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40 of the Hottest Songs From the Early '00s
The s were a tough time in the music business. Artists bypassed record labels to release music independently. What's more, online file sharing and music streaming disrupted the radio industry, and the biggest record store chains went out of business.
If you entered thinking that the year would bring a totally different sound befitting the turn of a new millennium Not that the artists that defined popular music at the end of the '90s were suddenly spirited away and replaced with an entirely new vanguard: Most of the biggest artists of -- the boy bands and girl groups, the breakout rappers and rock best-sellers -- were the biggest artists of , too. But they seemed energized by the changeover of millennia, and motivated to push things appropriately forward. Having some of the era's greatest super-producers on the front lines certainly helped. The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz brought the proverbial and sometimes literal bells and whistles to hip-hop, setting it on its path to top 40 domination and definition. But the year wasn't just about returning '90s stars getting 2. Hip-hop's geographical axis was thrown off by a brand new rap icon emerging from the country's center.
The Billboard Hot is a chart that ranks the best-performing songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In the s, each chart's "week ending" date was the Saturday of the following two weeks. The data were compiled by Nielsen SoundScan based collectively on each single's weekly physical CD , vinyl and cassette and digital sales, airplay , and streaming. Only songs released as physical singles were counted prior to , when Billboard magazine allowed airplay-only singles to chart. Throughout the decade, a total of singles claimed the top spot of the Hot While Santana 's " Smooth " featuring Rob Thomas topped the chart in the first two weeks of , it was not counted as a number-one single of the s decade by Billboard because it had topped the chart in October , and thus was counted as a number-one single of the s decade only. During the ten-year period, Usher was the most successful artist, accumulating seven number-one entries and spending 41 weeks on the top spot, more than any other act.