Vh1's Top 100 Songs of the '00s: Find the first 11 songs here! -- An EW Exclusive


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Oh, those olden, golden aughties — they seem so long ago! Thankfully, VH1 is bringing it all back to us with the next installment of their ongoing 100 Greatest Songs series: the ’00s.

The channel’s five-night, one-hour-per-night special begins airing next Monday, October 3 at 10/9c. But in the meantime, we’ve got a sneak peek at the first 11 entries (that would be nos. 100-90) for you.

Also in our pocket: host Pete Wentz. The Fall Out Boy bassist and general aughties-fashion bellwether turned Black Cards frontman tells EW, “Being the host of this show is my way of preventing a mid-life crisis. I get to relive my twenties minus the eyeliner and flat iron. Win-win for everyone!”

Find — and fight over — the early entries after the jump, including two American Idols, five Pussycats, and (if the picture above didn’t give you your first clue) one very special Sisqo:

100. Sisqo, “Thong Song”
99. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
98. 3 Doors Down, Kryptonite”
97. Shaggy, “It Wasn’t Me”
96. Pussycat Dolls ft Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Cha”
95. James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
94. Daughtry, “It’s Not Over”
93. OK Go!, “Here It Goes Again”
92. Flo Rida ft. T-Pain, “Low”
91. Creed, “With Arms Wide Open”
90. Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass”

Readers, do you agree with their first picks? And who else belongs on the list’s remaining 89 slots? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • PeterBilt

    How does one pick 100 out of such flaccidity

    • LOL

      What a sea of crap.

      • Doug

        Wow I didn’t realise how terrible music has been. I’m so suprised. (not)

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      • liz

        The ’00 was a crap decade, what do you expect?

    • Color Me Impressed

      Wow…this list is awful. I guess its gonna be too much to hope for some Strokes, White Stripes or Radiohead, huh?

      • seaemilyplay

        Well…consider the source.

      • etm

        Maybe they’ll be higher on the list?

    • Cygnus

      None of the top 100 from the aughties would make a top 100 of all-time. Sad sad time for music. Overproduced rap, hiphip, pop crap that’s more about style than substance. Yet the youngsters eat it up like McDonald’s. They don’t know any better, and would rather stay ignorant, lazy, and ADD.

      • PN

        It worked for that period, but I liked those songs from the 2000s. And heck I like those overproduced songs just as much as the more stylistic artistic live sound songs. Somebody has to make those kinds of songs.

    • thegriz

      best use of “flaccidity” i have ever seen before! bravo!

  • Go

    When Daughtry ends up in your “Best Of…” list, your music truly sucks.

    • Emma

      Really? You take issue with “It’s Not Over” but not “Thong Song”?

      • Matt

        Thong song is a classic! Great high school memories.

      • joe gorga

        Nice sweaty funky tha tha tha thong…..yum feed it to me now!

    • gabriel

      I would say that about Creed rather than Daughtry…

      • Trent

        Go is right. Daughtry is Creed 2.0 + Nickelback Lite, making it the most excruciatingly bad band that has ever existed. This is dentist office waiting room “rock” at its absolute worst.

      • Tyler

        @Trent: I always called Daughtry “soccer mom rock,” but I like your “dentist office waiting room rock” description better.

      • PN

        When Daughtry’s first album came out, I thought that some of their songs sounded like Nickelback, but they had their own thing on other songs. But the second album showed their own sound and the comparisons stopped. Now other bands are sounding like Daughtry with the chords.

      • Luke

        It’s hard to believe that any decent band would deliberately try to sound like Daughtry, unless they were joking around. Being told that you sound like Daughtry would be a nasty insult to a real rock band.

  • Phil

    I mean the safest way to do this properly, by numbers would be doing the top 10 singles or in VH1’s case videos, from each year. Any other selections will obviously be skwered. I mean, its already laughable since VH1 definitely didn’t support Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass” when the song was originally released.

