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2000s in music refers to music performed and recorded from 2000 to 2009. Pop music, Hip hop music, modern R&B, New Wave and alternative rock dominated and defined the decade's music with New Wave and dance music becoming dominant by end of the decade.[1]


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Rock remained popular in the beginning of the decade, despite the increasing popularity of hip-hop, but experienced a diminished presence on mainstream music charts by the end of the decade. Modern rock as a radio format experienced a sharp decline, with high-profile cornerstone stations like WLIR-FM, K-Rock in New York City and WBCN in Boston flipping to other formats. New York City, once the leading market for the format, has only one modern rock station, 101.9 WRXP-FM.

AC/DC released Stiff Upper Lip in 2000 and Black Ice in 2008, their first album in eight years. Guns N' Roses released the long-awaited Chinese Democracy in 2008 after over a decade of work by Axl Rose.

Nickelback has released seven number-one singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and has sold over 35 million records.

Throughout the decade, the post-grunge and alternative rock sound remained popular on adult alternative, modern rock, and pop radio stations alike. Though many post-grunge bands faded out of mainstream popularity, some bands such as Nickelback, Creed, Foo Fighters, Incubus and 3 Doors Down had continued success and the style itself remained popular and newer artists such as Hinder and Seether have success with the genre.

In the metal world, a new wave of metal began with interest in the newly emerging genre nu metal and genres of a similar style such as rap metal and the later mainstream success rap rock. The popularity of nu metal music carried over from the late 1990s, where it was introduced by early work from bands such as Korn, Deftones, Slipknot and Coal Chamber, into the early 2000s with the similar genre, rap rock, bringing in a wave of monster-hit artists such as Evanescence, Staind, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. The success of Korn's third studio album, Follow The Leader, brought nu metal to the mainstream. Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory, released in 2000, sells over 29 million copies worldwide. The band's next album Meteora is the most successful album on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Nu metal, however, died out from the middle towards the end of the decade. By 2004 the uprising genre metalcore dominated metal with bands like Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, Bullet For My Valentine, and Killswitch Engage all releasing successful albums. Dedicated and informed Rock fans managed to avoid all of these bands, and reacted to the dearth of nationally promoted Rock talent by seeking out and supporting a wealth of talented Rock musicians on the local and regional levels.

As nu metal's popularity declined, emo and pop-punk began to rise in popularity with bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Good Charlotte, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, and many other acts becoming well known. Some pop-punk bands like blink-182 and Green Day also continued their success from the 1990s.

The late 2000s also saw the revival and influence of New Wave music, post-punk, and synthpop music, as there is an increase in interest in both technology and 1980s music. This revival is sometimes known as new urban pop. Popularised in the UK in the early to mid 2000s, artists include Editors, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Bravery, Bloc Party, with bands such as Metro Station, The Veronicas, Lights, The Postal Service, Hellogoodbye, Owl City, and MGMT becoming popular toward the end of the decade as nu metal and similar modern rock loses popularity. Along with post-punk revival, garage rock also sees a revival. Australian Indie Rock band Jet and British Indie Rock bands like The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Radiohead, Muse as well as similar American groups The Strokes, Kings of Leon and the The White Stripes and Interpol see success. Indie music itself becomes popular due to the increased commercialization of alternative, and indie groups such as Arcade Fire, Phoenix and Passion Pit break into the mainstream.


Singer Britney Spears is one of the best selling female performers of the decade.

Teen Pop became an extremely popular genre in the early 2000s however this era dissolved dramatically due to modern R&B and hip-hop influenced music that dominated throughout the middle of the decade. Among the artist was Britney Spears who was the decade's best-selling artist worldwide selling over 85 million albums. She is the best-selling female artist of the decade as well as the fifth best-selling artist in the U.S . Boy bands continued their popularity during the beginning of the decade but their popularity fades by mid 2001, with the exception of Backstreet Boys (although a vocal group), as they have continued with popularity and achhieved record sales close to 200 million including over 120 million albums, although their chart success has decreased throughout the decade. Some members of these bands go on to have successful solo careers, such as Jesse McCartney and Justin Timberlake. A new strain of boy bands, such as V Factory, Varsity Fanclub, Click Five, NLT, and the Jonas Brothers take place around 2008. The Spice Girls announced an end in 2001 but later came back for a brand new tour in 2007. Other Girl bands such as Sugababes, Pussycat Dolls, Cherish, Danity Kane and Girls Aloud also brought some popularity on their own.

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson makes huge hits in pop music charts and over 20 million records, best-selling Idol.

Music icon and 'King Of Pop' Michael Jackson released his final studio album before his death, Invincible, in 2001, though it did not receive a lot of exposure. Artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Madonna experienced revived success. Justin Timberlake shot to stardom with his Justified album. In 2005, Cher ended her 3-year long "Farewell Tour" which became the highest grossing female and solo tour at that time.

In 2002, a new "teen pop rock" movement began. Avril Lavigne was arguably the first and lead artist to take this new direction in pop music, with hits such as "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi" at the beginning of the decade and "Girlfriend" at the end Lavigne leads this genre throughout all the decade worldwide, her contemporaries such stars as, Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton not far behind with their own success. American Idol winners become a big part of the American pop sound, but only one winner became a staple. Kelly Clarkson experienced huge success and tons of hit radio singles with her pop-rock sound including worldwide hit "Since U Been Gone" at the middle of the decade. The younger sibling of Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, experienced a breakthrough success with her teen pop-rock sound as well. Other artists reflecting the genre are Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and later Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

Children's music rises significantly in sales, especially with Disney (The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and The Jonas Brothers among others). All The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical and Hannah Montana albums were among the best-sellers of 2006 and 2007 and reached the number 1 position, left many artists produced by Disney in the 2000s, The Cheetah Girls, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Raven-Symoné, the artists of the best-selling Disney's decade of 2000s.

Eminem was named as the most successful artist in 2000's and became an impact to many young artist today.

Dance music, particularly electropop and nu-disco becomes increasingly popular in North America in 2008 and 2009, while in other countries, the music was popular as early as 2005, with artist such as Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga leading the way and bringing this style to great popularity. The first traces of electropop has taken place in late 2006 with artists such as hellogoodbye and Timbaland. Furthermore, Madonna's singles such as "Hung Up" (#1 in 45 countries) and "4 Minutes" (#1 in 32 countries) become huge dance hits. (See Hip Hop, Urban Pop and R&B above for more information.) Pop duos Aly & A.J. and The Veronicas explore electropop in their second albums, "Insomniatic" and "Hook Me Up" respectively. Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson scores hits with "Girlfriend" and "My Life Would Suck Without You" respectively, along with Hilary Duff's Dignity album, which gave an inspiration to the many other popular artists as of 2009, along with Timbaland. Auto-Tune becomes popular in many mainstream songs from about mid-2007 to about 2009, with hip hop artist T-Pain innovating it and Kanye West with the release of his fourth album, 808's & Heartbreaks. The release of Jay-Z's first single, Death of Auto-Tune off his 10th album, The Blueprint 3 in 2009, brought a decrease in the fad. The Black Eyed Peas begin utilizing auto-tune and electropop-dance in their most successful album to dateThe E.N.D. which spawned three number-one hit singles Boom Boom Pow,I Gotta Feeling and Meet Me Halfway.

Shakira is referred as the best and biggest Latin act of the decade and over 50 millions records.

The musical style of the 1980s influenced pop music to some extent in the later stages of the decade, as seen in Rihanna's hit "S.O.S." (a sampling of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"), "She's Like The Wind" by "Lumidee" and Flo Rida's "Right Round", a reworking of the Dead or Alive hit "You Spin Me Right Round". Other hits include Aaron Carter's cover of Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy", and Britney Spears' covers of My Prerogative and I Love Rock 'n' Roll. Alien Ant Farm successfully covered Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal", and Fall Out Boy came out with their own cover of "Beat It", later on. Bowling for Soup have a hit with 1985.

Ethnic music, especially from Caribbean and East Indian cultures becomes mainstream for most of the mid to late '00s, especially with hits by Shakira and M.I.A. and the rise of reggaeton and Reggae/Pop/Dance artists like Sean Paul, Sean Kingston and Rihanna bringing it into the spotlight. Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie" made her one of the best selling artists of the genre. Shakira is the only artist in the world to have charted Number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40, Billboard Hot 100 and Latin charts. Hips Don't Lie is the biggest selling single of the 21st century worldwide along with Madonna's "Hung Up".

