5. Jay-Z (Feat. UGK) - "Big Pimpin'"
Oh man, the good ol' days when Timbaland was cranking out club knockers every other Tuesday. Jiggaman and UGK teamed up to give us this sureshot in the summer of 2000.
4. Mystikal - "Shake It Fast"
Formula for success in the 2000s: Neptunes on the beat + Pharrell on the chorus. It worked for Mystikal, who rode "Shake Ya Ass" all the way to No. 13 on the Hot 100 chart in July 2000.
Nelly - "Country Grammar"
Nelly came out the door blasting with his first single becoming a global smash. The album that shares its title with this song basically launched Nelly's career into the stratosphere.
2. Shyne - "Bad Boyz"
You couldn't go anywhere in 2000 without hearing Barrington Levy's voice booming from the speakers, accompanied by Shyne's gritty flow. He was practically on top of the world until a gun charge sent him to jail and deflated his career.
1. Common - "The Light"
Inspired by Common's ex Erykah Badu and produced by the late great J Dilla, "The Light" warmed up many nights throughout the 2000s. It was musical irrigation to our souls the first time it washed over the summer airwaves.