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10 Best Pop Songs of the 2000s, Ranked 2023

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The 2000s were, in my opinion, one of the best decades for pop music, with a ton of hits released that are still played and loved today. 

Coming up with a list of the ten best pop songs of the 2000s was no easy feat and took a lot of time and patience scouring the pop charts for those years. 

Here are the ten best pop songs of the 2000s based on views, popularity, and the way they made us feel at the time!

1. Toxic by Britney Spears

Britney ditched her good girl image with the 2003 release of her album In The Zone. With songs like “Toxic,” she moved from bubblegum pop to creating hits that are still popular today, thanks to TikTok. 

“Toxic” has an incredibly catchy beat and tells of toxic love that has the singer hopelessly addicted. This 2000s hit is great for any party and will get everyone on the dance floor singing along.

2. Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is undeniably one of the biggest names in rap music. The hit song “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” taken from the 2004 album R&G: The Masterpiece, is one of his best and has been played in clubs and bars worldwide since its release.

While it seems that the lyrics might not make sense, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” is a call to get on the dance floor. Snoop has a unique way of using his words, and this song is just another example of why he is a lyrical genius and deserves to be on the best pop songs of the 2000s list. 

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3. Hey Ya! by OutKast

If ever there was a list of the most catchy songs of all time, Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” would be number one. Released in 2003 on the album of the same name, the song was written by band member Andre3000 and remains one of their most popular songs to date. 

Pop this track on, get on the dancefloor and shake your booty to the beat of “Hey Ya!.” Still played at dance clubs worldwide, it is a great dance song with a fun beat to keep you going. 

4. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

Following her split from No Doubt in the early 2000s, Gwen Stefani carved out a solo career with the release of her debut album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby in 2004. 

One of the first songs to be released from the album was “Hollaback Girl,” and it is a “reply” to criticism Stefani received from artists about being nothing more than a follower or cheerleader in the music scene. 

Stefani’s debut album became a massive hit, with over 7 million copies sold worldwide. True to her word, Gwen showed the world that she was more than just a “Hollaback Girl” and that she, too, was a leader in the music industry. This track is great for celebrating girl power. 

5. Umbrella by Rihanna (Feat. JAY-Z)

A love song for the modern age, “Umbrella” was an almost instant hit when it was released in 2007. Rihanna and JAY-Z sang of protection and the ultimate love in the song from the Caribbean star’s Good Gone Girl Bad album. 

With lyrics like “You have my heart, and we’ll never be worlds apart,” the song is perfect to dedicate to the love of your life as a promise that there are no storms too big to handle together. 

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“Umbrella” is a must for the best pop songs of the 2000s and should be on your pop playlist. 

6. Hot in Herre by Nelly

Nelly released his second album, Nellyville, not just another rapper, in early 2002. One of the album’s biggest and most memorable hits is “Hot in Herre,” it has been played at parties and dance clubs ever since. 

With a second “R” in the title to emphasize just how hot it is, there is no doubt that Nelly wants to see more of the women in the club, and by more, I mean skin. 

“Hot in Herre” is a 2000s jam that won’t soon be forgotten. 

7. Yeah! by Usher (Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)

With his smooth voice, Usher has had women lusting after him since the early 2000s. The release of his album Confessions in 2004 came at the height of his career and had women swooning as he sang of meeting a girl in a club while away from his girlfriend. 

The song “Yeah!” features Lil Jon and Ludacris, two big names in the rap world, and has the three coming together to create a rap masterpiece. Popular in dance clubs and house parties, “Yeah!” will have even the most timid people up and dancing in no time. 

8. Try Again by Aaliyah

Aaliyah released the hit “Try Again” for the soundtrack to the movie Romeo Must Die in 2000, making it an instant hit among thousands of fans. While the song continues to be popular even today, this was the last album released by the singer as she sadly died in a plane crash in 2001.

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Aaliyah’s voice and music continue to be played worldwide and are a must on the ten best pop songs of the 2000s. Give it a listen and see what all the fuss is about. 

9. Crazy In Love by Beyoncé (Feat. JAY-Z)

Possibly one of the best musical pairings in the history of music, Beyoncé and JAY-Z came together for the 2003 release of “Crazy in Love.” 

Taken off the 2003 album Dangerously in Love, the song is a love song with a difference. With a fantastic dance vibe and extremely catchy lyrics, the song was one of the first collaborations the stars did after they started dating in 2001.

This is a great one for any house party and will have you shaking your booty and mimicking Beyoncé’s moves in no time. 

10. Complicated by Avril Lavigne

Aah, Avril. Girls worldwide rejoiced as the album Let Go was released in 2002, giving us fresh pop music with an edge. Many girls relished the “skater girl” trend that saw long hair and baggy clothes dominating the disco. 

“Complicated” was one of the first singles released off the album and quickly gathered a large fan base for Avril and her funky pop music. Pop on this track and let it take you back to your teens when skateboards were cool, and girls could wear ties with absolutely anything.