Auto-Tune was common in the later part of the decade (2007–2009), with artists such as T-Pain beginning the craze. Even some post-hardcore and metalcore bands use the effect such as Attack Attack!. AutoTune was popular in the earlier part of the decade as well, but it was used more or less as an effect than a major replacement of the standard human voice, as it is in the late 2000s. Artists such as Daft Punk and Eiffel 65 used it in a high amount during the 90's, along with smaller amounts with artists such as *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Faith Hill, Willa Ford, and Cher using it circa (1998–2001), then only being called synthesizers. There is however some criticism against autotune and its over use of "backup vocals" such as in the song Down by Jay Sean or something that is used in the bridge or chorus such as in the song 3 by Britney Spears.

R&B/Hip-hop/Urban Pop

Eminem is considerated the biggest Hip-Hop Act of the decade as well as the best-selling artist of the decade

Beyonce was dubbed the most successful female artist of the decade by the billboard music charts, with sells exceeding 100 million (combined with destiny's child.)

Hip hop dominated popular music in the 2000s. Artists such as Eminem, OutKast, T.I., Kanye West, The Game, 50 Cent, Nas, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, and Ludacris were among the dominant mainstreme hip hop artists to have represented the Hip hop genere for the decade. Distinct regional differences also developed outside of the hip hop/rap strongholds of the 90s, New York City and Los Angeles[2]

Alternative Hip hop, almost unknown in the mainstream, except for a few crossover acts, evolved throughout the decade with the help of artists such as Mos Def, The Roots, and Common. Through out the 2000s, Alternative Hip hop continued its philosophical, positive, and complex lyrical subject matter, while denouncing materialism, fashion, and money. The sub-genere could be said to be related to both the old school hip-hop culture of the 1980s and early 1990s, and the indie rock and hipster subcultures.

Urban pop, teen pop and adult contemporary with R&B and soul influences, replaces the boy band and diva music of the late 1990s, beginning in 2001. Popular artists include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, JoJo, Rihanna, Ciara, Chris Brown, Akon, and Fergie. The production of Timbaland is featured in several hits of the second half of the decade with resulting successes like Nelly Furtado, Keri Hilson, OneRepublic, along with Timbaland.

Mariah Carey broke a record for being the second artist with most number-one singles in the United States.

Several R&B artists of the '90s still kept chart-topping success in mainstream over the 2000s. Artists like Beyoncé Knowles, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Usher have released a series of #1's such as "Irreplacable", "We Belong Together", "All I Have" and "Confessions" respectively. Beyoncé Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, better known as Destiny's Child is considered the most successful female R&B group of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. The group has many chart topping singles worldwide, such as "Survivor", "Say My Name" and "Bootylicious".

Southern hip-hop became mainstream in the mid 2000s. Artists like Lil Jon, Flo Rida, Rich Boy, Rick Ross, T.I., Young Jeezy, and Lil Wayne are very popular, making the genre one of the most popular genres in the 2000s. Three Six Mafia became the first Hip=Hop group/artist to win an Academy Award.


American Idol winner Carrie Underwood makes huge hits in country music charts.

Country slipped in mainstream popularity in the early 2000s, due partly to the public retirement of Garth Brooks and partly due to a growing discontent among some traditional country music fans and artists over the perceived direction and sound of the genre. But, the upper part of the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart frequently had albums recorded by country music artists listed; several of those titles were certified double platinum or better, indicating the genre continued to have a strong niche in the music industry.

One of the most successful new artists of the decade was Carrie Underwood. In 2005, the Checotah, Oklahoma, native became the first American Idol winner to record primarily country music, instead of pop, rap or rhythm and blues. Although several of her songs did enjoy crossover popularity, Underwood had amassed eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart by the end of the decade, along with numerous awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and others.

Country pop, a subgenre which has its roots in the Nashville Sound of the late 1950s-early 1960s, continued to flourish in popularity. The most prominent act is Shania Twain, with two albums released; Up!, in 2002, which is considered to be the best-selling country/pop album of the decade, and a 2004's effort in the form of a greatest hits album, which sold millions as well. Other top performers in the genre included Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. In the middle of the decade, an informal group of singers and songwriters called the MuzikMafia formed to promote their mesh of honky-tonk and outlaw brand of country music; the most prominent members were "Big" Kenny Alphin and John Rich (of the duo Big & Rich) and Gretchen Wilson, who enjoyed success in the middle part of the decade.

Many non-country artists enjoyed success in the country music during the 2000s. The most successful of these artists has been former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker, who had three No. 1 hits in 2008-2009: "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright." The Eagles, a California-based country-rock group, had their first major success on the Hot Country Songs chart in more than 30 years in 2007-2008 with the songs "How Long" and "Busy Being Fabulous." Other non-country artists who had success in the genre were Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Jewel, Jessica Simpson, Bon Jovi and Miley Cyrus.

