Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

Originally as "The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century." Changed to a list focused just on 2000-2009 on June 11, 2015. Updated 10/22/2017.

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) AG, DM, VF, SS
3. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
4. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
5. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
6. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) AG, BB, DM, VF, PC
7. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DM, PC
8. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM
9. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
10. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF

11. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS
12. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) AG, BB
13. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) G-S, PC, RS
14. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) AG, DM, G-S
15. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
16. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) AG, BB
17. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) AG, BB
18. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005) AG
19. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
20. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) AG, BB

21. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
22. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
23. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) AG, BB
24. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
25. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF
26. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) NME, Q
27. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
28. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS
29. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) VF
30. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)

31. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME
32. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
33. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
34. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S
35. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
36. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS
37. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) AG, PC
38. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
39. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
40. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R

41. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
42. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
43. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
44. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB
45. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
46. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
47. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
48. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)
49. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
50. Since U Been Gone…Kelly Clarkson (2004)

51. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
52. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
53. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
54. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
55. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
56. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS
57. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB
58. Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)
59. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
60. Hot N Cold…Katy Perry (2008)

61. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
62. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
63. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
64. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
65. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)
66. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
67. Beautiful…Christina Aguilera (2002)
68. Without Me…Eminem (2002)
69. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)
70. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)

71. Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
72. American Idiot…Green Day (2004)
73. Bring Me to Life…Evanesence with Paul McCoy (2003)
74. Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) NME, Q
75. Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes (2005) VF
76. Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS
77. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)
78. Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PC
79. Paper Planes…MIA (2008)
80. Sex on Fire…Kings of Fire (2008)

81. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
82. 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
83. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)…Train (2001)
84. This Love…Maroon 5 (2002)
85. Ignition (remix)…R. Kelly (2002)
86. Kryptonite…3 Doors Down (2000)
87. Get the Party Started…Pink (2001)
88. Love Song…Sara Bareilles (2007)
89. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
90. Crank That (Soulja Boy)…Soulja Boy Tell’em (2007)

91. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
92. Somebody Told Me…The Killers (2004)
93. Jesus Walks…Kanye West (2004)
94. Bye Bye Bye…N Sync (2000)
95. My Humps…Black Eyed Peas (2005)
96. Before He Cheats…Carrie Underwood (2005)
97. Wake Me Up When September Ends (2004)
98. Halo…Beyonce (2008)
99. Vertigo…U2 (2004)
100. Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PC
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) 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
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) 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

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

  10. Great to see this mature list. Thanks for the list.