This week 14 years ago, George W. Bush spent his first full week as president-elect after the U.S. Congress certified his win over Vice President Al Gore, the FCC approved the merger of AOL and Time Warner, Wikipedia appeared online for the first time and the following songs were the most popular in America, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Liquid Dreams," O-Town
Basically, O-Town was kind of like the bad-boyish alternative to Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, specializing in lightweight suggestive songs like "Liquid Dreams." By the way, I was not aware of anyone who used the phrase "liquid dreams" in real life. And I was in college at the time.
9. "If You're Gone," Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty (post-Matchbox 20), had a big hit with this, the second single off the "Mad Season" album. Frontman Rob Thomas said he wrote it about his future wife. Awww.
8. "Dance With Me," Debelah Morgan
An entire track based on the show tune "Hernando's Hideaway"?! Sure, why not? 2001 let people get away with that.
7. "The Way You Love Me," Faith Hill
Does anyone really want to see they way they kiss? I demand a follow-up, Faith Hill.
6. "Ms. Jackson," Outkast
Outkast member Andre Benjamin's "Ms. Jackson" is the mother of singer Erykah Badu, the mother of his son Seven.
5. "With Arms Wide Open," Creed
4. "Case of the Ex (Watcha Gonna Do," Mya
Co-writer Traci Hale's other well-known track: Rihanna's "What's My Name?"
3. "It Wasn't Me," Shaggy
Bill Clinton was preparing to exit office when this song got hot. Talk amongst yourselves. P.S.: Whatever happened to Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent and does he sing this song at bar mitzvahs now?
2. "He Loves U Not," Dream
"He Loves U Not" was the debut single from the girl group, who was signed to Sean "Puffy Daddy but soon P. Diddy in 2001" Combs' label, Bad Boy. The original lineup was disbanded in 2003.
1. "Independent Women Part 1," Destiny's Child
This track, from the "Charlie's Angels" film soundtrack" was the first Destiny's Child soundtrack featuring the vocals of Michelle Williams. It was No. 1 for a strong 11 weeks, from November 2000 through Feb. 2001.Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun