The 2000s were a decade of some of the greatest club-bangers ever. From electronic and hip-hop to pop and R&B, these were some of the best songs for getting your groove on. Here's our list of some of the best club songs from the 2000s:
Best Club Songs from The 2000s
Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams – Drop It Like It's Hot
“Drop It Like It's Hot” is one of the most iconic hip-hop songs in history. Released on September 27, 2004, it was the lead single from American rapper Snoop Dogg's seventh studio album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The song features fellow American musician Pharrell Williams and was produced by the Neptunes. Snoop takes on the chorus and second and third verses while Pharrell performs the first verse.
In popular culture, “Drop It Like It's Hot” has been featured in numerous films including Four Brothers (2005), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and Knight and Day (2010). Beyond film appearances, it has appeared in several video games such as Saints Row 2 (2008), Need For Speed: Undercover (2008) and Skate 3 (2010). To this day its catchy beat continues to remain a staple of modern hip-hop music.
Nelly – Hot In Herre
Nelly, a popular American rapper, released his chart-topping single, “Hot in Herre” on May 7th 2002. It was included on his second studio album, Nellyville and served as the lead single. Written by Nelly himself along with Charles Brown and produced by The Neptunes, the song featured additional background vocals from Dani Stevenson who at that time was also signed to Universal Records. Interestingly enough, “Hot in Herre” borrowed its hook from Chuck Brown's 1979 classic “Bustin' Loose”, giving it an even greater appeal to listeners. On April 15, 2002, this track set a record for AOL Music's First Listen feature when it received more than 760,000 streams shortly after debuting – quite an accomplishment! Thanks to its immense popularity amongst fans and critics alike, the single earned Nelly the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 23rd 2003. This memorable hit is still widely regarded as one of Nelly's most beloved anthems until this day!
Gwen Stefani ft. Eve – Let Me Blow Ya Mind
“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” is a smash hit by American rapper Eve featuring American singer Gwen Stefani. It was released in April 2nd of 2001 as the second and final single off of Eve's second album, Scorpion. This record found massive success not only in the United States but also worldwide. In the US, it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her highest-charting single (along with 2002’s “Gangsta Lovin'”). Internationally, it reached number 29 in Canada, number four in Australia and the United Kingdom, and number one in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland.
Critics praised this song for its unique style which blended together hip hop beats with pop melodies from Stefani to create an infectious sound. It became an iconic song that ushered in a new era of music collaboration between different genres to create fresh sounds that captivated audiences around the world.
Kanye West – Gold Digger
“Gold Digger,” a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring singer Jamie Foxx from his second studio album, Late Registration (2005), was an instant hit! The song also included additional vocals from Plain Pat and Don C. and was created in Atlanta by West with production assistance from Jon Brion.
The single was an overnight success, becoming the all time record holder for most digital downloads in a week with an astonishing 80,000 downloads! It is no surprise that the track gained immense popularity due to its catchy lyrics, luxuriously soulful beat, and impressive feature of Jamie Foxx. Moreover, West's heartfelt verses further enriched the song with meaningful lyrical content.
It is safe to say that “Gold Digger” still holds a special place in fans' hearts since its release 15 years ago as it continues to be one of Kanye West's most remembered songs today and will surely remain as a legendary hip-hop classic for years to come.
Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris – Yeah!
Usher's hit single, “Yeah!”, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, was a major success when it dropped in January 2004. Not only did it become the lead single from Usher's fourth studio album Confessions, but it also earned him worldwide fame due to its infectious mix of crunk and R&B. The track was produced by none other than rap juggernaut Lil Jon who, alongside featured artists Sean Garrett and Patrick “J. Que” Smith, helped write the popular tune – something that definitely paid off as the song eventually reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for an impressive 12 consecutive weeks! This put it at the top of 2004's longest-running singles list before finally being replaced by Usher's follow-up single “Burn.” It was surely a wild ride for all involved – especially considering that Usher had only been asked by his label at the time, Arista Records, to record more tracks for Confessions and ended up landing one of the biggest hits of his career!
Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
This 2007 hit from French electronic duo Justice is an undeniable classic. Its catchy hook and booming bassline make it one of the most iconic dance tracks ever released. So, whether you're looking for a blast from the past or just want to get the party started, these are some of the best club songs from the 2000s! Get ready to turn up the volume and hit the dance floor.
Eric Prydz – Call On Me
“Call on Me”, a toe-tapping, feel-good track co-written and produced by the legendary Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz, is a reinterpretation of Steve Winwood's 1982 classic hit “Valerie” from the album Talking Back to the Night. The song quickly rose up to the top of international music charts and achieved tremendous commercial success in no time. It is particularly well-known for its iconic music video featuring several women, including renowned dance instructor Deanne Berry, performing all sorts of aerobics moves in a flirtatious and suggestive manner.
The electro house record was released in 2004 by Data Records, achieving massive acclaim domestically and internationally due to its infectious rhythm and catchy lyrics. It became ubiquitous on television during that period and was featured extensively across various media platforms such as MTV. The song managed to reach number one spots in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy; it also charted higher in other countries around the world. In total, “Call on Me” sold more than 4 million copies worldwide after its initial release in 2004.
A lively anthem made famous by an iconic dance routine featuring exercise-induced booty shaking movements performed by an alluring cast of characters – what more can you ask for? This electro house masterpiece created by DJ Eric Prydz has been continuously celebrated since then for its unique sound elements as well as its ability to evoke immense joy among listeners.
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
“Missy Elliott's “Get Ur Freak On” is a high-energy anthem that has been making an impact on global music since 2001. Released as part of her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive, the song was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland in collaboration with Indian musical elements. The beat of this great hit is heavily inspired by Bhangra, a popular form of music and dance from the Punjab state in India. The main melody consists of six notes played on the tumbi, an instrument typical to North Indian folk music, while the rhythm and bassline are created using tabla drums.
The fusion of different traditional styles makes “Get Ur Freak On” a really unique track. By combining Eastern and Western sounds together, this single undoubtedly stands out among its peers – featuring infectious beats alongside meaningful lyrics about self-expression that has resonated with listeners for over two decades now. It's no surprise why “Get Ur Freak On” has become such an influential classic; with its mesmerizing energy and ground-breaking combination of cultural influences, it's sure to remain a timeless banger for years to come!”
Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean – Hips Don't Lie
“Hips Don't Lie” is a sizzling Latin pop and reggaeton song by the Colombian singer-songwriter, Shakira, featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. This infectious track is actually a reworking of Wyclef's earlier single “Dance Like This.” It heavily samples “Amores Como El Nuestro,” a song penned by Omar Alfanno and performed by Jerry Rivera. When released, “Hips Don't Lie” immediately became an international chart topper and smashed records across multiple countries such as Spain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada and Switzerland. In the United States alone it has been certified Platinum five times over for its impressive digital sales where it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list for two consecutive weeks!
The catchy chorus of this upbeat hit caught everyone from pop stars to even politicians singing along to it which only helped propel its success even more. Music video director Sophie Muller also created an accompanying clip that featured Shakira performing her signature belly dancing moves and further cemented her already established status as a global superstar.
50 Cent ft. Olivia – Candy Shop
The song “Candy Shop” by rapper 50 Cent was released as the second single from his critically-acclaimed second commercial album, The Massacre, in 2005. It features singer Olivia and was penned by 50 Cent himself. Peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same year, it became Fifty's third number one single and fifth top-ten single overall. Despite its success, “Candy Shop” received mixed reviews from critics who felt that the track was simply a retread of 50 Cent's collaboration with Lil' Kim on “Magic Stick” (2003).
It is clear that 50 Cent's skills have come full circle since his breakout debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. His innovative production style combined with Olivia's soothing vocals created an atmosphere of unrestrained fun that proved to have mass appeal even among those unfamiliar with 50 Cent's music. With such an iconic song as part of his repertoire, it is no surprise that 50 Cent remains one of rap's most influential voices today.
