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- January 1.1
- February 1.2
- March 1.3
- April–May 1.4
- June 1.5
- July 1.6
- August 1.7
- September 1.8
- October 1.9
- November–December 1.10
- Also in 2001 1.11
- Bands formed 2
- Bands disbanded 3
- Bands reformed 4
Albums released 5
- January – March 5.1
- April – June 5.2
- July – September 5.3
- October – December 5.4
- Release Date Unknown 5.5
- Top 5 Selling Albums of Billboard Year 6
- Top 10 Best Selling Albums 2001 (Soundscan) 7
- Popular songs 8
- Classical music 9
- Opera 10
- Musical theater 11
- Musical films 12
- Deaths 13
- ARIA Music Awards 14.1
- Grammy Awards 14.2
- Juno Awards 14.3
- Eurovision Song Contest 14.4
- Mercury Music Prize 14.5
- MTV Video Music Awards 14.6
- References 15
- January 9 – Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player.
- January 12 - January 21 – Rock in Rio 3 is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Headlining acts consist of Sting, R.E.M., 'N Sync, Iron Maiden, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a new line-up of Guns N' Roses.
- January 17 – Bass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica after 14 years with the band.
- January 20 – At the American Music Awards, the Backstreet Boys perform their hit single Larger than Life, during the performance they're surprisingly joined on stage by 'N Sync. It is the only time that the two rival boy bands performed on the same stage together at the same time.
- January 26 – A crowd crush occurs during the a set by Limp Bizkit at the Sydney Big Day Out music festival. Jessica Michalik is killed and the band subsequently leaves the country after threats to their safety.
- February 1 – CFXJ (Flow 93.5), Canada's first urban music station, goes to air for the first time as a testing signal (its official debut is on March 1.) This is considered a breakthrough for Canadian hip hop and R&B musicians.
- February 6 – Don Felder is fired from the Eagles. Felder sues the band for wrongful termination, and is countersued by Don Henley and Glenn Frey for breach of contract. The suits are settled out of court.
- February 13 – Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.
- February 17 – Manic Street Preachers become the first western rock band to play in Cuba. (Fidel Castro is in attendance.) They did not tour however, meaning that the unsigned British rock band Sandstone Veterans are the only band from the western world to tour Cuba.
- February 18 – James Taylor weds for the third time, marrying Caroline "Kim" Smedvig, director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- February 28 – Courtney Love sues to get out of her contract with Vivendi Universal, on the grounds that music industry contracts are unfairly long compared to those in other industries.
- Childhelp USA, USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day and the Native American organization Hecel Oyakapi.
- March 8 – Melanie Chisholm announces she does not intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls. Although the group denies it is splitting, it would not be active again until 2007.
- Janet Jackson's single "All for You" breaks several airplay records, becoming the first song to be added to every station in three mainstream radio formats within its first week of release. It was also the highest debut for a single not commercially available in both the United States and France, and the highest debut and largest opening airplay figure on the Radio Songs chart.
- Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for Kiss as the band continues its farewell tour in Yokohama, Japan. Singer dons the "Catman" make-up, ending the band's tradition of creating new make-up and personas for replacement members.
- March 14 – The Court of Appeals in Rome finds Michael Jackson "not guilty" of plagiarism, reversing a decision made in 1999 by a lower court. Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi had claimed that Jackson's "Will You Be There" was a copy of his song "I Cigni Di Balaka."
- March 16 – Sean "Puffy" Combs is acquitted on all charges stemming from a December 1999 nightclub shooting in Manhattan. However, an artist on his Bad Boy Records label, Shyne, is convicted of two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment and gun possession.
- March 24 – John Connolly of Sevendust marries Lori Kirkley.
- Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 replaces Max Bruch's violin concerto at #1 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
- Two super-mega hit albums : Hikaru Utada's Distance and Ayumi Hamasaki's A Best are released on exactly the same date. Their debut week sales are 3,002,720 and 2,874,870, respectively, setting the world's #1 and #2 one-week album sales records.
- March 31 – Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were fired and banned for life from Hollywood's Bel Air Hotel and arrested and jailed after destroying their room. Property that was allegedly damaged included a TV and two doors. According to hotel workers, the walls and carpets were also stained by alcohol. The hotel closed down the room for five days for repairs.
- April 3 – Mariah Carey signs a blockbuster contract with Virgin Records, worth $80 million for four albums.
- April 4 – Original Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent reunite for a two-part performance at London's Jazz Cafe, the first time the two had performed together in over 30 years.
- April 14 - Janet Jackson's "All for You" reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains atop the chart for seven non-consecutive weeks. It becomes the longest reigning hit of the year.
- April 15 - The Dutch DJ Tiësto releases his first solo album, In My Memory, on Black Hole Recordings.
