It’s the turn of the century: football star Dan Marino has played and won his very last game, the famed comic strip “Peanuts” appears in the paper one last time on February 13 following the death of writer, Charles M. Schulz, and Christina Aguilera wins Best New Artist at the Grammys. Mostly notably, however, Samuel L. Jackson finally receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Oh, and these were on the radio:
1. S Club 7, Reach
Released on May 22nd of 2000, Reach was the fifth single for English pop group S Club 7, and the theme track for their television show, L.A 7 (which also happens to be the greatest show ever). An upbeat, inspirational track, the song’s lyrics ask us to “reach for the stars” so that our dreams may come true. Aww, how cute.
2. Dr. Dre Ft. Eminem, Forgot About Dre
Forgot About Dre, released on March 28th of 2000, is a Grammy winning track that peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It marked Dr. Dre’s return to hip-hop music by spotlighting Dre’s importance in the rap community. It also happens to be my sister’s go-to karaoke song, and she nails it every time.
3. Pink, There You Go
Released as her debut single, There You Go enjoyed the number 2 spot on the US Billboard 100 Hot Club Dance Songs chart for 10 weeks, which is the longest stay at the number 2 spot on that chart for a debut single, ever. Cowritten by the soon-to-be massive pop star, the song was the perfect introduction for her, highlighting her tough persona and edginess, which was somewhat refreshing during the heyday of bubble gum pop that was 2000.
4. Bon Jovi, It’s My Life
Released on May 23rd of 2000, It’s My Life was the famed 80s rock band’s best success in connecting with a new generation. The song landed in the top 10 in many countries around the world, becoming somewhat of an inspirational anthem for those who listened to it. Because dammit, it is my life! (I do what I want)
5. Jay Z, Big Pimpin’
Big Pimpin’ comes off of Jay Z’s album Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter, and was the most commercially successful single released off the album, peaking at #1 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. Featuring verse by Southern hip-hop group UGK and production by Timbaland, the song was admittedly not Jay Z’s best lyrical work.
Some lyrics become really profound when you see them in writing. Not “Big Pimpin.” That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? “Reading it is really harsh.” (Jay Z to the Wall Street Journal in 2011.)
6. Britney Spears Oops I Did it Again
The first single off the teen queen’s second album of the same name, Oops I Did It Again is probably most famous for the red catsuit Brit wears in the video. Written by Max Martin Rami Yacoub, the bridge of the song famously references the movie Titanic, and the lyrics beautifully capture the art of leading someone on.
7. Aaliyah, Try Again
Written by Static Major and Timothy Mosely and produced by Timbaland, Try Again was the lead single of the Soundtrack for Romeo Must Die, a very loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The song peaked at #1 the week of June 17, 2000 on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. Santana Ft. Project G&B, Maria Maria
Released on November 23, 1999, Maria Maria reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 8, and won Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
9. Destiny’s Child, Say My Name
Cowritten by the group’s members at the time, with the help of Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, and LeShawn Daniels, Say My Name was the third single off the group’s second album, The Writings On The Wall. It is also probably (definitely) their most famous song. The song received great praise, winning the 2001 Grammy for Best R&B Song as well as Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
10. Bloodhound Gang, The Bad Touch
You and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals, so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel. ‘Nuff said.