Songs turning 20 in 2020

Solid-gold classics turning two decades old in 2020, including All Saints, Britney Spears, Eminem, Mel C and Robbie Williams.

Ahh, 2000, the year that the Y2K bug didn’t destroy the planet, “social experiment” TV show Big Brother made its debut, and the Nokia 3310 (and by association, its built-in game Snake) reigned supreme.

For the Official Singles Chart, 2000 was a busy year; it holds the record for the most Number 1s in a calendar year with a mighty 43 songs occupying the top spot. It was a particularly successful 12 months for British pop; with All Saints, Robbie Williams, Geri Halliwell, Gabrielle, Mel C and Westlife scoring multiple hits across the year.

It was also a big 12 months for US female artists, lead by Britney Spears, who landed two chart-toppers with Born To Make You Happy and Oops! I Did It Again. Madonna landed a trio of his with American Pie, Music and Don’t Tell Me, and there were also anthems from Mariah Carey (including a still-baffling Number 1 collaboration with Westlife), Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes and Aaliyah.

MORE: Every Official UK Number 1 song ever

Following a run of success in the late 1990s, brilliant – if slightly anonymous - dance music once again prevailed in 2000 thanks to acts including Aurora, Fragma and Sash!, who scored a fifth Number 2 hit with Adelante in 2000 and claimed the dubious honour as the act with the most Number 2 hits in the UK without ever having made Number 1. After making its mark in 1999, garage music continued its run of success into 2000 with a flurry of Top 40 hits, including Oxide & Neutrino’s chart-topping rework of BBC’s Casualty theme song (yes, this actually happened).  

Finally, rock music also made a strong showing in the Top 40 in 2000. U2 made a triumphant comeback and topped the charts with Beautiful Day; Coldplay launched their debut album and landed Top 10 hita with Trouble and Yellow, and Manic Street Preachers earned their second Number 1 with Masses Against The Classes. US rock bands Blink-182, R.E.M and Red Hot Chili Peppers also landed some of the biggest hits of their career in 2000.

We’ve picked out a selection (120 to be exact) of notable songs from 2000, all of which - of course - celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Listen on Spotify below; the songs featured are broken down by chart position at the bottom of the page: 

Number 1s

Britney Spears – Born To Make You Happy
Gabrielle – Rise
Oasis – Go Let It Out
All Saints – Pure Shores
Madonna – American Pie
Chicane ft. Bryan Adams - Don’t Give Up
Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up
Mel C ft. Lisa Left Eye Lopes – Never Be The Same Again
Craig David – Fill Me In
Coco vs Fragma – Toca’s Miracle
Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again
Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby
Billie Piper – Day & Night
Sonique – Feels So Good
Black Legend – You See The Trouble With Me
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Eminem – The  Real Slim Shady
The Corrs – Breathless
Ronan Keating – Life Is A Rollacoster
Craig David – 7 Days
Westlife – Fool Again
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
Mel C – I Turn To You
Spiller – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)
Madonna – Music
A1 – Take On Me
Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight )
Mariah Carey ft. Westlife – Against All Odds
All Saints – Black Coffee
U2 – Beautiful Day
Steps – Stomp
Spice Girls – Holler
A1 – Same Old Brand New You
Leann Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women
S Club 7 – Never Had A Dream Come True
Eminem – Stan

Top 10s

Donnell Jones – U Know What’s Up (2)
Daphne & Celeste – Ooh Stick You! (8)
Fierce – Swet Love 2K (3)
Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants (3)
Artful Dodger – Movin’ Too Fast (2)
Kelis – Caught Out There (4)
Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight (7)
Nsync – Bye Bye Bye (3)
Lene Marlin – Sitting Down Here (5)
Tom Jones & Stereophonics – Mama Told Me Not To Come (4)
Blink-182 – All The Small Things (2)
Dr Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Still Dre (6)
Moloko – The Time Is Now (2)
Santana ft. Rod Thomas – Smooth (3)
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (3)
Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers (2)
Steps – Deeper Shade of Blue (4)
Sisqo – Thong Song (3)
Toni Braxton – He Wasn’t Man Enough (5)
Bloodhound Gang – Bad Touch (4)
Ricky Martin – Private Emotion (9)
Tom Jones & Mousse T – Sex Bomb (3)
S Club 7 – Reach (2)
Bon Joni – It’s My Life (3)
Mary Mary – Shackles (Priase You) (5)
Pink – There You Go (6)
Dr Dre – Forgot About Dre (7)
Gabrielle – When A Woman (6)
Whitney Houston ft. George Michael – If I Told You That (9)
Darude – Sandstorm (3)
Moby – Porcelain (5)
David Gray Babylon (5)
Damage – Ghetto Romance (7)
Samantha Mumba – Gotta Tell You (2)
Coldplay – Yellow (4)
Aaliyah – Try Again (5)
Louise – 2 Faced (3)
Destiny’s Child – Jumpin' Jumpin' (5)
Savage Garden – Affirmation (8)
Bomfunk MCs – Freestyler (2)
Santana – Maria Maria (6)
Janet Jackson – Don’t Really Matter (5)
MJ Cole – Crazy Love (10)
True Steppers ft. Dane Bowers & Victoria Beckham – Out of Your Mind (2)
Britney Spears – Lucky (5)
Element Four – Big Brother TV theme (4)
NSync – It’s Gonna Be Me (9)
Kylie Minogue – On A Night Like This (2)
Aurora – Ordinary World (5)
Vanessa Amorosi – Absolutely Everybody (7)
Sugababes – Overload (6)
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (2)
Anastacia – I’m Outta Love (7)
Architechs ft. Nana – Body Groove (3)
Delirium ft. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (3)
Enrique ft. Whitney Houston – Could I Have This Kiss Forever (7)
Eminem – The Way I Am (8)
Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out (2)
Robbie Williams ft. Kylie Minogue – Kids (2)
Ricky Martin – She Bangs (3)
Christina Aguilera – Come On Over Baby (8)
Kandi – Don’t Think I’m Not (9)
Backstreet Boys – Shape Of My Heart (4)
Offspring – Original Prankster (6)
Daft Punk – One More Time (2)
Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On (4)
Madonna – Don’t Tell Me (4)
Britney Spears – Stronger (7)
Robbie Williams – Supreme (4)

Top 40s

Notorious B.I.G ft. Puff Daddy – Notorious B.I.G (16)
Q-Tip – Breathe and Stop (12)
Slipknot - Wait & Bleed (27)
Moby – Natural Blues (11)
Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonite (15)
Basement  Jaxx – Bingo Bango (13)
Angie Stone – Life Story (22)
Shola Ama – Imagine (24)
Shaft – Mambo Italino (12)
Daphne & Celeste – Ugly (18)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – Got Your Money (11)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (16)
Kristine Blond – Love Shy (28)
Heather Small – Proud (16)
Sade – By Your Side (17)
Enya – Only Time (32)
Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love u (Give It 2 Me) (17)
Green Day – Warning (27)

Listen to our playlist of hits turning 20 in 2020 on Spotify below. Listen on Deezer here.

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Madonna's had about twelve chart-toppers in the UK yet none of them have reached the million sales mark. Most of the other big female artists have had at least one. Madonna fans claim it's because she's sold a lot of albums in this country but so has Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney, Kylie and Britney. It's never stopped those artists from hitting the million milestone. On a side note, Music remains Madonna's last number one single to date on the US Hot 100.




hard to find bad song. shola ama only peaked #24 but became garage classic. Enya's only time #2 in us !


Amanda wolker


All this new songs here


Johnny McVey


Not sure we can call Westlife "British pop"