Britney Spears gets "Toxic. Troy L. Smith, Cleveland. They've stood the test of time and are here again, in all their glory, to remind you of better times. Pink - "So What" Pink made her name as a hitmaker through her defiant and rebellious attitude.
Spurred on by the equalizing force of the internet, distinctions that used to separate music fans collapsed in the s. The underground met the overground in the form of easily amassed, often free mp3 files. With the playing field more level than ever, at its best, the s were a freewheeling musical meritocracy. May the best song win. Escher drawing.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. If you entered thinking that the year would bring a totally different sound befitting the turn of a new millennium Not that the artists that defined popular music at the end of the '90s were suddenly spirited away and replaced with an entirely new vanguard: Most of the biggest artists of -- the boy bands and girl groups, the breakout rappers and rock best-sellers -- were the biggest artists of , too. But they seemed energized by the changeover of millennia, and motivated to push things appropriately forward. Having some of the era's greatest super-producers on the front lines certainly helped.