100 Greatest Songs From 1997

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
  2. Song 2 - Blur
  3. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
  4. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  5. Karma Police - Radiohead
  6. Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G.
  7. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
  8. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
  9. Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.
10. I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy
11. Angels - Robbie Williams
12. Around the World - Daft Punk
13. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
14. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
15. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
16. All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
17. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
18. Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Brothers
19. You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
20. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
21. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
22. Walkin' on the Sun - Smash Mouth
23. Together Again - Janet Jackson
24. Never Ever - All Saints
25. Gone Till November - Wyclef Jean
26. Fly - Sugar Ray
27. You're Still the One - Shania Twain
28. Too Close - Next
29. Brimful of Asha - Cornershop
30. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
31. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy and Ma$e
32. Nice and Slow - Usher
33. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Misdemeanor Elliott
34. Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
35. No Surprises - Radiohead
36. How's It Going to Be - Third Eye Blind
37. Bitch - Meredith Brooks
38. My Way - Usher
39. My All - Mariah Carey
40. The Drugs Don't Work - The Verve
41. Miss Misery - Elliott Smith
42. For You I Will - Monica
43. Been Around the World - Puff Daddy, Mase and The Notorious B.I.G.
44. D'You Know What I Mean - Oasis
45. Adia - Sarah McLachlan
46. 4 Seasons of Loneliness - Boyz II Men
47. Your Woman - White Town
48. Woke Up This Morning - Alabama 3
49. Between the Bars - Elliott Smith
50. Mmmbop - Hanson
51. Into My Arms - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
52. Bachelorette - Björk
53. I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face) - Rome
54. My Love is the Shhh! - Somethin' for the People
55. I Don't Ever Want to See You Again - Uncle Sam
56. All for You - Sister Hazel
57. Kowalski - Primal Scream
58. Joga - Björk
59. A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men
60. Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
61. Beetlebum - Blur
62. What You Want - Ma$e (feat. Total)
63. G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T. - Changing Faces
64. Honey - Mariah Carey
65. Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
66. Feel So Good - Ma$e and Kelly Price
67. Sock It 2 Me - Missy Elliott and Da Brat
68. Barbie Girl - Aqua
69. Make 'Em Say Uhh! - Master P, Fiend, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, Mystikal
70. Gabriel - Roy Davis Jr.
71. Risingson - Massive Attack
72. All Cried Out - Allure and 112
73. Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) - Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz
74. Let Down - Radiohead
75. Got 'Til It's Gone - Janet Jackson
76. Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy
77. Lazy Line Painter Jane - Belle and Sebastian
78. My Body - LSG
79. I Get Lonely - Janet Jackson and Blackstreet
80. Ain't That Enough - Teenage Fanclub
81. The Private Psychedelic Reel - Chemical Brothers
82. Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass - I-F
83. They Don't Know - Jon B.
84. Look into My Eyes - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
85. Le Soleil est pres de moi - Air
86. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space - Spiritualized
87. Up Jumps da Boogie - Timbaland & Magoo, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah
88. I Do - Lisa Loeb
89. Lookin' at Me - Ma$e and Puff Daddy
90. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
91. Tyrone - Erykah Badu
92. The Ice of Boston - The Dismemberment Plan
93. Jumper - Third Eye Blind
94. We're Not Making Love No More - Dru Hill
95. Building a Mystery - Sarah McLachlan
96. C U When U Get There - Coolio and 40 Thevz
97. I Got the Hook Up - Master P and Sons of Funk
98. Stereo - Pavement
99. High Noon - DJ Shadow
100. Kiss the Rain - Billie Myers
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Romeo and Juliet - Sylk-E. Fyne and Chill
102. Swing My Way - K.P. & Envyi
103. Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth - The Dandy Warhols
104. All You Good Good People - Embrace
105. Not Dark Yet - Bob Dylan
106. Staring at the Sun - U2
107. Gotham City - R. Kelly
108. Victory - Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes
109. Super Bon Bon - Soul Coughing
110. All Mine - Portishead
111. Concrete Schoolyard - Jurassic 5
112. If They Move, Kill 'Em - Primal Scream
113. Help the Aged - Pulp
114. History Repeating - Propellerheads (feat. Shirley Bassey)
115. It's All About the Benjamins - Puff Daddy (feat. The Lox, Lil' Kim, The Notorious B.I.G.)
116. Triumph - Wu Tang Clan
117. Spin Spin Sugar - Sneaker Pimps
118. Rip Groove - Double 99
119. I Still Love You - Next
120. North Country Boy - The Charlatans
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1997
An unheralded great record from 1997
Bruce's choice -
* Baby Don't Go - Dwight Yoakum & Sheryl Crow
Lew's choice -
* Great Day - Paul McCartney
Brett's choice -
* BBQ - Cibo Matto
Adam's choice -
* 10,000 Promises - Backstreet Boys
Ryan's choice -
* Nightlife - Kenickie

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Last Updated: 2014-07-16