Music is such a huge part of our lives that it's no surprise we listen to so much of it, taking in music wherever we can. Even people who don't consider themselves to be too interested in the more artistic musicians out there will have been bombarded for most of their life by popular music, the sort of stuff that is played on the radio all the time and enters into the charts with ease. We wanted to look at all of the hits that made it big in the 00s and see how much everyone loved the music that was coming out at that time.
What we've done is pull together some of the biggest hits from that era and we want people to tell us whether they think that they were worth listening to, either then or now! Once they've done that, we'll be able to tell them which popstar would've chosen them for marriage.
If everyone is ready to take a look at a time that is often forgotten when people talk about popular music, then let's get started now and throw ourselves at the quiz. There's a lot of songs to look at then let's go!
'Yeah!' by Usher
We imagine that a lot of people never thought they would get to the point where the main part of a popular song could revolve around a single word, but then a lot of what people like about music is the song that surrounds the lyrics. Sure, it may not have the best lyrical content, but that doesn't change the fact that a lot of people have found themselves dancing to this tune because of the brilliant beat in the background.
'You Belong With Me' by Taylor Swift
Swift has been through a variety of changes when it comes to her public persona and the music she plays, with this song actually coming before the style of Taylor Swift that we've come to know and love in the recent years. It has pop music elements to it, but this was before she had managed to turn her time in the industry into mainstream success, meaning that it's not entirely like the work that she put out in recent years.
'Drop It Like It's Hot' by Snoop Dogg
While nobody is denying that Snoop Dogg brings a certain something to this tune, most people will remember it for the hugely minimalist style that was put together for the song by Pharrell. To this day, we only have to hear the first couple of beats to know what song is coming, and we haven't purposefully sat down to listen to the tune in a very long time. It's universally loved and a hit single for the now aging rapper at a time when he really needed it!
'Umbrella' by Rihanna
We know that the topic of love has been written about many different times in the world of music, but that doesn't change the fact that songs like this can come out, lyrics detailing the power of a romantic relationship, and blow us all away. It was a hugely popular single and continues to be one of Rihanna's biggest ever hits. We imagine that people will continue to listen to this tune for a very long time to come as well.
'By The Way' by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The lead singer of this band is known for writing rather nonsense lyrics, and this song is no different, which is why it was such a surprise that it managed to be such a hit for the band! Despite the lyrics being difficult to really make any sense of, the music behind the singing has a great beat and goes from quiet to loud just enough to times to stay interesting by the end, the whole song never outstaying its welcome.
'Get The Party Started' by P!nk
One of the universal things that all human beings can agree on, is that we all need to cut loose from time to time, so it should come as no surprise that a lot of people have written about having a good time in the past. Musicians are known for having fun, so it only makes sense that they would write songs like this which are entirely about going out on a Saturday night and having the best time possible.
'Beautiful Day' by U2
Despite the fact that a lot of people seem to be writing about the fact that they've turned away from this band over recent years, but that doesn't change the fact that people still listen to them in their millions! Throw in the fact that they have songs like this, ones that seem to be entirely about just enjoying the day for its beauty. We don't think there are enough people out there that talk about how we should cherish every day that we're given.
'Seven Nation Army' by The White Stripes
Not all pop music is about the lyrics or what the song means, instead focusing on the way that the instruments sound. The White Stripes have always been about the music, meaning that the lyrics can sometimes end up being rather obtuse. That being said, this song quite arguably has one of the most recognizable riffs in modern music, proving that people can make a truly timeless pop song without having to write lyrics that speak to anyone about their lives.
'In Da Club' by 50 Cent
While there have always been rappers out there that are trying to bring people's attention to serious matters, there are also a lot of them that make music like this. Lyrically, this song is all about a young man showing up at a club to show everyone that he's got everything he wants and that he wants to pick up some women. It may not be incredibly profound in its content? No, but then does everything brought out by a rapper have to be that?!
'Chasing Pavements' by Adele
Believe it or not, but this woman actually wrote this song after finding out that her boyfriend had been untrue. She wasn't willing to let it go, so when she found out she went down to the pub she knew he was in and hit him before leaving. As she walked back home, she got an idea for the song and wrote down the lyrics once she got in. That boyfriend must have felt stupid when this made it onto the charts!
'Fallin' by Alicia Keys
Like many other popular songs out there, this song follows a woman as she tries to deal with love and the many pitfalls that come with falling in love with someone. Yes, it can be both up and down falling in love with someone, not always proving to be the smooth and lovely road that many people told us it would be when we were younger. In a way, it's good to have people in popular music telling it like it is.
