Wedding Music by Decade: Best Picks from the 2000s

Each week, we feature wedding music recommendations from Scratch Weddings, the nation's leader with the best wedding DJs at affordable prices. This week's post comes from DJ FingerSmith. While most DJs have a sweet spot in a particular genre, FingerSmith's expertise stretches across a huge variety of tastes. When FingerSmith spins a wedding, he approaches each one with individuality and dedication. "Everyone comes to a wedding to celebrate. It's a joyous occasion where there's always a ton of fun to be had. Whatever a couple envisions for their celebration, it comes with a soundtrack, and I build a set to make that soundtrack come alive.”

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In the first ten years of the 21st century, music consumption exploded, thanks to technology and innovation. Music storage went from CD racks to iPods, and music production was digitized, blowing the music industry open for all kinds of artists. It’s a decade ripe with hits that are still fresh on the brain, and these “modern classics” from the 2000s hit the mark when it comes to keeping dance energy high. These are the sing-along, dance-along jams that everyone — young and old alike — will recognize from the first decade of the new millennium. From rock to pop to hip-hop, here are the can’t-miss gems from yesterday’s decade:  

► "One More Time" – Daft Punk (2000)
► "Let’s Get Married" – Jagged Edge (2000)
► "The Next Episode" – Dr. Dre (2000)
► "It’s My Life" – Bon Jovi (2000)
► "Work It" – Missy Elliot (2002)
► "Get By" – Talib Kweli (2002)
► "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" – Jet (2003)
► "Harder To Breathe" – Maroon 5 (2003)
► "Crazy In Love" – Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z (2003)
► "Drop It Like It’s Hot" – Snoop Dogg (2004)
► "Hollaback Girl" – Gwen Stefani (2005)
► "All These Things That I’ve Done" – The Killers (2005)
► "Hips Don’t Lie" – Shakira (2006)
► "Tambourine" – Eve (2007)
► "Live Your Life" – T.I. featuring Rihanna (2008)
► "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – Ting Tings (2008)
► "Bulletproof" – La Roux (2009)