Top 10 Pop Songs - Summer 2000

Turn back the clock a few years to the summer of 2000, turn on the radio, and it is the futuristic hip hop sound of Timbaland and Scott Garrett producing Aaliyah on "Try Again," jam band Vertical Horizon's pop breakthrough "Everything You Want," and the soulful crooning of Joe on "I Wanna Know" that are most likely to come to mind.

This list of the top 10 pop songs of the summer 2000 is based on data from record industry charts from the months of June, July, and August 2000.

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Aaliyah - Try Again

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Aaliyah - "Try Again". Courtesy Blackground

2000 was a peak year for R&B vocalist Aaliyah. She made her movie debut co-starring with Jet Li in the martial arts thriller Romeo Must Die. The soundtrack for the film featured four Aaliyah songs including "Try Again," the first and only #1 pop single of her career. To open the song, producer Timbaland pays tribute to the rappers Eric B. & Rakim by rapping the opening verse from their classic "I Know You Got Soul." "Try Again" was acclaimed for blending acid house techniques with hip hop. Tragically, Aaliyah perished in a plane crash near the end of the summer of 2001.

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Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want

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Vertical Horizon - "Everything You Want". Courtesy RCA

The jam band Vertical Horizon had rambled around for most of the 1990's performing live, recording an occasional album, and gathering a dedicated fan following. Near the end of the decade the band signed a major label recording contract with RCA Records. Vertical Horizon's first new album for the label, Everything You Want, included the smash hit title song that became one of the biggest radio hits of the summer of 2000. The band's lead vocalist Matt Scannell said he loves the song because it's an example of honest songwriting that comes from a "true place." "Everything You Want" was a top 10 hit across mainstream top 40, alternative, and adult pop radio.

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Joe - I Wanna Know

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Joe - "I Wanna Know". Courtesy Jive

My Name Is Joe, the third studio album by the R&B singer Joe Thomas, better known simply as Joe, was a career-making album. He had been featured on Mariah Carey's #1 hit single "Thank God I Found You" in 1999 as well as having recorded a string of successful R&B singles. However, "I Wanna Know" became the hit pop single that just would not go away. Ultimately, it spent 44 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #4. "I Wanna Know" hit the top 5 on both the R&B and mainstream top 40 charts as well. The album My Name Is Joe peaked at #2 on the album chart and sold over three million copies.

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NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me

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*NSYNC - "It's Gonna Be Me". Courtesy Jive

Boy band NSYNC smashed the all-time record for first week album sales with their 2000 album No Strings Attached. It sold a phenomenal 2.4 million copies in the first week including a reported 1.1 million in one day. "It's Gonna Be Me," the second single from the album, became the group's first #1 pop hit single. It was co-written by Max Martin and produced by Rami Yacoub. The accompanying music video featuring the band members as plastic doll versions of themselves garnered acclaim. 

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Matchbox Twenty - Bent

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Matchbox Twenty - "Bent". Courtesy Atlantic

After Rob Thomas, lead vocalist for Matchbox Twenty, became a recognized superstar singing lead on Santana's "Smooth," one of the biggest hit singles of all time, the band needed something special for their next effort. The album Mad Season provided that by spinning off the group's first #1 pop single "Bent." The song was a hit across the mainstream top 40, alternative, and rock radio genres. The album Mad Season hit #3 on the album chart and sold over four million copies.

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Enrique Iglesias - Be With You

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Enrique Iglesias - "Be With You". Courtesy Interscope

As 2000 began, Enrique Iglesias, son of the legendary Julio Iglesias, was the most successful Latin pop singer in the world. His song "Bailamos" from the soundtrack to the movie Wild Wild West reached #1 in 1999. That success set off a label bidding war for Enrique's contract. Signed to Interscope, his first English language album Enrique included "Be With You," his second #1 pop hit single. The recording was produced by the team of Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling who worked on Cher's worldwide smash "Believe." "Be With You" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. "Be With  You" hit #1 on the dance chart and #2 on the Latin songs chart. 

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Creed - Higher

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Creed - "Higher". Courtesy Wind-Up

Florida band Creed had a surprise hit with their first album, 1997's My Own Prison. They demonstrated that the grunge sound of the early 1990s could be welded to pop melodies to create a commercially potent sound. Their second album Human Clay debuted at #1 on the strength of the single "Higher" which became their first top 10 pop hit single. It peaked at #7 and spent more than a year on the Billboard Hot 100. "Higher" hit #1 on the alternative radio chart and spent a record 17 weeks at #1 on the mainstream rock radio chart. The album Human Clay ultimately sold over eleven million copies.

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Eminem - The Real Slim Shady

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Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady". Courtesy Interscope

Eminem's Slim Shady LP was big in 1999 reaching #2 on the album chart, but the Marshall Mathers LP was huge the following year spending 8 weeks at #1 on the album chart and ultimately selling over 20 million copies worldwide. It was introduced to the world with the single "The Real Slim Shady" and its catchy chorus "please stand up, please stand up." Peaking at #4 on the pop chart, "The Real Slim Shady" was Eminem's biggest hit yet. The acclaimed music video won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video and Best Male Video. "The Real Slim Shady" earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance.

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Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough

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Toni Braxton - "He Wasn't Man Enough". Courtesy LaFace

3 1/2 years after her breakthrough album Secrets, Toni Braxton released the single "He Wasn't Man Enough" as a preview for the album The Heat. It reached #2 on the pop singles chart, #1 on the R&B chart, and became one of the biggest hits of the early summer. It was Toni Braxton's biggest hit since 1996. Rodney Jerkins produced and co-wrote the song. Toni Braxton won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal with "He Wasn't Man Enough," her sixth Grammy Award overall. 

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Faith Hill - Breathe

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Faith Hill - "Breathe". Courtesy Warner Bros.

The album Faith moved country singer Faith Hill toward the pop mainstream and included the top 10 hit "This Kiss." However, it was her followup album and single Breathe that sealed the deal. The album hit #1, the single hit #2, and "Breathe" became the biggest radio hit of 2000. It rose to #1 across adult pop, adult contemporary, and country radio. The sultry accompanying music video raised controversy among some of Faith Hill's fans.

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