In the late 2000s, teen-ager Taylor Swift became the first country artist to enjoy widespread mainstream popularity since the 1980s, when artists including Dolly Parton, Eddie Rabbitt and Kenny Rogers regularly recorded music that appealed to both country and pop audiences. Two of Swift's songs — "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" — both reached the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 (and No. 1 on several of the Hot 100's component charts) after topping the Hot Country Songs chart. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift became the first country artist to win a VMA award when she won in the Female Best Video category for "You Belong With Me."

Not everyone celebrated the success of artists such as Underwood and Swift, reflecting the continued discontent and debate over what constituted "real" country music, a debate that had been on and off since the 1970s. Some critics contended that the pop-oriented sound was little more than repackaged pop music. In 2009, legendary country music artist George Jones proclaimed that "they've (the new aritsts) stolen our identity. ... They had to use something that was established already, and that’s traditional country music. So what they need to do really, I think, is find their own title, because they’re definitely not traditional country music."[3] In addition, several forums, including the classic country-oriented Pure Country Music Web site, regularly included posts that were openly critical of artists such as Swift and Rascal Flatts.[4] Songs such as "Murder on Music Row" (by George Strait and Alan Jackson) and "Too Country" (by Brad Paisley) gained widespread acceptance and radio airplay, despite criticism in the lyrics over the eschewing of traditional sounds by radio programmers.

However, traditional country music retained a large following during the decade, thanks to the ongoing successes of veteran artists such as Strait, Jackson, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney, and newer artists such as Paisley, Blake Shelton and Billy Currington. Rogers, Parton and Willie Nelson, all artists who had No. 1 country hits as far back as the early 1970s, all had No. 1 songs during the 2000s decade — either as soloists (Rogers), as part of one-time duo pairings (Nelson) or as featured background vocalists (Parton). In addition, veteran songwriters such as Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock also enjoyed continued success with newly written songs. Late in the decade, newcomers such as Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert were widely hailed for their songwriting and performance talents.

The legendary group Alabama retired from touring in 2004 after nearly a quarter century of mainstream success, primarily during the 1980s and 1990s. Its band members — cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook; and drummer Mark Herndon — remained active performers and recorded a successful series of albums containing gospel and traditional old-time songs.

Many legendary country music figures died during the decade. Some of the more prominent names included Waylon Jennings, June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Hank Thompson, Porter Wagoner and Eddy Arnold.

Adult Contemporary

Norah Jones is referred as the best and biggest Jazz act of the decade, over selling 36 million records worldwide.

Adult Contemporary Music (also known as "soft rock" or "lite-rock"), began to somewhat decrease in popularity starting in the late '90s (due to the increasing popularity of Top 40 music) into January 2000 until September 11th, 2001. After 9/11, popularity for Adult Contemporary Music (as well as Contemporary Christian Music crossovers) increased tri-fold during the grieving process, when the 25-44 Conservative Female Demographic favored listening to songs with appropriate, positive and uplifting lyrics containing love and hope. Upon the eventual return back to normalcy after 9/11, the popularity of Adult Contemporary music held steady until about 2003, when Billboard began to change their chart formats. This led to Adult Contemporary stations to program their music "not-as-soft" or "cheesy" as they used to, and ended up substituting the words "soft-rock" with "lite-rock", which has a more modern-edged connotation. Yet, AC stations remained careful to not cross the Adult Top 40 format line. Because of all these changes, AC Stations slowly increased in popularity.[citation needed]

In the late 2000s, artists like Coldplay, Daughtry and Gavin Rossdale were finding more success crossing over onto the Adult Contemporary charts.

Alicia Keys is referred as the best and biggest R&B act of the decade, over selling 30 million records worldwide.

On the female side, artists like Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, and Leona Lewis continued to find crossover success on the Adult Contemporary charts as well. AC veterans such as Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, The Eagles, Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow continued to release music only on the Adult Contemporary formats. There is three songs with a huge longevity atop the chart, "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles, "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat, and "Breakaway" from Kelly Clarkson spent a longevity 20 weeks atop the chart.

Dance/Electronica Music

Dance music had its ups and downs in the 2000s. Singles like Heaven (DJ Sammy song) in 2002 and Everytime We Touch (Cascada song) in 2006 became some of the biggest dance hits of the decade. In 2007 and later, dance music had begun to make a comeback with hits by pop singer Rihanna like "Don't Stop the Music" and "Disturbia". Kylie Minogue also had numerous dance club play hits such as Can't Get You Out of My Head and In Your Eyes. In early 2008, Electro-pop and Nu-Disco make an increase in popularity. Trance is making a revival in Top 40. By the end of 2009, dance music and electro-pop and New Wave has replaced hip-hop and R&B as the dominant genres of music. With hit artists like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears made the dance music genre as well as electro, New Wave, and nu-disco more prominent towards the end of the decade.

Billboard Artist of the Decade

On December 11, 2009, Billboard Magazine named Rapper Eminem as the best Artist of the Decade for the 2000s. He joins the list with Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey, who have also been awarded with this prestigious honor in their respective decades.



Electro, as well as music that combines it with House becomes mainstream in the dance music scene in the middle of the decade, replacing the mainstream of more jazzy and Latin influenced sounds from the beginning of the decade. Electro House artists such as Justice and MSTRKRFT gain popularity in clubs around the world, and also in Live PA's, where they remix their music for a live crowd. Dubstep and Bassline House achieve more mainstream success within the dance music scene, with artists like Skream and T2 becoming well-known. Dance and eurodance singers and bands such as Kate Ryan, September, Alcazar, Basshunter, and Cascada become popular around the world.


Post-Britpop bands such as Coldplay and Keane followed after the success of Radiohead and The Verve to the top of the album charts during the decade. British Indie rock and indie pop returns to popularity in the mid-late 2000s with artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Enter Shikari, Bloc Party, The Libertines, Editors, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Florence And The Machine, and the The Ting Tings achieving great chart success. Oasis also remained popular spawning four number one albums in the UK until the bands disbandment in autumn 2009. Some other rock bands that may not be as well know but did find good success during the 2000s are bands including: Deaf Havana, Funeral for a Friend (with albums such as Tales Don't Tell Themselves), Bring Me the Horizon (with Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season), You Me At Six (with Take Off Your Colours, The Blackout (The Best In Town and We Are the Dynamite! for example), Fightstar (with One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours and others), Lostprophets (Liberation Transmission and similar), We Are the Ocean (with EPs such as We Are The Ocean). Symphonic metal band Nightwish also sees increased popularity.


Joss Stone is referred as the best and biggest Soul British act of the decade.

Contrary to popular belief, teen pop did not die out in the early 2000s, but rather evolved into teen pop-rock/pop punk acts, with artists such as Busted and McFly. Backstreet Boys return from their hiatus in 2004 and release their album Never Gone in 2005. The album sees the group change to a rock/pop sound and sells 10 million copies worldwide. This sparks a flurry of other pop bands following suit.Take That reunited in 2006 and recreated their earlier success. Bands such as Boyzone also find success, whilst others such as 5ive and East 17 fail and once again disband. Animated musicians become popular, with the likes of Crazy Frog, Gorillaz, and Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil. Girl groups Sugababes and Girls Aloud span successful careers throughout most of the decade. The Spice Girls announced an end in 2001 but later came back for a brand new tour in 2007.

British female soul artists such as Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Adele, Duffy and Leona Lewis achieve chart success in the late 2000s. Joss Stone, was a British singer who sold more albums in the 2000s with 10 million albums worldwide records, was first British singer to sing soul music in the style and having the second highest debut on the chart of U.S. album charts and youngest female singer to top the UK Albums Chart.

Reality talent shows which gave people the opportunity of a singing career became very popular with UK TV audiences. Shows included Popstars, Pop Idol, Fame Academy and The X Factor. Eurovision Song Contest is very important for the European Music. From this contest, the most famous singer for 2000's is Helena Paparizou from Greece. Helena has spawned a lot of successful singles in Europe such as My Number One, Mambo!, Gigolo, Heroes, Teardrops, The Light In Our Soul etc. 1980s female pop stars Madonna and Kylie Minogue both have a big presence on the European music scene both having numerous hits in the 2000s which include for Madonna "Hung Up", "Celebration", "Sorry", Hollywood", "4 Minutes" and "Music" and for Kylie "Spinning Around", "On a Night Like This", "Can't Get You Out of My Head", "Slow" and "In My Arms". Madonna and Minogue today remains the most played female artist in UK radio history. Britney Spears became a huge impact throughout the continent and was of the most successful artist of the decade in that region.

