Category Archives: 2003

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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Outkast – Hey Ya!

First Hit #1: December 13, 2003 We wrap up 2003 with Outkast, with a song that has plenty of things lurking under the surface of an otherwise glossy pop track. There’s a certain obsession with the past, made explicit in … Continue reading

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Ludacris feat. Shawnna – Stand Up

First Hit #1: December 6, 2003 Stand Up is one of those songs that doesn’t quite work as its own. The shouts of Stand Up and the chorus itself are better suited to a clever DJ shoving them into a … Continue reading

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Beyonce feat. Sean Paul – Baby Boy

First Hit #1: October 4, 2003 Baby Boy is really a Sean Paul song with a feature spot for Beyonce, no matter how it’s credited. Beyonce’s got the chorus – and it’s a pretty good chorus, let’s not undersell her … Continue reading

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Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee – Shake Ya Tailfeathers

First Hit #1: September 6, 2003 Bad Boys 2 is an overstuffed goofball of a movie, full of stars and heavy production values that should fall apart at any second, but somehow works anyway. There’s a good reason why “Shit … Continue reading

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Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy in Love

First Hit #1: July 12, 2003 If anything, Crazy in Love is celebratory. It’s the horns, when they show up in the chorus it conveys a certain sense of excitement and exhilaration. Whatever is being sung, Crazy in Love reads … Continue reading

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Clay Aiken – This Is The Night

First Hit #1: June 28, 2003 Now we are in the second season of American Idol, and into the big match-up between Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Stoddard won the day, being a fairly atypical pop star – a very … Continue reading

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