“With Arms Wide Open” is a song by American post-grunge band Creed. It was released in April 2000 as the third single from their second studio album, Human Clay. The song topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in July 2000; a month later it reached the U.S. Top 40. In October, the song hit the top ten and topped Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart for eight weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated November 11 for one week, and the video topped VH1’s top ten countdown in 2000. In February 2001, Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song was also nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to U2 for “Beautiful Day”. In September, it was announced that Creed would release a limited edition single of “With Arms Wide Open” with some profits benefiting Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation to “promote healthy, loving relationships between children and their families”.
Three main versions of the song exist. One is the original album version. The second is the radio version, which adds additional hi-hat and drums, and also edits out the ending. The third is the video version (or “Strings Remix”) which adds strings to the radio version.
“Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” is a song by American singer Christina Aguilera, taken from her debut studio album Christina Aguilera. It was released on September 26, 2000 by RCA Records as the fourth and final single from the album, and was the first where she was given significant creative control. The song was written by Johan Aberg, Paul Rein, Christina Aguilera, Ron Fair, C. Blackmon, R. Cham, E. Dawkins, Shelly Peiken, and Guy Roche; a re-recorded version included a rapped verse written by Aguilera. Lyrically, it sees Aguilera eyeing a prospective boyfriend.
Upon its release, “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” achieved international commercial success. It became Aguilera’s third single to peak at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, also reaching the top ten of countries including Australia and the United Kingdom. The song’s accompanying music video saw Aguilera experiment with her styling, beginning an evolution of image reinventions seen in the ensuing years of her career. Later in 2000, a Spanish-language version of the song was adapted by Rudy Pérez titled “Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú)” which was recorded for Aguilera’s second studio album Mi Reflejo. “Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú)” was released on August 8, 2000 to Latin radio stations in the United States. The song was featured in the videogame Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.
“Music” is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her eighth studio album of same name (2000). It was released as the lead single from the album on August 21, 2000 by Maverick Records. The song was also included on the compilation albums GHV2 (2001) and Celebration (2009). Written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, it lyrically states that music has the power to make people come together. Musically, “Music” is a dance-pop and electropop song which lyrically talks about how music can bring people together, as she delivers electronically manipulated vocals on the song.
“Music” received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production, catchiness and club-friendly nature of the song, also comparing it with Madonna’s previous releases. “Music” peaked number one in 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, becoming Madonna’s twelfth and latest number-one single in the region. “Music” also has the longest running number-one spot on the US Hot Dance Club Play of the 2000s decade, spending a longevity five weeks at number one. The song was the second most successful dance single of the decade in the United States, behind Madonna’s own song “Hung Up”, released in 2005.
Its accompanying music video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, portrays Madonna and her friends giving a party in her limousine, driven by comedian Ali G. In order to promote its parent album, Madonna performed the song during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 and at the following year at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. Additionally, “Music” has been performed on five of Madonna’s concert tours, the most recent being 2015-16’s Rebel Heart Tour. “Music” was nominated at Grammy Awards in the categories of “Record of the Year” and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2001.
“Doesn’t Really Matter” is a hit song recorded by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson for the soundtrack to the film Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000). It was written and produced by Jackson and Jam & Lewis. The song was released on May 21, 2000, after an unfinished version leaked to radio. “Doesn’t Really Matter” is an electropop song which speaks about loving a person for who they are and disregarding their physical appearance. It was based on an incomplete poem Jackson had written, which was later applied to her character in the film. The song was a contrast from the bleak tone of prior album The Velvet Rope (1997), returning to a brighter and more contemporary sound.
“Doesn’t Really Matter” received positive reception, called “impossibly catchy” and “classic pop”. It became Jackson’s ninth number one in the United States and stayed atop the chart for three weeks, making her the first artist to have a number one hit in three separate decades. It was Jackson’s twenty-first single to be certified, which ranked her as the second female artist with the most certified singles. The song fared well internationally, reaching number five in the United Kingdom, within the top ten in Italy and Denmark. It attained a silver certification in the United Kingdom, and allowed Jam and Lewis to receive a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year. The single is featured in the fifth edition of the American Now! compilation album series Now That’s What I Call Music! 5 (2000) and was later included in two of Jackson’s greatest hits collections, Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).
The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, resembles an abstract, futuristic environment based on Japanese culture. It features advanced technology, morphing clothes, and a dance sequence on a levitating platform. The video had a reported cost of over $2.5 million, being one of the most expensive music videos of all time. Its accolades include “Outstanding Music Video” and “Most Stylish Music Video” at the VH1 Fashion Awards. The song was performed on Top of the Pops and the MTV Video Music Awards, the latter regarded as one of the leading performances of Jackson’s career.
A slightly modified version of the song appeared on Jackson’s seventh studio album, All for You. “Doesn’t Really Matter” was considered to influence music videos from Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, and Cassie. The video was the first by director Joseph Kahn to feature Japanese themes and imagery, which he later used frequently following its popularity. Actress Jenna Dewan made one of her debut appearances in the video, crediting Jackson for the experience and platform to star in the dance film Step Up. Rihanna’s “Watch n’ Learn” was likened to the song, and it was also covered by Japanese singer Hitomi Shimatani as “Papillon”.
“Incomplete” is a song recorded by American R&B artist Sisqó. It was released in July 2000 as the third single from his first solo album, Unleash the Dragon. Written by Def Soul artist Montell Jordan and Anthony “Shep” Crawford, and produced by Crawford, the song was Sisqó’s biggest solo single, and his only number-one hit. The song was a number-one hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. “Incomplete” is also Sisqó’s third and most recent Hot 100 Top 40 hit; within two years of its release, Sisqó would return to his role as Dru Hill’s lead singer.
“It’s Gonna Be Me” is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released as the second single in the United States and third in Europe from their second studio album No Strings Attached (2000).
The song was NSYNC’s only Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, making it their highest-charting single. It topped the chart for two consecutive weeks and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The song serves as the opening track of the 2000 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 5
“Bent” is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in July 2000 as the lead single from their second album, Mad Season. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 22, 2000, and stayed there for one week before being unseated by ‘N Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me”. It remains the band’s only number one hit on that chart.
Thomas told Billboard magazine that it’s “a love song and a rock song; there’s a hopeful tone to it. It’s kind of like the person is saying, ‘As misguided as I may be, these are things that it takes to be with me.'” This was Thomas’ first attempt at a love song and he believes it is co-dependent of the 21st century. Thomas spoke on Storytellers that the song is about two people who are “both messed up”, but they are together, so it doesn’t matter.
“Everything You Want” is a song by American alternative rock band Vertical Horizon and the eponymous second single from their third studio album Everything You Want. Released in April 4, 2000. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 after a 26-week climb on July 15 of that year. “Everything You Want” is Vertical Horizon’s best-known single.
Lead vocalist Matt Scannell has cited “Everything You Want” as a great example of honest songwriting and added, “I still experience joy singing it because I know it came from a true place.” The song’s main theme deals with unrequited love, which Scannell discussed in a 2010 interview:
“…I was in love with this girl, and she was just a broken person. She kept turning to everyone except me for love and acceptance, and I wanted so much to help her. I wanted to be the one to give her everything she wanted, but I couldn’t. She just couldn’t accept it from me, and it was that pain, that led me to creating the song.”
Appropriately, the pop-friendly, tightly produced track features a particularly sullen and moody atmosphere with an airy song structure. The acoustic guitar rhythm lies under a melody of delayed electronic notes, and its chorus swells with an anxious vocal harmony over rumbling guitar. An aggressive bridge suddenly ignites the mood with angst wailing before returning to a more placid verse.
“Be with You” (“Sólo me importas tú” in Spanish countries) is a song performed by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. It was co-written by Iglesias and, produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, the team responsible for Cher’s hit song “Believe”. Iglesias once stated that he initially came up with the lyrics of the song while taking a break from recording in London’s Hyde Park. The song was released as the second single from Iglesias’ debut English studio album, Enrique, in 2000. The song was successful, particularly in the U.S where it was Iglesias’ second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
“Try Again” is a song by American recording artist Aaliyah. It was written by Static Major and Timothy Mosley, and produced by Timbaland. The song was released on February 22, 2000, as the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die, and was later included on international pressings of the singer’s self-titled album. “Try Again” features an intro in which Timbaland pays homage to Eric B. & Rakim by rapping the duo’s opening verse from “I Know You Got Soul”.
Maria Maria” is a song by Santana featuring The Product G&B. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 8, 2000, and stayed there for ten weeks. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, the song won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Despite other lead singers from the album receiving awards, The Product G&B did not receive a Grammy. Marc Anthony also sang on a version of the song.
In 2008, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100 chart, Billboard compiled its list of the top 100 songs since the inception of the chart in various categories. “Maria Maria” came in at No. 96 on the list of the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs, and No. 2 on the list of Top Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs of All Time. Later, it was named the 14th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
Carlos Santana has collaborated with Chef Roberto Santibañez to open five restaurants named Maria Maria, after the song. The majority are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, other locations include Arizona and Texas.
“Say My Name” is a song by R&B American recording group Destiny’s Child. It was written by band members Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland along with LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins for their second album The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), featuring production by the latter.
The song was the third single from the album and marked the introduction of the band’s second lineup featuring newly added members Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. The single is the most successful of the four releases from the album and is considered to be one of their signature songs.
A critical success, “Say My Name” won two Grammy Awards at the 2001 ceremony, for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song, while also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song’s music video won the 2000 MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video. It also captured a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo along with a BMI Pop Award for Most Played Song.
