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Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (2000-2004)

Music is still very much alive from 2000-2004, however, album sales was seen on its decline. This was due to the rise of digital music and piracy. Still, we saw the trends in music with the rise of new artists, as well as trends in genres.

First-week million sales
It has been a phenomenon in music to sell one million copies in just one week. The record breaker for a long time was set on first quarter of 2000 when NSYNC broke sales with 2.4 million US sales. That same year, Eminem broke more than 1.7 million for “Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears second LP “Oops… I Did It Again” with more than 1.3 million and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate Starfish and Hotdog Flavored Water” with more than 1 million. Several artists this era reached a million in first week like Usher, Norah Jones and Backstreet Boys (had two albums with Millenium from 1999). NSYNC held the second place for a long time to with “Celebrity” with 1.8 million plus, and another album from Eminem.

Boybands going hiatus
Boybands enjoyed their peak during 1995-1999. They started the new millenium with a bang, but as 2002 started, boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC took hiatus. European boybands continued though like Westlife and Blue.

Going solo
As boybands and girlbands go hiatus, many members of those groups went solo. NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake achieved success with his debut. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys though had limited success. While Beyonce of Destiny’s Child had her superstardom began in 2004.

Young female stars going sexy
We also saw the young female stars going sexier this era. Britney Spears left her role model image as she has gone sexy in her third album. Christina Aguilera is very notable though as she has shown her dirtiest image in 2002 with her video “Dirrty” and her breakout album “Stripped”.

Young female pop/rock stars
In 2002, Avril Lavigne rocked the charts with her debut album “Let Go”. Despite Michelle Branch first came out, she was not credited for the rise of pop/rock music. Vanessa Carlton had platinum success with her debut album, while Jennifer Love Hewitt released a pop/rock album. We also saw Hillary Duff and Ashley Simpson followed the pop/rock genre.

Rock bands
Rock has become a very popular genre in 2000 with the success of Limp Bizkit. Linkin Park became victorious too who scored the biggest selling rock album of the decade with “Hybrid Theory” and a huge second album “Meteora”. Nickelback, Coldplay and Creed became successful this era too.

R&B music
R&B music has been on its peak when year 2000 begun. It was led by Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyonce and others. Even pop stars incorporated R&B in their music.

Hip-hop music
Hip-hop music scene is very much alive this era too. We saw the success of Eminem, Nelly and Ja Rule, as well as the introductory of Chingy, 50 Cent and others.

Remixes
Remixes has been popular too this era. It started when Jennifer Lopez topped the charts with “I’m Real” which led to the release of her remix album. The album set record when it went to number one. Other successful remix albums were from P. Diddy and Linkin Park.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Shake”

“Shake” was often used in songs to moving your body and mostly in party songs. Nevertheless, it is also used in a relationship like shaking it and breaking it. To know some of the known “shake” songs, here are they:

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off
Seems like many are hating you, just go on what you doing and “shake” it off. This song which officially made Taylor Swift a “pop” star went to number one and was successful globally.

Debbie Gibson- Shake Your Love
Want some “shaking” 1980’s groove, this song will surely make you “shake” your love. This song was a top 5 hit for Deb in the US and entered the top 10 in many countries.

Metro Station- Shake It
The song may be about romance with the girl as clearly stated with its “shake” title. Since the song was the only big hit of the band, they were considered as one-hit wonder.

Mariah Carey- Shake It Off
When your boyfriend is cheating, just leave and “shake” it off. This song with the sane title with Taylor Swift, became a top 10 hit including a top 2 position in the US.

Kelis- Milk Shake
According to reports, Kelis claims it means “self-confidence”. But many people give it a different meaning. The song eventually became Kelis’s biggest worldwide hit

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shake Ya Tailfeather
Just a song for the girls as this song was used in “Bad Boys 2”. It went to US number 1 and a top ten placement in sone countries.

Savage Garden- Break Me, Shake Me
“Shake” pertains to a relationship that happens due to abuse. It was also listed in “Break” songs. It was a moderate success in some countries.

Ricky Martin- Shake Your Bonbon
Ricky Martin was known for “shaking” his bonbon and he also asks the girl to “shake” that bonbon too. The song has been a top 20 success in many countries.

Baueer- Harlem Shake
Just one of the meaningless “shake” song as it was mainly a dance instrumental song. It became successful when it became viral as many just danced with that song.

Peaches and Herb- Shake Your Groove Thing
One of the most remarkable and classic “shake” songs. It has been a hit song that it is still heard even at this era.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Call”

There had been a lot of songs with “call”. Recently, there’s this song which became viral and eventually became a huge hit. When it comes to “call”, it often pertains to a phone call. But not every “call” song is not about phone calls.

