Should you entered 2000 pondering that the 12 months would carry a very completely different sound befitting the flip of a brand new millennium… nicely, you have been principally proper.

Not that the artists that outlined fashionable music on the finish of the ’90s have been all of a sudden spirited away and changed with a completely new vanguard: A lot of the largest artists of 1999 — the boy bands and lady teams, the breakout rappers and rock best-sellers — have been the largest artists of 2000, too. However they appeared energized by the changeover of millennia, and motivated to push issues appropriately ahead.

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Having a number of the period’s best super-producers on the entrance traces actually helped. Timbaland and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins amped up the dramatic rigidity of R&B till it seemed like one thing that might play at a futuristic opera. The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz introduced the proverbial (and typically literal) bells and whistles to hip-hop, setting it on its path to prime 40 domination and definition. And naturally, Max Martin raised the stakes on TRL pop, maturing his sound and proving that the style and its best practitioners wouldn’t be left within the ’90s with Trapper Keepers and Tamagotchis.

However the 12 months wasn’t nearly returning ’90s stars getting 2.0 updates. Hip-hop’s geographical axis was thrown off by a model new rap icon rising from the nation’s heart. R&B was modernized not solely at its poppiest but in addition at its rootsiest, because the rising neo-soul motion skilled its best 12 months of economic and important success. And a pair ’80s stars returned with dramatically overhauled sounds that demonstrated they might be staying related nicely into their third many years.

With *NSYNC’s No Strings Hooked up, a standard-setting 2000 pop launch each in its cutting-edge manufacturing and its record-breaking industrial efficiency, celebrating its twentieth anniversary — and most of us needing no excuse to take a trip from the world in 2020 — Billboard determined the time was proper for per week’s celebration of the 12 months 2000. We’re beginning immediately with an inventory of our 100 favourite songs from the traditionally wealthy 12 months, and can proceed all week with a collection of essays, interviews, lists and different flashbacks to the start of the brand new millennium.

First, although, a observe about eligibility: Songs have been counted as eligible in the event that they have been launched as singles in ’00, in the event that they debuted on the Billboard charts in ’00, or in the event that they hit No. 1 in ’00. But when they didn’t hit the Scorching 100 till the following 12 months, or in the event that they debuted in ’00 however didn’t hit No. 1 till the 12 months after, we’re counting ’em for ’01. So apologies to “Ms. Jackson,” “It Wasn’t Me,” “Yellow,” “One Step Nearer” and “One Extra Time” — we’ll in all probability see them on this listing subsequent 12 months.

Learn our listing under, discover a Spotify playlist of all songs on the backside, and examine again to all week for extra concerning the tales behind probably the most attention-grabbing songs and albums of 2000. It’s been a very long time since they left you — so start the journey again with us under, with 100 dope jams to step to.

100. Zombie Nation, “Kernkraft 400” (Sport Chant Stadium Remix) (No. 99, Scorching 100)

By the tip of the ’90s, music for video video games and music for sporting occasions had beginning overlapping to the purpose of being interchangeable — so it made sense that one of many final mind-numbing dance anthems on the flip of the millennium ought to be a remix of a online game theme with a soccer chant stapled on prime of it. Name it “Seven-Bit Nation Military,” with fewer distracting verses. — ANDREW UNTERBERGER

99. P!nk, “There You Go” (No. 7, Scorching 100)

Lengthy earlier than we knew her because the acrobatic performance-loving pop star, P!nk was launched to the world as the following R&B artist to observe with breakout single “There You Go.” Resulting from its swagger-heavy manufacturing and soulful vocals, many thought the singer was truly a light-skinned black lady. That wasn’t the case, in fact, however P!nk made it clear that she’d by no means match into the bubblegum-pop mould of Y2K and past. — BIANCA GRACIE

98. O-City, “Liquid Goals” (No. 10, Scorching 100)

Should you want a reminder of who was scorching in 2000, press play on O-City’s “Liquid Goals.” Future’s Baby, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks and Salma Hayek all get shout-outs within the zeitgeist-y hit (in addition to a mysterious reference to “Jennifer” within the refrain — Lopez? Aniston? Love Hewitt?). Its snapping beat and rolling melody made for a dynamic debut from O-City, the primary product of Diddy’s artist-scouting collection Making the Band, reaching the Scorching 100’s prime 10. Maybe probably the most ingenious a part of “Liquid Goals,” although? It’s so catchy, you neglect they’re singing a few moist dream. — TAYLOR WEATHERBY

97. The White Stripes, “Whats up Operator” (Didn’t chart)

In a 12 months when rock leaned into “nu” strains by bands like Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, The White Stripes sounded refreshingly, nicely, outdated. On their sophomore LP De Stijl, the Detroit duo prolonged the storage rock blues of their eponymous 1999 debut, and whereas De Stijl was stacked with eventual classics, none have been as raucously, righteously soiled as “Whats up Operator.” Right here Jack’s guitar sounds scorching to the contact, whereas Meg’s drums ship a skeletal interlude to the in any other case headbanging observe — which in simply 2:36 demonstrated that twentieth century-style rock was alive and thrashing within the nu millennium. — KATIE BAIN

96. Toby Keith, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” (No. 31, Scorching 100)

Seven years after “Ought to’ve Been a Cowboy,” Toby Keith rebounded from a stretch of stalled singles and reclaimed his mid ’90s dominance with a honky tonk send-off to the it-girl valedictorian who by no means gave him the time of day. Highschool Toby’s techniques have been positive questionable (“Broke into the stadium and I wrote your quantity on the 50-yard line”) however his hooks are something however; when the refrain hits, it sails via the goalposts. — CHRIS PAYNE

95. Mandy Moore, “I Wanna Be With You” (No. 24, Scorching 100)

Mandy Moore was solely 16 when she launched the one that might develop into her largest Scorching 100 hit, and in some ways it sounds prefer it: a wispy ballad of teenage longing, not all that far faraway from Jessica Simpson’s contemporaneous “I Wanna Love You Perpetually.” However there’s each a tenderness and a craving to “I Wanna Be With You” that hints at a maturity that might manifest in Moore’s later singer-songwriter work; with its sighing and soft-hearted lustfulness, it’s one thing like a TRL-era “Wouldn’t It Be Good.” — A.U.

94. Black Rob, “Whoa!” (No. 43, Scorching 100)

Although The Infamous B.I.G. and Ma$e have been thought-about pillars for Diddy’s Unhealthy Boy conglomerate within the ’90s, Puff bolstered his embellished lineup when he recruited Harlem lyricist Black Rob in 1997. In 2000, Rob Marciano returned the favor and swung for the fences together with his war-ready single “Whoa!” Teeming with grit and swagger, “Whoa!” was a pure New York banger, which spoke to the excessive levels of flexing. — CARL LAMARRE

93. The Dandy Warhols, “Bohemian Like You” (No. 28, Different Songs)

There’s one thing deeply self-referential about an alternate band like The Dandy Warhols penning an unforgettable (and fashionable) observe concerning the hypocrisy of hipster tradition. Getting utilized in fashionable commercials of the day and changing into their largest hit to this point, “Bohemian Like You” paints a crystal-clear image of the pseudo-counter-culturalism that got here to outline the later decade, and made minor stars out of the alt-rockers behind it. — STEPHEN DAW

92. Miss Kittin & The Hacker, “Frank Sinatra” (Didn’t chart)

With the blasé ennui of Marlene Dietrich, French electroclash pioneer Miss Kittin recounts the salacious late-night deeds of the late Rat Packer over a frangible beat as icy chilly as his stays. The blunt, brazen humor of “Frank Sinatra” ensures its cult longevity; even when the style in query would quickly develop into a stranger within the nightlife scene, its fetishized repurposing of synth-pop and ’90s home would proceed as a development in dance till, nicely, now. — JOE LYNCH

91. Hanson, “This Time Round” (No. 20, Scorching 100)

Higher generally known as Hanson’s “We’re adults now!” single, the title observe to the brothers’ 2000 album had the unenviable process of following up their mega-selling 1997 LP Center of Nowhere, in addition to convincing pop listeners that the precocious voices behind “MMMBop” may credibly mature. “This Time Round” wasn’t an enormous hit, however endures as first-rate pop-rock, with a piano line and a sing-along refrain that previewed Hanson’s destiny as underrated grownup songwriters, by no means to return to their early radio heights. — JASON LIPSHUTZ

90. PJ Harvey, “Good Fortune” (Didn’t chart)

“Good Fortune” marked a sea change for PJ Harvey. The lead single off Tales from the Metropolis, Tales from the Sea rolls together with a fast tempo, lovelorn lyrics, and a sticky melody all through, separating itself from the darkness of Is This Need? and the knotty preparations of To Deliver You My Love. “Good Fortune” pre-dates fellow ’90s alt sensation Liz Phair’s brazen 2003 crossover hit “Why Can’t I?” however Harvey’s unabashed daydream struck a stability that solely she will be able to, nonetheless unrecognizable to radio programmers and so individually PJ Harvey. — ERIC FRANKENBERG

89. 2Gether, “The Hardest Half About Breaking Up (Is Getting Again Your Stuff)” (No. 87, Scorching 100)

An impossibly on-point fake TRL jam — all the way down to the faux followers raving about their favs within the video’s nook — “Hardest Half” so nailed the boy-band breakup banger that you simply’d count on Max Martin and Rami Yacoub’s names to pop up within the CD single liner notes. (Co-writers Brian Kierulf and Joshua M. Schwartz did find yourself on a variety of songs on Britney Spears’ 2001 Britney album.) The lyrics are impressed, in fact, however the actual highlights are the advert libs — just like the strangled “meow!” that follows the refrain’ “You bought my sweaters, my hat/ I can’t discover my cat!”- A.U.

88. Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan, “Silence” (No. 6, Dance Membership Songs)

Earlier than Sarah McLachlan made TV viewers scramble for the distant every time the ASPCA’s heart-wrenching advert along with her “Angel” aired, she was tugging at heartstrings not solely as a profitable solo artist, however as a visitor vocalist for brand spanking new age/digital outfit Delerium. The aspect venture of Entrance Line Meeting’s Invoice Leeb and Rhys Fulber reached new heights with McLachlan’s pipes on “Silence,” combining her dreamy vocals with Gregorian chants and a catchy beat. It’s endured over time with club-slaying remixes — most notably Tiesto’s epic In Search of Dawn edit — and immediately, echoes of the one’s darkish and ethereal affect might be heard on Grimes’ current Miss Anthropocene LP. — ANNA CHAN

87. Hoku, “One other Dumb Blonde” (No. 27, Scorching 100)

At a time when fresh-faced feminine pop stars have been luring suitors with sexed-up schoolgirl outfits and genie metaphors, Hawaiian 18-year-old Hoku shook issues up along with her debut single, serving a “get misplaced” declaration to the gamers of the world. “One other Dumb Blonde” is feisty from begin to end, calling out a shallow jerk for being, nicely, simply that (“Recently I’ve come to search out/ That you simply’re not likely concerned about my coronary heart or thoughts,” proclaims the primary pre-chorus). The spirited tune turned the blonde stereotype into an empowering anthem to brokenhearted tweens and youths in all places — irrespective of their hair shade. — T.W.

86. Jagged Edge, “Let’s Get Married” (No. 11, Scorching 100)

Since its launch in February 2000, “Let’s Get Married” has been claimed by followers as a marriage anthem. Jagged Edge’s enduring ballad pushes all of R&B’s scorching buttons: Silky harmonies. Easy, body-rockin’ rhythms. Pressing heartfelt lyrics about real love. Throughout its heyday, “Married” reached No. 1 on Scorching R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 11 on the Scorching 100 — aided by a well-liked Run-D.M.C.-sampling remix that additionally featured the group’s Reverend Run. At a time when romantic love has more and more develop into supplanted by data focusing solely on intercourse, individuals nonetheless need songs that go all the best way — to lifelong dedication. — GAIL MITCHELL

85. Ricky Martin, “She Bangs” (No. 12, Scorching 100)

By the point “She Bangs” was launched because the lead single to sophomore English-language LP Sound Loaded in October 2000, Ricky Martin was a bonafide hitmaker, with seven Scorching 100 hits already to his credit score. The danceable observe meshed a salsa flare with heavy rock guitar and an irresistible pop beat for common enchantment, sending it to the highest 20 on the Scorching 100 and the highest 5 in eight nations exterior of the U.S. — although its most memorable impression, for higher or worse, could have come through future American Idol contestant William Hung. — TAYLOR MIMS

84. Beenie Man feat. Mya, “Women Dem Sugar” (No. 54, Scorching 100)

Beenie Man already broke via the American market two years prior with the rugged dancehall crossover “Who Am I (Sim Simma).” However as he obtained extra snug stateside, he determined to broaden his sonic boundaries. And who higher to assist execute than The Neptunes? Dissecting a portion of “Who Am I,” the experimental duo reworked the unique right into a shiny, scratch-heavy membership anthem that was elevated by Mýa’s dreamy “If I may very well be your lady….” coos. — B.G.

83. Carlos Vives, “Fruta Fresca” (No. 1, Latin Songs)

Vives’ lead single off El Amor de Mi Tierra (1999) shook traditionalists because it topped Latin Songs early within the new millennium. The Emilio Estefan- and Juan Vicente Zambrano-produced tune of swirling vallenato and pop pulsations revolutionized Latin music, with out compromising Vives’ inventive integrity. Cannily structured, “Fruta” opens with enigmatic electro-acoustic guitar chords, adopted by Vives’ vigorous vocals and flanked by sturdy bass and percussion; reflecting the flip of a style that slinked easily into its personal house. Vives deftly weaved Colombia’s fashionable folks music with Latin pop — belted by bouncy accordion, together with caja and guacharaca — and have become a number one determine within the mainstream tropical sphere. — PAMELA BUSTIOS

82. Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff” (No. 14, Different Songs)

For these of us who lived via the turn-of-the-century nu-metal heyday, all it takes is that chunky two-chord riff from Wes Borland that opens Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff” to get us good and livid. The Vital Different single is designed for mosh pits — in any case, it climaxes with Fred Durst screaming “Give me one thing to interrupt!” — and captures a relic of the period at its largest, dumbest and finest. — J. Lipshutz

81. Carl Thomas, “I Want” (No. 20, Scorching 100)

Loads of nice R&B torch songs have handled unrequited love over time, however few in addition to Unhealthy Boy belter Carl Thomas’ “I Want” have so lamented a love that was requited: “I like her so, she’s obtained love for me/ However she nonetheless belongs to another person.” The weird heartbreak ballad was saved from maudlinism by a breezy, piano-led Mike Metropolis manufacturing and a crescendoing vocal efficiency from Thomas that was completely superlative — although that didn’t cease Jay-Z and the remainder of us from our personal off-key imitations: “And I want… I neeever… met herrrr… at alll…” — A.U.

80. 3LW, “No Extra (Child I’ma Do Proper)” (No. 23, Scorching 100)

These 3 Little Ladies had some huge boy issues, given all these mysterious numbers lighting up their boo’s pager. However the trio of women — with the youngest member solely 14 years outdated (therefore the reference to “final 12 months, boy, within the eighth grade”) — aren’t placing up with any extra, they usually make it tremendous clear with this exasperated-but-catchy musical kiss-off. — KATIE ATKINSON

79. Sting feat. Cheb Mami, “Desert Rose” (No. 17, Scorching 100)

Fifteen years into his profitable post-Police solo profession, Sting had the liberty to do just about no matter he wished. So when his globetrotting desires had him pining for love’s everlasting salvation amongst “gardens within the desert sand,” nicely, that’s precisely the place he went. With the bombast of a Disney musical and all Pure Moods editions mixed, “Desert Rose” was a portal for each minivan in America to some enchanted sonic oasis. Or in case you have been Sting within the observe’s product-placement-addled video, a chauffeured journey in a 2001 Jaguar S-Sort via the Mojave Desert, to fulfill Algerian wailer Cheb Mami at a top-secret disco rendezvous. — C.P.

78. Kylie Minogue, “Spinning Round” (Didn’t chart)

Whereas some noticed a brand new millennium as a possibility to create music not like something anybody had ever heard earlier than, Australian famous person Kylie Minogue took a special method. With “Spinning Round,” the songstress nailed the traditional, disco-inspired Europop sound that might carry her into the twenty first century, and went on to see huge success nearly in all places (besides America, which sadly would take a pair extra years to catch on). The observe’s danceable melodies and irresistible beat proved that every one spinning apart, you don’t should reinvent the wheel to point out individuals a very good time. — S.D.

