19 songs you forgot were No. 1 hits in the 2000s

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The 2000s gave us some of the most iconic Billboard Hot 100 No. 1  songs ever. 

50 Cent announced himself to the world with his birthday anthem "In Da Club," future husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé teamed up for the immortal "Crazy In Love," and Soulja Boy had us all posing like superman on the dance floor with "Crank That."

Not every No. 1 from the decade has stood the test of time like the aforementioned, however.

Here are 19 noughties chart toppers you may have forgotten about.

"Butterfly" by Crazy Town (2001)

Crazy Town's "Butterfly."
Crazy Town/YouTube

As well as peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Crazy Town's "Butterfly" also made it to the top spot in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Switzerland.

Guitarist Kraig "Squirrel" Tyler told HipOnline at the time that he was worried the success of the track would see Crazy Town become a "one-hit wonder" and that they would never "be heard of again."

The band split just two years later.

"Incomplete" by Sisqó (2000)

Sisqo "Incomplete."

If somebody asked you what song was Sisqó's only ever No. 1 hit, you'd be forgiven for answering "Thong Song."

It wasn't, however. Instead, it was "Incomplete," the third and final single from his debut album "Unleash the Dragon."

"Doesn't Really Matter" by Janet Jackson (2000)

Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter."
Janet Jackson/YouTube

Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" spent three weeks at No. 1 after replacing Sisqó's "Incomplete" at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song featured on both Jackson's seventh studio album "All For You" and the soundtrack to the film "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," in which Jackson starred as the titular character's love interest.

"Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule (2002)

Music video for Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny."
Jennifer Lopez/YouTube

Ja Rule was the rap king of the Billboard Hot 100 in the noughties, scoring three No.1 hits and eight more top 10 hits as either a lead or featured artist.

You probably remember "Always On Time" with Ashanti and "What's Luv?" with Fat Joe, but you may have forgotten Rule's cameo on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny," which spent six weeks at No. 1 starting from March 9, 2002.

"Angel" by Shaggy (2001)

Music video for Shaggy's "Angel."

"Angel" was the followup single to Shaggy's iconic breakthrough hit "It Wasn't Me."

Just like its predecessor, the song made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, albeit for only one week.


"Maria Maria" by Santana feat. The Product G&B (2000)

Music video for "Maria Maria" by Santana.

Santana's "Maria Maria" first made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 8, 2000, and stayed there for 10 weeks.

Only Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part I" held the No. 1 spot for longer that year.

In 2017, DJ Khaled sampled the track for his smash hit "Wild Thoughts" with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

"Bump, Bump, Bump" by B2K (2003)

B2K video "Bump

B2K's first and only No. 1 hit "Bump, Bump, Bump" spent just one week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2003.

The group's followup hits "Girlfriend" and "Badaboom" both also charted before they split in 2005.

"I Believe" by Fantasia (2004)

Fantasia performing "I Believe" on American Idol.

"I Believe" was the debut single of "American Idol" season three winner Fantasia. In typical "American Idol" style, it's cheesy, cringy, and very, very forgettable.

"Slow Motion" by Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim (2004)

Video for "Slow Motion" by Juvenile.

Though recorded a year prior, "Slow Motion" wasn't released until 2004, after Soulja Slim was shot dead in November 2003.

One of only a handful of posthumous No. 1 hits ever at the time, it was also the first chart-topper for Birdman's label, Cash Money Records.


"Laffy Taffy" by D4L (2006)

"Laffy Taffy" by D4L music video.

Quite how D4L's "Laffy Taffy" ever made it to No. 1 is a mystery.

Even D4L's own Fabo hated it.

"I hated the song," he told Complex in 2016. "I swear to God, I hated the song. I could remember Shawty Lo calling home from jail saying, 'Don't put that song out!'"

"Grillz" by Nelly feat. Paul Wall (2006)

Nelly "Grillz" music video.

"We about to start an epidemic with this one," says producer Jermaine Dupri at the start of the video for "Grillz."

He was right. Once worn only by wealthy Etruscan women, grills became all the rage as a result of the St. Louis rapper's ode to dental jewelry.

"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt (2006)

Music video for James Blunt's "You're Beautiful."
James Blunt/YouTube

James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" spent five weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, but just one at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

It did win an MTV Video Music Award for best male video, however.

"This Is Why I'm Hot" by MIMS (2007)

MIMS "This Is Why I'm Hot" music video.

MIMS — or "Music Is My Savior" — couldn't save his career from falling off a cliff after he scored a No. 1 hit with "This Is Why I'm Hot" in 2007.

He released just two albums before giving up music entirely to begin working in technology.

"Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown feat. T-Pain (2007)

Music video for Chris Brown and T-Pain's "Kiss Kiss."
Chris Brown/YouTube

"Kiss Kiss" was Chris Brown's second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It's best remembered for its music video, in which Brown plays two characters, a nerd and a jock, both of whom are trying to get the girl. The nerd wins, of course.

"Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (2008)

Leona Lewis music video for "Bleeding Love."
Leona Lewis/YouTube

Leona Lewis enjoyed amazing success after winning the third series of "The X Factor" UK in 2006.

Her second single "Bleeding Love" went to No. 1 in 35 different countries, making it only the second song in history to achieve that feat after Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997."

"Whatever You Like" by T.I. (2008)

T.I. in his music video for "Whatever You Like."

T.I. had released six albums and 16 singles as a lead artist before finally scoring a No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his 2008 effort "Whatever You Like."

He scored his second No. 1 the following month as he teamed up with Rihanna for "Live Your Life."


"Crack A Bottle" by Eminem feat. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent (2009)

"Crack a Bottle" music video.

"Crack A Bottle" fell victim to being followed at No. 1 by a series of smash hits, meaning it quickly fell into obscurity.

After holding the top spot, it was succeeded by Flo Rida's mammoth hit "Right Round," Lady Gaga's debut hit "Poker Face," and then the biggest song of the year, The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow."

"Down" by Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne (2009)

Music video for "Down" by Jay Sean and Lil Wayne.
Jay Sean/YouTube

Jay Sean became the first solo artist of South Asian origin and the first urban act from the United Kingdom to top the Billboard Hot 100 with his smash hit "Down."

Featuring Lil Wayne, the track was his only ever No. 1.

"3" by Britney Spears (2009)

Music video for "3" by Britney Spears.
Britney Spears/YouTube

"3" was, ironically, Britney Spears' third of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 songs, the others being "Baby One More Time," "Womanizer," "Hold It Against Me," and "S&M."

Believe it or not, "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Toxic" — arguably her two most iconic songs — never achieved that feat.

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