First Hit #1: October 30, 2004
Usher caps off a triumphant year with a fairly straight up love song, though the video starts with an entirely different song for some unknown reason. It’s not about a current relationship, something more nostalgic about a particularly memorable old relationship. It’s somewhat sweet, and as a cap to a good year it ends on a largely positive note. It is, like the rest of the Confessions singles, more complex than it has to be, and Usher and Alicia Keys are extremely well matched vocally – when they trade the line “oh, my boo” it fully explains why the song was popular, it’s actually an exciting moment entirely because of the harmonies. Sure, My Boo is just a silly term, but that kind of makes the song too, since it’s nostalgic for first love it stands to reason that it’d need a silly pet name to really work. I’ll argue that this is what radio pop should be, or at least should have been in the middle of the ’00s. Listeners agreed.