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Most people have heard the saying “time flies,” but sometimes, you need a little dose of throwback songs to put things into perspective. Below are seven songs that are ten years old as of 2015.
1. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
Released as her debut album’s third single on March 15, 2005, the song became extremely popular and went on to receive a nomination for the Record of the Year award at the 48th Grammy Awards. She cowrote the song with her fellow The Voice judge, Pharrell Williams, and record producer Chad Hugo.
2. Pon de Replay by Rihanna
Rihanna may now be casually kidnapping people who won’t pay her back, but ten years ago, she was content asking the DJ to turn the music up. Pon de Replay is also one of the songs Rihanna sang to audition for Jay-Z, the then newly appointed CEO of Def Jam Recordings. The hip-hop mogul was initially reluctant to sign Rihanna, saying that “[the] song is too big for her,” and that “when a song is that big, it’s hard [for a new artist] to come back from. I don’t sign songs, I sign artists.”
It’s crazy much things can change in a decade.
3. Don’t Phunk With My Heart by The Black Eyed Peas
They’re arguably better-known today as individual artists rather than a group, but The Black Eyed Peas once dominated the music industry in the early to mid 2000s. One of their hit singles, Don’t Phunk With My Heart, was released on April 12, 2005.
4. Candy Shop by 50 Cent ft Olivia
This is one of those songs that everyone knows whether they realize it or not. With sexually-suggestive lines such as “I’ll take you to the candy shop, I’ll let you lick the lollipop” and a catchy beat, the song did extremely well in the United States alone and earned 50 Cent his third number one single. “Candy Shop” reached the #1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 during its fifth week, and stayed there for another nine.
5. Photograph by Nickelback
Nickelback is a band that the internet loves to hate, but back in the Myspace and Friendster days, the Canadian band was well-liked by many. Their song “Photograph” was released in September 2005, and reached #2 on US Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on US Billboard Adult Top 40, and US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
6. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
Basically, if this song doesn’t remind you of grammar school, you are wrong. “We Belong Together” hails from Carey’s tenth (!) studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. After her career waned in the first half of 2000s decade, Carey made a comeback and sent the song sitting at #1 for fourteen, non-consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Anyone else had this song on their first-gen iPod shuffle?
7. Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
While the song’s “I walk alone, I walk alone,” line sounds very depressing, Green Day wasn’t alone when it came to sales. Rolling Stone ranked BOBD number one on their Reader’s Choice: Singles of the Decade list in 2009. The song also was hailed the ninth biggest selling single of the 2000-2009 decade, after selling over five million copies worldwide.
In 2006, just a year after the song’s release, BOBD received the Grammy Award for the”Record of the Year.”
Feel old yet?