77. Samantha Mumba, “Gotta Inform You” (No. 4, Scorching 100)

That Samantha Mumba has launched, to this point, one album stays one in every of pop’s largest recent-ish tragedies. That’s as a result of Gotta Inform You is a debut LP armed to the enamel with bubblegum pop bangers — and the title observe specifically, her debut single, exudes a soulful confidence nicely past Mumba’s then-17 years, and boasts a whopper of a minor-key refrain. Bonus factors all the time and ceaselessly given to the entrance flip off a retailer awning right into a choreographed dance Mumba pulls off (OK, OK, via the magic of modifying) within the video. — KEVIN RUTHERFORD

76. The Baha Males, “Who Let the Canine Out?” (No. 40, Scorching 100)

In life, there are a handful of questions that humanity has struggled to definitively reply: did the hen or the egg come first? What number of licks does it take to get to the middle of a Tootsie Pop? And who, certainly, let the canines out? However some mysteries are higher left unsolved, and although we nonetheless haven’t discovered the wrongdoer 20 years later, that shouldn’t cease us from queueing again up the can’t-miss, Grammy-winning (?) stadium anthem and letting out a “yippie, yi, yo!” or two. Whereas remaining vigilant. — JOSH GLICKSMAN

75. Erykah Badu, “Bag Woman” (No. 6, Scorching 100)

Badu’s soulful traditional about letting go of emotional baggage is mainly a mini-therapy session, due to its soothing, tonic-like beat and timeless knowledge (“All you could maintain onto is you,” she advises in easy croon). In the meantime, a twangy pattern from Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” provides a refined flourish to the in any other case minimal sound. The music picked up two Grammy nominations and peaked at No. 6 on the Scorching 100, making it Badu’s highest-charting observe to at the present time. — TATIANA CIRISANO

74. Air, “Playground Love” (No. 28, Dance Singles Gross sales)

With its dream-pop melodies and soothing vocals, Air’s “Playground Love” could have been launched in 2000, however it may possibly simply transport followers again to the ’70s. “I’m a highschool lover and also you’re my favourite taste,” the lyrics start, a hopeless romantic penning their deepest emotions. As a part of the Me Decade-set soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s lovelorn and finally tragic The Virgin Suicides, there’s little doubt that “Playground Love” continued to mould a brand new technology of sentimental highschool sweethearts — in addition to these to observe. — JESSICA ROIZ

73. Janet Jackson, “Doesn’t Actually Matter” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

There’s one thing beautiful about watching an outwardly lovely Janet Jackson sing about internal magnificence. Whereas taking part in the romantic curiosity of a fats suit-wearing Eddie Murphy within the Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, the pop icon co-penned the breathy single for the rom-com’s soundtrack (with longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) a few love that’s blind and powerful sufficient to face up to the haters. Set in futuristic Tokyo, the video for the sultry, sighing dance observe is the music’s remaining punctuation mark — that includes sparkly devices, a robotic canine and a dance break on a levitating platform — serving to the music develop into her first Scorching 100-topper of the 2000s. Clearly, it “Doesn’t Actually Matter” the last decade, Ms. Jackson is timeless. — DANICA DANIEL

72. Deftones, “Change (Within the Home of Flies)” (No. 3, Different Songs)

Going down over numerous levels of a seedy Hollywood social gathering that all the time appears on the precipice of one thing really horrible taking place, the video for the Deftones’ largest hit captures its feeling completely: mysterious, lovely, seductive and imminently perilous. Croaked by frontman Chino Moreno as if from the underside of the home’s swimming pool, “Change” was a model of nu-metal horror that eschewed soar scares for unnerving suggestion; it had solely a fraction the pop impression of Limp Bizkit, however stays exponentially extra unshakeable 20 years later. — A.U.

71. Savage Backyard, “I Knew I Liked You” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

Savage Backyard was a type of bands that appeared disproportionately fashionable in Southeast Asia (see additionally: Westlife). Within the Philippines, individuals love ballads and karaoke, so the sentimental “I Knew I Liked You” was an irresistible alternative for radio DJs, weddings, and any occasion by which Filipinos can sing with emotions. “Liked” was additionally common sufficient to develop into the duo’s second No. 1 hit on the Scorching 100 — and the music video was simply nearly as good, that includes vocalist Darren Hayes reaching for Kirsten Dunst to carry arms on a subway. — MIA NAZARENO

70. Gasoline, “Hemorrhage (In My Palms)” (No. 30, Scorching 100)

Twenty years years after its heyday, it’s loopy to suppose that Gasoline’s “Hemorrhage” may have been an enormous hit on pop radio (reaching No. 22) at any level this century, even making the highest 40 of the Scorching 100, as pop and hip-hop flood immediately’s charts. However Gasoline did simply that with their crossover post-grunge ballad “Hemorrhage (In My Palms),” by which frontman Carl Bell sings about his grandmother’s most cancers prognosis and eventual passing. In fact, the highly effective singalong with an enormous refrain — whether or not you knew what it was about or not — was additionally huge staple on rock radio, spending a staggering 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Different Songs chart. — XANDER ZELLNER

69. Incubus, “Stellar” (No. 2, Different Songs)

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The one strategy to perceive Incubus throughout the nu-metal rock world of 2000 is to observe singer Brandon Boyd’s steering on the opening of their celestial single “Stellar”: “Meet me in outer house.” The enigmatic five-piece offered a brand new, surrealist imaginative and prescient for the exploding style, with the music’s serpentine melody disguising math-rock as metallic and its distortion-heavy refrain belying the cuddly love music at its core. “Stellar” proved to have an enduring impression because the mainstream rock renaissance started to wane, partially due to its embrace by the youthful Guitar Hero technology. — BRYAN KRESS

68. Marc Anthony, “You Sang to Me” (No. 2, Scorching 100)

Twenty years later, this music ought to nonetheless include a warning about listening while you’re feeling weak. There’s simply no pretense with “You Sang to Me,” a wide ranging vista of a ballad that sounds attractive and heartbreaking. The music was patently huge — it peaked at No. 2 on the Scorching 100 and topped the Grownup Up to date chart for seven weeks — however its coronary heart and soul lies in its refined sentimental brushstrokes: the weeping acoustic guitars, the stately accordion solo, Anthony’s stirring a cappella coda: “OHHHH BUT I FEEL IT.” The sensation’s mutual. — C.P.

67. Toni Braxton, “He Wasn’t Man Sufficient” (No. 2, Scorching 100)

After steamrolling via the Nineteen Nineties with a barrage of prime 40 and grownup up to date mainstays, Toni Braxton returned in March of 2000 with “He Wasn’t Man Sufficient.” It’s an upbeat Darkchild manufacturing that was proper at house on pop and R&B radio within the aftermath of similar-themed hits by TLC (“No Scrubs”) and Future’s Baby (just about all the things they’d launched to that time). And whereas the music begins with Braxton wanting down on her ex’s new boo, her condescension turns to considerate protectiveness. This femme-forward method is highlighted by the finale of the music video — which, from the styling to the Y2K-futurist lighting and set design, couldn’t be extra 2000. — E.F.

66. David Grey, “Babylon” (No. 57, Scorching 100)

“Let go of your coronary heart, let go of your head and really feel it now” instructions the refrain of David Grey’s “Babylon.” The nice and cozy and melancholic folks music (and second single from Grey’s breakout album White Ladder) turned the singer-songwriter’s signature observe on the flip of the millennium. Laden with harmonious flurries, Grey’s vocals dance over the melody and hit your ears with pressure. There’s a basic feeling of give up, of letting free to choose up the mess of a relationship that’s vanishing in Grey’s native London — thought-about a modern-day Babylon in Victorian occasions — that ricochet between the subtly tech-aided melody and the shrewd wit of his lyrics. — P.B.

65. BBMak, “Again Right here” (No. 13, Scorching 100)

British trio BBMak arrived on the top of the boy band bonanza as a slight little bit of counter programming — positive, they have been fairly and harmonized, however they performed devices, too! But the notion of authenticity is irrelevant to the standard of “Again Right here,” a mushy, attractive pop observe with probably the most delicate bridges of the teen-pop period; it peaked at No. 13 on the Scorching 100 chart, however has remained an enthralling staple of grownup up to date radio for many years. — J. Lipshutz

64. Madonna, “Don’t Inform Me” (No. 4, Scorching 100)

All through her profession, Madonna has typically adopted her flashy lead single from a brand new album with one thing extra curious and refined, but no much less rewarding because the follow-up. Such was the case for her Music period, by which the title observe provided electro-pop euphoria, earlier than second single “Don’t Inform Me” served as an act of twangy defiance — with clipped vocals, guitar loops, strings and a mainstream tackle folktronica that also holds up immediately. — J. Lipshutz

63. Peaches, “F-k the Ache Away” (Didn’t chart)

Earlier than Cupcakke, earlier than “My Neck, My Again,” and earlier than the appearance of iTunes and streaming companies made FCC radio requirements roughly out of date, there was “F-k the Ache Away,” a music so proudly express that it turned one thing of a proto-meme. But it surely’s additionally simply a wonderful music, frank and minimalistic, anchored by buzzing bass and percussive claps. It’s a testomony to Peaches’ imaginative and prescient that, 20 years on, her breathless enjoinder feels so distinctly of the second. — WILL GOTTSEGEN

62. SR-71, “Proper Now” (No. 2, Different Songs)

The debut single from SR-71, “Proper Now” embodies the traditional pop-punk sound that exploded on the daybreak of the twenty first century. It shortly cemented itself in popular culture, getting used within the trailer and soundtrack for Dude, The place’s My Automotive? and happening to develop into one thing of a stoner film staple, later additionally being featured within the 2004 trailer for Harold & Kumar Go to White Fortress. From the unforgettable opening riff to the stable mid-song guitar solo to the “Bohemian Rhapsody” nod within the video, it’s a music that can exude nostalgia ceaselessly. — BECKY KAMINSKY

61. Aaron Carter, “Aaron’s Social gathering (Come Get It)” (No. 35, Scorching 100)

Earlier than life was unkind to Aaron Carter, we had his social gathering, and it was wonderful. Right here’s just a little little bit of old-fashioned for ya: It’s the 12 months 2000, and Nick Carter’s little bro is making a reputation for himself via funky, guitar-driven pop-rap. It’s a less complicated time, when the worst doable punishment a child can get is to be grounded — and that’s simply what Aaron’s in for as soon as his mother and father discover out about the home social gathering he threw once they have been out. (Don’t fear, attendees have been solely served juice.) Because the title observe of Carter’s 3x platinum second studio album, “Aaron’s Social gathering” was launched when he was simply 12 years outdated, and its witty lyrics, charming video and equally lovely star guarantee it’ll be a story for the ages. — GAB GINSBERG

60. Enrique Iglesias, “Be With You” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

Enrique Iglesias’ “Be With You” turned his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Scorching 100, after “Bailamos,” and dominated the chart for 3 weeks. This timeless music, which has a heartbroken Enrique craving to get again together with his lady, has develop into a traditional as a result of it was a part of the Spanish singer’s eponymous 1999 bilingual album – his formal introduction to mainstream America, with which he gained over hearts singing in English – and due to his hovering “Now that you simply’re gone/ I simply wanna be with you” hook. — GRISELDA FLORES

59. On the Drive-In, “One Armed Scissor” (No. 26, Different Songs)

“One Armed Scissor” is filled with dissonance — whether or not it’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s sometimes-barked vocals and its juxtaposition in opposition to Jim Ward’s Warped Tour-ready refrain howl, its jarring time signature adjustments, Ward and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s snaking guitar riffs, or its hair-raising chorus of “Get away! Get away!” Maybe the music’s a number of shifting components, someway becoming a member of collectively in a cohesive bundle amid its 4:20 run time, have been a harbinger of On the Drive-In’s demise lower than a 12 months later, then on the top of its reputation. — Okay.R.

58. No Doubt, “Easy Form of Life” (No. 38, Scorching 100)

After the take-no-prisoners confidence of Tragic Kingdom‘s “Only a Woman” made Gwen Stefani a star, the beautiful second single from No Doubt’s sophomore LP Return of Saturn revealed the second-guessing she’d undergone within the years since — questioning if regardless of the journal covers and diamond-certified gross sales, she was extra suited the titular existence. It’s a heartbreak music the place the she’s the sufferer not of a nasty boyfriend (she had lately began seeing Bush’s Gavin Rossdale), however of a profitable profession, one which leaves her hoping for an unintentional being pregnant to take the choice out of her arms. “You appear to be you’d be a very good dad” by no means sounded so devastating. — A.U.

57. Ja Rule feat. Lil Mo & Vita, “Put It on Me” (No. 8, Scorching 100)

Although Ja Rule and Vita left their handprints on the Rule 3:36 album model for “Put It on Me,” it was Lil Mo’s hovering ad-libs that drove the music’s remix in direction of mainstream notoriety. A quintessential ride-or-die anthem, “Put It on Me” (Remix) not solely made Ja Rule’s howling croons a much-needed staple in hip-hop, however gave him credibility as a promising hitmaker within the 2000s. — C.L.

56. Mya, “Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)” (No. 2, Scorching 100)

Mýa was all the time good for masking petty digs in candy tunes (see 1998’s “Movin’ On”), however she entered her remaining type with the sharp-tongued “Case of the Ex.” Our R&B darling was utterly fed up along with her man speaking with a previous fling — “There’s no must reminisce ’bout the previous/ Clearly, trigger that s-t didn’t final” — and Difficult Stewart’s spiny manufacturing drove her frustration over the sting. And the women associated: by Y2K’s finish, “Case of the Ex” leaped to No. 2 on the Billboard Scorching 100. — B.G.

55. Frequent, “The Mild” (No. 44, Scorching 100)

Within the bleak, aggressively macho hip-hop panorama of the early ’00s, Frequent adopted his personal luminescence. Taken from his breakthrough main label debut Like Water For Chocolate, “The Mild” feels transported from the aware rap heyday of the ’90s with chivalrous rhymes that learn like stanzas in a love poem — applicable for the music’s written-letter framing. Impressed by then-flame Erykah Badu, produced by J Dilla (sampling Bobby Caldwell deep cuts), and influenced by the nascent neo-soul sound of the Soulquarians, “The Mild” presents the brighter aspect to a rap scene in flux. — B. Kress

54. SoulDecision feat. Thrust, “Pale” (No. 22, Scorching 100)

Within the midst of the boy-band craze, this Canadian five-piece snuck a disco-pop hit into the Scorching 100’s prime 40, thanks partly to their Brad Pitt-look-alike frontman and his era-appropriate frosted ideas becoming in completely with the TRL aesthetic. This gem has been type of misplaced to time — sadly, it’s not even at present obtainable on streaming companies — however its funky bass line and cheekily provocative lyrics should be remembered. — Okay.A.

53. Creed, “With Arms Vast Open” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

In no unsure phrases, Creed perfected the post-grunge mid-tempo ballad, and “With Arms Vast Open” is its best such creation. Skip the assorted radio variations (strings or no strings), which tip the melodrama in too precarious a path; it’s already impassioned sufficient as is, due to Scott Stapp’s musings on the shock of studying he’d quickly develop into a father. Facet observe: Creed’s 1999 mission assertion launch, Human Clay, options this music and “Greater” again to again at observe Nos. 7 and eight – strategy to bury the lede, guys! — Okay.R.

52. Dream, “He Loves U Not” (No. 2, Scorching 100)

Dream’s debut album could have been known as It Was All a Dream, however this fearsome foursome was not studying Phrase Up! Journal. Signed to Puff Daddy’s Unhealthy Boy Information, the lady group made slickly produced pop R&B and located its largest success with “He Loves U Not,” a cool tell-off whereby the singers are so assured of their man’s loyalty that they dare one other feminine to go forward and attempt to steal him. The sassy minimize got here with an equally confident video, full with finger-wagging, matching pearly pink outfits and dune buggy rides within the desert. — CHRISTINE WERTHMAN

51. Inexperienced Day, “Minority” (No. 1, Different Songs)

Don’t be fooled by the opening moments of easygoing acoustic guitar — this Warning lead single shortly delves right into a rebellious, rollicking name to embrace individuality, with intermittent harmonica and accordion offering each a change of tempo and a few western European aptitude alongside the best way. “Minority” wouldn’t serve to be Inexperienced Day’s final (or most notable) politically themed hit, nevertheless it’s nonetheless onerous to withstand throwing up two center fingers alongside Billie Joe Armstrong as he yells “f-k ‘em all” within the lead as much as the refrain. — J.G.

50. Bloodhound Gang, “The Unhealthy Contact” (No. 52, Scorching 100)

In 2000, no radio hit was stranger, hornier or catchier than “The Unhealthy Contact.” An homage to mating by Pennsylvania-bred rock act Bloodhound Gang, the music amalgamated spoken-word lyrics, NSFW themes, funk guitar and membership manufacturing right into a crossover hit that peaked simply exterior the Scorching 100’s prime half. Filled with popular culture references — Siskel & Ebert! Prince! The X Information! — and joyfully silly double entendres, the shelf lifetime of the surprising hit was prolonged when Eminem referenced it in his smash “The Actual Slim Shady” later that 12 months. — Okay.B.

49. Son by 4, “A Puro Dolor” (No. 26, Scorching 100)

A real traditional in Latin popular culture, Son By 4’s “A Puro Dolor” places in perspective unconditional love, a heartbreak, and the horrible feeling of lacking somebody. “Give me again my fantasies and the braveness I must dwell,” the group expresses within the heartfelt lyrics. The ballad was such successful that there have been three variations of the music on the group’s self-titled album — additionally together with English and Salsa variations — making it a real timeless gem. Along with making the Scorching 100’s prime 40, “A Puro Dolor” topped the Scorching Latin Songs chart in April 2000, reigning for a then-record 20 weeks. — J.R.

