With all due respect to the lads of One Direction, pop music today seems somewhat lacking compared to its early-2000s counterpart. Here are five gems from the past that may have (temporarily) slipped your mind:
1. “So Yesterday” by Hilary Duff (Metamorphosis, 2003)
Hilary Duff is now happily married with an (adorable) baby boy, Luca. Feel old yet, Lizzie McGuire fans?
2.”Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo (JoJo, 2004)
Yes, I know she was 13 when this song came out and probably had zero relationship experience at the time. I don’t care. This was my jam. (Until I forgot about it.)
3. “All The Things You Said” by t.A.T.u. (200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, 2002)
Nothing says “early 2000s” better than a pair of faux-lesbian Russian teenagers being forced to make out by their manager for shock value.
4. “Irresistible” by Jessica Simpson (Irresistible, 2001)
Remember the good old days when Jessica would actually sing and not confuse poultry with tuna and have decades-long pregnancies? I miss you, 2001 Jessica Simpson.
5. “Collide” by Howie Day (Stop All the World Now, 2003)
I listened to this song over 100 times in the three day period after I downloaded it off iTunes onto my pink iPod Mini. (To be fair, two of those three days were snow days.) This song still makes me smile nearly 10 (!) years later.
Honorable Mention: “Millenium” by Robbie Williams. Although this song is about the early 2000s, it’s disqualified because it actually came out in 1998.