Top 100 Pop Songs 2000

The best pop songs of 2000 include a wide variety of music from teen pop to hip hop and dance music. This list is a great conversation starter in beginning discussions of the best music at the turn of the millenium.

This was the second #1 hit single by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. The romantic ballad topped the US charts in January 2000 and became one of the most played songs of the year on pop radio.

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"Higher" was the rock band Creed's first top 10 pop single. It was the first single released from the album Human Clay. Group leader Scott Stapp wrote the song about the power of lucid dreaming, a technique in which the dreamer may actively manipulate their dreams.

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This song marked the debut of Pink, one of the top pop artists of the decade.

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R&B singer Brian McKnight was at his peak with this #1 title single from his three million selling album Back at One.

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Madonna covered Don McLean's classic in pop-dance fashion for the soundtrack to her film The Next Best Thing. It was a worldwide hit even though mixed opinions were inevitable. Don McLean himself proclaimed Madonna's cover "mystical and sensual."

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In 1999 Sisqo left the R&B group Dru Hill for a solo career. His first big hit was "The Thong Song." This song was the follow up and was even more successful on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #1.

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In the year 2000 boy band *NSYNC set a record for the most copies sold of a single album in one year with over nine million copies of No Strings Attached sold. This was the second single from the collection and became *NSYNC's only #1 pop single.

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Power pop band Nine Days made a big chart splash with this hit single from their major label debut The Madding Crowd. The song was influenced by the classic Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

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Christina Aguilera scored a third #1 pop single from her self-titled debut with this song. She performed the song at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

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"I Need You" is the title single from an album cobbled together primarily to fulfill contract obligations so it includes outtakes and B-sides. The song itself was a major country crossover smash reaching the top 10 on the country chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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This love song was inspired by Mariah Carey's boyfriend at the time Luis Miguel. When it hit #1 it marked the 11th consecutive year with a #1 hit for Mariah Carey.

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"Then the Morning Comes" was the second consecutive top 10 pop single from Smash Mouth's biggest album Astro Lounge.

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Rock band Vertical Horizon emerged from the Washington DC area at the end of the 1990s. This was the band's second top 40 pop hit.

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Pink went all the way to the pop top 5 with this second single from her R&B and hip hop influenced debut album Can't Take Me Home. She did not climb higher on the pop singles chart until 2008's "So What" hit #1.

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This second single from Britney Spears' Ooops!...I Did It Again album depicts the loneliness of the beautiful and famous.

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Heavy rock band Godsmack climbed into the top 10 of the mainstream rock track chart with "Bad Religion." The song gained more notoriety later when it was one of the songs recommended to be pulled from radio airplay by Clear Channel Communications after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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This song depicted the trajectory of a divorce as observed by a child became the first top 40 pop hit for the band Everclear and has been frequently featured in the soundtracks for TV series.

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"Take a Picture" showed off a softer, more melodic side to the rock band Filter and became a smash top 40 pop hit.

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Stone Temple Pilots' lead vocalist Scott Weiland wrote "Sour Girl" about his relationship with his first wife. The song became the group's highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #78.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers depicted the battles that ex-addicts have with their prior problems in this song from the album Californication. It was a #1 modern rock hit and climbed inside the pop top 40.

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R&B singer Carl Thomas signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment and released this smash single from his debut album Emotional. It reached #1 on the R&B chart and #20 on the pop singles chart.

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Rapper and rocker Kid Rock took a turn to ballads on this song and was heavily rewarded with a record that hit big on pop, rock and adult contemporary charts.

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The second single and opening track from pop-rock band Train's debut album became the band's first pop top 40 hit. The video for the song stars actress Rebecca Gayheart.

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This song was a breakthrough both for R&B singer Mya and the producer Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. It went to #2 on the pop singles chart, the highest achievement yet for both.

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Critically acclaimed indie pop band Belle & Sebastian broke into the UK pop top 20 for the first time with this hit single.

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This is the song that kicked off the career of Westlife, one of the biggest boy bands of all time in the British Isles. It reached #1 in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand. It also is the only significant hit the group has had in the US reaching the pop top 20.

