45 Best 2000s Dance Songs

Dancing is almost as ingrained into human society as the music itself, and there's no denying that the 2000s was a great decade for those who loved to get their groove on.

Here are the best 2000s dance songs that'll simultaneously pump you up and make you feel nostalgic.

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1. “Hot In Herre” By Nelly

Song Year: 2002

“Hot In Herre” is an incredibly addictive song to listen to and dance to. For one, it has a distinct and groovy beat that makes it hard to stay still.

And two, the lyrics are highly entertaining, suggesting that taking off your clothes is the best way to cool down when you've gotten hot from dancing at a crowded club or party. The idea is comical enough to make you and your friends laugh while having fun on the dance floor.

2. “Yeah!” By Usher, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris

Song Year: 2004

“Yeah!” was a hit that took dance floors across America by storm. It was inescapable – you couldn't go to a club or party without hearing it at least once.

The catchy beat and easy-to-follow lyrics make it a great song to dance to, even if you're not the best dancer. And who doesn't love to feel like a sexy superstar when singing along to Usher's smooth lyrics?

3. “Hips Don't Lie” By Shakira, featuring Wyclef Jean

Song Year: 2005

Shakira's “Hips Don't Lie” was another viral hit that is still so much fun to shake your hips to, even until today.

The Latin instrumentals and infectious beat make it impossible to stay still when this song comes on.

And Shakira's lyrics about her hips not being able to lie – meaning she's a great dancer – are just as empowering as they are fun.

4. “Crazy in Love” By Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z

Song Year: 2003

“Crazy In Love” is an iconic song that solidified Beyonce's transition from Destiny's Child to a solo artist and set up the rest of her fiery career.

This song's beats, “uh ohs,” and passionate vocals make everyone listening want to shake, shimmy, and power walk around the dance floor. Plus, Jay-Z's rap verse adds the cherry on top.

5. “Low” By Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

Song Year: 2008

The heavy bass, semi-comical lyrics, and irresistibly repetitive lyrics of Flo Rida's “Low” make for an excellent, energetic time.

This is the kind of song you turn up as loud as possible and dance your heart out to – no matter how good or bad of a dancer you are.

6. “Umbrella” By Rihanna, featuring Jay-Z

Song Year: 2007

“Umbrella” is one of Rihanna's most popular songs from her entire career. It's less of a club or party song because the beat is slower-paced than other songs on this list.

However, the powerful and catchy lyrics and Rihanna's sensual vocals make up for that, resulting in a timeless pop hit.

7. “Sexy Back” By Justin Timberlake, featuring Timbaland

Song Year: 2006

The instrumentals and vocals of this Justin Timberlake are just as sexy as the title implies.

This song gets people on the dance floor because it is the perfect balance of sultry and funky.

You don't need to take yourself all too seriously when dancing to it, making it all the more fun and energizing.

8. “Hey Ya!” By Outkast

Song Year: 2003

The lyrics of “Hey Ya!” are not as pleasant and positive as one might assume, given how chipper and fun the song sounds.

However, this never stopped people from getting up and dancing in pure glee when this song came on, especially towards the end when Andre 3000 suggests that everyone shake their body, similar to how one might shake a polaroid photo.

9. “Temperature” By Sean Paul

Song Year: 2005

Reggaeton is always an excellent genre choice for people looking to break a sweat on the dance floor, and Sean Paul's “Temperature” can surely get the job done.

This song is high-energy and perfect for those who love to move their bodies when they dance. The lyrics are pretty difficult to follow, but once it's on, you'll be too busy moving around to care anyways!

10. “My Humps” By Black Eyed Peas

Song Year: 2005

The Black Eyed Peas were known for their riveting party hits throughout the 2000s, but “My Humps” stood out among the rest for its risqué lyrics and enticing, funky beat.

This song is all about flaunting what you've got, and dancing to it is the perfect way to do just that. It's fun, flirty, comical, and sexy all at once.

11. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” By Soulja Boy

Song Year: 2007

There have been and continue to be plenty of songs that ask listeners to perform a certain dance move, but Soulja Boy's “Crank That” stood out for two main reasons.

The first reason is that there was not just one movement involved, such as the “Stanky Leg,” but a series of moves to remember, making it slightly similar to choreographed line dance.

The second reason is that the dance was named after the artist himself, which was a bold, confident choice.

12. “Candy Shop” By 50 Cent, featuring Olivia

Song Year: 2005

From the very start of this song, that bass takes control of your emotions, making it extremely difficult to stop yourself from dropping it low – or at least trying to.

The lyrics are pretty sensual and explicit, but that doesn't take away from how fun and catchy the song is.

The song's overall tone makes it pretty clear that 50 Cent is only interested in one thing, but he sure knows how to have a good time doing it.

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