- April 21 – The first Top Chinese Music Awards ceremony is held.
- April 24 – Janet Jackson releases her seventh studio album, All for You. It becomes her fifth consecutive album to open at number one, with sales exceeding 600,000 copies. It receives three Grammy Award nominations, winning for Best Dance Recording.
- May 1
- May 12 – Joey Fatone of 'N Sync injures his leg in a trap door during rehearsals for the new tour.
- May 15 – Charley Pride's A Tribute to Jim Reeves is the first compact disc to have copy protection, 80's band The Go Go's release there first album in 17 years:"God Bless The Go Go's
- May 22 – Mötley Crüe publishes their collective autobiography The Dirt.
- June 2 – Christina Aguilera scores her fourth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 for "Lady Marmalade" a collaboration with Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink. The video wins the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
- June 9 – Madonna kicks off her first concert tour in 8 years, the Drowned World Tour, in Barcelona, Spain.
- June 12 – Blink-182 release their fourth studio album Take Off Your Pants And Jacket which would later sell 14 million copies worldwide. This was the bands second successful album. Electric Light Orchestra release Zoom, their first album in 15 years.
- June 15 – Bad Religion drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been with the band since 1991, is forced to give up music after experiencing a "most unfortunate career-ending injury". This leads to his leaving Bad Religion for good; he is replaced by current dummer Brooks Wackerman. By this time, Bad Religion were dropped from Atlantic Records and had returned to their original label Epitaph, and founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz had just rejoined the band after a 7-year hiatus.
- June 16 – The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 9th Annual of the Weenie Roast show with Blink-182, Coldplay, Crazy Town, The Cult, Disturbed, Jane's Addiction, Linkin Park, The Living End, New Found Glory, Pennywise, Papa Roach, Stabbing Westward, Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Sum 41 and 311.
- June 19 - Gorillaz release their self-titled debut album, Gorillaz.
- June 24 - Jazz pianist John Hicks marries flautist Elise Wood.
- July 2
- July 7 - Janet Jackson begins her All for You Tour.
- July 9 – Backstreet Boys put their Black & Blue summer tour on hold to allow A. J. McLean to enter a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcoholism and depression.
- July 10 - Dream Street bursts onto the music scene with the release of their debut album Dream Street
- July 19 – Ol' Dirty Bastard is sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for drug possession.
- July 24 - NSYNC releases their third studio album (second under Jive Records) Celebrity
- July 25 – Mariah Carey checks into a hospital for what a spokesperson terms "extreme exhaustion". Carey had exhibited several incidents of bizarre behavior during the previous week, including performing a strange striptease during an unscheduled visit to MTV's Total Request Live and posting a rambling message on her Web site in which she wrote, "I don't know what's going on with life".
- August 3 – Whitney Houston signs the largest contract in music history with Arista Records, a six-album deal worth over $100 million.
- August 6 – Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is released from prison after serving five years of a nine-year sentence for a parole violation.
- August 7 - Aaron Carter comes back with his third studio album (second under Jive Records) Oh Aaron
- August 13 – Two weeks before its official release, Spider One of Powerman 5000 pulls Anyone for Doomsday? off the market because it sounds too much like their previous release Tonight the Stars Revolt!. Later he releases the album on their website. Two months later, Al 3 & Dorian 27 leave the band.
- August 15 – Wilco signs a buy-out deal with Reprise Records after the label rejects the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album and the band refuses to make any changes. Wilco leaves with the rights to the album in their possession.
- August 25 – A Cessna 402 aircraft carrying 9 people, including R&B singer Aaliyah, crashes in the Bahamas, killing all aboard.
- September 4 – The second studio album from Armenian-American band System of a Down, Toxicity, is released worldwide. After the 9/11 attacks, the single "Chop Suey!" is put on the list of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel.
- PETA. Nevertheless, MTV named the performance as the most memorable moment in VMA history.
- September 7 and 10 – The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special tribute concerts are held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- September 10 – Blink-182 start shooting a video for "Stay Together for the Kids", featuring the band playing in a derelict house. When they try to finish the video the following day, the 9–11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City occur, and the band abandon the attempt and decide to shoot a different video for the song.
- September 11 – The September 11 attacks result in the cancellation or postponement of many musical events, due to the halting of many commercial flights and the somber mood of communities around the world. MTV and VH1 suspend regular programming to carry a newsfeed from CBS, and the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards broadcast is canceled. Sting, who had planned to stream a performance in Italy on the Internet, reduces the Webcast to one song, "Fragile". The MuchMusic Video Awards scheduled for September 23 are also canceled. Gerard Way witnesses the attacks and is inspired to start a band, which later becomes My Chemical Romance.
