The 2000s in Germany were musically dominated by American hip-hop. Artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Usher, or OutKast created a good atmosphere in the clubs. US rapper Eminem even became the most commercially successful artist of the decade.
At a party in the 2000s, many electropop and nu-disco songs were played in addition to hip-hop. The most important performers were all female singers, including Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga.
The song “Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna created a party mood in Germany. The up-tempo/dance song reached #1 on the singles charts and was downloaded over 3 million times worldwide.
Lady Gaga provided 2008 with “Poker Face” for a party hit, which was really heard in every club. “Poker Face” belongs to one of the best-selling songs of all time.
If you were invited to a party, you couldn’t get past the U.S. music group “The Black Eyed Peas”. Four songs of the band are represented in our 2000s party playlist and rightly so! The song “I Gotta Feeling Black” is one of the most successful singles of the group and provides a fast beat for a good mood and of course party atmosphere.
Who were the biggest performers of the 2000s? Hip-hop acts like the Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Nelly dominated the top of the charts. Popstars like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Shakira provided new party hits.
Other absolute highlights in the party scene were the songs “Yeah!” by Usher, “Hey Ya!” by Outkast, “Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg, and “In Da Club” by 50 Cent.
(At the end of the article, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
The best party hits of the 2000s:
01. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” – Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell Williams
A snapped intro, a striking black-and-white music video, plus catchy keyboards carrying Snoop Dogg’s rap lines – that’s all it takes for this party hit from the 2000s. A verse in this song may also take Pharell Williams. He is also a producer at the same time, as a member of the Neptunes.
The result is a casual West Coast sound with a cool attitude. The number was a worldwide success and even conquered the pole position in the charts in the rapper’s home country as well as in New Zealand. In the German hit list, the song made it to number 8.
02. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
“Get Rich or Die Tryin'” – get rich or die trying. This is the title of 50 Cent’s debut album, which is also to be understood as his motto. In any case, the rapper has made it to riches: in the USA and in Germany, this second single from the record of the same name took off all the way to position 1.
In the US charts in 2003 the number stayed here even for nine weeks! In England, the track went platinum, in this country it received triple gold for 450.000 units sold.
03. “Kids” – MGMT
They are considered one of the hippest indie bands of the 2000s. And with “Kids”, the US-American Rock band is a real hit right away. It is the third single from the 2007 debut album “Oracular Spectacular”.
The duo was even nominated for a Grammy for this number – in the category “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals”. In the charts, the track only made it to number 48 in this country but was a huge success in the clubs. Even today, this track with the bass-heavy sound may not be missing at any 2000s party.
04. “Lean Back” – Terror Squad feat. Fat Joe and Remy Ma
The second single from the second studio album brought the breakthrough: “Lean Back” made the hip-hop formation Terror Squad known worldwide at once. In June 2004 the song was released and rose to number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in August. For one month the number could hold on the place in the sun.
The song received additional attention through the video games Need For Speed Underground 2 and The Hip Hop Dance Experience, in which it was used. With its uptempo beat, the song is also aimed at the clubs and invites even today to party – all hands in the air!
05. “Get Busy” – Sean Paul
The dancehall trend of the early 2000s was served by Sean Paul with his hit “Get Busy”. This is the second single from his second album “Dutty Rock. The Jamaican focuses on sexy lyrics and catchy and bouncing beats.
In the US charts, it was rewarded with number 1 in 2003, in this country, the number was also a success and came up to number 3. In addition, Sean Paul received the platinum record for “Get Busy” in the USA for 1.000.000 copies sold.
06. “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
MTV Europe Music Awards, Grammy, BET Award – for “Hey Ya!”Outkast won almost every award for their album. No wonder, the track is just mega catchy and animates immediately to dance to.
Cue: “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture”. The hip-hop duo chose the number as the single from the album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”. Rapper André 3000 was responsible for the vocals, audio programming, keyboards, and guitars.
He also took over the production of the track. In Germany, “Hey Ya!” up to the Top Ten, in the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK R&B charts was even the number 1 for the US-American in it.
07. “I’m A Slave 4 U” – Britney Spears
In the 90s her star rose, but also in the 00s Britney Spears was still on top of the charts. A popular party song of the singer is the number “I’m A Slave 4 U”.
Catchy beats were provided by the hit expert Pharell Williams. Britney Spears went for a more mature sound for the first time with this song and established herself as a real pop queen. In the video, she dances in the lascivious pose. “I’m A Slave 4 U” was the first single released from her 2001 comeback album “Britney”.
