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20 Best Songs of 2000s

20 Best Songs of 2000s

In 2000s too many amazing songs were released. The best singers in various genres did their best to make their songs real hits. Thus, it is quite difficult even for a professional critic to compose the list of the best 2016 songs. However, top charts winners will help us to make a final decision.

Many noticeable elements can be attributed to 2000s. The attractiveness of teen pop brought from the late 90s with such popular singers and bands as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and Christina Aguilera really dominated the charts in the early 2000s.

In 2000s, such genres as post punk, rap, hip hop and alternative rock were at the height of their fame by Eminem, Oasis, Travis, The Hives, Nickelback, Enrique Iglesias, Blur, Ashanti Radiohead, Björk, and many others. 

So, we offer you our list of 20 best songs of 2000s. Please note that all songs are arranged in chronological order.

“Sad Eyes”

Author: Bruce Springsteen

Album title: Enrique

Singer: Enrique Iglesias

Release date: September 9, 2000

Record date: 1999

Length: 4:08

Genre: Pop, rock

Label: Interscope

Producer: Jimmy Iovine

The much-admired Enrique Iglesias really managed to create one of the best songs of early 2000. The great ballad, which is a perfect cover of Bruce Springsteen, was accompanied by his sexy video. “Sad Eyes” shows Enrique when the singer is fantasying about a woman he saw in adult chat-line TV ads When he realizes that she is cleanly unachievable, Iglesias orders an escort instead.

“How You Remind Me”

Authors: Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Chad Kroeger, and Ryan Vikedal

Album title: Silver Side Up

Band: Nickelback

Release date: August 21, 2001

Record date: June 2001

Studio: Greenhouse Studios (Canada)

Length: 3:43

Genre: Post-grunge

Label: Roadrunner

This masterpiece is truly considered to be one of the best songs of early 2000s. The bands lead guitarist and singer Chad Kroeger dedicated it to his ex-girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had very painful and quite unhappy relationship. The singer refers to this song as the song that put “Nickelback” on the top when played at their concert in South Dakota. “How You Remind Me” is undoubtedly considered to be the band`s landmark song.

“Many Men”

Authors: Luis Resto, Darrell Branch, Curtis Jackson

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Singer: 50 Cent

Release date: May 6, 2003

Record date: 2002

Length: 4:16

Genre: Gangsta rap

Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

Producers: Luis Resto, Eminem

Many respected critics consider “Many Men” to be one of the best rap songs of 2000s. Jessy Tererro directed the astonishing and thrilling music video to this song. “Many Men (Wish Death)” peaked at number 11 on the US Bubbling in R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. 50 cent quickly sold over half a million copies of “Many Men”.


Authors: Balewa Muhammad, Christina Aguilera, Jasper Cameron

Album title: Stripped

Singer: Christina Aguilera featuring Redman

Release date: September 24, 2002

Record date: 2002

Studio: Conway Studios (Hollywood), The Enterprise Studios (Burbank)

Length: 4:58

Genre: Hip hop, R&B

Label: RCA

Producers: Dana Stinson, Christina Aguilera, Balewa Muhammad, Jasper Cameron

“Dirrty” by Aguilera is righteously considered to be one of the best pop songs of 2000s. Since her musical career started, amazing Christina Aguilera was eager to discard her “bubblegum” look. Christina invented to refashion herself as Xtina, playing up a bad girl copy. “Dirrty” music video was instantaneously nominated for Grammy.

“Lose Yourself”

Author: Marshall Mathers

Album: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile

Singer: Eminem

Release date: October 28, 2002

Record date: September 2001 – 2002

Length: 5:26

Genre: Rap rock, hip hop

Label: Interscope, Shady, Aftermath

Producers: Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto

Eminem is the only white rapper who hit the top ten of the greatest rappers of the world. Dr. Dre helped Eminem to become a real star. Talent and the unique Eminem`s performance style made his 2000s songs just unforgettable. “Lose yourself” is the title theme of autobiographical movie “8 Mile”. It represents the main movie battle – Eminem`s battle against the existing circumstances that surround him.


Authors: Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Mark DeBarge, E. Jordan

Album title: Ashanti

Singer: Ashanti

Release date: January 29, 2002

Record date: 2001

Length: 3:47

Genre: R&B

Label: Murder Inc.

Producer: Irv Gotti

“Foolish” became Ashanti's second number one on many respected charts. This track was in top ten in Japan, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Germany. In 2009, it was named the 19th most triumphant song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs List.

