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#TBT Music: 2003

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Alright, round 2 of Throwback Thursday music edition. I’ve chosen 2003 this time. Why? Honestly, I chose a really random year and called it a day. Let me tell you, though, there is no easy way to YouTube the songs you’re about to read about in the library without someone noticing.

1. Released: Beyonce – Dangerously in Love

And then in 2013, everyone wondered why she didn’t bring Jay-Z on stage at the Superbowl to perform this song. The album, Dangerously in Love, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured the singles “Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” “Baby Boy,” and “Me, Myself & I.” This is when I liked Beyonce. Now all the entertainment I get from her is YouTube videos of some girl dressed as a clown trying to do the Single Ladies dance and smacking her head on the edge of a TV.

2. The Cheetah Girls debuted.

Uh, hello? ‘Cuz we are sisters, every color. Those definitely aren’t the words, but no sane girl of my generation can deny that they were super excited when Raven of That’s So Raven was advertised in The Cheetah Girls movie. But actually, did the books or the movies come first?

3. Johnny Cash passed away.

To be honest, I didn’t even know about Johnny Cash until Walk the Line was released in 2005, and even more honest, I don’t think I even knew what that movie was until it was playing for free in a hotel room on a vacation one year and I became addicted. So, I guess you could say I didn’t really notice his passing in 2003. But now that I love Johnny Cash, I’m devastated.

4. S Club 7 split.

The worst decision this group could have possibly made because I was nowhere near done with my S Club Party. Anyway, they released “Say Goodbye” (how metaphoric of them) which jumped to #2 on the UK charts – apparently our charts didn’t care about them because I can’t seem to find how this song ranked on the US charts (however, I also only have 10 minutes left on my free WiFi so I can’t say I’m putting too much effort into it). 

5. 2003 MTV VMAs…

And sometimes you have to wonder if this is why the Grammys thought they finally needed to have a dress code at their event in 2013…

6. #1 Single of the Year: “In da Club” – 50 Cent

But actually, I fully remember dancing around to this song (at the age of 10) in my game room like the whitest girl you could possibly imagine. Also, I’m almost positive my mom has this song on her iPod which only makes it worse. To top it off, the best thing to come from this song is the catch phrase, “We gonna party like it’s yo birthday.”

 

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#TBT: Music in 1981

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After not checking the iTunes store for 2 weeks, I checked it out today and I was like “WTF this is the worst Top 10 list I’ve ever seen.” Although right now my iTunes library is on shuffle and I’m also like “WTF this is the worst music I’ve ever heard.” So, take that as you will. This caused me to reflect on the good days of music. Naturally, I’m starting with 1981, which, since I wasn’t technically (but really in no way shape or form) alive, I’m relying on a lot of Google to point me to the big moments.

1. MTV Launched on August 1, 1981

…And 31 years later, we’re still dealing with it. But really, it was awesome in 1981. Whereas now its tagline is probably something along the lines of “I want to be Made into a Jersey Shore Teen Mom,” when it was launched, it was “I want my MTV.” Real surprise: the “M” actually stood for “Music.” LOL. Yeah. Anyway, they opened with The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” and with that music videos were born. It was 24 hours each day of music videos – what could be better than that? MTV gave name to people like Michael Jackson and Madonna (well the Madonna of the 80s – the name she has now is all on her own). To think that we went from “Ladies and Gentleman, rock and rock” to “Next on 16 and Pregnant” in 30 years is just pathetic.

2. Kim Carnes – “Bette Davis Eyes”

This was the number 1 song of the year according to Billboard’s end of the year charts. And that’s also really all I have to comment on about this song.

3. This song was released.

And then we all wished we were Jessie’s Girl. Also, if you don’t know this song then you’ve been living under a rock because every good samaritan should know every lyric (or at least be able to make up some really good substitutes like me) to this song.

4. This album was released.

On July 31, 1981, Journey released the album Escape and it included one of the greatest songs (duh, in my opinion) ever: “Don’t Stop Believin’.” However, that song is clearly only of the greatest songs ever in my opinion because it peaked at number 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Other singles off this album included “Who’s Crying Now?” at #4 and “Open Arms” at #2. But like really, who cared about any song other than “Don’t Stop Believin”? Oh, that’s just me? K.

5. Bob Marley passed away.

On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley passed away due to cancer. But don’t worry, to this day, every teenager still goes through a phase in his life where he gets high and pretends that Bob Marley is singing the anthem to his life.