The early 2000s was a tough time in the music business, as pop artists bypassed record labels to release their songs. What’s worse was the online file-sharing that disrupted the radio industry. Pop music was still thriving out of the ashes, with hip-hop leading the way, dominating top charts with Lady Gaga, representing the greatest hits. Meanwhile, Beyonce showed a new wave of R&B that came from old alternative rock bands coming back together again for one last hurrah before they passed on into eternity.
Step back in time to reminisce on the best of pop songs from the early 2000s. We’re taking you through our top 10 picks.
50 Cent – In Da Club.
There’s no denying the power of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent together on one track. “In Da Club” was a hit from all angles with its infectious beat and clever lyrics. It was nearly impossible to escape this 2003 smash single for anyone in America at the time.
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young.
After Nate Ruess’s worst drinking night ever, he wrote “We Are Young” for his band Fun. It became a worldwide sensation that fills stadiums with people singing along to the song’s chorus.
Britney Spears – Toxic.
Britney Spears has had her fair share of ups and downs in the music industry, but there’s no denying that she was one of the most talented artists. “Toxic” is still her best song to date with gorgeous production from Sweden’s Bloodshy & Avant, as well as perfect melodies crafted by Cathy Dennis.
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River.
“Cry Me a River” was one of Justin Timberlake’s most successful songs. Still, it also turned Timbaland into the forefront producer for pop music. This song is an epic masterpiece that you don’t want to end.
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance.
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is the quintessential Lady Gaga song, encompassing everything she has become known for. From her over-the-top melodies and persona to a mesmerizing hook that never seems to end, this monumental track defines an artist who doesn’t seem afraid of trying anything new at all times.
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Eminem – Lose Yourself.
Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” is one of the few hip-hop songs that fully embody what it means to be an emcee. The track from Eminem’s 8 Mile film was his first No.1 on Billboard Hot 100. It earned him both a Grammy and Academy Award as well.
Adele – Rolling in the Deep.
The track rolled out in 2011 and was a unique expression of Adele’s vocal talents. The song topped the charts at both country-wide and international levels, with “Rolling in the Deep” winning Grammys for Record of Year and Song of 2010.
Beyonce feat. Jay Z – Crazy in Love.
Jay-Z and Beyonce have been dubbed the new Lady and Tramp because of their rags to riches love story. “Crazy In Love” blends perfectly with Queen B’s sultry voice as a compelling proof when she sings about Jay Z. At the same time, he shares his swag on top of an instrumental sample.
Outkast – Hey Ya!
When the news hit about Andre 3000 helming a solo disc for “The Love Below,” fans were eager to see what he could do outside the Outkast context. The result was “Hey Ya!” was an infectious, funky pop anthem with catchy lyrics and an outro worthy of any party playlist.
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
The fact that Kelly Clarkson’s voice is not the only one on “Since U Been Gone” means it can work with any era of music. It also helps that Max Martin and Dr. Luke, two pop hitmakers, were behind parts of its production process. “Since U Been Gone” crossed over to various genres such as alternative rock and R&B to appeal to more people who are listening today.
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