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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Top 100 Songs of the 21st Century

This list was originally posted in response to a VH1 countdown of The Top 100 Songs of the 2000s. That list and 64 others were consolidated into an aggregate DMDB list along with points in the overall Dave’s Music Database, sales figures, chart performances, and awards. It has been updated several times since.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003) DM, VF, Q, RS
2. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002) DM, VF, SS
3. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, RS, SS
4. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003) PC, SS
5. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006) DM, Q, RS, SS
6. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007) DM, VF
7. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004) BB, DM, VF, PC
8. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010) VF
9. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011) BB, DM, G-R, VF
10. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) BB, DM

11. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009) DM, PC
12. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012) DM, PC
13. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009) DM, VF
14. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008) G-S, SS
15. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
16. Party Rock Anthem… LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011) PC
17. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001) DM, G-S
18. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001) VF
19. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013) DM, VF, PC
20. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)

21. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008) G-S, PC, RS
22. Someone Like You…Adele (2011) Q, SS
23. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
24. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007) VF
25. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
26. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007) BB
27. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004) G-R, SS
28. Firework…Katy Perry (2010) PC
29. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
30. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006) VF

31. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009) BB
32. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000) DM, Q
33. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009) BB
34. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006) BB
35. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000) G-R, G-S
36. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013) BB, PC
37. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
38. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002) BB
39. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009) G-R, G-S
40. I Hope You Dance…Lee Ann Womack (2000)

41. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
42. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012) BB
43. Music…Madonna (2000) VF, RS
44. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
45. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
46. Clocks…Coldplay (2002) G-R
47. Baby…Justin Bieber with Ludacris (2010)
48. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009) SS
49. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
50. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)

51. Royals…Lorde (2013) G-S
52. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008) G-R
53. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
54. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
55. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
56. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011) G-S
57. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)
58. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
59. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
60. Yellow…Coldplay (2000) NME

61. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011) VF
62. Hurt…Johnny Cash (2003)
63. Get Ur Freak On…Missy Elliott (2001) RS
64. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
65. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006) PC
66. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004) NME, Q
67. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001) BB
68. All of Me…John Legend (2013)
69. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014) DM, G-R, G-S
70. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)

71. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
72. Toxic…Britney Spears (2004)
73. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
74. Hung Up…Madonna (2005)
75. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006) G-R, G-S, Q
76. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
77. Whenever, Wherever…Shakira (2001)
78. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
79. What Makes You Beautiful…One Direction (2011)
80. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005) BB

81. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
82. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014)
83. On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
84. Fancy…Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX (2014)
85. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
86. Complicated…Avril Lavigne (2002)
87. Don’t Know Why…Norah Jones (2002) G-R, G-S
88. Only Girl in the World…Rihanna (2010)
89. Where Is the Love?...Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake (2003)
90. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008)

91. Promiscuous…Nelly Furtado with Timbaland (2006)
92. Hey, Soul Sister…Train (2009)
93. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013) G-S, NME, RS
94. Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
95. Stronger…Kanye West with Daft Punk (2007)
96. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together…Taylor Swift (2012)
97. Lady Marmalade…Christina Aguilera with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink (2001)
98. Ms. Jackson…OutKast (2000)
99. Hey There Delilah…Plain White T’s (2007)
100. Bring Me to Life…Evanescence with Paul McCoy (2003)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • 99 Problems…Jay-Z (2004) RS
  • American Skin (41 Shots)…Bruce Springsteen (2000) SS
  • Best of Friends…Palma Violets (2012) NME
  • Cha-Cha Slide…Mr. C the Slide Man (2000) PC
  • Cupid Shuffle…Cupid (2007) PC
  • Dance with My Father…Luther Vandross (2003) G-S
  • Daniel…Bat for Lashes (2009) NME
  • Daughters…John Mayer (2004) G-S
  • Do I Wanna Know?...Arctic Monkeys (2013) Q
  • Don’t Cha…The Pussycat Dolls (2005) VF
  • Drunk in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2013) RS
  • Fell in Love with a Girl…The White Stripes (2001) MJ
  • Fire…Kasabian (2009) Q
  • Golden Skans…Klaxons (2007) NME
  • Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse (2000) BB
  • Heavenly…Patty Griffin (2007) SS
  • Here We Go Again…Ray Charles with Norah Jones (2004) G-R
  • Hold On…Alabama Shakes (2012) RS
  • Hollaback Girl…Gwen Stefani (2005) PC
  • Hounds of Love…Kate Bush (2005) NME
  • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow…The Soggy Bottom Boys (2001) SS
  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor…Arctic Monkeys (2005) MJ, Q, RS
  • Ill Manors…Plan B (2012) Q
  • Last Nite…The Strokes (2001) NME, Q
  • Maps…Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003) NME
  • A Moment Like This…Kelly Clarkson (2002) PC
  • Moment of Surrender….U2 (2009) RS
  • Not Ready to Make Nice…Dixie Chicks (2006) G-R, G-S
  • Over and Over…Hot Chip (2006) NME
  • Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010) Q
  • Please Read the Letter…Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (2007) G-R
  • Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…Jay-Z (2007) RS
  • Rude…Magic! (2013) VF
  • Runaway…Kanye West with Pusha T (2010) RS
  • The Scientist…Coldplay (2002) Q
  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer…The Fall (2008) Q
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own…U2 (2004) G-S
  • Spanish Sahara…Foals (2010) NME
  • Time for Heroes…The Libertines (2002) NME
  • Time to Pretend…MGMT (2008) NME
  • Video Games…Lana Del Rey (2011) NME
  • Walk On…U2 (2000) G-R
  • We Can’t Make It Here…James McMurtry (2005) SS
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?...The Baha Men (2000) PC
  • Work It…Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (2002) RS

Key to the Codes: