Have you noticed that you don’t really hear sad songs topping the charts any more? Not that melancholy ever really spent a ton of time mastering the Billboard Hot 100, but there doesn’t seem to be any room for wistfulness in 2010. Look at the songs that have found their way to the number one spot this year: Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be,” Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” Usher’s “OMG” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” Sure, Eminem’s “Not Afraid” has a bit of angst and B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” is sort of moody, but neither of those tracks approach the level of mope contained within a song like Vertical Horizon’s “Everything You Want,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 2000.
Rock was in a strange place at the end of the century, as post-grunge alt-rockers were still finding their way and butt rock still hadn’t found its death grip on the radio yet. In the meantime, nü-metal and boy band pop was taking up most of the space on the air and on the charts. But during the middle of the summer — which saw tunes like Santana’s “Maria Maria,” Sisqo’s “Incomplete” and *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” become the biggest songs in the country — this moody four-minute explosion of dreamy melody and huge walls of guitar. People must have been extra moody in July of 2000, because Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent” topped the chart one week later.
Despite the huge success of “Everything You Want” and the album of the same name, Vertical Horizon ran into label trouble and had a hard time getting their follow-up album out. After a five year hiatus, they returned in 2009 with a new album called Burning the Days (though frontman Matt Scannell is the only original member left). “Everything You Want” has a tremendous melody, and the video is delightfully cinematic.