Time flies too fast, and before you know it, it’s already been a decade since your favorite jam was released. Here are some of the smash hit songs of the late 2000s that are turning 10 years old next year. BEWARE: This playlist will make you feel just a bit ~ancient~ and delightfully nostalgic.
Umbrella by Rihanna
Undeniably the biggest release of 2007, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” peaked at #2 in the 2007 Billboard Year-End Hot Singles chart, trailing just behind Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”, which came out in 2006. Ri-ri’s LSS-inducing tune spawned memorable covers from pop artists like Mandy Moore, All Time Low, and Marié Digby among others.
Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie
The fourth single from Fergie’s 2006 album “The Dutchess” is a feel-sy acoustic-pop tune with hints of classical beats which got big girls crying anyway. By the end of 2007, it landed on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart as #4.
Don’t Matter by Akon
R&B singer Akon was everywhere in 2007, but if there’s one song that we’ll always remember him for, it’s the track “Don’t Matter”, in which he marries reggae and R&B, incorporating elements from rapper R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and reggae legend Bob Marley’s “Zimbabwe” to the song.
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
The decade’s favorite Canadian punk princess Avril Lavigne garnered much critical acclaim for “Girlfriend”, with Rolling Stone listing it as one of the year’s best songs of the year. She also snagged the 2008 Kids Choice Award for the song, beating Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, Akon’s “Don’t Matter”, and Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”.
Crank That (Soulja Boy) by Soulja Boy Tell’em
The single that rocketed American rapper Soulja Boy Tell’em to fame, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” isn’t just a smash hit – it also began a popular dance trend in the late 2000s, which The Wall Street Journal described as dancers bouncing back on their heels, rippling their hands, cranking their wrists like motorcyclists, then lunging into a Superman pose.
Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston
This single from reggae-influenced singer Sean Kingston is rather controversial – critics slammed it for tackling the theme of suicide, as the song is about a boy who feels “suicidal” after failing to woo the beautiful girl he likes. The word was later replaced with “in denial”.
Bubbly by Colbie Caillat
American acoustic-pop songstress Colbie Caillat debuted with the uber cozy single “Bubbly”. To date, it is her only song that made it to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
No One by Alicia Keys
Arguably one of Alicia Keys’ biggest hits ever, “No One” was released in September of 2007. Five months later, it earned her two Grammys- Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift
One of the most memorable heartbreak anthems of the late 2000s, “Teardrops On My Guitar” remains to be one of Taylor Swift’s most loved songs. The single is certified triple platinum, and helped T-Swift debut in the Billboard charts.
Home by Daughtry
After a disappointing elimination from the reality singing competition show American Idol, Chris Daughtry went on to pursue a career in music by forming the band Daughtry. One of their most well-acclaimed songs in their self-titled debut album is the Grammy-nominated “Home”, which landed on the #25 spot in the Billboard’s 2007 Year-End chart. (Andy Flores)