    • beb

      VH1 is way off the mark with many of their things (one hit wonders, for example). That being said, any thoughts on #1? I’m thinking it will be something overplayed to the point of poking your eyes out, like NIckelback’s “How You Remind Me.”

      • Phil

        I’m with TayMads below in hoping its one of Maroon 5’s songs since they were a band VH1 supported in their old Artist You Need to Know campaign. It will defiitely be some overplayed tune, but “She Will be Loved” or “This Love” never gets old to me !

      • Blonde South

        Idk why, but I really think it will be OutKast’s Hey Ya. Personally I would pick Beyonce’s Crazy in Love for my favorite pop song from last decade. I guess it could have a shot too…

      • TayMads

        I’m not sure who number 1 will be but considering that Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” is a very catchy song and was a huge hit, I think that should give everyone a hint that this list may not be what they expect. I think people are only taking into account 2005-2011. Most of the songs I see people think will be number one are Mariah Carey and Outkast. Even though I don’t disagree with those, there were a lot of other great songs that came out before those songs did. That being said, I really think the number one song could possibly be “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, considering it is still used in commercials today. Or maybe it might be a Coldplay song, maybe Clocks or Yellow or Viva la Vida. I don’t know. This list isn’t about your favorites but which song has had the most impact and is still memorable regardless of what you think of that song which is why Thong Song is on this list even though it is a somewhat crappy song.

    • Sharon

      Janet, would love for you to do a smiilar survey on your blog! I’m including a link to your site on mine, too.

  • ES

    I agree with all of these. these were all huge hits so…so far so good. As the list gets higher, there will then be a debate probably. But for now I like the entries. Also I feel it’s a little soon to be doing this list.

    • SaraS

      Then why didn’t they say the top 100 songs on the charts from the ’00s?? They must all be Top 40…
      these songs are not good enough to be on this list, if it will encompass 10 years! Shaggy, Sisqo, 3 Doors Down, seriously? Shaking my head.. so sad for my generation.

      • Sam

        Wow what a bunch of pretentious, snobby complainers you people are. This list isn’t supposed to be the most profound thing ever, but I bet you wouldn’t be happy then either. What would your perfect list of songs from the 00s consist of oh wise ones???

      • NonEntity

        My list would have zero songs on it.

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  • The Ulimate Answer

    “Music,” and “Hung Up,” by Madonna. Two of her best songs ever.

    • Gina

      Agree – plus another of her great singles, “Don’t Tell Me.”

      • G.R.

        Totally agree with “Music” and “Don’t Tell Me” — I’d also like to add “What It Feels Like For a Girl.”

    • Blake

      Yes, Music, Hung Up, Don’t Tell Me!

      I’m sure her 4 Minutes with Justin Timberlake might make it also.

    • Katarinna

      I do like the way you have presented this prtuicalar challenge and it really does offer me personally a lot of fodder for consideration. Nonetheless, because of what I have observed, I just simply hope as other opinions pile on that men and women continue to be on point and not get started on a soap box of some other news du jour. Still, thank you for this excellent piece and whilst I do not concur with it in totality, I respect your point of view.

  • Jerry

    Worst decade in the history of music!

    • Sid Dithers

      NO, dinosaurs who listen to classic rock would say this but a lot of EXCELLENT MUSIC was produced in this decade. Most of the good stuff never made it to the radio – sort of like the tree falling in the forest analogy. There’s great music being made all the time, it’s just gettting harder to find….

      • HTC

        @Sid Dithers: First, great name. That takes me back to late nights and “Melonville.” Second, I agree that corporate radio is a mess. It only plays mass-produced, autotuned crud. There is some great music being made, but you need to search for it.

    • ns

      The decade we’re in right now is shaping up as even worse.

      What to say about this first 11 except that most of the songs mentioned are downright bad, and the best song on that list is easily “Before He Cheats,” which isn’t even from a genre of music I like very much. Yeah, I won’t be watching.

  • Jerry

    Oh a different note, EW..can we have something else besides the picture of the dude in the towel next to these stories. That’s been up there for 6 months now.

