- Zoe Lim
Top 10 Songs of the 2000s
Music in the 2000s was the golden era of teen pop acts and contemporary R&B. We had Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Usher and Beyonce dominating the charts in the early 2000s. Hip-hop music also started achieving mainstream status alongside alternative rock bands such as Radiohead, Oasis and Coldplay.
Today, we countdown our top ten songs that emerged in the 2000s. Enjoy!
1. Outkast - Hey Ya!
"Hey Ya!" was a huge success, reaching number 1 across the United States, Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden and receiving universal acclaim from music critics and fans alike. This song, in our opinion, was the epitome of the early 2000s.
2. Kelly Clarkson - Since You Been Gone
Kelly Clarkson, a vocal powerhouse, consistently delivered flawless vocal performances of the song "Since You Been Gone". The song's soaring power-pop was a major hit, and according to many, better heard live due to Clarkson's raw and emotional vocals.
3. Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga's Poker Face was a game changer in the music industry, especially in the 2000s. The combination of her outrageous appearance and catchy electronic music put her in the media spotlight immediately. Many praised the song's robotic hook and chorus, as it attained worldwide success, topping charts in 20 different countries.
4. Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Beyonce's Crazy in Love reached top 10 in various countries worldwide. VH1 even declared it the greatest song of the 2000s decade. At the 46th Annual Grammy Awards (2004), the song won Grammy Awards for "Best R&B Song" & "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration".
5. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Written by band members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning, "Mr Brightside" was one of the first songs the Killers ever wrote. Til today, it is the Killers' best-selling song in the US. It is also one of the top 15 most downloaded tracks in the UK.
6. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Everyone knows the riff to the song "Seven Nation Army". With just drums, bass and vocals, the two-member band managed to create an iconic song used in various football stadiums and sports events. The song charted in multiple countries and its success contributed to the revival of the garage rock movement.
7 . Britney Spears - Toxic
Toxic still remains Britney Spears' most infectious song. It won Best Dance Recording at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, marking the first Grammy win of Spears' career.
8. Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris - Yeah!
"Yeah!" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 consecutive weeks. It was the longest running number one single in 2004. It was certified platinum in several countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Norway.
9. Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Rehab was referred to as Amy Winehouse's signature song. It won three Grammy Awards at the 50th ceremony, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Interestingly, the lyrics are autobiographical and address Winehouse's refusal to enter a rehabilitation clinic.
10. Rihanna feat. Jay Z - Umbrella
Rihanna's Umbrella was one of the most played songs on radio in the 2000s decade. It managed to stay at number one on the UK Singles Chart for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest run at number 1 for any single of that decade.
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.
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