The best songs on the radio when the Avs won their first Stanley Cup

It’s great to see “our” Colorado Avalanche return to the Stanley Cup Final; it’s been a great season and we’ve seen some good hockey in the playoffs. When the Avs won that first-ever Stanley Cup, those were the hottest songs of that week.

Thinking back to 2001 and that insanely good Colorado Avalanche team, it will give you goosebumps. You look at these names and a smile spreads across your face; be warned that this list will make you feel old.

First, let’s take a look at some of the best players on that 2001 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup-winning team:

  • #19Joe Sakic
  • #21 Peter Forsberg
  • #23 Milan Hejduk
  • #40 Alex Tanguay
  • #37Chris Drury
  • #52 Adam Foote
  • #29 Eric Messier
  • #13 Dan Hinot
  • #77 Ray Bourque. I just cried over that one.

Living in Colorado in those days was so much fun, with the Avalanche moving closer and closer to the Finals. There was a fervor all over the state, it was awesome. There were so many great stories, including that of Roy Bourque

Bourque was a superstar with the Boston Bruins for many, many years, but didn’t win the Stanley Cup. In 2000, the Bruins traded Bourque to the Avalanche. Part of that move was a Bruins favor to Bourque: going to the Avalanche would give him a much better chance of winning that coveted trophy he so deserved.

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I thought it would be great to take a look at what Avalanche fans were listening to on the radio that week in June 2001 when they hoisted the Cup, according to Billboard’s Hot 100.

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#25 – BROOK & DUNN – ‘THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT YOU’

One of the most popular acts in country music of the early 2000s, this Brooks & Dunn track reached No. 1 on the county chart, but No. 25 would be as high as it was on the Hot 100.

#24 – SHAGGY (WITH RAYVON) – ‘ANGEL’

The former No. 1 was falling down the standings when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.

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It was the lead single from the band’s third album, “Celebrity”. The song rose from #29 the previous week to this spot, which would be its peak on the Hot 100.

#22 – S CLUB 7 – ‘NEVER HAD DREAMS COME TRUE’

This group was a creation of the manager of the Spice Girls. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, this week it was stuck at No. 22 as the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.

#21 – CASE – ‘TEXT YOU’

Taken from the soundtrack of “Nutty Professor II”, this song occupied the number one spot on the R&B singles chart for four weeks. For the week of June 9, 2001, it was on the way down after peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 chart.

#20 – JOE (WITH MYSTIC) – ‘TO STUTTER’

This song was one of only three songs from 2001 to sell over 500,000 copies. It held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for four weeks. That week, he was on the way down.

#19 – INCUBE – ‘CONDUCT’

Incubus’ breakthrough hit crushed the modern rock charts, reaching No. 1 on that chart and winning modern rock single of the year. This early guitar riff is classic.

#18 – JENNIFER LOPEZ -‘TO PLAY’

Off his second album, ‘J. Lo’ this song would peak here at #18 on the Hot 100, but has made the top 10 charts in at least 10 other countries. When the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001, this song was number 18.

#17 – LIL’ MO (WITH FABOLOUS) – ‘SUPERWOMAN PT II. ‘

Missy Elliot helps him discover Lil’ Mo and lands him his first recording contract. Off his breakthrough album, “Based on a True Story”, this would be his biggest hit to date, peaking here at #17.

#16 – NELLY FURTADO – ‘I’M LIKE A BIRD’

This song certainly got a lot of radio play in 2001, peaking at #9 on the Hot 100. It went on to earn Nelly a Grammy for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” in 2002.

#15 – THE HILL OF FAITH – ‘YOU’LL BE THERE’

In 2001, in addition to the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup, there was a little movie called “Pearl Harbor”; this song was featured on the soundtrack. The film’s director, Michael Bay, directed the video.

#14 – EVE (WITH GWEN STEFANI) – ‘LET ME SURPRISE YOU’

The song peaked here at #14 on the Hot 100, but won “Best Female Video” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

#13 – HIGH CITY – ‘WHAT WOULD YOU DO?’

It would be the trio’s biggest hit, peaking at number 8 on the Hot 100 and earning them a Grammy nomination.

#12 – TRAIN – ‘THE REJECTS OF JUPITER’

The band’s breakthrough hit, the title track from their second album, was inspired by the death of Pat Monahan’s mother from cancer. The song would spend 49 weeks carving its way into the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. No. 12 would be as high as it would be on the Hot 100.

#11 – 112 – ‘PEACHES AND CREAM’

This song topped the Rhythmic Top 40 chart, peaked at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, and peaked here at number 11 on the Hot 100 as the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.

#10 – LITTLE ROMEO – ‘MY BABY’

After peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100, it would go on to be Lil’ Romeo’s biggest hit, rising to No. 1 on the R&B chart. The song contains excerpts from “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5.

#9 – DIDO – ‘THANK YOU’

Eminem helped make Dido’s 1999 release a hit in 2001 when he sampled the song in his own song, “Stan.” This is Dido’s biggest hit to date.

#8 – MISSY ‘MELITARY’ ELLIOTT – ‘GET UR FREAK ON’

Ten years after its release, Rolling Stone would rank the song number 14 on its “Best Songs of the 2000s” list. As the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup, this would be the peak position for the song on the Hot 100.

#7 – R. KELLY (WITH JAY Z, BOO AND GOTTI) – ‘FIESTA’

This hit spent five weeks at No. 1 on the R&B chart. Billboard listed it as the best-selling and most-played R&B/Hip-Hop song of all of 2001.

#6 – THE CHILD OF DESTINY – ‘SURVIVOR’

The title track from their third album peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and would win the MTV Music Video Awad for “Best R&B Video”.

#5 – UNCLE KRACKER – ‘FOLLOW ME’

In June 2001, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup and that resounding success. It would go to No. 1 in eight countries, but here at No. 5 on the Hot 100.

#4 – NELLY (WITH CITY SPUD) – ‘RIDE WITH ME’

This was the third release from Nelly’s massive debut album, “Country Grammar”. The video is inspired by “Smokey and The Bandit” from 1997.

#3 – LIVING HOUSE – “SUSPENDED FOR A MOMENT”

En route to its peak position of No. 2 on the Hot 100, Lifehouse’s first-ever single was penned by band member Jason Wade in what he says, “…about five minutes”. The band would go from opening Matchbox 20 and Three Doors Down to headlining their own shows with Michelle Branch and The Calling opening.

#2 – JANET (JACKSON) – ‘ALL FOR YOU’

For seven weeks in 2001, this song held No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. When the album of the same name was released, it was the biggest opening week of her career.

SONG #1 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 THE WEEK THE AVS WON THE STANLEY CUP IN 2001:

I can imagine Avalanche fans leaving the game and getting into the cars and that tune rings out as they drive out of the parking lot. The song held the top spot on the Hot 100 for five weeks.

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