Top10 2000s Songs You Forgot Were Awesome



Top10 2000s Songs You Forgot Were Awesome

Written by Q.V. Hough

These songs connected with listeners in the new millennium, and they've still got it today. Welcome to, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 2000s Songs You Forgot Were Awesome. For this list, we're focusing on influential songs from the 2000s that still hold up today, even if you can't remember them by name.

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Top 10 2000s Songs You Forgot Were Awesome

These songs connected with listeners in the new millennium, and they’ve still got it today. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 2000s Songs You Forgot Were Awesome.
For this list, we’re focusing on influential songs from the 2000s that still hold up today, even if you can’t remember them by name.

#10: “Gotta Get Thru This” (2001)
Daniel Bedingfield  

First, it needs to be noted that this song was produced in the artist’s BEDROOM. That alone is impressive. Then, there’s the overall energy of the track. If there’s one thing that never goes out of style… it’s a good beat, and this song’s got a killer one. “Gotta Get Thru This” is a message that everybody can relate to, and with its catchy chorus, delivered by the smooth, distinct vocals of Bedingfield, it pulls the listener in. Essentially, it had all the right ingredients for a 2000s pop hit, and STILL has what it takes to get people moving on the dance floor. Bedingfield actually received a Grammy nomination for this forgotten Do-It-Yourself production.  

#9:“Wherever You Will Go” (2001)
The Calling  

This song is about as catchy as they come, but it’s also got the sort of angsty lyrics that can take you back to your youth. Alex Band’s voice is sultry, and he ups the drama with each and every verse. But it’s the powerhouse chorus that makes “Where You Will Go” such an unforgettable 2000s song, as it can be applied to romantic relationships or the pain of losing someone in any decade. For a post-grunge production, it’s got quite the epic feel. Whether you’re going through a tough time or just looking to take a nostalgia trip, this hit by The Calling has got you covered.

#8: “Shake It” (2008)
Metro Station  

There’s no ambiguity to the meaning of this song - and that’s perfectly fine with us. It’s all about having fun and living in the moment. Musically, “Shake It” has somewhat of a teenybopper feel, but Miley Cyrus’ brother Trace adds a more adult element with his deeper vocals. Given the up-tempo beat and repetitive hook, it’s a 2000s song that’s hard to forget - a catchy track that one can’t help get into. In retrospect, “Shake It” still holds up well as a party-starter, making it ideal for movies, TV shows or any type of production that wants to connect with the youth and convey a sense of fun.


#7: “Let It Rock” (2008)
Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne  

We know what you’re thinking – WHO is Kevin Rudolf? For a short time in 2008, he was the guy that dominated the charts with this rap rock productions. The song features a mash-up of musical styles, and with a title like “Let It Rock,” it unsurprisingly became a pop culture sensation. This 2000s song also reminds that Lil Wayne had major clout back then, so much that he could make Kevin Rudolf a star. Nonetheless, it’s an effective club banger with a timeless message and a modern sound that still holds up today.

#6: “It’s Been Awhile” (2001)

In this post-grunge classic, Aaron Lewis’ remarkable songwriting abilities are on full display. With all it’s self-loathing and existential angst, “It’s Been Awhile” can easily mess with your head, turning even the best of moods into a somber one. It’s an undeniably powerful track, mixing quiet moments of reflection with thrashing moments of catharsis. It’s a fantastic lovesong for emotionally awkward tough guys, and the apologetic lyrics makes it ideal for any “I’m sorry” playlist. Musically, it definitely sounds like an early 2000s rock song, but it’s one that you can play over and over and over.

#5: “Days Go By” (2001)
Dirty Vegas  

When it was released, this house jam reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Play charts. “Days Go By” also won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. But its commercial appeal is what makes it a lasting cultural phenomenon. “Days Go By” was featured heavily in TV promos, TV shows and even video games, which could have it made it TOO popular for some in the early 2000s. Looking back though, it’s a legit club banger and an electro track that you can just vibe out to anywhere, anytime.


#4: “Woman” (2005)

Recorded by arguably one of the most underrated Australian rock bands of the digital age, this track will kick your butt from beginning to end. It’s got that unmistakable classic rock feel, and the central lyric will always be relevant. “Woman” never slows up and lead singer Andrew Songdale howls away like he really means it. It’s a great road tripping song; it’s a great gym song. “Woman” can get you amped up quick, as it’s a perfect example of a killer modern rock song with a heavy retro sound.

#3: “American Boy” (2008)
Estelle feat. Kanye West  

Remember Estelle? Perhaps not. She’s not a Beyoncé or Rihanna, but she’s still an undeniably talented singer. With “American Boy,” Estelle and Kanye keep it cool and fresh throughout. The vocals are effortless, the rhymes are tight and the lyrics are perfect for those looking for love in the USA. Estelle brings that old school jazz aesthetic, while Kanye provides a modern feel. In 2017, Estelle re-emerged with appearances in both “Empire” and “Girls Trip,” reminding people of her 2008 international hit - a song that still feels current.

#2: “Ocean Avenue” (2004)

If you’re looking for classic 2000s pop punk, look no further than “Ocean Avenue.” Lyrically, it taps into that feeling of being young and ready for adventure. Musically, it reminds of the MTV “Total Request Live” era, and it’s the ideal party jam for any movie about the 21st century high school or collegiate experience. Yellowcard doesn’t take themselves too seriously with “Ocean Avenue,” and the chorus is simply infectious. All in all, it stands up as fun song about the unknown future and the reality of trying to figure life out, one day at a time.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
 “Heaven”  (2002)
 DJ Sammy & Yanou feat. Do   

 “Love Song” (2007)    
  Sara Bareilles      
 “Fill Me In” (2000)
  Craig David   

#1: “Take Me Out” (2004)
Franz Ferdinand  

Here’s a 2000s classic that never gets old. It’s got everything. Franz Ferdinand begins strong with their slow build-up, before taking that musical shift that makes “Take Me Out” so memorable. The band creates a musical experience. It’s got loads of rock star bravado, tons of energy and a truly anthemic chorus. Franz Ferdinand takes listeners to a new dimension in a way, as “Take Me Out” is not your typical pop song.  It’s innovative and extremely catchy. It’s a 2000s indie rock anthem that is the epitome of “cool without trying too hard to be cool.”
 So, do you agree with our selections? Which 2000s song do you enjoy the most? For more musical Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to