The Top Hip Hop Hits of the 2000s

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A look at some of the best hip hop hits of the 2000s.

The 2000s

The early 2000s were a golden age for hip hop. Some of the most iconic and influential tracks of all time were released in this era. If you’re a fan of hip hop, then you’ll definitely want to check out the list of the top hip hop hits of the 2000s.

The early 2000s

The early 2000s were an immensely fertile period for hip-hop. The game had been reinvigorated by a new generation of visionary artists, and the music was poised to take over the mainstream in a way it hadn’t since the ’80s. Here are the 100 essential tracks of the era.

The mid 2000s

One of the most popular and enduring songs of the 2000s hip hop era is 50 Cent’s “In da Club.” The song, which was released in 2003, quickly rose to the top of the charts and remained there for several weeks. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and won numerous other awards.

Other popular songs from the mid 2000s include Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” and Usher’s “Yeah!” These songs all topped the charts and were among the most popular songs of the decade.

The late 2000s

The late 2000s saw the continuation of the popularity of hip hop. Hip hop artists such as Kid Cudi, Asher Roth and Drake became popular during this time. B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” (featuring Bruno Mars), went to number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making B.o.B the second artist (after 50 Cent in 2005) to achieve this feat with a debut single. La Roux’s “Bulletproof” was also a number one hit in the UK, and topped the US Dance Club Songs chart.

The top hip hop hits of the 2000s

The 2000s were a big decade for hip hop. Artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Nelly were putting out some of the biggest hits of all time. It was a time when hip hop was really crossing over into the mainstream. If you’re a fan of hip hop, then you definitely need to check out these top hits of the 2000s.

The early 2000s

The early 2000s were a time when hip hop was flourishing. Artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, and Outkast were dominating the charts. The top hip hop hits of the 2000s reflect the diversity of the genre, with hits coming from all corners of the rap world.

From Jay-Z’s anthemic “Big Pimpin'” to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” here are the 10 best hip hop songs from the 2000s.

1. “Big Pimpin'” – Jay-Z ft. UGK
2. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
3. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
4. “Get Ur Freak On” – Missy Elliott
5. “Who Run It” – Three 6 Mafia
6. “Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly
7. “Where Is the Love?” – Black Eyed Peas
8. “Ms. Jackson” – Outkast
9. “Survivor” – Destiny’s Child ft. Beyonce & Kelly Rowland
10. “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II” – Busta Rhymes ft

The mid 2000s

The mid 2000s were when crunk hit its peak popularity. This subgenre of Hip Hop, originating from the South, was characterized by its use of call and response chants, often with a danceable, up-tempo beat. This was the era when Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, as well as Ying Yang Twins, were putting on for the Dirty South. In the mainstream, this is also when we saw artists like Ludacris and Outkast dominating the Hot 100 charts.

The late 2000s

The late 2000s in hip hop saw the continuation of the fusion of hip hop and R&B. Hip hop remained commercially viable into the early 21st century, with artists such as OutKast, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kanye West, 50 Cent and Ja Rule all having successful careers. These artists departed from the previous formulas of rap music, instead embracing a more eclectic range of styles. At the same time, a new generation of rappers, influenced by alternative and indie rock, dance music and even classic rock (especially in the case of The Black Keys), broke through to commercial success.

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