- 1Up 22Down 10"You're Beautiful"
As if coming across as the Verve of the 2000s, Blunt's teary-eyed, super sappy love ballad is considered a classic, and shot the singer to a multitude of critical and commercial promise, scoring a Record of the Year nod for the 2007 Grammy awards. While he is still wishing and hoping and trying to match (or even top) the success in that song, he can take solace in knowing that wrote and recorded a staple for soft rock radio for decades to come.
- 2Up 17Down 6"Stacy's Mom"
The group has been together since 1996, but it wasn't until seven years later that they scored their first and only major hit. Teenage boys could relate to the theme of the song: having a crush on a girl, but being more in love with her hot mom. And the success of the Grammy-nominated tune was all the group ever needed.
- 3Up 19Down 8"All the Things She Said"
From the pedophilia porn image to the terrible moniker, to the hammering "Running through my head" chorus, this was calculated hit-making at its most obvious. And what better marketing technique than fake Russian lesbians? After a 2003 MTV Movie Wards performance, the group can probably be found now on the side of a milk carton.
- 4Up 20Down 9"Because I Got High"
This 'shoulda, coulda, woulda" tune may have seemed comical for many (particularly stoners), but the song also has quite a moral. Afroman explains that weed kept him from going to college and getting laid, in catchy hip-hop sing-along fashion. The rapper resurfaced a couple years later with "Wack rappers", an ill-fated diss record directed towards just about any rapper more successful than him (so pretty much everyone).
- 5Up 11Down 5"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)"
While her man was out cheating, Blu Cantrell didn't lay down in cry. Instead she got a hold of his wallet and spent his cash down to the last dime "for all the hard times". While Blu seemed to be a star in the making, she couldn't manage to duplicate the magic of that catchy R&B ditty. A spread in Playboy, however, expanded her fifteen minutes of fame, and the song breathed new life again, thanks, in part, to The Voice featuring a show-stopping rendition by contestant Nic Hawk.
- 6Up 12Down 6"My Neck, My Back"
This song was often revered as one of the hottest rap records of 2002. And it was a raunchy one, too; like, Lil' Kim-raunchy (sample lyrics: "beat it right, lick it good; suck that pussy just like you should"). While the song led Khia's album, Thug Misses to gold status, and scored her a Janet Jackson collaboration, the rest of her career seemed laughable. She appeared on VH1's Miss Rap Supreme and lost, tried to wage war with Trina and Jacki-O and lost, and now posts video-blogs slamming everyone from the former to Kanye West to even Beyonce.
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