As Generation Z sparked a resurgence in the charts for

As Generation Z sparked a resurgence in the charts for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Natasha Bedingfield, we take a look at the noughties icons who were given a second chance at success after being 'discovered' by the Zoomers

We may have just reached the year 2024, but after a quick look at the music charts you might think it's 2004.

In recent weeks, the Top 40 has been flooded with a resurgence of hits from the 2000s as Generation Z discovers songs that Millennials have long loved.

Outrageous film Saltburn gave Sophie Ellis-Bextor an unlikely boost after her iconic track “Murder on the Dancefloor” was used in the psychological thriller's full-frontal final scene.

At the same time, fellow 2000s pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield is making another attempt at number one after her 2004 hit “Unwritten” was featured in Sydney Sweeney's romantic comedy Anyone But You.

Now Web takes a look at the other icons of the noughties who made a comeback and are benefiting from their new audience with Generation Z.

As Generation Z sparked a resurgence in the charts for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Natasha Bedingfield, we take a look at the noughties icons who were given a second chance at success after being 'discovered' by the Zoomers

As Generation Z sparked a resurgence in the charts for Sophie Ellis-Bextor (left) and Natasha Bedingfield, we take a look at the noughties icons who were given a second chance at success

Just as his sister Natasha began to storm the charts, Daniel Bedingfield also announced a long-awaited comeback, 23 years after the release of Gotta Get Thru This (pictured in 2005).

Just as his sister Natasha began to storm the charts, Daniel Bedingfield also announced a long-awaited comeback, 23 years after the release of Gotta Get Thru This (pictured in 2005).

New Zealand-born Daniel became a household name in the early 2000s and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his chart-topping single with a new tour

New Zealand-born Daniel became a household name in the early 2000s and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his chart-topping single with a new tour

Daniel Bedingfield

Just as his sister Natasha began to storm the charts, Daniel Bedingfield also announced a long-awaited comeback, 23 years after the release of his debut single Gotta Get Thru This, which reached number one in the charts.

New Zealand-born Daniel became a household name in the early 2000s after capitalizing on the rise of British garage by releasing a number of hit singles, including two number one hits, and a best-selling debut album, the was named after his first hit.

But fans of the enigmatic star have been hungry for new material over the past twenty years, and Daniel, now 44, released the second of his two albums in 2004, entitled Second First Impression.

Announcing the news to his Instagram followers on Tuesday, he wrote: “I'm delighted to announce a series of shows in the UK this April to celebrate the 20+ year anniversary of 'Gotta Get Thru This'… Sign Up Register now for pre-sale access via the link in my bio!'

The singer and musician will be performing tracks from the album – including hits “James Dean (I Wanna Know)” and “If You're Not The One” – in London, Birmingham and Manchester throughout April.

The mini-tour – consisting of three shows and featuring a yet-to-be-announced special guest – will be Daniel's first since 2005, which he undertook just over a year after a car accident nearly took his life.

After an accident in his native New Zealand while visiting his parents over Christmas, Daniel sustained a series of head and neck injuries.

N-Dubz

The hip-hop trio N-Dubz, consisting of Dappy (36), his cousin Tulisa (35) and Fazer (36), achieved cult status as a band that united high school cliques in the noughties (pictured 2008)

The hip-hop trio N-Dubz, consisting of Dappy (36), his cousin Tulisa (35) and Fazer (36), achieved cult status as a band that united high school cliques in the noughties (pictured 2008)

Originally formed in 2000, they launched a successful career and gained a new legion of fans when they released the comeback single

Originally formed in 2000, they launched a successful career and gained a new legion of fans when they released the comeback single “Charmer” in May 2022 (pictured in 2023).

They achieved cult status as a band that united high school cliques in the noughties.

So former nerds, emos and chavs across the country rejoiced when N-Dubz announced they were reforming.

The English hip-hop trio, consisting of Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, 36, and his cousin Tulisa, 35, and Fazer, real name Richard Rawson, 36, also managed to gain a new legion of fans when they Single Charmer celebrated their comeback in May 2022.