'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse
Everyone knows since her sad passing that this woman had a lot on her plate, not only due to what has come out since her passing but also due to the fantastic documentary that came out about her time in the spotlight. We can see through songs like this that this woman had a pretty dark mind, that the lyrics coming out of her were accurately reflecting how she felt inside. If only someone had been able to help her.
'Lose Yourself' by Eminem
Quite possibly the most inspiring song in this quiz, this went hand in hand with the movie 8 Mile which Eminem put together as a reflection of his own youth. It tells the story of a young rapper who is waiting to go out and show the world that he has what it takes, with everyone and everything against him. There's a moment just before when he considers just leaving and never coming back, but instead he runs with it and succeeds.
'Complicated' by Avril Lavigne
In a lot of ways, this young artist filled the space in the pop charts for those young women who felt that they didn't fit into the world in the same way as so many of their peers. This was a chance for the misfits and outcasts to see that they would also end up going through the emotions that come with love, that the road towards happiness isn't always smooth and people shouldn't give up on it despite that.
'All The Small Things' by blink-182
Nobody can deny that these guys put out some meaningful music during their time in the spotlight, but that doesn't change the fact that they became well known for their good humor and obsession with making fun music over anything else. They kept things high energy, even when they were dealing with sadder topics sometimes, and they spoke to a disaffected youth that felt they didn't know where they were going or who they were going to become. We need bands like this.
'Toxic' by Britney Spears
Spears' life has been an odd one, filled with almost constant ups and downs. She has spent most of her life under the spotlight, meaning that she hasn't been able to get away with anything without somebody seeing it or finding out. It all exploded when she decided to completely shave her head, and rather than support her through her time of the need, the world and its media turned against her and labeled her a crazy person, something she thankfully overcame.
'Independent Women' by Destiny's Child
Before Beyonce was able to make a living out of singing songs about how much she cares about women, she had to do it in a group to get her name out there. While the other two went on to work on various other projects throughout their time in the music industry, it was only Beyonce that managed to do it successfully, something that we imagine the rest of the band struggle to come to terms with on a regular basis...
'Clocks' by Coldplay
This band gets made fun of quite a lot due to their easy sound and pop sensibilities, but that doesn't change the fact that they are able to churn out hits all the time, never stopping to take a breath. For example, this song was actually composed in a ridiculously short time! The famous piano riff that makes up most of what people remember about this song was a happy accident, some throwaway riff that then made up one of the band's most well-known songs!
'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera
We live in a world that is constantly telling us we're not good enough, and what Aguilera is trying to get across in this song is that this isn't true, that no matter how we look, every single one of us is beautiful in our own way. It's great to have a celebrity with influence over young people stand up and take a stand against the tide of sadness that society tries to wash over them on a daily basis.
'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley
This single was absolutely huge and we can only assume that it made the two guys involved a lot of money, but it didn't last long before Danger Mouse moved away from the project, forcing Cee Lo Green to go out and try to create some solo work. While Green has struggled to find the same amount of success that came with this single, Danger Mouse continues to work on various critically acclaimed albums and show no sign of stopping.
Sugar, We're Goin Down' by Fall Out Boy
For many, this song sparked off the emo era, bringing it into the mainstream in a way that had not been properly managed before. While some felt that the genre should've stayed pure for the outcasts, many felt it was great to see more and more people get into this sort of music. In a lot of ways, it was this song that sparked off the huge wave of emo and pop punk albums that came out over the next few years.
'Best Of You' by Foo Fighters
To think that Dave Grohl started out in Nirvana is an interesting though, as it just shows how different the sort of music he makes now is. In fact, there are a lot of people out there that wish the lead singer for Foo Fighters would stay behind the drum kit as that is where he does his best work, where he has always done his best work. Doesn't stop Foo Fighters from regularly filling huge stadiums and selling a lot of music.
'Gold Digger' by Kanye West
Believe it or not, but when West originally wrote this song he envisioned it would be sung by a woman, which just goes to show that he doesn't really have any understanding outside of his own form of music really. Yes, this song tells the story of a man coming to realize that the women that are coming for him are the sort of people that don't really care about him, instead turning up to make the most of his money.
'Hurt' by Johnny Cash
Despite the fact that this song is actually a cover of a song that was originally released by Nine Inch Nails, Cash was able to make it his own. He had made his name with Country Music and music like that, but he used his later years to really experiment with the sort of albums he could put out. A lot of his later work was stripped back covers of songs that he never would've written himself, and they were always great.
