This week 13 years ago, U.S. forces seized control of Baghdad; Hungary approved joining the European Union; Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley's daughter, released her debut solo album; "Phone Booth" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
10. "Mesmerize," Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
Remember when Ashanti and Ja Rule were EVERYWHERE? I once had a biology class in college that was taught by "Mr. Peterson featuring Ashanti." And yes, she knew a great deal about seismology.
9. "Excuse Me Miss," Jay Z featuring Pharrell
Jay also recorded a sequel to this song titled, rather lazily, "La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)"
8. "How You Gonna Act Like That," Tyrese
The songwriters for this slow jam are Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas, collectively known as The Underdogs. You may also know Damon Thomas for his 2000-2004 marriage to Kim Kardashian, but f you don't, congrats!
7. "When I'm Gone," 3 Doors Down
Mainstream non-offensive rock of the early aughts, thy name is 3 Doors Down. And also Creed, but let's not go down that road.
6. "Get Busy," Sean Paul
Translation: Sean Paul will not judge you based on which random dance trend you want to go with. Just as long as you're moving in some way. "Get Busy" eventually topped the Hot 100 chart for three weeks.
5. "All I Have," Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J
"All I Have" credits eight songwriters. EIGHT.
4. "Picture," Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer
Bizarrely, Crow's label ended up not letting Kid Rock's label release their duet (which they wrote together) as an official single — so it was re-recorded with Moorer. Radio, however, mostly ignored the Moorer version.
3. "Miss You," Aaliyah
Co-writer Ginuwine originally penned "Miss You" for himself. Instead, Aaliyah recorded a version in 1999 that went unreleased — until it appeared on her 2002 posthumous album, "I Care 4 U."
2. "Ignition," R. Kelly
R. Kelly reminds women that there's nothing more that they need to do if they remind him of his car.
1. "In Da Club," 50 Cent
Fiddy's debut single topped the Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, enough to cement its place at birthday parties (Bacardi optional) and bar mitzvahs for decades to come. It remains one of the biggest mass appeal rap jams of the 2000s. On "In Da Club," Dr. Dre told Rolling Stone in 2003, "As soon as he walked in the studio, he picked up a pen, and we were done in an hour. We just made some s--- we wanted to hear."