“Dragostea Din Tei”

Author: Dan Bălan

Album title: DiscO-Zone

Band: O-Zone

Release date: August 1, 2003 (Romania), April 19, 2004 (world)

Record date: 2003

Length: 3:34

Genre: Euro dance, pop

Label: Ultra

Producer: Dan Bălan

“Dragostea Din Tei” the most famous song by the group, which brought them worldwide success. The band leader Dan Balan wrote “Dragostea Din Tei” in the Romanian language. This single became very popular in Europe owing to its illegal cover version by Romanian singer Haiducii, recorded in January 2004. It immediately topped all the dance charts in Italy, Austria, and Sweden.

“Hey Ya!”

Author: Andre 3000

Album title: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Band: OutKast

Release date: September 23, 2003

Record date: 2000–02

Studio: Tree Sound Studios, Stankonia Studios, Larrabee Sound Studios

Length: 3:55

Genre: Funk, soul, pop

Label: LaFace, RCA

Producers: Andre 3000

“Hey Ya!” was much influenced by rap, funk, and rock music. “Hey Ya!” got praise from nearly all modern critics, and won Grammy for Best Alternative Performance at the 46th ceremony. This track was also film soundtrack of “Flight of the Phoenix” (2004).


Authors: Christopher Bridges, James Phillips, Jonathan Smith, LaMarquis Jefferson, Patrick Smith, Sean Garrett

Album title: Confessions

Singer: Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

Release date: January 27, 2004

Record date: 2003

Length: 4:10

Genre: Crunk & hip hop

Label: Arista

Producers: Lil Jon

Usher`s “Yeah!” is also belongs to the list of the best songs of 2000s. The track features guest vocals from Ludacris and Lil Jon and. The song was revealed as the lead single from the singer`s fourth LP when Usher was asked by Arista Records to record a few more songs for his album.

“We Belong Together”

Authors: Mariah Carey, Sandra Sully, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin, Manuel Seal, Darnell Bristol, Bobby Womack, Kenneth Edmonds, and Patrick Moten

Album title: The Emancipation of Mimi

Singer: Mariah Carey

Release date: March 29, 2005

Record date: 2004

Studio: Southside Studios (Atlanta), Right Track Studios (New York)

Length: 3:21

Genre: R&B

Label: Island

Producers: Jermaine Dupri, Carey, Manuel Seal

“We Belong Together” was built on a simple piano arrangement with an inconspicuous backbeat. The song itself is righteously called to be one of the best love songs of 2000s. It depicts a woman's distraction and a huge pain for her ex-lover to come back.

“Gold Digger”

Authors: Ray Charles, Kanye West, Renald Richard

Album title: Late Registration

Singer: Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

Release date: July 5, 2005

Record date: 2004

Length: 3:28

Genre: Hip hop, R&B

Labels: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Producers: Kanye West, Jon Brion

On September 6, 2005, “Gold Digger” at once topped the US Billboard Hot 100. The song received the most number of digital downloads in a week. At 2006 Grammy, “Gold Digger” took home the award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song is placed at #60 on Billboard All Time Top 100.

“Hips Don’t Lie”

Authors: Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Omar Alfanno, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, Vinay Rao, LaTavia Parker

Album title: Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Singers: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

Release date: February 28, 2006

Record date: 2005


Length: 3:38

Genre: Reggaeton, salsa

Label: Epic Sony

Producers: Wonder, Shakira, Wyclef Jean

Many Shakira`s tracks deserve to be included in our top 20 list, but this one in the best song of 2000s. Swinging hips of Shakira really hypnotized all fans in this hot song. The most eye-catching look was almost certainly her bare back sheltered in just gold sequins worn along with a plain gold skirt, which decorated Shakira`s body while she was belly dancing.

“Big Girls Don't Cry”

Authors: Stacy Ferguson, Toby Gad

Album title: The Dutchess

Singer:  Fergie

Release date: May 22, 2007

Record date: 2007

Length: 4:28

Genre: Pop

Label:, A&M, Interscope

Producers:, Ron Fair

“Big Girls Don't Cry” moves away from urban and the hip hop music of Fergie's preceding songs. It opts for more unsophisticated pop tune that fully integrates classical and acoustic elements. Over thirty various instrumentalists featured “Big Girls Don't Cry”, many of which play the violas and violins on the track. This is also one of the best love songs of 2000s. It depicts all sad feeling after divorce with the beloved one.