- September 14 – Clear Channel Communications issues a controversial memorandum to its radio stations containing a list of 165 songs considered "lyrically questionable" in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The list includes "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", all songs by Rage Against the Machine and John Lennon's "Imagine".
- September 21 – America: A Tribute to Heroes airs uninterrupted on all major networks. The solemn concert, only 10 days after the September 11 attacks, included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Celine Dion, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, and others.
- September 25 – XM Satellite Radio is launched.
- September 29 – Jennifer Lopez weds back-up dancer Cris Judd. The marriage would end in June 2002.
- October 6
- October 9 – The first CD in the Kidz Bop series, consisting of Top 40 hits sung by children, is released.
- October 10 – Heavy metal band Anthrax issues a press release in response to the 2001 anthrax attacks jokingly stating that they will be changing the name of the group to "Basket Full of Puppies". It concludes, "we don't want to change the name of the band, not because it would be a pain in the ass, but because we hope that no further negative events will happen and it won't be necessary. We hope and pray that this problem goes away quietly and we all grow old and fat together." The band has reported increased traffic to their website due to Internet users going to anthrax.com looking for information about the disease.
- October 12 – Wes Borland leaves Limp Bizkit.
- October 16 – Michael Jackson releases special editions of his albums Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
- The Concert for New York City airs on VH1, with performances by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi The Who, Billy Joel and others.
- Drew Carey with performances by Edgar Winter Group, Mark Farner, Jack Blades, John Waite, The Knack, Eddie Money, Peter Frampton, Survivor, Kansas, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others.
- United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert is held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., with performances by Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, James Brown, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and others.
- Volunteers For America benefit concert is held at Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas, MC was Drew Carey with performances by Edgar Winter Group, Mark Farner, Jack Blades, John Waite, The Knack, Eddie Money, Peter Frampton, Survivor, Kansas, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, and others.
- The Backstreet Boys release their first compilation album The Hits: Chapter One
- The first iPod is released by Apple Inc.
- Incubus releases their third full-length major label album entitled Morning View. It debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at the #2 spot (266,000 copies were sold in its first week). This was the highest ever placement for Incubus. At the same time, "Wish You Were Here" was at #2 on the Modern Rock Charts, and "Drive" sat at #48 on the Hot 100 chart.
- October 25 – Quarashi performs a live concert with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (the band, Botnleðja also performed) in the Háskólabíó in Reykjavík, Iceland, which is notable for being the first time that a rap act performed a live concert with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Quarashi perform seven songs from their (at the time) upcoming album, Jinx.
- October 30 - Michael Jackson releases Invincible, which debuts at number one.
- October 31 - Britney Spears comes back to the music scene with the release of her third studio album Britney
- The governing body of the UK Singles Chart, Chart Information Network Ltd. (CIN), changes its name to The Official UK Charts Company.
- Britney Spears starts her Dream Within a Dream Tour, in support her self-titled third studio album. The tour was accompanied by many extravagant special effect including a water screen that pumped two tons of water into the stage during the encore. The tour was commercial success, all the venues on the 2001 leg are largely sold out and grossed $43.7 million from 68 show.
- November 5 – In the UK, BMG becomes the first major label to release a compact disc with copy protection, Natalie Imbruglia's White Lilies Island. Within two weeks BMG announces they will re-issue the disc without the copy protection, due to complaints from consumers who were unable to play the CDs in their personal computers.
- November 6 – Britney Spears' third album, Britney debuts at #1, making her the first female artist to have her first three albums enter the US charts at #1. The soundtrack album of the Nickelodeon movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is also released.
- December 1
- December 4
- December 12 – Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl sue Courtney Love in an effort to oust her from the board controlling the management of the band's affairs, calling her "irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable." The legal battle over the band's legacy has blocked the release of a planned Nirvana box set containing the unreleased track "You Know You're Right".
Also in 2001
- Area One music festival brings together a variety of acts including Moby, Incubus, Outkast, New Order, Nelly Furtado, The Roots, Rinocerose, Paul Oakenfold, and Carl Cox.
- The Republic of France awards Jean-Yves Thibaudet the honour of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- Deporitaz releases Microwave this CD, his second album, on MP3.com.
- Sean Beasley joins Dying Fetus.
