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NPR's top songs of each year of the 2000s

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It’s not even 2010 yet and people are starting to sign off on the 00′s with Best Of lists and rankings. NPR’s “Song of the Day” segment “will survey the past decade, one year (and one song) at a time, with an emphasis on America’s most popular music. These picks don’t exactly qualify as musical discoveries, but they do have something to say about the 10 years we’re about to leave behind.” This list isn’t for the Pitchfork obscurity-obsessed crowd nor VH1′s “I Love the [insert decade here]” talking heads. NPR kicks off their look back at our closing decade with N’SYNC and their song “Bye Bye Bye.”

For as much as “Bye Bye Bye” feels like the end of an era in hindsight — boy bands would soon fade, the group broke up in 2002 after one more album, and No Strings Attached’s record-setting sales of 2.4 million copies in its first week seems downright surreal today — ‘N Sync’s primary players haven’t gone anywhere. Justin Timberlake would go on to release the frequently fantastic solo albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, both of which sold millions, while Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick have all experienced varying degrees of TV ubiquity.

Although back then I think we all thought JC Chasez had the inside track on who would emerge to have the most successful solo career.

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