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300 Best Dance Songs of the 2000s

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The hypnotic sound of electronics merging into mainstream music structures became the dancefloor flavor at nightclubs and parties in the 2000s.

The hypnotic sound of electronics merging into mainstream music structures became the dancefloor flavor at nightclubs and parties in the 2000s.

The diverse sounds incorporated by musicians in the realms of dance music gave the 2000s a truly unique identity. A cross cultural fusion of musical styles came into the limelight taking dance music to a whole new level. Dance songs from different dance genres had astounding chart success globally. The hypnotic sound of electronics merging into mainstream music structures became the dancefloor flavor at nightclubs and parties in the 2000s. Some of the most memorable dance anthems owe it this technologically savvy decade.

The list below showcases an epic collection of the best dance songs of the 2000s. If dance music is your thing, you will have a lot to express. Feel free with your views, opinions, and song suggestions in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Dance Songs of the 2000s

1. “Poker Face”—Lady Gaga

2. “Toxic”—Britney Spears

3. “Crazy in Love”—Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

4. “One More Time”—Daft Punk

5. “4 Minutes”—Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

6. “Satisfaction”—Benny Benassi

7. “Sexy Bitch”—David Guetta featuring Akon

8. “I Gotta Feeling”—The Black Eyed Peas

9. “Be with You”—Enrique Iglesias

10. “Don’t Stop the Music”—Rihanna

EDM in the 2000s

When two or more dance music genres combine to experiment with sonic soundscapes, a new EDM spectrum takes shape and transcends new boundaries. The sounds of EDM became epic in the 2000s sparked by the interest of club culture. A wide spectrum of aesthetically crafted electronic dance music made its way into mainstream. Numerous stylistic variations within the EDM genre led to a hybridization of dance songs. Artists associated with dance-pop, house, drum n bass, techno, trance, electropop, hip hop, and synthpop incorporated diverse electronic soundscapes in their songs.

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Rave culture and underground festivals shaped the way for urban EDM that became exceeding popular with dance artists of the decade. As the popularity of EDM became widespread, a growing number of artists started experimenting with electronic sounds in the realms of pop music. This led to an explosion of syncopated rhythms and breakbeat elements that became excessively popular with dance productions. Urban EDM dance songs were characterized by prominent baselines, synthesized drum patterns, and synth sounds brought to life with fluctuating tempo changes. Electro-house productions gained momentum with their eclectically groovy-dance structures.

#11—20

11. “Promiscuous”—Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

12. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”—Daft Punk

13. “Bad Romance”—Lady Gaga

14. “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”—Pitbull

15. “Hips Don’t Lie”—Shakira

16. “When Love Takes Over”—David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland

17. “Get the Party Started”—Pink

18. “Umbrella”—Rihanna

19. “Where’s Your Head At”—Basement Jaxx

20. “Hot in Herre”—Nelly

Synth-Pop in the 2000s

The 2000s witnessed the revival of synth-pop in the 2000s. The nostalgia of 80s-synthpop was brought to life in a new avatar by dance artists in this decade. Vintage synthesizer sounds fused with sonically crafted urban aesthetics became the signature identity of a number of dance-pop and house artists. Teen pop artists employed aesthetically crafted synth sounds for their dance-ready party anthems. Similarly, electropop artists too creatively used synth elements to diversify and alter the metamorphosis of their sound.

As urban synthpop established a firm foothold in mainstream, the music scene witnessed a growing number of female solo artists come to the forefront of the dance music scene. This young breed of female artists took urban dance to a whole new level by fusing diverse influences of electro, R&B, trap, house, and drum and bass. Synthpop songs and electropop songs became hugely popular with young teens, and a number of artists associated with the genre making a big impact on club dance charts.

#21—40

21. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”—Kylie Minogue

22. “World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)”—Bob Sinclair featuring Steve Edwards

23. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”—Beyonce

24. “Just Dance”—Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis

25. “1, 2 Step”—Ciara featuring Missy Elliot

26. “Temperature”—Sean Paul

27. “She Wolf”—Shakira

28. “Days Go By”—Dirty Vegas

29. “Give It 2 Me”—Madonna

30. “In da Club”—50 Cent

31. “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”—Jennifer Lopez

32. “Bootylicious”—Destiny’s Child

33. “Everytime We Touch”—Cascada

34. “Bulletproof”—La Roux

35. “Telephone”—Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

36. “Ride wit Me”—Nelly featuring City Spud

37. “When I Grow Up”—The Pussycat Dolls

38. “Hey Ya!”—Outkast

39. “What You Waiting For?”—Gwen Stefani

40. “Yeah”—Usher featuring Lil Jon

Dance-Pop in the 2000s

Dance-pop continued to have a phenomenal success in the 2000s. The soundscape of this style of music got bigger and grander as electronic embellishments came to the forefront. The urban dance-pop sound was a culmination of diverse influences that included, house, trance, techno, Eurodance, electro, hip hop and R&B. While dance-pop artists of the ‘90s continued with their dominance in the 2000s, the decade also witnessed a great number of young female artists progress into a disco-rooted sound of pop-centric dance music which came into being established as nu-disco. Artists associated with the nu-disco trend showcased dynamic club-friendly synth beats with a ‘70s disco vibe.

Strong influences of electropop and synthpop became prominent in dance-pop in the mid-2000s.The lush production-based structure of urban dance-pop gave unique flavor to dancefloor music. A bass-heavy emphasis on beats and synth sounds reflected the ethos of these dance songs. In the latter part of the decade, a great number of contemporary R&B artists started fusing hip hop, urban funk and dance-pop aesthetics to establish a new territory for dance-R&B. These R&B dance songs had tremendous chart-topping success globally.

#41—60

41. “LoveGame”—Lady Gaga

42. “Milkshake”—Kelis

43. “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)”—Modjo

44. “Sweet Dreams”—Beyonce

45. “Music”—Madonna

46. “Beautiful Liar”—Beyonce and Shakira

47. “Just a Little While”—Janet Jackson

48. “Never”—Kristine W

49. “S.O.S.”—Rihanna

50. “Waking Up in Vegas’—Katy Perry

51. “Get Busy”—Sean Paul

52. “Lovestoned/I Think She Knows”—Justin Timberlake

53. “Rapture”—iiO

54. “Maneater”—Nelly Furtado

55. “Touch My Body”—Mariah Carey

56. “Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)”—Bob Sinclair and Cutee B featuring Dollarman, Big Ali and Makedah

57. “Don’t Cha”—The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes

58. “Lost”—Roger Sanchez

59. “Me Against the Music”—Britany Spears featuring Madonna

60. “Don’t Give Up”—Chicane featuring Bryan Adams

Electropop in the 2000s

Certain artists in the realms of dance music started experimenting by combining musical structures from pop and electronic genres. This hybridization of electronics with smooth pop melodies let to the revival of electropop in the 2000s. The electropop sound came into prominence in the mid-2000s. With pop and dance music artists incorporating experimental electronic sounds on their albums, the electropop blueprint started gaining mainstream momentum. Gradually, the electropop aesthetic became a staple in different genres of dance.

Although flourishes of new wave and synthpop were aesthetically embellished in electropop dance songs of the 2000s, it was the heavy electronic sound structured with syndrums and synthesizers that gave unique character to the genre. The stomps and thumps of beat and structure characterized with mystifying urban-electro sounds made this style of music accessible at nightclubs and parties. While electronic sounds employed in house and trance identified with the dance flavor at raves and festivals, the electronic instrumentation in electropop struck a chord with the urban dance scene, prominently nightclubs and ultra-urban parties.

#61—80

61. “Say it Right”—Nelly Furtado

62. “Pon de Replay”—Rihanna

63. “Something”—Lasgo

64. “Goodies”—Ciara featuring Patey Pablo

65. “Hung Up”—Madonna

66. “Paparazzi”—Lady Gaga

67. “Get Right”—Jennifer Lopez

68. “Obsessed”—Mariah Carey

69. “Who Let the Dogs Out”—Baha Men

70. “All Nite (Don’t Stop)”—Janet Jackson

71. “Bottle Pop”—The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg

72. “Get Ur Freak On”—Missy Elliot

73. “With Love”—Hilary Duff

74. “Gimme More”—Britney Spears

75. “Evacuate the Dance Floor”—Cascada

76. “Shots”—LMFAO

77. “I’m Outta Love”—Anastacia

78. “Cool”—Gwen Stefani

79. “Lose My Breath”—Destiny’s Child

80. “Not Gonna Get Us”—t.A.T.u.

R&B Dance Songs of the 2000s

R&B dance songs and hip hop dance songs became exceedingly popular in the 2000s. As music trends started changing in favor of the club dance music scene, a number of contemporary R&B artists witnessed their popularity decline. A great number of R&B artists started incorporating diverse influences of urban dance genres to make their music accessible to a wider audience. This experimentation of R&B with dance-centric production paved the way for a new wave of R&B dance songs. These songs made a big impact with urban audiences globally.

Musicians and producers came up with the novel idea of presenting slow tempo R&B songs and R&B ballads in a club-ready remixed avatar. A number of these remixed songs brought to life by renowned DJs had a significant impact on music charts and the club music scene. While certain R&B purists were critical of R&B artists changing their musical direction and selling out in favor new musical trends, the fact remains that R&B transitioned into new musical territories while remaining true to its roots. R&B dance songs paved the way for a sonically slick urban R&B sound for the future.

#81—100

81. “Piece of Me”—Britney Spears

82. “Low”—Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

83. “Buttons”—The Pussycat Dolls

84. “SexyBack”—Justin Timberlake

85. “Video Phone”—Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga

86. “Celebration”—Madonna

87. “Shut Up and Drive”—Rihanna

88. “Not In Love”—Enrique Iglesias featuring Kelis

89. “Love at First Sight”—Kylie Minogue

90. “Call on Me”—Eric Prydz

91. “Like This”—Kelly Rowland featuring Eve

92. “The Sweet Escape”—Gwen Stefani featuring Akon

93. “Miles Away”—Madonna

94. “Closer”—Ne-Yo

95. “It Began in Afrika”—The Chemical Brothers

96. “Day ‘n’ Nite”—Kid Kudi

97. “Whine Up”—Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man

98. “Naughty Girl”—Beyonce

99. “Around the World (La La La La La)”—ATC

100. “Feedback”—Janet Jackson

Best Dance Songs of the 2000s #101—200

101. “Face (the Game)”—Donna Summer

102. “Romeo”—Basement Jaxx

103. “Beautiful u R”—Deborah Cox

104. “Stereo Love”—Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina

105. “Calabria”—Enur featuring Natasja Saad

106. “Wrong”—Depeche Mode

107. “Love Etc.”—Pet Shop Boys

108. “Pocketful of Sunshine”—Natasha Bedingfield

109. “Million Dollar Bill”—Whitney Houston

110. “I’m a Fire”—Donna Summer

111. “Same Ol’ Story”—Cyndi Lauper

112. “Now I’m That Bitch”—Livii Franc

113. “Release Me”—Agnes

114. “Song for the Lonely”—Cher

115. “Lola’s Theme”—The Shapeshifters

116. “Beautiful”—Taylor Dayne

117. “Love Generation”—Bob Sinclair featuring Gary Pine

118. “God in Me”—Mary Mary featuring Kierra Kaki Sheard

119. “Love Story”—Nadia Ali

120. “Weapon of Choice”—Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins

121. “Roller Coaster”—Erika Jayne

122. “Freelove”—Depeche Mode

123. “Disco Lies”—Moby

124. “All for You”—Janet Jackson

125. “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)”—A.R. Rahman and the pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger

126. “Love Comes Again”—Tiesto featuring BT

127. “Come on Down”—Crystal Waters

128. “Unwritten”—Natasha Beddingfield

129. “Say Hello”—Deep Dish

130. “Breathe”—Telepopmusik

131. “Angelicus”—Delerium featuring Isabel Bayrakdarin

132. “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)”—Jordin Sparks

133. “Dream On”—Depeche Mode

134. “Crazy Possessive”—Kaci Battaglia

135. “Change”—Kimberly Locke

136. “Hollaback Girl”—Gwen Stefani

137. “Walk into the Sun”—Dirty Vegas

138. “White Lies”—Paul van Dyk featuring Jessica Sutta

139. “Sound of Freedom”—Bob Sinclair

140. “Russian Roulette—Rihanna

141. “Just Be”—Tiesto featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw

142. “Where the Party At”—Jagged Edge featuring Nelly

143. “A Different Kind of Love”—Cher

144. “Check on It”—Beyonce

145. “Adagio for Strings”—Tiesto

146. “I Want Your Soul”—Armand Van Helden

147. “Right Thurr”—Chingy

148. “Lose Control”—Missy Elliot featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop

149. “Sunset (Bird of Prey)”—Fatboy Slim

150. “It’s Like That”—Mariah Carey featuring Jermaine Dupri and Fatman Scoop

151. “Sorry”—Madonna

152. “Gotta Get Thru This”—Daniel Bedingfield

153. “Don’t Call Me Baby”—Kreesha Turner

154. “Womanizer—Britney Spears

155. “Glamorous”—Fergie featuring Ludacris

156. “I Will Be Here”—Tiesto and Sneaky Sound System

157. “Rise”—Samantha James

158. “Number 1”—Goldfrapp

159. “Rock Your Body”—Justin Timberlake

160. “Get Together”—Madonna

161. “Intuition”—Jewel

162. “Faster Kill Pussycat”—Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy

163. “House Is Not a Home”—Deborah Cox

164. “Blame”—Sono

165. “Nothing But You”—Paul van Dyk

166. “Dance for Me” —Mary J. Blige

167. “Suffer Well”—Depeche Mode

168. “I’m a Slave 4 U”—Britney Spears

169. “Ain’t No Other Man”—Christina Aguilera

170. “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”—Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire

171. “Did You See Me Coming?”—Pet Shop Boys

172. “Amazing”—George Michael

173. “Make it Last”—Dave Aude featuring Jessica Sutta

174. “Makes Me Wonder”—Maroon 5

175. “La La land”—Green Velvet

176. “Touch Me”—Rui da Silva featuring Cassandra

177. “As the Rush Comes”—Motorcycle

178. “Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)”—David Guetta and The Egg

179. “Emerge”—Ficherspooner

180. “Shiny Disco Balls”—Who Da Funk featuring Jessica Eve

181. “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit”—Fedde le Grand

182. “Breathe”—Erasure

183. “Alejandro”—Lady Gaga

184. “I Hate This Part”—The Pussycat Dolls

185. “Circus”—Britney Spears

186. “Amazing”—Seal

187. “Love Is a Crime”—Anastacia

188. “I’ve Got a Life”—Eurythmics

189. “Hollywood”—Madonna

190. “Castles in the Sky”—Ian Van Dahl featuring Marsha

191. “Move Ya Body”—Nina Sky featuring Jabba

192. “Break the Ice”—Britney Spears

193. “We Come 1”—Faithless

194. “Call Me—Anna Vissi

195. “The Other Side”—Paul van Dyk featuring Wayne Jackson

196. “Hole in the Head”—Sugababes

197. “Strict Machine”—Goldfrapp

198. “Be Alright”—Krisitne W

199. “Escape”—Enrique Iglesias

200. “So Excited”—Janet Jackson featuring Khia

Best 2000s Dance Songs #201—300

201. “Impressive Instant”—Madonna

202. “Most Precious Love”—Blaze featuring U.D.A.U.F.L. and Barbara Tucker

203. “Keep Your Body Working”—Tony Moran featuring Martha Wash

204. “Away”—Enrique

205. “In and Out of Love”—Armin van Buuren featuring Sharon den Adel

206. “T-Shirt”—Shontelle

207. “Lovin’ You”—Kristine W

208. “Love Like This”—Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston

209. “One Word”—Kelly Osbourne

210. “Traffic”—Tiesto

211. “Hold It Don’t Drop It”—Jennifer Lopez

212. “Give It All You Got”—Ultra Nate featuring Chris Willis

213. “Face to Face”—Daft Punk

214. “Hang On”—Plumb

215. “Tell Me Why (The Riddle)”—Paul van Dyk featuring Saint Etienne

216. “Slow”—Kylie Minogue

217. “Play”—Jennifer Lopez

218. “Runaway”—Jamiroquai

219. “Deja Vu”—Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

220. “Flawless (Go to the City)”—George Michael

221. “Sky”—Sonique

222. “Reach Out”—Hilary Duff

223. “Now You’re Gone”—Basshunter and DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz

224. “Long Distance”—Brandy

225. “At Night”—Shakedown featuring Terra Deva

226. “Feels Just Like It Should”—Jamiroquai

227. “Love on my Mind”—Freemasons

228. “I’ll Be Your Light”—Kristine W

229. “Sandcastle Disco”—Solange Knowles

230. “Do It”—Nelly Furtado

231. “Toca’s Miracle”—Fragma

232. “Blind”—Hercules and Love Affair

233. “I Wanna Thank Ya”—Angie Stone featuring Snoop Dogg

234. “Mesmerized”—Faith Evans

235. “Bossy”—Lindsay Lohan

236. “Lazy”—X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne

237. “In the Dark”—Tiesto

238. “How Did You Know”—Kurtis Mantronik featuring Mim

239. “One Day in Your Life”—Anastacia

240. “Is It Love”—iiO

241. “Die Another Day”—Madonna

242. “The Wonder of It All”—Kristine W

243. “Stoned in Love”—Chicane featuring Tom Jones

244. “I Decided”—Solange

245. “Time of Our Lives/Connected”—Paul van Dyk featuring Vega 4

246. “Love is a Drug”—Rosko

247. “Save My Soul”—Kristine W

248. “O.G. Bitch”—Esthero

249. “Filthy/Gorgeous”—Scissor Sisters

250. “Hella Good”—No Doubt

251. “Stars”—Erika Jayne

252. “Dip it Low”—Christina Milian

253. “Stranger in My House”—Tamia

254. “Disturbia”—Rihanna

255. “Keep Control”—Sono

256. “Bingo Bango”—Basement Jaxx

257. “Tracking Treasure Down”—Gabriel & Dresden

258. “Mr. Lonely”—Deborah Cox

259. “So Gone”—Monica

260. “I Feel Loved”—Depeche Mode

261. “Like I Love You”—Justin Timberlake

262. “Point of View”—DB Boulevard

263. “Diva”—Beyonce

264. “Empires (Bring Me Men)”—Lamya

265. “Tush”—Ghostface Killah featuring Missy Elliot

266. “Acceptable in the 80s”—Calvin Harris

267. “I’m Ready”—Cherie

268. “Who the Hell Are You”—Madison Avenue

269. “Devil Inside”—Hikaru Utada

270. “Planet Love”—Taylor Dayne

271. “Your Child”—Mary J. Blige

272. “Surrender”—Laura Pausini

273. “Right Here (Departed)”—Brandy

274. “Jump”—Madonna

275. “The Wreckoning”—Boomkat

276. “Absolutely Not”—Deborah Cox

277. “Get Up”—Mary Mary

278. “Crying at the Discotheque”—Alcazar

279. “Don’t Want Another Man”—Dynamix featuring Tina Ann

280. “T.O.N.Y.”—Solange

281. “Flight 643”—DJ Tiesto

282. “Popular”—Darren Hayes

283. “Love is the Look”—Kristine W

284. “I Turn to You”—Melanie C

285. “Diary”—Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!

286. “Sunrise”—Simply Red

287. “Dangerous Power”—Gabriel & Dresden

288. “(Reach Up for The) Sunrise”—Duran Duran

289. “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”—Angie Stone

290. “Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)”—Vivian Green

291. “Love that Man”—Whitney Houston

292. “I Will Love Again”—Lara Fabian

293. “Ooh La La”—Goldfrapp

294. “Sound of Violence”—Cassius featuring Steve Edwards

295. “Play Your Part”—Deborah Cox

296. “Crystal”—New Order

297. “Stop Playing with my Mind”—Barbara Tucker featuring Daryll D’ Bonneau

298. “If It Don’t Fit”—Abigail

299. “Some Lovin”—Murk with Kristine K

300. “Gossip Folks”—Missy Elliot featuring Ludacris

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