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The 45 Best Pop Songs of the 21st Century (Timeout)

"Time was, 'pop' meant manufactured acts whose music erred towards the disposable. There were a few certified geniuses like Michael Jackson or Madonna. But for all the units shifted, in the twentieth-century pop never seemed to be the zeitgeist artform of the day. At the dawn of the new millennium, all the rules for pop went out the window. A complicated series of cultural shifts that can largely be attributed to the internet kicked in: suddenly it was sophisticated pop production that was getting the audiophiles drooling. It's an age we're absolutely still living through, with little sign of letting up. And so, for this list, we've taken a long listen to some of the biggest bangers of the last 20-plus years and did what feels nearly impossible: we've ranked them. While we've broadly speaking excluded rock, country and hip-hop, you'll find R&B jams, dance-floor fillers and insanely catchy earworms. These are the best pop songs of the twenty-first century." - timeout.com
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avg. score: 29 of 45 (64%)
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'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' by Beyoncé
'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' by Beyoncé
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'Umbrella' by Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
'Umbrella' by Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
3
'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift
'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift
4
'Toxic' by Britney Spears
'Toxic' by Britney Spears
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5
'Rolling in the Deep' by Adele
'Rolling in the Deep' by Adele
6
'Firework' by Katy Perry
'Firework' by Katy Perry
7
'Rehab' by Amy Winehouse
'Rehab' by Amy Winehouse
8
'Blinding Lights' by the Weeknd
'Blinding Lights' by the Weeknd
9
'Dancing on My Own' by Robyn
'Dancing on My Own' by Robyn
10
'Hey Ya!' by Outkast
'Hey Ya!' by Outkast
11
"Old Town Road" – Lil Nas X
"Old Town Road" – Lil Nas X
12
'Hips Don't Lie' by Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean
'Hips Don't Lie' by Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean
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13
'Sexyback' by Justin Timberlake
'Sexyback' by Justin Timberlake
14
'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen
'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen
15
'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars
'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars
16
'Poker Face' by Lady Gaga
'Poker Face' by Lady Gaga
17
'Hollaback Girl' by Gwen Stefani
'Hollaback Girl' by Gwen Stefani
18
'Starships' by Nicki Minaj
'Starships' by Nicki Minaj
19
'Royals' by Lorde
'Royals' by Lorde
20
'Party in the U.S.A.' by Miley Cyrus
'Party in the U.S.A.' by Miley Cyrus
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21
'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish
'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish
22
'Good as Hell' by Lizzo
'Good as Hell' by Lizzo
23
'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell
'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell
24
'Dynamite' by BTS
'Dynamite' by BTS
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'Adore You' by Harry Styles
'Adore You' by Harry Styles
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'No Tears Left to Cry' by Ariana Grande
'No Tears Left to Cry' by Ariana Grande
27
'Drivers License' by Olivia Rodrigo
'Drivers License' by Olivia Rodrigo
28
'Sorry' by Justin Bieber
'Sorry' by Justin Bieber
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29
'Titanium' by David Guetta Featuring Sia
'Titanium' by David Guetta Featuring Sia
30
'Happy' by Pharrell Williams
'Happy' by Pharrell Williams
31
'Hotline Bling' by Drake
'Hotline Bling' by Drake
32
'Levitating' by Dua Lipa
'Levitating' by Dua Lipa
33
'Milkshake' by Kelis
'Milkshake' by Kelis
34
'Hung Up' by Madonna
'Hung Up' by Madonna
35
'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
36
'Bootylicious' by Destiny's Child
'Bootylicious' by Destiny's Child
37
'Work It' by Missy Elliott
'Work It' by Missy Elliott
38
'Can't Get You Out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue
'Can't Get You Out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue
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'American Boy' by Estelle Featuring Kanye West
'American Boy' by Estelle Featuring Kanye West
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'Since U Been Gone' by Kelly Clarkson
'Since U Been Gone' by Kelly Clarkson
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