48. Third Eye Blind, “By no means Let You Go” (No. 14, Scorching 100)

Between 1997 and 2000, there was no greater pop-rock act on this planet than Third Eye Blind. Recent off three mega-hits off their self-titled debut, which all reached the highest 10 of the Scorching 100, the group’s standout single from their second LP Blue managed to surpass all of them (nicely, besides “Semi-Charmed Life”) in pop-culture longevity. Sandwiched between a recognizable opening guitar riff and an anthemic, albeit tacky, spoken-word ending, Stephan Jenkins sings a few relationship that’s doomed to finish, however he simply can’t come to phrases with it. A long time years later, that angst nonetheless resonates, and its legacy even prompted a current cowl from RAC and Hilary Duff. — X.Z.

47. Lonestar, “Amazed” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

One of many fashionable nation’s best love songs proved its energy with the way it impacted two of its songwriters. Surrounded by candlelight, Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey and Marv Inexperienced penned “Amazed,” which was launched because the second single off Lonestar’s third studio album Lonely Grill. “Amazed” instantly shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Scorching Nation Songs chart, the place it could keep for eight weeks — and Mayo and Lindsey later married. The guts-tugging energy ballad, with lyrics like “I need to spend the remainder of my life, with you by my aspect,” continues to be one of many world’s hottest marriage ceremony songs, placing us within the temper to fall in love “ceaselessly and ever” even when there’s no aisle in sight. — D.D.

46. Purple Scorching Chili Peppers, “Otherside” (No. 14, Scorching 100)

Purple Scorching Chili Peppers usually are not a band identified for his or her harmonies per se, however the perfect moments in “Otherside” show that the vocal pairing of frontman Anthony Kiedis and on-again, off-again guitarist/backing vocalist John Frusciante is usually a successful one. The great thing about their melding voices on the refrain is becoming with the gravity of the music’s subject material: a tribute to fallen guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose a decade earlier, together with Kiedis and Frusciante’s personal struggles with dependancy. Honorable point out, too, to one in every of Flea’s most melodic, memorable basslines in a profession filled with them. — Okay.R.

45. Vitamin C, “Commencement (Buddies Perpetually)” (No. 38, Scorching 100)

Should you’ve been to a center or highschool commencement previously 20 years, you’ve probably watched a choir of awkward, brace-faced youngsters sing the unmistakable refrain of Vitamin C’s graduation anthem. Utilizing a melodic interpolation from the classical convocation staple, Pachelbel’s “Canon In D” — and matched with lyrics pondering if Heather can “discover a job that gained’t intrude along with her tan” — “Commencement” has given us a soundtrack to the bittersweet uncertainty of commencement, with a contemporary, pop twist that feels extra innocently nostalgic and far much less stuffy. — RANIA ANIFTOS

44. Radiohead, “Optimistic” (No. 10, Different Songs)

“You possibly can strive the perfect you’ll be able to/ The most effective you’ll be able to is sweet sufficient” is a candy sentiment on the floor, nevertheless it carries a beguiling menace because the refrain of Radiohead’s dystopian anti-capitalist anthem. The one radio hit off the landmark Child A album, “Optimistic” trades in any precise positivity for unnerving sarcasm: As an alternative of closing the music with a remaining chorus of “the perfect you’ll be able to is sweet sufficient,” we’re left with the haunting prophecy (or realization) that strive as finest we would, dinosaurs usually tend to roam the earth than our optimism coming to fruition. Blissful quarantining everybody! — E.F.

43. LeAnn Rimes, “Can’t Struggle the Moonlight” (No. 11, Scorching 100)

The theme music to a film no teen’s mother and father actually wished them to see, “Can’t Struggle the Moonlight” boasts a sing-it-to-the-constellation refrain courtesy of widescreen song-scribe Diane Warren, and scuzz-lite manufacturing from studio vet/Buggles frontman Trevor Horn. However what takes this Coyote Ugly minimize from completely happy hour to top-shelf standing are LeAnn Rimes’ versatile vocals, which weave between peated-whisky lows and sugary Prosecco highs, with the deft craftsmanship of a bartender who abstains whereas everybody round retains knocking ’em again. — J. Lynch

42. The Avalanches, “Since I Left You” (Didn’t chart)

Like a lot of Australian digital outfit The Avalanches’ finest music, “Since I Left You” (off their 2000 album of the identical title) is as lighthearted and kooky as it’s quietly experimental. It’s a psychedelic collage of pop sounds, with samples of all the things from pitched-up soul to warped jazz guitar blended right into a celebratory jam — one which masks the ache of heartbreak with hope and humor. A dizzying pastel universe, with nothing however new horizons. — W.G.

41. Vertical Horizon, “All the pieces You Need” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

How did “All the pieces You Need,” a comparatively understated various rock single from Vertical Horizon, attain the highest of the Scorching 100 chart in July 2000? Effectively, few various rock singles from that period have been as emotionally affecting as “All the pieces You Need,” by which frontman Matt Scannell sings about an inexplicable absence of affection a girl feels towards a person, earlier than flipping the ultimate refrain and making the person himself. In the meantime, the bobbing guitar line creates a way of unsteadiness, creating a way of frustration that explodes into one of many strongest choruses of the 12 months. — J. Lipshutz

40. Christina Aguilera, “Come on Over Child (All I Need Is You)” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

In 1999, Christina Aguilera dropped her self-titled debut album, and solidified her place within the teen-pop kingdom. Her third single off the set, “Come On Over Child (All I Need Is You),” was the upbeat, Radio Disney-approved bop that prompted a technology of women to sing into their hair brushes throughout bed room concert events. The hit music was danceable and addictive, changing into her third straight Scorching 100 No. 1 and serving to pave the best way for the age-old debate: Christina or Britney? — M.N.

39. U2, “Stunning Day” (No. 21, Scorching 100)

Given how unavoidable it turned in early-’00s popular culture, it’s fairly stunning that “Stunning Day” by no means cracked the Scorching 100’s prime 20 — and that its No. 21 peak barely edged out the very best rating for American Idol winner Lee DeWyze’s 2010 cowl. Regardless, U2’s All That You Can’t Depart Behind lead single has stood the take a look at of time, changing into a music of inspiration and hope within the course of. Its uplifting message accompanied by its pulsing, ultimately erupting backing begs for a frolic exterior — simply keep in mind to maintain a secure social distance whereas doing so. — J.G.

38. Jay-Z, “I Simply Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (No. 11, Scorching 100)

With its shimmying, infectious beat and playful verses from Jay-Z, “I Simply Wanna Love U” turned the rapper’s first No. 1 on the Scorching R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, additionally reaching No. 11 on the Scorching 100. But it surely wasn’t only a hit for Hov, because the music additionally boosted a industrial rise for The Neptunes — who not solely produced the observe, with a refrain sung (uncredited) by Pharrell Williams in a soon-to-be-trademark falsetto, however obtained a shoutout from the person himself: “Profess yo’ like to Hov, and I’ll by no means allow you to down/ Get you bling just like the Neptune sound.” — T.C.

37. Bon Jovi, “It’s My Life” (No. 33, Scorching 100)

By the discharge of their 2000 LP Crush, New Jersey stadium rock heartthrobs Bon Jovi had scored 15 years price of hits, and had earned the proper to be self-referential. And so Tommy and Gina, the working-class heroes from the band’s 1986 signature smash “Livin’ on a Prayer,” have been written into “It’s My Life,” Bon Jovi’s comeback-singalong-air-guitar-power-anthem. Over a decade after the fictional couple first entered popular culture lore, “It’s My Life” lauded the pair for by no means backing down — because the equally steadfast Jon Bon Jovi belted about livin’ within the second, and launched a brand new technology to fist-pump rock at its best. — Okay.B.

36. Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass” (No. 13, Scorching 100)

On the daybreak of the twenty first century, No Restrict soldier Mystikal got here armed to the enamel as a way to safe his first crossover hit as a lead artist. “Shake Ya Ass” not solely boasted an usually irresistible Neptunes shuffle, however two knockout choruses commanding the titular instruction — the primary hurled by the lead NoLa carnival barker, and the second gently instructed by his sweet-falsetto’d VA hook man. Any worries that Mystikal’s verses couldn’t carry the thunder to match have been put at bay by his opening couplet: “I got here right here with my d-k in my hand/ Don’t make me depart right here with my foot in yo’ ass!” — A.U.

35. Santana feat. The Product G&B, “Maria Maria” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

As legend has it, Wyclef Jean obtained the concept for “Maria Maria” after listening to Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 banger “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit.” Quickly, the mastermind reworked that menacing riff right into a summer season anthem anchored by Santana’s Latin-infused guitar licks and The Product G&B’s honeyed croons. After topping the Scorching 100 for 10 weeks and incomes a Grammy, “Maria Maria” later returned to the charts’ prime tier when DJ Khaled sampled it for 2017’s “Wild Ideas,” that includes Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. However nothing may evaluate to these seductive notes first performed by Automotive-los San-ta-na. — B.G.

