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Time moves so fast. What seems like a recent jam that defined your teenage years quickly becomes an old throwback. Pop culture barrels ahead at such a breakneck pace that you’ll blink and realize that a popular radio smash is now a decade old. It’s headspinning. It makes you feel old AF.
Wanna feel super old? Here’s some examples of popular songs that are turning 10 years old this year.
Kanye West — Stronger
It seems like only yesterday that this pump-up anthem dominated radio stations and quickly became one of the biggest mainstream hits of Kanye’s career. Since then, his music has gotten even more experimental and his ego has gotten even larger. Let’s revel in the nostalgia of the good old days when people hated Kanye but not THAT much yet.
Fall Out Boy — This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
Yes, Fall Out Boy (and the pop punk sub-genre overall) has become a bit of a laughing stock. But why? Don’t act like Fall Out Boy’s discography didn’t totally define your middle school years and made for plenty of great memories. Put them next to My Chemical Romance on the list of “Bands I still secretly love but am terrified to publicly express it.”
Plain White T’s- Hey There Delilah
Your 7th grade girlfriend who held your hand on the bleachers and scattered you over her MySpace page was obsessed with this song. That annoying douchebag that always brought his acoustic guitar to bonfires would constantly play this tune in an obnoxious attempt to snatch every snatch at the birthday party. Those were the days.
Soulja Boy- Crank That
Yes, I’m well aware that this song is arguably the worst thing to ever happen to Western civilization. Let’s just move on.
Akon ft. Eminem- Smack That
They played this at the 8th grade dance because the teachers didn’t pay enough attention to the lyrics. You tried to hide your half-chub tucked away in your waistband when grinding up against Tina from geometry class to Eminem’s scene stealing verse. Fun fact: Akon’s birth name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam. I have no idea why he changed it.
The Beatles- Yellow Submarine
It’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 years this obscure indie band stole the spotlight with this one hit wonder single. They faded back into obscurity once the songs popularity died down, no one knows where they are today. But nobody will ever forget Yellow Submarine, the biggest song of 2007.
Michael Jackson- Billie Jean
This song had some ugly behind the scenes drama. It turns out that Billie Jean WAS his lover, and the kid WAS his son. That lying son of a bitch. Michael Jackson’s free mixtape Thriller was the biggest release of 2007. Unfortunately, he died only 2 years later, when he was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Prince.
Beethoven- Symphony No. 5
Beethoven was the biggest rockstar of the 21st century before his unfortunate cocaine overdose 6 months ago. This was his hugest hit, it played nonstop on the radio and at every nightclub and ecstasy rave in the country. I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years since it came out. Such a great teenage throwback.
The Happy Birthday Song
I can’t believe it’s only been 10 years since some anonymous ho invented this catchy tune and we’ve been singing it at birthday parties ever since. 2007 was a groundbreaking for American culture, birthdays have never been the same since.
I Got So Much Swag (from my friend Joey’s mixtape)
Honestly, don’t listen to Joey’s mixtape. I hate to say this, because he’s my buddy and he’s a great guy, but he’s an awful rapper. I don’t even know why I mentioned this one.
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