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This melancholy love ballad was the fifth and final single from Britney Spears' debut album ...Baby One More Time.

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The Goo Goo Dolls pay tribute to a street in their home city of Buffalo, New York. This was the final single from their massive hit album Dizzy Up the Girl.

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Rapper Bow Wow was only 13 when he took this first single into the pop top 20.

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This is one of the singles from the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die. It marked the return of singer Aaliyah after she took a break from recording for college.

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This song was initially released as the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Charlie's Angels. It was the first Destiny's Child hit to feature Michelle Williams and it went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

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This debut single from Irish singer Samantha Mumba hit the charts when she was only 17. It was an international smash and remains the biggest hit of her career.

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Actress Jennifer Lopez followed her debut #1 hit single "If You Had My Love" with this second top 10 smash from her debut album On the 6.

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This was the lead single from Celine Dion's collection All the Way...a Decade of Song. Max Martin and Kristian Lundin produced the track that reached the pop top 10, topped the adult contemporary chart and also spawned a number of dance mixes.

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This single was the major label debut for hard rock band Papa Roach. It was a #1 modern rock smash and led off the triple platinum album Infest.

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This song was the first single release from Sade's fifth studio album Lovers Rock. It wa nominated for a Best Female Pop Vocal Grammy Award. The song has been used frequently as a first dance at weddings.

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R&B vocalist R. Kelly dedicated this song to loved ones who have died. It was a #1 R&B hit as well as a top 20 pop hit and led off the album TP-2.com.

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This was the fourth top 20 pop hit by the band Third Eye Blind and the only major pop hit from the album Blue.

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The female trio Blaque rode all the way into the pop top 5 with this song featuring JC Chasez of boy band *NSYNC. "Bring It All to Me" samples Shalamar's "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know."

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This follow up of sorts to Barenaked Ladies' huge hit "One Week" became the band's only other top 40 pop hit in the US.

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Nelly put the St. Louis, Missouri rap scene on the map with this top 10 pop single from his debut album.

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This song put rock band Incubus on the map becoming a top 5 modern rock hit. An acoustic version of the song was popular along with the original electric version.

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Sonique's second single was first released in 1998, but when it was re-released in 2000 it became a dance and pop smash peaking at #1 in the UK and inside the top 10 in the US.

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Scott Stapp, lead vocalist of rock band Creed, wrote this song about the experience of finding out he would be a father. The song became the group's first #1 pop hit.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers explored the dark side of Hollywood here name dropping Kurt Cobain and David Bowie along the way.

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"Judith" is the first single from alt rock supergroup A Perfect Circle. Lead vocalist Maynard James Keenan said the song is about his mother who suffered a stroke and was restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

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This Diane Warren song was originally recorded by the R&B group All-4-One. Christina Aguilera covered it on her debut album and it became her third consecutive top 3 hit.

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"Shape of My Heart" is the first single from the Backstreet Boys album Black and Blue. It debuted inside the pop top 10.

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Bon Jovi returned to the pop top 40 with this first single after a five year hiatus for the band.

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Boy band 98 Degrees cemented their status in the annals of boy band pop classics with this Latin-influenced hit. Group member Nick Lachey later pursued a successful solo career.

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Santana had a second huge #1 hit from the album Supernatural after "Smooth," one of the biggest pop hits of all time. This song features R&B duo The Product G&B.

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This was the pop breakthrough single for R&B vocalist Joe heading all the way into the top 5. The album My Name Is Joe was certified triple platinum.

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This lead single from Green Day's Warning album went to #1 on the modern rock chart.

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This salsa influenced pop song kept Latin singer Ricky Martin in the spotlight following his #1 smash "Livin' La Vida Loca." "She Bangs" was co-written by pop songwriter Desmond Child.

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Robbie Williams had one of the biggest hit singles of the year in the UK with this song. However, it was never officially released in the US. The accompanying music video was controversial due to its depiction of Robbie Williams stripping away his skin and muscle in an effort to please a woman.

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British singer-songwriter David Gray made a splash on the US charts with this song. It became a hit on both the modern rock and adult contemporary charts.

