Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top 100 Songs from 2000-2009

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:


These are the top 100 songs from the 2000s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
2. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
3. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
4. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
5. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
6. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
7. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
8. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
9. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
10. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)

11. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
12. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2009)
13. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009)
14. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
15. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
16. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007)
17. Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis “Just Dance” (2008)
18. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008)
19. 50 Cent “In Da Club” (2002)
20. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (2006)

21. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (2006)
22. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
23. Nelly “Hot in Herre” (2002)
24. Alicia Keys “Fallin’” (2001)
25. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful” (2005)
26. Alicia Keys “No One” (2007)
27. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)
28. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” (2008)
29. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
30. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)

31. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
32. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009)
33. Jay-Z with Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” (2009)
34. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (2009)
35. Madonna “Music” (2000)
36. Daniel Powter “Bad Day” (2005)
37. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (2002)
38. Eminem with Dido “Stan” (2000)
39. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008)
40. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

41. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (2006)
42. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
43. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
44. The Killers “Mr. Brightside” (2004)
45. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (2004)
46. Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” (2008)
47. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
48. 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” (2000)
49. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (2000)
50. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (2007)

51. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” (2008)
52. Missy Elliott “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
53. Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink “Lady Marmalade” (2001)
54. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
55. Hoobastank “The Reason” (2003)
56. Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009)
57. Rihanna “Disturbia” (2008)
58. Avril Lavigne “Complicated” (2002)
59. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
60. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” (2008)

61. Nelly Furtado with Timbaland “Promiscuous” (2006)
62. Britney Spears “Toxic” (2004)
63. Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance” (2000)
64. Flo Rida & Ke$ha “Right Round” (2009)
65. Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger” (2007)
66. Coldplay “Yellow” (2000)
67. OutKast “Ms. Jackson” (2000)
68. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?” (2003)
69. Eminem “Without Me” (2002)
70. T.I. with Rihanna “Live Your Life” (2008)

71. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (2000)
72. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
73. Pink “So What” (2008)
74. Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl” (2005)
75. Enrique Iglesias “Hero” (2001)
76. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2003)
77. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (2008)
78. The Fray “How to Save a Life” (2005)
79. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (2002)
80. Soulja Boy Tell’em “Crank That (Soulja Boy)…” (2007)

81. Madonna “Hung Up” (2005)
82. M.I.A. “Paper Planes” (2007)
83. Mario “Let Me Love You” (2004)
84. Evanesence with Paul McCoy “Bring Me to Life” (2003)
85. Maroon 5 “This Love” (2002)
86. Sara Bareilles “Love Song” (2007)
87. T.I. “Whatever You Like” (2008)
88. Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
89. 50 Cent with Olivia “Candy Shop” (2005)
90. Owl City “Fireflies” (2009)

91. Christina Aguilera “Beautiful” (2002)
92. Lifehouse “Hanging by a Moment” (2000)
93. Kid Rock “All Summer Long” (2007)
94. Britney Spears “Oops!...I Did It Again” (2000)
95. Pink “Get the Party Started” (2001)
96. Rihanna “Take a Bow” (2008)
97. Shaggy wih Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent “It Wasn’t Me” (2000)
98. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
99. Gorillaz with De La Soul “Feel Good Inc.” (2005)
100. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)

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First posted 6/11/2015; last updated 11/27/2022.


  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.

  11. hey dave, need download link haha