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29 British Songs Everyone Under The Age Of 21 Needs To Listen To

Consider this a musical education from your ancestors.

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1. "What Took You So Long?", Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton was the best Spice Girl and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
Virgin

Emma Bunton was the best Spice Girl and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

2. "Because We Want To", Billie Piper

Fun fact: "Because We Want To", aka the feminist anthem of the '00s, was the official song of the 1999 Women's World Cup.
Virgin

Fun fact: "Because We Want To", aka the feminist anthem of the '00s, was the official song of the 1999 Women's World Cup.

3. "Mickey", Lolly

It was a school disco classic that will forever remain in our hearts.
Radical Choice

It was a school disco classic that will forever remain in our hearts.

4. "Murder on the Dance Floor", Sophie Ellis-Bextor

From the way she pronounced "dahhhnce floor" to her glittery green eyeshadow, everything about this song was iconic.
Polydor

From the way she pronounced "dahhhnce floor" to her glittery green eyeshadow, everything about this song was iconic.

5. "When You’re Gone", Mel C and Bryan Adams

I genuinely feel bad that the kids of today weren't blessed with the same calibre of singer as we were.
A&M

I genuinely feel bad that the kids of today weren't blessed with the same calibre of singer as we were.

6. "Dreams", Gabrielle

When they finally make the movie of my life, this song will play over every significant life change montage.
Go Beat

When they finally make the movie of my life, this song will play over every significant life change montage.

7. "Crazy Chick", Charlotte Church

Pre- Gavin Henson, post- classical music Charlotte was iconic in every way.
Sony BMG

Pre- Gavin Henson, post- classical music Charlotte was iconic in every way.

8. "Scandalous", Mis-Teeq

Destiny's Child who?
Telstar

Destiny's Child who?

9. "Dumb", The 411

A true Sing Star classic.
Sony Music

A true Sing Star classic.

10. "Colourblind", Darius

The kids of today may know him as an actor, they may have even seen that Pop Idol clip of his "Baby One More Time" cover, but have they heard this absolute banger??
Mercury

The kids of today may know him as an actor, they may have even seen that Pop Idol clip of his "Baby One More Time" cover, but have they heard this absolute banger??

11. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", Rachel Stevens

She was too good for S Club anyway.
Polydor

She was too good for S Club anyway.

12. "Dy-na-mi-tee", Ms Dynamite

Sing me every lyric or gtfo.
Polydor

Sing me every lyric or gtfo.

13. "It Feels So Good", Sonique

This was the song of the summer.
Phantom Sound

This was the song of the summer.

14. "Flowers", Sweet Female Attitude

Everything from about this music video, from the Clip Art flowers to the frosted eyeshadow, screams '00s.
WEA

Everything from about this music video, from the Clip Art flowers to the frosted eyeshadow, screams '00s.

15. "Anyone of Us", Gareth Gates

If you didn't speculate over whether this song was about Jordan, what were you even doing in 2002?
BMG

If you didn't speculate over whether this song was about Jordan, what were you even doing in 2002?

16. "21 Seconds", So Solid Crew

If you don't end up singing this every time you do karaoke, you can see yourself out.
Relentless

If you don't end up singing this every time you do karaoke, you can see yourself out.

17. "Power of a Woman", Eternal

The theme of every single one of my hen dos will be based on this song, and this song alone.
EMI

The theme of every single one of my hen dos will be based on this song, and this song alone.

18. "Look At Me", Geri Halliwell

I will never forgive Geri for abandoning the Spice Girls but I can't deny that she released some timeless classics.
EMI

I will never forgive Geri for abandoning the Spice Girls but I can't deny that she released some timeless classics.

19. "7 Days", Craig David

He may be back in the charts, but the children of today need to understand why he's here and what he did Monday-Sunday.
Wildstar

He may be back in the charts, but the children of today need to understand why he's here and what he did Monday-Sunday.

20. "Whole Again", Atomic Kitten

The hairstyle that all three of Atomic Kitten have in this video was the hairstyle of the '00s.
Virgin

The hairstyle that all three of Atomic Kitten have in this video was the hairstyle of the '00s.

21. "Pure Shores", All Saints

Back when girl groups were just allowed to dress comfy, this was an absolute tune.
London Records

Back when girl groups were just allowed to dress comfy, this was an absolute tune.

22. "Perfect Moment", Martine McCutcheon

If you only recognise Martine McCutcheon from Love Actually then shame on you.
Virgin

If you only recognise Martine McCutcheon from Love Actually then shame on you.

23. "Out Of Your Mind" True Steppers and Dane Bowers ft. Victoria Beckham

Idk why people say Victoria Beckham can't sing because ummmm she clearly can??
Virgin

Idk why people say Victoria Beckham can't sing because ummmm she clearly can??

24. "Ugly", Sugababes

Such a responsible message, such a poignant music video, SUCH A GOOD BAND.
Island

Such a responsible message, such a poignant music video, SUCH A GOOD BAND.

25. "Leave Right Now", Will Young

OK he clearly shouldn't have won Pop Idol. But "Leave Right Now" was a 10/10 tune and there's no denying it.
BMI

OK he clearly shouldn't have won Pop Idol. But "Leave Right Now" was a 10/10 tune and there's no denying it.

26. "Nu Flow", Big Brovaz

An absolute pre-drinking classic.
Sony

An absolute pre-drinking classic.

27. "These Words", Natasha Bedingfield

Everyone knows "Unwritten" because of The Hills but "These Words" was her best work. There, I said it.
Photogenic

Everyone knows "Unwritten" because of The Hills but "These Words" was her best work. There, I said it.

28. "I Turn To You", Melanie C

Legitimately the greatest song ever recorded.
Virgin

Legitimately the greatest song ever recorded.

29. "Reach", S Club 7

The only thing more perfect than the song itself is that rainbow dance move everyone used to do.
Polydor

The only thing more perfect than the song itself is that rainbow dance move everyone used to do.