Take a trip down memory lane with our list of the top hits of the 2000’s!
By Kate Ferrell and Gus Nations | Staff Writers
1.) “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers (2003)
Would it even be a top 10 songs of the 2000’s list without this classic on it?! “Mr. Brightside” has served as the anthem of many summer roadtrips as it is blared out the Rolled-down windows of every sedan in the world. This song is a multi-genre Masterpiece, and frankly, the world does not deserve it.
2) “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyonce (2008)
Is there anything else that can be said about this song? The words “If you like it then you should have put a ring on it” will forever resonate with me. I heard them for the first time from my first grade girlfriend as I saw her sharing Cheez-Its with my friend from across the cafeteria. Refer to “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Gus.
3) “Hey Ya!” by OutKast (2003)
This song undoubtedly deserves a spot on this top 10 list. “Hey Ya” is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head without you even listening to it. With its undying repetitiveness, “Hey Ya!” effortlessly gets audiences everywhere to “shake it like a polaroid picture” and with even one play, can better someone’s entire day.
4) “Gold Digger” by Kanye West released in (2005)
This classic bop will most likely remain timeless for its catchy hook and excellent dancing beat. “Gold Digger” is an important song for every generation to learn. It teaches important lessons about financial and parental responsibilities. Every eighth grader deserves the right to scream the (clean) lyrics of this song ‘til the end of time.
5) “Hips Don’t Lie” feat. Wyclef Jean by Shakira (2005)
Quite possibly the most iconic single ladies dancing song in the history of the world. Shakira revolutionized the Latino-pop genre with a song that will go down in history as an all-time classic. The chorus “I’m on tonight you know my hips don’t lie” has personally been sung both in the car and on the dance floor many times. This song will undoubtedly continue to age like fine cheese and I’m excited for the next generation of music listeners to enjoy it as much as I have.
6) “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift (2008)
Not only was the song an instant classic, but the music video contributed to its legacy. It took me a solid three years before I realized that the mean girl and Taylor Swift were the same person. “You Belong With Me” was one of the first songs that contributed to Taylor Swift’s stardom, and the bubblegum pop song was a staple on radio stations for years. *Sigh* brings me back to a simpler time…
7) “Toxic” by Brittany Spears (2003)
This song instantly turns even the most innocent of souls into a seductress ready to steal the hearts of many. Brittany Spears’ iconic blue flight attendant outfit will forever live on as thousands of girls dress in it every Halloween. “Toxic” is for those moods when you are feeling spicy and ready to party.
8) “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson (2002)
An important song for youth after their first foray into romance. The world of love is a cruel place, kids… Kelly Clarkson will help you through it and it’ll be all right.
9) “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay (2008)
A defining song for the alternative genre. “Viva La Viva” helped cement Coldplay’s legacy as one of the most important and groundbreaking bands of the early 2000s, and though I may never understand what the song is actually about, I will always enjoy the opening chords of the organ as it blasts from the iPod nano I still use to listen to for the nostalgia.
10) “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! at the Disco (2005)
This song soothes the inner emo in all of us. If you didn’t listen to this song in your bedroom while crying, did you even have a childhood? Screaming the lyrics to this song is pretty much mandatory in every situation. Brendan Urie and his killer vocals can get me through even the darkest of times, and the number of times I have been caught singing this at the top of my lungs at a redlight is embarrassing.