Jump to content
  • The 10 Biggest Songs of 10 Years Ago


    Skinny Legend

    735x414mv.jpg

    2009 was only a decade ago, but it seems like the world back then was a very different place. The powers that be were still reeling after a surprise candidate beat out Hillary Clinton, kids would rush back home after school to catch the latest episode of Jersey Shore (yeah, Netflix wasn't a thing) and I was still recovering from a Christmas that left me ten pounds heavier and $500 more in debt. (Okay, so maybe things haven't changed so much after all.)

    But one thing that's definitely changed since then is the music we listen to. 2009 was the transitory space between the pop-rock that defined a lot of the early 2000s and the dance-pop that would blow up later on, and it led to some pretty interesting results. Spoiler alert: a good 70% of this list is totally unlistenable, and/or insanely annoying, but there are some real gems in there too. Are you excited yet?

    10. Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say

    There may never have been a time in the history of civilisation where people actually wanted to listen to a Jason Derulo song, but in 2009 it seems as though people needed to if just to rid their head of this ridiculously catchy earworm. 'Whatcha Say' started out low on the charts, debuting at #54 in August of 2009, but it permeated people's brains to the extent that it managed to hit #1 three months later. It just goes to show that you don't need a song to be likeable for it to be a hit: all it needs to have is a killer chorus.

    9. Jay Sean - Down (Feat. Lil Wayne)

    Continuing the trend of irritating douche-faces with passable bodies was the United Kingdom's answer to Jason Derulo, Jay Sean. His breakthrough hit 'Down' is basically the definition of manipulative, featuring the kinds of lyrics that only a needy teenage girl can fall in love with; and the music video, with it's endless lip licking and frat boy head nods, isn't much better. Still, the masses of 2009 must have enjoyed it, because it hit #1 on the 17th of October of that year.

    8. Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You

     

    Kelly Clarkson is the queen of kiss-off anthems ('Since U Been Gone' and Ben & Jerry's are singularly responsible for getting me through my last breakup), and she proved that again in 2009 with the sassy 'My Life Would Suck Without You'. The song would never fly now - those beats are something straight off of Katy Perry's debut album and the music video features a relationship a little too tempestuous to be healthy - but at the time it was an instant hit. The track even broke the record for the biggest jump ever on the US charts when it bounced from #97 to #1 in the space of one week. #TeamKelly

    7. Flo Rida - Right Round (Feat. Ke$ha)

    Like pretty much every Flo Rida song ever, 'Right Round' was the kind of guilty pleasure that you tapped your foot two even while shaking your head in dismay. Even Kesha (known back then by the very, very 2009 stage name Ke$ha) seemed to be a little embarrassed by the song - she refused to appear in the music video, being stood in for by a random black girl, and has never performed it live since it's release. Still, the song was likeable enough to hit #1 on the charts for six weeks straight, and even broke the record for first week sales when it sold 636 000 copies in January of 2009.

    6. Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

    'Use Somebody' wasn't quite big enough to hit #1, only managing to peak at #4 on the charts - but it sold enough copies to hit #14 on the end of year charts. A weird flash in the pan of a song, the track has a total classic rock vibe that would have equally suited a 1999 release, which means it's actually aged pretty well over the past ten years. That's more than can be said for Kings of Leon themselves, who have basically faded into complete obscurity at this point.

    5. Britney Spears - Womanizer

    2008 was a bad year for Britney Spears - think shaved head, umbrella bashing and crying in an English accent on the sidewalk - but she made the ultimate comeback in 2009 with 'Womanizer'. The track makes full use of Spears' - how should we say this? - distinctive voice and fun vocal stylings, and the music video is one of her best ever even if it is pretty much just a remake of 'Toxic'. The track paid off well for Spears commercially, too, becoming her first #1 on the charts since debut single '...Baby One More Time'.

    4. Miley Cyrus - Party in the U.S.A

    She'd been building up to it for a while, but 'Party in the U.S.A.' was Miley Cyrus's first real "You're not even my real dad!" moment - and at the time it caused quite a stir. Hannah Montana was declared dead on arrival when Miley performed the song at the Teen Choice Awards by dancing around a pole in Daisy Dukes that were short enough for Disney to release an official statement, and Miley received her fair share of flack. Still, the song was popular enough to hit #2 on the charts in 2009, before climbing up the charts again in 2011 following the death of Osama Bin Laden. The reason? Murica!

    3. Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys)

    It may be a total cheese-fest and a major misrepresentation of New York City's true gutter grime, but there's something so nostalgic and emotive about Jay and Alicia's 'Empire State of Mind' that you can't help but love it anyway. The song was a hit when it was first released too, becoming Jay-Z's first #1 on the charts over his thirteen year career and going on to win two Grammy's. I'm pretty sure this song and Gossip Girl were entirely responsible for giving every millennial ever the belief that they could make it in the city that never sleeps.

