Babies born in the year 2000 are legal or will be at some point this year. It doesn’t feel like that was almost 20 years ago.

The early 2000s was a prime time for many things, especially music. Kids these days don’t know the Confessions album by Usher. They don’t know Missy Elliott before her team-up with Katy Perry (truly tragic). Kids can’t even fathom why the “It’s Gonna Be May” meme is so iconic and resonates with N*SYNC lovers.

Here at Quirktastic the nostalgia bug has gotten hold of us. Contributors, Anje and Nicole decided to go down memory lane and give you those awesome songs that will never get old.

“There You Go” – P!nk

Did anybody else think P!nk was black during this era? No? Okay, well regardless of whether you did or not, there is no mistaken that P!nk has changed her style A LOT since the early 2000s. For starters, she doesn’t really do R&B anymore. Released 2000. -Nicole

“Thong Song” – Sisqo

Maybe I was just too innocent, but I didn’t know about thongs until maybe around 12-years-old. Clearly girls see them but are unaware of their typical use. Sexual implications are also put on them which is the main theme of this song. Now, I love this song. I still jam to it on my “throwback” playlist. But I can imagine the looks adults gave me and my friends as we shouted, “Let me see that thoooooong.” -Anje

“Wait a Minute” – Ray J (feat. Lil Kim)

Let us not forget, before the Kim Kardashian sextape and Love & Hip Hop, Ray J was known for music. Well, okay, he was also known for being Brandy’s brother – but he makes it known in this song that’s not all he was. Many might remember “One Wish” as Ray J’s biggest hit, but this song was pretty banger-ish. Released 2001. -Nicole

“Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)” – Blu Cantrell

Listen, Blu Cantrell was not here for your mess, okay? In this song, she was coaching ladies on how to leave their buck-wild men while cleaning them all the way out. There’s no oops about it, this was an anthem. Released 2001. -Nicole

“Milkshake” – Kelis

I thought this was a wholesome song about milkshakes until my street-smart friend informed me it was about boobs. The song was barely out for a day before the meaning was evident. -Anje

“Video” – India Arie

The talented Ms. Arie was giving us empowering messages from day one. It maybe easier to remember her for so many other beautiful songs, but this one literally started it all. She’s always given us the positivity we so desperately need to hear in this society. That’s rare in the music industry. Released 2001. -Nicole

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – Eve (feat. Gwen Stefani)

This was the song we all deserved! Eve and Gwen Stefani honestly should have done an entire album together because their chemistry together was amazing. Released 2001. -Nicole

“What’s Your Fantasy” – Ludaris (Feat. Shawnna)

I still have the memory of hearing a group of kindergarteners singing this. Imagine waiting for your mom in after school program and all of a sudden hear, “I wanna li-li-li-lick you from your head to your toes.” Cringe. -Anje

“Young, Fresh ‘N’ New” – Kelis

Kelis is an innovative trendsetter with an amazing voice and she deserves to be celebrated every day. Musically she burst onto the scene with “Caught Out There”, and is probably best known for “Milkshake”. However this song should be considered a classic, too. Kelis and the Neptunes made beautiful music together and it sucks that they don’t work together anymore. Released 2001. -Nicole

“Rock Star” – N*E*R*D

Before there was “Lemon” or “Happy”, Pharrell Williams was making hot tracks with StarTrak, The Neptunes and his awesome alternative rock/hip-hop band N*E*R*D. He is not new to the game, and this song is the ultimate reminder of that. Released 2002. -Nicole

“It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy

When you really listen to this song, it’s awful for a lot of reasons. Now I’ll be the first to admit I would jam out to this at college parties while being slightly ashamed about it. But, it’s even worse doing it as a kid. The whole song Shaggy is blatantly admitting he cheated on his girl everywhere in the house but tries to say, “It wasn’t me.” It’s so ridiculously catchy you just ignore how he’s digging his own grave in the song. Homegirl has video evidence and he’s still denying everything. -Anje

“Girlfight” – Brooke Valentine

So this song was pretty catchy. It could make even the most non-violent person want to swing an elbow or two. Released 2004. -Nicole

“Pieces of Me” – Ashlee Simpson

The Simpsons were some of the original family reality stars. Ashlee created her own identity with her music which was quite transparent. This was the song that really set her apart! Released 2004. -Nicole

“Lady Marmalade” – P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya

The French translates to “Do you want to sleep with me?” As most French phrases, since it sounds pretty we tend to ignore or not know the meaning. Again, I’ll be the first to admit my mom and I may or may not have sang this while at a mother/daughter brunch around children no older than 12.       -Anje

“Cupid’s Chokehold” – Gym Class Heroes (feat. Patrick Stump)

“If I had to choose her or the sun/I’d be one nocturnal son-of-a-gun.” A MAN! How could you forget a line that deep? Released 2005. -Nicole

“Feel Good Inc.” – Gorillaz

The Gorillaz has the hits. None of their songs are really forgettable, but there is just something about this one that’s quite mesmerizing. Released 2005. -Nicole

