U2, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters fill out VH1's '100 Greatest Songs of the '00s': An EW Exclusive!


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While nobody seems to know exactly what to call the first decade of the 21st century (we refuse to say “the aughts” out of an unwillingness to sound like Grandpa Simpson), but it’s certainly safe to start collecting and collating 10 years’ worth of culture.

That’s exactly what VH1 is up to with their 100 Greatest Songs of the ’00s special, which counts down the finest tunes the post-Y2K era had to offer.

Last week, we pulled the curtain back on the first 11 songs on the list, and now we can exclusively reveal the full 100 (headed up by Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” which is basically inarguable). Follow the jump for the complete list. 1.Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”

2.OutKast, “Hey Ya!”

3.Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”

4.Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

5.Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”

6.Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, “Gold Digger”

7.Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland, “SexyBack”

8.Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”

9.Mariah Carey, “We Belong Together”

10.50 Cent, “In Da Club”

11.Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, “Umbrella”

12.Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

13.Green Day, “American Idiot”

14.Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”

15.U2 , “Beautiful Day”

16.Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

17.Coldplay, “Clocks”

18.Christina Aguilera, “Beautiful”

19.Destiny’s Child, “Bootylicious”

20.Britney Spears, “Toxic”

21.Jay-Z , “99 Problems”

22.Alicia Keys, “Fallin’”

23.P!nk, “Get the Party Started”

24.Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On”

25.Nelly, “Hot in Here”

26.The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”

27.Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, “Yeah!”

28.Madonna, “Music”

29.Foo Fighters, “The Best of You”

30.Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”

31.Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”

32.Maroon 5, “This Love”

33.Johnny Cash, “Hurt “

34.Janet Jackson, “All For You”

35.John Mayer, “Daughters”

36.*NSYNC, “Bye Bye Bye”

37.Britney Spears, “Oops!…I Did It Again”

38.Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”

39.Adele, “Chasing Pavements “

40.Fall Out Boy, “Sugar, We’re Going Down”

41.R. Kelly, “Trapped in the Closet”

42.Train, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”

43.Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”

44.Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication”

45.Eve featuring Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

46.Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, “Picture”

47.Christina, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink, “Lady Marmalade”

48.Kings of Leon, “Sex On Fire”

49.Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

50.Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

51.Natasha Bedingfield, “Pocketful of Sunshine”

52.Shakira feautring Wyclef, “Hips Don’t Lie”

53.Blink-182, “All the Small Things “

54.Norah Jones, “Don’t Know Why”

55.The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”

56.DMX, “Party Up (Up In Here)”

57.Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”

58.Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”

59.Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River”

60.Ke$ha, “Tik Tok”

61.Kelis, “Milkshake”

62.Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”

63.Andrew W.K., “Party Hard”

64.Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule, “I’m Real (Murder Remix)”

65.Aaliyah, “Try Again”

66.Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

67.Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”

68.Ludacris featuring Shawnna, “Stand Up”

69.Evanescence, “Bring Me to Life”

70.Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana, “Run It!”

71.Colbie Caillat, “Bubbly”

72.Jet, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

73.Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland, “Promiscuous”

74.Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone, “Ridin’”

75.Gavin Degraw, “I Don’t Want to Be”

76.T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life”

77.Nickleback, “How You Remind Me”

78.Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah”

79.Enrique Iglesias, “Hero”

80.Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins, “Get Low”

81.Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”

82.Matchbox Twenty, “Unwell”

83.D’Angelo, “(Untitled) How Does It Feel”

84.Linkin Park, “In the End”

85.Macy Gray, “I Try”

86.Aerosmith, “Jaded”

87.The Darkness, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

88.Fountains of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom”

89.M.I.A., “Paper Planes”

90.Mystikal, “Shake Ya Ass”

91.Creed, “With Arms Wide Open”

92.Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, “Low”

93.Ok Go, “Here It Goes Again”

94.Daughtry, “It’s Not Over”

95.James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”

96.Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Cha”

97.Shaggy, “It Wasn’t Me”

98.3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite”

99.Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”

100.Sisqò, “Thong Song”

A few things jump out. First, doesn’t “Thong Song” really deserve to be higher on the list? Also, we remember “Shake Ya Ass” being a much bigger cultural phenomenon than number 90, though perhaps we here at EW are just obsessed with songs about ladies’ derrieres.

