The Top 25 Songs on Radio When the Avalanche Won Their First Stanley Cup
It's great to see 'our' Colorado Avalanche heading back to Stanley Cup finals; it's been a great season, and we saw some great hockey in the playoffs. When the Avs won that very first Stanley Cup, these were the hottest songs of that week.
Looking back at 2001 and that incredibly good Colorado Avalanche team, it will give you goosebumps. You look at those names and a smile just beams across your face; be warned this list will make you feel old.
First, let's take a look at some of the top players from that Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winning team from 2001:
- #19 Joe Sakic
- #21 Peter Forsberg
- #23 Milan Hejduk
- #40 Alex Tanguay
- #37 Chris Drury
- #52 Adam Foote
- #29 Eric Messier
- #13 Dan Hinote
- #77 Ray Bourque. I just teared up on that one.
Living in Colorado at that time was so much fun, with the Avalanche advancing up and up into the Finals. There was a fervor across the state, it was awesome. There were so many great stories, including Roy Bourque's
Bourque was a superstar with the Boston Bruins for many, many years, but had not won the Stanley Cup. In 2000, the Bruins traded Bourque to the Avalanche. Part of that move, was a favor from the Bruins to Bourque: going to the Avalanche would give him a much better shot at winning that coveted trophy, that he so deserved.
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I thought it would be awesome to take a look back at what Avalanche fans were listening to on the radio that week in June of 2001, when they hoisted the Cup, according to Billboard's Hot 100.
#25 - BROOK & DUNN - 'AIN'T NOTHING BOUT YOU'
One of Country music's hottest acts of the early 2000's, this tune by Brooks & Dunn hit #1 on the County chart, but #25 would be as high as it would go on the Hot 100.
#24 - SHAGGY (FEATURING RAYVON) - 'ANGEL'
The former #1 was on its way down the chart when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.
#23 - 'N SYNC -��������'POP'
This was the first single from the band's third album, 'Celebrity.' The song has jumped from #29 the week before to this spot, which would be its peak on the Hot 100.
#22 - S CLUB 7 - 'NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE'
This band was a creation from the manager of the Spice Girls. The song peaked at #10 on the Hot 100, this week it was stalled at #22, as the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.
#21 - CASE - 'MSSING YOU'
From the 'Nutty Professor II' soundtrack, this song held the #1 spot on the R&B Singles chart for four weeks. For the week of June 9, 2001, it was on its way down from peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 chart.
#20 - JOE (FEATURING MYSTIKAL) - 'STUTTER'
This song was one of only three songs in 2001 that sold over 500,000 copies. It held the #1 position on the Hot 100 for four weeks. This particular week, it was on its way down.
#19 - INCUBUS - 'DRIVE'
Incubus' breakthrough hit crushed the Modern Rock chart, hitting #1 on that chart and winning Modern Rock Single of the Year. That guitar riff at the beginning, is classic.
#18 - JENNIFER LOPEZ -'PLAY'
Off of her second album, 'J. Lo' this song would peak here at #18 on the Hot 100, but made it into the top 10 lists in at least 10 other countries. When the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001, this song was at #18.
#17 - LIL' MO (FEATURING FABOLOUS) - 'SUPERWOMAN PT II. '
Missy Elliot help to discover Lil' Mo and get her her first record contract. Off of her breakthrough album, 'Based on a True Story,' this would be her biggest hit to date, peaking here at #17.
#16 - NELLY FURTADO - 'I'M LIKE A BIRD'
This song was definitely played a lot on the radio in 2001, peaking at #9 on the Hot 100. It would go on to win Nelly a Grammy for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' in 2002.
#15 - FAITH HILL - 'THERE YOU'LL BE'
In 2001, as well as the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup, there as a little movie called 'Pearl Harbor;' this song was featured on the soundtrack. The movie's director, Michael Bay, directed the video.
#14 - EVE (FEATURING GWEN STEFANI) - 'LET ME BLOW YA MIND'
The song peaked here at #14 on the Hot 100, but went on to win 'Best Female Video' at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
#13 - CITY HIGH - 'WHAT WOULD YOU DO?'
This would be the trio's biggest hit, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 and earning them a Grammy nomination.
#12 - TRAIN - 'DROPS OF JUPITER'
The band's breakthrough hit, the title track of their second album, was inspired by the passing of Pat Monahan's mother due to cancer. The song would spend 49 weeks making its way into the Top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart. #12 would be as high as it would achieve on the Hot 100.
#11 - 112 - 'PEACHES AND CREAM'
This song topped the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, and peaked here at #11 on the Hot 100, as the Avalanche were winning the Stanley Cup.
#10 - LIL' ROMEO - 'MY BABY'
On its way down from peaking at #10 for the Hot 100, this would be Lil' Romeo's biggest hit, making it to #1 on the R&B chart. The song features samples of the Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back.'
#9 - DIDO - 'THANK YOU'
Eminem helped to make Dido's 1999 release a hit in 2001 when he sampled the song in his own song, 'Stan.' It's Dido's biggest hit, to date.
#8 - MISSY 'MISDEMEANOR' ELLIOTT - 'GET UR FREAK ON'
Ten years after its release, Rolling Stone would list this song as #14 on the list of 'Best Songs of the 2000's.' As the Colorado Avalanche were winning the Stanley Cup, this would be the peak position for the song on the Hot 100.
#7 - R. KELLY (FEATURING JAY Z, BOO AND GOTTI) - 'FIESTA'
This hit spent five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart. Billboard lists this at the best selling and most-played R&B/Hip-Hop song of all of 2001.
#6 - DESTINY'S CHILD - 'SURVIVOR'
The title track of their third album peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, and would win the MTV Music Video Awad for 'Best R&B Video.'
#5 - UNCLE KRACKER - 'FOLLOW ME'
June of 2001 saw the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup, and this massive hit. It would go to #1 in eight countries, but topped out here at #5 on the Hot 100.
#4 - NELLY (FEATURING CITY SPUD) - 'RIDE WIT ME'
This was the third release from Nelly's huge debut album, 'Country Grammar.' The video is inspired by 1997's 'Smokey and The Bandit.'
#3 - LIFEHOUSE - 'HANGING BY A MOMENT'
On it's way to its peak position of #2 on the Hot 100, Lifehouse's very first single was written by band member Jason Wade in what he says, '..about five minutes.' The band would go from opening for Matchbox 20 and Three Doors Down, to headlining their own shows with Michelle Branch and The Calling as openers.
#2 - JANET (JACKSON) - 'ALL FOR YOU'
For seven weeks in 2001, this song held the #1 position on the Hot 100 chart. When the album of the same name came out, it was the biggest opening sales week of her career.
THE #1 SONG ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 THE WEEK THAT THE AVS WON THE STANLEY CUP IN 2001:
I can picture fans of the Avalanche leaving the game and getting into the cars and this tune just blaring as they leave the parking lot. The song held grip of the #1 spot on the Hot 100 for five weeks.
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