08. “Get The Party Started” – Pink
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If you put on this party track by Pink, you’ll get the dance floor going. The song was released in 2001. It can be found on the “Missundaztood” record.
The number earned the U.S. singer a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance. With this number, the energetic singer established herself in the music scene – and until today it’s hard to imagine life without her.
09. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
While the song “Where Is The Love” was more of a thoughtful anthem for peace, the US band showed with this number that they are also capable of producing dancefloor-ready hits. In 2009, the track was released – a catchy blend of R&B, soul, and distinctive pop beats.
You can find the song on The Black Eyed Peas album “The E.N.D.”. It earned the group a nomination at the Grammy Awards for Single of the Year 2009 and was also listed as Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards. No wonder, the danceable song was produced by the party expert DJ David Guetta from France.
Even today, the party song by the Black Eyed Peas is still considered some of the best music from the decade.
10. “Hot In Here” – Nelly
Hip-hop in party garb. Nelly released the number “Hot In Here” in 2002, which not only thrilled with danceable beats but also provided sexy lyrics for sizzling mood on every dancefloor. Finally, the instruction in the chorus is, “It’s gettin’ hot in here (so hot), so take off all your clothes”.
Just the right song for hot dance moves in the club. Striking raps by the musician round out this number and earned Nelly a Grammy Award for Best Male Solo Performance.
11. “Lose My Breath” – Destiny’s Child
Vocally powerful and danceable – that’s the best way to describe this Destiny’s Child number. The song is driven by a prominent military percussion beat. The song even earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
In the charts, this single from the band’s fourth studio album made it to № 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In addition, this hit song by singers Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams became the official music of the NBA Playoffs in 2004 and 2005.
12. “Let’s Get It Started” – The Black Eyed Peas
The third single from the album “Elephunk” was released in 2004. Among other things, the number became known for its use in the 2004 NBA Playoffs and for its use in numerous movies, such as “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “White Chicks”.
Will.I.am, Fergie, and co secured a Grammy in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category with this song. In addition, “Let’s Get It Started” went triple platinum in the U.S. – for over 3.000.000 units sold.
13. “Get Low” – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins
This song made the genre crunk famous. It is a sub-genre of hip-hop that is mainly aimed at the dancefloors. “Get Low” hit the music market as a single from the album “Kings of Crunk” in 2003, narrowly missing the #1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. The music channel VH1 even included “Get Low” in its list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.
In the German charts, the track rose to number 11. The remix by Elephant Man and Busta Rhymes also became famous.
14. “Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliott
Together with producer Timbaland, Missy Elliott recorded this hip-hop and dance track that surprises Indian Bhangra influences. The single can be found on the rapper’s third studio album, “Miss E… So Addictive”.
It made it to the pole position in the UK Dance Charts in 2001 and entered the Top 20 in this country. Also known is the catchy remix with a vocal part by Nelly Furtado, which was used in the Hollywood flick “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie.
15. “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyonce
This track must not be missing at any party until today. Beyonce took home three Grammy Awards for this song in 2010, including the coveted award for Song of the Year. The song was released as a double-A single together with “If I Were a Boy” from the album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”.
The catchy dance-pop with R&B notes goes straight to the legs and is considered today as a 2000s classic. The video of the number is also known, in which Beyonce together with two dancers put on a rehearsed choreography in black and white look.
16. “Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas
The 2000s were simply their decade: With “Boom Pow Pow”, the Black Eyed Peas not only succeeded in creating a catchy electro and dance track but also reached their first number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The song can be found on the hit album “The E.N.D” and is still very well known today thanks to its futuristic video and the catchy sing-along line “Boom Boom”.
In the official German charts, the number made it to number 3, in the UK singles charts even to the position 1. In the U.S., “Boom Boom Pow” went quintuple platinum.
17. “Yeah!” – Usher
Simple title, catchy dance sound: With “Yeah!”US singer Usher scored a hit that stayed at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for twelve weeks. For the songwriting and production, the musician enlisted hit experts such as Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, and Lil Jon into the studio.
The R&B and pop-rap number were awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Collaboration in 2005. Worldwide the track climbed to pole position in the charts, including Germany, France, and England. In the All-Time Charts of the US-Single-Charts is “Yeah!” in the Top 20.
18. “Everytime We Touch” – Cascada
With “Everytime We Touch” is a Cover version of the Maggie Reilly song of the same name, which can be found on the debut album “Everytime We Touch”. The German electro trio Cascada gave the song a new look and released it in 2005.
