After walking you through the greatest hits of the nineties, the time has come to venture into early 2000s territory. From iconic smash hits to cheesy one-hit wonders, our musical compilation is guaranteed to tickle your nostalgia, two songs at a time.


2000


Ghassan Rahbani – Sarit Sent El 2000



An undeniable historical moment for Lebanese music, and the universe.


Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out



Baha Men let the dogs out in 2000 and they’re probably still barking somewhere in the back of your head today.



2001


Shakira - Whenever, Wherever



Shakira’s hips started a worldwide craze in 2001 and the Latin diva is still going stronger than ever!


Nawal El Zoghbi – Tool Omri



Someone tried to fuse Nawal El Zoghbi’s vocals with salsa beats in 2001 and it seems to have worked big time for music fans in the region.



2002


Las Ketchup – Asereje (The Ketchup Song)



The thing about this international hit is that it came with its own set of dance moves and you just couldn’t help but sing/dance along every time the video came up on TV (even if you had to make up the lyrics of the chorus, because isn’t that what everyone else did anyway?).


Free Baby – Baba Fein



Unless you’ve been living under a rock with your 57 cats for the past 13 years, you must recall this iconic Egyptian tune from 2002. Allo, allo? Allo, allo?



2003


MTM - Ommi Msafra



Arabic hip-hop at its best! You can’t help but shake your head to the incredibly catchy beat of this golden oldie.


50 Cent – In Da Club



You can’t just not mention 50 Cent in a 00s music-themed list. It just wouldn’t make sense.



2004


Nancy Ajram – Ah W Noss



This song is arguably Nancy Ajram’s breakthrough moment in the Arabic music industry. With its memorable chorus and effortless vibe, the tune quickly soared up the charts, commanding the top spots for several weeks back in 2004 and still widely remembered to this day.


Usher – Yeah!



The ultimate party anthem of 2004.



2005


Crazy Frog – Axel F



Back when computer-animated frogs were a thing in the music industry…


Bob Sinclar - Love Generation



The first beats of this are the equivalent of a modern-day time machine. The song was also extensively played on Star Academy for some reason.



2006


Gnarls Barkley - Crazy



Do you remember when, do you remember, do you remember when this song played non-stop on the radio?


Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah



I bet this still lingers deep down your playlist.



2007


Timbaland ft. OneRepublic – Apologize



It’s too late to apologize for the emotional damage this song caused to the shattered hearts of the world population in 2007.


Rihanna – Umbrella



Who knew an umbrella could in fact mark someone’s rise to ultimate stardom? Why does my umbrella not have such superpowers?



2008


Kings of Leon – Use Somebody



You can very well still use somebody. Admit it.


Kidtonik – Aller Plus Loin



I don’t even know why this is on the list but, I mean, HOW CAN THIS NOT BE ON THE LIST?



2009


Owl City – Fireflies



Fireflies invaded radio stations and your life in 2009. Good times.


Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love



This was everyone’s ringtone back when ringtones were still a thing.

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