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Punk rock band the Offspring joined with rapper Redman for this hit single. The accompanying video shows the pranks pulled through the life of a prankster.

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This was the debut single by gospel duo Mary Mary. It created an urban gospel style that put gospel music on both the R&B and pop charts for the first time in many years.

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The production team responsible for Cher's massive worldwide hit "Believe" put together "Be With You." It became Enrique Iglesias' second #1 pop hit in the US. "Be With You" also topped the dance chart.

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"Dance With Me" is based on a tango style pop song called "Hernando's Hideaway." It became the only top 10 pop single for R&B vocalist Debelah Morgan.

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Guitarist Ben Harper hit big on the Adult Top 40 radio chart with this single from his album Burn to Shine. It features a beat constructed from mouth noises by beatboxer Rahzel.

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The Goo Goo Dolls turned to serious subject matter here in a song about trying to save a woman from heroin addiction.

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Sting duets with Algerian singer Cheb Mami here. The result was an exotic sounding pop single that became a top 20 hit in both the US and the UK.

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16 year old Mandy Moore broke into the pop top 40 for the first time with "I Wanna Be With You." It was produced by Australian Wade Robson.

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This is the third single from the Backstreet Boys' album Millenium. The accompanying video features each member dealing with a concept of loneliness.

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Canadian alt rock group Len became one hit wonders with this song. A significant component of the song's success is the use of a sample from the Andrea True Connection disco hit "More, More, More."

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Rapper Jay-Z collaborated with producer Timbaland here. The song uses a sample from "Khosara" by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi that helps give the song a Middle Eastern flare.

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This song was first a top 10 country hit in 1998 by country singer Mark Wills. Boy band 98 Degrees re-recorded the song and turned it into a top 20 pop hit.

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Lonestar were already a successful country band, but no one quite expected the success of "Amazed." Lonestar took it to #1 on the country chart for a rare stay of eight weeks at the top. It also reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it was remixed into a more pop-friendly version and that went all the way to #1 on the pop singles chart.

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Nearly four years after her first two albums each sold eight million copies, Toni Braxton returned with The Heat. This first single from the album went to #1 on the R&B chart, #2 on the pop chart, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal.

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Rapper Mystikal rose to the upper reaches of the pop charts with this edgy club hit. It was featured in the Britney Spears movie Crossroads. The song was produced by the Neptunes.

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D'Angelo is one of the leaders of the neo-soul movement. This song was commposed as a tribute to D'Angelo's musical hero Prince. He won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal and gained a certain amount of notoriety for appearing presumably nude in the accompanying music video.

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In part, "The Thong Song" can be considered a novelty track, but it is also a top level R&B party song. Sisqo was on a hiatus from his group Dru Hill when he hit the charts with this solo release.

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Legendary folk-rock singer songwriter contributed this song to the soundtrack of the film Wonder Boys. It won an Academy Award for Best Song from a motion picture. The success of the song helped pave the way for Bob Dylan's return to the top 5 on the album chart the following year with Love and Theft.

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Nu metal band Linkin Park blasted on to the rock and pop radar with this debut single. The song became a top 5 hit at both rock and modern rock radio announcing the arrival of a major new artist.

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The Bahamian style music known as Junkanoo blasted on to the American pop charts with this sports and party anthem. It won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the most annoying songs of all time.

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Unlike what you may initially assume, "Bag Lady" by acclaimed R&B vocalist Erykah Badu is about trying to encourage women to drop their emotional "baggage" when heading into relationships. The song was a top 10 pop smash.

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Bruce Springsteen wrote this song inspired by the New York city police shooting of 23 year old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo. The song was considered by many to be critical of the New York City Police Department and they encouraged boycotting as series of 10 Bruce Springsteen concerts at Madison Square Garden where he performed the song.

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This single was included on Wyclef Jean's second solo album The Ecleftic :2 Sides II a Book. He and Mary J. Blige depict two star-crossed lovers. The song samples "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

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"The Real Slim Shady" is both an introduction to an ongoing character created by Eminem and to his album Marshall Mathers. The song gained notoriety for its string of insults about various celebrities. "The Real Slim Shady" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo.