34. 9 Days, “Completely (Story of a Woman)” (No. 6, Scorching 100)

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Keep in mind when energy pop songs used to go High 10? Within the 12 months 2000, 9 Days’ story of a woman — the one who famously cried a river and drowned the entire world — peaked at No. 6 on the Scorching 100 as a result of that plain singalong refrain. Whereas there may be some debate as as to if the music is about lead vocalist/guitarist John Hampson’s then-girlfriend (and now spouse) Teresa Savino, or a lesser-known ex, one factor’s for positive: the music about her successful smile nonetheless bangs. Plus, its legacy stays alive via TikTok, and in our Y2K pop-rock-loving hearts. — G.G.

33. Backstreet Boys, “Form of My Coronary heart” (No. 9, Scorching 100)

How do you prime one of many best boy band songs of all time? Effectively, even the Backstreet Boys couldn’t finest the magic of “I Need It That Manner,” however they got here fairly near matching it with the lead single from their third LP, Black & Blue. From the second the guitar begins strumming, “Form Of My Coronary heart” has you in your feels, and that simply retains escalating because the music reaches its climactic belt-along refrain. Its lyrics and punchy manufacturing make “Form Of My Coronary heart” as charmingly tacky as any BSB traditional, and although the impassioned music couldn’t fairly surpass “That Manner,” a minimum of its message is just a little clearer. — T.W.

32. Alice Deejay, “Higher Off Alone” (No. 27, Scorching 100)

If ringtones weren’t going to be a factor within the 2000s, they might’ve needed to invent them only for the synth hook to “Higher Off Alone”; the “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” of turn-of-the-millennium electro-pop. Blast it from the mountains, cry-dance to it in your bed room, faucet it out in your desk on the workplace — it’s a riff for all seasons, one which’s develop into a part of our cultural DNA, one which we are able to nonetheless really feel in our bones 20 years later. And don’t rely out the vocal from Judith Pronk, which wrings an unthinkable quantity of sympathy out of simply ten phrases: “Do you suppose you’re higher off alone?/ Discuss to me.” — A.U.

31. Britney Spears, “Fortunate” (No. 23, Scorching 100)

It is probably not the primary music you consider off of Oops!…I Did It Once more, however Britney Spears’ “Fortunate” is one in every of her best songs to this point. “Fortunate” noticed Spears truly utilizing her music to touch upon the difficulties of being catapulted into the general public eye and the isolation it causes, all whereas getting her followers to sing and dance alongside. Concurrently heartbreaking and unbelievably campy, “Fortunate” is Britney Spears at her most self-aware, even when it simply feels like a foolish story about “a woman named Fortunate.” — S.D.

30. Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance” (No. 14, Scorching 100)

This music gained virtually each award within the nation music subject for a very good motive — it’s a touching ballad that doesn’t come throughout as overly candy or sentimental. The music isn’t explicitly framed as a father or mother’s want for a kid, although that’s how most listeners interpret it. In current fashionable tradition, the one parental message that’s as shifting is the daddy’s eloquent speech to his homosexual son in Name Me By Your Identify. Gladys Knight, who is aware of a powerhouse piece of fabric when she hears one, coated the music in 2013, however the model that Womack recorded with Sons of the Desert stays definitive. — PAUL GREIN

29. Wheatus, “Teenage Dirtbag” (No. 7, Different Songs)

At a time when cocky pop-punk bands dominated TRL, Brendan B. Brown’s band Wheatus provided a extra self-effacing, although nonetheless rocking, various with its music for all of the losers on the market, “Teenage Dirtbag.” Brown’s high-pitched voice — just a little Bon Scott, just a little Geddy Lee — walks an androgynous line as he introduces listeners to the dreamy Noelle, whose “boyfriend’s a d-k.” The heartsick teen will get the lady on this one, due to a shared appreciation of Iron Maiden. The music could have appeared on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack again in 2000, nevertheless it was far more in tune with the far superior Freaks and Geeks. — C.W.

28. Religion Hill, “The Manner You Love Me” (No. 6, Scorching 100)

One of many tunes blaring most frequently round immediately’s trade is concerning the lack of feminine artists on nation radio — however that wasn’t the case 20 years in the past when followers have been handled to Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, and this ditty by Religion Hill. Between a head-bobbin’ observe fusing parts of nation, pop and dance, colourful lyrics (“If I may grant you one want / I’d want you might see the best way you kiss …”) and Hill’s exuberant vocals, the music completely captures the euphoria that comes with love. — G.M.

27. 3 Doorways Down, “Kryptonite” (No. 3, Scorching 100)

The Kinks wished they may fly like Superman; Our Woman Peace pronounced him lifeless. Because the post-grunge growth prolonged into the brand new millennium, an unknown band from the swamps of Mississippi swooped into rock ‘n’ roll’s Man of Metal canon and eclipsed the competitors. “Kryptonite” was omnipresent on rock and pop radio, broadcasting 3 Doorways Down vocalist Brad Arnold’s everyman musings on superhuman power, and frequent lack thereof. — C.P.

26. Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, “Forgot About Dre” (No. 25, Scorching 100)

Simply in case you forgot about Dre throughout the seven years between his solo debut and his sophomore effort, the Aftermath founder and protege Eminem reminded critics of his impression with this Grammy-winning hit off 2001. “Nonetheless the identical O.G./ However I been low-key,” the N.W.A rapper admits earlier than launching into his accomplishments. “Who you suppose introduced you the oldies/ Eazy-Es, Ice Cubes, and D.O.Cs/ The Snoop D-O-double-Gs/ And the group that mentioned motherf-k the police.” Em’s alter ego Slim Shady additionally makes a memorable look to wreak havoc and defend the rapper’s legacy in opposition to critics. — A.C.

25. Ludacris feat. Shawnna, “What’s Your Fantasy” (No. 21, Scorching 100)

One of many largest rap stars of the ’00s jumped out with a breakthrough hit the place each salacious lyric was designed to carry your consideration — a profession’s price of punchlines, it appeared, till we realized that every one of his singles have been kinda like that. Three years earlier than Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz took us from the window to the wall, their fellow ATLien went in all places from the 50-yard-line of the Georgia Dome to the White Home, lick-lick-lick-licking any competitors for the honors of being probably the most verbally artistic or dextrous new MC of the early twenty first century. — A.U.

24. Future’s Baby, “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” (No. 3, Scorching 100)

Future’s Baby all however invented the membership on “Jumpin’,” the contagious soundtrack to a ladies’ evening out that gifted us one of many early decade’s most memorable choruses. Beyoncé co-produced the upbeat observe, which was the ultimate single off the group’s album The Writing’s on the Wall, laying the groundwork for her personal solo sound and sing-rap cadence — and her energy. To at the present time, if Bey says the social gathering begins at “11:30,” you higher arrive on the dot. — T.C.

23. Moby, “Porcelain” (No. 18, Scorching 100)

Moby crafted profound and paradigm-shifting music that appeared to be an ideal prediction of what the millennium may sound like, and it’s solely becoming that “Porcelain” from his 1999 electronica opus Play didn’t fairly catch on till the flip of the century. With its enveloping reversed strings loop, divine piano melody and non secular calls from the ether, “Porcelain” created an eye-opening expertise that pushed the music world into the infinite prospects of converging genres. Although he’d attain an atypical superstar standing that might finally flip him right into a punchline inside two years, the height of Moby’s phenomenon in “Porcelain” will endure ceaselessly. — B. Kress

22. Blink-182, “Adam’s Music” (No. 2, Different Songs)

“Adam’s Music,” although not the primary of its variety by any stretch, straight grapples with psychological well being in a approach that probably makes the highly effective music extra fitted to immediately’s period of different music over its turn-of-the-millennium origin. It’s not that heavy matters equivalent to suicide, melancholy and anxiousness have develop into a extra prevalent a part of the human expertise because the music’s launch; fairly, the dialogue surrounding them has fortunately develop into far much less taboo. The slower, extra thought-about “Adam’s Music” was each a sonic and thematic departure from the Blink-182 norm — “What’s My Age Once more” and “All of the Small Issues” served as the opposite two singles on Enema of the State — however lyrics like “please inform mother this isn’t her fault” nonetheless function a number of the band’s most poignant. — J.G.

