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Top 100 Pop Songs of 2001

The Best Songs of the Year

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10. Moby featuring Gwen Stefani - "South Side"

Moby featuring Gwen Stefani - "South Side"
Courtesy Mute

Moby's album Play was already a huge success due to a string of dance hits and use of his ambient tracks in a variety of advertising and television shows. However, it was his collaboration here with Gwen Stefani that brought him a major pop hit rising to #14.

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9. Lee Ann Womack with Sons Of the Desert - "I Hope You Dance"

Lee Ann Womack - "I Hope You Dance"
Courtesy MCA Nashville

Lee Ann Womack was a major country star with a string of top 10 hits when this instant classic inspirational song was released. The result was a crossover hit that topped the adult contemporary chart and reached #14 on the pop singles chart. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.

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8. Lifehouse - "Hanging By a Moment"

Lifehouse - "Hanging By a Moment"
Courtesy Dreamworks

Although it only peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart, this debut hit song by the group Lifehouse spent twenty weeks in the top 10 and more than a year on the pop singles chart causing Billboard to name it the biggest hit single of 2001. In 2008 Billboard named "Hanging By a Moment" the 25th biggest rock song of all time.

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7. Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"

Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"
Courtesy GoldMind

Missy Elliott collaborated here with Timbaland for an instant classic. The song is built around a beat borrowed from the Indian dance music Bhangra. The song became Missy Elliott's second top 10 hit peaking at #7.

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6. Train - "Drops Of Jupiter"

Train - "Drops Of Jupiter"
Courtesy Columbia

San Francisco based pop-rock band Train had their first top 10 pop hit with this classic song. Lead singer Pat Monahan claims the first lines of the song's unusual lyrics came to him in a dream. "Drops of Jupiter" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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5. Nelly Furtado - "I'm Like a Bird"

Nelly Furtado - "I'm Like a Bird"
Courtesy Dreamworks

This debut single introduced Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado to pop audiences. Her unique vocals helped the song become a huge hit single around the world peaking at #9 in the US, #5 in the UK and #1 at home in Canada. Nelly Furtado won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Female Vocal and was nominated for Song of the Year.

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4. OutKast - "Ms. Jackson"

OutKast - "Ms. Jackson"
Courtesy Arista

"Ms. Jackson" was the pop breakthrough for the rap duo OutKast climbing to #1 on the pop singles chart. The title character in the song is the mother of Outkast Member Andre 3000's girlfriend Erykah Badu. The song is about the domestic difficulties caused by the breakup of a couple. "Ms. Jackson" won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.

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3. Coldplay - "Yellow"

Coldplay - "Yellow"
Courtesy Parlophone

"Yellow" was the first single released in the US by emerging rock band Coldplay. Although it missed the top 40 in the US, it hit the top 5 in the UK. The song has gained popularity over time and is now one of the favorite Coldplay songs among fans. "Yellow" contains the classic surging sound that has made Coldplay pop superstars.

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2. Pink - "Get the Party Started"

Pink - "Get the Party Started"
Courtesy LaFace

With the release of the first single from her album Missundaztood, Pink unleashed one of the top party anthems of all time. The song was written by singer, producer, and songwriter Linda Perry. It went to #4 on the US pop singles chart, but has proven to be one of Pink's most durable classics.

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1. Alicia Keys - "Fallin'"

Alicia Keys - "Fallin'"
Courtesy J Records

The gospel-influenced song "Fallin'" was the powerful debut hit single from Alicia Keys. It went to #1 on the pop singles chart and won three Grammy Awards including Song of the Year. Her album Songs In A Minor went on to debut at #1 on the album chart.

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