“Don’t Cha” – The Pussycat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)

Was this a song you loved to hate? Maybe. But it was guaranteed to be stuck in your head one time or another. Released 2005. -Nicole

“Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child

Before the Little Booties Matter movement, there was Bootylicious. Now, everything by Destiny’s Child is a banger. Big booties everywhere still shake what their mama gave them. Singing, “Baby, can you handle this?” can go completely over the head of a child that just finished belting Independent Women. But, it’s more enjoyable as an adult embracing their curves than a kid not knowing why someone can’t handle it.     -Anje

“Too Little Too Late” – Jojo

Jojo has BEEN warning us about two-timing boys since the early 2000’s. Let’s remember this gem of a song in honor of our teenage angst and heartbreak. Released 2006. -Nicole

“Dance With Me” – 112

If it’s on The Proud Family it has to be okay right? That’s how most discovered this song. Outside of having a great beat, the girls danced to this in a competition that led to a talk about how to dress on live television. Or how to dress to not attract attention in general. The chorus is a tad hard to understand because of the sound editing so all you understand is “Dance with me.” Maybe something about a parking lot. Didn’t even notice it was a typical, “I spot a girl in a club and she’s attractive and I want to take her home,” song. -Anje

“Me & U” – Cassie

Model turned singer Cassie popped onto the scene with this song. Was this not everyone’s ringtone in high school for a short period of time? Released 2006. -Nicole

“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

Talk about the feels…this song packs on the nostalgia heavily…if you’re into that kinda thing. Released 2006. -Nicole

“Goodies” – Ciara (Feat. Petey Pablo)

Back when everyone was convinced Ciara had male sex organs (or was this just my middle school?). Did anyone know what “goodies” were as a kid in 2004/2005? For the most part, I don’t think most even understood the lyrics clearly. I didn’t until I read them inside the CD cover, and still had no idea what “hot and bothered” could mean. I still want the bodysuit she wears in the video though. -Anje

“Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae

This beautiful tune by the British songbird came from her debut album and she has not yet failed to give us soulful tunes to sing aloud in the shower. Released 2006. -Nicole

“Circle” – Marques Houston

This song was definitely one to hold you captive in your feelings. Released 2006. -Nicole

“Candy Shop” – 50 Cent (Feat. Olivia)

How dare you use candy metaphors on us! I feel like everything 50 Cent makes comes with a disclaimer, but how were we to know as youngins? We hear lollipop and get super excited. The least he could’ve done was mention come kind of protective “lollipop” practices. -Anje

“Get it Shawty” – Lloyd

LLoyd has quite a few hits under his belt, but this song deserved more appreciation! Released 2007. -Nicole

“I Luv Your Girl” – The-Dream (feat. Young Jeezy)

The-Dream had his heel in our necks in the mid 2000s! Every song he released was straight flames. Let us never forget this song about blatant disrespect and infidelity that we all knew word-for-word! Good times. Released 2007. -Nicole

“Rock Yo Hips” – Crime Mob

Don’t act like you’re too cool to rock yo hips! It was a challenge worth taking to recite Diamond’s verse word for word. Released 2007. -Nicole

“Decode” – Paramore

If you loved Twilight and Paramore, do not act like you did not get chills over this song. Just don’t. Released 2008. -Nicole

“Use Somebody” – Kings of Leon

A timeless classic! If you forgot about this song, shame on you. Released 2008. -Nicole

“Gold Digger” – Kanye West (Feat. Jamie Foxx)

Ah yes. Before the “Slavery was a choice” memes rose from Black Twitter. This song will always be one of his best songs. The beat is fire, Jamie Foxx’s intro is iconic, and yelling “We want prenump!” is still a favorited line. I can only imagine the amount of “What’s a gold digger?” questions asked that year (seriously, is there research on this?). I wonder if the poor souls who had to explain it were prepared for such conversation. -Anje

 “Turn My Swag On” – Soulja Boy

A mantra and routine even Beyonce follows. Released 2008. -Nicole

“Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap

This beautiful song may be most popularized in the US for being featured in 500 Days of Summer. Released 2009. -Nicole

“Day ‘N’ Nite” – Kid Cudi

A relatable song of self-deprecation that nobody can give us quite like the talented Mr. Cudder. It was a pretty cool video too. Forever a tune! Released 2009. -Nicole

“Lemonade” – Gucci Mane

Please take a moment to remember this Gucci song guaranteed to make you crave some lemon pepper wangz and a freeze cup. Released 2009. -Nicole

“Kiss Kiss” – Chris Brown

A lot has happened with Chris Brown since this era when he seemed like a sweet baby-faced boy next door. So much, that maybe you’ve forgotten this jam. Let us take a moment and remember him this way. Released 2007. -Nicole

This list could go on for days! There are so many songs from the 2000’s that should probably be on this list! Let us know some of your favorites!

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