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    When you think of the decades that brought the best music, the 2000s don't always leap to mind, especially when it comes to mainstream music. But don't sleep.

    An interesting trend emerged as we compiled this list. Four tracks are from film soundtracks, and whether that means the decade was a particularly prolific time for music supervisors, or whether musicians were just desperate for placements as CDs started to disappear remains to be seen. We also saw the beginnings of genre-blending R&B cuts that incorporated electronic music

    As the first decade of the millennium starts to recede in the rearview, a nostalgia for those days gone by begins to take form. But there’s a difference between tracks that are only good for the memories, and tracks that actually stood the test of time. These are the ones that made the cut.