- John Tavener is knighted in the New Year's Honours List.
- Gary Glitter is released from jail in January, two months before his sentence for sexual offences ends.
- January 1- At exactly midnight EST in New York City, Prince plays his classic song "1999" to celebrate the new century, and then vows to never play it again.
- January 14 - Rolling Stone reveals that the two children of Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Cypher, were fathered by David Crosby.
- January 18 - Spencer Goodman is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Bill is present for the execution.
- February 7 - Hip-Hop MC and multi-platinum selling artist Big Pun dies of an apparent heart attack at the age of 28.
- February 9 - The Million Dollar Hotel, a film co-written by U2 lead singer Bono, premieres at the 50th Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival). The film stars Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich.
- February 11 - Diana Ross divorces her husband of 14 years
- February 16 - The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage, premieres at the London Coliseum, performed by the English National Opera.
- February 23 - Israeli singer Ofra Haza died at age of 42. The cause being widely reported as organ failure or pneumonia, reportedly arising from HIV/AIDS complications.
- February 24 - Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilla SpA wins a lawsuit filed against The Spice Girls over a sponsorship deal that fell apart when Geri Halliwell left the group.
- February 23 - At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, in a shocking surprise Christina Aguilera wins Best New Artist besting pop rival Britney Spears.
- February 26 - Australian Rock 'n' Roll band AC/DC releases new studio album Stiff Upper Lip, their first since 1995's Ballbreaker.
- February 28 - Songwriter Stan Penrige files a lawsuit against the rock band KISS, the band's publishing company and Universal Music Group, claiming that he had not received millions of dollars in publishing royalties that he was owed for the song "Beth".
- March 1 - Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell dies of an apparent brain aneurysm.
- March 6 - Foxy Brown is injured in a car accident in Brooklyn, New York, in which her car hit a fence. Police discover that Brown was driving with a suspended driver license and order her to appear in court in April. Brown's license was suspended for failing to appear in court for a parking violation.
- March 13 - Blink-182 ends its European tour after singer & guitarist Tom Delonge and drummer Travis Barker succumb to strep throat.
- March 24 - After violating a prior probation agreement by getting drunk, Ol' Dirty Bastard is ordered to undergo a 90 day diagnostic evaluation at the California Institute For Men in Chino, California.
- March 28 - Jimmy Page wins a lawsuit filed against Ministry magazine. The magazine claimed that Page had contributed to the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham by wearing a Satanic robe and chanting spells while Bonham was dying and choking on his vomit. The magazine apologizes and offers to pay Page's legal bills. Page donates the money received from the case to the Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
- April 6 - Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, Sweet Honey, Elton John, Cassandra Wilson, Wynonna Judd, k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, and Mary Chapin Carpenter perform in New York as part of a tribute to Joni Mitchell.
- April 4 - Mick Jagger attends the opening of an arts center at Dartford Grammar School in southeast England which was named after him.
- April 12 - Metallica files a lawsuit against Napster, Yale University, University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana are later dropped from the suit when they block access to Napster on campus computers.
- April - *NSYNC breaks the previous record of 1.1 million with a 2.4 million debut of No Strings Attached, which is also the first album to sell over 800,000 copies at least 2 weeks.
- May 1 - A $1.8 million civil fraud lawsuit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer. The lawsuit charges that Young broke an agreement to have a biography written about him when he blocked the book's publication.
- May 4 - Letters To Cleo plays their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.
- May 5 - Rod Stewart undergoes an hour long throat operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California to remove a growth on his thyroid, which turns out to be benign.
- May 6 - John Mellencamp receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree as the commencement speaker for Indiana University's Class of 2000.
- May 13 - Eurovision Song Contest final in Sweden
- May 16 - Britney Spears's second LP, Oops!… I Did It Again sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, making it the highest debut by a female artist in US history.
- May 30 - Eminem's second LP, The Marshall Mathers LP sells 1.76 million copies on its debut week, becoming the fastest selling rap album ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Produced by Dr. Dre, the album breaks the previous record of 803,000 copies set by Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, also produced by Dr. Dre
- June 13 - Rock band Bon Jovi release their highly anticipated album Crush, their first album in almost five years.
- June 30 - Nine people are crushed to death during Pearl Jam's set at the Roskilde Festival, in Roskilde, Denmark.
- July 21 and July 22 - Oasis plays at Wembley Stadium. The first of this night is featured on the double CD and the DVD Familiar to Millions.
- August 20 - Skinny Puppy reunite for a concert at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden, Germany.
- September 7 - Rage Against the Machine's Tim Commerford is arrested for climbing on the set at MTV's Video Music Awards.
- September 18 - Madonna releases her album, Music, which hits number one on the album charts and becomes Madonna's first number one album since her 1989's Like a Prayer album.