21. Sisqo, “The Thong Music” (No. 3, Scorching 100)

If you concentrate on it, the “Thong Music” went in opposition to all the things typical. For starters, Sisqo was singing about thongs — with a ardour often reserved in R&B for love and vengeance. Then, he repeats the identical verse 3 times. And third, he hopscotches his approach via these verses with Ricky Martin references and tacky one-liners like “she obtained dumps like a truck.” In 2020, the “Thong Music” won’t make sense, however in 2000, this booty-shaking report precipitated sufficient tremors to land at No. 3 on the Billboard Scorching 100. — C.L.

20. Eminem, “The Actual Slim Shady” (No. 4, Scorching 100)

As he’s accomplished from the beginning of his profession till, nicely, mainly his most up-to-date album dropped in January, Eminem takes intention at his perceived adversaries on this masterfully manic Marshall Mathers LP lead single. He paints a lyrical bull’s-eye on everybody from (the now-very-outdated) Tom Inexperienced to the “little lady and boy teams” peppered all through this very listing. However as a lot as Em’s bars mock the world of pop with slicing precision, this music and its VMAs-dominating video cemented Slim Shady’s place in that very universe, skyrocketing him to the highest 5 of the Scorching 100 for the primary time. — Okay.A.

19. Madonna, “Music” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

The deck has all the time been stacked in opposition to ladies in pop the additional they climb into maturity, so if Madonna was gonna prime the Scorching 100 for 4 consecutive weeks at age 41, she would wish a surefire radio winner with cross-generational enchantment. Enter her Mirwais collab “Music,” a dancefloor call-to-arms boasting a faint patina of electroclash for the membership children, a throbbing techno beat for suburban ravers and sufficient old-school electro-funk that her middle-aged followers may nonetheless nod alongside — Madge making the individuals come collectively for the third straight decade. — J. Lynch

18. *NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

The second single from *NSYNC’s No Strings Hooked up, “It’s Gonna Be Me” additional ushered within the group’s period of perspective. A Max Martin co-penned traditional — although manufacturing was dealt with solo by his oft-overlooked collaborator Rami Yacoub — the observe encourages realizing your price and refusing to get pushed apart. In terms of popular culture, it’s the epitome of a music that endures: So long as millennials are round, there gained’t come an April thirtieth when Justin Timberlake is just not plastered throughout the web singing “It’s gonna be MAY.” If meme clout isn’t sufficient for you, put some respect on its title anyway: “It’s Gonna Be Me” was the one *NSYNC music to ever hit No. 1 on the Scorching 100. — B. Kaminsky

17. Papa Roach, “Final Resort” (No. 57, Scorching 100)

Suicide has been a topic in fashionable music for many years, however there’s by no means been a music, earlier than or since, fairly like Papa Roach’s “Final Resort,” a fully pummeling pop-metal observe carried out from a spot of whole anguish. From the chilly open (“Lower my life into items / that is my final resort!”) to the breakdown by which singer Jacoby Shaddix breaks down in sob-shrieks (“I! CAN’T! GO! ON! LIV! ING! THIS! WAY!”), “Final Resort” leans into the urgency of such a traumatic state of affairs — any breaks in singing are crammed with zigzagging guitars or bashed drums — and by no means stops shaking its listener awake. With such private ache being communicated overtly and truthfully, “Final Resort” has continued as a profoundly cathartic tackle a darkish topic, and as arguably the best single of the nu-metal period. — J. Lipshutz

16. Christina Aguilera, “What a Woman Needs” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

First recorded by French singer Ophélie Winter, “What a Woman Needs” discovered Christina Aguilera taking a glitchy, R&B-tinged pop single — expressing gratitude for a genuinely affected person and empathetic boyfriend — and translating it into her second consecutive Scorching 100 chart-topper with the convenience of a rising world famous person. Twenty years after its launch, “What a Woman Needs” can nonetheless take any youngster of the late Nineteen Nineties again to summers crammed with uneven haircuts and naked midriffs. — T.M.

15. Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl” (No. 19, Scorching 100)

After the Dixie Chicks earned their fourth nation No. 1 with the lovestruck ballad “Cowboy Take Me Away,” the trio loudly reminded the world of their audacity with “Goodbye Earl.” Over a banjo-tinged stomp, frontwoman Natalie Maines graphically narrates an abusive marriage (“She’d placed on darkish glasses or lengthy sleeved blouses/ Or make-up to cowl a bruise”), however by the point the primary refrain hits, the music turns into a story of vengeance — oh, and homicide. Whereas the Dixie Chicks have confirmed their fearlessness all through their decades-spanning profession, “Goodbye Earl” is arguably the Chicks’ boldest show to this point, each due to its black-comedy lyrics and Maines’ fiery supply — which, not for nothing, makes it nonetheless one hell of a karaoke crowd-pleaser many years later. — T.W.

14. Aaliyah, “Attempt Once more” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

First impressions aren’t all the things: That’s the message behind “Attempt Once more,” a slinky, Timbaland-produced jam from the Romeo Should Die soundtrack, which sees Aaliyah telling her potential paramour not to surrender on her if she appears shy at first. Simply as a child’s cries whimsically soundtracked the late star’s “Are You That Anyone?,” Tim’s omnipresent “wiki-wiki“s in “Attempt Once more” put the producer’s singular stamp entrance and heart. It’s a potent pop pairing, which resulted right here within the first Scorching 100 No. 1 for both — and was minimize brief far too quickly by Aaliyah’s premature dying at age 22 only a 12 months later. — Okay.A.

13. Purple Scorching Chili Peppers, “Californication” (No. 69, Scorching 100)

It’s deliciously ironic that Californication, the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers’ meditation on Hollywood’s darkish underbelly, was additionally one in every of their largest industrial successes. Ought to we be frightened that it holds up so nicely? The beloved title observe is a tumble of omens that learn like riddles (“psychic spies from China;” “silver display screen citation”), with references to porn, cosmetic surgery, Kurt Cobain and Star Wars, sung over ominous guitar strums courtesy of John Frusciante, who had simply resumed duties because the band’s guitarist. Together with its traditional fake-video sport video, “Californication” helped make RHCP as huge as ever in the beginning of the 2000s — and if nothing else, its sheer variety of “-ation” rhymes is worthy of a medal. — T.C.

12. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, “The Subsequent Episode” (No. 23, Scorching 100)

In 1999, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg adopted up their landmark “Nuthin’ however a ‘G’ Thang” with a sequel for a brand new age. With these opening horns, borrowed from David Axelrod and David McCallum’s “The Edge,” Dre and his one-time mentee stepped out of the lowrider and into one thing newly slick, creating a West Coast sound that appeared out on the future whereas nonetheless managing to respect its roots. The end result was as impressed as “‘G’ Thang,” and timeless — the following step for Snoop and Dre, after their temporary spat, and for the type they’d already revivified. — W.G.

11. Jay-Z feat. UGK, “Huge Pimpin’” (No. 18, Scorching 100)

There was as soon as a time when Jay-Z was a brash Brooklyn playboy, who relished dwelling life on the sting — a rap model of Jordan Belfort. “Huge Pimpin’” encapsulates that period of Jigga and his braggadocious methods. Not solely does he refuse to wave the white flag on any budding romances (“I’ll be ceaselessly mackin’”), however he additionally brags about his long-lasting stamina when going head-to-head with TV bombshells like Pamela Anderson. Throw in a Timbaland beat as huge as a luxurious liner, a timeless Bun B hook, and Pimp C’s squeaky clear verse about his participant methods, and also you’ve obtained your self an MTV Jam of the Week forever. — C.L.

10. Nelly, “Scorching (S***) Nation Grammar” (No. 7, Scorching 100)

The Midwest had already gifted the world Eminem through Detroit, however when Nelly’s debut LP Nation Grammar dropped on June 27, 2000, the world obtained a vastly extra celebratory injection of center American hip-hop, courtesy of the St. Louis rapper. The album’s title observe and lead single was an homage to the come up, going “from broke to having brokers” and “down-down-baby your avenue in a Vary Rover,” as Nelly flossed within the traditional sing-along refrain. Constructed on a hypnotically effervescent beat from producer Jay E — a St. Lunatics affiliate credited with creating the St. Louis sound — “(Scorching S**t) Nation Grammar” hit the Scorching 100’s prime 10, and was the music of the summer season for teenagers from St. Louis to Memphis, from Texas again as much as Indiana and past. — Okay.B.

9. Macy Grey, “I Attempt” (No. 5, Scorching 100)

Should you went via a break-up circa 2000, odds are, Macy Grey helped you climate it. The raspy-voiced soul singer’s best-known single is a loping anthem about coming to phrases together with your feelings with a cathartic, instant-classic refrain that falls someplace between heartbreaking and releasing. It appears like a very good cry — and got here with an equally tear-jerking music video. The music was nominated for report and music of the 12 months on the 2001 Grammys, the place it additionally picked up finest feminine pop vocal efficiency, and spent 27 weeks on the Scorching 100, peaking at No. 5. Grey launched a brand new, jazz-infused model in 2016, nevertheless it’s the poignant authentic that will get us each time. — T.C.

