A playlist isn’t complete without at least 10 early 2000s songs. With these 10 early 2000s songs you will be that person with an amazing playlist at the party. Even if these pop artists weren’t your jam back then, they’ll be your jam now!
1. Dream- He Loves You Not
Dream was an American pop girl group from 1998 to 2003. Dream’s biggest hit came in 2000 with “He Loves You Not.” Back in the MTV’sTRL era, this single hit number one and launched Dream’s stardom. In the early 2000s, every bubblegum pop loving teen was blaring this single in a car full of girls on a hot summer day. This song has such a strong early 2000s vibe with the over synthesized vocals and a funky dance beat. “He Loves You Not” is one of many early 2000s songs perfect for your playlist!
2. Usher- You Remind Me
Usher blew into the music scene in the late 90s and early 2000s with his unique vocals and contemporary R&B sound. “You Remind Me” was the ultimate break up song in 2001. The early 2000s gifted the world with some of the best R&B songs to date. It’s so easy to sing along to and once the song plays, it’s hard to stop rocking back and forth to the rhythm. A proper 2000s playlist wouldn’t be complete without a little Usher. Not only did Usher create some of the best early 2000s songs but he is also still creating hits to this day.
3. 3LW- Playas Gon’ Play
The early 2000s was the height of female groups like Destiny’s Child and 3LW. This R&B female band gave us the beautiful vocals of Adrienne Bailon and a strong female representation in music. “Playas Gon’ Play” was released in early 2001 and grew to early 2000s royalty with its sing along infection. These early 2000s songs are perfect for your playlist because it’s true, “playas, they gonna play.”
4. Christina Milian- From AM To PM
“AM to PM” is the most upbeat dance song from the plethora of early 2000s songs. Christina Milian was a prominent VJ on MTV turned popstar. This song was featured on The Hot Chick in 2002. This song epitomizes the dance pop genre that was popular in the early 2000s. Add this song to your playlist to transport back in time when VJ’s were real jobs on MTV and All That was a popular kid’s t.v. show.
5. Shaggy-It Wasn’t Me
This song has transcended time and space with its catchy lyrics and funky sound. Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” is still played in bars and clubs across the nation. This song is hysterical and catchy to sing along to. Shaggy spends a whole three minutes and 48 seconds denying his cheating ways. This song was released in 2000 with dance and pop influences. No one can forget trying to rap all of Rikrok’s verses and still not being able to fully understand what he’s saying. Add this song to your early 2000s playlist as soon as possible!
6. Destiny’s Child- Jumpin’, Jumpin’
Anything by Destiny’s Child is solid gold. “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” was released in Aug. 19, 2000 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was a banger in the club with an upbeat track and repetitive lyrics to sing along with. The song is talking about leaving your man at home and stepping out a night where the club is jumpin’ with rich guys. There’s no reason for you to sit at home when you can be out at the club with your girls mingling with “ballers and their pockets full grown.” This song is a must for your early 2000s playlist, you can guarantee all of your friends will go crazy when this song comes on.
7. Aaliyah- Try Again
“Try Again” was released in 2001 for the soundtrack to Romeo Must Die. This song featured Timbaland and the signature sound of R&B crossed with dance-pop that was popular in the early 2000s. This is a classic Aaliyah song with a deep acid house influence. Unfortunately, Aaliyah passed away in 2001 but not before earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist for “Try Again.” This song is an ultimate early 2000s vibe that’s perfect for your playlist.
8. Enrique Iglesias- Be With You
Enrique Iglesias emerged in 2000 with his good looks and dreamy voice— stealing the hearts of so many women across the nation. “Be With You” is a sensual and emotional love song with a dance-pop track. This song still has some Spanish influences with an acoustic guitar moment throughout the song. There is nothing more ‘early 2000s’ than Enrique Iglesias singing “I just want to be with you” before he got his famous beauty mark removed.
9. Creed- With Arms Wide Open
“Arms Wide Open” was released in 2000 with a strong post-grunge influence. This song topped VH1’s top ten countdown that same year. This song was written after band member, Scott Stapp found out he was going to be a father. This song has a strong message about loving relationships between a father and a child. The slow rock sound is so typical of an early 2000s rock band. Stapp’s vocals are the perfect amount of raspy for rock but still soft enough to convey a deep message in such a delicate song. Everyone in the early 2000s couldn’t get enough of Creed. This band garnered so much support from its fans that it became the ninth best-selling artist of the 2000s. This song is a must for your early 2000s playlist.
10. Janet Jackson- All For You
“All For You” came out in 2001 with a feel good vibe. This song is perfect to sing and dance to around the house. Janet Jackson produced so many hits over time but “All For You” is definitely one of her best. This song is such a fun dance pop single with its bubbly message about flirting with someone on the dance floor. Add this fun song to your early 2000s playlist for a good time!