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe
Seeing a guy you like and giving your number to him, and “call” her maybe! Well, this song has been viral which led to become one of the biggest songs during the recent years. It has been number in most of the countries worldwide.

Blondie- Call Me
Debbie Harry wants to be “called” by that guy she loves. Well, this so has became the band’s biggest hit worldwide reaching a notable number one position in the US and UK.

Alicia Keys- How Come You Don’t Call Me
Ever wonder why the one you love stopped “calling” you? Sing this song to him or her, which originally sung by the iconic Prince, which had Hot 100 success with Keys’ version.

Chingy- One Call Away
Not to be mistaken for the song of breakthrough singer Charlie Puth, this rap love song hit the second position in Billboard Hot 100 then.

Macy Gray- Why Didn’t You Call Me
You just met someone and had a good time. But ever wonder why the person didn’t “call” and meet again? That was Macy’s question in this soulful song which was a UK top 40.

Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
A guy may be out of his mind or drunk? Don’t let him “call “you in that situation. Wait till he’s sober. This song became the band’s top 10 comeback worldwide.

Madison Avenue- Don’t Call Me Baby
Ever taken for granted by a guy or a girl? Then tell them not to “call” you “baby” again. This dance song went to UK number one in early 2000s.

Charlie Puth- One Call Away
Needing a friend? Charlie Puth will come to the rescue like Supean with just a “call” away. This song is currently hitting the waves.

Janet Jackson and Nelly- Call on Me
Lovers always wants to be called by each other. That’s why this “call” tandem by the singer and the rapper went to the top 30 in several countries.

Maroon 5- Wake Up Call
What if your wake up call is seeing the one you love with another person in bed? That would be heartbreaking. This song went to Billboard top 20.

Some Facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 2000-2004

Since 2000, there has been great newcomers who are still relevant until now. Not all of them did but at least they got the taste of success.

Macy Gray
The R&B singer received success when both her first single “I Try” and album “On How Life Is” both hit the top 5. The album turned to be one of the biggest albums of 2000. Her follow-up album didn’t receive such success though.

Nelly
Nelly became one of the top rappers of 2000s when he received success worldwide with second album “Nellyville”. Nevertheless, he had a successful debut album too when “Country Grammar” album went 8 million according to Nielsen Sounscand just in US. His other albums went platinum.

Coldplay
British band Coldplay was very successful with their debut album “Parachute”. It was multi-platinum particularly in Europe and native country UK. Their success extended until now after multi-platinum albums. However, their newly released “A Head Full of Dreams” is said to be their last.

Linkin Park
Linkin Park was one of the biggest bands since 2000s. Their first album “Hybrid Theory” was a sleeper hit when it was among the top sellers of both 2001 and 2002. They had multi platinum success with secodn and third studio albums. Their recent releases went platinum.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys offered something new with her debut. Her single “Fallin'” was very successful then which led to 12 million in sales of “Songs in A Minor” LP, according to Wikipedia. Her second to fourth album became extremely successful too.

Ashanti
Before Ashanti’s success, she was seen as featured artists in rappers’ hits. Then she released “Foolish” which was number one in many countries. Her self titled album went to number 1 in Billboard Hot 100. Her second album became successful though.

Avril Lavigne
Avril became the next big thing when she debuted in 2002 as she went to number 1 when “Let Go”, her first album, became big seller both in 2002 and 2003. It scored 3 top 10 hits worldwide. Success went on with her other albums.

50 Cent
50 Cent is created records in 2003 when he became among the 5 big sellers that year through his album “Get Rich ir Die Trying”. In 2005, he sets record for big first week sales of his second LP “The Massacre”.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was hailed from Americal Idol and her debut album became number 1 in Billboard albums. It was successful which opened the way to her second album in 2004 and became her biggest album ever.

Sean Paul
Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul scored multiple top ten hits off from his debut album “Dutty Rock” which was successful too. Je had top ten hits with upcoming album then.

Norah Jones
Norah Jones slowly surged to the top and climbed up the charts after multiple wins from the Grammys. Her debut album Come Away With Me” sold 26 million according to Wikipedia while second album went 1 million in just a week.

Evanescence
Due to the success of “Bring Me to Life” the Amy Lee-led band received several millions in sales with album “Fallen”. Their second album is number 1 though

Maroon 5
Maroon 5 slowly picked up in sales until their second single “This Love” became worldwide successful which helped “Songs About Jane” achieved multi-platinum success worldwide. Until now, the band has sustained their popularity.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top R&B Hits 2000-2004

Since 2000, many R&B songs released were upbeat and it is common for rappers and R&B to collaborate and create good songs. Remixes are very common too. Here are the top R&B hits during this period I listed based on its impact and success.

