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Simply Good Music From 2003

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Annika Hope


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When we are talking about good music of 2003, we know it was heavily influenced by the rise of digital music and the emergence of the internet as a major force for music distribution. We will discuss the different types of genres from the early 2000s and add in some YouTube links for you to watch and reminisce. So here we go!

Good Music From 2003

What Genres Made Up 2003?  

There were plenty of genres in the early 2000s and in particular 2003, there was a variety, including; pop, hip-hop, rock, dance and indie music. Have you heard of the songs we mention below? Let’s find out!

Pop & Hip-Hop

Pop and hip-hop were the dominant genres, with artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Gwen Stefani leading the way. 

Pop and hip-hop music are two distinct genres of music that have been popular for many years. Pop music is typically more lighthearted and upbeat, while hip-hop is often more aggressive and lyrically focused. Pop music often features catchy hooks, while hip-hop tends to focus more on beats and rhymes. Pop music is often seen as more commercial and accessible to a wider audience, while hip-hop has been seen as more niche and underground. Both genres have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, with many artists crossing over between the two genres.

  1. Crazy in Love by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
  1. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  1. In da Club by 50 Cent
  1. Where Is the Love? by The Black Eyed Peas
  1. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
  1. Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly
  1. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
  1. Clocks by Coldplay
  1. Unwell by Matchbox Twenty
  1. Hey Ya! by Outkast

Rock Music

Rock was still popular, with bands like Linkin Park, The White Stripes, and The Strokes making waves. Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated in the United States in the 1950s. It has roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style that drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and country music

Rock music also drew influence from jazz, classical, and other musical sources. Characteristic features of rock music include the use of electric instruments, a strong backbeat, and an emphasis on individualism. 

Rock music typically features guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, and often includes elements of other genres such as funk, reggae, and punk. Rock music has been popular in many countries around the world, and it has evolved over time to include a wide variety of subgenres and styles.

1. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

2. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

3. Crawling by Linkin Park

4. Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers

5. Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet

6. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) by Fuel

Dance Music

Dance music also had a resurgence, with artists like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and Basement Jaxx releasing popular albums. 

Dance music is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. Dance music is generally composed using electronic instruments and synthesizers, and is often characterized by a strong rhythmic element with repetitive patterns or grooves. Popular dance music genres include house, techno, EDM, trance, drum and bass, and dubstep.

  1. Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster by Daft Punk 
  1. Galvinise by The Chemical Brothers
  1. Where’s Your Head At by Basement Jaxx

Indie Music

The early 2000s saw a resurgence of indie music, as bands like The Strokes, The White Stripes, and The Shins gained mainstream attention. Other popular indie acts of the time included The Libertines, Interpol, The Hives, Modest Mouse, and The Decemberists. Other notable bands from 2003 include The Killers, Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Flaming Lips.

Indie music is a genre of music that is generally independent from major record labels and their associated marketing and promotional activities. Indie music is often characterized by a DIY ethic, where artists produce, record, and distribute their own music without relying on outside help. Indie music is often associated with alternative, punk, and folk genres, and is often seen as an alternative to mainstream music.

  1. Girl On The Wing by The Shins
  1. Severed by The Decemberists
  1. Don’t Look Back Into The Sun By The Libertines
  1. I Will Follow You by Death Cab for Cutie
  1. Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Rise Of Digital Music

The internet allowed for easier access to a wider variety of music. Additionally, the emergence of digital music, such as MP3s, made it easier to purchase, download, and share music. This increased the popularity of music, and allowed for more exposure for artists and their music.

Furthermore, the rise of digital music has revolutionized the music industry, making it easier than ever to access and enjoy music. Digital music has allowed music to become more widely accessible, with streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music providing users with access to millions of songs. 

Additionally, digital music has made it easier for independent artists to promote and distribute their music, allowing them to reach a wider audience than ever before. 

Finally, digital music has enabled the creation of new music formats, such as lossless audio and high-resolution audio, which provide listeners with the highest quality sound experience.

Why Should You Listen To Music From 2003?

Listening to music from the 2000s can be a great way to experience the music of the past. Many of the popular songs from this era are still popular today and can bring back fond memories. 

Additionally, the music of the 2000s often featured more unique and diverse sounds than what is popular today, allowing you to explore a wide range of musical styles. 

Finally, the music of the 2000s often featured more creative and experimental sounds than what is popular today, giving you a chance to experience something new.

What Are The Main Characterics Of 2003 Songs?

A song from the early 2000s typically has the following characteristics: 

– A catchy, upbeat melody 

Lyrics that reflect the popular culture of the time 

– Heavy use of synthesizers and electronic sounds 

– A strong beat and rhythm 

– Sampling from other songs or sounds 

– References to popular trends, technology, and celebrities 

– A rap or hip-hop influence 

– A focus on relationships, partying, and having fun

Closing Thoughts

So there you have it, do you agree with the best songs from 2003 and do you recognise any of them? I hope you remember them all and they bring back happy memories. The early 2000s was all about upbeat, catchy melodies, and I am all for that right now. So now I am going to head back in time and listen to a favorite of mine by Justin Timberlake, Rock Your Body


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