Amazing Songs From Our Youth

Songs That Are Too Good To Be True


Growing up in the 2000’s, our generation was blessed with some amazing club/pop/techno music. Names like T-pain and Usher were burned into our minds along with the songs they crafted. And every time I hear one of those songs that I can perfectly remember but mostly forgot about, I absolutely lose my mind. The nostalgia and memories these songs bring about are way too good to be true. So here’s a review of some of the best songs from when we grew up. Everything on this list is from 2014 or earlier.


T-Pain; With only a few hits, T-pain’s songs will make you wanna dance with your friends!

  • Buy U a Drank
  • Tipsy
  • Low


Lady Gaga; Lady Gaga has by far some of the most popular music from when I was growing up. And I will never forget how fearless she always seemed in the face of judgement from others. And OMG who could forget that meat dress. A true icon

  • Just Dance
  • LoveGame
  • Paparazzi
  • Poker Face
  • Telephone (Beyonce)
  • Bad Romance
  • Telephone
  • Alejandro
  • Born This Way


Ke$ha; Another icon, especially when considering her resurgence in recent years after dealing with some really messed up stuff in the music industry, Ke$ha was able to make these hits even when she wasn’t doing well. Her story is amazing. Y’all should look into it. And her newer album Rainbow is stunning.

  • Tik Tok
  • Your Love Is My Drug
  • Blah Blah Blah 
  • Take it off
  • Kiss N Tell
  • We R Who We R
  • Die Young


Taio Cruz; Another one like T-Pain, Taio Cruz only has a few hits but they are absolutely RAW.

  • Dynamite
  • Break Your Heart


Black Eyed Peas; This band has made many questionable decisions over the years and some of their lyrics did NOT age well. However, the successful songs they did make will always be remembered.

  • Imma Be
  • Meet Me Halfway
  • I Gotta Feeling
  • Boom Boom Pow
  • Rock That Body


Taylor Swift; OMG where do I even start! I had to leave a lot of songs out on this list because I felt like they were too obvious and too plentiful. Point is almost all of Taylor Swift’s early music was formative for me and many others I know. And her new music… she just keeps getting better…

  • Picture To Burn
  • Teardrops On My Guitar
  • Should’ve Said No
  • Our Song
  • Love story
  • Mine
  • The Story Of Us


Mike Posner; I don’t even know what to say for this man…Where did he go?

  • Cooler Than Me


Avril Lavigne; OMG Queen. A true pop punk icon. She blazed the way for this genre and made it so accessible! She was also one of few mainstream female artists embracing this genre at the time!

  • Complicated
  • Sk8er Boi
  • Girlfriend
  • What The Hell


Nicki Minaj;….I could scream… Nicki Minaj is absolutely amazing and so is most of her music. And even if you don’t like it you cannot disregard the fact that she was one of the first mainstream female rappers who actually gained a following and support. She, a lot  like Lady Gaga, faced and still does face so much criticism, but clearly she does not care. Nicki Minaj is…inspiring. And her wigs!!!!!!!

  • Moment 4 Life
  • BedRock (Young Money, Lloyd)
  • Va Va Voom
  • Pound The Alarm
  • Super Bass
  • Starships
  • Only 
  • Feeling Myself


Ed Sheeran; Ugh honestly I can’t listen to any of these songs… too emotional…BUT I remember them perfectly and they impacted me so much at the time. Ed Sheeran made space for men in the music industry to deeply address their emotions and internal monologue. I think that’s pretty epic. It’s kinda like how certain females in the industry made it acceptable for women to be more empowered in their music.

  • The A Team
  • Kiss Me
  • Thinking out Loud
  • Lay It All on Me
  • Sing
  • Don’t


Jordin Sparks; I know nothing about Jordan Sparks but I think she was on Suite LIfe on Deck.

  • No Air
  • Battlefield
  • One Step At a Time


Katy Perry; I had NO idea how much of Katy Perry’s music are hits. I honestly was floored. And re-listening to these songs…. I was shocked by how genuinely good they are. They are so entertaining and tell such good stories with really good imagery and very lit beats… I am in awe of Katy Perry. Literal AWE.

  • I Kissed A Girl
  • Waking Up In Vegas
  • Hot N Cold
  • Teenage Dream
  • California Gurls
  • Firework
  • The One That Got Away
  • E.T.
  • Last Friday Night


Justin Bieber; Again I did not realize how much of his early music is popular… but also he’s so bizarre now… that whole yummy thing with the baby pics on his Instagram…too far Justin.

  • One Less Lonely Girl
  • Love Me
  • One Time
  • Baby
  • Somebody To Love
  • Eenie Meenie
  • That Should Be Me
  • U Smile


Trey Songz; Who is this? I don’t know but these songs hit.

  • Say Aah
  • Bottoms Up


Justin Timberlake; Okay I absolutely ate my words with this man. I used to swear up and down that I really didn’t like him but in this review I found that was an ABSOLUTE LIE. I love Justin Timberlake.

  • Carry out
  • Rock Your Body
  • SexyBack
  • What Goes Around
  • Suit & Tie
  • That Girl
  • Mirrors


Usher; Don’t know a whole lot but I will never forget this name

  • Yeah!
  • OMG (feat.
  • DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (feat.  Pitbull)


Jason Derulo; I was really surprised at how many hits Jason Derulo has. I remember all these songs perfectly and they still are so good.

  • Whatcha Say
  • Ridin’ Solo
  • In My Head
  • It Girl
  • Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)
  • Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  • Trumpets
  • The Other Side


Bruno Mars; Bruno Mars was a formative piece in the development of my music taste. I cannot help but scream these songs when they come on. His voice has so much power and his music ranges from being so serious to so silly. It’s perfect.

  • Locked out of Heaven
  • Treasure
  • Gorilla
  • When I Was Your Man
  • Grenade
  • The Lazy Song
  • Just the Way You Are
  • Count on Me


Rihanna; AHHHHH PURRRR! Rihanna is so cool and so empowering. I love her so much. I’m so grateful that my peers got to have women like her, Nicki, and Gaga to look up to while I was growing up (I know a lot of people think they’re “bad” influences but I don’t care). I remember a lot of older women in my life back then saying really unkind things about those women. I’m glad our society is starting to embrace females who don’t fit into a box, and I think Rihanna had a lot to do with that.

  • Umbrella (JAY-Z)
  • Don’t Stop The Music
  • Shut Up And Drive
  • Disturbia
  • Rude Boy
  • S&M
  • What’s My Name?
  • Only Girl (In The World)
  • We Found Love (Calvin Harris)
  • Diamonds
  • Pour It Up
  • Stay


Alicia Keys; Uhhh… I don’t have anything to say but these are guud.

  • No One
  • If I Ain’t Got You


Flo Rida; Had no idea he was so poppin. Go Flo Rida Go!

  • Low (feat. T-Pain)
  • Whistle
  • Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
  • Good Feeling
  • Right Round


Obviously there are many more amazing artists and songs that could be included on this list. However, these were the ones most formative for my friends and I. I hope you enjoy jamming out to these sometime soon. I promise it’ll give you a major mood boost 🙂