The Top 100 Songs From the Early 2000s

If you have a mother that loves to play her 70’s and 80’s music in the car, then you know exactly what I have experienced while riding in the car with my mom. Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Journey, Madonna and basically every musical soundtrack ever made were constant regulars during drives home. Someday, these 100 tunes will be something you will play for your own kids in the car. You will probably sing the lyrics so loud that these songs will become one they know well too. There are many great '70s, '80s and '90s songs, and I would not have known them without my mom constantly singing them while I was growing up. So, without further ado, here are 100 songs that your kids will be singing with you in the car one day:


Pop Queens

One of my all-time favorite artists that I listened to growing up — and still listen to now — is the amazing and very talented Katy Perry. Now when my friends and I listen to music is not just the latest hits that are taking over the radio, but also the songs that remind us of elementary school. Britney Spears in her prime time, Lady Gaga getting her real start in music and a few old Avril Lavigne and Rihanna songs that we still know all the words to.

1.    "Hot N Cold," Katy Perry

2.    "California Gurls," Katy Perry

3.    "Firework," Katy Perry

4.    "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry

5.    "I Kissed A Girl," Katy Perry

6.    "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne

7.    "Complicated," Avril Lavigne

8.    "Oops!... I Did It Again," Britney Spears

9.    "Toxic," Britney Spears

10.  "Breakin’ Dishes," Rihanna

11.  "Pon de Replay," Rihanna

12.  "Rude Boy," Rihanna

13.  "Don’t Stop the Music," Rihanna

14.  "Disturbia," Rihanna

15.  "Take A Bow," Rihanna

16.  "Poker Face," Lady Gaga

17.  "Paparazzi," Lady Gaga

18.  "Just Dance," Lady Gaga

19.  "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

20.  "LoveGame," Lady Gaga


Classic Throwbacks

Many of our particular “classics” are songs that we can never forget. Lots of these songs have a story associated with them. Kesha and Kanye are two of the classic artists, and we will always be eagerly waiting for their new songs. Taylor Swift, well, we are still seeing miraculous songs that come out every so often by her. Of course, two of the most played songs at parties like Bar/Bat mitzvahs as middle schoolers will always be “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada.

21.  "Tik Tok," Kesha

22.  "Take It Off," Kesha

23.  "Gold Digger," Kanye West

24.  "Stronger," Kanye West

25.  "Love Story," Taylor Swift

26.  "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

27.  "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

28.  "Rich Girl," Gwen Stefani

29.  "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen

30.  "Good Time," Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

31.  "Evacuate the Dancefloor," Cascada

32.  "Everytime We Touch," Cascada

Power Anthems

We all watched Kelly Clarkson win the very first season of American Idol, and let’s face it— Queen Beyoncé will always be on top. But there were also some artists like P!nk and the Pussycat Dolls that came out with a handful of songs that made an impact on our generation growing up.

33.  "Dynamite," Taio Cruz

34.  "Break Your Heart," Tao Cruz

35.  "Raise Your Glass," P!nk

36.  "So What," P!nk

37.  "Get the Party Started," P!nk

38.  "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson

39.  "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson

40.  "Buttons," The Pussycat Dolls

41.  "I Hate This Part," The Pussycat Dolls

42.  "Single Ladies," Beyoncé

43.  "Countdown," Beyoncé

Soundtracks of the Early 2000s

Lots of songs we heard were played in some of our favorite movies. I discovered “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan when I watched Cheaper by the Dozen. Not to mention some random songs that we came to fall in love with such as “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65, “Bouncing Off the Ceiling” by A* Teens, and the most classic of classics, NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

44.  "Beautiful Soul," Jesse McCartney

45.  "Blue (Da Ba Dee)," Eiffel 65

46.  "Bouncing Off the Ceiling," A* Teens

47.  "Forever," Chris Brown

48.  "Move Along," The All-American Rejects

49.  "DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love," Usher

50.  "Bye Bye Bye," NSYNC

51.  "I’m Just a Kid," Simple Plan

52.  "I Want It That Way," Backstreet Boys

53.  "Barbie Girl," Aqua

54.  "Pretty Girl Rock," Keri Hilson

55.  "Who Let the Dogs Out," Baha Men

56.  "Lip Gloss," Lil Mama

57.  "Bedrock," Young Money

58.  "Cotton Eye Joe," Rednex

59.  "Party In the U.S.A," Miley Cyrus

60.  "Hey Ya!," Outkast


Boy Band Era

The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Zedd, and Bruno Mars also have plenty of songs that we will definitely remember and show to our kids. Although the new songs by each of these artists are just as good as the ones we heard when we were growing up, there will always be nostalgia that comes over us when we hear the ones from younger days.

61.  "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado

62.  "Unwritten," Natasha Bedingfield

63.  "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars

64.  "Damaged," Danity Kane

65.  "One, Two Step," Ciara

66.  "Shake It," Metro Station

67.  "Beautiful Girls," Sean Kingston

68.  "What Makes You Beautiful," One Direction

69.  "Ain’t It Fun," Paramore

70.  "Airplanes," B.o.B

71.  "Ass Back Home," Gym Class Heroes

72.  "Smack That," Akon

73.  "Baby," Justin Bieber

74.  "Black Magic," Little Mix

75.  "Burnin’ Up," Jonas Brothers

76.  "Clarity," Zedd

77.  "Dear Future Husband," Meghan Trainor

78.  "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

79.  "DNA," Kendrick Lamar

80.  "Do You Believe In Magic," Ally & AJ


Bust a Move

There are a few more random but still widely known songs that I have grown to love and are always played if I’m in a dancing mood. “Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3, “Fergalicious” by Fergie, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic will always be on my dance playlist. As an adult, when I am at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, these will hopefully be on the list of songs they play for the parents while the kids are busy eating.

81.  "Too Little Too Late," Jojo

82.  "Domino," Jessie J

83.  "Don’t Trust Me," 3OH!3

84.  "Dragostea Din Tei," O-ZONE

85.  "Cupid Shuffle," Cupid

86.  "Hot in Herre," Nelly

87.  "Eighteen Cool," Hoodie Allen

88.  "Everybody Talks," Neon Trees

89.  "Feel This Moment," Pitbull

90.  "Fergalicious," Fergie

91.  "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," Cyndi Lauper

92.  "Milkshake," Kelis

93.  "Mr. Brightside," The Killers

94.  "My Humps," The Black Eyed Peas

95.  "No Air," Jordin Sparks

96.  "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj

97.  "Pump Up the Jam," Technotronic

98.  "Rack City," Tyga

99.  "Right Round," Flo Rida

100. "Temperature," Sean Paul


Growing up in the early 2000s, there have definitely been some bad moments in music — but over time, the music has caught on and created a new genre in itself. I am still occasionally listening to ’70s and '80s music when I’m in the car with my mom, but lately, I’ve gotten her into the music of my time, and like her classics, my classics have become another genre she has added to her repertoire as well.