The 00s were a weird decade for music. Autotune became a thing, iPods were invented, Michael Jackson died, and the industry seemed to care more about online piracy than, y'know, actually making good music. Though there was good along with the bad, a lot of it was bad. And, much like your high school classmates, those songs are still out there, even though you might never think about them. It's time to check up on some of them (the good and the bad) and see how they're doing.
What it was then: A popular club hit by renowned lyrical wordsmith Lil' Jon where he explores the complicated relationship between strip club etiquette, alcohol, and his semen.What it is now: Everybody's favorite song at your nephew Eli's Bar Mitzvah.
Remains the only way to see Great Aunt Ethel to bust a move.
What it was then: An insanely popular and infectiously catchy smash hit about the difficulties of committing to a serious relationship. What it is now: Minor League baseball "between the innings" music.
Ideal background music for getting another hot dog. Also, remarkably accessible to middle-aged white people.
What it was then: The "how the hell did this get to #1 on the charts/" song of the year. What it is now: Favorite song of Methodist Children's Pastor Steve Gilbert.
There's no better way to prove to the kids that you're "hip" and "cool" than by listening to some awesome rockin' and rollin' music by Creed!
What it was then: Eminem's most successful song, a chronicle of the struggle faced by B-Rabbit/Eminem on the journey from the Detroit slums to superstardom.
What it is now: The first track on every high school sports team's warm-up CD
Undoubtedly the top choice of 16-year-olds who are ready to win this fucking game! Yeah! Go Wildcats!
What it was then: A hardcore single from Ludacris about how bitches just need to get out of way when he's drinking and driving.What it is now: The intro to every traffic report on the Radio
It's an unspoken law that every hip-hop radio station has to use a clip from this song as part of their "traffic report" soundbyte.
What it was then: The debut single from Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and a dance craze that swept the nation's middle schools in 2007.What it is now: Completely erased from the collective consciousness of humanity.
Like polio, the world is better off without it.
What it was then: That song that everybody loves.
What it is now: That song that everybody loves.
But shit yeah, it's impossible to dislike this song. It's fuckin' Shaggy, man!