'Are You Gonna Be My Girl?' by Jet
This is the dictionary definition of a one-hit wonder, a song that came along and made a lot of noise, but wasn't ever really built upon as a piece of art. Yes, the band continued to make music, but they weren't able to grab themselves a hit like this single ever again. We're not sure what Jet is doing these days, but we assume that they are still making music from time to time and putting out into the world.
'99 Problems' by Jay-Z
While it doesn't hit the heights of some socially minded rap out there, there's a lot in this song to think about. Not only does it tell the tale of what life can be like a for a young minority in the US, but it also plays around with words in a way that shows off how good this man it as writing lyrics. If people look deeper, they'll find that the main line of the song is actually not what it seems...
'Take Me Out' by Franz Ferdinand
While this band continue to work, they were really only famous for their first album which included a good couple of singles that ended up making a lot of money. Their fame dwindled after this album, but that doesn't mean they haven't continued to make music that people do keep listening to. We think there's probably more to these guys than meets the eye, but that doesn't change the fact that they're always struggling to make it into the mainstream at the moment.
'Feel Good Inc.' by Gorillaz
Gorillaz has come out with a lot of good music in the past, but this is the main single that people seem to think of whenever their name comes up. They were an odd band, a cartoon band without any sort of physical presence, which is exactly what they continue to be. They act as a chance for Damon Albarn to experiment with music while also keeping some anonymity, removing his face from the name so that he can try new things.
'Hollaback Girl' by Gwen Stefani
Nobody really saw it coming when No Doubt broke down and this woman started to take on a solo career, but it's amazing to think what different direction she went in when things changed for her in the music industry. Even though it had a similar vibe to it, Stefani made it clear to her audience that she wouldn't be tied down by the various songs she'd made in the past, no matter how much her fans wanted her to.
'You're Beautiful' by James Blunt
While a lot of people found this song to be rather mawkish, it put this man's name on the map and he continues to be a public figure, even if it is usually only on Twitter. No matter what people think of the song itself, there's no denying that this man knew how to write a hit, as this single was hugely popular, proving that anyone can pick up a guitar and make it into the charts if they have the talent.
'All For You' by Janet Jackson
Even though she isn't the most famous Jackson out there, this woman has managed to pump out an impressive set of hits, enough to keep her in the public eye while also making her quite a lot of money as well. She has been a part of a handful of controversies in the past, but that doesn't mean she ever struggles to stay relevant or have people play her music, as they know that more often than not, they'll end up being hits.
'Crazy In Love' by Beyonce & Jay-Z
Anyone that has been in love before knows that it's the start of the relationship that comes in floods, offering up a side to life that is rarely out there in the open. People start to lose it, become different people almost, as they fall in love with someone else, and that's what this song is about to a certain extent. Two people become one very quickly and this song gives the two artists a chance to reflect on that slowly.
'I Kissed A Girl' by Katy Perry
This woman has gone through a lot of changes in her career, but this was the song that really put her on the map, shooting her into the mainstream in a big way. Honestly, we will never understand why so many people loved this single particularly, but there's no denying that this woman seems untouchable. She will be famous for the rest of her life until she chooses to slowly move into the background and be forgotten for the rest of her life.
'Milkshake' by Kelis
One of the problems that a lot of people who are trying to get their music into the charts have to come up against is the fact that the song can't be too explicit. This woman was able to get away with it by vaguely hiding what she was talking about through lyrical euphemisms, which a lot of musicians have been using for a long time at this point! Anybody who has seen the video knows this song is not about milkshakes...
'Since U Been Gone' by Kelly Clarkson
Coming out of a relationship can be one of the most difficult things that a human being has to go through, which is exactly why this song is such a breath of fresh air! Rather than lamenting the loss of her boyfriend in this popular song, Clarkson is singing about the fact that she feels renewed, like the world is a better place now that she has made it out of the bad relationship she once had with her boyfriend.
'All Summer Long' by Kid Rock
One thing that is universal among pretty much all human beings is nostalgia, taking a look at once was and lamenting that things have now changed. This song by Kid Rock is all about looking back at youth and enjoying what we see, taking a look at the wild way we often live when we're younger and consequences seem so far away from us. Sad to think that we all have to grow up someday, but at least we'll always have the memories!
'Poker Face' by Lady Gaga
Apart from the various metaphors being used in this song derived from playing cards, this whole song seems to be about the way that Lady Gaga will hide her true emotions in the hope of taking down a man that she's interested in. If we're being honest, we don't think that everyone should listen to this and take it seriously, as playing games like this with another human being can be really hurtful if the person playing the games does it wrong.
