop 100 charts and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 according to Wikipedia.
Finish these lyrics: "But I can see you, Your brown skin shining"
This song is called "Boys of Summer" and was originally written in the mid 80s by Don Henley, one of the founding members of the classic rock band The Eagles along with Glenn Frey. It was a bittersweet song not only about the end of summer and a fruitful summertime romance, but also about the end of innocence, which was a theme that was gripping Henley's fellow Baby Boomers in the 80s. This song was covered by the pop punk band The Ataris in 2003 and peaked at the number two spot on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks and number 10 on the Top 40 Mainstream list.
Finish these lyrics: "I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad I got sunshine"
This band, Gorillaz, is really unique. They are known as a virtual band that is made up of four animated members. Gorillaz formed across the pond in Essex, England in 1998, and in 2001 they released their debut self-titled album, which was Triple Platinum in the UK and Double Platinum in Europe. It even earned them honors as the Most Successful Virtual Band according to the Guinness Book of World Records (Wikipedia). The song here is called "Clint Eastwood" (as in the legendary actor) and it reached number three on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Finish these lyrics: "The world is my expense.. The cost of my desire.. Jesus blessed me with its future"
During the second half of the 90s, this group was hot in the world of alternative rock. Their debut album came in 1992, which garnered them a spot on the Lollapalooza tour in 1993. After that they were big time, and even though they released only three more albums before splitting up in the early 2000s, all of them did well. This song in question is from their second to last album, The Battle of Los Angeles, one that debuted at the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 list upon it's release in 1999 (Wikipedia) and was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (Wikipedia).
Finish these lyrics: "Tell me, baby, what's your story, where you come from"
This band is an absolute legend and one of the greatest of all time, period: the Red Hot Chili Peppers. To date they have won six Grammy awards, eight MTV Video Music Awards and three AMAs. This song was from their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium, which gave the band five of their six Grammy awards in one big gulp. The album hit the very top of many charts, including the Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums and Top Tastemaster Albums, and it was certified platinum three times over in the United States. In just its first week it sold over 440,000 copies in the U.S. (Wikipedia).