Music or songs from your earlier days is the fastest route to a trip down memory lane. While we may have grown out of our teenage angsts and rock ‘n’ rock phases, here are ten hits from the 2000’s that will remind you of memories you have forgotten.
The Real Slim Shady (2000) – Eminem
Kicking off the list is Eminem’s 2000 single hit “The Real Slim Shady”. Dubbed as one of the most controversial songs of its time, the track remains infamous even after two decades since its release.
The track is an introductory song to Eminem’s third studio album, “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000). The single topped the UK charts and peaked at number 4 on Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The track also bagged a Grammy Award in the “Best Rap Solo Performance” category.
The music video featuring Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady has a comedic flow and throws obvious jabs at several celebrities. We can never forget the legion of his lookalikes banging along to the refrain, “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?”
Oops!… I Did It Again (2000) – Britney Spears
Britney Spears was just 19 when “Oops! I Did It Again” came out in 2000. The then teen singer’s iconic cat-suit in the music video remains unparalleled, and the track is undoubtedly one of the bests of the new millennium.
The song did so well that it held the title for a female artist’s most sales in a single week in the US for 15 years. Adele eventually took over with her album “25” in 2015, but “Oops I Did It Again” has established its reputation as a mega-hit in the last 20 years.
Phenomenal visuals, sly looks at the camera and a track that remains a bop even after two decades. Britney may have said, “Oops!..” but she’s not sorry.
Complicated (2002) – Avril Lavigne
Pop-rock/punk icon Avril Lavigne’s debut song “Complicated” was released way back in April of 2002. The music expresses the singer’s take on two-faced people and their fake realities.
Based on chart performance, Lavigne’s second most successful song (her 2007 hit “Girlfriend” takes the crown), with over 3 million copies sold. “Complicated” was also nominated for two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
This gem of a song is addictive, and anyone who grew up on pop-rock will agree that “Complicated” ‘s legacy lives on.
Where is the Love? (2003) – The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas left an undying message in their 2003 hit song “Where Is The Love?” The song is socially conscious and reflects the state of the world after the 9/11 tragedy. Its lyrics address racism, terrorism, gang crime, war, environmental issues and discrimination.
The song was number 1 in the UK for six solid weeks. It was also Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year, which shows just how loved it was.
The Black Eyed Peas released a revamp of the song in August 2016 inspired by tragic events worldwide. “Where Is The Love?” stands as a reminder of the power music holds in times of tragedy and darkness.
Fix You (2005) – Coldplay
One of Coldplay’s most famous songs, “Fix You”, offers comfort and reassures you with heartfelt words. Sixteen years later, its impact has not faded and continues to take us on a journey of memories.
Chris Martin, Coldplay’s vocalist, wrote the song for his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow who had just lost her father. Its consoling lyrics have touched the hearts of many, and strangers can feel the artist’s sincerity all over the world.
“Fix You” is a song you can always go back to in times of vulnerability. Its timelessness makes it a piece truly unforgettable.
The late ’00s saw the reign of Rihanna when “Umbrella” stormed the world in 2007. Since her 2005 debut with the song “Music of the Sun”, the song was a turning point.
The song represents an ‘umbrella’ that will always shelter her lover even under the harshest weather. The song went on to chart #1 in several countries, including the UK. The hit music video also won Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
While “Umbrella” was a victim of many Illuminati conspiracy theorists at the time, the song has survived to become one of Riri’s greatest hits of all time.
“Apple Bottom Jeans” are the lyrics in the chorus of “Low” by Flo Rida. The American rapper’s song with T-Pain was the song that was on repeat in the late ’00s.
The song held several titles, such as the second most listened to song on American radio in 2008. It was also the top-selling digital song with over .2 million downloads.
“Low” was also featured in the 2010 blockbuster movie “The Karate Kid”, with Jaden smith showing off his moves to the song.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (2008) – Beyoncé
Queen Bey’s “Single Ladies” in 2008 screamed GIRL POWER. Not only did the song empower women, but the upbeat track and the iconic dance moves have also aged liked fine wine.
Unsurprisingly, the music video won the 2009 MTV VMA for Best Video and bagged three Grammy awards in 2010: Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
While you may not be a fan of Beyoncé, you cannot argue that “Single Ladies” was a complete cultural reset.
Poker Face (2008) – Lady Gaga
“Poker Face” was Lady Gaga’s tribute to her rock and roll boyfriends. This means there are many sexual innuendos, and it also tells the artist’s experience with bisexuality.
The song topped number 1 in many countries, including the singles charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the most searched song on Google in 2009.
Gaga shared that the song is about being with a man with the fantasies of women. Hence, the man must read her “poker face” to know what goes through her mind.