There were some fantastic mainstream rock songs released during 2000-2009 and some rock aficionados consider this decade a golden one for the genre. In the United States of America, one major measure of success if the Billboard rankings. Billboard’s mainstream rock station collaborated listener data and produced a list of the most successful hits of the 2000s. Two of the biggest articles on the Mainstream Rock chart during the 2000s even managed to cross over into the realm of the regular top 40 pop music charts with 3 Doors Down and Nickelback being these two groups.
3 Doors Down enjoyed two huge hits in the year 2000 that spent a combined 30 weeks at number one. “Kryptonite” was released in April 2000 and spent nine weeks at the top of the chart while “Loser,” a song about a friend who became addicted to cocaine, topped the charts for an impressive 21 weeks. Nickleback’s first massive hit spent 13 weeks at number one. “How You Remind Me” was the groups lead single from their third studio album “Silver Side Up” and was a song that was populr around the world, even outside rock circles. It became the most-played song on U.S. radio in the 2000s decade with it being played more than 1,200,000 times from 2001 until the end of 2009.
“Blurry” is Puddle of Mudd’s most successful song and the one that propelled the group into mainstream success. Having spent 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard mainstream rock charts in early 2002, Billboard announced the song as the best of the year. Lead singer Wes Scantlin wrote the song abut his desire to be a good father and to spend more quality time with his son. The song angered Scantin’s former partner because it discussed some unresolved issues within their marriage.
Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” was the biggest hit of the year 2005 and spent 14 weeks at the charts’ summit. The song comes from the band’s seventh studio album American Idiot and the song today remains one of the band’s signature tunes and was the ninth-highest selling single of 2000-2009 with more than five million copies sold worldwide.
“Animal I Have Become” by Three Days Grace is unique in that it was never released in physical format in stores and was only available to download online. Despite this, the song spent seven weeks in the mainstream rock charts and was even features in two WWE video games. Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace said he wrote the song while in rehab for his addiction to painkiller OxyContin. Three Days Grace also had the best song of the year 2009 with “Break.” This was the lead single from the band’s third album entitled Life Starts Now. Similar to “Animal I Have Become,” “Break” was about negatives in the band members’ lives, with guitarist Brad Walst stating the song was about breaking away from bad influences in your life.