21 Hit Songs of the Twenty-First Century


As the year 2021 is coming to a close, Pop Magazine presents a list of 21 global smash hits that have dominated the music scene in the 21st century so far. We picked one hit single from each year between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2020. Brace yourself for a musical journey through the 2000s and 2010s plus the first year of the 2020s to complete our list of the greatest hits of the century so far. 21 hit songs that have been unstoppable in their global reach. Check out our list of super hits from the year 2000 to the year 2020 and create a playlist with these songs or compile your very own with your personal favorites from the 21st century.

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2000: Craig David – “7 Days”

2001: Eve featuring Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

2002: Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

2003: 50 Cent – “In Da Club”

2004: Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah!”

2005: Kanye West featuring Jay-Z – “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”

2006: Nelly Furtado – “Say It Right”

2007: Timbaland featuring OneRepublic – “Apologize”

2008: Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”

2009: Kesha – “Tik Tok”

2010: Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

2011: Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull – “On The Floor”

2012: Rihanna – “Diamonds”

2013: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – “Get Lucky”

2014: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

2015: Adele – “Hello”

2016: Coldplay – “Hymn For The Weekend”

2017: Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”

2018: David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”

2019: Tones And I – “Dance Monkey”

2020: Dua Lipa – “Physical”

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