The Eurodance song inspires by a catchy beat and the striking vocal part of singer Natalie Horler. In the US Billboard Hot 100, the track entered the Top Ten – in the US Dance Charts, the song even made it to № 1. In this country, the number came up to number 5.
19. “SexyBack” – Justin Timberlake
“SexyBack” appeared on the second Justin Timberlake solo album “FutureSex/LoveSounds”, which the artist released after his career with the Boyband N’sync was brought to the market. The songwriting and production were done by Nate Hills, Tim Mosley, and Timberlake himself. The result is a catchy dance number that belongs to the electro-R&B genre.
The song became a worldwide hit in no time at all. This is how “Sexy Back” topped the charts in Germany, Australia, England, and the USA, among others.
20. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – Kylie Minogue
So simple and yet so catchy – with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” the Australian singer Kylie Minogue managed a remarkable comeback in 2001. This track is not based on the usual verse-chorus pattern, but starts directly with the hook line “La, la la”.”. The song shot to the top of the charts around the globe, for example in Germany, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
In the US-Charts were a place 7 in it. In the video, the singer presented herself in a fashionable hooded jumpsuit in white, which thus became a sought-after It-piece.
Places 21-101 of the best party songs of the 2000s:
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|21.||Ignition (Remix)||R. Kelly|
|22.||Down||Sean Paul & Lil Wayne|
|23.||California Gurls||Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg|
|26.||Crazy In Love||Beyonce feat. Jay-Z|
|27.||Hips Don’t Lie||Shakira|
|28.||Forget You||Cee-Lo Green|
|29.||The Time (Dirty Bit)||Black Eyed Peas|
|31.||Hollaback Girl||Gwen Stefani|
|33.||One More Time||Daft Punk|
|34.||Don’t Stop The Music||Rihanna|
|35.||Dirrty (feat. Redman)||Christina Aguilera|
|36.||Gimme More||Britney Spears|
|37.||Fire Burning||Sean Kingston|
|38.||Can’t Get You Out of My Head||Kylie Minogue|
|40.||Ain’t It Funny||Jennifer Lopez|
|44.||We R Who We R||Ke$ha|
|45.||All My Friends||LCD Soundsystem|
|46.||Party In The USA||Miley Cyrus|
|47.||Weapon Of Choice||Fatboy Slim|
|48.||Lady Marmalade||Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink|
|50.||Low||Flo Rida featuring T-Pain|
|55.||Jumpin Jumpin||Destiny’s Child|
|59.||Black and Yellow||Wiz Khalifa|
|61.||What’s My Name||Rihanna feat. Drake|
|62.||Sexy Chick||David Guetta feat. Akon|
|63.||Yeah 3X||Chris Brown|
|65.||Poker Face||Lady Gaga|
|67.||Cyclone||Baby Bash & T-Pain|
|68.||U Got It Bad||Usher|
|69.||Hot N Cold||Katy Perry|
|71.||We Like To Party||Venga Boys|
|72.||Rock DJ||Robbie Williams|
|73.||Get Up||Ciara Feat. Chamillionaire|
|75.||Danger (Been So Long)||Mystical with Nivea|
|76.||Pon De Replay||Rihanna|
|77.||Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff||Deadmau5|
|79.||Step In Th Name of Love||R Kelly|
|81.||Ride Wit Me||Nelly ft. St. Lunatics|
|82.||Take It To Da House||Trick Daddy ft. Trina|
|83.||Gold Digger||Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx|
|84.||Heaven||DJ Sammy & Yanou|
|86.||Listen To Your Heart||D.H.T. feat. Edmee||—|
|87.||DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love||Usher feat. Pitbull|
|89.||Shake||Ying Yang Twins|
|90.||Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)||Pitbull feat. T-Pain|
|92.||Wall To Wall||Chris Brown|
|93.||Lose Control||Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop|
|94.||We Belong Together||Mariah Carey|
|96.||Like A G6||Far*East Movement Featuring Cataracs & Dev|
|97.||Blame It||Jamie Foxx and T-Pain|
|98.||Nuclear power 400||Zombie Nation|
|99.||Da Funk||Daft Punk|
|100.||Kiss Kiss||Chris Brown|
|101.||Walk It Out||Unk|
Noughties party songs Spotify playlist:
Get in the mood for an exciting 2000s party with the hottest music from the decade? Then these numbers can not be missing in the playlist. Get the party started!