#TBT: 10 Hit Songs From Ten Years Ago
Yep, 2006 was ten years ago, and what a year that was for music.
Let me take you back in time and remind your ears of a few hit songs we were all jamming to back in '06.
"Bad Day" – Daniel Powter
It's safe to say that "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter was the undeniable hit song of 2006. Kind of sad to think that the biggest song of that year was a sort of celebratory jam about having a bad day, but that's that!
"SexyBack" – Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland
Another undeniable thing about 2006 was that there was absolutely no hotter or more in-demand producer than Timbaland, a feat solidified by his work on Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSound" album, which was lead by the single "SexyBack" and delivered other huge hit songs such as "My Love" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around."
"Promiscuous" – Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
Nelly Furtado, along with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, was the third part of the undeniable 2006 pop trifecta. "Promiscuous" was a huge, huge hit that turned this Canadian singer into a household name around the world. Ten years later, it's still such a jam.
"Hips Don't Lie" – Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Arguably the most important song of Shakira's career (though some might make a case for the 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem "Waka Waka"), "Hips Don't Lie" was a truly iconic hit song that could've only come from someone like Shakira. It's rock, it's pop, it's latin, and everything just mashes up together in a perfect way.
"Me & U" – Cassie
The story goes that Diddy heard "Me & U" and felt like he had to get involved with the release of Cassie's debut album right away. This song aged very gracefully and still stands as a major R&B jam ten years later. Just kind of wish that Cassie was a bigger artist nowadays!
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" – Panic! At The Disco
Just as emo culture seemed to be dying out, along came Panic! At The Disco with their phenomenal lead single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," which gave way to their unforgettable debut album "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out." What's most impressive about this hit song is that it completely shaped the aesthetic and sound that Panic! At The Disco became known for and still utilizes in their new material. It's just awesome!
"Gold Digger" – Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
"Gold Digger" is definitely on my Top 10 best songs ever for Kanye West. And for an artist with such an extensive catalog like his, that's saying a lot. The track was funny, honest, real, popular, and absolutely epic. It was peak "Late Registration"-era Kanye.
"London Bridge" – Fergie
Fergie-Ferg's lead single as a solo artist went #1 and paved the way for her very successful debut album "The Dutchess," which also gave us great songs such as "Fergalicious," "Glamurous," and "Big Girls Don't Cry." It's very hard to look back to 2006 without remembering "London Bridge," and honestly, why wouldn't we want to remember such a great pop song?
"You're Beautiful" – James Blunt
I interviewed James Blunt for POPline back in 2014 (here's the interview, published in Portuguese) and it's pretty evident that "You're Beautiful" is the song that completely defined his career, even though many people tend to forget that James Blunt has had other popular songs such as "Good Bye My Lover" and "Same Mistake" – to name a few. "You're Beautiful" is sad, beautiful, and timeless.
"Temperature" – Sean Paul
Sean Paul had already achieved some success with his previous albums, but it was the "Trinity" record that gave us hit songs such as "We Be Burnin'," "Give It Up To Me," and "Temperature." Sean Paul was as big as one can be back in 2006, but unfortunately he faded away with some given time. I think it's overdue that he has a big comeback, especially now that popular artists such as Drake and Rihanna are putting out music that sounds so much like his older stuff. #JusticeForSeanPaul, anybody?