Following our Billboard staff-picked list of the 100 greatest songs of 2000, we're writing this week about some of the stories and trends that defined the year for us. Here, we look at the notable songs from 2000 that gave us a glimpse at some of the places pop music would be going a little further into the 21st century.
The year 2000 was undoubtedly a banner year for the recording industry: boy bands and teen divas continued their late '90s dominance, rappers and rock bands were releasing albums that would eventually go diamond, and despite file sharing becoming a hot-button issue, revenue was nearly as high as ever.
Obviously, nothing from that last sentence held up much longer. But plenty of noise from the year 2000 resonates today: in the sound of the Top 40 and Spotify charts, in the way we consume music, in the way we use it to make sense of the tumultuous world around us.