Tokio Hotel and Cinema Bizarre have become very big in both Europe and North America, with fashion styles that attract many young adults.

Hip hop

Grime, a distinctly British version of hip hop, became popular, with notable artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder achieving success.[5]

Australia and New Zealand


Many new rock and alternative groups/bands form during the early years of this decade. Groups/bands such as The Vines and Jet become very popular amongst others around 2002–2003, paving the way for a mass of new groups midway through the decade such as, Evermore, Wolfmother and many others. Rock (popular artists include Powderfinger, Silverchair, Tim and Neil Finn, AC/DC, Wolfmother, The Feelers, Airborne and Atlas).


Pop was very popular among youth. This was mainly due to the American influence of successful and popular artist like Britney Spears , who became a huge phoenomenon through the decade. P!nk was one of the biggest artist of the decade in Australia holding numerous number-one albums and hits such as "Get The Party Started" and "So What" and completing sold out tours. While Beyonce targeted many Asian and South American countries with number one songs and albums, as well as sold out tours. The teen pop era ended by 2003 but Pop and Rock remain the most widely played genres on mainstream radio stations within New Zealand and Australia. The Backstreet Boys again achieved big success and they gained their first number one single in Australia with their massive hit Incomplete

Delta Goodrem became a household name throughout Australia and across many countries with her debut album, Innocent Eyes, which went to #1 and stayed for 29 non-consecutive weeks, being certified 14x Platinum for selling over one million copies, the second most of all time in Australia. She is expected to become very popular in North America in the next decade, and she is already very popular in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe including France, Italy and Denmark and Luxembourg, and is the most successful Australian female artist of all time. Britney Spears became extremely successful through the decade earning 5 number-one hit singles.

A popular American television show, The O.C., popularises many New Zealand alternative rock bands by playing their music during the show. These bands include Kiwi Band, Evermore and Youth Group.

The most successful Australian female artist, Kylie Minogue still has a presence on the Australian music scene with her recent album X charting at number one along with its lead single 2 Hearts becoming her 10th Australian number 1 single.

Hip Hop

Early into this decade, Australian Hip Hop have proved ultimate success through an Adelaide Hip-Hop trio, Hilltop Hoods. They became the first successful Australian Hip Hop outfit, followed by a Sydney Hip-Hop trio, Bliss n Eso. Each have achieved ARIA awards.

The New Zealand Hip-Hop scene have seen the success of Scribe.

Latin America and Caribbean

Mexican group RBD was considerated the biggest Latin group of the 2000s.

In 2002, New York-based group Aventura would reinvent bachata, thus making it a dominant Latin genre. However, it would come with a price as salsa and merengue would decline. By 2004, reggaeton would become a staple in music with acts such as Don Omar, Daddy Yankee and Wisin & Yandel leading the way.

Although salsa and merengue began to decline in popularity, merengue would have new life injected thanks to the subgenre known as, "merengue de calle" (or street merengue). Beginning in 2004, this subgenre combining elements of merengue, rap, and reggaeton would be popularized by Dominican acts such as Omega, Silvio Mora, El Sujeto, and Tito Swing.

Pop rock begins to take shape in Latin music with acts such as Camila, Kany García, Jesse & Joy, Belinda Peregrin and Ha*Ash. Also, more established pop acts such as Pepe Aguilar, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, and ex-OV7 member Kalimba would use pop rock in their repertoires.

From 2004 to 2008, RBD would become the most dominant pop group in Latin America thanks to their exposure on the novela Rebelde.

Rock music hits new highs in the 2000s with acts such as Mana, Juanes, and Julieta Venegas topping the charts in several countries.

Shakira would also become a dominant pop star with reggaeton-crossover hits such as "La Tortura", "She Wolf" and "Hips Don't Lie". Other American artist such as Madonna and Beyonce became a crossroad success. Backstreet Boys continue their success.

Mexican music also hits new highs with the introduction of the Pasito Duranguense genre, as well as the dominance of Jenni Rivera and the resurgence of Mexican legend Vicente Fernandez.


With the rapid development of Asian economies during the 1990s and 2000s, the independent music industries of Asia have seen considerable growth. Asian countries like Japan and India have some of the largest music markets in the world. Supported by their own large markets, the music charts in Asia are largely dominated by local Asian artists, with very few artists from the Western world managing to break those markets.