- Army of Lovers
- Electric Light Orchestra (with new members except for original members, Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy)
- Level 42
- The Monkees
- Roxy Music
- Sunny Day Real Estate
January – March
April – June
July – September
October – December
Release Date Unknown
Top 5 Selling Albums of Billboard Year
- Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park
- 1 – The Beatles
- Invincible – Michael Jackson
- All That You Can't Leave Behind – U2
- Aaliyah (album) – Aaliyah
Top 10 Best Selling Albums 2001 (Soundscan)
- Invincible / Michael Jackson ~ 6.500.000
- Hot Shot / Shaggy ~ 4,507,568
- Celebrity / 'N Sync ~ 4,421,231
- A Day Without Rain / Enya ~ 4,410,053
- Break the Cycle / Staind ~ 4,242,507
- Songs in A Minor / Alicia Keys ~ 4,102,482
- J.Lo / Jennifer Lopez ~ 4,056,985
- Survivor / Destiny's Child ~ 3,718,446
- Weathered / Creed ~ 3,581,344
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Soundtrack ~ 3,460,852
- "19/2000" – Gorillaz (August)
- "A Little Respect" – Wheatus
- "À ma place" – Axel Bauer and Zazie
- "All for You" – Janet Jackson (March 27)
- "All or Nothing" – O-Town (January 23)
- "American Psycho" – Treble Charger
- "Another Day In Paradise" – Brandy feat. Ray J (March)
- Anthology – Bad Manners
- "Ay, Ay, Ay" – Lynda Thomas
- "Bad Ambassador" – The Divine Comedy (April 17)
- "Because I Got High" – Afroman
- "Bel Amour" – Bel Amour
- "Bodies" – Drowning Pool
- "Bootylicious" – Destiny's Child (June 26 (US), July 3 (worldwide))
- "Brand New Low" – Treble Charger
- "Buck Rogers" – Feeder (January 8)
- "Butterfly" – Crazy Town
- "Butterfly" – Kylie Minogue (November 12)
- "California" – Wave
- "Candy" – Ash (October 1)
- "Can't Get You Out of My Head" – Kylie Minogue (September 17)
- "Chop Suey!" – System of a Down (August)
- "Clint Eastwood" – Gorillaz (March 5 (UK))
- "Come Along" – Titiyo
- "Control" - Puddle of Mudd (July)
- "Crawling" – Linkin Park (April 17)
- "Crying at the Discoteque" – Alcazar
- "Crystal" – New Order (13 August)
- "Digital Love" – Daft Punk
- "Don't Tell Me" – Madonna (November 21, 2000 (non-US); January 16, 2001 (US))
- "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" – Train (February 20)
- "Drowning" – Backstreet Boys
- "Electric Avenue (remix)" – Eddy Grant
- "Elevation" – U2 (June 25 [AUS]; July 2 [EUR]; July 10 [US])
- "Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" – Robbie Williams (July 9)
- "Fade" - Staind (September 4)
- "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys (July 10)
- "Family Affair" – Mary J. Blige
- "Fat Lip" – Sum 41 (August 28 USA; October 1 UK)
- "Fight Music" – D12
- "First Date" – Blink-182 (September 24)
- "Freedom" - Paul McCartney (Written about the September 11th attacks)
- "Get Ur Freak On" – Missy Elliott (February 20)
- "Gone" – 'N Sync (October)
- "Handbags and Gladrags" – Stereophonics
- "Hanging By A Moment" – Lifehouse
- "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" - Daft Punk
- "Hard to Explain" – The Strokes (June 25, 2001 (UK), April 30, 2002 (USA))
- "Have a Nice Day" – Stereophonics
- "Heaven Is A Halfpipe" - OPM
- "Hell Bent"- Kenna
- "Here With Me" – Dido (January 29 EU; February 5 UK)
- "Here's to the Night (song)" – Eve 6 (May 21 US)
- "Hero" – Enrique Iglesias (November)
- "How We Roll" – Big Pun
- "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback
- "I Believe" – Galleon
- "I Don't Want a Lover (remix)" – Texas
- "I Feel Loved" – Depeche Mode (July 30 UK; July 31 US)
- "I Want Love" – Elton John
- "I'm a Slave 4 U" – Britney Spears (October 23 [US]; October 8 [UK])
- "I'm Real" – Jennifer Lopez (October 16)
- "Imitation of Life" – R.E.M. (April)
- "Inner Smile" – Texas
- "In the End" – Linkin Park (November 20)
- "In Too Deep – Sum 41 (December 3 UK)
- "Island in the Sun"- Weezer (August 28)
- "Irresistible"- Jessica Simpson (April 12)
- "It's Been Awhile"- Staind (June 26)
