15 Forgotten Reasons Why 2000 Was The Best Year In Pop Music

Y2K Survivors!
1999 may have been the year of the ultimate pop takeover, with the quadruple-punch of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys dominating the airwaves. But it was 2000 that saw the peak of pop music, as the bubblegum hype spilled over to Europe. Sure, there were big songs like *NSYNC‘s “Bye Bye Bye,” Destiny’s Child‘s “Say My Name” and Jennifer Lopez‘s “Waiting For Tonight.” But forget about all that! The true gems came from talented newcomers who tried to make their own mark in the pop world.

While the careers of these pop acts ended up being comically fleeting, their 15 forgotten gems of Y2K pop continue to live on — from the nostalgia playlists on a college girl’s iPod to tacky underground techno clubs. So grab your Discman, throw on your sparkly halter top and journey through a musical time capsule below!

15. “Mirror Mirror” — M2M

Sweden may be the pop music mecca of the world, but back in 2000 Norway was only a few steps behind. The biggest act that came from the country was M2M, a duo composed of childhood friends Marion Elise Raven and Marit Elisabeth Larsen. One of their more memorable songs, “Mirror Mirror,” is quintessential moody pop music. But the breathy, Britney-esque vocals and eerie rhythmic guitars weren’t enough to prolong their career  M2M disbanded two years later.

14. “Dance With Me”  Debelah Morgan

For some inexplicable reason, Latin-infused music became ubiquitous in 2000. There was Ricky Martin‘s “She Bangs,” 98 Degree‘s “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” and Debelah Morgan‘s “Dance With Me.” Even though Morgan was the lesser-known artist out of the group, her sultry lyrics and powerhouse vocals immediately made her stand out. And how about that flawless whistle register towards the end of the song? Mariah…who?

  • JR

    Maybe cause she still stands out to this day, but I swear that Samantha Mumba song was meant for Britney. If not, it was modelled off her success for Samantha. The pronunciation of ‘baby’ or ‘me’ is similar to 1999-2000 Britney. Even subtle things in these videos – head leaning on car window, flips etc. are almost like labels saw BOMT as what they wanted everything to look like for a hit.

    Minus a few standouts, the US has never done terrific pop music. It’s always been UK/European artists that have really stood out as some of the best and largest influences on what a lot of US artists mirror.

  • Adryx Raven McCauley

    M2M fué lo mejor que le pasó a la música en esos años, Marion Raven