Getty Images. There are still four full months left in the s, but it's never too soon to look back on the songs that have affected us most during this millennium. But even that pales in comparison to the tracks that make up our list of the greatest songs of the century thus far.
25. Kings of Leon – ‘Sex on Fire’
On a Mission (2011)
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Every year, Billboard launches the Song of the Summer chart to track the most dominant songs on the Hot from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and every year, different sounds, voices and ideas rule pop radio and, now, streaming services to vie for the crown. Out of the past Songs of the Summer, which one could we simply not do without during any given summer? And be sure to turn your volume up to listen along with every one of them. Sandwiched in between No. In the half-decade since, OMI has yet to return to the Hot Iggy Azalea feat.
We polled 45 music writers to rank the definitive LPs of the 21st century so far. Read our countdown of passionate pop, electrifying rock and anthemic rap — and see if you agree. Listen to the album. The first album album from an artist whose records had previously propped up killer singles with passable fillers turned her disaffection and disappointment into generational anthems. The Malian guitarist set a new career benchmark with this intimate set, adding classical western harp and African ngoni to her subtle, bluesy electric guitar. Trip-hop duo Moloko was dead, and Murphy teamed up with Matthew Herbert for this eclectic, saucy — and still underrated — pop record that anticipated the arrival of Lady Gaga by three years. XCX stopped waiting around for mainstream acceptance and showed the normies what they were missing with this bracingly eclectic, guest-laden mixtape. Merrill Nisker grafted sweaty, human filth on to the clean machine shock of electroclash on her hilarious, titillating debut as Peaches. Two Malian greats met for this soothing, spontaneous record of guitar and kora that is as subtly textured as it is generous. No disposable vocalist or featured artist, the charismatic, club-savvy south Londoner gave dubstep its first real star.
In , the rules were changed so that legal downloads of all songs, irrespective of whether a physical copy was available, were eligible to chart  and since July , streaming has been included. This is a list of the sales of records released from 1 January onwards; sales for this period of records released before are not included. As of September , 62 singles released in the s have sold over 1 million copies. Until June , only a paid download or a purchase of a physical single counted as a sale.