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2001 chart flashback

In April 2001, Jacksons still ruled the Hot 100, Destiny’s children were not yet women, and Crazy Town had day jobs

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Let us return to the simpler times of April 2001 — when Jacksons still ruled the Hot 100, Destiny’s children were not yet women, and Crazy Town had day jobs. And then, let us rejudge them.

1. Janet Jackson, ”All for You”
Janet’s pop bauble, built from the fat-bottomed bass line of 1980 Italo-disco anthem ”The Glow of Love,” spent seven weeks on top — and was, alas, her last No. 1. B+

2. Destiny’s Child,”Survivor”
Hell, high water, haters: None could extinguish the torch of Destiny’s rise-above righteousness. Jeff Probst, you have been served. A-

3. Shaggy feat. Rayvon,”Angel”
Merrillee Rush’s 1968 weepie ”Angel of the Morning” + Steve Miller’s ’73 yacht romp ”The Joker” + Shaggy’s pop-reggae makeover = jam, mon. B

4. Dido, ”Thank You”
The Brit songbird’s sweet love story straight up, or sampled in Eminem’s pitch-black homicidal- superfan fable ”Stan,” released at the same time? Potato, po-tah-toe. B+

5. Case, ”Missing You”
Also missing from the R&B crooner’s career: another hit. B-

6. Crazy Town,”Butterfly”
L.A. rap-rock sleaze deluxe, and proud impetus of a thousand pole dances: ”You’re my Buttah-fly, shoogah, bay-beh.” In public we say C-, but secretly? Kind of an A.

7. Joe feat Mystikal,”Stutter”
The neo-soul smoothie peaked at No. 1, aided by a sample of the Pharcyde’s ’93 hit ”Passin’ Me By” and Mystikal’s McGruff the Crime Dog midsong breakdown. B

8. Eden’s Crush, ”Get Over Yourself”
Head Pussycat Nicole Scherzinger when she was just a kitty, in her girl-group starter marriage. C

9. Lenny Kravitz, ”Again”
The legendary lady-killer swears he’s waited a lifetime for just this certain one. Oh, Lenny, you scamp. B+

10. Lifehouse, ”Hanging By A Moment”
Hanging by some seriously momentous soft-rock sincerity. B-

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