 

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This song was originally intended to be recorded for a Paula Abdul comeback. However, when that didn't pan out Kylie Minogue recorded it instead and it brought her back to the top of the singles chart in the UK for the first time in six years.

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Following in the footsteps of the successful Latin pop crossover of Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony brought superior vocal skills and interpretive drama to the upper reaches of the pop singles chart.

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Unrequited love is the topic that brought rock band Vertical Horizon to the top of the pop singles chart and helped the album of the same name go double platinum.

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Reverse loops of sampled strings kick off this memorable piece of ambient electronica by Moby from his breakthrough Play album. Additional vocals are provided by Pilar Basso.

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This single led off the second album of the same name by Britney Spears. The song's style follows closely her biggest hits from her debut album ...Baby One More Time. She received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal. Britney Spears' sense of humor was also evident including the Titanic-inspired spoken word segment.

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This single introduced Macy Gray's husky, Billie Holiday influenced vocals to a wide pop audience. The touching emotion in the song helped Gray win the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal and be nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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Pop punk band Blink-182 blasted into the pop mainstream and the top 10 with this highly catchy, melodic tune. Band member Tom Delonge wrote the song in loving tribute to his girlfriend, and later wife, Jen Jenkins.

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This title single from Whitney Houston's album My Love Is Love was a top 5 smash. The original version is reggae inflected, but a remixed thumping house mix was also very popular. Wyclef Jean co-wrote and co-produced the song.

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This hit from Destiny's Child borrows significant elements from Sean Paul's "Infiltrate." The song celebrates heading to the club leaving the significant others at home.

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Moby caused a stir with this track which is essentially an electronica remix of the roots classic "Trouble So Hard" by folk singers Vera Hall and Dock Reed. It was originally collected in the legendary field recordings of Alan Lomax.

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19 year old Christina Aguilera proved she was no one hit wonder when she roared to the top of the charts for a second time following the breakthrough "Genie in a Bottle." She earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal with her mature beyond her years vocal style.

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Janet Jackson headed to the top of the pop singles chart for a ninth time with this song included on the soundtrack for the movie Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. It was her first trip to the top in three years.

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Country singer Faith Hill leaned heavily in a pop direction here. Although the song didn't climb higher than #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 it spent over a year on the chart and was named the top pop chart single of the year. It is a classic power ballad that also spent 17 weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart.

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This song represents boy band *NSYNC at their peak. It was the lead-in to the album No Strings Attached and helps celebrate the group leaving a negative relationship with their manager Lou Pearlman. "Bye Bye Bye" was the most quickly added single to pop radio in history with 200 stations adding it to playlists in the same week. It was nominated for Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group with Vocal.

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"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is one of the true nonsensical pop classics of all time. Members of Italian dance group Eiffel 65 say the writing of the song began with the piano hook, but much of the lyrical content is intentional nonsense. It was a top 10 pop hit that was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

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R&B girl group Destiny's Child scored their second #1 pop hit with this classic. Producer Rodney Jerkins provides an infectious backing track incorporating 70's style guitar, drum machine beats and synthesized strings. Reportedly group member Beyonce originally did not like the track because it was too dense with too many elements. However, it has become one of the group's best loved songs.

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Rapper Eminem cemented his artistic standing with this chilling tale of fan obsession. The singing vocals are provided by British vocalist Dido. The song unfolds through letters sent to Eminem and finally Eminem's attempt to write back to the fan.

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Madonna headed triumphantly into the new decade with this heavily electronic classic. The voice in the beginning that sounds male is actually Madonna's words heavily reprocessed. It was a #1 smash around the world and nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

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Although "Beautiful Day" was not U2's biggest hit on initial release, it has gained a powerful reputation over time. The recording won three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Duo or Group with Vocal. Bono says the song is about, "a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has." The song had particular poignance when performed live by U2 at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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One of the most tragic music losses of the decade occurred in late summer 2001 with the death of 22 year old singer and actress Aaliyah in a plane crash. "Try Again" is arguably her finest moment. It features an innovative, skeletal production from Timbaland. The song was included on the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die and is Aaliyah's only #1 pop hit. "Try Again" is the first song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 purely on the basis of radio airplay.

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