To get the full experience, you’ll have to check out the special, which premieres this Monday, October 3 at 10 PM on VH1 and continue for five nights. Pete Wentz serves as the host, with commentary from the likes of Kelly Rowland, Lil Jon, Colbie Caillat, and Train.

What do you think of those rankings? Who got undersold? Who is way too high? And what’s missing? Sound off in the comments below!

Read more on EW.com:
Vh1’s Top 100 Songs of the ’00s: Find the first 11 songs here! — An EW Exclusive
The worst songs of the ’90s named in new poll — Do you agree?

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  • Jessica

    It’s funny to me that Beyonce is #1, only because I don’t think of that song when I think of the 2000s. I can’t really think of some ubiquitous song that just screams I came out in the 2000s.

    • Color Me Impressed

      Here’s my list of the top 25 (most of these aren’t on there). Make of it what you will:
      1. Someday – The Strokes
      2. All These Things I’ve Done – The Killers
      3. My Girls – Animal Collective
      4. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
      5. Weird Fish/Arpeggi – Radiohead
      6. The Way I Am – Eminem
      7. Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes
      8. Pretty Voice – Cloud Cult
      9. Dirt to Mud – Paul Westerberg
      10. Sons & Daughters – The Decemberists
      11. Idioteque – Radiohead
      12. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
      13. Good Fortune – PJ Harvey
      14. Beautiful Day – U2
      15. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
      16. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
      17. Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day
      18. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
      19. Reptilia – The Strokes
      20. Gold Digger – Kanye West
      21. This Modern Love – Bloc Party
      22. Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
      23. Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
      24. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
      25. TIE: Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand / In Your Atmosphere – John Mayer

      • Phil

        Your List reads like a Best of SPIN compilation, which is cool…but just remember this is EW.COM

      • jules

        yeah for the Strokes! I was also thinking about adding in Gold lion by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs somewhere in there but great job nevertheless

  • S.O.

    At least I am satisfied that Coldplay -Clocks & White Stripes – Seven Nation is high on the list. But if this list is redone 10 years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised if both were in the Top 10. Both songs are already Classics & will be timeless.

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • Kasey

      Obviously thats trus since Kesha is on the list.

    • lpt2569

      Exactly. So sad how bad the music is these days if these are considered the greatest songs of the past decade. Maybe 10 or 15 of these I can understand, but most are pure crap.

    • Joe

      America couldn’t have come up with worse songs if they tried. What, are people deaf or stupid, or both?

  • scorpo

    Why is Tik Tok on the list when it was the #1 song of 2010 which is the start of a NEW decade?

    • S.O.

      You could also say that w/ RHCP – Californication & Blink 182 – All The Small Things. Both were released in 1999. But probably cause the actual “single” release to radio was in 2000.

    • Hv

      Technically 2010 is the last year of the decade as the decade would be 2001 – 2010, although if there are any songs from 2000 on this list that reasoning is thrown off. Overall it isn’t a great list anyway.

      • Sharlin

        Bye Bye Bye is on that list and it was released february od 2000.

        Oops I did it again is from 2000 too.

      • what u talkin bout willis

        No. decades are considered ten years so it’s like, 1980-1989, 1990-1999 and finally 2000-2009.

    • Elijah

      It was released as a single in 2009 – it just hit the top of the U.S. charts in early 2010. It was a hit in other countries back in 2009.

    • Kasey

      Just the fact that Kesha is on list makes me want to voimit!

      • Kasey

        *on the list*

  • E.B. Berman

    You don’t want to say “aughts” because you want to AVOID sounding like Grandpa Simpson? That’s exactly why I DO say “aughts.”

  • idviceroy

    When VH1 first did it’s best songs of the 80’s, 90’s, etc., many of those songs had been around for 10-20 years with lots of history in pop culture beyond being a hit song. I bet if this was redone in 10 years the results would be different.

    • S.O.

