Spurred on by the equalizing force of the internet, distinctions that used to separate music fans collapsed in the s. The underground met the overground in the form of easily amassed, often free mp3 files. With the playing field more level than ever, at its best, the s were a freewheeling musical meritocracy. May the best song win. Escher drawing.
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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. Amid the industry chaos, pop music still thrived, with hip-hop and dance music leading the way. Even established artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Madonna had big comeback hits in the s. Take a musical trip back to the first decade after the turn of the millennium with this list of the best songs of the s. It had been more than five years since Mariah Carey's last No. The song is uncharacteristically restrained for Mariah Carey, but it soon worked its magic with pop audiences and ultimately spent 14 weeks at No.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. 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.