20 of the Greatest Songs From 2005

2005 saw quite a rise in hip-hop and R&B, thanks to the likes of Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna. However, 2005 is not all that; there are also other genres that topped the charts, such as indie rock, punk rock, and pop.

This list has some of the best songs that were released in 2005

1. “Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz

The song’s unforgettable bass line is what made it one of the most popular songs, quickly becoming one of the biggest hits of that year, selling almost 3 million copies, and winning the 2005 MTV VMAs.

“Feel Good Inc.” is a song that has truly stood the test of time and is still considered one of the best songs from 2005.

2. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

This R&B love song became Mariah’s biggest hit ever, topping the charts for 14 weeks and becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

This 6-time platinum song won Mariah three awards at the Billboard Music Awards and the Radio Music Award for best song of the year. A true classic that will be remembered for years to come!

3. “Speed Of Sound” by Coldplay

This alternative rock hit was the first single released from Coldplay’s 3rd album and quickly climbed to the top of the charts, where it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song won an award for “Best Song” in the MTV Video Music Awards and helped secure the band’s status as one of the biggest bands in the world.

4. “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter

This pop ballad quickly became one of the biggest songs of the year, topping charts all around the world.

This song was a huge hit all over Europe, selling over 3 million copies and being awarded multiple platinum awards. This song is the perfect way to forget your troubles and feel like you’re not alone.

5. “Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)

One of the highest charting singles from a girl group, “Don’t Cha,” was a huge success all over the world, topping the charts in various countries.

The song won Best Video at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party and Best R&B/Urban Dance Track at the 21st International Dance Music Awards. Listening to this song will make you want to get up and dance!

6. “gold digger” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

This bouncy pop-rap song knocked Mariah out of her 14-week streak at the top of the charts. “Gold Digger” is one of Ye’s best songs, being his second song that reached number 1 in Billboard’s Hot 100.

This multi-platinum song was also nominated for two awards at the Grammy Awards: the Best Rap Solo Performance award and Record of the Year, winning the former.

7. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy

“Sugar, We’re Goin Down” is the first single to make Fall Out Boy a household name and was their biggest hit to date. The song spent 20 weeks in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, giving Fall Out Boy their very first number 1 single.

“Sugar, We’re Goin Down” also received 4x platinum certification in 2015 and was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2006. This pop-punk song will have you singing along in no time!

8. “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige

This R&B ballad was one of the most successful songs from this year, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song won an award for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards and made Mary J. Blige one of the biggest stars in the music industry. The song is guaranteed to make anyone who listens feel all the feels!

9. “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray

“Cable Car” was one of the first indie-pop hits to make it big in 2005. This alternative rock single became one of the biggest hits around the world, topping charts in multiple countries and reaching number 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The song was nominated for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” at the Grammy Awards.

10. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day

This iconic punk ballad featured the loss of Billie Joe’s father, who died when the song was being written. The somber tone of this poignant rock ballad resonated with many people and propelled it to be one of the most popular songs from 2005.

Though the song wasn’t awarded for any of its successes, it is still a timeless classic that will be remembered for years to come.

11. “Run It!” by Chris Brown

The debut single from Chris Brown, “Run It!” quickly became one of the biggest songs of the year. This song solidified Chris Brown’s status as a major star, becoming his first number-one hit and reaching millions of views on YouTube.

This catchy pop-R&B hit topped charts around the world, won Best New Artist and Viewer’s Choice at the 2006 MTV VMAs, and helped launch Brown’s successful music career.

12. “Pon de Replay” by Rihanna

Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay” is one of the best dancehall songs in recent years. This catchy, upbeat song introduced Rihanna to mainstream audiences and made her an instant star.

The song was a huge success around the world, reaching number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and receiving numerous awards, including Best Dance Single and Song of the Year at the Barbados Music Awards.

13. “Check On It” by Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug

One of the biggest songs of the year, Beyoncé’s “Check On It,” became a huge hit around the world. This sultry R&B smash was featured in the popular movie, “The Pink Panther” and helped propel Beyoncé to superstardom.

This song won Best R&B Video at the MTV VMAs and received multiple platinum certifications. This song is a great bop for dancing and partying!

14. “You And Me” by Lifehouse

This emotive rock ballad was one of Lifehouse’s most successful songs, reaching number 5 in the US. Following its success, this mellow song has been used multiple times on television, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Smallville.”

The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the ninth most-downloaded song. Though this song did not receive any awards, the song got a Gold certification.

15. “Dance, Dance” by Fall Out Boy

The second song of Fall Out Boy’s to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Dance, Dance” is known for its catchy lyrics and upbeat sound.

This pop-rock hit found success all around the world, reaching platinum sales in multiple countries and winning a MTV Video Music Award. No matter your genre preferences or moods, this song is sure to get you dancing!

16. “Temperature” by Sean Paul

This catchy reggae-pop track became one of the biggest hits of Sean Paul, reaching number 1 on both US and Europe Billboard Hot 100.

The song was a major crossover hit, appealing to listeners from all genres and helping to make Sean Paul a superstar. This upbeat jam was Sean’s first single to reach more than a million downloads and multi-platinum certifications.

17. “My Humps” by The Black Eyed Peas

One of the biggest hits of 2005, The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” quickly became a viral sensation. This hit song was filled with playful lyrics and groovy beats and made it to number 3 on Billboard Hot 100.

The Grammy’s awarded this song with Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Though this song is considered controversial, it’s definitely a memorable pop banger that will have you dancing in no time!

18. “Stickwitu” by The Pussycat Dolls

This beautiful pop ballad by The Pussycat Dolls became a hit around the world, reaching number 5 on Billboard Hot 100. The song’s sweet lyrics and lush sound made it a favorite for listeners of all ages, helping to launch the success of The Pussycat Dolls.

This sultry song was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the Grammy’s, solidifying its status as one of the biggest songs from 2005.

19. “Don’t Lie” by Black Eyed Peas

Another successful hit by The Black Eyed Peas, “Don’t Lie” was the second single from their smash album, Monkey Business.

This catchy pop-rap tune quickly became another viral hit and reached number 14 on Billboard Hot 100. With its Latin-influenced beats and fun lyrics, this song is sure to get you grooving along.

20. “Shake It Off” by Mariah Carey

One of Mariah Carey’s best-loved songs, “Shake it Off” quickly became a viral hit upon its release. This catchy pop song had listeners all around the world grooving along to its upbeat beats and melodic vocals.

The song reached number 2 on Billboard Hot 100, while her other song, “We Belong Together,” went to number 1. This song was nominated for Best R&B Video at the MTV VMAs and solidified its status as one of the most memorable hits from 2005.


Looking back on the songs that dominated the charts in 2005, it’s clear that this was a truly incredible year for music. With hits from some of today’s biggest artists and memorable jams from decades past, there was something for everyone to love.

Whether you’re a fan of pop, rap, or even reggae, these 20 greatest songs from 2005 are sure to bring back some great memories.

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