This week 15 years ago, 18 people died following a wave of terrorist bombings in Indonesia; actor Jason Robards died; department store chain Montgomery Ward announced it was going out of business; "Cast Away" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "This I Promise You," 'NSync
So many turtlenecks.
9. "Kryptonite," 3 Doors Down
"Kryptonite" was EVERYWHERE in 2000, crossing over on Billboard's modern rock, pop and Adult Top 40 charts. It was also played nonstop by a guy in my college dorm suite during freshman year, which was slightly terrifying.
8. "The Way You Love Me," Faith Hill
Speaking of crossing over, Hill broke through to the mainstream with this track and "This Kiss," which garnered big airplay on both country and pop charts. Co-writer Keith Follese also co-wrote "Something Like That" for Tim McGraw, Hill's husband.
7. "Gotta Tell You," Samantha Mumba"
For those who forget the B- to C-level pop stars of the early aughts, Samantha Mumba was kind of like Britney Spears + Mya with a dash of Christina Aguilera. She also once dated Sisqo, so there's that.
6. "Ms. Jackson," OutKast
The 2002 Grammy winner for best rap performance by a group or duo topped the charts for 1 week in February 2001, and as an ode to "baby mamas' mamas," it remains unsurpassed. Forever ever.
5. "He Loves U Not," the Dream
You may pout your cherry lips, but I still feel like "He Loves U Not" is underrated. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs probably thinks so, too. He gave Dream its first major label break by signing them to Bad Boy Records.
4. "With Arms Wide Open," Creed
Because 2000 couldn't just be fun pop songs and groundbreaking alternative hip-hop, we have Creed.
3. "Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)," Mya
Mya. Means. Business. Especially when it comes to a handling a boyfriend who lied about an ex. Seriously, he told Mya that his ex "turned trick" when they broke up? Harsh. Just say the split was not so amicable. Get it together, fictional boyfriend in a Mya song.
2. "It Wasn't Me," Shaggy featuring Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent
"Say it wasn't you." — still the worst friend advice of all time.
1. "Independent Women Part I," Destiny's Child
No. 1 for an whopping 11 weeks — quite a feat considering it was basically just pretty simplistic soundtrack song from "Charlie's Angels" (bonus points for rhyming "Cameron D" and "Destiny"). Fun trivia: Co-writer Cory Rooney is also partially responsible for Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's "Booty." Independent women, indeed.Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun