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86 One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Make a 2000s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

Make a 2000s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

Throwback to Not That Long Ago

We never really settled on what to call the 2000s, but they're gone now. It was a decade of technology, terror, and turmoil.

The decade opened up with a contested Presidential election. Who can forget the Florida manual recount and those hanging chads? Overall election results weren't known for a month. The world changed suddenly on 9/11 with those staggering visual images and loss of life. The ensuing debate over weapons of mass destruction and the War on Terror eventually highlighted a nation at conflict with itself.

The dot-com bubble burst, and once-admired companies such as Enron, WorldCom, and Adelphia Communications went bankrupt as a result of corrupt accounting practices. We should have learned that when it seems too good to be true, it usually is. After the housing market boom, that bubble burst too, thus leaving many in the Great Recession underwater in their mortgages. It left a nation clamoring for hope and change, and the first African American President was inaugurated into office in 2009.

Individual states began to pass laws that restricted public smoking and permitted civil unions. While kids played with razor scooters, zhu zhu dolls, Tamagotchis, and Monster High dolls, what they really dreamed about was an iPod. We went through the Classic, Mini, Nano, Shuffle, and Touch versions, and in 2007, the revolutionary iPhone changed our world. Now, you can barely find a flip phone. Social networking hangouts like Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter and crowdsourcing sites like Wikipedia and Reddit were also just getting started.

Even if the 2000s isn't a decade that makes you feel all sentimental and mushy, you have to admit that the music was on point. Make a nostalgia playlist full of popular one-hit wonders from the era. Relive the magic and hope that it's not too late for your favorite artist to take themselves off this list with a follow-up hit.

1. "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys

The narrator in this 2004 Grammy Award-winning pop song is a man who is lost, weary, and in search of spiritual guidance. Feeling locked up and miserable, he beckons God to save him from the prison that he's been living in within himself. The narrator hopes that if he shows faith, then the Lord will bestow upon him a heavenly reward. Seems legit, right?

This debut song from the band's self-titled album peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and crossed over to the country charts. "Heaven" was their only hit.

2. "The Boys of Summer" by The Ataris

If this rock song sounds familiar, it's because it's a remake of a 1984 Don Henley hit song. It's also one of Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The Ataris are a rock band best known for their 2003 cover version of this tune which climbed to #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and made them a one-hit wonder.

The lyrics describe a man's fond remembrance of a young woman he had a summer romance with in his youth. The memory of her beach-tanned skin, slicked back hair, and wide smile will always be with him. (I wonder if his wife knows that the flame is still burning for her?)

3. "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne

Yep. "Stacy's mom has got it goin' on."

Let's hear it for those stressed-out women in mom jeans and Keds. This 2003 rock ditty gives a shout out to ladies who are better than 40. The premise of the tune is that a high school dude feigns a crush on his classmate, Stacy, because he's attracted to her smokin' hot mother. Yeah, it's a little icky, but the song is also laugh-worthy. What's really awkward is that the tune was based on an actual crush. While growing up, a prepubescent friend of one of the band members had a crush on the guy's grandmother.

In this hit, the narrator has an active fantasy life and finds an excuse to invite himself over to Stacy's house. He inquires about Stacy's mother's whereabouts, then points out to her how grown up he has become. The humorous, catchy song was a hit in several countries and peaked at #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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4. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

This 2006 rock tune is one of the decade's most played songs, enjoying particular popularity in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the love ballad was repeatedly featured as a part of the television show Grey's Anatomy and reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

"Chasing Cars" describes what it's like yearn for someone so much that they are all you need in the world. At the same time, however, you feel unsure how to adequately express your love for them.

The allusion to "chasing cars" comes from a clever quip the songwriter's father made about a girl the songwriter was infatuated with: "You're like a dog chasing a car. You'll never catch it, and you just wouldn't know what to do with it if you did." Perhaps the song resonates so much with people is because we've all been the dog chasing that car at some time or another.

5. "Bulletproof" by La Roux

With a contagious beat and a memorable hook, this 2009 electro-pop song climbed to #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became an international hit. The narrator is tired of repeating her mistakes. She confidently assures both herself and the one who has hoodwinked her in the past that

This time, baby, I'll be
Bulletproof
This time, baby, I'll be
Bulletproof.

Although the song brought La Roux success, singer Elly Jackson attributed her panic attacks to the song's popularity. As a result, she later came to regret the hit.

6. "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

In this 2006 worldwide hit, the song's narrator refers to the thin line between self-control and losing your mind. As he breaks free from expectations to explore his true identity, he questions whether he's the crazy one or everyone else is. The Grammy-winning Award song was a global smash hit for the duo of Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse, together known as Gnarls Barkley.

The neo-soul song peaked at #2 on US Billboard Hot 100 and was also named to the updated list of Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Even though Cee Lo Green had an individual song that was a follow-up success ("F*ck You" in 2010), Gnarls Barkley wasn't able to repeat their chart success.

7. "Collide" by Howie Day

Romance among opposites is a bittersweet bargain. If you've ever been involved in one, you understand the angst. It's not easy being involved with someone completely different from you.

The man in this 2004 love song feels both intense attraction for his lover as well as insecurity about their relationship. Their personalities and what they seek in a relationship differ dramatically, and as a result, the two sometimes find themselves at odds. Although the intensity of his emotions scares him, he doesn't want to give up what they have together.

The soft rock song climbed to #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, the accomplishment was a one-off for Howie Day. In 2018, when Day was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend at the Seattle airport, she told police that his violent outburst was partially because Day had been upset that his career had petered out and he was running out of cash.

8. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

Back in 2005, you couldn't change the radio station without hearing this chart-topper on multiple channels. Even James Blunt called his own pop song "annoying" and apologized because it was so overplayed.

He was inspired to write the worldwide hit after he locked eyes with his ex-girlfriend on the London Underground when she was with another guy, someone he didn't know existed. They never spoke to one another again. Blunt reportedly wrote the song in less than three minutes.

Blunt criticizes people who misinterpret "You're Beautiful" as a love song and play it at their wedding. (You weren't one of them, were you?) The song instead describes a man on drugs who is obsessed with another guy's girlfriend. The creeper watches the woman with her boyfriend on the subway.

9. "Butterfly" by Crazy Town

In this rap/pop hybrid from 2000, one-hit wonder Crazy Town expresses magnetic attraction for a sexy lady. Calling her "my butterfly," the narrator beckons her to dance with him. He spills a little TMI (too much information) with the lyrics, "Fierce nipple pierce you got me sprung with your tongue ring" and describes that the basis of their relationship is both physical and emotional. The song became a global sensation and hit the top of the charts in the US and many other countries.

10. "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" by Blu Cantrell

The R&B diva in this 2001 ditty schools women on how to settle a score with a cheating lover. The narrator caught her man cheating, and rather than crumble like a cookie (hell no) she made a game out of revenge-seeking. In draining her man's cash, ruining his credit, and selling everything he owned, the woman ensured he would never forget the errors of his ways. The song was internationally popular and rose to #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

11. "I'm a New Soul" by Yael Naim

In the context of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the financial and political turmoil at home, this 2008 folk tune provided respite. It features a narrator who claims to be a new soul, a neophyte at life. She admits to making many mistakes in her quest at learning how to communicate and share productively, process her emotions, and evaluate the world around her. Popular in many countries, the song topped out at #7 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

12. "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter

Suck it up, buttercup. This 2005 pop ditty is a power anthem that reminds you that while you had a bad day, you'll manage to make it through. Sure, you feel washed out, washed up, and about to fall to pieces. Nothing is going your way. You sing a sad song, wallowing in your sorry life. You fake a smile, but you're not fooling anyone. Just own the misery and resolve to rise again tomorrow.

If you watched American Idol in the 2000s, then you recall that this was their original elimination song. I always pitied the show's losers who had just received crushing news yet had to linger on stage while this song played.

Powter wrote the song in less than an hour. Although it reached the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was a worldwide hit, he later referred to the song as "garbage."

13. "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World

The upbeat message behind this internally popular 2001 rock song is you do "you" and never mind what others say. Whether you're in your teens or much older, we could all use this encouragement—especially when facing new situations and we're trying to adjust:

Hey, don't write yourself off yet
It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on
Just try your best
Try everything you can
And don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away.

The song reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although the band had a number of singles that charted on the US Alternative chart, "The Middle" was their only mainstream hit, thus making them a one-hit wonder.

14. "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling

The man in this achingly beautiful 2001 love song cares so deeply for his partner that he is concerned about her welfare even after he is gone. He worries whether she could make it alone. Will there be someone to take his place to help her? Selflessly, he wants to guide the woman he loves through her most difficult days to ensure that she flourishes.

The song was written after a band member's cousin lost her husband of 50 years. Climbing to #5 on the US Hot 100 chart and enjoying international popularity as well, it resonated with many Americans following the 9/11 attacks.

How Much Do You Remember About the 2000s?

You were there, but do you remember?

Wikipedia was launched in 2001 based on the wisdom of crowdsourcing

In 2006, Pluto was officially demoted to a dwarf planet

The first season of NBC's "The Apprentice" aired in 2004

Janet Jackson had a "wardrobe malfunction" during her Superbowl halftime show with Justin Timberlake in February 2004

The seventh and final main volume of The Harry Potter series was published in July 2007

In August 2005, at least 1,836 people died as a result of Category 5 Hurricane Katrina and its subsequent flooding

In 2003, The Human Genome Project was completed, conducting whole genome sequencing on humans

Apple introduced the iPod in October 2001

In 2009, Silly Bandz hit the first American retail store

The first camera phone in North America was sold in 2004

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people

In 2000, Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex civil unions.

In 2005, the first successful partial face transplant was performed

In October 2000, AT&T became the first American cellular company to offer text messaging

The US Supreme Court ultimately decided the results of the 2000 Presidential election.

Concerns about Y2K passed without widespread computer malfunctions

The dot-com bubble burst in 2001, leading to recession

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing first became available in 2007 at a cost of around $1,000 per test

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first African American President of the US in 2009

The Wii home video game console was introduced in 2006

The USB flash drive first appeared on the market in 2000

Webkinz plush toys were introduced in 2005

The 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) flu pandemic struck the United States and was declared a national emergency by President Obama.

iTunes was launched in 2001, MySpace and Skype in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube and Google Maps in 2005, and Twitter in 2006

The Segway was first marketed in 2001

Music file-sharing service Napster shut down in July 2001 after it was successfully sued by record companies for copyright infringement

Low rise jeans (that often exposed thongs) were all the rage in the early 2000s

15. "Just the Girl" by The Click Five

Some people are gluttons for punishment. The guy in this 2005 rock ditty is inexplicably attracted to a woman with a cruel streak. She laughs at his dreams, cops an attitude, and pushed him in the pool at their last school reunion. (How old are they exactly?) Even so, she remains a bittersweet enigma and keeps him coming back for more rejection.

"Just the Girl" peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the only song for The Click Fire to do so.

16. "Flavor of the Weak" by American Hi-Fi

Pining away for a girl from afar, the narrator in this 2001 rock song claims she's being deceived by a cheating boyfriend. While she naively sits at home, he

  • stays stoned
  • knows nothing about her
  • leaves her at home on Friday nights and
  • has posters on the wall of all the girls he wishes she was.

The phrase "flavor of the weak" is a clever play on words rather than a misspelling.

17. "I Wish" by Carl Thomas

Full of regret, the crestfallen guy in this R&B/mainstream crossover hit from 2000 met the woman of his dreams. But after investing all of his emotions in the relationship, he discovered that Ms. Right is unhappily married with children. It's a lose/lose situation. Although he loves her, he wishes he never met her.

18. "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men

"Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof." This calypso-inspired tune from 2000 became an international phenomenon and an anthem at many sporting events. With barking that sounds like a dog pound, it climbed to the fortieth spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. As popular as it was, however, the Grammy Award-winning hit was tagged as one of the "most annoying" and worst songs of the era. Did you love it or hate it?

19. "1985" by Bowling for Soup

Pure eighties nostalgia can be found in this 2004 rock song. Climbing to #23 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the song highlights the life of a middle-aged woman who is stuck in a time warp. Back in her teen years, she was never able to live the life she wanted. She had big dreams back before she settled down and started a family:

She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake her a**
On the hood of White Snake's car.

Now, however, the middle-aged woman lives in the past and

  • drives an SUV
  • takes Prozac
  • leads an uncool, boring life
  • has two teenagers and
  • is married to a CPA, the only man she's ever been with.

Live your life with no regrets so that you don't look back on your past like this lady does.

20. "Girl Next Door" by Saving Jane

In high school, maybe you could identify with the girl in this 2005 rock song. She describes herself as the last one standing, a back seat debutante, and the small town girl next door.

While she doesn't have a terrible life, the narrator is envious of a popular girl who seems to have everything she doesn't. Her rival is a cheerleader, the prom queen, the class president, and a glamorous Miss America type. Both inside and out, there's no denying that popular the girl seems perfect. Everybody loves her, and there's just no competing. The song peaked at #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Bratz fashion dolls were introduced in 2001.  The toys featured full, lush lips with lipstick and large, almond-shaped eyes with eyeshadow.  The 10-inch dolls competed with Mattel's Barbie product line and consisted of 40% of the fashion doll market.

Bratz fashion dolls were introduced in 2001. The toys featured full, lush lips with lipstick and large, almond-shaped eyes with eyeshadow. The 10-inch dolls competed with Mattel's Barbie product line and consisted of 40% of the fashion doll market.

Even More One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s

Know a one-hit wonder that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Pop, Lock & Drop It

Huey (featuring Trey Songz)

2006

22. Listen to Your Heart

D.H.T.

2004

23. The Reason

Hoobastank

2004

24. Lean Back

Terror Squad

2004

25. Breathless

The Corrs

2000

26. I Wanna Be Bad

Willa Ford (featuring Royce da 5'9")

2001

27. Inside Your Heaven

Bo Bice

2005

28. Another Dumb Blonde

Hoku

2000

29. Party Like a Rockstar

Shop Boyz

2007

30. Get Over Yourself

Eden's Crush

2001

31. Days Go By

Dirty Vegas

2002

32. For You I Will (Confidence)

Teddy Geiger

2006

33. Back Here

BBMak

2000

34. All the Things She Said

t.A.T.u.

2002

35. I Love College

Asher Roth

2009

36. Throw Some D's

Rich Boy

2007

37. Right Now

SR-71

2000

38. Teenage Dirtbag

Wheatus

2000

39. Laffy Taffy

D4L

2005

40. 1234

Feist

2007

41. Mercy

Duffy

2008

42. Absolutely (Story of a Girl)

Nine Days

2000

43. Shake It

Metro Station

2008

44. Me & You

Cassie

2005

45. He Loves U Not

Dream

2000

46. Why Can't I?

Liz Phair

2003

47. Gotta Tell You

Samantha Mumba

2000

48. A Bay Bay

Hurricane Chris

2007

49. round the World (La La La La La)

ATC

2000

50. Turn Me On

Kevin Lyttle

2003

51. Whine Up

Kat DeLuna (featuring Elephant Man)

2007

52. Ocean Avenue

Yellowcard

2004

53. Here (In Your Arms)

Hellogoodbye

2006

54. Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)

Lumidee (featuring Busta Rimes & Fabolous)

2003

55. Addictive

Truth Hurts (featuring Rakim)

2002

56. Headstrong

Trapt

2002

57. Paper Planes

M.I.A.

2007

58. Where'd You Go

Fort Minor (featuring Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga)

2006

59. The Way I Am

Ingrid Michaelson

2007

60. Walk Away (Remember Me)

Paula DeAnda

2006

61. I Like That

Houston (featuring Chingy, Nate Dogg & I-20)

2004

62. No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)

3LW

2000

63. Crazy for This Girl

Evan and Jaron

2000

64. Because I Got High

Afroman

2001

65. (There's Gotta Be) More to Life

Stacie Orrico

2003

66. All the Above

Maino

2009

67. American Boy

Estelle (featuring Kanye West)

2008

68. Chain Hang Low

Jibbs

2006

69. I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Darkness

2003

70. F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)

Eamon

2003

71. I Loved Her First

Heartland

2006

72. Scars

Papa Roach

2005

73. Through Glass

Stone Sour

2006

74. Crush

David Archuleta

2008

75. Angel

Amanda Perez

2003

76. According to You

Orianthi

2009

77. Pray for You

Jaron Lowenstein

2009

78. Beverly Hills

Weezer

2005

79. Dog Days are Over

Florence + The Machine

2008

80. Just Got Started Lovin' You

James Otto

2007

81. Handlebars

Flobots

2008

82. Uprising

Muse

2009

83. Black and Gold

Sam Sparro

2008

84. Second Chance

Shinedown

2008

85. Back Here

BBMak

2000

86. Sweater Weather

The Neighourhood

2012

Questions & Answers

Question: Why aren't these two artists on this list of one-hit wonders: Soulja Boy for "Crank That" and Sean Kingston for "Beautiful Girls"?

Answer: There's a simple answer. They are not one-hit wonders. Soulja Boy had several other Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Soulja Girl" (2007), "Kiss Me Through the Phone" (2008), "Turn My Swag On" (2008), and "Pretty Boy Swag" (2010). Sean Kingston similarly had additional Top 40 hits "Me Love" (2007), "Take You There" (2008), "Fire Burning" (2009), "Eenie Meanie" (2010), and "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" (2010). Thanks for the question.

Question: "Beverly Hills" by Weezer is on the list. How does Weezer fit the definition of a one-hit wonder?

Answer: It's as simple as this. The definition refers to Top 40 hits on the mainstream Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has had only one of those, "Beverly Hills," at least thus far. Any other songs you might be thinking of ("Pork and Beans," Troublemaker," "Africa") charted on the alternative rock or rock charts. For comparison, there are lots of country or international artists who could also make your claim because they have hits on the country or international charts. However, it is important to draw a line around what is meant by "one-hit wonder" for consistency. This is a definition that is often used. It doesn't take away from anyone's talent.

Question: Was Flobots a one-hit wonder in the 2000s? They dropped a song about corruption and politics and then vanished.

Answer: What an awesome call. Flobots was a rock group and had one Top 40 song on the US Hot 100 (mainstream) charts, "Handlebars" in 2008.

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 08, 2020:

Jeremy - Read the definition, please. Weezer's hits appeared not on the mainstream charts but on the alternative rock charts. The same would be true if an artist placed one song on the mainstream chart but saw success on the country or international charts. It's not necessarily indicative of how good they are.

Jeremy on August 07, 2020:

LOL Weezer is no one hit wonder. They've had a ton of hits, and many songs peaking at #1, nearly 20 in the top 10. They do not fit the definition of a one hit wonder.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 01, 2020:

bhatt - Thank you for your kind comment. Be well.

bhatt on April 01, 2020:

Great compilation. Your knowledge about songs is incredulous. Appreciate. God bless you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 15, 2020:

Fr45 - Those singles didn't crack the mainstream, Top 40 of the US Billboard Top 100. "Sweetness" ranked #75 and "Pain" ranked #93. However, they did experience some additional chart success on the US Alternative and some international charts. Thanks for your comment.

Fr45 on January 14, 2020:

Jimmy Eat World had a couple of other hits in the US including "Sweetness" and "Pain".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 01, 2019:

Tyler - Oddly enough, they only had one song that cleared the mainstream Top 40. They did have others that charted well on the alternative, rock, and various international charts but their success synchs with the definition of Top 40. Doesn't mean they weren't good, just not mainstream pop Top 40 hit material. Thanks for commenting.

Tyler on December 01, 2019:

Definitely wouldn’t consider Weezer a one hit wonder. In my opinion all their good music came out way before Beverly Hills. Buddy Holly, Undone, My name is Jonas, Say it Aint So, Island in the Sun, Hash Pipe to name a few. Actually commenting on this has made me realize how much I liked Weezer haha. So thank you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 16, 2019:

James - No, please look again at the definition of one-hit wonder, referring specifically to mainstream pop chart. These artists only placed one song within the Top 40 of the mainstream pop chart although they could have had other songs to place on the alternative, rock, country, adult contemporary, R&B, or international charts.

James on October 15, 2019:

Popa Roach is NOT a one hit wonder.... Neither is Stone Sour, Yellowcard and Hoobastank. May want to rethink this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2019:

Poppy - I bet many years from now you'll still remember that music fondly. I grew up in the 1980s and just hearing the songs instantly takes me back to the time. Thanks for sharing some of your memories.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on October 09, 2019:

I was a teenager in the 2000s and grew up with terrible emo music. I definitely remember most of these - I loved Girl Next Door by Saving Jane (it was on one of the Sims games). Snow Patrol made quite a bit of music but Chasing Cars was definitely their most popular. There was a really annoying one called “Baby Cakes” that was popular for a fairly short time. I still remember the chorus despite only hearing it a few times on the radio. The 2000s were great.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2019:

Seth - One-hit wonders refers to the mainstream top 40 pop charts in the US and MIA mostly placed songs on the dance/electronic charts. Papa Roach's "Scars" was higher on the mainstream charts whereas "Last Resort" was a favorite on the alt rock charts. Afroman's "Colt 45/Crazy Rap" didn't chart. And thanks for catching Ashley Simpson. I'll change that. Thanks for the comment.

Seth on October 08, 2019:

I wouldn't call MIA a one hit wonder. If I were to call Papa Roach a one hit wonder, I'd say that hit was "Last Resort" and not "Scars". I think "Colt 45" makes Afroman not a one hit wonder. Ashley Simpson also had "Autobiography"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Ann - People either love that song or detest it. Funny that it gets such strong reactions. The poor guy.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 17, 2019:

The only one I know here is James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful' which I also found to be the most annoying song I'd ever heard; I don't like his voice either! Sorry James!

Your research is so thorough with all your 'lists'. It must take up a lot of your time. Well done for all the hard work you put into them.

Ann

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2019:

Chris - I wonder if something happened with some of them and the politics of record producing. So much is about things other than talent. Thanks for commenting. Have a great week.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on January 28, 2019:

The 2000's are an underrated musical decade, but it definitely featured some great gems.

I'm genuinely shocked a lot of these artists couldn't produce more huge hits. A few of these songs like "Who Let the Dogs Out" or "Bad Day" were everywhere on the radio, TV, etc.

Great playlist as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2019:

Dora - Thanks for the kind encouragement!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2019:

Liz - How kind of them to try to pick you up with that song!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 20, 2019:

Enjoyed the nostalgic introduction. Great presentation here. Excellent, in fact.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 20, 2019:

I was looking out for 'Bad Day' because it was a favourite of mine. My kids put it on my mp3 player for me.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on January 20, 2019:

Thank you, Flourish ♥️

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 19, 2019:

Fahad Iqbal - Thank you for your comment.

Fahad Iqbal on January 19, 2019:

Nice Article

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Tamara - Thanks for the kind comment. Have a weekend filled with music and laughter. I love the new photo.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Heidi - Its funny how many people have said that! Thanks for the visit, and I hope you have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

James - Thank you for sharing your memory. I recall the "dogs" song fondly and used to bark it out myself quite often. At the time, I was living in the metro Cleveland area so I heard it quite a bit in reference to the Cleveland Browns.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Tim, Yes, I just wanted sleep, too. Later in the decade when my daughter was old enough to be invited to birthday skating parties with parents, she shot me down as a skating partner because she said I wore my pants too high. My husband hooted and hollered over that mom jeans comment. Women were all wearing those super low jeans then and let's just say I was not. Thanks for sharing your memories. I'm sure you're probably cool enough for your daughter by now. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Lorelei - Maybe we were all a little distracted by world events? Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 18, 2019:

I only knew a couple in this list. It's like I went through the 80s and then my musical radar went on hiatus until maybe the last 5 years. I must be getting old. Or (and I hope this is the case) the music was just not that great (like one-hit wonders) and my music radar couldn't detect anything.

Oh well. Fun list, as always. Happy Weekend!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on January 18, 2019:

Flourish! Hi ♥️

Some of these songs, I know; yet others, I have never heard. This post was a delight to me since I thoroughly love music!

I love your posts! ♥️

Tamara

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on January 18, 2019:

Woof! I saw your list and immediately looked for the "dogs" song. You mentioned it was a hit at sporting events. This is one those songs that I associate with an event. I remember it from a football game (vs Mich St) that I attended as part of an alumni group back in 2000.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Linda - My daughter was a millennial baby so I spent some time pretty bleary-eyed and checked out from culture for awhile except for "Baby Mozart." I recall sitting her up in the bathtub and singing/woofing "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and she'd cackle and belly laugh like nobody's business. Anything to stop the crying.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Devika - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Bill - As much as that song was played, I loved it too, irrespective of what it was really about. Some of the best songs are actually stalking songs for some reason. Hope you have a terrific weekend and keep warm.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 18, 2019:

Hi, Flourish,

Interesting collection of tunes. I must say I don't remember many of these because I was often exhausted and just wanted to sleep. But I do remember a few, particularly, the Ataris song. I recall some people speculated the Boys of Summer was about Henley's days with the Eagles.

I recall the "Crazy" tune because it reminded me of Stand By me, at least, musically.

I think my daughter taught me to dance to the "how Far is Heaven song when she was young, and dad just wasn't quite cool enough or something like that.

In any case, Flourish, great tunes for me to visit.

Great job.

Wonderful playlist.

Sincerely,

Tim

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Bill - My preference is also for earlier music (80s tunes) or current music, although music from this era was good, too. I was especially clued into it because of my daughter. I'm glad that decade has passed. Thanks for coming by. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Clive - Yay, someone who recalls the songs! Glad you enjoyed the list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Pamela, We all had so much going on then with the war, politics, and the economy. I'm not sure that it's eased up now, just changed. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Jennifer - Thank you for stopping by! It hasn't been that long, but we all tend to forget about these after a few years. Have a great weekend.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 18, 2019:

Wow I am so out of the loop. I don't recall any of these songs.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 18, 2019:

Flourish, the only one I recognize (out of 70?) is "Who Let the Dogs Out?", and that one only because they played it far too many times at the Seattle Mariners home games.

My daughters graduated from high school in 2001 and 2002 so you'd think all of these would have been blasting in the car, right? (Insert eye roll emoji here). Hard for me to recognize that there is a whole generation that probably doesn't know any of the highlights that you listed. For me, it seems not that long ago.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Good list, as always.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 18, 2019:

I enjoy the lists you together. Songs are encouraging and takes me down memory lane

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 18, 2019:

I remember music from the 60's better than I do that from the 2000's. I'm sure that says something about me and my memory. lol I don't even know who most of these artists are, but I do remember Blunt and I loved that song.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 18, 2019:

Hi Flourish. In what is a clear indication of my age, I don't recognize many of these tunes :) A few I do recall. I must have been stuck in the 90's, or earlier? It sure was a turbulent decade. Between all of the financial issues, housing meltdown, and 9/11 there was a lot going on. Great list as always.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 18, 2019:

Great List. Best songs were made in those era.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 18, 2019:

Flourish, I must admit that I had not heard of many of these songs, however I still enjoyed reading about the various songs and listening to most of them.

Jennifer C on January 17, 2019:

This is a great list. I completely forgot about a lot of these songs. I will be saving this. Thanks :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 17, 2019:

Shawindi Silva - Thank you for your comment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 17, 2019:

Sherry - Dusty brains tonight! You'd think that the last name might have given it away, but I don't know. Thanks for catching the error. Have a great Friday!

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on January 17, 2019:

I like your article so much

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on January 17, 2019:

Great look back at an eventful decade. One small cx though. Ashlee Simpson is the little sister of Jessica Simpson, not Britney Spears. Feel free to delete this comment.