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Essential songs and artists of 2001

A critical ranking of the top artists and songs of the year

Artist of the Year

Kylie Minogue

  • Dido
  • Emma Bunton
  • Everything But the Girl
  • Leona Naess

Breakthrough Artist of the Year


  • Alicia Keys
  • Diana Krall
  • Emma Bunton
  • Leona Naess

Song of the Year

Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head

  • ATB, Wild Strawberries – Hold You
  • Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U
  • Dido – Here With Me
  • Missy Elliott – Get UR Freak On

Remix of the Year

Everything But the Girl – Temperamental (Hex Hector & Mac Quayle Remix)

  • Bush – Letting the Cables Sleep (The N.O.W. Remix)
  • Delerium – Innocente (Falling in Love) (DJ Tiesto Remix) (feat. Leigh Nash)
  • Tamia – Stranger In My House (Thunderpuss Remix)
  • Usher – U Got It Bad (Soulpower Remix)

Top 20 songs of 2001

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