“Amazed” is a song written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey. The first version of the song was recorded by the American country music group Lonestar, whose version was released in March 1999 as the second single from their 1999 album Lonely Grill. Lonestar’s version is their longest-lasting No. 1 single and biggest hit, spending eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart. A remix of the song made it reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 2000. The song has sold over 1,650,000 digital copies in the US as of February 2016.
Only five years after Lonestar’s “Amazed” topped the Billboard Hot 100 did another country song top the chart, as Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2005. “Amazed” and “Inside Your Heaven” went on to become the only country songs in the 2000s decade to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Since the release of the original, the song has been covered by Bonnie Tyler, Duncan James, and Fady Maalouf, all of whom have released their respective versions as singles. Ben Mills, Boyz II Men and Shane Filan have included covers in their respective albums. On The Sing-Off (season 4, episode 3), judge Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men fame, mentioned that the song had been offered to them first, and they decided to turn it down.
“Thank God I Found You” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It features guest vocals from R&B singer Joe and American boy band 98 Degrees. Written and produced by Carey along with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song was released on January 25, 2000, through Columbia Records as the second single from her seventh studio album, Rainbow (1999). “Thank God I Found You” is an R&B power ballad that was inspired by a relationship Carey was going through at the time, and lyrically recounts a powerful love relationship in which the protagonist tells her lover “thank God I found you.”
“Thank God I Found You” received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics; some felt it was a great album closer while others deemed it as “un-listenable” and “forgettable”. Nevertheless, the song became Carey’s fifteenth number-one single on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and remained her last chart topping single until 2005’s comeback single “We Belong Together”. The single was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Aside from its peak of number two in Canada, the song achieved moderate international charting, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom and peaking within the top thirty in Australia, Belgium (Wallonia), France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
A music video for “Thank God I Found You”, directed by Brett Ratner, features Carey, Joe, and 98 Degrees performing the song at an outdoor concert. The Make It Last Remix had its own video commissioned, which was shot in a grainy fashion in Hamburg, Germany, and shows Carey and the song’s featured artists performing at a small club. Carey performed the song’s original version and accompanying remix live at the 27th Annual American Music Awards. It was featured on the set-lists of the Rainbow World Tour (2000) and The Adventures of Mimi Tour (2006), with Trey Lorenz serving as the male vocalist.
Carey re-recorded her vocals for the song’s main remix titled “Thank God I Found You” (Make It Last Remix), which features vocals from Joe and Carey’s label-mate, rapper Nas. The remix is a remake of Keith Sweat’s song “Make It Last Forever” (1988), and incorporates a few verses from the original version of “Thank God I Found You”. DJ Clue produced the remix, transforming it into a slow groove R&B number. In September 2000, US songwriters Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Carey claiming that “Thank God I Found You” borrowed heavily from the song “One of Those Love Songs” they composed for R&B group Xscape. The court awarded the case in Carey’s favor, not finding sufficient similarities between the two songs.
“What a Girl Wants” is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from her self-titled debut album (1999). A re-recorded version was released on November 28, 1999 by RCA Records as the second single from the album, following the commercial success of the lead single “Genie in a Bottle”. The song was written by Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche. The song was completed and pitched to RCA executive Ron Fair as “What a Girl Needs” and was renamed “What a Girl Wants”; Fair later gave the track to Aguilera. A Spanish version of the song, titled “Una Mujer,” was included on Aguilera’s second studio album Mi Reflejo (2000).
The song was described as a pop and R&B track and had similarities to “Genie in a Bottle”. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who described it as a “light” song and compared Aguilera’s vocals on the track to those of Mariah Carey. Commercially, the song became her second consecutive US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, and topped the charts in New Zealand and Spain. The single eventually earned gold certifications in countries including Australia, Belgium, Sweden and the US.
A music video was released directed by Diane Martel who had also directed her previous video for “Genie in a Bottle”. The video presented Aguilera dancing in a room with female friends whilst being viewed by their boyfriends and saw a scene of her dressed as a medieval-style princess. In December 1999, the video reached pole position on the US music video chart TRL. Aguilera has performed the song at events such as the US Jingle Ball and the MTV New Year’s Eve Special in 1999, as well as her tours including the 2000–01 Christina Aguilera: In Concert, the 2003 Stripped Live… on Tour, and her 2006–07 Back to Basics Tour.
“Smooth” is a collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas. The song was written by Thomas, DeGaetano, and Itaal Shur, produced by Matt Serletic and sung by Thomas. It won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Not only was it the final number-one Hot 100 hit of the 1990s, it was also the number-two Hot 100 hit of the 20th century. “Smooth” is the only song to appear on two decade-end Billboard charts. As of 2013, “Smooth” is ranked the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.