100 Greatest Songs From 2003

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Hey Ya!
2. Crazy In Love
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
3. Seven Nation Army
The White Stripes
4. Jesus Walks
Kanye West
5. In Da Club
50 Cent
6. 99 Problems
7. Mr. Brightside
The Killers
8. Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Where is the Love
Black Eyed Peas
10. Toxic
Britney Spears
11. Bring Me to Life
12. Milkshake
13. Roses
14. The Way You Move
15. Such Great Heights
The Postal Service
16. 12:51
The Strokes
17. Out of Time
18. I Luv U
Dizzee Rascal
19. 2 + 2 = 5
20. Me and Giuliani Down By the Schoolyard (A True Story)
21. If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys
22. Baby Boy
Beyoncé and Sean Paul
23. The Reason
24. Right Thurr
25. Staring at the Sun
TV on the Radio
26. Fix Up, Look Sharp
Dizzee Rascal
27. Slow Motion
Juvenile and Soulja Slim
28. Shake Ya Tailfeather
Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee
29. There There
30. Naughty Girl
31. P.I.M.P.
50 Cent
32. La Ritournelle
Sébastien Tellier
33. Easy Lee
Ricardo Villalobos
34. 21 Questions
50 Cent and Nate Dogg
35. Someday
36. Mundian to Bach Ke / Beware of the Boys
Panjabi MC (feat. Jay-Z)
37. My Immortal
38. You Don't Know My Name
Alicia Keys
39. Frontin'
Pharrell and Jay-Z
40. Magic Stick
Lil' Kim and 50 Cent
41. I Believe in a Thing Called Love
The Darkness
42. Dirt Off Your Shoulder
43. Into You
Fabolous and Tamia
44. Me, Myself and I
45. The First Cut Is the Deepest
Sheryl Crow
46. Are You Gonna Be My Girl
47. Through the Wire
Kanye West
48. Comfortably Numb
Scissor Sisters
49. Can't Let You Go
Fabolous, Lil' Mo and Mike Shorey
50. White Flag
51. Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)
52. Don't Look Back Into The Sun
The Libertines
53. One Call Away
Chingy and J-Weav
54. Turn Me On
Kevin Lyttle
55. Stand Up
Ludacris and Shawnna
56. Damn!
YoungBloodZ and Lil Jon
57. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
Ted Leo, Rx/Pharmacists
58. Suga Suga
Baby Bash and Frankie J
59. Rock wit U (Awww Baby)
60. Numb
Linkin Park
61. No Letting Go
Wayne Wonder
62. Diary
Alicia Keys and Tony! Toni! Toné!
63. All the Things She Said
64. It's My Life
No Doubt
65. So Gone
66. Gay Bar
Electric Six
67. Splash Waterfalls
68. Calling All Angels
69. Salt Shaker
Ying Yang Twins and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
70. Pass That Dutch
Missy Elliott
71. Holidae In
Chingy, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg
72. Thoia Thoing
R. Kelly
73. In Those Jeans
74. Meant to Live
75. Are You Happy Now?
Michelle Branch
76. Walked Outta Heaven
Jagged Edge
77. Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)
78. My Love Is Like...Wo
79. Read Your Mind
Avant & Snoop Dogg
80. Darts Of Pleasure
Franz Ferdinand
81. One Thing
Finger Eleven
82. Angel
Amanda Perez
83. The Jump Off
Lil' Kim and Mr. Cheeks
84. U Should've Known Better
85. Intuition
86. Breaking the Habit
Linkin Park
87. Gigolo
Nick Cannon and R. Kelly
88. Rain On Me
89. Big Sur
The Thrills
90. I'm A Cuckoo
Belle and Sebastian
91. Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Young Gunz
92. Y Control
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
93. Change Clothes
94. Don't Tell Me
Avril Lavigne
95. Step in the Name of Love
R. Kelly
96. Hey Mama
Black Eyed Peas
97. Superman
98. Shoreline
Broder Daniel
99. Inertiatic Esp
The Mars Volta
100. Run
Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Trick Me
102. Maple Leaves
Jens Lekman
103. Molly's Chambers
Kings of Leon
104. Jessica Simpson
Adam Green
105. So Says I
The Shins
106. Pass It On
The Coral
107. Slow
Kylie Minogue
108. She Sends Kisses
The Wrens
109. Reptilia
The Strokes
110. No Good Advice
Girls Aloud
111. Stacy's Mom
Fountains of Wayne
112. Everybody's Changing
113. I Don't Blame You
Cat Power
114. Pretty (Ugly Before)
Elliott Smith
115. Heartbeats
Jóse González
116. Mad World
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules
117. Cameltoe
Fanny Pack
118. Come Over
119. Wanna Get To Know You
G-Unit and Joe
120. Lost In The Plot
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2003
An unheralded great record from 2003
Lew's choice:
* Your Mistake
Sister Hazel
Adam's choice:
* The Nosebleed Section
Hilltop Hoods
Ryan's choice:
* The First Single
The Format
    2002   |   2004

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Last Updated: 2021-12-30