The 101 Song Ultimate Mid-2000s Playlist

Now that it’s nearly a decade in our rearview, we’ve begun to get a glimpse of what’s got longevity; namely, what songs are really good at encapsulating the weird time that was the mid-2000s.

Below is a collection of songs that seek to, in great celebratory fashion, sum up the aural fabric of the mid-aughts. All songs were released between the years of 2003-2007, and with the exception of Nelly, there are no repeat featured artists. The intention here wasn’t to take the best songs, but rather incorporate some of the finer tunes and artists into a cohesive playlist. With that, take a ride back to secondary school:

1. Suga Suga – Baby Bash, Frankie J: 2003 or 2013, always a party starter.

2. Hate Me – Blue October

3. Soul Survivor – Young Jeezy, Akon

4. Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy – Fall Out Boy

5. Bad Boy – Cascada 

6. California – Phantom Planet

7. Lips Of An Angel – Hinder

8. Say – John Mayer

9. Superman – Lazlo BaneSuperman was technically released in 2002, but it powered Zach Braff and co. through many seasons of Scrubs, one of the more resonant series’ of the mid-2000s 2000s.

10. Over And Over – Nelly, Tim McGraw 

11. Give Up The Grudge – Gob

12. Dear Maria, Count Me In – All Time Low

13. Lemonade – Wheatus 

14. Right Thurr – Chingy

15. Secret Valentine – We The Kings 

16. Paralyzer – Finger Eleven 

17. Only One – Yellowcard

18. Memory – Sugarcult: In a decade full of emo jams, does this reign supreme?

19. The Kill – 30 Seconds To Mars

20. ‘Till I Collapse – Eminem, Nate Dogg

21. Rebellion (Lies) Arcade Fire

22. Feeling This – blink-182

23. Break It Out – The Rocket Summer

24. Lean Back – Terror Squad

25. Just The Girl – The Click Five

26. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains Of Wayne: I definitely didn’t get through Middle School Cross Country races by signing this song in my head.

27. Sadie Hawkins Dance – Relient K

28. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous – Good Charlotte 

29. A Decade Under the Influence – Taking Back Sunday

30. Ohio Is For Lovers – Hawthorne Heights

31. Collide – Howie Day 

32. Say Anything (Else) – Cartel 

33. This Disaster – New Found Glory 

34. Freak-A-Leek – Petey Pablo

35. Too Little, Too Late – JoJo: Pairing this with her song Get Out, Leave, JoJo was really the master of being very unforgiving of former lovers trying to rekindle the magic.

36. Yeah! – Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris 

37. Flashing Lights – Kanye West 

38. Pieces – Sum 41

39. Time To Pretend – MGMT

40. Back In The Mud – Bubba Sparxx

41. Wildcat – Ratatat

42. Chain Hang Low – Jibbs

43. Beep – The Pussycat Dolls: The great thing about the Pussy Cat Dolls is that there songs always had some really profound messages.

44. Photograph – Nickelback: You know you love it.

45. Everytime – Britney Spears

46. For You I Will (Confidence) – Teddy Geiger

47. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows – Brand New 

48. Check On It – Beyonce, Slim Thug

49. My Band – D-12

50. Dragostea Din Tei – O-Zone

51. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

52. High School Never Ends – Bowling For Soup The message in this song is very, very true.

53. Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson

54. Hands Down – Dashboard Confessional

55. There It Go (The Whistle Song) – Juelz Santana

56. Ms. Jackson – OutKast

57. Pieces Of Me – Ashlee Simpson

58. I Can – Nas

59. The Reason – Hoobastank 

60. Badger Badger Badger – Weebl’s Stuff Probably the crowning jewel of the ebaumsworld age.

61. Are We The Waiting/St. Jimmy – Green Day

62. Intuition – Jewel

63. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

64. We Takin’ Over – DJ Khaled

65. Shadow Of the Day – Linkin Park

66. My Immortal – Evanescence

67. Dance Hall Drug – Boys Like Girls

68. The First Single – The Format

69. Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly I used to go to this karaoke place a lot, and people would always go for “Ignition” as opposed to the remix. Gotta break ’em off with a little preview of the remix.

70. Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs 

71. You And Me – Lifehouse

72. Get Buck In Here – DJ Felli Fel, Akon, Ludacris, Diddy, Lil Jon

73. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers

74. Alive With The Glory Of Love – Say Anything

75. Wait For You – Elliott Yamin: Dude was a gem on American Idol.

76. Whine Up – Kat Deluna, Elephant Man

77. Float On – Modest Mouse 

78. Get Low – Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins

79. I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

80. Right Where You Want Me – Jesse McCartney

81. Rock Wit U (Aww Baby) – Ashanti

82. The Real Thing – Bo Bice

83. Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle: Started out hating this song. But like the persistent and oddly romantic dude, stuck around enough to win me over.

84. Paper Planes – M.I.A. 

85. Here It Goes Again – OK Go

86. Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters

87. Grillz – Nelly, Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp 

88. Where’d You Go – Fort Minor ft. Holly Brook

89. Dark Blue – Jack’s Mannequin

90. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake

91. Im N Luv (Wit a Stripper) – T-Pain, Mike Jones: Can’t say influential musicians without Mike Jones.

92. Hung Up – Madonna

93. D.A.N.C.E. – Justice

94. Be Yourself – Audioslave

95. Vertigo – U2

96. Call On Me – Eric Prydz

97. Love Generation – Bob Sinclair, Gary Pine

98. Fix You – Coldplay

99. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

100. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

101. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

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