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
“I Gotta Feeling” is a seriously catchy tune – it's the second single from the Black Eyed Peas' fifth album, The E.N.D., and it was produced by French DJ David Guetta. This bop dropped on May 21, 2009 and immediately blew up – it rocketed to number two on both the Canadian and Billboard Hot 100, only behind the group's previous single “Boom Boom Pow”. This made them one of just eleven artists ever to have held both number one and two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time; it even reached number one across twenty other global music charts. Consequently, I Gotta Feeling remains one of the most successful singles in American chart history.
Beyonce ft. Jay-Z – Crazy in Love
This 2003 classic by Beyonce and Jay-Z is another timeless banger that's sure to get the crowd going wild. Its upbeat tempo, clever lyrics, and undeniable chemistry between the two superstars make it an essential for any club night.
Timbaland – The Way I Are
“The Way I Are” is a major hit by American producer Timbaland – it's the second single from his second studio album Shock Value, released in 2007. The song also features vocals by singer Keri Hilson and was included on international editions of her debut album In a Perfect World. It was co-written with Danja, The Clutch, and Candice Nelson, and produced by Timbaland and Danja. Mosley Music Group, along with Blackground Records and Interscope Records, serviced the single to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States on June 15th of that year.
As if that wasn't impressive enough, “The Way I Are” also earned two Grammy Award nominations; best Dance Recording at the 50th annual ceremony in 2008 and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 51st annual ceremony in 2009. Plus, it charted all over Europe (including number one in Italy) as well as Australia and Canada. You might even recognize its sampled drumbeat which inspired other producers too! All this combined makes “The Way I Are” an undeniable classic of 21st century music.
Flo Rida ft. T-Pain – Low
This 2007 smash hit from Flo Rida ft. T-Pain is one of the most recognizable club bangers ever recorded. With its thumping beat, catchy hook, and Flo Rida's signature flow, this track will definitely get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor in no time.
Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – Umbrella
Rihanna's hit single “Umbrella” was released in 2007 as the lead single from her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad. The track features an appearance from American rapper Jay-Z who co-wrote the song with its producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell, with additional writing by The-Dream. The song was initially written with Britney Spears in mind but due to creative differences between her label and that of Rihanna's, it was rejected. Later, Mary J. Blige also rejected it due to scheduling conflicts around the Grammy Awards that year.
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins – Get Low
“Get Low” is the debut single from American rap group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, featuring American hip hop duo Ying Yang Twins. Released in 2003, this song first appeared on the 2002 album Kings of Crunk.
The track was an instant hit and skyrocketed to the top of music charts worldwide. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty on the Hot Digital Songs chart. “Get Low” was also number five on the top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs of 2003 and made a huge splash in the U.K., Germany, Australia, Austria and New Zealand, with it topping off in the top ten, twenty, or forty chart positions respectively in each country.
Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland – Sexy Back
“SexyBack”, the iconic song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, is a standout single. Released on July 18, 2006 across US mainstream and rhythmic radio stations by Jive Records, the track was written and produced by Nate Hills, Tim Mosley, and – of course – Timberlake himself. Discussing the single, Timberlake revealed that he decided to take a risk with the track and sing it in a rock style instead of an R&B one. Citing legendary musicians David Bowie and David Byrne as influences for “SexyBack”, Timberlake compared the song to James Brown's 1970 hit “Sex Machine”. Featuring Timbaland who is credited on the album but not on the single itself, “SexyBack” applies distorted vocals alongside its instrumentation which includes percussion elements as well as an intriguing piano riff. The combination of these two main factors makes this song one of Justin Timberlake's most recognizable tracks over a decade after its release.
Outkast – Hey Ya
Outkast's 2003 classic is an essential club anthem that never fails to get the party going.
Black Eyed Peas – My Humps
This 2005 hit from the Black Eyed Peas is another unforgettable club banger. So if you're looking for a song that will get everyone moving, this is definitely the track for you.
Jagged Edge ft. Nelly – Where The Party At
This 2001 hit single from Jagged Edge and Nelly is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get the crowd going wild.
Soulja Boy – Crank That (Soulja Boy)
This 2007 hit single from Soulja Boy is one of the most iconic club bangers of all time.
P!nk – Get The Party Started
This timeless hit from P!nk is another essential club banger that's sure to get people in the mood for a good time. Its uplifting chorus, funky production, and undeniable energy make it an instant crowd pleaser.
NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye
This 2000 classic from NSYNC is another timeless banger that's sure to get the crowd going wild.
Dem Franchise Boyz – Lean With It, Rock With It
This 2006 hit single from Dem Franchise Boyz is another unforgettable club anthem that never fails to get the party going.
Madonna – Music
This timeless hit from Madonna is another classic that never fails to pack the dance floor.
E-40 – Tell Me When To Go
This 2006 hit single from E-40 is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get everyone in the mood for a good time.
La Roux – Bulletproof
This 2009 hit from La Roux is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get the crowd going wild.
Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
This 2005 hit single from Gwen Stefani is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get people in the mood for a good time. Its uplifting chorus, funky beat, and undeniable energy make it an essential track for any party playlist.
Lil Jon – Snap Yo Fingers
This 2006 hit single from Lil Jon is another unforgettable club anthem that never fails to get the party going.
Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
This 2004 hit single from Daddy Yankee is another timeless club banger that's sure to get everyone in the mood for a good time.
LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem
This 2011 hit single from LMFAO is another timeless banger that's sure to get the party started.
Chingy – Right Thurr
This 2003 hit single from Chingy is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get the crowd going wild.
Fergie ft. will.i.am – Fergalicious
This 2006 hit single from Fergie and will.i.am is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Nelly – Ride With Me
This 2000 classic from Nelly is another unforgettable banger that's sure to get the party started.
LMFAO ft. Lil Jon – Shots
This 2009 hit single from LMFAO and Lil Jon is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get the crowd going wild.
Britney Spears – Toxic
This 2003 hit single from Britney Spears is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get everyone in the mood for a good time.
Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland – Promiscuous
This 2006 hit single from Nelly Furtado and Timbaland is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Missy Elliot ft. Ciara and Fatman Scoop – Lose Control
This 2004 hit single from Missy Elliot and Ciara is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get the party started.
Pussycat Dolls – Buttons
This 2006 hit single from the Pussycat Dolls is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Lady Gaga – Just Dance
This 2008 hit single from Lady Gaga is another unforgettable banger that's sure to get the crowd going wild.
Daft Punk – One More Time
This 2000 classic from Daft Punk is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Unk – Walk It Out
This 2006 hit single from Unk is another unforgettable banger that's sure to get the party started.
Ciara ft. Petey Pablo – Goodies
This 2004 hit single from Ciara and Petey Pablo is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
This 2009 hit single from Black Eyed Peas is another unforgettable banger that's sure to get the crowd going wild.
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
This 2008 hit single from Lady Gaga is another unforgettable club banger that's sure to get everyone in the mood for a good time.
Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
This 2003 hit single from Benny Benassi is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Christina Aguilera ft. Redman – Dirrty
This 2002 hit single from Christina Aguilera and Redman is another unforgettable banger that's sure to get the party started.
Missy Elliot – Work It
This 2002 hit single from Missy Elliot is another timeless club anthem that never fails to get people in the mood for a good time.
Huey – Pop, Lock and Drop It
Huey's 2006 hit single “Pop, Lock and Drop It” is one of those classics that never fails to get the party started.
So there you have it – our list of some of the best club songs from the 2000s! Whether it's hip-hop, pop, or electronic EDM, these tracks will get everyone up out of their seats and onto the dance floor. So don't forget to add them to your playlist and let the good times roll!