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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century

Originally posted 10/9/2011; updated 4/18/2015.

This list was originally posted in response to a VH1 countdown of The Top 100 Songs of the 2000s. That list and 64 others were consolidated into an aggregate DMDB list along with points in the overall Dave’s Music Database, sales figures, chart performances, and awards. It has been updated several times since.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003) DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) DM, VF, SS
3. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, RS, SS
4. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
5. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
6. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
7. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) BB, DM, VF, PC
8. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010) VF
9. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011) BB, DM, G-R, VF
10. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM

11. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DM, PC
12. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012) DM, PC
13. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF
14. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
15. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS
16. Party Rock Anthem… LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011) PC
17. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) DM, G-S
18. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
19. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013) DM, VF, PC
20. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)

21. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) G-S, PC, RS
22. Someone Like You…Adele (2011) Q, SS
23. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
24. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF
25. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
26. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) BB
27. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
28. Firework…Katy Perry (2010) PC
29. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
30. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) VF

31. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) BB
32. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
33. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) BB
34. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) BB
35. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
36. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013) BB, PC
37. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) BB
38. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
39. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
40. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S

41. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
42. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012) BB
43. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS
44. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
45. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
46. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
47. Baby…Justin Bieber with Ludacris (2010)
48. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
49. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
50. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)

51. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R
52. Royals…Lorde (2013) G-S
53. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
54. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
55. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
56. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
57. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011) G-S
58. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
59. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
60. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME

61. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014)
62. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
63. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011) VF
64. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS
65. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
66. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) PC
67. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB
68. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) NME, Q
69. All of Me…John Legend (2013)
70. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)

71. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)
72. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
73. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
74. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
75. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
76. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)
77. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
78. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
79. What Makes You Beautiful…One Direction (2011)
80. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014) DM, G-R, G-S

81. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB
82. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
83. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)
84. On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
85. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014) 86. Fancy…Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX (2014)
87. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
88. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
89. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
90. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)

91. Only Girl in the World…Rihanna (2010)
92. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
93. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
94. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
95. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013) G-S, NME, RS
96. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
97. Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
98. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
99. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
100. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • Best of Friends…Palma Violets (2012) NME
  • Cha-Cha Slide…Mr. C the Slide Man (2000) PC
  • Cupid Shuffle…Cupid (2007) PC
  • Dance with My Father…Luther Vandross (2003) G-S
  • Daniel…Bat for Lashes (2009) NME
  • Daughters…John Mayer (2004) G-S
  • Do I Wanna Know?...Arctic Monkeys (2013) Q
  • Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls (2005) VF
  • Drunk in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2013) RS
  • Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
  • Fire…Kasabian (2009) Q
  • Golden Skans…Klaxons (2007) NME
  • Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000) BB
  • Heavenly…Patty Griffin (2007) SS
  • Here We Go Again…Ray Charles with Norah Jones (2004) G-R
  • Hold On…Alabama Shakes (2012) RS
  • Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PC
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS
  • Ill Manors…Plan B (2012) Q
  • Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) NME, Q
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PC
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010) Q
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) RS
  • Rude…Magic! (2013) VF
  • Runaway…Kanye West with Pusha T (2010) RS
  • The Scientist…Coldplay (2002) Q
  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer…The Fall (2008) Q
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own…U2 (2004) G-S
  • Spanish Sahara…Foals (2010) NME
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) NME
  • Video Games…Lana Del Rey (2011) NME
  • Walk On…U2 (2000) G-R
  • We Can’t Make It Here…James McMurtry (2005) SS
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?...The Baha Men (2000) PC
  • Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS

Key to the Codes:


  1. Was there not music released in 2011 or 2012? The latest song to come out that you have listed is "Fuck You" by Cee-Lo Green and that is basically what you are telling viewers of this post if you don't update it while stating in the title " far". Interesting that you criticize people on their posts about a lack of updating with a link to visit "your list" while you do not update your own list! Can you say "hypocrite"?

    1. In regards to your comment about my being critical of others updating their lists, I'm not sure what you are referencing. I will say that, as noted in the intro on this page, this list is an aggregate of 64 other best-of lists. If those lists don't include more recent material than this one doesn't either.

  2. Wow. This list is a very good example of what pile of rubbish music has been in the 21st century.

  3. What a horrible list....

  4. What ever happened to music. This looks like a 12 year old's list.

    1. It is true that pop music is largely driven by the tween and teen set, though. Frankly, though, if this list had been generated by polling a classroom of 6th graders (it wasn't, as has already been indicated), that wouldn't diminish its worth - unless you don't believe youth are allowed to have opinions.

  5. There are about five good songs on this list. Today's music is horrible.

  6. I've noticed on your lists there seems to be a few more country songs then on other lists. Can you explain this?

    1. Since I tapped into multiple lists, the hope is that this has a broader scope and represents more genres.

    2. Thanks, I think you did a good job.

  7. it is a bunch of CRAP!!!! you need someone who has a head on his shoulder- BUT NOT TO CRY ON!!! RE-DO THESE LISTS TO SAVE YOUR SUPPORTERS AND YOUR FUTURE EMBARASMENT IN PERSON AND ONLINE!! PICK IT UP & KEEP GOING!!!!!!

    1. Wow. I can only respond with complete sarcasm. I commend you on your open-mindedness and willingness to recognize that everyone has different tastes and that all listeners are worthy of having their music celebrated.

  8. I'm dismayed (although not surprised) by the general negativity here. I know from reading other music blogs how common it is for people to troll and seek out opportunities to rant. My approach to making lists by aggregating multiple sources is to present lists with as much objectivity as possible. These aren't my personal favorites. However, I am capable of recognizing that my tastes are not everyone else's. It is much more interesting to celebrate all kinds of music and recognize the worth it holds for others than to off-handedly dismiss anyone who doesn't listen to the same music as me.

  9. i thought this is a prett good list. thank ou