As Y2K fever subsided and a new decade dawned, everything was up for grabs for a rising generation of stars fighting for their place among the best 2000s female singers. Amid garage-rock revivalists, introspective post-Britpop heroes and a new wave of R&B and pop titans, the world readily embraced pop-punk icons, art-pop agitators and classic soul chanteuses alike. A certain long-standing pop princess also rose to claim the crown as queen, proving she had what it took to assert her continued relevance in a rapidly shifting musical landscape. Taken together, these ten 21st-century icons were responsible for arguably the greatest era in the history of pop music.
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10: Nelly Furtado
Canadian-born Nelly Furtado hit the ground running in 2000 with her debut album, Woah, Nelly! After previously experimenting with a trip-hop style with the little-known group Plains Of Fascination, Furtado sought to realise her true singing potential with early chart hits such as I’m Like A Bird and Turn Off The Light. Her later works showed plenty of growth and progression: it’s not easy to churn out both summery radio hits and scorching dancefloor anthems, but with the likes of Promiscuous and Maneater she did just that, securing her status as one of the best 2000s female singers in the process.
Must hear: Promiscuous