Category Archives: 2005

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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Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us

First Hit #1: December 31, 2005 Speaking of less interesting versions of successful artists, here’s Mariah Carey, who has become a less interesting version of Mariah Carey. Don’t Forget About Us isn’t necessarily bad though, and it at least has … Continue reading

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Chris Brown – Run It!

First Hit #1: November 26, 2005 Let’s ignore, for a moment, whether or not Chris Brown is a terrible person. The important issue here is Brown’s music, and Run It is his first big hit. While Brown sounds surprisingly prepubescent … Continue reading

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Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

First Hit #1: September 17, 2005 Kanye West is an endlessly entertaining musician, whatever you think of him as a person, and while Gold Digger might not be the most progressive song lyrically – it is, after all, about women … Continue reading

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Carrie Underwood – Inside Your Heaven

First Hit #1: July 2, 2005 Carrie Underwood manages the impossible and has a slightly unique American Idol single. Well, slightly, they recognize that she has a distinct country twang so they threw some steel guitar on the track, a … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

First Hit #1: June 4, 2005 Mariah had a big comeback in 2005, after her personal nadir – better known as Glitter – she managed to become a hitmaker yet again. Unfortunately, she seemed to do it by just being … Continue reading

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Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

First Hit #1: May 7, 2005 Cheerleading works in a sports context because it’s something of a distraction. The cheers are simple, but they have to be so they’re easy to pick up and chant by the assembled crowd. They … Continue reading

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