Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent kept the hip hop momentum moving and growing through the 2000s. Influences from the beat and the dance moves in hip hop found its way into mainstream pop music during the mid-2000s. Crunk music, a derivative of hip hop from the South, also started to gain popularity. Here are our top 10 2000s hip hop songs that are still standing the test of time.
Top 10 2000s Hip Hop Songs
"Just A Lil Bit"
50 Cent recorded this hit using buddy Eminem's label. This single reached No.3 on U.S. charts, and became his 6th top 10 single. It is almost a new format of hip hop for 50 Cent as the beat is very laid back but still addictive.
"Hot in Herre"
The second single released in 2002 off Nelly's second studio album, it was the rapper's first No.1 hit and spearheaded a remix craze that is still going on nowadays. This is a great song for dancing, and hot is how you end up.
Rihanna who’s featuring J-zay quickly rocketed this song to the top of the charts worldwide and to the acclaim of critics. It also won Video of the Year at MTV Video Music Award, and it is one in a long list of winners for this superstar.
Released in 2004, and featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, Usher made his mark with this song, keeping it at the top of the charts for 12 weeks until he himself replaced it[d1] . It also topped the charts in 14 other countries. What a hit!
Super MC Eminem wrote and produced this song himself in 2002 from the soundtrack to his movie 8 Mile. It has been critically acclaimed and is certified 6x Platinum. It was also the first rap song ever to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Featuring Wale and Chrisette Michele[d1] , the go-go drums and soulful choruses combine to make this stunner by The Roots a masterpiece in hip hop music. It has a mid-tempo throb and outshines any other song on the album Rising Down.
Featuring Wale and Chrisette Michele, the go-go drums and soulful choruses combine to make this stunner by The Roots a masterpiece in hip hop music. It has a mid-tempo throb and outshines any other song on the album Rising Down.
"Crazy in Love”
As the first single off her debut solo album, Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z took this song to No.1 for 8 consecutive weeks in the U.S. charts. Critics loved her assertiveness as she belted out the catchy lyrics.
"All That You Are" (Ft. Median)
American rapper Phonte teamed up with Dutch producer Nicolay for the entire alternative hip hop album which was sent back and forth overseas. Well, no wonder they came up with the group name, The Foreign Exchange.
"Drop it Like it's Hot" (Ft. Pharrell)
In 2004, Snoop Dogg dropped this hot dance beat during a heat wave, where he watched it sit at No.1 for 3 weeks on U.S. charts. This song became his first No.1 and the start of a hot career.