They originally formed in 2000 and launched a successful career, with their two albums, Uncle B and Against All Odds, going platinum in the UK.

In 2009 they reached number one in the UK singles charts with “Number One”, a collaboration with Tinchy Stryder.

Before winning four MOBO awards; Best Newcomer 2007, Best Album and Best Act 2009 and Best Song 2010 for their single Playing with Fire.

They also won an O2 Silver Clef Award in 2009 and were nominated for Best British Single at the 2010 BRITs.

Sugababes

Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy originally formed the pop group in 1998, but have undergone numerous line-up changes over the years (pictured in 2001).

Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy originally formed the pop group in 1998, but have undergone numerous line-up changes over the years (pictured in 2001).

Fans went into a frenzy when The Sugababes announced they would be returning with their original line-up after a 21-year hiatus (pictured in 2023).

Fans went into a frenzy when The Sugababes announced they would be returning with their original line-up after a 21-year hiatus (pictured in 2023).

Fans went into a frenzy when The Sugababes announced they would be returning with their original line-up after a 21-year hiatus.

Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy originally formed the pop group in 1998, but experienced numerous line-up changes over the years, with all three original members eventually being replaced.

Siobhan left in 2001 and was replaced by Heidi Range, Mutya left in 2005 and was replaced by Amelle Berrabah and Keisha was replaced by Jade Ewan when she left in 2009.

The replacement members stopped making music in 2011.

In 2022, the group announced their reunion, with Mutya, Keisha and Siobhán making an epic comeback to the Avalon stage at Glastonbury, blowing fans away with classics such as 'Round Round'.

The performance was such a success that festival security forces were forced to close the field as large numbers of people gathered to watch.

Girls loudly

Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding and Cheryl took their first break in 2009 before finally splitting in 2013 (pictured 20025)

Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding and Cheryl took their first break in 2009 before finally splitting in 2013 (pictured 20025)

Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola and Kimberley embarked on a tour to mark the 21st anniversary since she and the late Sarah Harding won Popstars: The Rivals

Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola and Kimberley embarked on a tour to mark the 21st anniversary since she and the late Sarah Harding won Popstars: The Rivals

As the highest-grossing girl group of the 21st century in the UK, Girls Aloud's singles were likely already familiar to Generation Z.

But many will now get the chance to see them live after they announced their reunion for a greatest hits tour.

Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh plan to tour in May and June 2024 to mark this month, which marks the 21st anniversary since they and the late Sarah Harding won Popstars: The Rivals.

The group hasn't recorded any new music, but simply wants to celebrate their back catalog.

Cheryl revealed they had been discussing the plans for some time, but put the idea on hold when Sarah – who died in September 2021 – was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said in a statement: “Now I think there's an energy that makes it feel right.” It's the right time to celebrate Sarah, it's the right time to celebrate the band and the It's a good time to celebrate the fact that we can still do this 21 years later. “This is a great honor in many ways.”

Aqua

Aqu's theme tune Barbie Girl was a No. 1 hit in 14 countries (pictured: Lene Nystrøm, René Dif, spiky-haired keyboardist Søren Rasted and guitarist Claus Norree in 1997)

Aqu's theme tune Barbie Girl was a No. 1 hit in 14 countries (pictured: Lene Nystrøm, René Dif, spiky-haired keyboardist Søren Rasted and guitarist Claus Norree in 1997)

Lene, René and Søren made a comeback last year with the box office success of the Barbie film and their collaboration on the remix song (pictured in February).

Lene, René and Søren made a comeback last year with the box office success of the Barbie film and their collaboration on the remix song (pictured in February).

With Barbie officially the biggest movie of 2023, it wasn't surprising to see a sudden resurgence in Aqua's 1997 hit Barbie Girl.

The signature song was a No. 1 hit in 14 countries upon its release and proved just as catchy upon its re-emergence.