Mariah Carey ft. Joe and 98 Degrees- Thank God I Found You
This song has become Mariah’s last chart-topper before successful comeback in 2005. The beautiful ballad also included R&B singer Joe and US boy band 98 Degrees. The remix version sounds good too, but excluded 98 Degrees.

Sisqo- Thong Song
One of the best upbeat R&B hits during the first half of 2000, Sisqo gained a fanbase through this song. Oh wait, you might’ve heard “livin’ la vida loca”, you heard it right, it was interpolated.

Outkast- Ms. Jackson
This is the first and biggest hit internationally by the hip-hop duo, the song was also one of the best hip-hop songs since 2000s.

Destiny’s Child- Independent Women Part 1
The group just became a trio and it played big success for their career as this ‘girl power’ themed song became one of the longest number 1 hits.

Janet Jackson- All For You
It was a huge comeback for Janet after a high debut and long weeks at number one with this danceable R&B tune.

Destiny’s Child- Survivor
One of the successful “I Will Survive”” songs, this R&B track became one of the biggest hits of 2001.

Alicia Keys- Fallin’
This remains the most memorable song for Alicia Keys for topping the charts. This soulful ballad was one of the best love songs of 2001.

Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma
How about falling in love with someone even committed with someone? This love song just became a 10-week holder at top spot in the US.

Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
This is one of the catchiest and most memorable upbeat R&B tune during the decade. Just hearing the beat, you will know what song is that. It is the biggest hit of Mary J. ever.

Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love
This song brought Beyonce’s career to great heights as it became her first hit as lead artist. It has become a global hit in 2003.

Aaliyah- Miss You
This was released posthumously and remained one of the top R&B ballads during the period. It is also one of the most known song by Aaliyah.

50 Cent- In Da Club
50 Cent’s success can be attributed to this club hip-hop hit. It helped his LP to go multiple platinum.

Beyonce ft. Sean Paul- Baby Boy
Incorporating Arabic sound in its music, this is how this second chart-topper from Bey was known.

Usher- Yeah!
Consider as Usher’s biggest hit, this helped his “Confessions” LP sell a million in a single week. This is one of the club-ready hip-hop songs during 2000s.

Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo
Usher’s team up with the talented Alicia Keys has become one of the best and successful duets of 2004.

Some facts from Wikipedia.

Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of 2000s

Movie soundtracks in 2000s may not be as huge as in 1990s, however, there are some big hits too this decade.

High School Musical Cast- Breaking Free
(from High School Musical)
The cast of this TV movie gained popularity in music industry when this song hit the top 10, which is also popular among teenagers.

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee- Shae Ya Tailfeather
(from Bad Boys 2)
It took 8 years for the sequelof Bad Boys 2, and it was worth it as the film was a hit as well as this song which was a Hot 100 chart-topper.

Madonna- Die Another Day
(from Die Another Day)
She had a cameo role in this James Bond film, likewise, she sang the Bond theme which became the biggest Bond song after several years.

Miley Cyrus- The Climb
(from Hannah Montana The Movie)
After successful TV soundtracks, finally, a movie soundtrack was released through the movie versio. The movie’s theme “The Climb” became a Billboard top 5 hit and Miley’s biggest hit then.

A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls- Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)
(from Slumdog Millionaire)
Originally excluded Pussycat Dolls from the original version, the group’s inclusion made the song a hit. The success of the film can also be attributed.

Linkin Park- What I’ve Done
(from Transformers)
This can be the biggest selling single of the band, it’s inclusion to the “Transformers” soundtrack is a jump start for the band’s new album.

Faith Hill- There You’ll Be
(from: Pearl Harbor)
The song was Faith’s biggest international hit and was intended to duplicate the success of “My Heart Will Go On” but it didn’t match. It is still a hit though.

Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink- Lady Marmalade
(from: Moulin Rouge)
These four ladies made an incredible version of this song with huge impact to the success of the album’s soundtrack and film. It went on to top the global charts.

Eminem- Lose Yourself
(from: 8 Mile)
This song is one of the biggest hit of Em. Likewise, it is also a successful film which starred Em himself. The soundtrack is also reached high sales status.

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain- Low
(Step Up 2: The Streets)
It seems hip-hop is such a big genre in soundtracks recently. This song from the second installment of Step Up was one of the biggest selling digital singles to date.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Male and Female Duets of the Last 20 Years

When a male and female singer intertwined in a song, they can make a good love song. Hopeless romantic people fall in love with these songs which contributes to their successes. However, there are some duets about broken hearts.

10. Ricky Martin and Christina Aquilera- Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

When you’re longing for someone you love, then this will be a good song for you. It’s Latin power when the two artists as Latin roots. As expected, it was huge in Spanish-speaking countries. It was huge in Asia too.

9. Mariah Carey ft. Joe and 98 Degrees- Thank God I Found You

Mariah did several duets before, while in this song, she’s with Joe and included boyband 98 Degrees to sing in the chorus. This song reminded me of a song by Asian singers, Jackie Cheung and Philippines’ Regine Velasquez because of similar melody of the chorus. Still, this number 1 song Mariah is good to listen to and fall in love to its message.

8. Jennifer Lopez ft. LL Cool J- All I Have

This rap-sung collab from J.Lo and LL may be a sad love but it fits to be in this list. It was about leaving despite loving the person because of mistreatment from the partner. It was number 1 in the charts during first quarterof 2003.

7. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran- Everything has Changed

It’s romantic when a girl and a guy can play guitar and made a great folk, pop, country love song. Taylor and Ed did a pretty good job with this UK top ten hit.

6. R. Kelly and Celine Dion- I’m Your Angel

This can be considered as a holiday song since this was released during the last quarter of 1998 and included in Celine’s holiday album. But this song is a promise of protection for loved ones. It was huge in US during the holidays.

5. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Falling in love with another one despite in a relationship with someone? This song talks about that. Well, that’s Kelly’s dilemma. The song went to number 1 elsewhere in the world.

4. Pink ft. Nate Ruess-Just Give Me a Reason

This is a great love song about learning to love again despite all the flaws. The combination of Pink’s strong voice and Nate’s fragile voice is perfect. It has dominated the charts and radio and became like an anthem to many.

3. Beyonce ft. R. Kelly- If I Were a Boy (Remix)

It’s not the usual love song you hear, as it is about a relationship of a woman with a man and reversing her role as a man and how to treat the woman. R. Kelly answered in this great duey remix of the song.

2. Alicia Keys and Usher- If I Ain’t Got You

This is one of the best love songs released in 2004. Before Usher invited Alicia for “My Boo”, Alcia took Usher’s assistance to do the male part for this song’s remix. The song talks about everything in this world is nothing without her or his love.

1. Mariah Carey and Brian McKnight- Whenever You Call

This song was not released as an official single but reach the airwaves of some Asian countries. It was a solo of Mariah in the album version, however, recorded as a duet with Brian McKnight since it was co-written by him. It sounds better as a duet with this “I’ll Be There”-esque song. The reason why I picked this as number one because of its lovely lyrics and vocals of the 2 artists.

 

Rap-Sung Collaborations

It started out in the 90s when singers and rappers work together to form a song. A singer may invite a rapper for a rap part of a song or the other way around. Together, they can form a good melody which became a formula for a hit song.

Below is my list of 10 rap-sung collaborations:

10. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- Crazy in Love

The couple first collaborated when Destiny’s Child appeared in Jay-Z’s song until the two worked together for “03 Bonnie & Clyde” (not on this list) and finally in this song, “Crazy in Love”. The horn sample dominates the entire song and the rap part is catchy and I can’t think how it’s like without it.

9. Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland- Dilemma

Nelly was known for catchy rapping. I mean his way of rapping creates melody especially heard in this song. Kelly Rowland’s part, though, made the song a bigger hit because of its melody.

8. Eminem & Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie

When bad boy rapper meets good girl gone bad singer, it will result to a great collaboration especially in a song about going through a difficult relationship. The huge collaboration resulted into huge success after achieving multi-platinum certification.

7. Fergie ft. Ludacris- Glamorous

What I love about this song is its smooth R&B sound. The rap is good enough to complete the song. Well, it just became Fergie’s second ┬ánumber one hit.

6. Twista ft. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx- Slow Jamz

This became one of the rap/R&B hits in 2004. I liked the song when I first heard it on radio. The sampling of Luther Vandross’ song made it more effective.

5. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Always on Time

Ja Rule always made effective songs during 2000-2003. Her collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti were the most notable especially this song. Anyway, what made this song a hit was the catchy chorus.

4. Usher and Alicia Keys- My Boo

Many of you might think there’s no rapper in this song. Nevertheless, there’s rap part of the song done by Alicia Keys after Usher’s intro. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo love song that’s pleasing to listen to.

3. Black Eyed Peas ft. Justin Timberlake- Where’s the Love?

Justin may not have been properly credited in this song but the chorus is the life of the song along with its wonderful lyrics. It eventually became huge back in 2003.

2. Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule- I’m Real (Remix)

The original version of the song is good but the remix version is better. I love how they sing and rap alternately in every line. It was huge at the charts back then.

1. Mariah Carey ft. ODB- Fantasy (Remix)

This is one of the biggest rap-sung collaboration of 1990s. It was also one of the first remixes of hip-hop and R&B. It proved that rap and singing can be effective in music industry.