- "It's Raining Men" – Geri Halliwell (April 30 [UK])
- "I Wanna Be Bad" – Willa Ford (May 22)
- "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" – Jay Z (July 17)
- "Jaded" – Aerosmith (March 13)
- "Just Push Play" – Aerosmith
- "Juxtapozed with U" – Super Furry Animals
- "Knives Out" – Radiohead August 14 (Pt.1, Pt.2); August 28 (US CD); September 25, 2001 (Pt. 3)
- "La Musique (Angelica)" – Star Academy France (December)
- "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" - Celia Cruz (October 2, 2001)
- "Lady Marmalade"- Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim & Mýa (May 8)
- "Last Nite" – The Strokes
- "Left Behind" – Slipknot
- "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" – Eve featuring Gwen Stefani (May 15)
- "Liquid Dreams" – O-Town
- "Lo Mejor de Mi" – Lynda Thomas
- "Love Don't Cost A Thing" – Jennifer Lopez (January 30)
- "Love What You Do" – The Divine Comedy
- "Loverboy" – Mariah Carey (July 16)
- "Moi... Lolita" – Alizée (July 4, 2000)
- "Mr. Writer" – Stereophonics
- "More Than a Woman – Aaliyah (November 13, 2001 [US]; February 19, 2002 [UK]; March 5, 2002 [AUS])
- "Movies" – Alien Ant Farm
- "My Sacrifice" – Creed (December 11)
- "My Way" – Limp Bizkit (May)
- "19-2000" – Gorillaz (June 25 (UK) July 17 (US))
- "Ocean Spray" – Manic Street Preachers (June 4)
- "One Last Breath" – Creed
- "One Minute Man" – Missy Elliott (featuring Ludacris and Trina)
- "One Step Closer" – Linkin Park
- "Only Time – Enya
- "Out of Reach" – Gabrielle
- "Outside" – Staind (May)
- "Overprotected" – Britney Spears (December)
- "Play" - Jennifer Lopez
- "Pop" – 'N Sync (July 17)
- "Purple Hills" – D12 featuring Eminem
- "Pyramid Song" – Radiohead (May 29, 2001; June 19, 2001 (Pt.1, Pt.2); December 11, 2001 (Japan CD)
- "Queen of My Heart" – Westlife (UK)
- "Ramp! (The Logical Song)" – Scooter
- "Ride Wit Me" – Nelly (July 24)
- "Rock The Boat" – Aaliyah (August 2001 (North America); March 5, 2002 (Australia); May 6, 2002 (UK))
- "Sail Away" – David Gray
- "Salsoul Nugget" – M&S Pres. The Girl Next Door
- "Seul" – Garou
- "Sexual Guarantee" – Alcazar (November 26)
- "Shining Light" – Ash (January 29)
- "Schism" – Tool
- "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" – Cake
- "Sick Cycle Carousel" – Lifehouse
- "Side" – Travis (September 17)
- "Sing" – Travis (May 28)
- "Smooth Criminal" – Alien Ant Farm
- "Someone To Call My Lover" – Janet Jackson
- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" (medley) – Cliff Richard
- "So I Begin" – Galleon
- "So Why So Sad" – Manic Street Preachers (February 26)
- "Standing Still" – Jewel
- "Starlight" – The Supermen Lovers
- "Step On My Old Size Nines" – Stereophonics
- "Stop Your Crying" – Spiritualized
- "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" – U2 (January 29 UK, February 12 AUS, March 27 FRA, October 30 CAN)
- "Superman (It's Not Easy)" - Five For Fighting
- "Survivor" – Destiny's Child (February 13, 2001 (Australia); April 24, 2001 (Germany); May 8, 2001 (U.S.) May 15, 2001 (U.K.))
- "Teenage Dirtbag" – Wheatus
- "Thank You" – Dido (21 May)
- "The Rock Show" – Blink-182 (July 1)
- "There Must Be an Angel" – No Angels
- "This Year's Love" – David Gray
- "Toutes les femmes de ta vie" – L5
- "Turn off the Light" – Nelly Furtado (August 14)
- "Up On The Downside" – Ocean Colour Scene
- "Uptown Girl" – Westlife (UK)
- "Walk On" – U2 (November 19) (UK/Eur); November 26(Aus)
- "We Need A Resolution" – Aaliyah (April 24)
- "Weapon of Choice" – Fatboy Slim
- "What It Feels Like for a Girl" – Madonna
- "Whenever, Wherever" – Shakira
- "Wherever You Will Go" – The Calling
- "Who Do You Love Now?" – Riva featuring Dannii Minogue (November 19)
- "Whole Again" – Atomic Kitten
- "With Arms Wide Open" – Creed
- "Wish You Were Here" – Incubus
- "Wrong Impression" – Natalie Imbruglia
- "Yellow" – Coldplay
- "You Rock My World" – Michael Jackson
John Adams –
- American Berserk, for piano
- Nancy's Fancy, for ensemble
Louis Andriessen –
- Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno, for female Italian voice, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, electric guitar, electric violin, double bass, piano, and percussion
- De vleugels van de herinnering, for voice and piano
- Fanfare om te beginnen, for sx groups of horns
Georges Aperghis –
- Le petit chaperon rouge, for chamber ensemble
- Rasch, for violin and viola
- Milton Babbitt – A Lifetime or So, for tenor and piano
- Leonardo Balada – Cello Concerto No. 2 New Orleans
- Osvaldas Balakauskas – Symphony No. 5
Gerald Barry –
- Dead March, for large ensemble
- God Save the Queen, for solo boy's voice, choir, and large ensemble
- Snow is White, for piano quartet
- String Quartet No. 3 (Six Marches)
- Luciano Berio – Sonata, for piano
Christophe Bertrand –
- Dikha, for clarinet/bass clarinet and electronics
- Ektra, for solo flute
- Full, for four vibraphones, piano, and eight amplified voices
- Frank Michael Beyer – Klangtore, for orchestra
Harrison Birtwistle –
- Fanfare, for brass and percussion
- Saraband, for piano
- The Shadow of Night, for orchestra
- Tenebrae David, for brass ensemble
- Pierre Boulez – Incises, for piano (revised version)
- Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
- Figment II, for cello
- Hiyoku, for two clarinets
- Quartet, for oboe, violin, viola, and cello
- Steep Steps, for bass clarinet
Anna Clyne –
- Arclight, for tape
- Manipura, for chamber ensemble
- One, for tape
- Wish, for voice or voices
- John Corigliano – Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra
- George Crumb – Unto the Hills for soprano, percussion quartet and piano
- Peter Maxwell Davies – Symphony No. 8 (Antarctic Symphony)
Alexandra du Bois –
- Júdica Me, for a cappella chorus
- Preludes to Solitude, for guitar
- String Quintet: A Requiem for the Living for two violins, viola and two double basses
- Songs (4), for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
- Joël-François Durand – Athanor for orchestra
- Péter Eötvös – Snatches of a Conversation, for ensemble
Brian Ferneyhough –
- In nomine à 3, for piccolo, oboe, and clarinet
- Stelae for Failed Time, for 12 voices and live electronics
- Two Cathedrals in the South concertino for trumpet and orchestra
- Moonlight Sonata for five percussion instruments
- Michael Finnissy – The History of Photography in Sound
Alexandra Fol –
- Concerto for violin and orchestra
- Requiem No. 1, for chorus and orchestra, Op. 19
Frans Geysen –
- City of Smiles, twenty solos for one recorder player, playing soprano to bass
- Ehrung an M.C.E. (E=mc2), for alto recorder
- Met vel, rand en tand, for three percussionists
- Met zijn twaalven, for twelve recorders
- Möbiusband 15, for string quartet
- Op de fles, for four players on 16 bottles
- Philip Glass – Concerto, for cello and orchestra
- Howard Goodall – In Memoriam Anne Frank
Georg Friedrich Haas
- De terrae fine, for violin solo
- Flow and Friction, for sixteenth-tone piano four-hands
- Sodass ich’s hernach mit einem Blick gleichsam wie ein schönes Bild... im Geist
- Jeff Hamburg – Aychah, for choir and orchestra
- Jonathan Harvey – The Summer Cloud's Awakening, for choir, flute, cello, and electronics
- Ex tempore, for flute, oboe, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion, violin, viola, cello, harp, and piano
- Trias, for alto saxophone, percussion, and piano
- Der ewige Tag, for chorus, orchestra, and electronics
- Mauricio Kagel – Piano Trio No. 2
- Helmut Lachenmann – Grido (string quartet)
- György Ligeti –Études, Book 3, for piano
James MacMillan –
- The Birds of Rhiannon, for orchestra with optional chorus
- O Bone Jesu, for SSAATTBB choir with soli
- Robin Maconie – Songs for The Caucasian Chalk Circle (15), after Brecht
- Frederik Magle – The Hope for brass band, choir, organ and percussion.
