“Family Affair” is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Blige, her brother Bruce Miller, Camara Kambon, Michael Elizondo, and Dr. Dre for her fifth studio album No More Drama (2001), while production was overseen by the latter. “Family Affair” is a pumping R&B song that incorporates elements of hip hop and dance music. The music for the track was originally created in a jam session between Dre and musicians Mel-Man, Camara Kambon, Mike Elizondo and Scott Storch. Later, Blige heard the song that her brother Bruce Miller, Asiah The Continent and Luchi Lodge created the lyrics and melody to and decided on recording her vocals.
The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks from November 3, 2001. It was Blige’s first Hot 100 number-one single. In 2008, for Billboard magazine’s 50th Anniversary, “Family Affair” was listed as the 79th-biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs. while at the end of 2009 was named the 12th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. Rolling Stone ranked it number ninety-five on their list of 100 Best Songs of the 2000s decade. The song was also responsible for the brief comeback of a new form of hip hop soul, a genre that she pioneered in the early 1990s.
The accompanying music video was directed by Dave Meyers. In 2007, this song was used on a Propel Fitness Water commercial. On September 6, 2012, Blige performed the song at the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A remix featuring rappers Jadakiss and Fabolous was later released promotionally but never commercially
“I’m Real” is the name of two songs recorded by Jennifer Lopez, both primarily for her second studio album, J.Lo (2001). The original version was released as the album’s fourth single; Ja Rule of The Inc. Records (formerly known as Murder Inc Records) wrote and was featured on a new version of the song, entitled “I’m Real (Murder Remix)”, which was featured on a reissue of J.Lo in July 2001, on Lopez’s remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes (2002), and Ja Rule’s third studio album, Pain Is Love (2001).
The original pop and R&B version was well received by music critics who complimented the ’80s style, while the remix received mixed reviews for the lyrics. However, both songs have been appreciated for the use of the samples.
The “Murder Inc. Remix” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five non-consecutive weeks, beginning September 8, 2001, and also topped the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The two songs are essentially different songs with the same title. Much controversy followed the song after its release. Two music videos were made for the track, with the first depicting Lopez driving a motorcycle throughout the highway and featuring a dance-break, while the second video features Ja Rule and Irv Gotti.
“Fallin'” is a song by American singer Alicia Keys from her debut studio album Songs in A Minor (2001). It was released as the lead single from Songs in A Minor in April 2, 2001, by J Records. “Fallin'” is generally considered her signature song.
“Fallin'” attained global success, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 5 in several countries. It also received numerous certifications around the world, and is one of the best-selling singles of 2001. In 2009, “Fallin'” was named the 29th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. It won three Grammy Awards in 2002, including Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and was also nominated for Record of the Year.
“Bootylicious” is a song by American R&B group Destiny’s Child. It was written and produced by Rob Fusari, Melissa Hinz, and group member Beyoncé Knowles for the band’s third studio album Survivor (2001). The song contains a prominent sample from Stevie Nicks’s 1981 single “Edge of Seventeen”.
The track was released as the album’s second single from the album in 2001 and became the band’s fourth U.S. number-one single. It also reached the top five in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. A “Rockwilder Remix” of the song featured Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 musical Carmen: A Hip Hopera and the 2002 compilation This Is the Remix.
Although the term “bootylicious” was first used in song by rapper Snoop Dogg in 1992, the popularity of this track caused the slang word to become widespread and it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (defined as “(of a woman) sexually attractive”) in 2004.
“U Remind Me” is a song by American entertainer Usher. It was written by Anita McCloud and Edmund Clement and produced by the latter along with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Usher’s third studio album 8701 (2001). A fast-paced mid-tempo R&B track, the song is about a man who meets a woman who seems like a nice catch, but he decides not to enter a relationship with her because she looks too much like an ex-girlfriend with whom he had a bad breakup.
The song served as the lead American single from 8701 following the release of previous single “Pop Ya Collar” which was only included in some editions of the album. A commercial success, “U Remind Me” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 on July 7, 2001 and also reached the top five in Australia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Critically acclaimed, the song won Usher his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002. Its accompanying music video features Chilli of TLC as one the female leads.
“Lady Marmalade” is a song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, which translates into English as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” The song was originally recorded in 1974 by the group Eleventh Hour. It first became a popular hit in 1975 when covered by the American girl group Labelle. Labelle held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and also topped the Canadian RPM national singles chart.
The song has had many cover versions over the years. In 1998, girl group All Saints released a cover of the song that peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The 2001 version by singers Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Pink, and rapper Lil’ Kim, recorded for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks. “Lady Marmalade” was the ninth song to reach number one by two different musical acts in America.