- September 23 - Isaac Stern celebrates his 80th birthday together with his 40th anniversary as President of Carnegie Hall.
- October - The Beatles release a hardcover book version of The Beatles Anthology, containing newly published photos and interviews with band members. The book went straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.
- October 17 - Limp Bizkit release Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water selling over a million copies in it first week of release which broke the record for a rock album.
- October 18 - Zack de la Rocha leaves Rage Against the Machine saying that the band's decision making process has completely failed.
- October 24 - Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory.
- 3–5 November - The fourth Terrastock festival is held in Seattle.
- 16–21 November - The Backstreet Boys embarks on 6 continents in just 100 hours.
- December 2 - The Backstreet Boys debuts with 1.6 million with Black & Blue and becomes the first artists in history to achieve back-to-back million-plus first week sales. Also sells 5 million worldwide and sets a record for the best International Sales Week in History.
- December - Tripp Eisen formerly of Dope replaces Koichi Fukuda in Static-X.
- December 2 - The Smashing Pumpkins played what was to be their final concert at the Metro Club in Chicago. The band has since returned and they continue to perform live.
- December 5- Daft Punk's "One More Time" is released and made #61 on the US Hot 100 songs.
- December 22 - Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sting, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
- The latest Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released to much critical acclaim. The film and its T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack ignite a new found popularity of traditional American folk music and bluegrass.
- Ned's Atomic Dustbin reunites by doing a couple shows.
- Deporitaz releases Outsmart his first album, on MP3.com.
- Koichi Fukuda leaves Static-X because of extensive touring, loss of family time and to pursue other musical opportunities.
- Frank Delgado officially joins Deftones.
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Top hits on record
- "Absolutely Everybody" - Vanessa Amorosi (January 2000)
- "Adam's Song" - Blink 182
- "Again" - Lenny Kravitz
- "All the Small Things" - Blink-182(January 18)
- "Babylon" - David Gray
- "Beautiful Day" - U2 (October 9/10)
- "Be With You - Enrique Iglesias
- "Bent" - Matchbox Twenty (July 4(U.S.)
- "Black Coffee" - All Saints (October 2)
- "Bohemian Like You" - The Dandy Warhols
- "Boyz-N-The-Hood" - Dynamite Hack
- "Breathe" - Faith Hill (November 1999)
- "Bye Bye Bye" - 'N Sync
- "The Call" - Backstreet Boys
- "Case of the Ex" - Mya
- "Californication" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (June 19)
- "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)" - Christina Aguilera (September 26)
- "Coming Around" - Travis (June 5)
- "Day & Night" - Billie Piper (May 15)
- "Don't Say You Love Me" - M2M (January 2000)
- "Disillusion" - Badly Drawn Boy
- "Freestyler" - Bomfunk MC's
- "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" - Britney Spears (February 1 [US] - February 22 [Aus])
- "Get Off" - Dandy Warhols
- "Go Let It Out" - Oasis (7 February)
- "Graduation (Friends Forever)" - Vitamin C (July 4)
- "He Loves U Not"- Dream (band) (September 12(U.S.)
- "He Wasn't Man Enough" - Toni Braxton
- "I Try" - Macy Gray (27 September 1999 (UK))
- "If You're Gone" - Matchbox Twenty
- "Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment" - Hélène Ségara
- "Independent Women Part I" - Destiny's Child (October 10, 2000, November 21, 2000 (U.S.)
- "It's Gonna Be Me" - 'N Sync
- "It's My Life" - Bon Jovi (May 23)
- "It's So Hard"" - Big Pun (April 17)
- "It Wasn't Me" - Shaggy feat. Rikrok
- "Kids" - Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue (October 9)
- "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down
- "Last Resort" - Papa Roach
- "Life Is a Rollercoaster" - Ronan Keating (July 10)
- "Long Way Around" - Eagle Eye Cherry and Neneh Cherry
- "Loser (3 Doors Down song)" - 3 Doors Down
- "Lucky" - Britney Spears (August 4 [UK] August 15 [US])
- "Mama Told Me Not to Come" - Tom Jones and the Stereophonics
- "Maria Maria" - Santana (January 25)
- "The Masses Against The Classes" - Manic Street Preachers (January 10)
- "Miserable" - Lit
- "Miss You Love" - Silverchair (September 1999)
- "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" - Eels (14 February (UK))
- "Music" - Madonna (August 21)
- "My Generation" - Limp Bizkit (September 2000)
- "Oops!... I Did It Again" - Britney Spears (April 25 [US], May 1 [UK])
- "Otherside" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Parle-moi" - Isabelle Boulay
- "Pinch Me" - Bare Naked Ladies
- "Pure Shores" - All Saints (February 26)
- "Rise" - Gabrielle (January 24(UK) May 2(U.S.))
