Ahh 2009, the year I took the plunge headfirst into adulthood. The year I left my childhood woes behind and began a new life four hours from home. In short, the year I graduated high school.
While an iPod wasn’t one of my graduation gifts (#bitter), I made it a point to dig into my newfound fortune (graduation money) to purchase one. Those long walks to class, late night study sessions, and of course, the plethora of parties, required some quality music.
In the year we lost the King of Pop, it’s almost hard to appreciate any music that came out in 2009. However, we managed to get a list together of some of the biggest hits on June 9, 2009.
1. Birthday Sex – Jerimih
After 10 weeks on the chart, you would think the song may have eventually faded into the endless list of freaky songs. Nope. Honestly, if “Birthday Sex” gets played at any party across the country at this very moment, it will instantaneously go from 0 to 100. Peaking at number 4, it was definitely a huge success – the first of many for Jerimih.
2. Halo – Beyonce
The Queen made this summer even more blissful with the release of her single “Halo.” Women worldwide fawned over their beau with the soft songs of Bey playing in the background. While I’m not sure if there are actual halos in the song, it definitely has an angelic feel to it. Two months on the charts and a hit album in stores, Beyonce had a pretty good 2009.
3. Day ‘n’ Night – Kid Cudi
I don’t know about you guys, but this was a college anthem. Stoner or not, everybody needs to “free his mind at night.” Nine whole weeks spent atop the Billboard charts, eventually reaching number 3, was more than enough time for the track to make its mark on the summertime.
4. Blame It – Jamie Foxx feat. T Pain
Oddly enough, this song was quite the hit amongst high schoolers. Being the law abiding citizen that I am, I never stepped foot near a spirit until my 21st birthday (hi mom). For those rebels who just couldn’t wait, “Blame It” was the perfect track to dance to at all the graduation parties. The undeniably catchy beat underneath an array of clever lyrics allowed this hit to float around the charts for 14 weeks, and it peaked at number 3.
5. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
The Great Miley added to her list of hit singles with this heartfelt ballad. We already loved the pop singer, but after hearing her belt out this track for over 9 weeks as it climbed (get it) its way to the top of the charts, we couldn’t help but adore her.
6. Gives You Hell – All American Rejects
The ultimate break up record came out right on time. As high school sweethearts become tragic love stories, the All American Rejects dropped the perfect soundtrack to your break up. The group sang of love lost and subtle revenge. Honestly, I can’t think of a better single to listen to as I pack away all the memories. For 14 weeks, fans swooned over their next heartbreak anthem. I wished I had a relationship just so I could at it right about then.
7. Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas
The iconic group made a comeback during 2009. First with “Boom Boom Pow”, then later they dropped “I Got A Feeling.” Both stayed on the charts for about 5 months a piece and both hit number 1. They had a pretty amazing year, and thankfully graced us with some of the best shot-taking songs we could ever ask for. How often do you find a song that you can play literally anywhere or any time, and it’s always appropriate?
8. Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Thinking back, 2009 was a year of greatness. Lady Gaga was at one of her highest peaks, and gave us one of her best tracks to date. After 18 weeks on the charts, and reaching number 1 during that time, she showed us that you don’t even have to know what a song is about to thoroughly enjoy it.
9. Kiss Me Thru The Phone – Soulja Boy feat. Sammie
For those teenie boppers who had an infatuation with the young Sammie, this track only brought us down memory lane. Soulja Boy was at a point in his career when he could do no wrong, and this was proved when he sat on the charts for 13 weeks, reaching number 3. Point proven – with a catchy beat, anything is possible.
10. Dead and Gone – T.i. feat. Justin Timberlake
When you put JT on a track, it’s highly unlikely to have anything less than a chart topper. The track stayed on the charts for 13 weeks and was number 2 at its highest. Did you expect anything less? The two made a great duo. And in case they ever wanted to work together again I’m definitely an advocate, in case they’re wondering.