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Songs From the Early 2000s You Almost Forgot

Updated on February 28, 2018
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100 Songs from the Early '00s

Songs catalog an era more than many other cultural artifacts. Music is a wonderful way to peruse your collection of memories or get a feel for a time period if you weren't around during it.

The early 2000s were a very singular time, especially in the United States. The decade began with the September 11 attacks, the first outbreak of SARS, the burst of the dot com bubble, and the invention of Facebook.

During that tumultuous time, the Harry Potter series also began to come to a close with the release of the fourth book, reality TV turned over a new leaf with the launch of Big Brother, and the virtual reality Second Life was launched.

While things got serious on the international front and our consumption of entertainment turned toward the dark side and the light side at the same time, the music industry managed to create strange, yet iconic tunes with the explosion of rap, emo, new age punk, and memorable pop music.

Below are one hundred of the best of the best, listed in alphabetical order by song title. Get ready for a trip down memory lane.

  1. 3 Small Words - Josie & the Pussycats (2001)
  2. 99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger (2000)
  3. A Plain Morning - Dashboard Confessional (2000)
  4. All for You - Janet Jackson (2001)
  5. Addicted - Simple Plan (2003)
  6. Adrienne - The Calling (2001)
  7. Air Force Ones - Nelly (2002)
  8. Angel - Dave Matthews Band (2001)
  9. Area Codes - Ludacris (2001)
  10. Back here - BBMak (2000)
  11. Broken - 12 Stones (2002)
  12. Bump, Bump, Bump - B2K ft. P. Diddy (2002)
  13. Bye Bye Bye - 'NSync (2000)
  14. Complicated - Avril Lavigne (2002)
  15. Cleanin' Out My Closet - Eminem (2003)
  16. Crazy In Love - Beyonce (2003)
  17. Dirty Little Secret - The All-American Rejects (2003)
  18. Dressed to Kill - New Found Glory (2000)
  19. Drop It Like It's Hot - Snoop Dogg (2004)
  20. Every Day - Dave Matthews Band (2001)
  21. Fallin' - Alicia Keyes (2001)
  22. Family Affair - Mary J. Blige (2001)
  23. Fat Lip - Sum 41 (2001)
  24. Fight Music - D12 (2001)
  25. Fighter - Christina Aguilera
  26. Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem (2001)
  27. Gimme the Light - Sean Paul (2002)
  28. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliot (2001)
  29. Get the Party Started - P!nk (2001)
  30. Grindin' - Clipse (2002)
  31. Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse (2000)
  32. Helena - My Chemical Romance (2004)
  33. Hey Ya! - Outkast (2003)
  34. Holidae Inn - Chingy (2003)
  35. I Feel So - Box Car Racer (2002)
  36. I Hope You Dance - LeeAnn Womack (2000)
  37. I Love This Bar - Toby Keith (2003)
  38. I Wanna be With You - Mandy Moore (2000)
  39. In Da Club - 50 Cent (2003)
  40. I'd Do Anything - Simple Plan (2002)
  41. I'm Like a Bird -Nelly Furtado (2000)
  42. I'm With You - Avril Lavigne (2002)
  43. In My Eyes - Rufio (2001)
  44. In the End - Linkin Park (2000)
  45. In Those Jeans - Ginuwine (2003)
  46. It's Been Awhile - Staind (2003)
  47. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson (2003)
  48. Izzo - Jay-Z (2001)
  49. Just A Friend - Mario (2002)
  50. Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink (2001)
  51. Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve (2001)
  52. Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge (2000)
  53. Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous - Good Charlotte (2002)
  54. Lose Yourself - Eminem (2002)
  55. Make It Clap - Busta Rhymes (2001)
  56. My Dad's Gone Crazy - Eminem (2003)
  57. My Friend's Over You - New Found Glory (2002)
  58. My Immortal - Evanescence (2000)
  59. My Neck, My Back - Khia (2002)
  60. My projects - Coo Coo Cal (2001)
  61. No More Drama - Mary J. Blige (2001)
  62. Ocean Avenue - Yellow Card (2003)
  63. One Minute Man - Missy Elliott (2001)
  64. Outside - Staind (2003)
  65. P.I.M.P. - 50 Cent (2003)
  66. Pass the Courvoisier - Busta Rhymes (2001)
  67. Peaches N' Cream - 112 (2001)
  68. Purple Pills - D12 (2001)
  69. Raise Up - Petey Pablo (2001)
  70. Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson (2004)
  71. Rock Wit U - Ashanti (2003)
  72. Roll Out - Ludacris (2001)
  73. Sadie Hawkins Dance - Reliant K (2001)
  74. Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne (2002)
  75. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm (2001)
  76. Superman (It's not easy) - Five for Fighting (2000)
  77. Sincerely Me - New Found Glory (2000)
  78. St. Anger - Metallica (2003)
  79. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne (2003)
  80. Sugar, We're Goin' Down - Fall Out Boy (2005)
  81. Sweetness - Jimmy Eat World (2001)
  82. Swing, Swing - The All-American Rejects (2002)
  83. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World (2001)
  84. The Real Slim Shady - Eminem (2001)
  85. The Rock Show - blink-182 (2001)
  86. The Way I Am - Eminem (2001)
  87. This One's For the Girls - Martina McBride (2003)
  88. Toxic - Britney Spears (2003)
  89. Ugly - Bubba Sparxxx (2001)
  90. Waking up - Sum 41 (2001)
  91. What Was I Thinkin' - Dierks Bentley (2003)
  92. What's Luv - Fat Joe (2001)
  93. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira (2001)
  94. Where Are You Going - Dave Matthews Band (2002)
  95. Where Is the Love? - Black Eyed Peas (2003)
  96. Where the Party At - Jagged Edge ft. Nelly (2001)
  97. Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men (2000)
  98. U Don't Have to Call - Usher (2001)
  99. U Remind Me - Usher (2001)
  100. Unititled - D'Angelo (2000)

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    • SarahLinny profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Carson 

      23 months ago from Hatfield, PA

      That is also a good song (and a true statement)! I wonder if it was, perhaps, subconscious inspiration for the punk song that came out 30-some years later?

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      Bill Holland 

      23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      #5 is one of my all-time favorite songs. When I saw the title of this article I instantly thought of the old classic "Breaking Up Is Very Hard To Do" by the Walker Brothers...late 60s....I am now officially showing my age. LOL

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