MTV Heavy Rotation: Best 50 Songs of the 2000s


Lately, I’ve been nostalgic because I was thinking about MTV and the songs that were in heavy rotation in the 2000s when I was a kid. MTV kind of molded our childhood and honestly, I miss that channel. I made up a list of 50 songs that defined my childhood. It’s crazy how I still know the lyrics by heart even though I haven’t listened to these songs since then. Also, I remember VH1, another music channel that has closed. Oh my God, what if I’m old? 2000s was the decade that gave us our favourite bangers. This list includes the very best rap, pop, rock, R&B, hip hop, dance and indie tunes from the decade.

We are prone to associate good music to the music we used to listen when we were children. I’ve always wondered why MTV shut down. Well, as far as I know, MTV stopped playing music because of the ever increasing demands of the Music Industry for higher licencing fees. Their demands were too high so MTV moved the videos to their less popular sister company VH1, where licencing fees were lower. Thus, MTV and VH1 were related in some way. Well, this article is a kind of tribute if you want to say like that. Enjoy!

1. Mary J. Blige – Family Affair

2. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

3. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

4. 50 Cent – In Da Club

5. Rihanna – Umbrella (ft. JAY-Z)

6. Britney Spears – Toxic

7. MGMT – Kids

8. Beyoncé – Single Ladies / Put a Ring on It

9. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood

10. Kanye West – Gold Digger (ft. Jamie Foxx)

11. Amy Winehouse – Rehab 

12. Outkast – Ms. Jackson

13. The Killers – Mr. Brightside

14. Lady Gaga – Poker Face

15. David Guetta – Memories (ft. Kid Cudi)

16. Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

17. Madonna – Hung Up

18. Coldplay – Viva La Vida

19. Alicia Keys – Fallin’

20. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

21. Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape (ft. Akon)

22. Akon – Smack That (ft. Eminem)

23. Fergie – Glamorous (ft. Ludacris)

24. Jennifer Lopez – Jenny from the Block

25. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

26. Pitbull – Hotel Room Service

27. Beyoncé, Shakira – Beautiful Liar 

28. Enrique Iglesias – Hero 

29. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady 

30. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love

31. OneRepublic – Secrets

32. Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You

33. Jay Sean – Ride It

34. Jeremih – Birthday Sex

35. The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

36. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

37. Daniel Powter – Bad Day

38. Justin Timberlake – Señorita

39. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved 

40. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside

41. JAY-Z – Empire State of Mind (ft. Alicia Keys)

42. Aaliyah – Try Again

43. Missy Elliott – Work It

44. B.o.B – Nothin’ On You (ft. Bruno Mars)

45. Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold / Breakfast in America (ft. Patrick Stump)

46. Daft Punk – One More Time

47. Usher – Yeah! (ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris)

48. Katy Perry – Hot N Cold

49. P!NK – So What

50. Ne-Yo – Miss Independent


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