'A Moment Like This' by Leona Lewis
In this song, we hear Lewis talking about what it can feel like sometimes when we achieve something that we've wanted for a long time, the fact that it can often feel as if we're living a life that others would love to live themselves. It's insane to think that we live in a world that there are some people who will experience things that most people won't, and that's exactly what this song plays on to elicit a feeling.
'We Belong Together' by Mariah Carey
Considering the fact that Carey has become known as being one of the biggest divas in music history, we would suggest that whichever man she's talking about should definitely just give in at this point. If this woman doesn't get what she wants, when she wants it, it's widely documented that she can become highly unpleasant to the people around her. We can only imagine what it must feel like to be a man that this woman sets her eyes on...
'This Love' by Maroon 5
Love is a bumpy road, and when we were younger we were lead to believe otherwise, that everything is just black and white with no shades of grey between. This song takes a look at a rocky relationship and how it has affected the singer, including the fact that the woman has split up with him too many times in the past for him to feel happy and comfortable in the relationship anymore, a feeling we're sure that many people can sympathize with.
'Fireflies' by Owl City
Some people just come and go, throwing themselves into the world of mainstream music and finding that they have a hit, but it's not long before they're spat back out by the machine that so readily took them in. Let's be honest, many of us knew we would never hear from Owl City again once that hype for this song died down, but we're all willing to admit that we loved everything about this song while it was on the radio.
'Frontin' by Pharrell
With all of the popular songs that are out there about love and relationships, it's unusual to get a song like this one, where the male singer is admitting that he did wrong and that he wants the woman back. We can only assume that this is down to the fact that Pharrell wronged a woman in his life, or at the very least understands that women do get wronged regularly, therefore making it an understandable subject for a song.
'Hey Ya!' by Outkast
There's a history of sneaking rather serious lyrics into a song that is otherwise upbeat and happy, thereby fooling everyone into getting it into the charts, and that's exactly what Andre 3000 did with this song. We're not going to pretend that this song is happy, and yet there's no way that it can come on without an entire room getting up to dance. It's almost as if we just ignore what the words mean and just sing the noises.
'How You Remind Me' by Nickelback
There's no denying that this band has become a genuine laughing stock, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a time when people used to regularly buy their music, choosing to push them up into the charts. It didn't take long before the general public turned on them, realizing that they didn't really offer the world much more than stuff that had already been done better by someone else. Still, they manage to make enough money from music so they must be doing something right.
'Welcome To The Black Parade' by My Chemical Romance
In a way, it was amazing to think that this song became as popular as it did, as it really leaned highly into the emo trend that had started to dwindle by the point that this song was released. However, it clearly spoke to enough people to end up on the radio and get enough people interested in the band again after a few years away. Who knew that somebody could manage to interest the general public in a genre long past?
'Get Ur Freak On' by Missy Elliott
It's crazy to think that rap is still such a male-dominated area when there have been people like Missy Elliott on the scene for so long. Sure, there have been a lot of female rappers in the past, but this woman managed to make it into the mainstream with such a huge number of songs that she became a household name within such a short period of time. We will have to see what she ends up doing for years from now.
'Party In The U.S.A' by Miley Cyrus
It didn't take Cyrus long to make it into the world of the mainstream after dropping her Hannah Montana persona, as she was then able to give an audience something different from what she had been doing up until then. For example, she had to keep a family-friendly image for a couple of songs like this one before she was able to really cut loose and throw herself into the sort of music that she wasn't able to make beforehand.
'Paper Planes' by M.I.A
One of the things about popular music is that it is willing to discriminate based on looks, meaning that someone who looks good can make their way into the mainstream by putting in less work than people who don't look as stereotypically attractive. For example, we think people would be surprised at how old this woman is, just because she looks much younger and the music industry doesn't often allow people into their world unless they're much younger than she is.
'Family Affair' by Mary J. Blige
It makes sense that both Blige and her brother would work on this song together seeing as it is entitled Family Affair. Despite the name sounding quite mawkish and sad, this is actually a pumping tune, one that people will regularly use to get people onto the dance floor. Anyone that wants to write a pop song and make a hit should probably throw themselves into a beat that is similar to this one if we're being completely honest as it always works.
'Empire State Of Mind' by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
If there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that this song has some of the greatest vocals in modern pop history. Sure, we all enjoy the Jay-Z lyrics and the lyrics of the chorus don't make much sense once they're properly analyzed, but there's no denying that they're busted out by a woman with some great tubes. We can't imagine that people will end up forgetting this song anytime in the recent future, so keep listening and enjoying!