It is hard to believe that 21 years ago was the year 2000. That seems like it is only 10 years away if that. When the new millennium hit, the 90’s were still trickling over into the new decade and it was some of the most memorable times, with inventions like dial-up internet, cell phones, and social media.
However, there is one thing that defines every year and that is music. You can look back on a year and think it might have not been the best (hello, 2020) but what got us through it? The music.
So, today, we are taking a trip down memory lane. We are looking back at 5 songs that turn 21 in 2021 (that means they came out in 2000). Millennials, we are officially old.
“Oops… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears
Every 90’s baby had this song and music video on repeat. The Grammy-nominated song was released on March 27, 2000, off her second studio album with the same name. We all wanted to be Britney in that red suit, receiving the necklace from Titanic. To this day, “Oops… I Did It Again” is still one of the most iconic songs of the decade.
“Bye, Bye, Bye” by *NSYNC
Oh, the 2000’s, the time of boy bands. *NSYNC, who held the record for the number of albums sold in a week, until 2015, was one of the best-selling boy bands of all-time. “Bye, Bye, Bye,” released on January 17th, 2000, as the lead single off their album No Strings Attached, played on every radio station, cassette and CD players, and anywhere you could hear music. The music video made absolutely no sense, but you enjoyed it anyway. The song is often played as the last song at events and die-hard fans still know the dance.
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
“I Hope You Dance” was released in 2000 off her third studio album of the same name. The Grammy-winning song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. The single also won a CMA, ACM, NSAI, and BMI for Song of the Year. Compiled by RIAA, “I Hope You Dance” is listed in Songs of the Century at number 352. The song is still played at many weddings today as parent/child songs.
“Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper
Everybody clap your hands! You know that line dance that everyone loves to do at parties, yeah that came out 21 years ago. “Cha Cha Slide” was released on August 2nd, 2000. There was even a part two called the “Casper Slide” made. The song spent 5 weeks on the Billboard Hot 11 Charts and continued to chart globally for four years. Until something better comes along, this song will always be played at weddings, graduations, etc.
“Jumpin’, Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child
Released as their fourth and final single from their album, The Writing’s on the Wall, on July 18th, 2000, “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” is one of Destiny’s Child’s most popular songs. Before Beyonce became a huge superstar, she was in one of the most famous girl groups, Destiny’s Child. The song reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked in the top 10 in six other countries. “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” was a commercial success and was listed on Pitchfork’s Top 500 Songs of the 2000s at number 232.