The Great Debate: Top 25 pop songs of the 2000s

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/12/2008, 04:26pm

It started as an innocuous argument over light beer in a dark corner of a bar. It’s turned into an incredibly difficult and time-consuming compilation that has inflamed passions and sparked vigorous debate.

What are the Top 25 pop songs of the 2000s?

Now, the caveats are as follows:

1. The song obviously had to achieve notoriety from 2000-present.
2. The song had to have been a nationwide hit and be incredibly popular.
3. The song could not have — for lack of a better term — sucked. It had to be an enjoyable listen.
4. Only one song per artist or group. The song has to be the most popular hit from that artist or group.
5. Songs are not in a particular order.

We started out with a few “locks”. Songs that we would simply not waver on. “Hey Ya” by Outkast was our unanimous top choice. “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley and “Yellow” by Coldplay were also no-brainers.

The rest were much more difficult, and by no means scientific or correct.

Obviously, we’d like to have your input on this undeniably crucial issue.

Without further ado, we offer The List:

“Yeah!” — Usher feat. Lil’ Jon & Ludacris

“Hey Ya” — Outkast

“Yellow” — Coldplay

“Gold Digger” — Kanye West

“Toxic” — Britney Spears

“Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down Swinging” — Fall Out Boy

“Since U Been Gone” — Kelly Clarkson

“Seven Nation Army” — White Stripes

“My Humps” — Black Eyed Peas

“Holla Back” — Gwen Stefani

The Reason” — Hoobastank

“Beautiful Day” — U2

“Hot in Herrrrre” — Nelly

“You’re Beautiful” — James Blunt

“In Da Club” — 50 Cent

“Crazy” — Gnarls Barkley

“The Real Slim Shady” — Eminem

“Don’t Know Why” — Norah Jones

Hey Baby” — No Doubt

“Work It” — Missy Elliot

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” — Green Day

Fallin” — Alicia Keys

“Mr. Brightside” — The Killers

“Last Night” — The Strokes

Please tell us how we screwed this up, and feel free to submit your own lists to prove how smart you are. We’ll revisit this list and make the appropriate changes in the near future.