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Top 100 Pop Songs of the 2000s


These are the 100 best songs of the 2000s. It was a decade of outstanding pop music from the peak of boy bands to the arrival of new superstars like Rihanna.  Start your decade playlists here

100. Christina Aguilera - "What a Girl Wants" (2000)

Courtesy RCA

When 18 year old Christina Aguilera topped the pop singles chart with "Genie in a Bottle" in 1999, many wondered if it was just a one-time dance-pop hit for her. However, she came storming back with this hit showing more vocal versatility and proved she was planning to stay for awhile. "What a Girl Wants" was nominated for a Grammy and five MTV Video Music Awards.

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99. Pharrell featuring Jay-Z - "Frontin'" (2003)

Pharrell - "Frontin'"
Courtesy Arista

The Neptunes were the hottest production unit around when one of the pair, Pharrell Williams, decided to strike out on his own with a solo recording. An assist from rapper Jay-Z helped the song become a major hit. Pharrell insisted it was a one-time thing, but a solo album In My Mind hit stores in the summer of 2006.

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98. Moby featuring Gwen Stefani - "South Side" (2001)

Moby featuring Gwen Stefani - "South Side"
Courtesy Mute Records

Moby's moody ambient pop album Play seemed to be everywhere in 2000 as the soundtrack to commercials, TV shows, shopping malls and more. Late in the year his recording of the song "South Side" featuring Gwen Stefani of No Doubt was released as an official single and quickly became a deserved pop radio hit. It celebrates going out for the night with friends and was inspired by the south side of Chicago. However, it still does not escape Moby's brand of melancholia. The version of "South Side" on Play does not include Stefani's vocals.

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97. Owl City - "Fireflies" (2009)

Owl City - Ocean Eyes
Courtesy Republic

From the first synthesizer blips that kick off "Fireflies," you feel yourself being taken off to a playful and fanciful musical world. It's no surprise then that the song's lyrics unveil thoughts about such unlikely top 40 songs topics as lightning bugs, dancing, and insomnia. Adam Young, who records as Owl City, turned his homemade sound into one of the biggest left-field hits of the decade.

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96. My Chemical Romance - "Welcome to the Black Parade" (2006)

My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade
Courtesy Reprise Records

This song introduced pop fans to My Chemical Romance's epic album The Black Parade. The sound here was something like Queen meets Green Day.

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95. Bruce Springsteen - "The Rising" (2002)

Bruce Springsteen - "The Rising"
Courtesy Columbia

Bruce Springsteen's harrowing title cut from the album The Rising tells the story of a New York City firefighter as he climbs one of the World Trade Center towers after the planes have hit. He won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for Song of the Year.

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94. The Killers - "All These Things That I've Done" (2005)

All These Things That I've Done
Courtesy Island Records

It wasn't the biggest hit from the Killers' debut album, but this is quite possibly the most enduring. With the stunning, "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier," chorus, the song has been used multiple times in movie soundtracks. Most recently 2009 American Idol champion Kris Allen performed the song regularly on the show's group concert tour.

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93. Janet Jackson - "Feedback" (2007)

Janet Jackson - Feedback
Courtesy Island Records

"Feedback" can be seen as a long-delayed but extremely effective response to the Super Bowl wardrobe debacle. Janet Jackson states confidently that she is simply sexy, one of the most overtly sexual pop performers of all time, and she's not going to change.

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92. M.I.A. - "Galang" (2004)

M.I.A. - "Galang"
Courtesy XL Recordings

This was the first single from M.I.A.'s stunning first album Arular. It announced that a new, very unique, talent had emerged from the dance underground.

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91. Ne-Yo - "Closer" (2008)

Ne-Yo - Closer
Courtesy Def Jam

Ne-Yo unabashedly showed off his Michael Jackson influences here. In tribute to Ne-Yo, "Closer" does hold up well with Jackson's Off the Wall era classics.

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