Time moves so fast, and pop culture speeds along at a breakneck pace. Ready to feel old? These 10 songs turn 10 years old in 2019. Wow.
Drake — "Best I Ever Had"
2009 is when Drake went from Canadian teen soap opera star to contemporary hip-hop legend slash Canadian teen soap opera star. This is the song that started it all, and it’s one of the quintessential songs in his catalog.
Kid Cudi — "Day 'n' Nite"
"Day 'n' Nite" was the lead single from Kid Cudi's Man On the Moon—a certified classic, in my opinion—and the song that introduced most of us to his unique brand of lonely stoner anthems. That mellow beat and smooth flow... We knew we were being introduced to something special.
JAY-Z — "Empire State of Mind" ft. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has PIPES. Her catchy hook helped make this one of Hov’s most successful radio hits. This was years before “Becky with the good hair” and his fallout with Kanye. People have mixed reactions to The Blueprint III but this song proved Jay still knew how to cook up hits.
Asher Roth — "I Love College"
As much as I dislike frat boys, I can't even pretend "I Love College" doesn't SLAP. Asher Roth is great but this song, unfortunately, pigeonholed him as “the frat boy rapper,” which couldn't be further from the truth. I hate frat boys, sure, but Asher is more of a hippie. I hate hippies, too, but that’s not the point.
50 Cent — "In da Club"
A lot of people forget that 50 Cent was the biggest name in music for a while, and "In da Club" was the warning shot that preceded his cultural takeover. That bumping Dre beat was impossibly catchy and can still get the party started any time it plays.
The Sugarhill Gang — "Rapper’s Delight"
It’s crazy to think that it’s already been a decade since the first mainstream rap song of all time was released. As soon as we heard “I said a hip hop / Hippie to the hippie / The hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop” we knew 2009 was going to a historic year in music. The Sugarhill Gang’s 2018 album, The Sugarhills Have Eyes, was a huge flop, but they’ll always be legends.
Queen — "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Freddie Mercury, one of the first artists to blow up in The Blog Era, solidified his status as one of 2009’s rising stars when his band Queen released this epic rock opera. Originally spelled “Bohemian Rap City” to signify Freddie’s love of hip-hop, he reluctantly changed the name after his drummer told him that was fucking stupid.
The Beatles — "Yellow Submarine"
The lyrics for this song were fuckin' trash. “We all live in a yellow submarine?” What the hell does that even mean? But unfortunately, people don't care about lyrics, they just want a catchy beat. This dumbass song topped the charts. The Beatles were a one-hit wonder, and with shitty hooks like this, it’s easy to see why.
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
The No. 1 club anthem of 2009, it wasn't a party until Beethoven’s 5th came on. After a string of successful mixtapes, Beethoven achieved mainstream stardom and a DJBooth profile. To quote his DJBooth interview, Beethoven prophetically claimed: “All I ever wanted to do was change hip-hop.” In 2009, he did.
The Happy Birthday Song
Ten years ago, birthday celebrations changed forever once this new jam was brought into the mix. With simple but powerful lyrics, minimalist production from Kanye West, and a killer guest verse from Lil Wayne, this was THE song of 2009. A decade later, we’re still singing it at every damn birthday party. Legendary.