MAX’s Ultimate Noughties Starlets

The early noughties saw an explosion of female acts topping the charts. Following in the footsteps of singers like Alanis Morissette and Lisa Loeb, these solo starlets dominated radio airplay. Below are just three of our favourite forgotten songstresses of the 2000s; get acquainted with them before our Top 25 00s Starlets countdown on Monday at 9am AEST.


Armed with coloured sunglasses and a soulful voice, Anastacia dominated the charts in the early 2000s. Having released the platinum selling album Not That Kind in 2000, Anastacia quickly followed up with Freak of Nature in 2001. Together, the albums contained hits like ‘I’m Outta Love’ and ‘One Day In Your Life’, but it was her self-titled record in 2004 that became her most successful album to date. Anastacia included the mega-hit ‘Left Outside Alone’, which was the second best-selling single in Australia for the year and remained atop the European Billboard charts for a staggering 15 weeks. Anastacia has gone on to reinvent herself & release four more albums, though never finding the same success.

Holly Valance

Following in the tried and tested path of soap star to popstar, Holly Valance left Ramsay Street and released her album Footprints in 2002. Having been a staple character on Neighbours since she was a teenager, the risk paid off with Footprints producing three successful singles in ‘Down Boy’, ‘Naughty Girl’ and ‘Kiss Kiss’. The latter went to number one on the ARIA charts, as well as topping the singles charts in both Turkey and the UK. Valance went on to release a second album in State Of Mind, and starred in a string of Hollywood films & television shows, including Prison Break. These days, she is a judge for reality competition show Shopaholic Showdown, and has even hinted at a possible return to Neighbours.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

With ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, Sophie Ellis-Bextor created an instant classic. The music video and lyrics were deliciously camp, skyrocketing the song to be a top ten hit in multiple countries. Interestingly, the song was never released as a physical single in the US, and as a result did not chart there. This had little effect on the overall success of the track, which was the most played song in Europe for 2002. The music video sees Ellis-Bextor don green eyeshadow & take out her competitors in a dance competition through any means necessary, cheating and seducing and poisoning her way to victory.

Where will these artists fall in Monday’s countdown? And who would you love to see represented? Tune in to MAX at 9am AEST on Monday the 13th of May to find out who our ultimate noughties starlet is.