    2. Lady Gaga - Poker Face

    If you're anywhere between the age of 18 and 25, you'll definitely remember that solid month back in 2009 where 'Poker Face' was literally the only thing being played on the radio (remember that thing you used to play in the car?). The song's popularity wasn't completely unfounded - it's still a little bit of a banger, if super dated at this stage - but it was definitely overplayed during it's ascension to the top ten, where it remained for 18 weeks with a week at #1.

    1. The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

    'I Gotta Feeling' was by far the most overplayed song of 2009, and yet somehow people still wanted more. The track hit #1 in over 20 charts worldwide - including the US where it topped the charts for 14 weeks - and was the highest-selling song of the century until 2014 when Pharrell's 'Happy' robbed it of the title. Even though we can never imagine this kind of song working in a post-Trump era, it's nice to listen back to and remember when things were simpler.

    What's your favourite song from 2008? Let us know in the comments down below!



    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    You're right, some of these songs are unlistenable but some of them are amazing too! My favorites of this list are definitely Womanizer and My Life Would Suck Without You, and Poker Face is a bop. Back then i hated Party In the USA and I Gotta Feeling but i guess they are kinda enjoyable now given to the nostalgy. Also i think Right Round is a lowkey bop :orly: I would've hated it without queen Kesha but anyway.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    1 hour ago, liberation said:

    You're right, some of these songs are unlistenable but some of them are amazing too! My favorites of this list are definitely Womanizer and My Life Would Suck Without You, and Poker Face is a bop. Back then i hated Party In the USA and I Gotta Feeling but i guess they are kinda enjoyable now given to the nostalgy. Also i think Right Round is a lowkey bop :orly: I would've hated it without queen Kesha but anyway.

    I so agree with you on 'Party in the U.S.A.' and 'I Gotta Feeling'. I actually had tears in my eyes listening to 'Feeling' and 'Empire State of Mind' because they both just take me back to a time when life was so much easier and everything was fun and good in the world. :yeah:

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    14 minutes ago, Clueless said:

    I approve Poker Face, Womanizer and Right Round. 
    My other favorite : Evacuate the dancefloor, Love Sex Magic, 4 Minutes, Touch My Body, Give it 2 Me.

    'Evacuate the Dancefloor', '4 Minutes' and 'Touch My Body' were all ICONIC! :hail: Imma need Cascada to make their comeback ASAP!

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Mmhmhmm whatcha say? 

    2009 was truly a year for the bops! And little did we know that a year after we'd get the best pop album in history, otherwise known as Superficial :magic:

    But seriously speaking, though, we got lots of hits by Britney, Lady Gaga, and let's not forget Kesha's breakthrough! 

    The nostalgia is real :yeah:

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    On 1/30/2019 at 9:25 AM, Turn Ya Head said:

    Mmhmhmm whatcha say? 

    2009 was truly a year for the bops! And little did we know that a year after we'd get the best pop album in history, otherwise known as Superficial :magic:

    But seriously speaking, though, we got lots of hits by Britney, Lady Gaga, and let's not forget Kesha's breakthrough! 

    The nostalgia is real :yeah:

    I'm shocked that they left Heidi off the top selling albums of the year, I was so sure her 1000 copies would land her at the top spot! :tanya: 

    We really did get some bops though! 2008 and 2009 have to be two of my favourite years in pop music. :hail: 

    • YAAASSS 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Guest
    You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


    data-matched-content-rows-num="1" data-matched-content-columns-num="6" data-matched-content-ui-type="image_stacked">

  • Similar Content

    • By Skinny Legend
      I'm curious as to what people who were against the #FreeBritney movement are thinking now...  
    • By kallumlavigne
      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.

      Please login or register to see this attachment.
    • By Moonchild
      Hey guys! I decided to share with you some of my covers, and I hope you like them. I'll be posting them in here, and if you have a request, I may try my best to do something with the little I know. I hope you like my artworks!
      (I've shared some before in other threads, but I may place them here too!)
      The first I'm sharing with you is for the unreleased debut album by British singer Florrie, presumably entitled Trouble In the Making:

      Please login or register to see this attachment.
      I can give you a link for it in HQ, as the forum won't let me upload +1MB files for some reason. This is the version I use for the files tags, so they won't be very heavy.

About #PopHatesFlops:

Since our start as a blog called #PopHatesFags in 2012, PHF has consistently provided you with the latest pop culture news and hottest new releases. Join us as we analyse everything pop culture, build new friendships, and discuss the latest news and tracks exclusive to #PopHatesFlops!

Member of the Month:

Congratulations to coolaideonfire, our Member of the Month for the month of March! coolaideonfire is one of our longest running active members and has been with us for over five years, making almost 400 posts since they joined us in January of 2014. We've loved every second of having them around and we look forward to another five years together!

×