“All for You” is a hit song by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released as the lead single from her seventh studio album of the same name (2001). Written and produced by Jackson and Jam and Lewis, “All for You” is a dance-pop song about flirting with someone on the dance floor. It received positive reviews from critics and was noted for its transition to a brighter and more optimistic sound from the darker tone of Janet’s previous album The Velvet Rope.
Jackson was titled the “Queen of Radio” by MTV as the song made radio history by becoming the first single to be added to every pop, rhythmic, and urban radio format within its first week of release. It also set the record for the highest debut of a song which was not commercially available in both the United States and France. The song peaked atop the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, making it the longest reigning hit of the year, and notably reached number one on the singles charts in Canada and Japan and the UK R&B Chart, as well as peaking within the top ten of the majority of the singles charts worldwide.
“All for You” is considered one of Jackson’s signature hits, and received a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, ASCAP Award for Song of the Year, and Teen Choice Award for Best Single, as well as several sales awards in the United Kingdom and Japan, and certifications in Australia, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It is featured in the seventh edition of the American Now! compilation album series Now That’s What I Call Music! 7 and was latter included in two of Jackson’s greatest hits collections, Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010). The song’s music video received several accolades, including a nomination for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Angel” is a song by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy featuring Rayvon. It was the follow-up to Shaggy’s U.S. number-one hit “It Wasn’t Me”, released late 2000.
The song uses the bass line from “The Joker” by Steve Miller (1973). The chorus melody is borrowed from “Angel of the Morning”, which was written by Chip Taylor and originally recorded by singer Evie Sands but is perhaps best known as sung by country pop artist Juice Newton (1981).
“Butterfly” is a song by American rock band Crazy Town. It was released in November 2000 as the third single from their album The Gift of Game. The song reached number-one in 15 countries, including the band’s native United States. The song contains a sample of “Pretty Little Ditty” from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1989 album Mother’s Milk.
It was named the 34th “Most Awesomely Bad Song Ever” by VH1. It was also rated number 3 on Billboard’s chart for One-hit wonders of the 2000s, compiled in 2009.
“Stutter” is a 2000 song by American R&B singer Joe. The original version of the song was produced by Roy “Royalty” Hamilton and Teddy Riley and written by Roy “Royalty” Hamilton and Ernest E. Dixon. A remix by Allen “Allstar” Gordon Jr. (marketed as “The Double Take Remix”, due to its appearance in the similarly titled 2001 film, Double Take) features rapper Mystikal, and was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for four weeks in 2001. It was one of just three singles to have sold over 500,000 copies in 2001.
“Ms. Jackson” is a song by American alternative hip hop duo OutKast. It was released on October 3, 2000, as the second single from their fourth album Stankonia. It topped the U.S. charts, and won a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It also reached number one in Germany and number two in the United Kingdom, held from the top spot by Atomic Kitten’s “Whole Again”. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 81 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.
The single helped sell the album following the commercial underperformance of the lead single “B.O.B.”, which, despite nearly universal acclaim from critics, failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and only reached #69 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
“It Wasn’t Me” is the first single from Jamaican-American reggae artist Shaggy’s multi-platinum studio album Hot Shot (2000). The song features vocals from English singer Rikrok.
The lyrics of the song depict one man asking his friend what to do after his girlfriend caught him having sex with another woman. His friend’s advice is to deny everything, despite clear evidence to the contrary, with the phrase “It wasn’t me.”
“It Wasn’t Me” has been regarded as Shaggy’s breakthrough in the pop market, and is his highest-charting song to date, topping the charts in Australia, Austria, France, Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It was the best-selling single of 2001 in the United Kingdom, selling over 1.15 million copies that year and over 1.37 million as of 2015.
In the U.S., the song was the first #1 single of the 21st century according to Billboard Magazine.
“Independent Women” is a song by American girl group Destiny’s Child. The song first appeared as the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaption of Charlie’s Angels, and was later included on the group’s third studio album, Survivor (2001). It is also the first single with Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams on vocals, though Franklin was no longer in the group’s lineup when the video was filmed. Originally, Part 2 of the song was the actual song and Part 1 was known as the Pasadena remix, but it was chosen in favor of the original.
Released as the soundtrack’s lead single in fall, the song held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eleven consecutive weeks from November 2000 to February 2001. Billboard likened the song’s release strategy to being influenced by Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t Really Matter,” saying the group “began planting the seeds for the upcoming release” in a similar vein. The song appeared in The Proud Family episode “Don’t Leave Home Without It.” Most recently in 2014, a Target back to school commercial featured this song performed with classroom instruments.