A few weeks ago, I wrote about Billboard’s summer hits compilation of the 1990s. Today, I thought reminiscing about the songs that had us grooving during the summer months after the turn of the century would be fun. I love summer and I love Top 10 lists. Consider me happy.
The thing that surprised me the most about the Top 10 lists is how drastically the music landscape has changed in the past few years. Now it’s all about electro-pop dance tracks dominating radio and the charts, while R&B barely has a presence anymore. Urban music took pole position in the majority of the years from 2000-2010. Find out below which tracks had you bumpin‘ and grindin‘ at the clubs and accompanied you on those road trips during the summers of the 2000s.
I completely forgot about Matchbox Twenty. I used to love Rob Thomas. Talk about a random sampling of music that summer. You have Creed and Vertical Horizon battling it out with Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson for radio airplay. Speaking of Janet, I never really liked “Doesn’t Really Matter”. Never realized it was so popular that summer. My favorites in the Top 10 are ‘N Sync, Destiny’s’ Child, Creed, Toni Braxton and Aaliyah… RIP. Loved “Try Again”.
Whenever Eve and Gwen Stefani collaborated, they always produced great music. Love, love, love “Blow Ya Mind”. With exception to Lifehouse and O-Town, the Top 10 was dominated by R&B this year. Oh the good old days. Whatever happened to 112 and Jagged Edge? For that matter, Blu Cantrell as well. “Hit “Em Up Style” was so catchy and sassy. I need to go on a shopping spree to Neiman-Marcus and grab Soley and Mia ;)
2002 was definitely the year of Nelly. The rapper scored two songs in the Top 10, with “Hot in Herre” claiming the top spot. The love for hip hop didn’t stop with just him. Eminem, P. Diddy, Cam’ron and Chad Kroeger all earned a spot in the coveted chart. Obviously, I’m kidding about Kroeger. He is the furthest thing from rap. Also, on the complete opposite of urban music is Vanessa Carlon’s “A Thousand Miles“. Every time I hear that song, I always thing of “White Chicks“. LOL.
Hands down, my favorite Beyonce track of all-time. “Crazy In Love” is a masterpiece and still sounds as good today as it did in 2003. Again another year dominated with R&B music minus tracks from Evanescence, Matchbox Twenty and Clay Aiken. Say what… Aiken had a top summer song!?!?! I couldn’t even hum “This Is The Night” even if my life depended on it. How about you?
If 2002 was the year of Nelly, 2004 was all about Usher. The R&B singer took first and second place with his one-two punch of “Confessions Part II” and “Burn”. That entire album was sick. Loved all the songs during this summer. That being said, too bad most of them never produced anything as big with exception to Alicia Keys. Nina Sky, Kevin Lyttle, Hoobastank or Lil Flip, where are you?
After “Glitter” bombed, Mariah came back, stronger than ever with “We Belong Together“. Loved the original ballad mix, dance version and hip-hop remix. Overall, one of her finest. Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay” marked her arrival to the pop scene. She was so innocent back then. Now, she’s all into “S&M” ;) Hopefully Missy Elliott’s upcoming new material is as good as her old jams. “Lose Control” dominated my ears that summer.
Without a doubt, “Promiscuous” was the hit of the summer. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it. I think I might’ve even heard it at church. LOL. Another song I overplayed that year was Cassie’s “Me & U” and Rihanna’s “Unfaithful”, especially the dance remix of the latter. I do love my female singers.
Just hearing the title “Umbrella” reminds me of that summer. Such a good year. Overall, a pretty solid Top 10 in 2007. To this day, I still enjoy listening to “Hey There Delilah“, “Beautiful Girls“, and “The Way I Are”.
When I looked at the list below, the one track that stood out the most was “Leavin’” by Jesse McCartney. How did that make the list? Every other title I heard at the clubs or on television. Who did Jesse have to blow at Billboard magazine to make the list ;) “I Kissed A Girl” would mark a long string of summer hits for Katy Perry. Her name has become synonymous with bubbly summer froth. Good on RiRi for taking two spots. The remixes of “Take A Bow” and “Disturbia” had me dancing at the clubs til the ugly lights came on. In other words, I shut it down a lot that summer.
Just like Usher in 2004, the Black Eyed Peas snatched the top two spots with their smashes- “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”. Fun anecdote. I was in Toronto for the Much Music Video Awards and at the club when one of BEP’s people allegedly punched Perez. Such a random night. My other favorites from this year have to be “Knock You Down” and “Use Somebody”. The former reminds me of LA and the latter reminds me of the Sasquatch Music Festival.
When I first heard “California Gurls”, I instantly loved it. But about the fifth listen, I couldn’t stand it. Even typing out the title makes my body convulse. This summer was the year of the featured artist. Six of the Top 10 had help from another singer.
Well, that was a fun trip down memory lane. It’s amazing how hearing a song can just trigger so many great memories. For me, the summers of 2004, 2006 and 2007 have the best hits. How about you? Which year in the 2000s was your favorite? Sound off below.