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The year 2000. The new millennium. It’s hard to believe that more than a decade has passed since that glorious year of self discovery for entertainment and music. OK, so we didn’t get flying cars, but what we did get were ten amazing songs that shaped the year.
10. Darude – “Sandstorm”
Technically, this one was released in 1999, but it became an international phenomena in the year 2000. This instrumental trance track is instantly recognizable and set the tone for the year perfectly
9. Eminem – “Stan”
The creation of slang word “Stan” was born. This track from Eminem’s third studio album literally created a new pop culture term that is still used today. The features British artist Dido, and is a remix of her song “Thank You.”
8. Janet Jackson – “Doesn’t Really Matter”
This track, recorded by Jackson for the Nutty Professor II: The Klumps soundtrack further cemented her legacy.
7. Backstreet Boys – “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”
From their third studio album Millennium, the Boys brought us “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely.” This quintessential boy band track is a staple for the 2000s, and made the group as one of the most popular boy bands to ever do it.
6. Coldplay – “Yellow”
This track from the British alternative rock band’s debut album shot them into stardom, as well as giving them their first top-five hit in the United Kingdom. A song of unrequited love, the single served as a symbol of successes to come.
5. Blink-182 – “All The Small Things”
Pop-punk pioneers Blink-182 nabbed themselves a Billboard No. 1 on the Modern rock charts with this catchy ode to then girlfriend (and now wife) of band member Tom DeLonge,
4. Sisqo – “Thong Song”
Sisqo’s “Thong Song” was the most iconic song about butts since Sir Mix a Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” This single from Sisqo’s debut solo album Unleash the Dragon stands the test of time as the singer recently sang it at his wedding reception.
3. Nsync – “Bye Bye Bye”
Let’s be honest: We all know how to do the iconic “Bye Bye Bye” dance from this music video, although some of us practiced more than others. “Bye Bye Bye” has been covered by celebrities like Adele and Kelly Clarkson, among others.
2. Baha Men – “Who Let The Dogs Out”
Every ’90s/’00s baby should know this song. It seemed like it was on every PG movie soundtrack in 2000. Is it really about dogs though? The world may never know the truth.
1. U2 – “Beautiful Day”
Is it just me or is this song literally played in every shopping center across the country? The song is beautiful and will be remembered as one of U2’s best, especially after they performed it during the 2002 super bowl halftime show.
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