ATTENTION: SPOILER AND FULL PLAYLIST AT BOTTOM
I think it’s safe to say limiting TBT to just one song is pretty much impossible. Out of the kindness of my heart, I went out of my way to make a TBT playlist of the Top 10 Party Songs from 2000-2004. If you are still in college, congratulations your weekend has started. Now listen to these songs before you go out tonight. If you are working, unfortunately you still got one more day left. However, this playlist will bring you back some good memories, and hopefully make you hate your job a little less. Here are my TOP 10 Party Songs From 2000-2004
10. “Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like)” – Grits
Stealing the 10 spot is “Ooh Ahh” by Grits. This hit came out in 2002 and hasn’t left. As soon as the song comes on you feel a little cooler. No one knew they could describe their life in just two words. It’s a song that everyone knows the chorus to and gets the party going. The reason it is only 10 is because the last minute of the song is a bit redundant and usually has to be turned off before it can finish.
- “Get Low” – Ying Yang Twins
My number 9 song also came out in 2002 and reminds me of two things: playing Need For Speed and Middle School dances. Even though this song was released when I was 9, it was extremely popular for the majority of the 2000’s. Also, at 9 years old, hearing “Sweat drop down my balls” was hilarious. You don’t hear it that much nowadays, but it’s still a great throwback. Awesome chorus, but not many people know the verses. For that reason, the Twins receive the 9th spot on my playlist.
- “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
I tried to keep it to one song per artist on my list, and OutKast was definitely a hard decision. Within this five year span they had “Roses,” “Ms. Jackson,” and “Hey Ya!” Deciding between those three songs, I made the executive decision and pulled the trigger on “Hey Ya!” This is a party playlist, and “Ms. Jackson” is a good sing along song, but not great for parties. “Roses” is an excellent song and could be played at parties, but I don’t want to hear about a terrible ex when I’m trying to get ready to start my night. (The original version is at the bottom, I attached an acoustic version to see a different style)
- “Where Is The Love?” – The Black Eyed Peas
How could you not put this song on a playlist from the early 2000’s? I was 10 years old when this song came out, and it might have been the first song that I could reiterate from start to finish. It took the nation by storm and was on EVERY radio station. The song speaks the truth about what was going on in the world back in 2003. The reason it’s at 7 is because it isn’t much of a party song, but I couldn’t leave it off the list.
- “In Da Club” – 50 Cent
Get Rich or Die Trying was one of the best albums that came out in the early 2000’s. For the younger people reading this, do you know the guy who owned Vitamin Water? He just declared bankruptcy? Well he actually made that money from being a pretty successful rapper. I remember my sister had this album, and I used to sneak in her room, steal it, and then listen to it. I was a bit of a bad ass at 10 years old.
5. “Let’s Get it Started” – The Black Eyed Peas
This is the definition of a pump up song. The title of the song says it all. When you hear this song coming on, you put the volume up a little bit. From the beat picking up in the beginning, to the verses, the hook and the chorus. Every part of this song gets you ready to start the night. What’s the reason it is number 5? Plain and simple: too many great songs came out during this time frame.
- “Yeah!” – Usher & Friends
This song is still on the radio. This song alone made Lil Jon richer than I’ll ever be in my life, and he only says four words, “Yeah!” “Okay!” and “Let’s Go!” Because of its success, it had to be high on my list. Fits the criteria of being a party song and people know the majority of the lyrics to it. You can’t go wrong with Usher and Ludacris.
- “Slow Jamz” & “All Falls Down” – Kanye West
Three words can describe the early 2000’s: The College Dropout. There are two songs that need to be on this list, and I can’t decide which one is better so they both get 3rd. The College Dropout isn’t just Kanye West’s best album, it is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. When the weekend comes around, both of these songs will always be on my playlist. They’re two songs that get the people going! When you hear these songs come on, you know it’s going to be a good night. Out of respect, you let whoever turned these on keep the aux cord until they screw it up.
- “Ride Wit Me” – Nelly
This song is a pretty difficult song to beat, but I think we all already know what is going to take the number 1 spot. Nelly does an excellent job giving it a fighting chance with this party song. This is a song that gets turned all the way up when it’s on. It’s a great song to go out to or just listen to in your car. I’m jealous of the people that actually were in college when this song came out because people 12 years later are still partying to it.
- So with all of these great songs, what can possibly be above the rest? What man set the bar so high in the early 2000’s that it could not be surpassed by anyone? Ladies and Gentleman, once Thursday is over “It’s the freakin weekend, I’m about to have me some fun.” And for that reason….
“Igntion Remix” – R. Kelly
Is the number 1 song of the early 2000’s. This is a song you listen to on the ride home from work. You turn it on in the shower when you’re getting ready. You listen to it at the pregame before the bars, and then you hope it comes on at the bar, after a few drinks, so the place turns into an all-out singalong.
Limiting this to just 10 songs was difficult, but I was kind enough to put it into a playlist for you guys. And potentially more songs will be added shortly for the songs that just missed the cut.