J-pop and K-pop have become increasingly influenced by contemporary R&B, hip hop music and Eurobeat, and they have become popular all over the Far East region. Meanwhile in the Southern Asia region, the rising independent Indian pop scene, often characterized by its fusion of Indian and non-Indian sounds, has began to increasingly compete with the popularity of Bollywood filmi music in the region.


J-Pop continues to be in the mainstream and stays as the most popular style of music in Japan. Japanese Pop's popularity continues to expand through Asia and the rest of the world, with various Japanese artists debuting in the US. J-Pop starts to enjoy a relatively big global online fan base. It continues to influence worldwide styles of music, as Japanese culture has continuously become more popular around the world. Japan also remains as the second most powerful musical industry in the world, and the second largest music market, after the US. R&B is popular at the beginning of the era, with Hip-Hop also becoming more popular as time passes. At the end of the decade, Dance music and Techno become the most popular genres. Bubblegum pop remains popular during the entire decade.

Ayumi Hamasaki becomes one of the most popular Japanese star of the 2000s, experiencing her biggest peak at this time, becoming known as "The Empress of Japanese Pop", and greatly influencing music, fashion and pop culture. Ken Hirai becomes the most popular male solo artist. 1990s divas like Namie Amuro, Misia, and Hikaru Utada also remain extremely popular during this era, with the former having a second popularity boom in 2008. Starlet Kumi Koda also becomes insanely popular in this era, thanks to her fresh dance style and provocative dance moves. Boy bands are the most popular musical format at the moment, with girl bands like Morning Musume (very popular in the past) experiencing a decline in popularity. While Johnny's boy bands become very popular, other vocal groups like Exile and Tohoshinki also gained popularity and pop/rock bands like Mr. Children, Tokio and Glay remained popular. Duets also become popular, such as M-Flo. Like all countries, English Pop Music popularity expands at a very high rate with popular U.S artist receiving success such as Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears who become the most popular and two of the most successful non-Japanese artists.

Hikaru Utada's "Flavor of Life" (2007) and Thelma Aoyama's "Soba ni Iru ne" (2008), each selling more than eight million copies, are among the best-selling digital song downloads of all time. Other popular hit songs include Misia's "Everything" (2000), Southern All Stars' "Tsunami" (2000), Ayumi Hamasaki's "M" (2000), Chemistry's "Pieces of a Dream" (2001), Dragon Ash's "Life Goes On" (2002), SMAP's "Sekai ni Hitotsu dake no Hana" (2003), Mr. Children's "Sign" (2004), Orange Range's "Hana" (2004), Ken Hirai's "Pop Star" (2005), Kumi Koda's "You" (2005), KAT-TUN's "Real Face" (2006), Namie Amuro's "Baby Don't Cry" (2007), Greeeen's "Kiseki" (2008), Tohoshinki's "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?" (2008) and B'z's "Ichibu to Zenbu" (2009).


The Indian music industry was previously dominated by the Filmi music of Bollywood for much of the late 20th century. The 2000s saw an increasing popularity of independent Indian pop music that could compete with Bollywood film music. Indian pop music began distinguishing itself from mainstream Bollywood music with its fusion of Indian and non-Indian sounds, which later had on influence on Bollywood music itself. Indian pop has itself been partly influenced by the Asian Underground scene emerging in the United Kingdom among British Asian artists such as Bally Sagoo, Apache Indian, Panjabi MC, Raghav and the Rishi Rich Project (featuring Rishi Rich, Jay Sean and Juggy D). India has one of the largest music markets in the world, though like other developing nations, suffers from high levels of piracy.

Indian music has also had an increasing influence on popular music in the Western world. The music of South Asia has influenced Europe's pop mainstream as acts like Björk, Bananarama, Erasure, and Siouxsie and the Banshees all released singles or remixes featuring South Asian instrumentation. Indian music has also influenced mainstream American hip hop, R&B and urban music in the 2000s, including artists/producers such as Timbaland, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Truth Hurts, Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliott and Britney Spears. According to DJ Green Lantern, "Indian beats have now become a fixture on the R&B scene".[6] Several Hollywood musical films such as Moulin Rouge! have incorporated Bollywood songs, while several Indian music composers have gained international fame, particularly A. R. Rahman who, having sold over 300 million records worldwide, is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[7][8] M.I.A., a Sri Lankan electronic artist incorporates Bollywood songs in her music.

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