- Mesías Maiguashca – La noche cíclica, for violin, cello, piano, marimba, and 4 envelope followers
- Tomás Marco – Laberinto marino, for cello and orchestra
Anna Mikhailova –
- Sonata for piano
- Songs (4), for baritone and piano
- Stuart Mitchell – Seven Wonders Suite, for choir and orchestra
Olga Neuwirth –
- Ecstaloop, for soprano, speaker, sampler, and ensemble
- Incidental music for Abenteuer in Sachen Haut, after Dylan Thomas, by Peter Carp
- Locus...doublure...solus, for piano and orchestra (or chamber ensemble)
Michael Obst –
- Piano Trio No. 1
- Transit, for orchestra
Henri Pousseur –
- Berceuses (4), for unaccompanied voice or unison choir
- Eclipticare, ou les périples constellés, for one, two, or three instruments, surrounded or not, each a "consort"
- Sursauts, for violin (doubling viola), trombone, and piano
- Jaime Reis – Estátua de Pessanha, piano, bass flute, and real-time video
Wolfgang Rihm –
- Jagden und Formen, for chamber orchestra
- Sechs Gedichte von Friedrich Nietzsche, for voice and piano
- Peter Ruzicka – Trans – Requiem für Giuseppe Sinopoli
- Vahram Sargsyan – Luys Zvart [Joyful Light], for female chorus
Bright Sheng –
- Distant Birthday Bells, for piano
- Tibetan Dance, for violin, clarinet, and piano
Stuart Saunders Smith –
- And Cold for xylophone/narrator
- Breath for mezzo-soprano and orchestra bells (glockenspiel)
- Family Portraits: Ligeia (Daughter) for soprano voice and piano
- Light Dew for solo double bass
- Madness for xylophone/narrator
- Minor for solo violin
- Pond for xylophone/narrator
- Sometime Then for xylophone/narrator
Juan María Solare –
- Les atavismes du crépuscule [Atavisms of twilight], for clarinet, alto saxophone, and trombone
- Blind Date, for two bass clarinets (with theatral elements)
- Blues en mí [Blues in E / Blues in Me], for piano
- Fastango for piano
- Icarus, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
- Pasaje Seaver, tango for piano
- RED: A Deconstructed Blues (Music for Marcel Worms) for piano
- Winchmore Hill for piano
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stop und Start, for six instrumental groups, Nr. 18⅔
Dennis Tobenski –
- The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, for mixed choir
- Three Poems of Thomas Hardy, for voice and piano
Stephen Truelove –
- Broken Song, for solo horn
- Preludium and Chakratour, for string quartet
- Three Songs to Poems by Frank Anderton, for soprano and piano
- Michel van der Aa – Here [to Be Found], for soprano, chamber orchestra, and soundtrack
Kevin Volans –
- Concerto for Double Orchestra
- Zeno at 4 am, theatre piece for shadow puppets, actors, bass, string quartet, and chorus
Dafina Zeqiri –
- Dialog for violin and piano
- My Mother for mixed chorus
Walter Zimmermann –
- Clinamen I–IV, for six orchestral groups
- La fleur Inverse, for organ
- Schatten der Ideen 6, 'Blaupause', for piano
- Die Sorge geht über den Fluss, for solo violin
- Umbræ Idearum (Schatten der Ideen 4), for piano and string quartet
- Ellen Taaffe Zwillich – Openings
- Jason Kao Hwang - The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown
- Theo Loevendie – Johnny & Jones
- Sven-David Sandström – Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy
- David Sawer – From Morning to Midnight
- Michel van der Aa – Vuur
- Atgof o'r Sêr – first performed by Bryn Terfel and Cor Rhuthun in north Wales. Commissioned for the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Denbigh.
- A Class Act Broadway production opened at the Ambassador Theatre on March 11 and ran for 105 performances
- 42nd Street Broadway revival opened at the Ford Center on May 2
- Mamma Mia! Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 18
- The Producers Broadway production opened at St. James Theatre on April 19
- Urinetown Broadway production opened at the Hudson Theatre on September 20 and ran for 965 performances
- Beijing Rocks
- Carmen: A Hip Hopera
- Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, starring Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel and Amrish Puri
- Glitter released September 21, starring Mariah Carey and Max Beesley
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell
- Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story
- Love You Hamesha, starring Akshaye Khanna and Sonali Bendre
- Moulin Rouge! released May 18, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
- On the Road to Emmaus, starring Peter Franzén
- One Night the Moon, starring Paul Kelly and Kaarin Fairfax
- Rebelové, starring Zuzana Norisová and Tomáš Hanák
- Rock Star
- January 4 – Les Brown, bandleader (89)
- January 5 – Milan Hlavsa, Czech musician (Plastic People of the Universe) (49)
- January 7 – James Carr, soul singer (58)
- January 10 – Bryan Gregory, guitarist (The Cramps)(49)
- February 4
- February 10 - Buddy Tate, jazz musician (87)
