This week 15 years ago, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised to the surface after sinking in 1864 during the Civil War; the Republican National Convention nominated George W. Bush for president of the United States; the Kevin Bacon thriller "Hollow Man" topped the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Doesn't Really Matter," Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" was Jackson's contribution to the soundtrack of the film "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," in which she also starred. Hence the "nutty, nutty, nutty for you" lyric.
9. "Higher," Creed
It is hard to believe just how popular Creed was in 1999-2000. "Higher" was actually released in August 1999 and stayed on the Hot 100 chart for 50 weeks. 50. Long. Weeks.
8. "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," Nine Days
Nick DiDia, who produced this debut single for Nine Days, also engineered landmark '90s rock albums for Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.
7. "I Wanna Know," Joe
According to Billboard, "I Wanna Know" was the No. 2 R&B single of 2000. By the way, the woman in the video is played by Claudia Jordan, who went on the star in Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
6. "Jumpin, Jumpin," Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child's follow-up to "Say My Name" also marks the final appearance of background vocals from former members Letoya Luckett and Latavia Roberson, as well as the last video performance of (another) former member Farrah Franklin. Also notable: Beyonce's official designation of 11:30 p.m. as prime club time.
5. "Try Again," Aaliyah
Written by Static Major and produced by Timbaland, "Try Again" was featured on the soundtrack to the film "Romeo Must Die," Aaliyah's first major acting gig. Her next movie role, in "The Queen of the Damned," was released posthumously in 2002.
4. "Everything You Want," Vertical Horizon
An eventual No. 1 hit (after 26 weeks on the Hot 100 chart), "Everything You Want" was written by lead singer Matt Scannell, a Georgetown University grad. The band got started playing in Washington clubs.
3. "Bent," Matchbox Twenty
Despite Matchbox Twenty's musical domination of 1995-2000, "Bent" is the band's only song to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.
2. "Incomplete," Sisqo
Sisqo capped his popular solo days (he'd return to Dru Hill in 2002) with this big hit co-written by Montell "This is How We Do It" Jordan. The video is worth a look, if only to see Sisqo bottle-feeding a tiger.
1. It's Gonna Be Me," 'N Sync
No. 1 for two weeks before it was unseated by "Incomplete," this was also 'N Sync's only No. 1 Hot 100 single. Co-writer Max Martin also wrote "...Baby One More Time" for Britney Spears, "I Want it That Way" for the Backstreet Boys" and "Shake it Off" with Taylor Swift, among other hits. God bless you, Max Martin.