“No One”

Authors: Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr, George M. Harry

Album title: As I Am

Singer: Alicia Keys

Release date: September 11, 2007

Record date: 2006

Studio: Glenwood Place Studios

Length: 4:10

Genre: Contemporary R&B, hip hop, soul

Label: J

Producers: Keys Brothers, Jr. Harry

“No One” is one of Alicia Keys' best songs. It immediately topped many charts, counting the Billboard Hot 100 for five successive weeks. In one of her interviews Alicia commented on this song in the following way: “No One” is really talking about the way those in relationships, the way that so many things are around you all the time to try to sidetrack you. And even though people may talk and say whatever they may want to say, but then no one can get in the way of this”.


Authors: Tramar Dillard, Faheem Najm

Album title: Mail on Sunday and Step up 2: The Streets

Singer: Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain

Release date: October 9, 2007

Record date: 2007

Length: 3:50

Genre: Hip hop

Label: Atlantic

Producers: DJ Montay, T-Pain

“Low” was an enormous triumph around the world in 2000s. It became the top running #1 single of 2008 in the US, topping 10 successive weeks the Billboard Hot 100. “Low” was certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA. The song also became the most downloaded single of 2000s.

“Bleeding Love”

Authors: Ryan Tedder, Jesse McCartney

Album title: Spirit

Singer: Leona Lewis

Release date: 9 October 2007

Record date: 2007

Length: 4:22

Genre: R&B, Pop

Label: Syco J

Producer: Ryan Tedder

In 2007, “Bleeding Love” became the best-selling song of the year in the UK.  After the song was released, it gained the fame of the foremost international hit, and was the best-selling single worldwide. The single was placed #1 in over thirty countries, being the second song in history to achieve this feat, after Elton John's "Candle in the Wind", released in 1997.  

“Time to Pretend”

Authors: Ben Goldwasser, Andrew VanWyngarden

Band: MGMT

Album title: Oracular Spectacular

Release date: March 3, 2008

Record date: 2008

Length: 4:19

Genre: Indie pop, Synthpop, indietronica, neo-psychedelia

Label: Columbia

“Time to Pretend” song is placed at number 493 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This song was used in such popular movies as “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People”, “21”, and “Sex Drive”.

“I Gotta Feeling”

Authors: David Guetta, The Black Eyed Peas, Frederic Riesterer

Album title: The E.N.D

Band: The Black Eyed Peas

Release date: June 23, 2009

Record date: 2009

Studio: Square Prod (Paris), Metropolis Studios (London)

Length: 4:50

Genre: Hip house, dance-pop

Label: Interscope

Producers: Frederic Riesterer, David Guetta

For 14 successive weeks “I Gotta Feeling” topped the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, it also became the longest-running #1 single. Worldwide, “I Gotta Feeling” was recognized to be the most triumphant song of the 21st century.

“Hey Soul Sister”

Authors: Espen Lind, Patrick Monahan, Amund Bjørklund

Album title: Save Me, San Francisco

Band: Train

Release date: August 11, 2009

Record date: 2009

Studio: Sound City Studios (New York), Kensaltown Recording Studios (London)

Length: 3:37

Genre: Pop, rock, folk rock

Label: Sony Music, Columbia

Producers: Martin Terefe, Espionage, Gregg Wattenberg

“Hey Soul Sister” is one of the best songs of 2000s performed by “Train” boy band. The band members immediately started composing songs as they felt very comfortably working together. Except “Hey Soul Sister”, the other popular Train songs are “Drops of Jupiter”, “Calling All Angels”, “A Broken Wing”, and many other singles.

“Empire State of Mind”

Authors: Sylvia Robinson, Alicia Keys, Angela Hunte, Alexander Shuckburgh

Album: The Blueprint 3

Singer: Jay-Z

Release date: October 20, 2009

Record date: 2009

Studio: Roc the Mic Studios, Oven Studios, New York

Length: 4:36

Genre: Rap, hip-hop

Label: Atlantic, Roc Nation

Producers: Angela Hunte, Al Shux, Jane't Sewell-Ulepic

“Empire State of Mind” is one of the best songs of 2000s. The original track was written by Brooklyn residents Angela Hunt and Jnay, who were homesick during their trip in February 2009. A month later, they sent the song to Roc Nation, but it immediately received negative reviews. Although discouraged by this, they sent “Empire State of Mind” to Jay-Z after the recommendation by EMI. Jay-Z liked it at once and recorded the song in a few days. During the first week of November 28, 2009, “Empire State of Mind” topped the Billboard Hot 100.

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