8. DMX, “Social gathering Up (Up in Right here)” (No. 27, Scorching 100)

Going off just like the alarm clock to get up all of post-Y2K America, “Social gathering Up (Up in Right here)” was a very singular ode to going buckwild from a person who knew of what he f-king spoke. Over a Swizz Beatz manufacturing that screeches at you to chop the pink wire, DMX lets it rip like Randy Johnson coming in for one inning of bullpen work, sounding all of the scarier as a result of the refrain implies he hasn’t even really misplaced his thoughts or his cool but. And regardless of straight threatening homicide within the music’s first and third verses, it’s the second verse the place X really comes off cold-blooded, working down a gut-busting guidelines of causes the competitors can’t evaluate: “You’re wack, you’re twisted, your lady’s a ho/ You’re broke, the child ain’t yours, and all people know…” Preacher tellin’ the reality, and it hurts so good. — A.U.

7. Jennifer Lopez, “Love Don’t Price a Factor” (No. 3, Scorching 100)

J.Lo’s smash hit “Love Don’t Price a Factor,” which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Scorching 100, turned an prompt staple in her catalogue. The break-up anthem, which she included in her epic Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present this February, has stood the take a look at of time due to its catchy, hip-hop-tinged beat, and due to Lopez maintaining it actual with lyrics about her want for real love and not using a price ticket (“All that issues is that you simply deal with me proper”). A memorable dance routine within the music’s music video helped, with thousands and thousands watching making an attempt to get these dance strikes all the way down to hopefully someday present them off on the dancefloor. — G.F.

6. D’Angelo, “Untitled (How Does It Really feel)” (No. 25, Scorching 100)

The video for “Untitled” provoked a collective swoon heard across the nation — due to D’Angelo’s lean, muscled torso and teasing digital camera photographs that lingered close to the singer-songwriter’s equally chiseled nether area. However video apart, the music was a game-changer that solidified D’Angelo’s standing as one in every of R&B’s most progressive skills. The sluggish grind of the music’s sultry, sensuous observe took lovemaking music to the following degree, following earlier connoisseurs equivalent to Marvin Gaye and Prince. And whereas males had often dominated romantic propositions in music to that time, D’Angelo gave females an equal position in “Untitled.” As the primary verse lays out: “Have it your approach/ And if you need you’ll be able to resolve/ That in case you’ll have me/ I can present all the things that you simply need.” Successful a Grammy for finest male R&B vocal efficiency, D’Angelo delivered one of many final nice hurrahs within the style’s neo-soul motion. — G.M.

5. OutKast, “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)” (No. 69, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)

Can a music be massively influential even when nothing that comes after actually sounds prefer it? “B.O.B.” is the OutKast legacy, packed into 5 manic minutes. Andre 3000 and Huge Boi commerce indomitable verses, however all hip-hop conference ends there: Gospel and glam rock battle for air house, time and tempo escalate to oblivion, and a choir-sung refrain eerily preludes the brand new world order lurking over 2000’s shoulder. In actuality, OutKast wrote the Stankonia single extra involved with American ghettos than any overseas coverage; Andre used “bombs over Baghdad” as a sonic non sequitur, pulled from an overheard information broadcast. “B.O.B.” can signify nearly all the things, subsequent to nothing, or simply rap’s best duo innovating at most capability. — C.P.

4. Eminem feat. Dido, “Stan” (No. 51, Scorching 100)

Eminem has (accurately) been lambasted for his fealty to the truly f-ked-up f-word, however credit score the place credit score’s due — on the flip of the century, no main rapper was going out of their strategy to convey matter-of-fact empathy for a jilted, pathological fan in search of a same-sex romantic connection. Over an insistent whisper of a beat and that haunting rework of Dido’s “Thank You,” Marshall Mathers paints a brutally vivid portrait of superstar fixation as a distraction for financial and emotional poverty. Horrorcore is commonly extra human than horror at its core, and the unsparing conclusion to “Stan” nonetheless pains the soul 20 years later – a lot, in actual fact, that society needed to reimagine the title character by way of ‘web slang as a way to smirk via the undesirable feels. — J. Lynch

3. Britney Spears, “Oops!…I Did It Once more” (No. 9, Scorching 100)

How will you keep away from a sophomore hunch? Straightforward: Simply reassemble the staff who labored in your debut smash, squeeze on a pink latex catsuit and shoot a video that’s really out of this world. Britney Spears adopted this recipe for fulfillment with “Oops!…I Did It Once more,” her “not that harmless” lead single from the album of the identical title. Spears as soon as once more linked with Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, the duo behind “…Child One Extra Time,” for a whomping pop smash about toying with somebody’s feelings. The playfulness turns straight-up goofy with a spoken-word bridge that references the diamond necklace from Titanic, to not point out a video set in Spears’ house lair on Mars and a romance with an astronaut. Although “Oops!” didn’t attain the identical chart heights as “…Child,” peaking at No. 9 on the Scorching 100, it’s truthful to say that with this single, sure, she did it once more. — C.W.

2. *NSYNC, “Bye Bye Bye” (No. 4, Scorching 100)

There’s no higher strategy to say hiya to a brand-new period than by saying “bye bye bye” to the previous. This super-powered pop smash was the primary single from *NSYNC’s landmark sophomore album No Strings Hooked up, on which the blockbuster boy band very publicly minimize ties with their unscrupulous creator, late music and blimp impresario Lou Pearlman, to lastly get their fair proportion of the pop pie. In fact, it’s robust to make a enjoyable hit music out of shady enterprise dealings together with your boss, so the lyrics as an alternative handle a poisonous romantic relationship — although traces like “life could be significantly better when you’re gone” and “I don’t need to be the loser and I’ve had sufficient” may simply go each methods.

The factor that endures concerning the music is that repetitive earworm of a refrain — “It ain’t no lie/ Child, bye, bye, bye” — and its accompanying triple-hop dance, made well-known within the quintet’s iconic big-budget music video. You is perhaps shocked to study that “Bye Bye Bye” topped out at No. 4 on the Scorching 100, however the video — with its metaphorical marionette-puppet choreography — dominated the No. 1 spot on MTV’s Complete Request Dwell for 25 consecutive days. No Strings Hooked up went on to promote 2.4 million copies in its first week — a record-setting achievement that lasted 15 years, till Adele’s 25 got here alongside — and it began with this plain lead single. — Okay.A.

1. Future’s Baby, “Say My Identify” (No. 1, Scorching 100)

What did late-‘90s/early-‘00s R&B artists do once they have been heartbroken? Most ran to their nearest piano to pen a gutwrenching ballad. Some waited for the following torrential downpour to sing their poor hearts out. However Future’s Baby, one of many style’s most rule-breaking lady teams, took an alternate method: After constructing a profession on feminine empowerment and kiss-off anthems — “No, No, No Pt. 2,” “Payments, Payments, Payments,” “Bug a Boo” — the foursome tweaked their components, with an method that targeted on the paranoia underlining their unstable relationships.

Say my title. Say my NAME. SAY MY NAME! Girls, we’ve all been there earlier than: The extra you utter that single phrase, it turns into tougher to suppress the irritation that bubbles with every sharp syllable. That form of indignation doesn’t name for fairly piano melodies or sprawling vocal runs, oh no. With Rodney Jerkins’ 808-heavy manufacturing, every syncopation heightened the members’ flawless harmonies and Beyoncé’s progressive staccato, rap-inspired circulate. You possibly can nearly hear her making an attempt to comprise her feelings because the anxious lyrics barely escape gritted enamel: “Each different phrase is ‘uh-huh, yeah okay’/ Might it’s that you’re on the crib with one other girl?” The music was even grounded within the actuality of its lead songwriter, the late LaShawn McDaniels, who discovered his girlfriend would snap with suspicion at him every time she heard voices within the background of his telephone calls: “She’d be like, ‘Effectively, say my title then, and inform me that you simply love me,’” he advised the Recording Academy in 2019.

Positive, “Say My Identify” has been branded considerably by the real-world messiness its launch encompassed: the accompanying video infamously introduced the group’s new line-up, changing LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. However regardless of the background drama, the one went on to win two Grammys, prime the Scorching 100 and create an eternal legacy that lives via a Coachella reunion, an onslaught of covers and interpolations, and — most lately — a chilling horror remake. Even after 20 years, the music’s common relatability nonetheless hasn’t let up. So long as there are triflin’, good for nothing kind of brothas round, ladies can be on the able to query their sudden change. — B.G.

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