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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: The Complete List

Posted by Nathan S. on 12/22/09 | Filed under Top Stories, Features, Best of the 2000s
Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s
A few months ago the good folks at RefinedHype and DJBooth.net decided it'd be a good idea to come up with the top 25 songs of the past decade and count them down for our readers. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into. After weeks of research and intense debate, we finally emerged with a complete list, a list that we now present to you in its entirety.

If we learned anything from those days spent arguing whether "Hot in Herre" or "Trapped in the Closet" were more historically important, it's that there can be no one definitive list. So while we proudly stand next to our choices, we invite you euphorically agree with some selections, vehemently disagree with others, and of course come up with your own list. But before we get to the finale, a quick recap of our criteria:

Qualification: Over the past decade the line between hip-hop and other genres of music became increasingly blurred, and we wanted our list to reflect that. So rap, rap/r&b, rap/pop, r&b/pop, strip club anthems, if a track was blasted through our speakers in the 2000s it was eligible.
Measurements: It would have been too easy to simply copy the Billboard charts for our list, or to dismiss a song just because it was popular. So we factored in chart performance, artistic merit and the song's influence on the music industry as whole.

And now, with no further ado, we present... The Top 25 Songs of the 2000s

25) UGK. ft. Outkast - "Int'l Players Anthem"
24) Mariah Carey - "We Belong Together"
23) Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz ft. the Ying Yang Twins - "Get Low"
22) R. Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet"
21) Three 6 Mafia - "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
20) Nelly - "Hot in Herre"
19) Rihanna - "Umbrella"
18) Ludacris - "What's Your Fantasy"
17) Alicia Keys - "Fallin"
16) Dr. Dre - "The Next Episode"
15) Nas - "One Mic"
14) Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"
13) Common - "The Light"
12) Aaliyah - "Rock the Boat"
11) Chamillionaire - "Ridin"
10) Beyonce - "Crazy in Love"
9) Jay-Z - "Big Pimpin"
8) T.I. - "What You Know"
7) Outkast - "Ms. Jackson"
6) Lil Wayne - "A Milli"
5) Flo Rida - "Low"
4) Usher - "Yeah"
3) Kanye West - "Through the Wire"
2) Eminem - "Lose Yourself"
1) 50 Cent - "In da Club"

It's hard to imagine a crazier decade for hip-hop than the 2000s, but you never know what the future holds. So until 2019 rolls around and we start compiling our next best of the decade list, you'll just have to stay tuned for all the most recent developments in the music that helps shape our lives every year.

Love our choices/hate our choices? Comment below, write about it on your blog or email me at nathan[@]refinedhype.com. Come on, don't be shy.

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