    • wildflowerfaith

      Looking at that photo of Ryan Gosling NEVER gets old! Yummy. :)

    • Roger

      Better than that orange swimsuit photo of Halle Berry that seemed to be up for 6 months.

    • Matt

      haha I wrote this same comment on another post! Getting some stares at work – although I agree, Ryan is yummy.

  • Anthony

    It is no secret why Underwood ended up at 99. EW does NOT like her or country music and NEVER gives her a fair review. They are almost strictly a pop/rock/hiphip site and journalists doing the reviews. Why the he– don’t you have a journalist that likes country music do the country music reviews????

    • uggh

      This is VH1’s list you dumbass. If you want to read about Carrie Underwood, then take your dumb ass to a country website. Like Country Weekly. Then you might be happier and life will be better for you.

      • SaraS


    • Phil

      Anthony as one of the more vocal commentors here for years about the EW music journalists I will say you are completely off mark. They give alot of love to various country artists both on this website and in the weekly magazine, in fact its one, if not the MOST covered genres next to pop on the Music Mix blog and in the magazine. And as uggh pointed out its VH1’s list, not EW, but you are prolly a CMT viewer anyways.

  • G.R.

    Ooh… Aside from the OK Go one (and even at that rate, more for the ingenious video than for the song itself), I don’t care for any of those songs. :p I might tune in to the rest of the list out of morbid curiosity, though…

  • Doug

    If the thong song is on the list, it is time for a new list.

  • nodnarb

    All of those songs are terrible.

    • etm


  • TayMads

    I’ve been wondering when Vh1 would roll out on of these lists. I agree with all of them but I really hope the number one song isn’t Lady Gaga or Beyonce or Rhianna or something. Usually when Vh1 does these lists they go by how big of a hit it was, the impact it had on the public, and how memorable it was. With that being said, I really hope “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 is on this list somewhere…I don’t care what number as long as it’s there. In my opinion it is one of the best songs of the 00’s along with “This Love”. I don’t care if Lady Gaga or Beyonce is on the list I just don’t want them to be number one.

    • tom

      number one will probably be “we belong together” not that I agree but they are probably going by weeks at number one…..however if I am correct…..Janet Jackson better make the list for “All For You” 2001 12 weeks number one…..she is seriously underrated by EW posts

      • fancypants

        “We Belong Together” or “All for You” are both good choices.

      • SaraS

        Please no Janet Jackson. But I do agree w/ We Belong Together, Mariah’s album was huge.

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  • James

    I think Before He Cheats should have been in the Top 10 of this poll, not number 99, but whatever. It was a great song.

    • maria

      Agreed. seeing a still very amazing “Before he Cheat” right below a terrible novelty hit like “Thong Song” was very wrong on Vh1’s part. That is one of the best songs of the entire decade and better than all of those others lights in the first 10.

      • tom

        ultimately…..hate it or love it…..thong song was HUGE for college and 20 somethings back in the day…..I do not think the list is suppossed to show only TONY BENNET duets

      • NonEntity

        It was huge only because most people were drunk while they were listening to it. Have you seen some of the women drunks take home? The Thong Song is not necessarily a song either; it is a brainwashing device that lowers your IQ while listening.

    • Blonde South

      Totally agree. Before He Cheats was probably my favorite country song from last decade, although I’m not much of a country fan. It definitely deserved at least top 30.

      • Deke

        I’m not much into country music, but I’ve got to give credit where it is due. “Before He Cheats” is a great song, and Carrie Underwood really slays it.

  • Dave

    This list is already crap. Creed? Sisqo? These songs belong on a worst of all time list.

    • what u talkin bout willis


    • Bob Dylan

      This list should be about the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. A lot happend then including Bob Dylan’ awsomeness!

  • DRG

    Vh1 covers music??? Who knew???

    • G.R.

      Like MTV, they still like to occasionally pay lip service to what they used to be about.

      • I’m just sayin’

        Like self-fell@tio?

      • G.R.

        Well put!

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