Mainstream pop music enjoyed continued success, taking on more influences from hip-hop, R&B and electronica. Electronica and dance music grew more sophisticated as the decade went on. Big beat, house, drum and bass, ambient and IDM continued to be evolve. Dubstep emerged in the middle of the decade and went on to become hugely popular. Electronica and indie rock began to have more of an impact on the mainstream in the late 2000s.
Cerebral underground hip-hop provided an alternative to flashy Gangster Rap. Scene, or 'Emo' culture emerged in the mid-2000s, turning the pop punk and nu metal of the 1990s into post-hardcore. Metal itself continued to divide into countless subgenres. Indie and hipster culture gave birth to genres such as Electroclash and the Post-Punk revival, and later renaissances in Psychedelic, Garage Rock, Shoegaze and Folk Rock. Many artists straddled more than one of these movements.
Portable music devices and online downloads changed the way music was consumed, with people often opting to purchase singles instead of full albums. There has been some debate over the naming of the decade, which has been referred to as the zeros, the oh-ohs, the 2000s the aughts, and the naughties. 00s 00's '00s 00s rock best songs of the 00s 00s pop 00s alternative 00s metal 00s folk artists 00s country favourite 00s 00s indie best of 00s early 00s 00s rnb 00s dance 00s hip hop 00s pop rock 00s soul 00s hits dance 00s 00s hard rock 00s folk decade: 00s australian 00s 00s hip-hop late 00s 90s-00s 00s emo 00s techno