- "Rock DJ" - Robbie Williams (July 31)
- "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" - P.O.D.
- "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" - Limp Bizkit (September, 2000)
- "Say My Name - Destiny's Child (February 29(U.S.), May 16(UK)
- "7 Days" - Craig David
- "17 Again" - Eurythmics (January 2000)
- "School of Hard Knocks" - P.O.D.
- "Sex Bomb" - Tom Jones featuring Mousse T.
- "Shape of My Heart" - Backstreet Boys
- "Something Deep Inside" - Billie Piper (September 18)
- "Southtown" - P.O.D.
- "Still" - Macy Gray (March 13(UK), May 16(U.S.)
- "Stronger" - Britney Spears (November 13 (EUR) December 4 [UK], November 30 [US]
- "Sunday Morning Call" - Oasis (3 July)
- "Thank God I Found You" - Mariah Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees (January 25 (U.S.), February 28(UK))
- "Thank You For Loving Me" - Bon Jovi (December)
- "The Bad Touch" - Bloodhound Gang (May 1999)
- "The Great Beyond" - R.E.M. (November 1999(US), January 24, 2000 (UK))
- "There She Goes" - Sixpence None the Richer
- "There You Go" - Pink (February 8(U.S.))
- "This time around" - Hanson
- "Trouble" - Coldplay (October 26)
- "Try Again" - Aaliyah
- "Yellow" - Coldplay (26 June)
- "Spinning Around" - Kylie Minogue (June 2000)
- "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" - D'Angelo
See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 2000 (USA)
Top 5 Selling Albums of the Billboard Year
- Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
- Faith Hill - Breathe
- 'N Sync - No Strings Attached (Currently Still holds the record for Best-selling Album sold in a single week (2.41 million), and the most sold in one day (over 1 million).
- Santana - Supernatural
- Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again
Top 20 selling albums of the year (Soundscan)
- 'N Sync - No Strings Attached, 9,936,104 copies
- Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP, 7,921,107 copies
- Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again, 7,893,544 copies
- Creed - Human Clay, 6,587,834 copies
- Santana - Supernatural, 5,857,824 copies
- Beatles - 1, 5,068,300 copies
- Nelly - Country Grammar, 5,067,529 copies
- Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue, 4,289,865 copies
- Dr. Dre - Dr. Dre 2001, 3,992,311 copies
- Destiny's Child - The Writing's on the Wall, 3,802,165 copies
- 3 Doors Down - The Better Life, 3,800,515 copies
- Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera, 3,768,441 copies
- Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, 3,744,561 copies
- Dixie Chicks - Fly, 3,520,469 copies
- Sisqó - Unleash the Dragon, 3,493,269 copies
- Faith Hill - Breathe, 3,365,926 copies
- Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music, Volume 5 (U.S. series), 3,155,083 copies
- DMX - And Then There Was X, 3,093,579 copies
- Kid Rock - Devil Without a Cause, 2,804,158 copies
- Papa Roach - Infest, 2,707,954 copies
- January 16 - Gene Harris (67)
- February 4 - Doris Coley (59), the Shirelles
- February 7 - Big Punisher (28), heart attack
- February 12 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins (70), U.S. vocal artist
- February 23 - Ofra Haza (42), Singer
- February 28 - George Siravo (83), US arranger and saxophonist
- March 1 - Dennis Danell, Social Distortion (38), brain aneurysm
- March 7 - Pee Wee King (86), heart attack on February 28.
- March 20 - Gene "Eugene" Andrusco (38), actor, singer; brain aneurysm
- March 27 - Ian Dury (57), English rock musician
- April 27 - Vicki Sue Robinson (45), US disco singer
- May 20 - Jean Pierre Rampal (78), flautist
- July 24 - Oscar Shumsky (83), violinist
- August 13 - Nazia Hassan (34), Iconic PakistaniSinger
- September 21 - Bengt Hambraeus (72), composer for organ
- September 26 - Carl Sigman (91), songwriter
- October 3 - Benjamin Orr (53), bassist, vocalist for American rock group The Cars
- October 10 - Julie London (74), US singer and actress
- October 27 - Winston Grennan (56), Jamaican drummer
- October 28 - Carlos Guastavino (78), composer
- October 30 - Steve Allen (78), comedian, composer, talk show host, author
- November 8 - Brian Boydell (83), Irish composer
- November 8 - Dick Morrissey (60), UK tenor saxophonist; cancer
- November 12 - Stanley Turrentine (64), US tenor saxophonist; stroke
- November 16 - DJ Screw (29), hip-hop DJ
- December 18 - Kirsty McColl (41), English singer songwriter,
- December 24 - Nick Massi (65), bass singer for the pop band The Four Seasons
- Robert Rental - Industrial music innovator; cancer
- Dave Peverett - Foghat
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