      Totally Agree.

      • Ghostwriter

        Exactly why this list is IRRELEVANT

  • Juan Carlos

    Just putting my two cents out there. Here’s my top 10
    1. Kanye West: Stronger (not on list)
    2. Beyonce: Single Ladies
    3. Eminem: Lose Yourself
    4. OutKast: Hey Ya
    5. Usher, Ludacris & Lil Jon: Yeah
    6. Alicia Keys: Fallin’
    7. Mariah Carey: We Belong Together
    8. Vampire Weekend: A-Punk (Not on list)
    9. Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
    10. Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On
    Also Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” came out in 1999 so I don’t know how it made this list.

    • Nisa

      Totally agree!

    • Kristina

      If Blink’s “All the Small Things” is on that list, why can’t be BSB’s “I Want It That Way” be on the list. Clearly that song is one of the most memorable songs of 1999/2000. This list is weak sauce.

      • Sharlin

        Because BSB is not memorable.

      • Kelcie

        I like this list, but I agree about BSB! But YES! Christina Aguilera is on the list and “Beautiful” is high up there! YaY! I love the ’00s. That was a good decade of music I don’t care what pompous music fans have to say…

      • blah

        “I Want it That Way” was number 3 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s

      • Jeriel

        Maybe because that song was number 3 in the greatest songs of the 90’s. Sot it would be wrong to have a song featured in two list of two different decades.

  • bill

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  • tpaisa4life

    Only one eminem song on the list? It’s definitley his best but he could have been mentioned at least once more? How about viva la vida? Most importantly how did miley cyrus top adele?

    • Cat

      I was wondering where Viva la Vida was as well.
      And since when did Mariah Carey become relevant again?

      • Kasey

        Viva La Vida should have been on the list

      • Joe


      • Jeriel

        We belong together should of been top 3.

  • Justin

    The “aught nots”?

    • Justin

      I like a lot of these songs, actually

  • sarah

    i like a lot of those songs, but i don’t think they stand the test of time. just catchy tunes, that are really crappy

  • G.R.

    ’33.Johnny Cash, “Hurt “’

    Whoa, good call! Should be higher, though…
    Happy to see Fountains Of Wayne (though they’ve certainly had better songs than “Stacy’s Mom”), the Killers, the White Stripes, OutKast, and Gnarls Barkley. But no Modest Mouse (“Float On”) or Strokes (“Last Night”)?

    • Color Me Impressed

      I also am lamenting the lack of the Strokes…they almost single handedly defined the sound for indie-rock this decade!

  • Phil

    #63 Andrew W.K. REALLY!? And am I completely losing it or is Maroon 5 completely shafted and not on this list!? REALLY??????

    • Phil

      Ok, after looking it over again, they’re #32 for “This Love”, no top 20 and no “she Will be Loved” or “Makes Me Wonder”…just sad, espm since they had a great decade and debuted and became a very famous band around the world.

      • Vivi

        “She Will Be Loved” should definitely be on the list! Complete failure on VH1’s part.

      • Eimebl

        Let me get this straight: Christian songs which are of the rock and pop genre?If yes:Bands:- Relient K- Skillet (It was the shock of my life when I found out Whispers In the Dark was about god.)Song:You Found Me by The Fray

    • Phil

      And #87 The Darkness…definitely not worthy of any Best Of List cept maybe One Hit Wonders, and that’s being extremely generous.

      • Jeriel

        Actually it should because it was the biggest song in the world for that period in time but they died quickly.

    • Phil

      After looking at the list again I am also really shocked to not see Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” on here. The song may not have been a top 40 hit, but its lon lasting effect (being used on GLEE last season) and placement in the new Winnie The Poo cartoon preview should solidify its ‘best of’ status, and again Keane were also a part of VH1’s Artists You Need to Know campaign, which clearly whoever created this list, ignored completely.

  • Dave

    Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” should be in the top 5.

    • ns

      I thought “Crazy: would be #1, personally. Anyone who voted “I Gotta Feeling” ahead of it (or who put it anywhere on the list, period) needs their head examined.

  • md

    wow – more crap less substance

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