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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.