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By Rebecca Brooks
There’s nothing like listening to some of your favorite songs from early childhood. For most of us at SBU, that is the late 90s and early 2000s.
Many people of today praise the music and the artists that came from then. It was an amazing time for music, with songs that children of today manage to stumble upon.
While this list could go on forever, here are seven hits from the first decade of the millennium.
Pump It-Black Eyed Peas (2005)
You’d have to have never listened to a radio to not know this song. One of the most popular Black Eyed Peas songs, it has you hooked from start to finish. The chorus is extremely catchy and dance worthy, with an easily recognizable melody. The video is a little strange, but that’s what makes the track even more epic.
Sk8er Boi-Avril Lavigne (2002)
Every 90s kid will know this song. Off of her debut album Let Go, “Sk8er Boi” became an instant success as the follow up to her acclaimed debut single, “Complicated.” Early Avril Lavigne was an absolute classic, a pop punk star that took the nation by storm. Though her sound has matured since then, she has still garnered attention since the early days, spawning hit after hit for over a decade.
Lose Yourself-Eminem (2002)
Whenever you hear the words “mom’s spaghetti” used in a sentence, you may very well think of this song. From his somewhat autobiographical movie 8 Mile, “Lose Yourself” is one of Eminem’s best known songs that is still covered to this day. It not only is catchy, but shows off some of Eminem’s best work as a rapper and songwriter.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams-Green Day (2004)
Off their highly successful studio album, American Idiot, this is one of Green Day’s most memorable songs. It’s angsty, it’s raw, and even a bit emotional while still having a heavy rock edge. Not only does it circulate on radio still, it won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 2006. The band is still widely popular, having been around since the late 80s and remaining relevant for over two decades.
Bring Me to Life-Evanescence (2003)
Believe it or not, this was the band’s first single off of their debut album. Whether you were an angsty teen or not, most of us probably shouted the lyrics whenever the chorus came on. People still reference the song today, sometimes even in meme form. Amy Lee’s voice on the track is a force to be reckoned with, making her a well known female artist on the modern rock scene.
Hips Don’t Lie-Shakira (2006)
Arguably Shakira’s most well known song and featuring rapper Wyclef Jean, “Hips Don’t Lie” is a timeless 2000s classic. It has a well blended mixture of the singer’s Latin roots and American pop music. The video has garnered over 400 million views on YouTube despite being over a decade old. You can still hear it on the radio, and it is on the 2017 version of the popular game Just Dance.
Bye Bye Bye-*NSYNC (2000)
This song could be considered one of the most popular boy band songs of all time, and has been covered more times than one can count. NSYNC, along with other 90s boy bands such as New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, have inspired a lot of today’s modern boy groups. While they are sadly no longer together, you can watch them receive their well-deserved star on the Walk of Fame later this year.