Man, the 2000s were a strange time for music. Hip–hop was in a weird, adolescent phase, traditional rock and roll had become completely obsolete, and electronic dance music had yet to blow up. The only unsurprising fact is that pop reigned supreme, as it has since the 1990s. As the 2010s come to a close, it still feels weird to consider that songs like “Live Your Life,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Love in this Club” came out ten years ago.

With Valentine's Day coming up, it is a perfect time to revisit the 2000s, a time full of some excellent love ballads and passion–driven anthems. Folks, you know music taste can be crucial to getting someone to like you. This playlist of tracks from 2000–2009 is just the thing to send to your crush to win them over.

“Let Me Love You” by Mario

There are few better songs about escaping the friend zone. Lines like “Make me your selection/Show you the way love is supposed to be" make your intentions clear, and are delivered with just the right amount of emotion in Mario’s serenade.

“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake

With Timberlake’s distorted vocals crooning smoothly over the electronic beat, “SexyBack” is exactly the kind of song to play to show that you mean business.

“Fallin” by Alicia Keys

“Fallin” is Keys at her finest, as she keeps it real with lyrics such as “I never loved someone/The way that I love you.” That’ll mean something to your crush.

“American Boy” by Estelle ft. Kanye West

The uppity, silky “American Boy” is guaranteed to get the listener bouncing their head back and forth as Estelle murmurs “I really want to, come kick it with you.”

“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5

“She Will Be Loved” is simply a poem of romance and kindness, and who doesn’t fall in love with wholesome vibes? 

“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas may not have realized it at the time, but the opening lines of this song are perfect for getting someone in the mood to make “tonight a good night” a daily reality.

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

An honest ballad about long–distance love, “Hey There Delilah” will grab the emotional interest of the listener and direct them towards you.

“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay–Z

Coming from the number one music power couple, this classic is sure to get that crush dancing and “looking so crazy in love.”

“Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

With Pharrell’s playful hook and Snoop’s slick lyrics, “Beautiful” is like a wingman in the form of a song.

“We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

Rounding off the list, we have Carey’s poignant masterpiece. “We Belong Together” is an exquisite work whose title should be self–explanatory to you and your crush.

Equipped with these songs as your love doctor, you are sure to have a foolproof Valentine's Day.  


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