The first image that the 2000s conjures up for most millennials is puberty, middle school, and social anxiety. The songs we listened to reflected the emotional rollercoaster we just couldn’t get off of.
Here are the top 2000s songs to transport you back in time in the best way possible.
1) Avril Lavigne’s 2002 hit “Sk8ter Boi” captures that cool-kid rebelliousness all thirteen-year-olds think they possess.
2) 2008’s “Pocketful of Sunshine” is Natasha Bedingfield’s greatest achievement, made popular by Easy A.
3) Back in 2006, “Rehab” introduced us to the tortured but talented Amy Winehouse, a legendary voice gone too soon.
4) “Poker Face” was our first introduction to Lady Gaga way back in 2008. Enough said.
5) The White Stripes’ hit “Seven Nation Army” has been a staple at sporting events since it was first released in 2003. Even if you don’t know the song’s name, you know the tune.
6) Keane’s 2004 hit “Somewhere Only We Know” reminds us of Glee, particularly Kurt and Blaine, our original OTP.
7) If “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan doesn’t encapsulate your middle school experience, then nothing will.
8) 2006’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” is a far cry from the Panic! At the Disco we know today. Some thirteen years after its initial release, this rebellious hate-romp is still as catchy as ever.
9) Phantom Planet’s “California” was the theme song for the first proper CW drama, the OC. It evokes those old Orange County vibes and brings tears to the eyes as we think about Ryan and Marissa - and what might have been.
10) The Fray’s “Over my Head” is another classic that reflects how overwhelming middle school life can be.
11) “Party in the USA” is still Disney-era Miley’s most popular tune, even after she destroyed her former persona with a wrecking ball.
12) “Gives You Hell” by All-American Rejects applies just as well to former friends as former lovers.
13) “Stronger” is on almost everyone’s workout playlist. It also reminds us of better times in Kanye’s career.
14) Arguably the best thing to come out of the 2000s, “Mr. Brightside” is a catchy, angry, angsty anthem about young love and heartbreak from the Killers. Turn this song on, and everyone will come running to belt out the lyrics, regardless of where you are.
Mary Buschmann majored in Government and Classical History at Hamilton College in upstate New York. She has been involved various news and creative writing publications in both high school and college. She particularly enjoys writing human interest pieces. Mary is an aspiring author working on her first novel, The Swan.