- George T. Simon, music critic and original Glenn Miller Orchestra drummer (pneumonia)
- February 19 – Charles Trenet French singer and songwriter (87)
- February 21
- February 22 – John Fahey, guitarist, indie label owner (61)
- March 4 – Glenn Hughes, The Village People (50)
- March 12 – Sir Lancelot, calypso singer (98)
- March 18 – John Phillips, singer-songwriter, co-founder of The Mamas & the Papas (65)
- March 20 – Francis Grasso, disc jockey (51)
- March 28 – Moe Koffman, Canadian jazz singer (73)
- March 29 – John Lewis, jazz pianist (80)
- April 6 – Charles Pettigrew, of Charles & Eddie (37) (cancer)
- April 9 - Graziella Sciutti, operatic soprano (73)
- April 11
- April 15 – Joey Ramone, lead singer of The Ramones (49) (lymphoma)
- April 20 – Giuseppe Sinopoli, composer and conductor (54)(heart attack)
- May 3 – Billy Higgins, jazz drummer (64)
- May 5 – Boozoo Chavis, zydeco musician (70)
- May 10 – James E. Myers, songwriter ("Rock Around the Clock") (81)
- May 12 – Perry Como, American crooner (88)
- May 16 – Prince Ital Joe, reggae singer (38) (car accident)
- May 20 – Renato Carosone, Italian musician and singer (81)
- June 4 – John Hartford, bluegrass musician (64)
- June 7 – Carole Fredericks, singer
- June 13 – Marcelo Fromer, guitarist for Brazilian band Titãs (39) (rammed by a motorcycle)
- June 18 – Davorin Popović, lead singer for Bosnian band Indexi (55)
- June 21 – John Lee Hooker, blues musician (83)
- June 30
- July 5 – Ernie K-Doe, R & B singer (65)
- July 7 – Fred Neil, folk singer-songwriter (65)
- July 15 – Anthony Ian Berkeley, rapper (Brothers Grym, Gravediggaz) (36) (colon cancer)
- July 18 – Mimi Fariña, singer-songwriter (56) (neuroendocrine cancer)
- July 23 – Richie Lee, singer and bassist (Acetone)(34)(suicide)
- July 27
- August 18 – Roland Cardon, Belgian composer and multi-instrumentalist (72)
- August 25 – Aaliyah, American singer and actress (22)(plane crash)
- August 27 – Karl Ulrich Schnabel, pianist (92)
- August 29 – Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, lead singer of Skyhooks (49)
- September 1 – Ted Mulry, lead singer with Ted Mulry Gang (54)
- September 6 – Carl Crack, techno musician (Atari Teenage Riot)(30)
- September 22 – Isaac Stern, violinist (81)
- October 3 - Tatiana Menotti, operatic soprano (92)
- October 5 – Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer (74)
- October 10 – Barry McCauley, operatic tenor (51)(lung cancer)
- October 17 – Jay Livingston, songwriter (86)
- November 17 - Michael Karoli, guitarist, violinist and composer (53)(cancer)
- November 21 – Ralph Burns, American songwriter, bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and bebop pianist (79)
- November 24 – Melanie Thornton, singer (La Bouche) (34)(air crash)
- November 28 – Kal Mann, American lyricist ("Teddy Bear", "Butterfly")(84)
- The Beatles (58)(lung cancer)
- December 13 – Chuck Schuldiner, vocalist and guitarist with Death (34)(cancer)
- December 15 – Rufus Thomas, singer (84)
- December 16 – Stuart Adamson, guitarist with Big Country (43)(suicide)
- December 17 – Débria Brown, operatic soprano (65)
- December 18 – Gilbert Bécaud, singer-songwriter (74)
- December 22 – Norman Granz, American producer (83)
- December 29 – Cássia Eller, Brazilian singer (39)
- The following artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Aerosmith, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Queen, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Ritchie Valens
- Inductees of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame include Larry Norman, and Elvis Presley
ARIA Music Awards
Eurovision Song Contest
Mercury Music Prize
MTV Video Music Awards
- Chuck Philips (February 28, 2001). "Courtney Love Seeks to Rock Record Labels' Contract Policy".
- "'"Mel C 'not quitting Spices.
- VanHorn, Teri (March 9, 2001). "Janet Jackson Single Breaks Radio, Chart Records".
- "'"Joe St-St-Stays On Top With 'Stutter.
- Hiatt, Brian (March 16, 2001). "Puffy Combs Acquitted; Shyne Guilty Of Assault, Gun Possession".
- ORICON STYLE – Weekly album chart : 2nd week of April 2001
- , 24 June 2001New York Times
- Amy Vickers (July 12, 2001). "Napster to stay offline".
- Mitchell Fink with Alissa Macmillan (July 28, 2001). "Summer In The City Kin Helping To Carey Diva's Load".
- Christina Saraceno (August 3, 2001). "Whitney a $100 million woman".
- Colin Devenish (August 15, 2001). "Wilco Trot Off Reprise".
- "As U.S. Mourns Attack, Entertainment Industry Unites".
- "MuchMusic Cancel Video Awards".
- "A N T H R A X – Press Release". Web.archive.org. November 8, 2004. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
- Oliver Burkeman and Imogen Tilden (October 11, 2001). "Anthrax, the band, consider name change".
- Tony Smith (November 19, 2001). "BMG to replace anti-rip Natalie Imbruglia CDs".
- "Nirvana members sue Love".