Top 12 songs of the 2000s ranked [PHOTOS]

What were the biggest hit songs of the 2000s? The decade was much more diverse than the previous era, with top tunes from rap, dance, pop, R&B and rock fields. Tour our gallery below as we reveal the top 12 singles according to our sister PMC company Billboard.

Christina Aguilera kicked off the decade (and new century) with the first #1 hit song, “What a Girl Wants.” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys finished the decade with five weeks on top with “Empire State of Mind.”

The artists with the most #1 singles were: Usher (7), Beyonce (5), Rihanna (5), 50 Cent (4), Mariah Carey (4), Alicia Keys (4), Ludacris (4), Nelly (4), Justin Timberlake (4), Christina Aguilera (3), Destiny’s Child (3), Fergie (3), Nelly Furtado (3), Jay-Z (3), Jennifer Lopez (3), Outkast (3), Sean Paul (3), Ja Rule (3), T-Pain (3), T.I. (3) and Kanye West (3).

Mariah Carey (14), Janet Jackson (6), Boyz II Men (5), Madonna (4), Whitney Houston (4), Celine Dion (4), TLC (4), Wilson Phillips (3), Paula Abdul (3), Bryan Adams (3), Puff Daddy (3) and Monica (3).

Which of those artists were the best of the decade for weeks in the #1 position? Enjoy going back 10 to 20 years in our photo gallery above.

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