The Danish group, consisting of singers René Dif and Lene Nystrøm, keyboardist Søren Rasted and guitarist Claus Norreen, also collaborated with Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice for a remixed version of their hit on the film's soundtrack.

The song debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Aqua's second single to reach the top 10.

Formed in 1989, the band also benefited from their return to the spotlight and went on a world tour.

Caught

Busted's Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne reunited last year for a 20th anniversary tour with 14 dates across the country (pictured in 2002).

Busted's Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne reunited last year for a 20th anniversary tour with 14 dates across the country (pictured in 2002).

Formed in 2000, the pop trio had four UK number one singles and won two BRIT Awards before splitting up in 2005 (pictured in 2023).

Formed in 2000, the pop trio had four UK number one singles and won two BRIT Awards before splitting up in 2005 (pictured in 2023).

Last year, Busted announced their reunion with a 15-show tour and a new album.

The Year 3000 band, consisting of Charlie Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis, reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Formed in 2000, the pop trio had four UK number one singles and won two BRIT Awards before splitting up in 2005.

After the split, the members pursued their own unique career paths.

Charlie founded the metal band Fightstar and also enjoyed moderate success as a solo artist.

Matt pursued a career in television after winning I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2006 and subsequently married his wife Emma in 2008 before helping to found McBusted in 2013.

Meanwhile, James formed the ill-fated pop-punk band Son Of Dork and later wrote three musicals.

Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie was beaten to first place by Daniel Bedingfield's Gotta Get Thru This when Murder on the Dancefloor was originally released in 2001 (pictured in the music video).

Sophie was beaten to first place by Daniel Bedingfield's Gotta Get Thru This when Murder on the Dancefloor was originally released in 2001 (pictured in the music video).

The incredible film Saltburn gave Sophie an unlikely boost after her iconic title was used in the psychological thriller's full-frontal final scene (pictured: Barry Keoghan).

The incredible film Saltburn gave Sophie an unlikely boost after her iconic title was used in the psychological thriller's full-frontal final scene (pictured: Barry Keoghan).

Sophie was beaten to the top spot by Daniel Bedingfield's “Gotta Get Thru This” when Murder on the Dancefloor was originally released in 2001.

But more than two decades later, the song rose up the Spotify charts, mirroring its original success, thanks to the singer's discovery by Generation Z.

Following her recent chart success, it was announced last week that Sophie had secured a major deal with her old record label.

The hit also gave the singer her first taste of success in the lucrative American market – something friends of the star say left her “amazed”.

During the pandemic, Sophie – daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis – became a sensation after dancing in her kitchen and posting clips on social media.

This led to her releasing an album called Songs From The Kitchen Disco and also landed her a deal with the BBC, who broadcast a playlist of hers every week on their Sounds app.

Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha's song

Natasha's song “Unwritten”, released in 2004 and enjoying chart success on both sides of the Atlantic, has once again caught the attention of music fans

The soundtrack song “Anyone But You” is trending on TikTok as people use it in their videos (pictured: Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powel).

The soundtrack song “Anyone But You” is trending on TikTok as people use it in their videos (pictured: Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powel).

Natasha's song “Unwritten”, released in 2004 and enjoying chart success on both sides of the Atlantic, has once again caught the attention of music fans.

The soundtrack song “Anyone But You” is trending on TikTok as people use it in their videos. This brought it back to the attention of the masses and gave the star her first UK hit since her 2007 song “Love Like This”, which she collaborated on with Sean Kingston and reached number 20.

Talking about her music's comeback on social media, the musician said: “I've had songs in films before, but this time I really love the way they've been used in such a special way that it brings you joy.”

She added: “People actually sing it when they leave the theater!” Over the years, “Unwritten” has somehow become a hymn to sing at the top of your lungs. That makes me the happiest girl in the world.'

Reality TV fans will also be familiar with Natasha's song “Unwritten” when it was used as the theme song for the MTV show “The Hills” from 2006 to 2010.