Category Archives: 2001

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Nickelback – How You Remind Me

First Hit #1: December 22, 2001 It’s sometimes difficult to look back on a track without thinking of the intervening years. How You Remind Me, for instance, is a song that’s kind of colored by the fact that Nickelback basically … Continue reading

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Usher – U Got It Bad

First Hit #1: December 15, 2001 Usher is one of the rare pop artists who can make a song feel incredibly personal and specific. He might have co-writers and producers, but U Got It Bad feels like a song that’s … Continue reading

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Mary J. Blige – Family Affair

First Hit #1: November 3, 2001 Lyrically, Mary J. Blige has written a song that could easily be a disco hit. It’s all about hitting the dance floor, and partying away all your worries. It’s slightly more clever than it … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule – I’m Real

First Hit #1: October 20, 2001 Which I’m Real was the hit? It’s an important distinction, because the original I’m Real and the Murder Remix are completely different songs. The original is a silly little dance pop number, the remix … Continue reading

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Alicia Keys – Fallin’

First Hit #1: August 18, 2001 Fallin’ is the kind of thing that can feel refreshing if you hear it at the right time. A polished piano ballad with a big hook isn’t anything new, but it builds smartly and … Continue reading

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Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

First Hit #1: August 4, 2001 Until now, Destiny’s Child has been pretty focused on making empowerment anthems as their singles. Now we have Bootylicious, which apart from expanding the English language is a step in a significantly more superficial … Continue reading

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